Ah the rain sounds good. The peruanos dicen que it rains very hard here, but their 'raining hard' significa a normal rain in minnesota. And it only rains for one night and no more. It would be cool to see a good downpour. But it is alway ssuper hot and muggy despues de la rain. Piura is hotter and the sun burns more but here in tumbes it is much more humid and you sweat much more here in tumbes. Today I ate cow stomach for breakfast and it was super good. We eat it with rice and a certain type of sauce. Also, the mayonaise here is very differetn. Here they put lemon in it and it is super good. Here, you put mayonaise on almost everything. Rice, chicken, beef, anything. Also, they put lemon in almost every drink and soup, it gives it more flavor. Today I started a soccer jersey collection. Well, I already bought one od Peru but now I'm buying one of a country of my companions. Until now, I've had a companion peruano, chileno, y ecuatoriano, so I bought a jersy of Chile. All of the jersies are the ones the teams use for the sorld cup. So soon I'll have one from Ecuador and a few other countries as I have more companions from other countries. I don't have any pictures yet. And I stil cant get on to dropbox. But I don't have many new pictures yet.
These last few weeks have been a little hard but I'm excited for the transfers coming up this week. I'll try sending a photo or two of the day I went to a chacra of a member. It's a tree farm, or orchard.
Hey everypone, this week went alright, but not great. We had a bunch of
fun and had an activity called Puertas Abiertas. All of the missionaries
in Tumbes and Puyango se runieron in the stake center and we invited
ppeople to enter the church and learn about us. All the missionaries
left to contact people in the streets and fill out referencias and
invite them to the church for a cultural night on Friday.
We filled out about 150 referencias and handed out a lot of liahonas
and books called Our Legacy or Legend. In spanish it's called nuestro
legado. On friday
night all the missionaries in the two zonas farthest away from Piura
got togetther and did a skit for a ton of members and investigators. It
was way fun. Everyone laughed super hard. Our skit was about the life of
a missionary. In the skit I was an investigador de oro (gold) father,
with my wife and son. It was really funny. Me and my 'wife' (a sister
missionary) changed our 'son's' name to Nefi because we read the first
23 chapters of the Book of Mormon and found it to be true. Sorry I dont
have a video. The skit lasted like 45 minutes because every missionary
had to enter and play a role.
Today all the same missionaries went to the playa again. But this time
we went to Zorritos. It was great. Afterward, Elder Villena and I went
to a teenage member's house to eat with him and his family. His name is
Luiggi. He is the only active member in his family but his sister and
mom siempre let us in. The mom doesn't want him to go on o a mission
though. He turned 18 today and so we ate with him and then surprised him
by smashing eggs on his head. His mom recorded it on my camera haha. He
always tells me I haven't accepted his friend request on facebook yet
but I remind him it's because I am on the mission and who knows if my
family goes on or not haha.
Anyway, my companion goes to lima tonight to fill out papers since
he is from Ecuador and doesn't have his visa either. So I will be with
Elder Castro from Chile for a few days. He is one of my zone leaders.
[This next part is in response to some specific questions: 1) Do Peruanos have any Easter traditions? 2) What was one hymn you sang yesterday? 3) What did your pensionista cook for you recently? 4) Do you ever shine your shoes? and 5) Do you ever speak English?]
Sounds like it was a great Easter. Here there isn't much of a specific
'Easter.' But the whole week a lot of people take time off of work and
school. It's called Semana Santa. En la iglesia cantamos un himno se
llama Dios Bendícenos. numero 100 en el himnario en espanol. [Hymn #163 Lord Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing] Oh and the
dropbox site isn't working for me. It won't open up at all. It never
goes to the home site to put the passwords or anything. I'll try sending
a few pictures by email.
I rarely shine my shoes. Only for meetings really important. At times I
brush the dust and sand off but I dont actually shine them except for
special occasions. The olives that the people here eat are super
different. And theyre nasty. the flavr is really strong. Here they are
callled aceituna. The members of the ward know that 3 of rthe 4
missionaries in their ward (Elder Stanley, Mamani, Villena, and I) do
not like the aceituna so they never prepare it for us when we eat in
thier houses haha. And I hardly ever speak english, unless I'm with a
latino trying to learn english, or when another gringo and I are naming
songs, meals, restaurants, that we miss haha. Last night was fun because
the 4 missionaries in my ward were all together and we talked about a
bunch of super funny and stupid movies, but we all talked about them in
That's all I got for now, hope you all have a great week!!!!
