Hey everyone! Until January 2013, I'll be serving the Lord preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Perú. I can't access this blog directly, but my mom will post pictures and updates here as I send them. Thanks for keeping in touch!
Our apartment doesn't always have water, but this weekend we did have it. Trouble was, the power was out. I had to shower by candlelight! For Church we meet in a rented building that doesn't have any windows. So, when the power was out on Sunday, we had to meet in the open hallway. It was a little strange and it was really hot. Oh, well. We've been sick this week, but we are trying to keep up our momentum as much as possible. I don't want to give up.
Greg, the Lego Technic man, has been with me in college and on my entire mission, but he was lost at the beach this last week. We had a district outing. Everyone was burying me in the sand as a "goodbye" gesture, and Greg fell out of my pocket. A little wave came up and took him out to sea. So that is the end of Greg. It was sad, but it's okay. I do have a lot of pictures of him.
More importantly, we are working with our branch leadership to help them experience the conversion that is necessary to grow and strengthen the branch. There are many faithful members here who need this deeper commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to really enjoy the blessings of their faith. So, we are focusing on basic doctrines. When we really understand true doctrine, it changes our behavior.
Oh, my Christmas package finally came! Guess it took about a month to get here. I hope I can eat all the food before I come home!
We had a nice Christmas activity on the 26th, although my box from home didn't make it on time. Hopefully it will still come in January. It didn't matter. We have a lot of work to do here in Corrales. Most people are farmers who work early in the morning, so we can usually find people at home to talk to. We are also here to help support the branch so it can improve and grow.
I received my travel papers today. I will be home on January 29th. So, I have one month to work as hard as I can!
Well, I am in Corrales, which has a small branch. My new companion is Elder Vergara from Chile. We were in the same group in the CCM (Perú's missionary training center in Lima). He will finish a transfer after me, but it's neat to be with him. We were good friends in the CCM. We're going to work really hard until the end, and we already are working hard, but I am looking forward to coming home, too. The branch is small (there were only about 23 people attending Sunday) and the leadership is inexperienced--but maybe I am here to help them with that. We'll see what I can do to help.
We will have our zone Christmas party on Wednesday. It should be fun. We won't do much here for the holiday because people stay up late and then drink all night.
I thought I would stay in Tumbes for my last transfer, but I was sent to the branch in Corrales, where they need two more missionaries to help support the work. I was kinda sad to leave Tumbes and everything we were doing there, but I know that the assignments I receive are inspired and that I'll be better off doing what I'm told than I would be doing what I want. So, I will finish my mission in Corrales.
I was able to skype with my family for Christmas on the 15th--before Joshua went to the MTC. My family showed me an iPhone 5 that will be my late Christmas present. I am looking forward to that when I get home. But there is work still to do here in Corrales.
We are working with the ward here to help them improve their mission plan. There is a lot of work to do but we are trying to be supportive to the ward members. A planned temple trip had to be cancelled for various reasons, so people are a little discouraged. I hope a new trip can be planned soon.
Summer is coming on and it is getting hotter!
There is only one transfer left in my mission, and so I think I will finish out here in Tumbes. We had a good Zone Leader conference, and I'm excited to work hard these last couple of months.