Another Week, Another Dollar

Well, another week another dollar. Or was it another day another dollar? Spongebob must have had a big influence on me as well.

So this week has been pretty decent. We’ve switched rooms to the room I found on Friday in the morning. It is pretty nice, and is much quieter. As a bonus we have water all day long now! Well, we have water in the faucet and the toilet only in the morning, but we have water in the shower all day long! Gotta love limited water in Huancayo! Seriously. There’s only water until 1:00 in the entire city. It’s crazy how that happens. I won’t even mention whether it is clean or not. The baptismal font is a pretty accurate test of the water quality — try green water when it is full. Yum! But the room is nice. It isn’t noisy nor is it too crazy. We’re liking it a ton.

Elder Yeren and I stopped by a "Cachina" which is basically the Peruvian DI made up by tons and tons of people that just bring in junk that they find in the trash or that people sell them. You can find some sweet treasures, like this bag that I bought for 4 soles. The bag that Elder Yeren bought is inside mine and was only 3 soles.

Elder Yeren and I stopped by a “Cachina” which is basically the Peruvian DI made up by tons and tons of people that just bring in junk that they find in the trash or that people sell them. You can find some sweet treasures, like this bag that I bought for 4 soles. The bag that Elder Yeren bought is inside mine and was only 3 soles.

A picture of some of the stops in the cachinas. When they sell only clothes, they use these sweet benches that they made. Other stuff gets thrown on the floor.

A picture of some of the stops in the cachinas. When they sell only clothes, they use these sweet benches that they made. Other stuff gets thrown on the floor.

There hasn’t been too much going on this week, just working in this “new” area. We’re visiting families that the ward has assigned to us and some references that have come our way. We met a woman last week that recently separated from her member husband. She isn’t a member, but really needs the gospel in her life. As we were talking and teaching, she opened up to us that she had been suffering from some difficult mental health issues (oh how I can’t wait for the November Liahona/Ensign so I can share with her Elder Holland’s talk) that led to other illnesses. She’s a super nice lady and really loved the message of the Restoration and I’m absolutely certain that she’ll arrive to baptism.

We met another man that has been member for 12 years but hasn’t been able to come to church for 2 years due to illnesses that started when is son was killed by Mata-taxistas (people that kill taxi drivers) in the middle of the night with no good reason. Super tragic, but I’m sure that as we re-teach him the Restoration and the other lessons, he’ll feel a lot better. He hasn’t been to church in so long that he was reading Abraham and had problems understanding the creation —he had some seriously messed up questions.

Chilca 2 had a baptism this week. A little girl named Adriana was baptized and I had the opportunity to baptize her. She’s nine and the granddaughter of one of the super active sisters in our ward. It isn’t hard for gringos to baptize kids and teens, especially when said gringo does the baptismal interview. “Who do you want to baptize you? This elder? That elder? That brother? Or me?” and the answer is always “you — the Gringo.” Well, almost always.

Baptism! I had the opportunity to baptize little Adriana, the granddaughter of a super active member in the ward.

Baptism! I had the opportunity to baptize little Adriana, the granddaughter of a super active member in the ward.

With the family in front of the church.

With the family in front of the church.

In front of the church.

In front of the church.

The Primary song "I Like to Think of Rainbows" came to mind during the baptism due to the rain, but there weren't any rainbows.

The Primary song “I Like to Think of Rainbows” came to mind during the baptism due to the rain, but there weren’t any rainbows.

It was a nice service and no baptism can be called complete without the cake!

It was a nice service and no baptism can be called complete without the cake!

So, things are great. We’re liking the area and things are going swell. My companion and I are getting along and we’re having fun here. Lots of work to be done. Well, I’m off to have an adventure!

With many llamas, David

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