Ward to Branch, and Other Interesting Changes

My new companion, Elder Pizzaro from Lima!

My new companion, Elder Pizarro from Lima!

Elder Pizzaro and me. He's brand new!

Elder Pizzaro and me. He’s brand new!

So, this week has been full of changes. First and foremost, I have a new companion. I am staying in Jauja, thankfully. I am actually training. Like really training — not finishing the training, but starting it. The only unusual thing is that for two days I waited for President’s call, like he always does. I had a feeling that I would be training before transfers were made known. So, I waited. Then on Tuesday the Zone Leaders confirmed that I was training, so I kept waiting. I waited until 1:00 AM that night wondering if he would call (well, I was awake because my companion took forever organizing his stuff…). So, I waited. And…. nothing. So, going to bed at 1:00 AM was made even better when I had to wake up at 5:00 AM to get ready to go to Huancayo so I could be at the trainers training meeting. It was a great meeting (especially since they gave me breakfast!). It was really nice to talk with President Henderson for a bit. It was also super weird noticing that I am probably the singular missionary in the field with as much time as I have that is also training. He thanked me for coming on such short notice and was grateful that I could make it. I think this must have been a crazy transfer.

After 3 months (of us being there... it was more like a year in total) of a broken window patched up with Liahona clippings, Hermano Maximo decided to buy a new window for us.

After 3 months (of us being there… it was more like a year in total) of a broken window patched up with Liahona clippings, Hermano Maximo decided to buy a new window for us.

Anyway, my new companion is Elder Marcoly Pizarro from Lima. He’s a great guy and we’re excited to get moving along with the work. Things are fantastic with us. He’s a recent convert of a few years, so he is learning a lot, but he really knows how to connect with the members.

Which leads me to the next point:

The First Presidency made a change in our unit. President Monson himself came down to Jauja! LOL, just kidding. It would be quite interesting if he did come down, but he didn’t. The Stake Presidency got a letter from the First Presidency saying that the ward would be dropped from a ward to a branch. Which I think is fantastic. It is exactly what we need. The branch now has a president (after not having a bishop forever), which means that someone can hold the keys to direct the work and to help others. It also gives the members something to really fight for. I’m excited. My companion and I have tons of plans for the area and the branch, and we are ready to get fighting to build this place back up, like we should.

Funny story... One day at church I took off my glasses to clean them whilst Bonnie was present. She hurried and turned away in fear of my face without glasses. Ever since, I have been bothering her with it and she has been bothering me with hers. So, here are the two of us.

Funny story… One day at church I took off my glasses to clean them whilst Bonnie was present. She hurried and turned away in fear of my face without glasses. Ever since, I have been bothering her with it and she has been bothering me with hers. So, here are the two of us.

That’s about it for this week. Not too exciting since we lost some time doing various important things like baptism interviews, service, and getting the airport phone number for Sister Henderson (she asked me to go to the Jauja airport to get their phone number since there are a ton of missionaries flying from Lima out here in the next few days).

Anyway, hope that you all have a fantastic week! Enjoy this week’s adventures! I’m off to have my own!

with many llamas,

David

Also, I’m glad that Dorothy had a fantastic time at Prom. I got the pictures and she looked very cute.

We had a fantastic activity this week. Noche de Postres! (Dessert Night) The contestants are all ready to go.

We had a fantastic activity this week. Noche de Postres! (Dessert Night) The contestants are all ready to go.

The tension rises as they plate the food.

The tension rises as they plate the food.

Some just couldn't wait to whet that monstrous appetite.

Some just couldn’t wait to whet that monstrous appetite.

Yes, I too was in attendance.

Yes, I too was in attendance.

Things were all ready to go go. The judges (with their fantastic hair-dos) couldn't wait to enjoy the fantastic food-dos.

Things were all ready to go go. The judges (with their fantastic hair-dos) couldn’t wait to enjoy the fantastic food-dos.

Not sure what they are thinking, but I do know that sugar plums are not dancing in their heads. Because... well... there weren't any.

Not sure what they are thinking, but I do know that sugar plums are not dancing in their heads. Because… well… there weren’t any.

Was this planned??? I think that this was part of the contestant's strategy

Was this planned??? I think that this was part of the contestant’s strategy.

The tension rises as the contestants anxiously wait for the results.

The tension rises as the contestants anxiously wait for the results.

My favorite dish. Alright, it wasn't a dessert, but it was delicious. It was Arroz Cusqueño. It has noodles and french fries in it!

My favorite dish. Alright, it wasn’t a dessert, but it was delicious. It was Arroz Cusqueño. It has noodles and french fries in it!

And our pension won! She made Mazamorra with Peaches (sorry dad, you probably wouldn't have liked it).

And our pension won! She made Mazamorra with Peaches (sorry dad, you probably wouldn’t have liked it).

In a kind act of service, my companion and I helped the sisters cut bread for some sandwitches.

In a kind act of service, my companion and I helped the sisters cut bread for some sandwiches.

And we kept cutting bread.

And we kept cutting bread.

You can't see it, but we cut 150 breads.

You can’t see it, but we cut 150 breads.

And to finish it off, we had to go back and cut each of the finished sandwiches in half because over 180 people showed up! It was a miracle because we had far more than enough.

And to finish it off, we had to go back and cut each of the finished sandwiches in half because over 180 people showed up! It was a miracle because we had far more than enough.

 

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