I Am a Member of the Fellowship of the Unashamed

That same old cuy just wants to kill someone.

That same old cuy just wants to kill someone.

Elder Fitzgerald tried to feed a llama.

Elder Fitzgerald tried to feed a llama.

We found a pretty awesome mask.

We found a pretty awesome mask.

This has been a great week. I have really felt the Spirit so much this week and I know that things are progressing. The Lord is blessing us for our righteous efforts in the gospel, and we are loving the work here. We are becoming members of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth

 

This week has been so awesome that I can’t really say much about it because I don’t have the time to say so in my letters on Mondays. However, I will tell you about our activity and how amazing it was.

We had an “amistura” this week, which is basically where everyone that can brings food and prepares enough for everyone to try it. (Note from Mom: he has apparently forgotten the word “potluck.”)

We prepared mini pizzas and everyone loved them. They were also so amazingly cheap to make in Peru, that we might make them again this week. Anyway, we had about ten investigators show up. They all made friends and they all loved the activity. The Spirit definitely blessed them and helped them come to the activity. Most all of these investigators came to church and loved the services. Elder Fitzgerald and I felt such a feeling of love and joy for each of them. It was amazing.

For the branch activity, we prepared mini pizzas.

For the branch activity, we prepared mini pizzas.

Maximo helped us out by cutting up the mushrooms.

Maximo helped us out by cutting up the mushrooms.

Elder Fitzgerald was pretty excited to eat these pizzas.

Elder Fitzgerald was pretty excited to eat these pizzas.

Ready for the oven.

Ready for the oven.

Cooling down a bit to take them to the chapel.

Cooling down a bit to take them to the chapel.

Leftover bread. We bought 40 or 50 pieces of bread. Weren't sure how much we'd actually need.

Leftover bread. We bought 40 or 50 pieces of bread. Weren’t sure how much we’d actually need.

Off to the chapel.

Off to the chapel.

We's are so cool.

We’s are so cool.

Our presentation. We made about 50 of them (well, we ate like 3 each when they came out of the oven!)

Our presentation. We made about 50 of them (well, we ate like 3 each when they came out of the oven!)

Someone made stuffed chicken with fruits.

Someone made stuffed chicken with fruits.

The classic papa a la huancaina.

The classic papa a la huancaina.

Caldo de gallina

Caldo de gallina

Pancakes

Pancakes

Some wheat dessert

Some wheat dessert

She made Arroz con Leche.

She made Arroz con Leche.

Anticuchos which are barbequed cow hearts. Pretty tasty -- they all got eaten

Anticuchos which are barbequed cow hearts. Pretty tasty — they all got eaten

Causa. Mashed potatoes with flavors.

Causa. Mashed potatoes with flavors.

We were really really full. However, after this we ate the last 6 pizzas that were left........ yeah.

We were really really full. However, after this we ate the last 6 pizzas that were left…….. yeah.

Well, that’s about it. Hope you all have a great week. I only have two more weeks in Jauja, so I’m going to make the most of it.

Love you all! I’m off to have an adventure!

With many llamas,

David

I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His and I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I’m done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.

My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear.

I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.  I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He’ll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear!”

(This piece gets passed around a lot, and attribution is problematic according to internet search engines. Whether it was written by a Saint or a Sinner, the message is inspiring.)

What Is Your Temperature?

Ian's baptism this week. He's grandson of the older lady in the picture.

Ian’s baptism this week. He’s grandson of the older lady in the picture.

He's a short little feller.

He’s a short little feller.

Revelation 3:15-16

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

 

Yesterday, we had a special stake conference attended by a member of the Area Seventy. He had a great talk about conversion. He started by sharing this scripture. He also went ahead and shared the original Greek translation. Instead of Hot and Cold, John really wanted to say Frozen and Boiling. A little bit more interesting, right? So, then he asked us all the question, What is your temperature?

