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.

We played a ton of Minute to Win it games. One of them was racing on a blanket as if it were a car. (Thanks, Mom, for sending that whole list of games last year! I rooted around in my suitcase for a good 20 minutes, but found it!)

We played a ton of Minute to Win it games. One of them was racing on a blanket as if it were a car. (Thanks, Mom, for sending that whole list of games last year! I rooted around in my suitcase for a good 20 minutes, but found it!)

On your marks....

On your marks….

Goooo!!!

Goooo!!!

It was much harder than we had planned.

It was much harder than we had planned.

Elder Alleman was emcee.  We felt like it was a great activity and a success.

Elder Aleman was emcee and score-keeper. We felt like it was a great activity and a success.

This game required the player to blow a deck of cards off a bottle without blowing off the last one.

This game required the player to blow a deck of cards off a bottle without blowing off the last one.

They were pretty sure this game was impossible!

They were pretty sure this game was impossible!

They did it on the first try!

This team did it on the first try!

Then we even threw shoes through the air! They fly through the air with the greatest of ease, some daring young shoes that just fly through the air...

Then we even threw shoes through the air! They fly through the air with the greatest of ease, some daring young shoes that just fly through the air…

Another one was stacking 5 dice on a popsicle stick and carrying it over to another table.

Another one was stacking five dice on a popsicle stick and carrying it over to another table.

Stacking the dice.

Stacking the dice.

We had the little kids drop dice into a glass bottle as a bonus round.

We had the little kids drop dice into a glass bottle as a bonus round.

There was a lot of help to keep the dice from flying around.

There was a lot of help to keep the dice from flying around.

Another game was transferring a card from one table to another with only a straw. Pretty epíc picture.

Another game was transferring a card from one table to another with only a straw. Pretty epíc picture.

Yes, I was in attendance.

Yes, I was in attendance.

This week for P-Day we also had another adventure. We went to Cochas, a place that I had been to before with the Huancayo zone. It was a great time. We were smooshed on the way there, but we really had a great time. We climbed up to the big cross that looks over the entire valley and we played some games up there. It was a nice and relaxing Zone P-Day with a bunch of friends and some good times.

On our way to P-Day, we got a little smushed in the bus. We headed to Cochas.

On our way to P-Day, we got a little smushed in the bus. We headed to Cochas.

Elder Fawson and Elder Layton decided to ride a gigantic Cuy.

Elder Fawson and Elder Layton decided to ride a gigantic Cuy.

On our way to the gigantic cross, we saw a marker with Jesus teaching some Peruvian Cholos and Cholas.

On our way to the gigantic cross, we saw a marker with Jesus teaching some Peruvian Cholos and Cholas.

From the cross, you can see ALL of Huancayo. Here I am showing it off.

From the cross, you can see ALL of Huancayo. Here I am showing it off.

We played some games with burlap sacks. I opted out and just took a bajillion pictures.

We played some games with burlap sacks. I opted out and just took a bajillion pictures.

This cross looks over the entire valley.

This cross looks over the entire valley.

This week we also had interviews with President Henderson. It was fun to be able to talk with him. The Zone Leaders told us that we had to be in the office at 9:00 AM and so we arrived on time. However, our interviews didn’t start until 1:30 PM and we didn’t leave until 2:30. We were starving and had been in the office for a long long time — just over five hours. However, it was nice because I got to chat with my gringo missionary buddies (Elder Bonner, Elder Barney, Elder Chapman, Elder Fawson, Elder Layton, etc.). It was quite the blast.

Elder Aleman was bit by a spider as he slept. It got pretty swollen.

Elder Aleman was bit by a spider as he slept. It got pretty swollen.

Using the Uno cards that an old Gringo left in our pension, we built a house of cards before dinner. We ran out of cards so we had to resort to standard cards.

Using the Uno cards that an old Gringo left in our pension, we built a house of cards before dinner. We ran out of cards so we had to resort to standard cards.

Unfortunately, it fell over before we could finish it.

Unfortunately, it fell over before we could finish it.

This transfer has really been about me trying to find the way the Lord wants me to work. I really have come closer to Him and I can feel his interest in Jauja. I can feel Him weep with me as I see the hard times families are enduring here in Jauja and I feel that He really wants to help. The main problem here is that there isn’t a Bishop to help people with their Spiritual and Physical problems, which makes members not want to come to church since they don’t have someone to talk to. It is a challenge, but we are going to help the area get past it. We have plans to help the members by teaching them the lessons, then we teach less actives and recent converts. We really think that this will help the ward get on its feet. I can feel the Lord’s approval with this plan.

Well, that’s about it for this week. We’re excited to get moving and I really hope that I can help this ward. I hope that you all have some great adventures this week and that everything goes well! Well, I’m off to have an adventure!

With many llamas,

David

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