Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New City!

I've been transferred out of Piura for the first time!  Now I am in Paita, a city about an hour away from Piura.  I'm in a branch called Pescador, which means "fisherman."  It's a port.  Everyone here is a fisher.  Or they are factory workers.  There is a lot of poverty in the area, and sometimes it is known for riots among workers.  We'll see how it goes.  Our branch has many good members but we do lack enough priesthood leadership to do everything that needs to be done.  The branch president is a good guy, even if he is inexperienced, and he only has one counselor.  I'm excited, though, to do my best to help this branch mature and expand.  I'll try to do something good in the time I may have here.  I'm learning about attitude!

Friday, May 18, 2012

My 21st Birthday

In Peru, cake and eggs go ON you before they go IN you.
I had a good birthday.  It was on Mother's Day, so I also got to Skype with my family.  I had some boxes come from home, and we celebrated with the balloons and banner and goodies at a member's home.  The Bishop from a previous ward I served in also came to celebrate with us; that was great.

My brother, Joshua, is preparing for his mission and my parents asked for advice.  I told them how important it is to have a strong conviction of the Gospel.  It is one thing to live the Gospel at home, where one is content to do so, and another to have to stand before people every day and have your faith challenged. It takes a higher level of conviction to not only withstand that but help people accept the Restored Gospel as true.  It is a very difficult thing to do every day.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fifteen Months...Wow!

Well, I have passed my 15-month mark, and my birthday is approaching.  Today I got three small boxes from home.  That was a lot of candy!  Dad asked what helps young men prepare for a mission.  I thought about it; it starts in their testimonies and their homes. If they grow up with a real testimony and a strong family, they'll go. If they spend more time sneaking out of the Church in their daily lives than living in Zion, they'll not want to go, nor will they be ready.  That's my feeling, at least.  Gotta go!