Well, this week we were listening to the Tarzan soundtrack in Spanish a bit, and I really found that I love the translations of the songs in Spanish just as much as I love them in English. The words to “Son of Man” are some really interesting words that can actually help us understand how we learn. Well, at least with the Gospel. Enseñarás al aprender, aprenderás al enseñar (you’ll teach as you learn, and you’ll learn as you teach). Just an interesting thought from one of the best Disney movies ever.
Well, this week were transfers. Yesterday, in fact. The most logical thing happened. Due to the area split, I figured that it would be most logical to keep me in Chilca 1 and to keep Elder Cavero in Chilca 2, since we both know both areas. That’s exactly what happened. I got a new companion: Elder Yeren, from Pisco, Perú. Elder Cavero got a new companion: Elder Ortega from Argentina. It will be a pretty fun transfer as we all get along really well. I’ll be finishing Elder Yeren’s training, just as I did with Elder Cavero. We’ll have fun.
Saturday was Brayan’s baptism. It was a really great service. The best part about it was that the young men and young women that are our ward missionaries were the ones that taught him the last lesson and made sure that he was ready for baptism, since there were some schedule conflicts (he could only see us after 9:15ish, which is against missionary rules). However, he was totally ready and the service was an awesome one. The water was ice cold, due to some miscommunication between us and the ward mission leader, but I told Brayan that he’d always remember it and told him some funny baptism stories that I heard about water problems to cheer him up. It was nice and he was confirmed in Sacrament Meeting.
Sunday we also had ward counsel meeting after an entire month off. It was awesome. The bishop is starting to really use Handbook 2 and is really interested in getting the ward off of it’s butt. I was also able to present the new plan that the area has come up with. It is called ‘Plan Perry’ and it is basically a plan that focuses on missionaries teaching families — less active and partial families. It is really the Lord’s way of saying “I’m tired of my missionaries knocking on random doors. It is time that my missionaries start building and fortifying Zion in Perú by focusing on families.” Now, I don’t know if the Lord actually said that, but I can imagine that He did. We all know that salvation is personal business, but salvation is family business. Families are forever, and they are the base of the church. That’s how it should be.
We had a really standard Halloween. Like, there was hardly any activity on the Halloween part of the day. There were some kids in some really cheap masks walking around looking for candy, but that was it. No decorations. No scariness. No one jumping out to scare missionaries to death. Nothing. It was rather sad. I guess Halloween isn’t that big here. Also, no one appreciated my Gringo missionary costume. I worked so hard on it!
Right now my companion and I are in a temporary room. For Chilca 1, we found a freaking awesome room one block from Pachis. I love the room and I want to use it. However, the Zone Leaders, with the help from their bishop found a room for the sisters. This room was supposed to be finished, but it wasn’t when the sisters arrived. The floor is just some random cement that I assume is the actual foundation, the bathroom is tiny, and it smells like paint. We have to stay in that room for half a month because Elder Burgi doesn’t want the owner to feel bad after (supposedly) spending 200 soles to fix it up (which she didn’t). Pachis already found a freaking awesome room for the sisters, but because of this room that we’re in, we have to wait until we can switch things up again. The worst part of the room is the amount of light that enters at night and the amount of sound that enters when a car passes. I’m pretty sure that there isn’t a muffler law in Perú because you can hear some really awful engine noises from about every single car. Oh well, it’s an adventure, and I guess I can just hold on and let things happen. It won’t be too long.
Anyway, that’s it for the week. I’m enjoying myself and am ready for things to take off here in Chilca. Hope that you all have a great week because I’m off to have an adventure!
With many llamas,