Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

The best way to contact: shining shoes in the main Plaza. It was pretty fun. And Elder Aleman did a good job.

The best way to contact: shining shoes in the main Plaza. It was pretty fun. And Elder Aleman did a good job.

I just thought I’d put that as the title because we had lunch yesterday with some members, and the music that we listened to was some pretty sweet Peruvian flute music playing popular songs and that was the one that showed up first.

However, Christ is the Light of the World: “Behold, he is the life and the light of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness” (Alma 38:9) and if we walk in that light we can have eternal life and will not be lost.

Whilst in one of our towns, we found a playground! The slide was super tall and super steep. I almost fell flat on my face.

Whilst in one of our towns, we found a playground! The slide was super tall and super steep. I almost fell flat on my face.

A see-saw that was also super high up. You can obviously tell who weighs more.

A see-saw that was also super high up. You can obviously tell who weighs more.

I think this was the highest my tiny companion could get me up!

I think this was the highest my tiny companion could get me up!

We are doing great here in Jauja. Things are going well and the ward is coming along nicely. Instead of the small increase in attendance we were hoping for yesterday, a ton of people showed up. I really have no idea where they all came from, but we had almost 70 people!  We started about 40 minutes late but at least I got to play the piano for quite a while to invite the Spirit (which was present and very awesome). The meetings went well, and it was wonderful seeing so many people.

This is one of the most interesting fruits that I've had yet. I don't even remember what it was called. It had the texture of a pumpkin but was sweet. We were at the Pacahuala house -- that super cute baby is Maraceli and she's 10 months old. She dances like crazy when you say "bailar" which means "to dance."

This is one of the most interesting fruits that I’ve had yet. I don’t even remember what it was called. It had the texture of a pumpkin but was sweet. We were at the Pacahuala house — that super cute baby is Maraceli and she’s 10 months old. She dances like crazy when you say “bailar” which means “to dance.”

You eat down until you're left with the gigantic seeds.

You eat down until you’re left with the gigantic seeds.

Considering the gigantic festivals in Yauyos, the week went well. It seemed like half the town went to Yauyos, but we still taught quite a few lessons and really enjoyed things. Things are normal again, so we should have even more success in helping the people out here.

In other news, a llama attacked me this week. Fortunately I was able to avoid its spit.  Elder Aleman and I were leaving a member’s house and along came a very crazy and angry looking llama with a collar on.  We just took off in the other direction, and it stopped chasing us.

Um, things are great. I’ve hit 18 months, which is almost too crazy to believe, and I can’t wait to see how things are going to turn out the next few months. It will be some more adventures and I hope that all goes well and that llamas don’t kill me. Anyway, hope that you all have a wonderful week, because I’m off to have an adventure!

With many (non-attacking, but friendly) llamas,

David

My companion hacking at a coconut with a small knife. He was so happy because it reminded him of home.

My companion hacking at a coconut with a small knife. He was so happy because it reminded him of home.

Mission accomplished!

Mission accomplished!

In another one of our towns, there were some kids dressed up as Lions dancing to a guy blowing a whistle and playing on the cajón. They scared some little children. They were trying to get some people to come to their new program.

In another one of our towns, there were some kids dressed up as Lions dancing to a guy blowing a whistle and playing on the cajón. They scared some little children. They were trying to get some people to come to their new program.

They Were Steadfast and Immovable and They Bore with Patience

Alma 1:25  Now this was a great trial to those that did stand fast in the faith; nevertheless, they were steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of God, and they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them.

This scripture is really helping me through Jauja. The Lord is really trying my patience, and I can tell that it is helping me. I never thought that I had problems with this kind of thing, but I guess the Lord knows me better than I do and wants me to be better than I think I am, if that makes sense. I guess that I just have to keep this scripture in mind, and this one from Alma 7:

Alma 7:23-24  And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.  And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.

However, things are going well. I’m enjoying myself, even though there isn’t a whole lot of measurable success. However, I know that the Lord is mindful of me and that He appreciates my ideas, even if others don’t understand them.

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Minute to Win it and Other Adventures!

Well, we had a blast this week with the ward. On Friday night, we had the idea to throw an activity to gain the trust of the members and show that we are totally willing to help this ward and that we aren’t just boring missionaries that just came to waste the time by. The activity was a huge success and we really loved throwing it off. I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

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