Last Email in the Field

I have no idea what to say. It has come down to the last week as a missionary. It all ends here. I am so terrified of what is coming. I can’t believe how fast these last few weeks have gone.

I just want to share my testimony of this work. I know that this is the true Church of Christ. He has done everything for us. Even if we were to serve Him every minute and second of our lives, we would be unworthy servants. But He doesn’t care. I’ve been such an imperfect missionary, and I can honestly see my imperfections. I have come so far, but there is still so much more to do. He lives. He invites ALL to come unto Him. He wants to make us happy. He suffered everything so that we can live. I love Him.

Even when times get rough and you don’t think that you can continue forward, nor that you can continue with His gospel, give it another chance. I have seen way too many people fall by the wayside. Stay strong. Hold to the Rod. Just keep trying. It isn’t worth it to fall away and not get back up. Our eternity and destiny depend on the decisions that we make now. Come to Him.

Well, that’s it from Elder Van Komen. Perhaps the next time I write, I’ll just be David. Anyway, I’m off to have an adventure!

With many llamas!

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

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.

I Do This For a Wise Purpose

The field is white already to harvest.

The field is white already to harvest.

Well, all I know is that the Lord does things for his own purposes. We don’t know what they are, and it make take a while to figure them out, but he does them for a reason.

Elder Mercado as the Angel Moroni

Elder Mercado as the Angel Moroni

We went again to Tunanmarca this week. This time I was smart and wore long pants.

We went again to Tunanmarca this week. This time I was smart and wore long pants.

I'm too tall to pass as a native here.

I’m too tall to pass as a native here.

The ruins and the sky.

The ruins and the sky.

Nasty cactuses

Nasty cactuses

This week, Elder Fitzgerald had to go to Lima for his papers. Something happened with the paperwork for the whole group of gringos who came in December, and they had to go to Ecuador to essential start over on documentation and paperwork. This meant that his companion, Elder Lema, was to join us all week long. He is actually still with us today.

We have been walking everywhere the past week. We’ve been doing so much stuff to try to keep a good balance between our area and theirs in Jauja. We tried to find a ton of families, we tried to visit members, and we tried our hardest to at least have some success. Yesterday, for example, we tried to visit nine different families that we know always receive us, but they were all gone. We may have failed here as numbers show — we didn’t have much success, but we got to know each other and had a decent time. I’m not going to lie — I’m feeling a little down and frustrated.

Now, I don’t know why it happened. I may not know. It was a hard week. We had some fun, but it’s not fun to make an accounting of your efforts and feel like you come up short. However, I came closer to my Heavenly Father. I know He hears and answers prayers. He really is there for us. And I love Him. I know He loves us. I know that He is interested in even the most minute details of our lives. He lives. His Son lives. They are always there for us.

So, I’m off to have an adventure this week. I have hope that things will be better this week. I guess it is another bit of the refiners fire. I’ve only got 50 days. I can do this. These two years have been the best and hardest thing that I’ve ever done.

With many llamas,

David

I convinced the sisters to get dressed up as Jaujinas. It always makes Olinda happy to deck out the gringos.

I convinced the sisters to get dressed up as Jaujinas. It always makes Olinda happy to deck out the gringos.

We white-washed our apartment walls this week.

We white-washed our apartment walls this week.

Maximo made sure that it was down right.

Maximo made sure that it was down right.

A sister gave me a turtle with a sombrero.

A sister gave me a turtle with a sombrero.

Another statue of the Virgin Mary to add to my collection.

Another statue of the Virgin Mary to add to my collection.

There Was a Change Wrought Upon Them

Elder Mercado and I in our matching ties. We're cools.

Elder Mercado and I in our matching ties. We’re cools.

So, there were emergency transfers in the district this week. Three of the elders, including my companion, all were sent to different areas in the mission. I have Elder Mercado now. He is from Costa Rica and has eight months in the mission. President Henderson has sent him to be with me to learn how to be a district leader. I imagine that I will finish the mission with him. It seems like we will get along really well, so it is a good change. I’m certain that we will have a ton of success.

There isn’t much else to report, really. Things are still trucking along in good ol’ Jauja. The darkness is starting to disappear and things are getting a lot better. We had a baptism in the branch and it was a great service. I was really happy to see someone make sacred covenants.

Cristany was finally baptized! Her mother made the gown for her older sister, and she wanted to use it. Christany is the first member in her family.

Cristany was finally baptized! Her mother made the gown for her older sister, and she wanted to use it. Christany is the first member in her family.

Look at MY camera!

Look at MY camera!

The Jauja elders and a baptism.

The Jauja elders and a baptism.

Cristany and her friends.

Cristany and her friends.

Sorry for the short update, but there really isn’t anything else to report! I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that God is our Heavenly Father. This is the true gospel! Hold to the Rod! The IRON ROD!

Anyway, have a great adventure this week. I’m off to have my own, with my new companion!

With many llamas,

David

Some interesting image of which I have no interpretation.

