I Now Have Sympathy for People Losing Their Hearing

So, it was a pretty slow week in Chilca. We’re basically opening up Chilca 1 since my past companions and I just worked in the area which is now Chilca 2. That means that this transfer is really an “opening” transfer since we are basically starting from Zero. However, the ward is really starting to get to work. And I hope that I don’t sound like I’m over-exaggerating with what they’re trying to do. It is a very slow process to make changes in a ward that has been working the same way ever since the Church was brought here. However, things are slowly, but surely, changing, which is good! We’ve found some people to teach in this area and the ward has given us several families to work with to activate and complete. So, things are all good here.

Elder Yeren and me in our room.  He's a great guy and a good missionary.

Elder Yeren and me in our room. He’s a great guy and a good missionary.

In other news, yesterday was a pretty exciting day for me. It all started with a strange accident after showering. I decided that after several months of neglect it was time to get some q-tips and clean out my ears at least a little bit every day to not be so “cochino” (like a pig). So, I got started cleaning the ear. Then the bad luck started. I accidentally clogged up the ear with wax and air. I couldn’t hear out of my right ear all day yesterday. It made me grumpy all day and lose my patience. It also made it so that I couldn’t enjoy the Primary program.

So, I tried a procedure I now know is called “candling” to get the wax out of the ear. First I tried with some small paper. Bad idea. I burned a bit of my hair (look for the more reddish hair in said picture). Then, my companion made a funnel out of some bigger paper. Worked a bit, but not really. I kept trying it with just letter-sized paper. Didn’t work. So, we left and got to work for the rest of the day. Then during dinner, Pachis, my companion, and Elder Cavero told me that I should do it with newspaper. So, when we got back to the room, we gave it a shot. The pictures tell it all. WE tried it twice and the second time the majority of the wax just flew out and made a pretty decent fire. It was pretty sweet. My ear is still a little clogged, but it is even better than it was last night. I’m not sure this procedure is a good idea and will now try other solutions that mom sent me. Oh well. Live and learn — I guess modern medicine is better than Peruvian tradition.

I don't know if you can see it, but I was a little singed after my first try.

I don’t know if you can see it, but I was a little singed after my first try.

Got my head down on the chair of shame with the newspaper cone in my ear, ready to extract the ear wax.

Got my head down on the chair of shame with the newspaper cone in my ear, ready to extract the ear wax.

Now the newspaper is on fire.  It actually did work, but I don't think I'll do that again.

Now the newspaper is on fire. It actually did work, but I don’t think I’ll do that again.

Anyway, there isn’t too much to report. I’ll see if I encounter any awesome adventures this week to be able to share. Every week is an adventure, but sometimes the adventures are a little more personal or just don’t like to show up as I think they’ll show up. But that’s alright.

Well, I hope that you all have your own adventures this week! I’m off to have my own!

With many llamas,

David

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