They Were of One Heart and One Mind

We put the snowman up on our window. I think it helps with the curb appeal.

We put the snowman up on our window. I think it helps with the curb appeal.

So, this week I thought I’d try something different. Instead of only just talking about some of the random things that happened this week, I’d talk about something that I’ve been thinking and studying about for the last week. I’d first like to thank Dad for reminding me of this idea as it really helps me as a missionary help others.

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I Love Maps, All Kinds of Maps!

This week it finally occurred to me that it would be useful to have a map of Huancayo, so we got one. That was the greatest day ever. The whole valley makes perfect sense now! Maps should be standard in the mission! I don’t know what took me so long to think of it! I will now never get lost nor will I question the way that I’m going. The map that I had been building in my head is now complete.

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Just a Normal Week in Huancayo

Well, it has been another week in Huancayo. We’re having a blast and are really enjoying all of the many surprises that Huancayo and, well, Perú in general have to offer. For starters, we thoroughly enjoyed a Santiago/Fiesta that was basically right outside our window. Well, it wasn’t actually RIGHT outside our window, but it sure did seem that way. It was actually behind the houses across the street, so even though we couldn’t see it, we sure could hear it! I do not love having a hard time going to sleep some nights, but at least THEY enjoyed themselves. It makes me wonder how Perú would be with sound ordinance laws…

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The White Rice Always Wins

I don’t know what is up with this crazy place. I have tried several times to avoid white rice in a day and, unfortunately, I have always lost. I cannot understand why it is SO hard to avoid white rice just for one day. Don’t get me wrong because I love white rice, but there are days where I just get tired of it and would rather eat something like noodles or even just skip the rice altogether. But no — we HAVE to eat it every single day. Yesterday, nobody had lunch for us, so we ate lunch in our room based on some food that we just had in storage and it was rather good. There was no rice-based food in that meal, and we almost made a whole day without rice. However, when dinner came we had rice with fried eggs because the Pachis are about out of money for the month.  It is a super cheap meal, but rather tasty if the eggs are undercooked and you can get the yoke over the rice. We were so close! But, that’s Perú for you!

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Fourth of July in Perú and Meeting the New Presidente

Well, hope that everyone had a great Fourth of July! I sure did. We taught some awesome lessons and really helped people come unto Christ. We got a young man ready for his baptism and did some other things that were rather productive. Along with that we also had hamburgers with Mamí Pachis. She is seriously the best pensionista in the entire world. She made Elder Bonner and me Mac and Cheese twice this week and real hamburgers. She also told us that she is our mother for the next few months, so we have to see her as our mother. She’ll never replace my real mother, but at least she’s a decent replacement while I’m gone.

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Hello from the Mission Peru Huancayo

That’s right! As I suspected, I ended up in the Mission Perú Huancayo! I got a phone call on Tuesday night informing me that I would be headed off to Huancayo in the morning, and boy was I excited. I am rather sad to leave behind Elder Nuñez, but I know that it was time for a change. I was tired of being tired all the time in Cerro de Pasco — that is not a healthy city. So, I headed off to Huancayo via a bus that was headed off to Lima  and got off in La Oroya to meet with one of the zone leaders of Tarma so he could put me in a really uncomfortable car (seriously, three elders with 2-3 huge suitcases each!) and I headed off to Huancayo. When I got to Huancayo, there was a really nice reunion with me, Elder Cifuentes, and a handful of other elders that I know. Then, we headed off to my area, Chilca, Huancayo where I am District Leader over Pampas and Florida (two elder and two hermana companionships). I’m super excited for my new assignment and am anxiously awaiting what the Lord has in store for me.

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I Have Reached My 2nd Decade and I’m Serving the Lord

Well, that’s right. This week was officially my birthday week. I am now 20 years old, and I feel rather old. I can hardly believe that I’ve had this wonderful (yet rather corrupt and very-easy-to-get-sick) mortal body but that’s just the beauty of mortal life. You get sick, and I did that with a vengeance after my birthday. But, as the owner of our room (a super awesome guy named Berto) told me —  at least I’ll know what it feels like when one of my loved ones gets really sick and doesn’t just have a cold. Man, Thursday night was a LONG one.

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