They Tried to Kill Me with Sheep Tongue This Week

So, first things first…  Sheep tongue is really, really gross.  Sunday, a member took us to a restaurant since she didn’t have anything at her home to feed us after church.  We had some pretty tasty chicken like Hna Maria did back in San Pedro, but it wasn’t nearly as good as I Hma Maria’s — she is just an awesome cook.  Anyway… to start with, they gave us some soup that was unlike any soup that I have ever had anywhere, even in Peru.  In MY soup was a gigantic piece of meat that looked really bizarre… I asked our server what it was, and she told me that it was sheep tongue!  Turns out that the soup is called Caldo de Cordero — basically a soup where they take every part of a sheep’s head and throw it into a soup.  So tasty! (Except I didn’t eat much of it at all.)

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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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I’m Off to Go to Lima to Train

I’m writing early today.  So, I got a call pretty late last night (well, 10:10 is pretty late for missionaries) from the President.  He told me that I had a new assignment, to train a new Elder! I have no idea who it is going to be, but it will be a new missionary that is just starting the mission.  So, today I’m headed off to Lima for the training meeting, to pick up my companion, and return to San Pedro de Cajas.  We leave at about 11:00 this morning, and should arrive in Lima at 6:00 or 7:00 tonight.  I’m looking forward to meeting my new comp.  I just hope that I can be a good example and teach him correctly.

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Greetings from Saint Peter of Boxes

Hey Family!  David here.

I am freezing my butt off here, but that’s okay because I like the cold oh so much better than the heat.  I have been transferred to San Pedro de Cajas in Tarma.  The climate is almost exactly like Utah, minus the billions of trees that we have.  I feel like I’m in mid-Utah but in Peru at the same time.  I am in the Tarma zone with Elder Diaz from Panama.  He is having a much harder time getting used to the cold than I am since he is from a really really hot country.

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“I’m Having The Time of My Life, And I’ve Never Felt This Way Before”

First off, I gotta say that taxi rides both terrify me and are super awesome.   They terrify me because the drivers here are pretty selfish and they drive about 200 miles per hour when we head to La Merced.   However, they are super awesome because they often have music playing that is among the popular music of the US, and yes, that song has come up several times being down here.  I also have had a taxi that had an entire CD of BeeGees music that I sang along to under my breath the entire way to our destination.  It was pretty sweet.

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Week Two en el Campo Misional!

Well, it is pretty much the hottest I’ve been for a long time.  I know I’ve experienced this kind of heat before, it’s just that I haven’t experienced it for so long and so consistently. Every single day I’m sweating buckets and walking through the crazy heat.  I am in the jungle, to be sure.  However, our area is more of a cleared out section of the Jungle.  Since there aren’t many trees (which has its ups, as well — namely there aren’t tons more bugs around and the bugs aren’t always as big as I saw last P-Day on our trip to a waterfall) there isn’t shade, and it is often a dry, but humid heat.  However, the humidity is something that I’ve only experienced in the coast — never at home! — and it is killing me.   Also, Peru doesn’t have air conditioning in a lot of places, so that kills me, too.

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

If you couldn’t tell by the title, I am in the jungle! I am writing from an “Internet Shop” in a city. Our zone is La Merced, and I have been assigned to the San Ramon area!  My companion is named Elder Espinoza.  So, all of your prayers for a Latino first companion have been answered. He’s pretty cool, but it is hard for me to really communicate with him (which is something that I am DYING to do… I need someone to talk to in English).  Guess this gives me an even better reason to really crack down on my Spanish.  Elder Espinoza is from Central America and only has two and a half more transfers until he goes home.  He’s pretty funny, quite cool, and is a great missionary.  He’s had 46 baptisms during his mission and can’t wait for more with me.  Our zone is divided up into seven areas, and there are only seven companionships.  My companion says that only certain missionaries are assigned here because there are tons of “pretty looking women” and that there have even been problems here in the past.  Yikes.  Well, we have two wards in our area, so we have a ton of work to do on our own. Ah yeah.

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Day 1 in the CCM

August 15, 2012


So, I’m finally here! I made it safe and sound to Peru and I’m loving every minute of it so far. (P.S. Spanish keyboard layouts suck. The shift key is half the normal size with the “<” key where my finger usually shifts.) My luggage made it safe and sound to the Jorge Chavez International Airport, and after about an hour I was able to enter the country and get past customs. Sure glad I didn’t bring anything that was against customs. Some poor gentleman had his entire suitcase dumped because they saw something on the x-ray that looked suspicious.

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Week 2, MTC

Hola Familia y Amigos!

Things are going great down here in the ever-so-far-away Provo MTC. The language is starting to come for both me and my companion. We’re comprehending more and more of what our teachers are saying each day and el don de lenguas is truly helping us as we learn and express ourselves in Spanish. The Spirit is so strong at the MTC and I think there are only a few other instances in my life when I’ve felt it stronger or as much. The Spirit is almost constant each day and we are truly learning a lot. I am super excited to get to the field in Peru.

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