Well not much happened this week. Just the same old routine. Except that I'm getting pretty good at soccer for a white guy that's never played before!!!! This week we were passing by a park and there was a group of young people playing soccer. It was early and there weren't many people out so we went up to them and asked them if we could play. At first they were blowing us off and were saying not now because we're playing, because they thought that we just wanted to teach them, but we told them that it was just to play. We played and I scored 3 goals!!! We left without asking for references but told them that we would play the next day and if we won they had to give us their directions and cell numbers. Well we won again and we kicked their trash. haha It's funny to say but I know the Lord helped us beat them to get the references because I scored some crazy goals that I never would have been able to do before like kicking it past three guys from the side line into the high corner of the goal or kicking the ball in between the legs of another player and then hitting it past the goalie. It was awesome!! Also, in this zone we play soccer as a stake every Monday morning from 6:00 to 7:30. haha I never thought that I would say it but I might like to play a little soccer when I get back from the mission.
Well I also had one more cool experience. The family Asto, the one that I asked for you to pray for, well we found out that they are not married so we will have to plan a wedding for them, but they are progressing a lot and the mom that didn't really want to listen before is really interested now. It's a little bit because she had a dream. She said that she dreamed that there were two people dressed in white that came up to her and gave her a bunch of white papers. She said that in her dream that she was very happy and that she felt a lot better when they got there. Well we asked her if she thought it was us and she told us that she did and that after that dream she woke up her husband and told him that they needed to go to church and they did. That was probably the biggest of all the miracles that happened this week.
Well I don't have much time but the companion is good. His name is Frederico mom and Grandma maybe you could send me recipes of foods for my pensionista, but that's better through email.
Other than that I'm good. I also wanted to share a scripture, Alma 36: 17-20. When I read this it made me feel good because when we focus on the Savior and his sacrifice, especially in sacrament meeting, all the pains just float away.
Well this week went by pretty good. Everything is going well with my new companion Elder Bulmini. He is from Uruguay. He is the first missionary from Uruguay to serve in the Trujillo, Peru Mission so that's pretty cool. He is also an english teacher so we can talk in english too. He is a really good missionary and already knows a lot about the mission work because he has been the ward mission leader before in his home ward. Anyways he likes playing soccer, if that's not already obvious since he is from South America, and he is very good at singing.
Anyways mom the tie dye shirts that you saw Elder Shaw and I wearing were from a zone activity one p-day where we all bought white shirts, tape and spray paint and then we taped our shirts making different designs and then sprayed them different colors. It was pretty fun. All the other activities aren't crazy fun but I've enjoyed them. We usually play soccer, we watched the movie Rio, or maybe it's river in english I'm not sure, and once we went to a shopping mall place and I bought a sweet new backpack because the other 10 dollar Walmart backpack was on it's last run.
I'm going this week to a shirt store so I'll try to buy all of the shirts everyone has asked for. Also, my suit is doing fine and my shoes too. Thanks for the socks and the new tie they are really sweet.
I also got the package from Grandma from the Seattle trip. You are all lucky!!!! I also got really great letters from G and G Wilk. They seem to be doing very well.
Anyways Brother Artemio came to church this last Sunday. He is the one that is having a lot of health issues in his family. He thought before that you only received revelation from dreams, but now he knows and is praying hard for an answer so please pray for him and also a girl named Luisa. There are a lot of good people here and I know that they will progress.
I love the Lord....I love you guys.... and I love the people of Peru!
Well I'm trying to send a few pics this week so I hope they turn out all right I can't see them on the computer so I just picked random ones.
Well this week has gone by very fast. We found out the changes today and it looks like Elder Shaw is going to Huamachuco, which is a little town in the mountains. I don't know who my new companion is because I am going to be training and they haven't arrived here in Trujillo yet. I hope that I am ready to train someone haha I know that it's going to be a lot different and that I'm going to have to help with everything. I just wish I knew if it was a latino or an American. I kind of hope that it's a latino because I'm starting to lose a bit of spanish when I have American companions because we always talk in english with one another.
Anyways this week went alright. It was sort of bad because we did not have a single person come to church this week which was pretty depressing. It is very hard when they all say that they want to go and tell you they will and then they just come up with an excuse when Sunday comes. It was very hard. However, we do have quite a few good investigators so they should be progressing this next week.
Also we had our baptism for the girl named Belèn. She was very excited at her baptism and I was able to be the person to baptize her. Her parents aren't members but her extended family is and she has a very strong testimony even though she is only 11 years old. She attends a religious school that is always bashing on other religions and she told us that she received an answer to hers prayers and that she knows the church is true.
Well sorry I don't have more time to talk but that's about what happened this week and I'll let you know what's happened this next week and who my companion is but until then stay happy and safe!!!!
Well this next week will be the last week of this change. I will also almost have 1 year in the mission, which is nuts!!!!!!
Well I will be having a baptism this week that might be on the same day as Justin`s birthday!!!! This girl is really awesome. Her name is Belen, Bethlehem in english, and she is 11 years old. Her grandma and aunt are members but her family isn`t. We taught her the lessons and she prayed. When she prayed she felt peace and was happy but the second time she prayed she told us she received her answer. It was cool because she attends a school that is run by the adventista church and those people are completely lost and crazy about religion. They tried baptizing her a while back and she didn't want to. Also, her other grandma and her father weren't too happy about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and they didn't want her to get baptized, but she told us that she could make her own decisions and she wanted to go to the church that was right and that this was the only true church and that she wanted to be baptized the next week.
This change with Elder Shaw we have probably seen more miracles than all of my changes before combined. There are 2 more teenage kids that are relatives of members and we are starting to teach them and they are really interested. Also, we found a really awesome family named the family Asto. They all came to church last week and they are very interested in the church. The entire family has been very humbled the last few months because of health and work problems. The mother had surgery on her thyroid or something and has many problems with retaining calcium, and the son about three weeks ago broke his leg and has like 5 bolts holding it together right now as it heals. The dad doesn't have work right now and only the daughter is supporting the entire family. It's really hard to see problems like this and know that all we can do is try and help them spiritually. This is a really special family and I hope that through their experiences in the next few weeks that they can get the help they need and accept the Savior and be baptized to receive the help and guidance of the Holy Ghost.
Well make sure to light off a ton of fireworks for me and eat my piece of cake on Justin's birthday. Let me know what he gets haha because it will probably be video games and then I can play them when I get back haha.
Well this last week we did a service project with a guy named Doctor Criddle from Logan, Utah. He is an opthamologist and came to Peru on a service project. We all went and were translaters for them as they worked. One of the ladies put me in charge of the testing station where I helped them find the right strength prescription for their eyes. A lot of the Peruvians here have a strange disease that is like a catarac, or however you spell it, and I think it's called ptergion in english. Anyways 80 percent of the Peruvians have it and it is from exposure to direct uv light and radiation. It's very sad to see because it causes blindness. I sure do hope that my eyes will be protected because this is one of the most common places in the world to get it.
Well I know this church is true and that it is the church of Jesus Christ. I know that the Holy Ghost always guides us if we take the sacrament worthily and we repent and reflect upon Christ and his atonement BEFORE we are in sacrament meeting. I also know that daily scripture study is important and that the Lord always helps with the dificulties of our lives.
Make sure to tell Jeff and Kathy`s family hi for me as well as Daren and Tonya`s and Amber and Dallas`. I hope the grandparents are going good and strong and that all my friends are good.
Don't forget to write letters if you ever have time guys and I'll try to write back when you do.