A Jedi’s Strength Flows From the Force

Well, we’re missionaries, but it is a pretty interesting comparison. A Missionary’s strength flows from the Spirit, which is a remarkable comparison. Just like Luke Skywalker, who has to learn to control the Force, we as missionaries have to learn to listen to the Spirit and to draw what we teach from that power. If we don’t, the message of the Gospel will never reach the heart of the person, as it is promised in 2 Nephi 33. I have really learned to rely on that power in our lessons and as we teach our investigators because they are God’s children, and He knows them better than I ever will.

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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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Huaytapallana: My Death this Week

So, this email is later than normal this week (4pm MDT rather than 10am!) because this morning we went to the highest mountain in the Huancayo region of Peru. The mountain is named Huaytapallana and in Quechua means “place to pick flowers.” However, there are absolutely no flowers! And there’s some kind of curse on the mountain that if you take flowers from the mountain, you will personally cause a TON of rain and miserable weather in the valley… Not sure if that curse is true, but it was a great hike! We hiked for about three hours on the uphill direction and an hour and a half on the downhill. There is a gigantic glacier that we figured had been around since the ice age and that there are probably some pretty fantastic creatures buried under the ice that we have never known existed! Well, maybe I’m just exaggerating this time, but whatever. (from Mom: David spelled it ‘exadurating’ — he is officially losing his English, I think!)

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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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We are All Enlisted ‘Til the Conflict is O’er!

Well, I’m approaching a year and with another transfer of eight weeks this transfer, the math makes it look like I’ll be coming home in a year from this week or last, depending on how it actually turns out. That’s pretty darned crazy, but that’s how it rolls. Can’t honestly believe that the time has gone by so fast. And now that I’m basically on the ‘bajada’ or ‘down-hill’ part of the mission, it will probably end up going faster. Can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me this next year. I hope I’m ready for it.

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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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Hello from the Newest DL in SPdC

Sorry to be so late in writing today!  We’re in Tarma, and had trouble pulling out our monthly money at the ATM.  The mission debit cards wouldn’t work, so I took out quite a bit from my personal checking account — 200 Soles which is like $75.  I hope they have it fixed soon.  And then we got here, and the mouse on the computer didn’t work.  But, it is all good now.

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Greetings from La Merced

Well, I’m currently sitting in our old Zone Internet store-place in La Merced.  We’re in La Merced because we have a multi-zone conference tomorrow with Presidente Ardila.  We left San Pedro at about 8:00 last night and made it at about 9:40 here in La Merced.  It was actually super exciting to pass through my first area and enjoy seeing what I saw for three months straight.  I really reflected on how far I’ve come as a missionary and how far I still have left to go.  And, after three months in the mountains it feels really good to be in the heat again.

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Not a Ton of Things Going on in San Pedro De Cajas

Seriously.  Basically all of the activity in SPdC has come to a complete halt.  All of the kids are on vacation, because the schools are shut down.  Christmas is over and so is New Years, so there really isn’t anything going on at all.  All the festivals and other events seem to have stopped as well.  There’s really nothing going on in the town now, and it is rather boring.  I am learning a ton about everything, but there’s really just nothing to report.

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