He told us that since we all have testimonies that the Church is true, we cannot be frozen anymore, but lukewarm. That is the minimum after getting a testimony. We know it is true, the Lord has testified that it is true, and we are the left to act on it. However, are we just lukewarm? Or are we boiling? Boiling is having the will to act on that flame. Boiling is true conversion to the Lord. He then offered three points on how we can be boiling and not just lukewarm.

  1. Scripture Study — what is your temperature?
  2. How we treat others — what is your temperature? (He also stated that general authorities find that this is the greatest key indicator for conversion)
  3. Tithing and Offerings — what is your temperature?

This was the most inspiring talk that I have heard my whole mission and I hope that these thoughts can help you be better converted. He told us that all commandments and other things within the will of the Lord can be measured this way. Act, then you shall be boiling.

Ether 12:26-28

26 And when I had said this, the Lord spake unto me, saying: Fools mock, but they shall mourn; and my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness;

27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

28 Behold, I will show unto the Gentiles their weakness, and I will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me—the fountain of all righteousness.

 

So that’s what I learned this week. The work continues. It is still hard, but it is starting to give fruit. I am really excited to see where things go. I only have three more weeks as a missionary in the field, and it still blows my mind. I have no idea how badly life will hit me. At least I have two fantastic companions — Elder Fitzgerald and the Spirit of the Lord. I know that He is interested in my life and in your lives. He works through many mysterious ways to bring to pass His work. Trust Him and you will see how things change.

Anyway, that’s about it for this week. I sure do love you all. Have a great week! I’m off to have an adventure!

With many llamas,

David

PS — Mom! Your birthday package arrived, finally. Better late than never! As you can see we really enjoyed the Mac & Cheese, and the birthday cake.

We went to Hermana Lucha's house this week and made Mac and Cheese.

We went to Hermana Lucha’s house this week and made Mac and Cheese.

It was pretty good.

It was pretty good.

I even tried to eat the pot.

I even tried to eat the pot.

Elder Fitzgerald also loved it

Elder Fitzgerald also loved it.

Then we made my cake mix! Mom's birthday box finally arrived. This is the oven. It worked really well.

Then we made my cake mix! Mom’s birthday box finally arrived. This is the oven. It worked really well.

It came out pretty tasty.

It came out pretty tasty.

I even frosted it.

I even frosted it.

A good cake for a good family.

A good cake for a good family.

They Should Let No Pride or Haughtiness Disturb Their Peace

Mosiah 27:3-4 

3 And there was a strict command throughout all the churches that there should be no persecutions among them, that there should be an equality among all men;

4 That they should let no pride nor haughtiness disturb their peace; that every man should esteem his neighbor as himself, laboring with their own hands for their support.

 

First, I didn’t do much picture-worthy this week. So, no pictures and I am sorry.

This has been a fantastic week. The Lord is hastening His work for real in Jauja. Two missionaries were pulled out of the branch because Elder Mercado, my old companion has to be reassigned to Ecuador due to paperwork not wanting to work out. He and Elder Lema have been sent away. I am now with Elder Fitzgerald of Arizona, USA, so it looks like I’ll be finishing with a gringo, just how I started. It is a pretty nice breath of fresh air since we can talk and understand each other perfectly and have plenty of things to share. I’m grateful for this change and am excited for what the Lord has in store for us.

This week we have hit a new record for me in total number of lessons taught. We have taught 23 different lessons (including less-actives, actives, and investigators) just in this week, and we’re pretty sure that we can up that even more. We have been helping many people feel the need to repent, which is something that I’ve been learning. We have to call others to repentance as missionaries, as that is the only true way to come unto Christ.

We have taught an amazing family this week as well. They are a reference from our Elder’s Quorum president, who was Stake President in the past. He is an assistant or cabinet member for the government in Jauja, so he was talking with this man as part of his work. The husband of the family got in a car accident last Sunday and almost lost his life. After talking with our Elder’s Quorum president, he decided that he needed to really change his life and come unto Christ. So, the reference made it to us. As we talked in the first appointment, we learned that the missionaries — Elder Stone and his companion — taught him about two years ago. They dropped the family due to lack of progression. However, the father is reading the Book of Mormon and his closing prayer was so powerful that we knew that he was ready. His wife wants to come to Christ as well and really wants to help her family. The daughter wants to reconcile herself with God. So, we have a great project. (We just need to get them married. As usual.)

