Here Comes the Sun

The majesty of the Peruvian mountains.

The majesty of the Peruvian mountains.

So, things are looking up here in Jauja. The rain has all but stopped and the streets have stopped turning into rivers.  Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here.

When we went to one of our smaller towns, I found some girls playing on some (awfully out of tune) snare drums. They let me put one on and play!

When we went to one of our smaller towns, I found some girls playing on some (awfully out of tune) snare drums. They let me put one on and play!

I played with them as well. They were pretty amazed with my skilz.

I played with them as well. They were pretty amazed with my skilz.

The best part is that Holy Week is over! For Easter, we learned how Jaujinos and Huancayinos celebrate the Holy Week. They have varying events leading up to Resurrection Sunday. They have a billion parades, parties, activities, and just for us, all of the people are either with their families or out of town! So, what does that mean, my friends and family? That no one wants to listen! That appointments fall through the roof! It was (not really) fantastic!

We had a great activity as a ward this week. We visited a small town and just enjoyed everything that was happening. We went to a field and just had a great time. I’ll let the pictures tell some of the story. They were expecting a small group of maybe 15-20 to show up, but to their surprise (and consternation) over 70 people showed up! So it was awesome to see tons of people.

We went to a ward activity this week and had some fun. For one game they had to stack cans.

We went to a ward activity this week and had some fun. For one game they had to stack cans.

They had balloons filled with flour for a question activity. It was Elder Fitzgerald and I against each other. I won, obviously.

They had balloons filled with flour for a question activity. It was Elder Fitzgerald and I against each other. I won, obviously.

Elder Gonzales is acting like an old man.

Elder Gonzales is acting like an old man.

We were up against all of the little kids at the activity.

We were up against all of the little kids at the activity.

We lost a tug-of-war competition. However, the rope broke.

We lost a tug-of-war competition. However, the rope broke.

They were amazingly strong.

They were amazingly strong.

Maximo and Olinda with Olinda's sister and her family.

Maximo and Olinda with Olinda’s sister and her family.

Sunday was an interesting learning experience for me. I was totally expecting a very spiritual meeting that would just blow my socks off with their knowledge of the Atonement. I was so ready! But, to my surprise and disappointment, the meeting was not centered around Easter — not the hymn selections or the messages were about Easter. It was honestly a big let-down. But I learned a lesson from it: don’t just rely on others for spiritual fulfillment. Yes, it would have been awesome to have been spiritually fed that way, but I learned how to take control of it. Easter is about Christ, and it is up to me for how I celebrate it. So, I’m totally fine.

Anyway, it was a great week. Thanks for all of your support. Hope that you have a great time and that all goes well! I’m off to have an adventure!

With many llamas,

David

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