Email from 12-16-2013
So first off I am going to answer some questions before I forget them.
So I still don’t know what time I will call on Christmas, I will let you know next week, we are still looking for a member to let us use their computer. But I will tell you what time next week.
Also dad, yes our chapel is just a regular chapel, but I actually like the chapels here better than in Utah, they are all wooden or tiled floors and it makes it look cooler than the ugly blue carpet we have in our chapel. and yes it is in the middle of the city, and not necessarily are all the buildings apartment buildings, the majority of the people build a house of 2 or 3 stories, and on the first level is some sort of store, like pharmacy, to buy soda, a library, or a paper store, etc., etc. and then the floor or 2 above is where they live. That’s why you see so many big buildings.
Also dad about your Peruvian lunch, YES THEY SERVE RICE WITH EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But the ceviche you had, or as you described raw fish with lime, is one of the most popular dishes here in Peru, and it was created in Peru. I actually really like it, I have tried it a couple of times, but it has to be prepared right, but the missionaries are prohibited from eating it.
So about my comp. he is a little shy, whenever we are in front of people and he needs to say something to me, he whispers it in my ear, but he is getting better with that, the main problem is that because he is new, he doesn’t think he has to do anything, so he always tells me to do everything, but we are working on that.
So congratulations, Kolby and dad on your work interviews, I am praying for both of you that you get what you need.
And mom I hope that you feel better after your surgery (I don’t know how to spell anymore) you´re in my prayers.
Tambien, congrats Zac on your eagle!!! That is awesome!!! I am so proud of you! I know it is difficult to do, but you will be so happy that you have it.
So no it is not getting warmer here, you would think that it should be, but with the rain, it becomes very cold, and there is not any sun. But when there isn’t any rain it is blazing hot!!! I don’t like the weather here, because it never makes up its mind, it’s worse than Utah weather. But we will be in the rainy season until about April, then in May it begins the cold, or the ice season until about August then you have like 2 months of normal weather and then it begins all over again.
So good news this week, we having been teaching Brenda again, and this week we put another baptismal date for the 28th of this month. But it is basically just a goal nothing more to keep her mind on her goal, and as we get closer we are going to see if we keep the date or change it, based on her progress.
But we were so happy we challenged her to baptism and she was putting up excuse at the beginning, and we followed the spirit and what we needed to say, and she accepted and now when we see her she is all excited and that’s all she talks about is her baptism!
Apart from her we don’t have many investigators, but I went on changes on Friday with another elder who only have like 2 months in the mission, and he LOVES to contact in the street, every person he saw he started talking to them, and we found about 6 new people that way, so hopefully something good happens with them. But he taught me a lot about how we need to talk with everybody!! And I am planning on putting that in practice, but I still have a shyness with that, which makes it difficult.
Really nothing else happened this week. But this upcoming week on the 18th, we are going to Puno for our Christmas dinner and program with president, so that should be good, and on Saturday we have a ward Christmas talent show. So that will be fun.
Thanks for everything you do for me. I love you all so much, and I am so grateful to have you all as part of my life!!! I know this church is true, and I know that being in his work is very important!!!
Con Mucho Amor
Ps. the church has a new rule for missionary work, they don’t have to send you home when you are close to 2 years, they can send you when they want now because of all the missionaries entering the missions can’t handle it, and it’s for the whole world, our zone leader maybe is going home this month, and he still has 3 months left in he mission, he is waiting the final answer that will come this week!! How crazy is that