Monday, December 12, 2011

!Cajamarca! November 28th 2011

-Family :)

What have you guys been doing?! I enjoyed looking at the pictures you guys sent me, sounds like everyone had a really awesome Thanksgiving. The zipline looked awesome, Dan put up a pretty sweet Zipline it looks like. It also looked like everyone was enjoying the pinball machines, and the pictures of the mods you got for TZ looked sweet Dad. Ava has teeth now? Wow! Haha, that´s awesome, she´s so cute haha. From all your guy´s pictures there´s no snow? What gives? Last year there was a lot at this time if I am remembering right? Maybe not. I was talking today with the Mom of the family that we live with and she was telling me that there´s not any snow in Utah currently. The family we live with are very nice, and their house is super nice too compared to the houses here in Cajamarca. I get hot showers it´s something to look forward to everymorning ha.

So I feel pretty adjusted now to the life in the field I think, it´s a lot different than in the MTC. I am dead beat tired everynight we come home from the days work. I don´t think I have worked this hard in my entire life haha, my comforter makes my night it´s so comfy!! Haha. Elder Pacori is a stud though, he´s all about working really hard and he´s helping set the tone for my whole mission he helps me a ton with anything I need. I feel really blessed to have him as a trainer. We had a baptism on Saturday, it was really cool! The hermana we baptized is 18 her name is Edelmila, and I was able to baptize her. It was very spiritual for me, I hadn´t baptized anyone before this so I was a little nervous. But it went great, and she recieved the Holy Ghost on Sunday during Sacrament meeting. We have another lady Hermana Sebastiana, and she has a baptismal date for this Saturday. We are going to work hard with her to prepare her for Saturday, she´s really nice and very humble. I am learning a lot from the people here in Peru. It´s so cool I think it was yesterday or two days ago we taught a family the first lesson and I taught about the story of The Restauration (I can´t spell good), but anyways when I started talking about the first vision I felt the spirit so strong while I was sharing this with them. As missionaries we are the guides for the people to a conversion, the Spirit does all the work of the conversion. They can ask God about the our message to know it is true and recieve an answer through the Holy Ghost, we can testify of this to the people here. My testimony is growing everyday especially when it´s tough haha. Everyone here is very open to what we have to say and at the least, listen to us usually so thats been helpful.

One thing that has been kind of funny here in Cajamarca is all the doors here are super small, so I feel like a giant whenever we go in someones house haha. I´ve hit my head a couple of times in the past week on doorways ha. The traffic here is really safe, I don´t think I could ever get hit by a car haha. Everyone honks or flashes their brights to let you know they are coming so it´s not a big deal at all. Riding the Mototaxis is awesome. I am getting the rest I need 8 hours is plenty of sleep but I am tired everynight from hiking these stinking hills we walk around in you should see how many stairs we climb everyday it´s tiring! I´ll take a picture and send it to you of these stairs haha. We talk to tons of people everyday in the street and we have about 4 to 5 lessons everyday scheduled. My Spanish is descent at best, I still feel like the biggest gringo with my Spanish but little by little I think it i´ll come. I have to be patient, sometimes I want things to come immediately haha. Last P-Day we went to this cool place called the Culpa, I think I sent a picture of it. You could look it up online or something. I am excited for Christmas so I can call you guys! I was talking with our Zone Leaders about how we may get to watch some christmas movies on christmas with the zone, ie A Christmas Story for example! It´s only a rumor, we´ll see what Presidente Risso says. I hope so. I also heard during Christmas time the people here eat a lot of Fruit cake haha, I dont´know if i´m excited about that. But I´ll get over it. I´m learning not to be so picky, the food here is pretty plain though so it´s not a big deal. I haven´t eaten anything super weird yet haha.

Elder Sud was talking to you Mom?? Haha what a loser, he shouldn´t be on Facebook haha. Thats cool though! I´m glad your were able to talk to some of my friends, tell them I say hi and tell anyone if they haven´t recieved a letter from me its because the mailing system is horrible and i am also really busy haha, I am going to write a couple of letters and send them though. Ryan Harvey served here? That´s sweet haha, it´s so awesome here I love it. Gerry is in the bishopric of the singles ward? Thats awesome he´ll do an awesome job, good ol Ger Bear hah! Tell Konnor I say hi I don´t know what his real address is so I don´t know where to send a letter, haha. I am going to try and send a Christmas package to you guys i´m not sure how it will work and if it i´ll come on time. I was told by my district leaders that I have a package, it arrived in the mission home and I have to sign and fingerprint a document before it can come here. I was thinking it´s going to be awesome to call you guys on Christmas! I am excited to talk to you guys (: Tell Bryce to shoot me an email or something, tell him he´s a loser for not writing me! Haha kidding, but I want to hear how he´s doing! and Joel Evan and Eli, tell them I say hi! What have you guys been doing?? Playing the pinball machines jumping on the tramp?? haha. I miss hanging out with you guys!

I was thinking about if you guys send me a package for Christmas send me a lot of Candy I like, Sour punch straws, sour punch watermelons, etc anything thats not going to melt or spoil. Sorry if I sound selfish asking for stuff haha. I don´t really need anything at the moment and I already lug around enough stuff as it is haha. But lots of food chips or whatever would be awesome. Actually I´ll leave it up to you guys to send whatever! Haha I sound so selfish. I hope I can get a package out you guys before Christmas, if I do it by next monday it will probably get there after Christmas. Oh yeah I still have those calling cards, so I think i should be able to call on Christmas I think it´s two hours worth I believe.

Well let me know how things are going and continue to send those pictures! I enjoy getting them (: I love you guys, thanks for everything that you do for me! I am so blessed. Love you!!


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