Some interesting image of which I have no interpretation.

"Born in Hell" is probably the funniest thing I have seen on a Peruvian car. They probably have no idea what it means.

“Born in Hell” is probably the funniest thing I have seen on a Peruvian car. They probably have no idea what it means.

This is a Peruvian facility (which is a word I understand better because of Spanish - facil = easy) where they farm trout.

This is a Peruvian facility (which is a word I understand better because of Spanish – facil = easy) where they farm trout.

Gigantic fresh water trout.

Gigantic freshwater trout.

Time Passes, People Move

Maximo is hugging a toad.

Maximo is hugging a toad.

I think I make a good toad. What do you think?

I think I make a good toad. What do you think?

Is this pose better?

Is this pose better?

Well, we are in May. What. How can that be? Wasn’t it JUST July of 2012? Am I really finishing in just over two months? That isn’t possible. I can’t believe it.

Anyway, quote of the day from Elder Fitzgerald – “Ever since I moved to Perú, I just want to eat chocolate each day.” Is it because of the lack of good chocolate? Is it the high sodium (salt) diet? I’ll let you all decide.

Our district!

Our district!

So, this week has been pretty awesome. We are really focusing on the less-active and inactive families. We have had seven lessons with less actives, but that doesn’t include the lessons with part-member families that we’ve been teaching. The work is progressing here in Jauja, and I am super excited.

Me with God's glorious creations.

Me with God’s glorious creations.

Laguna de Paca

Laguna de Paca

I’ve been working on diligence this past week (no, it isn’t because I’m trunky…). I really feel that I need to just go down fighting. Having just over two months is nothing. I have a transfer and two-thirds left. I can’t believe it. It is coming way too quickly. But, diligence is the antidote to being worried about the future. We are diligent with what the Lord has given us, trust Him, and then He takes care of all of the details.

We’ve been seeing that principle here. We finally had a baptism (the other elders) in Jauja and things are lightening up. We can feel a difference in the atmosphere of the city and things are starting to fill with Light. The enemy of all righteousness isn’t happy. He worked so hard last week to stop that baptism — he targeted the boy’s mother’s insecurity about the truth of the work. He tried to make the young man who was about to baptized have “hot” feet (the water was really warm!). He did everything in his power. But we, including the Lord, beat him. We are really ready to get moving.

About the plan that I mentioned last week, the stake president even likes it, and might even use it as a basis for the rest of the stake. Wow. It just goes to show that sometimes people just need a game plan to get moving. I hope they take it and make progress.

So, that’s about it for the week. Things are trucking along. I love the work and the Lord. Have a great adventure!

With many llamas,

David

The sisters sat in the back of the car because they wanted to get a different view!

The sisters sat in the back of the car because they wanted to get a different view!

All right, I learned my lesson. Baking powder loses its punch after several months. (Actually, almost a year.)

All right, I learned my lesson. Baking powder loses its punch after several months. (Actually, almost a year.)

I shouldn't have cooked the brownies in a pan greased by pure butter...

I shouldn’t have cooked the brownies in a pan greased by pure butter…

 THE FIRST BAPTISM IN JAUJA SINCE NOVEMBER!!

THE FIRST BAPTISM IN JAUJA SINCE NOVEMBER!!

 

A little kid in our branch makes awesome clay figures of Pokémon.

A little kid in our branch makes awesome clay figures of Pokémon.

He LOVES these little pocket monsters.

He LOVES these little pocket monsters.

 

Jauja, Yet Again, But This Time with Progress

It was also Elder Gonzales' birthday this week! The branch threw a party as part of our ward mission night.

It was Elder Gonzales’ birthday this week! The branch threw a party as part of our ward mission night.

The standard biting of the cake.

The standard biting of the cake.

Yes, I was present. No, I am not (too) crazy

Yes, I was present. No, I am not (too) crazy

A good birthday followed by chicken at El Meson.

A good birthday followed by chicken at El Meson.

So, transfers were last week and I am still in Jauja. I am still with Elder Pizarro. We are still having a blast.

On our division, we also found a cute little dog! Her name is Lady.

On our division, we also found a cute little dog! Her name is Lady.

Yes, she is a stray (and probably has fleas), but she is our stray. All of the big bad dogs try to follow her around, but I just kick them.

Yes, she is a stray (and probably has fleas), but she is our stray. All of the big bad dogs try to follow her around, but I just kick them.

This week, we have been working on putting together a big mission plan for the branch. Things are ready to get moving here in Jauja. I’d like to share part of that plan to show how we are going to tackle this most upsetting situation.

First and foremost, the plan is divided in four phases. Each of the phases has a list of ideas for the branch to get things to work, along with a ton of scriptures, which I will list under each of the phases.

Phase 1 – Fortify Branch and Establish the Cause of Zion

D&C 6:6 Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion;

D&C 64:33-34 Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great. Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.

