—-Thursday, June 29, 2017. Weekly planning day. This morning we ended our exchange with the elders of Las Flores. Elder Buirley, a native of Logan and graduate of Logan High—and a convert to the Church, if you can believe it—accompanied Elder Quispe and I in Nueva Era while Elder Huntington went with Elder Muñoz (from Chile) to the sector of Las Flores (not to be confused with the zone itself). Wednesday was a fairly slow day. The highlight of the day was our appointment with Julissa, Henry´s mom. She´d listened to the missionaries before and hadn´t progressed because because, according to her, she had questions they couldn´t answer. We had a great lesson about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we answered some of her questions about the Restoration. I think she finally understood the importance of baptism, and she seems truly committed to learn more and get an answer. She accepted our invitation to attend church, and she accepted the 22 of July as a goal for her baptismal date.
We went up the hill for real this week! It´s not as fun as you think, although the view´s always great. Well, this week went way better than our first. We found three times as many new investigators, and our contacting has gone much better. We´re also striving to work a little more efficiently with our time. Being more obedient and diligent hasn´t been easy, but we´ve definitely seen miracles this week.
Well, to kick things off, the bus that took us through changes pretty cool. It was kind of like a fancy tour bus, and it took us to the stake center of almost every zone in the mission (minus Limatambo and Magdalena, where it started). I got to see a lot of my old companions. I ended up in Las Flores: the poorest zone in the mission. ¿Chévere, no? It´s definitely a big change from Maranga. I´ll be sure to send you a photo of the sector… and of the trio! Continue reading
This last week we didn´t really have P-Day because our temple trip was Wednesday. Our only new investigators for the week were a cool single-parent family. The mom´s brother—and basically her best friend—passed away recently, and she has passed through some tough times. We taught them the Plan of Salvation, and it seems like she took a lot of comfort from it. Continue reading
Huh. Turns out writing in my journal and bringing it with me when I go to the internet actually helps a lot.
Last Monday we went as Maranga zone to La Punta, Callao! The sea smell and roaring waves were as authentic as it gets. La Punta is very different from the rest of Callao. La Punta is a pice of Callao that juts out from the mainland (that´s why it´s called ¨the point¨), and it´s a pretty rich, tourist-friendly area. Compare to the rest of Callao, which, though not altogether ugly, is more dangerous because of the drug trafficking and gang violence. Interesting, no? Continue reading
What´s up, guys! This week was a little slow, but I´m feeling way more concentrated and level-headed about my approach to the work. So this week we found one new investigator who´s name is Jose. Continue reading
Hey guys! Elder Woodward here. This week was great! Last Sunday this guy named André came to church. He´s 22, and his girlfriend is a member. We´ve taught him a few times, and he´s super excited to get baptized (with or without his girlfriend, if that´s what you´re thinking). He´s motivated by the opportunity he has to have personal experiences with God and with the teachings of the Church. I would say there isn´t a better motivation out there to get baptized! Continue reading
Alright, so first things first, I´m still in Elio! My guess is I get transferred next change. I really like Elio, so I´m glad I stayed. This week I started working with my new companion! His name is Elder Sanhueza. He kinda reminds me of Brandon, so he´s pretty cool. We get along well. Continue reading
Yes, it is true that I saw Gerardo (Silvia’s brother) in downtown Lima. He actually saw me. If he had not yelled, “Kacy!” Maybe I would not have seen him. The conversation was short, but cool. My zone leader was with me, and he thought it was some investigator who saw me. When we finished talking to Gerardo, I said, “Huh. That was my uncle.” My zone leader was very surprised that I ran into my uncle by chance in a city of 10 million people. Continue reading
Yeah, this week´s been pretty rough, honestly. I came to a very clear awareness of some very strong personal weaknesses, and I wrestled with them almost daily. It came to the point where I felt discouraged and fatigued from trying to find some solution, some plan to overcome them. I found no such plan. Continue reading