We’ve had loads of spiritual experiences this week, but I can’t list them all here. The Lord is hastening his work. He really is. We have to join Him or be left behind.

Moroni 10:32-33

32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.

 

Well, that’s what’s happening in Jauja. I’m happy. The Lord is happy. I am good, and God is good. Keep the faith and come unto Christ. I’m off to have an adventure!

With many llamas,

David

These Are His Seed

Shucking corn for a lady in need.

Shucking corn for a lady in need.

The corn here comes out in various colors. This is Delia, a sister who takes care of her 93-year-old father just like Dad took care of Granddad.

The corn here comes out in various colors. This is Delia, a sister who takes care of her 93-year-old father just like Dad took care of Granddad.

We went to Muqui (man have I got some awesome stories to tell you about this place) and climbed up the old bell tower.

We went to Muqui (man have I got some awesome stories to tell you about this place) and climbed up the old bell tower.

Mosiah 15:5-20, 26-31

And thus the flesh becoming subject to the Spirit, or the Son to the Father, being one God, suffereth temptation, and yieldeth not to the temptation, but suffereth himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by his people.

And after all this, after working many mighty miracles among the children of men, he shall be led, yea, even as Isaiah said, as a sheep before the shearer is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.

Yea, even so he shall be led, crucified, and slain, the flesh becoming subject even unto death, the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father.

And thus God breaketh the bands of death, having gained the victory over death; giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men—

Having ascended into heaven, having the bowels of mercy; being filled with compassion towards the children of men; standing betwixt them and justice; having broken the bands of death, taken upon himself their iniquity and their transgressions, having redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice.

And now I say unto you, who shall declare his generation? Behold, I say unto you, that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed. And now what say ye? And who shall be his seed?

Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord—I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God.

For these are they whose sins he has borne; these are they for whom he has died, to redeem them from their transgressions. And now, are they not his seed?

Yea, and are not the prophets, every one that has opened his mouth to prophesy, that has not fallen into transgression, I mean all the holy prophets ever since the world began? I say unto you that they are his seed.

And these are they who have published peace, who have brought good tidings of good, who have published salvation; and said unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!

And O how beautiful upon the mountains were their feet!

And again, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that are still publishing peace!

And again, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who shall hereafter publish peace, yea, from this time henceforth and forever!

And behold, I say unto you, this is not all. For O how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that is the founder of peace, yea, even the Lord, who has redeemed his people; yea, him who has granted salvation unto his people;

For were it not for the redemption which he hath made for his people, which was prepared from the foundation of the world, I say unto you, were it not for this, all mankind must have perished.

But behold, the bands of death shall be broken, and the Son reigneth, and hath power over the dead; therefore, he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead.

But behold, and fear, and tremble before God, for ye ought to tremble; for the Lord redeemeth none such that rebel against him and die in their sins; yea, even all those that have perished in their sins ever since the world began, that have wilfully rebelled against God, that have known the commandments of God, and would not keep them; these are they that have no part in the first resurrection.

Therefore ought ye not to tremble? For salvation cometh to none such; for the Lord hath redeemed none such; yea, neither can the Lord redeem such; for he cannot deny himself; for he cannot deny justice when it has its claim.

And now I say unto you that the time shall come that the salvation of the Lord shall be declared to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.

Yea, Lord, thy watchmen shall lift up their voice; with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.

Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.

The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

 

So, I was studying the words of Abinadi this week. And well, these words basically sum up everything that I feel about the Savior. I know that He is the Son of God and that He is our Redeemer. Come unto Him.

Lots of potatoes in Perú.

Lots of potatoes in Perú.

Amelia -- I got back on the "Pistachio train" last night. So good. Couldn't stop.

Amelia — I got back on the “Pistachio train” last night. So good. Couldn’t stop.