Phase 2 – Become a Fully-Functioning Ward

Mosiah 18:19-21 And he commanded them that they should teach nothing save it were the things which he had taught, and which had been spoken by the mouth of the holy prophets. Yea, even he commanded them that they should preach nothing save it were repentance and faith on the Lord, who had redeemed his people. And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.

D&C 107:99-100 Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence. He that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand, and he that learns not his duty and shows himself not approved shall not be counted worthy to stand. Even so. Amen.

 Phase 3 – Divide the Ward

 D&C 82:14 For Zion must increase in beauty, and in holiness; her borders must be enlarged; her stakes must be strengthened; yea, verily I say unto you, Zion must arise and put on her beautiful garments.

Alma 31:5 And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God.

Phase 4 – Become a Stake and Endure to the End 

Moses 1:39  For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

D&C 18:10-17  Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him. And he hath arisen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance. And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth! Wherefore, you are called to cry repentance unto this people. And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me! Behold, you have my gospel before you, and my rock, and my salvation.

If there is one thing that I have learned from all of the hard areas of the mission, it is that there needs to be a well organized plan, with goals, actions, and, of course, a final goal. We presented this plan to the members, with all of our ideas, and they all took it at once. The leaders were actually excited to get working. We are excited to get working, and of course, the Lord is probably very pleased.

I know that this is the Work of the Lord and it is His Work of Salvation. He is interested in all of the details of our lives, and especially in His plan and His work. He loves each and every one of us and desires our salvation, for behold, this is His work and His glory!

Jauja is progressing, and it is ready for a huge change. I just hope that all works well.

Well, I’m off to have an adventure. Hope that you all have one as well!

With many llamas,

David

On our division this week, Elder Fitzgerald and I found a gigantic spider in their room. It started to climb the walls, so we killed it.

On our division this week, Elder Fitzgerald and I found a gigantic spider in their room. It started to climb the walls, so we killed it.

 

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

I Have Graven Thee Upon the Palms of My Hands

1 Nephi 21:14-16

 14 But, behold, Zion hath said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me—but he will show that he hath not.

 15 For can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.

 16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

So, yesterday was fast and testimony meeting in our little branch. I decided that I should share my testimony after wondering if I should get up. I have been re-reading the Book of Mormon with the intent to discover a love for the book, because I just don’t quite have it yet . A testimony of the book is no problem, but I desire to really love it. So, I shared with them this scripture. I told them that even thought the Lord had “brought them down” to being a branch, He would raise them up if they let Him and work with Him. The Spirit was so strong that I was trembling and couldn’t withhold my words. It was amazing.

Sister Henderson made me FRENCH BREAD.

Sister Henderson made me FRENCH BREAD.

Just look at this beauty. It was soooo tasty.

Just look at this beauty. It was soooo tasty.

So, I’ve been sick this week, so there haven’t been too many adventures because I’ve been so stuffed up that I just haven’t been paying attention. We have a baptism lined up for the 12th and things should be going fantastically for that investigator. We’re teaching another family where the entire branch has to be on board to help them out. It is exciting to see how the branch is finally starting to take responsibility for things that are happening here.

This Tuesday I got another call from Sister Henderson. She told me that they were running late to get to the Airport to pick up two brand new sister missionaries. They didn’t want them to freak out, so they sent me to go and meet them and let them know that they were on their way. So, we sat in the tiny airport and when the plane arrived, I was able to give them the grand welcome! It was great. However, both of them said that they already knew me because they had been reading the blog. How fantastic… The blog is great, but at times it worries me because I wonder WHO is actually reading it. Guess being a missionary with 20 months takes you to that…

Anyway, that’s about it for this week. I burned a pair of pants in a brilliant blaze of fire and have had some fun. The cold is almost gone, so I’m doing fine. Well, hope that you all have some fantastic adventures this week! I’m off to have my own!

To celebrate 20 months, I burnt a pair of pants! (I meant to do this at 18 months, but never managed it.) I wrote a note.

To celebrate 20 months, I burnt a pair of pants! (I meant to do this at 18 months, but never managed it.) I wrote a note.

Me and my pants.

Me and my pants.

They burnt even better than the white shirt!

They burnt even better than the white shirt!

Good bye 20 months! I can't believe I'm so close to the end of the mission!

Good bye 20 months! I can’t believe I’m so close to the end of the mission!

With many llamas,

David

For service this week, we decided to paint our room. However, there was only paint for the ceiling, which I painted again since the paint was falling away.

For service this week, we decided to paint our room. However, there was only paint for the ceiling, which I painted again since the paint was falling away.

For our mission activity, we watched the Testaments with the projector. The thing is installed in the ceiling, but when they installed the projector, they totally forgot to install a white screen. So, to make up for the missing screen, we used one of the sacrament cloths and it fit just perfectly!

For our mission activity, we watched the Testaments with the projector. The thing is installed in the ceiling, but when they installed the projector, they totally forgot to install a white screen. So, to make up for the missing screen, we used one of the sacrament cloths and it fit just perfectly!