Christmas Has Come and Gone and A New Year is Ready

At the cross-roads of destiny.

At the crossroads of destiny.

Our project during the week. Organize the entire ward directory by street. It was a very daunting task.

Our project during the week. Organize the entire ward directory by street. It was a very daunting task.

Well, another week. There isn’t really a whole lot to report, so I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. I really enjoyed Christmas this year and it was super nice to reflect on the Savior.

Christmas PJ's! My companion wasn't very excited to give this a try. The painting on the wall was started by a missionarly long-gone.  There's another one in the other room with Joseph and Potiphar's wife, with Joseph dressed in missionary attire.

Christmas PJ’s! My companion wasn’t very excited to give this a try. The painting on the wall was started by a missionarly long-gone. There’s another one in the other room with Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, with Joseph dressed in missionary attire.

Overlooking the Laguna de Pacas in Jauja. It was a nice quick pass with our Pension's family.

Overlooking the Laguna de Pacas in Jauja. It was a nice quick pass with our Pension’s family.

They even had boats!

They even had boats!

An awesome picture of the laguna in black and white.

An awesome picture of the laguna in black and white.

The pension's family. They're a bunch of nice people.

The pension’s family. They’re a bunch of nice people.

Christmas was a great day. We had a good time with our Pension’s family and tried to get some work done. We had a ton of Panetón and lots of other good stuff. However, the best part of the season was how close I came to the Savior. I feel like I had an Enos moment. The words of Life just sunk down into my soul and I poured my heart out to my Maker. I’m no means perfect, but I think that this is one of the most important first steps that I can take in that direction. I know that this is planned and that God sent me to Jauja for a reason. I imagine that this was one of those reasons.

I opened all my gifts! I love all of the gifts and would like to thank ALL involved.

I opened all my gifts! I love all of the gifts and would like to thank ALL involved.

The Christmas tree in our window. It looks nice.

The Christmas tree in our window. It looks nice.

Finished the good ol' advent calendars!

Finished the good ol’ advent calendars!

My old belt. Thanks for the new one! I needed it!

My old belt. Thanks for the new one! I needed it!

We’ve been doing a lot of walking this week. We are having a hard time finding people to teach. I’ve heard people say that there are no hard areas, but there are certainly people with hardened hearts here. We are trying everything that we know how to do, but it isn’t quite working. We talk to quite a few people here, but they just aren’t that interested. They say that there’s a special phrase here in Jauja: “Mientras Jauja sigue bailando, Huancayo sigue progresando.” Meaning that as long as Jauja is dancing and partying, Huancayo is progressing. That means that they are traditionalists and love their parties.

On the top of the mountain in Jauja, there are three crosses set up like the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior.

On the top of the mountain in Jauja, there are three crosses set up like the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior.

Everything the light touches (and more) belongs to us.

Everything the light touches (and more) belongs to us.

Our pension's job is making and renting and selling festival clothing. This is a nice manikin (of the likes I still hate and scare me to death) with me in a traditional mask.

Our pension’s job is making and renting and selling festival clothing. This is a nice manikin (of the likes I still hate and scare me to death) with me in a traditional mask.

She now has hair.

She now has hair.

Well, that’s just about it for this week. Not too much to report, but I’m certain that there will be more next week. I’m ready for an adventure and I hope that you all have a great one, too!

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