Thanksgiving in Peru Isn’t Super Awesome

Well, about that title, I mean it because Thanksgiving doesn’t even exist here in Peru. They had a religious festival, but they were celebrating some saint or some “Señor de Los Milagros” that changed the way the Catholic church works or something here. It wasn’t too bad, though. We had our own celebration in our room with some ice cream and some fruit juice (which was a bad combo — I warned my companion!). We talked about things that we were grateful for, and it was a nice celebration. Next Thanksgiving I’ll be able to celebrate it at home! I didn’t get too homesick… but I imagine that Christmas will probably be tough.

For Thanksgiving dessert we bought a Tornado ice cream dessert with some Tampico (a bad combination).

For Thanksgiving dessert we bought a Tornado ice cream dessert with some Tampico (a bad combination).

The latest in cutting technology.

The latest in cutting technology.

It's bigger than my head! But super delicious.

It’s bigger than my head! But super delicious.

Matching pajamas, and cool white Crocs.

Matching pajamas, and cool white Crocs.  What?!

We made a gingerbread house in our room!  Next up, a Christmas tree.  (Thanks, mom.)

We made a gingerbread house in our room! Next up, a Christmas tree. (Thanks, mom.)

Anyway, it has been a pretty decent week. We’ve had some good lessons and things are moving along. Slowly, but it is all picking up. We’ll most likely have a baptism this week. His name is Miguel and he is super awesome. He has been going to seminary in the other ward and is really progressing well. He even knew about the Council in Heaven, which isn’t something that we teach in detail with new investigators. He finally came to our ward, after going to a different ward for so long. He told us that the young men and young women from our ward received him very warmly, so he’ll be staying here in our ward and I’m super happy for him.

A very intoxicated man raising a semi-dead dog outside the church fence. He's a riot.

A very intoxicated man raising a semi-dead dog outside the church fence. He’s a riot.

For P-Day some of the Latin Elders like to play with wooden tops. We try to destroy the other tops or at least get them to stop "dancing."

For P-Day some of the Latin Elders like to play with wooden tops. We try to destroy the other tops or at least get them to stop “dancing.”

Here is the group of Latin missionaries playing with their tops. Sometimes when there's unfairness, it sounds like they are little boys again.

Here is the group of Latin missionaries playing with their tops. Sometimes when there’s unfairness, it sounds like they are little boys again.

The ward is progressing, slowly. It appears that each month the ward takes three steps forward and one step back. However, things are looking up. Proof was the ward baptism last Saturday (which ruined a bunch of appointments for two companionships, but we won’t dwell on that). They approached all four of us missionaries and asked us to fill the font, get baptismal clothing, and give messages. Unfortunately, they called on us last minute. We called the Zone Leaders to get the clothing, and they spent a fortune on the passage going from zone to zone looking for the clothes. Then… the family showed up late, didn’t use the clothes that they worked so hard on getting, and the water was cold. It was a bit of a mess, but it was a good learning experience for patience (for me) and in how to administer (for the ward mission leaders). Even though it drove me crazy, it was all good.

Well, there isn’t too much to report. Things are moving here and we’re having a fun time. Hope that ya’ll have a great week because I’m off to have an adventure!

With many llamas,

David

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