Tuesday, January 31, 2012

¡Cumpleaño!

The time's gone quick, but there's still a lot left. Since it was my "cumpleaño" in that I completed one year, the other elders in the apartment egged me again. But it was funny :)  This morning I planned Jeopardy with the scriptures for the zone for P-day, but it was too difficult... Next time, it'll have to be simpler. But it'll be good studying in the future.


Celebrating Elder Sims' First Year of Service with an egg fight!

Will the shirts and ties ever get clean again?
We had a conference this week and the area doctor came with his wife to talk about a few things. It was interesting to converse with him.  They're the first Senior Missionaries from the UK. The most surprising part is that President Chipman invited me to translate for him when he couldn't quite get the Spanish. I was pleased that I was able to do that! And a little surprised, too. 


As I serve, I'm learning more about how the Gospel really can change peoples lives, and I hope that I can help them make that change. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Carnival

For P-day, we played kickball in a sandy soccer-field and were exhausted by the heat. Here in January and February they have a thing called "Carnivales" where everyone gets everyone else wet. Sometimes they used dirtier things too, like eggs and paint, but hopefully they'll be civil to us. After the game we had a mini "Carnival" as well and splashed water on everyone. It was really refreshing, and I had several buckets of water dumped on me.

One year!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Staying in Piura for now

The heat is still pretty bad, although recently it's been decently cloudy. My companion and I take showers at night now because we can't stand going to bed sticky. Still, I'm pretty used to heat now, so it's okay.
A youth named Walter came to church last week with his cousin and attended a baptism and was interested. We visited him Tuesday, and Wednesday, and Thursday, and Friday, and he was interviewed Saturday and baptized Sunday (Jan. 15th). It was a big surprise, but it was neat. After that I felt ready for transfers no matter what, but this morning I was told that I'll be continuing as District Leader here, and that's it. My companion stays, too, so tomorrow there aren't any changes for us. It's just as well. The ward's been picking up momentum. Yesterday, two companionships baptized, and last week all three had one baptism each. Next week there should be 2 more and if we can keep things up at this rate it'll be all very good.  So, when I hit my one-year mark next week, I will have been in the same city my entire mission!

Walter's Baptism on January 15th

The woman forgot to smile, but we really were all happy on this baptism, Jan. 7th!


Monday, January 9, 2012

It's Summer in Peru!

It is hard to sleep in this heat, but I manage.  This weekend was good. We baptized Saturday, and the other two areas in this ward baptized Sunday! So things are going well. I interviewed for baptisms for the first time this weekend, so that's pretty new. Two of them were in a brand-new area that has just been opened this past month or so. It's great. They have a house that they rent that we use as a chapel. It's really neat, and now they're about to have their first two baptisms! They're only youths, but at the same time, in several years, they could be the foundations of a ward! It's cool. Next week is transfers again; time's gone faster and faster!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy 2012!

New Year's here is really loud! There were a ton of fireworks. There aren't any laws here about fireworks, so everybody bought fireworks and shot them off at midnight to celebrate. I had earplugs and slept right through most of it. Almost everyone had parties, too, but most of the people who aren't members of the Church here drink a lot when they party, so it was hard to teach anyone. We have one investigator who's really close to getting baptised, but it's been a long process for him.  We are hoping for the best for him.


I hope you have a Happy New Year.