Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Area, Same Big City

Baptism in Castilla

Well, I'm.... still in Piura. Technically it's called Castilla (pronounced Castiya), but it's like a Cedar Falls to Waterloo; just across the river and part of a larger metropolitan area. The area is a little more affluent than I am used to, so now some of the people we visit are much more educated. We're even teaching a brain surgeon who studied in Russia. Obviously, not everyone wants to listen, but they're more polite and understand better what we are saying.  So, the new area has been a transition, but it is going okay.  We had a baptism on Sunday; that's what the picture is from. 

I'm doing well, although things are wearing out--my pants, ties, and socks, mostly.  At least I got my shoes fixed!  Thanks for everything and "hi" to everyone!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Easter

We had a good Easter weekend, but I spent part of Sunday saying goodbye to members of the ward where I am serving.  Transfers are tomorrow, but I don't know where I will be going. I have been here four months.  In that time, our ward has seen about 17 baptisms, and in my area, we had five.  I have a good district, but I always feel I could be doing more.  I will try to work even harder in my next area.  Anyway, the Stake President came Sunday and gave a good talk and a good class for the investigators.

I have worn through a pair of my shoes, but I was able to get them resoled at the local market.  They are soft and comfy and good for another year!  Congratulations to my good friend, Jack Kosmicki, for getting into Harvard graduate school!

Happy Easter from Piura!

Monday, April 2, 2012

General Conference weekend

Elder Sims and others at General Conference Broadcast

 I liked Conference a lot :)  I didn't capture everything, but I got most of it and 23 pages of notes.  I'll have to re-listen to a bit and review my notes ... but it was good.  I'm not sure what was my favorite talk yet, but I'll be reading my notes this week. Elder Bednar gave a pretty good message.  I hope that you all were able to learn from all the sessions and all the great teachings there! Elder Scott gave a really interesting talk as well. I think that one of the more interesting and important themes to me was that several authorities urged members to remember the importance of the ordinances, they talked about being active not only in the Church, but also in the Gospel. I liked Donald Hallstorm's talk about that, because it makes a lot of sense from a missionary's point of view. I could go on, but that's for another time.