This week has been really great. I can feel the hastening of the Work, especially since I am now in my last transfer. There is so much to be done in so little time. I know that the Lord has much in store for Jauja. Members that haven’t come in years are starting to come back, and many things are just working out. The branch president is enjoying us four missionaries, and it feels like we are working together really well. Yesterday we had 82 people in Sacrament Meeting, which was just so fantastic. I know that the Lord is mindful of this part of the vineyard. He is really there.

We had a baptism in Jauja!

We had a baptism in Jauja!

Tons of people traveled half an hour with us to get there at 8:00 AM Sunday morning. It was so great to have so much support.

Tons of people traveled half an hour with us to get there at 8:00 AM Sunday morning. It was so great to have so much support.

We held the baptism in the Thermal Baths of Acaya. It was a great service.

We held the baptism in the Thermal Baths of Acaya. It was a great service.

There really isn’t much else to say today. I know that my letters have gotten boring… but that’s because I don’t have much time left. Hope that you all have a great week and that you have a great adventure. I’m off to have an adventure — we are headed for a multi-zone barbecue in Chupaca.

With many llamas,

David

My birthday was on Thursday! Hermano Maximo and Hermana Olinda remembered and celebrated it.

My birthday was on Thursday! Hermano Maximo and Hermana Olinda remembered and celebrated it.

My ever-trusty companions at my party.

My ever-trusty companions at my party.

They must know that I love manjar (dulce de leche), because the cake was covered in it.

They must know that I love manjar (dulce de leche), because the cake was covered in it.

Blowing out the candles.

Blowing out the candles.

The necessary bite. (I think we'd call it a face plant in English.)

The necessary bite. (I think we’d call it a face plant in English.)

Even the Pacahuala family celebrated my birthday.

Even the Pacahuala family celebrated my birthday.

They must have known that I also love chocolate frosting because this cake was covered in it.

They must have known that I also love chocolate frosting because this cake was covered in it.

Turn to the Lord with Full Purpose of Heart

The sun is burning us.

The sun is burning us.

The field is white, already to harvest -- redux. (This one is better picture than the last one. The wheat is even whiter and the sun gives a cool effect.)

The field is white, already to harvest — redux. (This one is better picture than the last one. The wheat is even whiter and the sun gives a cool effect.)

Mosiah 7:19, 33

19 Therefore, lift up your heads, and rejoice, and put your trust in God, in that God who was the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; and also, that God who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, and caused that they should walk through the Red Sea on dry ground, and fed them with manna that they might not perish in the wilderness; and many more things did he do for them.
33 But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage.

So, I’ve picked up my study in the Book of Mormon again and have been plowing through. I’ve learned and relearned a lot. King Benjamin’s talk is just awesome. It is totally worth some study if you get a chance.

I’ve been really thinking about my relationship with God this week. I’ve learned and realized that I need to work on that. So, I have been. I can now honestly testify that when we pray to God with faith more frequently, He hears and answers us in the way that He knows appropriate. For example, when we were just walking after all of our plans had fallen through, I offered a silent prayer to my Father in Heaven for guidance in what we could do. A few minutes later, I thought that we should visit one of our old investigators that was fairly nearby. When we spoke with her, she was super happy to see us. She didn’t think that we wanted to visit her any more, so she was excited to see us.

Other than that, there isn’t too much else to talk about. I’m getting close to being done and my time is down to just one transfer. I turn 21 on Thursday. I’m not sure how I feel about this transfer because it is the last one — it is both hard and exciting to think about the mission coming to a close.

All of us have birthdays from January to the beginning of June.

All of us have birthdays from January to the beginning of June.

Happy Birthday to the Jovenes! It was our mission activity this week.

Happy Birthday to the Jovenes! It was our mission activity this week.

Have a great week. I’m off to have an adventure, I guess.
With many llamas,
David
We're so kewl.

We’re so kewl.

A gambling machine for "Pakémon."

A gambling machine for “Pakémon.”

There was a parade getting ready to move out in our neighborhood. It was an elementary school where several kids in the branch go, so it was exciting.

There was a parade getting ready to move out in our neighborhood. It was an elementary school where several kids in the branch go, so it was exciting.