Good Morning everyone,
I’ve got a lot to say and not a lot of time so here we go. First, if you have questions you want me to answer, if you put them separately in your letter it will be much easier for me to remember to answer them.
Last week p-day for lunch we had Chinese food. I don’t know if it was a holiday or what but the cafeteria was all decorated Chinesely and the food servers were dressed up. It was pretty weird to see in Peru. Also there are weird fruits here called grenadillas. You can crack the shell like an egg and then inside is slimy silver fruit and seeds. The seeds are too hard to chew so you just have to swallow them. Look up a picture, they are orange on the outside.
Also, we got awesome news this week. Elder Bednar is coming to speak here today! It’s just for us so there will be fewer than 80 people there for his 3 hour talk. I’m very excited and it starts in less than an hour now.
Proselyting was awesome! And I definitely got to go to the coolest place. I don’t have a picture because we couldn’t bring cameras, but it was at the very top of a mountain that was just dirt. The houses are concrete block built on the side of the mountain and all painted bright colors. It’s crazy that people live in 20 foot by 30 foot concrete blocks.We left the MTC by bus and went to a chapel where we met with local missionaries and ward members. Driving here is crazy! At one point we were driving through a small street barely wide enough for the bus when I guess the bus driver realized that we went the wrong way or something. He threw the bus in reverse and we drove 4 blocks in reverse down a street probably 6 feet wider than the bus. That didn’t stop little motorcycles from passing us going both directions though. They’d just drive on the sidewalk if they couldn’t fit on the street. Then later in a downtown area the bus slammed on its brakes and we stopped within a foot of hitting an at-least-80-year-old lady who was hobbling across the street. It was like a cartoon and it took her probably two full minutes to cross the road. Our teacher said that every single day multiple people get hit by cars and I understand why.
Elder Tarqui was my Latino companion and at the church we got a local missionary and a ward member to go with us. It’s a good thing because there is no way we could have found our way to where we went without them. We took a bus up to the end of the road on the mountain and then walked up like 30 flights of stairs on the side of the mountain. Weirdest sight to see all those stairs in the middle of nowhere. Sorry, Elder Bednar is early and they just said we have to leave.
|view from balcony above cafeteria|
Elder Bednar just finished speaking and then we had lunch but I get 15 minutes now to write some more. Since we sat for about 15 minutes in the auditorium waiting for Elder Bednar, I thought it would be a good idea to write out about the proselytizing and then just send you a picture of the paper. Unfortunately I don’t have that paper now and don’t have time to get it. I’ll send that next week. In short though, it was a great experience with very receptive people. I learned that I definitely need to work on my Spanish some more though.
Listening to Elder Bednar was
awesome. It lasted for about 3 and a half hours with his wife and Elder
Waddell of the 70 speaking for less than 30 min of it. It was very
interactive. He asked us lots of questions and then spent about an hour
and a half allowing us to ask questions which he then taught about. It
was a pretty neat experience to do that with an Apostle in such a small
group. He said it had been a long time since he’d taught that small of a
group. He is a funny guy. He did a cookie monster impersonation and
he doesn’t speak Spanish but would throw in the Spanish words he did
know. He probably said "now let me explain porque" at
least a dozen times. Afterward we all got to shake his hand. It was
amazing how fast 3 and a half hours flew by. I couldn’t
believe it when he started wrapping up. When Apostles bear their testimonies
about Christ, it always makes me wonder how they gained that special witness of
|Hermanas that flew in at the same time as Elder Howlett|
|cool flower at MTC|
Also I got letters from Miranda, Grandma, Adri, Matt’s blog, and Shanlee via dear elder. Thanks and I’ll tell you more next week.