It’s Not Magic, It’s Water Bending

Well, it isn’t really water bending… but I guess you could compare teaching by the Spirit to a certain kind of magic because faith requires believing without seeing. Maybe Avatar: The Last Airbend1er had too big of an effect on me during my teens.

Elder Johnson took up knitting. He's making a pullover.

Elder Johnson took up knitting. He’s making a pullover.

Found me some Cap'n Crunch at my supermarket Metro.

Found me some Cap’n Crunch at my supermarket Metro.

The whole district after a district meeting.  It is a pretty interesting sight having half gringos and half Latinos.

The whole district after a district meeting. It is a pretty interesting sight having half gringos and half Latinos.

Anyway, it has been a pretty great week. Lots of fun things have happened and there has been a lot of progress in the area. Well, I guess I better get started!

Monday, we just played some soccer for P-Day along with some “top attacking.” I am still awful at spinning a top, but apparently it is a big tradition here in Peru to buy or make wooden tops and then launch them at each other to see which top is the strongest. We didn’t break any of the tops, but we did manage to break two of the windows at the Zone Leader’s room. Oops.

On Thursday, I had the awesome opportunity to go out with Elder Inkley on a division. I wanted to get to know his area.  The hills are worse in La Libertad than in San Pedro, so I was having a big nostalgia moment all day long. It is pretty poor where they normally work and the majority of the houses remind me of San Pedro as well. Elder Inkley is a great missionary and really loves to work. He is new, as he entered the field last week, but he is moving along really quickly. He Spanish reminds me of my Spanish from when I started the mission. He is learning to teach and is coming along very nicely. We visited a lot of people, but most of the appointments had fallen through. Oh well — that’s alright.

At Parque de los Heroes. This is about two blocks from our room and there are always a million cars here. It is a monument to Peru's heroes in one of their great wars that helped them with independence.

At Parque de los Heroes. This is about two blocks from our room and there are always a million cars here. It is a monument to Peru’s heroes in one of their great wars that helped them with independence.

There was a huge Señor de los Milagros procession in various places in Huancayo. They take herbs and grains and other plants to make cool images that represent Christ or other things about their culture. Then, they have the big parade pass through the art as they play music. It is quite interesting.

There was a huge Señor de los Milagros procession in various places in Huancayo. They take herbs and grains and other plants to make cool images that represent Christ or other things about their culture. Then, they have the big parade pass through the art as they play music. It is quite interesting.

On Friday I got to go to Pampas again! This time, however, I got permission to go out there by myself. It was a bit of an adventure since I didn’t have a companion for the hour and a half car ride nor when I had to go and find Elder Johnson and his companion. It was super interesting being by myself for the first time in 15 months!  I had to go out there for a baptismal interview, but the interview did not happen. The poor eight-year-old boy lives with his grandmother since his father isn’t part of his life and his mother lives very far away. The grandma was one of the first members in Pampas and wants him to get baptized. However, she also lives with her sister and some other family members and almost every family member has a different view on religion. So… the poor kid is super confused and trying to make everyone happy.  When he walked out of the door after talking with his family, he was crying. So, we’re working with the family and hoping to make it all work. The worst part about that visit was that I left my companion with the Zone Leaders to get some work done and it didn’t happen the way I hoped it would. We had a very important appointment with an older lady who is investigating (the lady that we ate lunch with out in Viques for her birthday) and some of her friends that we wanted to meet to teach. The missionaries were late to meet her, and I am worried my awesome appointment was not so awesome.  So, between the two appointments I felt a little discouraged.

Other than that, the work is going great. I finally ate some cui, as the pictures show. It was super tasty!  We have quite a few investigators now, but we need to get them to progress!!!  Well, that’s how it goes, I guess.  Well, I hope that you all have a great week!  I’m off to have an adventure!

Finally got me some Cuy!  It was super tasty.

Finally got me some Cuy! It was super tasty.

The plate up close. It is the chest and arm of the cuy.

The plate up close. It is the chest and arm of the cuy.

Then the sister gave me seconds! I got the leg and butt of the cuy. You can see its tiny foot here.

Then the sister gave me seconds! I got the leg and butt of the cuy. You can see its tiny foot here.

With many llamas,

David

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