We’re Bringing Ultimate Frisbee to Peru

Last week for P-Day, along with watching Kung Fu Panda 2 (in Spanish, but still an excellent movie), we played some Ultimate Frisbee as some missionaries in the zone. We played on a tiny little soccer field, but we still had a blast. Today, however, the majority of the gringos in our multi-zone P-Day played Ultimate Frisbee on a gigantic field. I’m beat, but it was great to know that my skills are still up to par. It was really fun running around like crazy people all morning and afternoon with a Frisbee. Nothing bonds Mormon gringos like Frisbee does.

Anyway, it has been a pretty good week. I’ve had some fun and we’re really working to help out the ward as much as we can. I made up a Ward Mission Plan and presented it to them this week. It contains all of the things that they should be doing to help the ward. It should really help them. The Relief Society assigned visiting teachers, and the sisters are excited to get going with that.

We celebrated Maximo's birthday this week (our Pensionisto). Here he is with our Pensionista, his wife Olinda. They are the best.

We celebrated Maximo’s birthday this week (our Pensionisto). Here he is with our Pensionista, his wife Olinda. They are the best.

Elder Aleman, Maximo, Olinda and me.

Elder Aleman, Maximo, Olinda and me.

Happy Day, Maximo!

Happy Day, Maximo!

They took us to La Mesón, a delicious chicken and meat restaurant. The best part, however, is that they have real ice cubes that they give with their limeade. I  have missed ice cubes!

They took us to La Mesón, a delicious chicken and meat restaurant. The best part, however, is that they have real ice cubes that they give with their limeade. I have missed ice cubes!

The Birthday Boy and his chicken.

The Birthday Boy and his chicken.

The two of us together.

The two of us together.

All three of us! Olinda stayed home, but we brought her chicken too.

All three of us! Olinda stayed home, but we brought her chicken too.

This week I also had a split (or as we say “divisions”) with Elder Guerrero, a newer elder serving in Concepción. We had a day together and we had a blast. Their room is literally the Mansion of the mission. They have a personal chef as a pension (who is the coolest guy I’ve met in quite a while), they have a nice room, and everything is great. Their area is hard as far as proselyting goes, but they have a blast. We really could feel the Spirit as we taught together, and I hope that he learned from me. I really enjoyed my time there.

Elder Gurrero and I had divisions in Concepción. We had fun.

Elder Gurrero and I had divisions in Concepción. We had fun.

Their house is the "mansion of the mission" because their pensionisto is a personal chef, owns several restaurants, and owns a gas station company.

Their house is the “mansion of the mission” because their pensionisto is a personal chef, owns several restaurants, and owns a gas station company.

Seriously. It is a nice house.

Seriously. It is a nice house.

Other than that, there isn’t too much to report. My testimony grows every single day and I can feel the Savior’s hand in my life. I know that this work is true and that we are all sons and daughters of God with a purpose. I love the mission and it is hard to think that I hit 19 months tomorrow. It is coming to a close too quickly.

Hope you all have a great week and stay safe! I’m off to have an adventure!

With many llamas,

David

At about 11:00 PM, some young men and women started to learn the Jija (a Peruvian folk dance) in front of our room. I don't know why.

At about 11:00 PM, some young men and women started to learn the Jija (a Peruvian folk dance) in front of our room. I don’t know why.

Christmas Has Come and Gone and A New Year is Ready

At the cross-roads of destiny.

At the crossroads of destiny.

Our project during the week. Organize the entire ward directory by street. It was a very daunting task.

Our project during the week. Organize the entire ward directory by street. It was a very daunting task.

Well, another week. There isn’t really a whole lot to report, so I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. I really enjoyed Christmas this year and it was super nice to reflect on the Savior.

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Earthquakes are Awesome

So Thursday night, at around 11:00 local time, there was a decent earthquake in Huancayo! I felt the whole thing since I couldn’t quite get to sleep after thinking forever. The earthquake shook my bed, the clothes thingy (what on earth is Ropero in English…?), and I could hear the windows shake hard core. It was awesome, but it shocked me. I proceeded to talk about it with my companion, but he barely even felt it due to being in active Pisco his whole life. Elder Ortega (the Argentinian in my district) thought that the earthquake was a ghost shaking his bed. Yes, there are weird stories that run through the mission.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Well, what a week. It has been pretty great to see the area finally lift up again. We were super excited to see six different investigators at church yesterday. Brian, Lita, Yessel, and Francis are all up to the plate with baptismal dates for next week and all of them were able to attend this week. They’re keeping the majority of their commitments, so I’m super excited to see them progress. We were really having a building time here in Chilca, so it is super exciting to see things pick back up here! Just really goes to show that hard work and perseverance actually pay off. Yesterday at church I finally felt that the ward was also picking up from both administrative points to the general Spirit and attitude felt there. I’m so grateful for the awesomeness that is the Work of Salvation! Why would we be afraid of sharing the Gospel with our friends if it leads them to their salvation?

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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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Wake Me Up When September Ends

Well, it has arrived. September. I am super excited that it is September because that means that we’re entering into the last cycle of the seasons that I’ll have on the mission. That means that there will no longer be any more rain that I will have to deal with as a missionary. Winter here means rainy season and rainy season means wet missionaries and less work done because we try to escape from the random storms that just happen. The weather is less predictable than Utah and even when it is raining like crazy, the whole sky could be blue in about 20 minutes.

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I’m Never Letting Go

Well, this week has been one of the fastest weeks of my mission. You wanna know why? I went to Lima for immigration papers and stuff! Yay! The Zone Leaders (since they share the same pension as us) told me on Tuesday that I would be headed to Lima on Thursday to renew my Peruvian ID card that lets me stay here longer than a tourist. So, after some hard work the two days that we were in Chilca, I headed off to Lima in the Cruz del Sur tourist company bus. It was a pretty sweet bus. The seats were huge and super comfortable. They also had these tablets running the oldest version of Android software that I remember that they programmed to only allow movies, music, books, and an internet browser. We were good missionaries, though, only used them for LDS.org and the mission blog. The ride took forever, and we arrived at Lima late in the night.

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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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