Hey everybody, hope everyone had a great week! My week was a little slow
and rough, a ton of our appointments fell through this week, or simply
we didn't have time to visit people due to many meetings that we had
this week. Yesterday we walked a bunch but all of our appointments and
back up appointments fell through, no joke. It was pretty bad.
A few things pretty cool haened though! The dad of Anggely (the girl I
batized a few weeks back) who was inactive for many years, received the
Melquisedec riesthood and was called as 2nd counselor in the Elders
quorom here. And his son Paul (cool name huh?) also received the
Melquisedec riesthood at 21 or 22 years old. This family goes to church
evry week now, every since a few weeks before Anggely got batized. Also,
one of our invsetigators who went to general conference also went to
church yestserday with her niece. They both go to the catholic church
but they said they would go to our church this week and see how they
feel. I pray that they are all good, they had to leave after sacrament
meeting because the aunt has been sick for a few days. We will visit
them and work with them a lot this week.
Hope everyone has a great week! No matter what, stay POSITIVE! :)
Esta semana fue lo maximo. This week we had a zone conference and
learned a lot there and we are all trying to start praying on our knees
with our investigators more often after a lesson. Here in Peru the floor
of all the houses are usually dirt so barely anyone ever prays on their
knees in the lessons but we started doing it this wee and even though
everyone gets their pants dirty it has brought the spirit more and more.
Also I got to go to Ecuador this week. Solo for a little bit though. We
had to fill out papers for 30 or 40 minutes or so. There was a guy who
went with us from Lima, he works in the church general offices in Lima
and he said he would try getting us to lima in a few weeks to continue
working on our papers and to send us to the temple! I dont know if we'll
actually be able to but he said he would try getting permission and all
This week we found a joven and taught him and his family the
restauracion. Then, two days later he and his grandma went to general
conference, the saturday
afternoo session. The grandma found it really interesting that we do
baptisms for the dead and that we have a huge library database for
family history. She is a Testigo de Jehova but is very interested in the
temple and family history work. We are going to work hard with this
family, we've got high hopes!
General conference was great as always, on saturday
they quoted the apostale Pablo so many times, the epistles that he
wrote in the new testament are some of my favorites (and not for his
name haha) so I thought that was pretty cool. Also in the Priesthood
session, President Uchtorf asked a question "Are you sleeping during the
restoration?" He said that we all need to work and spread the gospel
and quicken the spread of the message of the restoration. We can't just
let others do it and "sleep" during the work. We all need to do our part
so we can say in the judgement seat that we worked gave it our all,
instead of saying that we were asleep and didn't do anything.
I am sending some fotos from the youth activity from a
week or two ago. When all the youth served as missionaries for a day.
They had fake plaques that said futuro misionero.
That's about all I got for now. This coming week nothing too special or cool will happen, we just have a multi-zone conference on friday, but that is pretty cool actually.
everyone learned something new in conference and that you'll apply it
and have a great week! And don't sleep during the restoration ;)
Hey everyone this week was pretty good. We had more appointments than the last week. On saturday
there was a youth ward activity where they all served as missionaries
for a few hours. They did studies in the morning and we 4 missionaries
taught them how they need to study and such and then they left with us
to go visit less actives. The missionaries seperated to go with a group
of youth (there was always at least one priest in the group so we could
go on 'splits'). We found a bunch of new less actives to visit and the
youth bore such strong testimonies and shared a message from the 1st
presidency in the liahona. It was awesome. It made me remember the days
during missionary week when the youth left with an adult to visit a
family and practice teach the Restauracion. I remember going with Bro
Giblette and Haden and Nathan Johnson and this activity made me think of
that day many years ago.
Also,last sunday one of our baptisms fell through, the lady told us she
doesn't want to hear anymore from us and said she won't get baptized, so
we stopped visiting her this week to give her time and yesterday she
actually showed up to church!!! She said she will start going to church
every week and was much happier than she seemed when she told us she
didn't want to hear more. I know it was for sure a miracle that happened
and we hope she can keep up with these desires to go to church and get
baptized, she just needs to attend church one more time before the
Can't wait for general conference! I'll be watching here in the stake center in tumbes Peru!
Oh yeah, and on wednesday
I'll be going to Ecuador because I still don't have my visa*, other
missionaries are coming with me too. It'll be only a few hours but it'll
be cool because I'll be able to say I also went to Ecuador! I'm pretty
excited for that! We'll contact and share the gospel there too in the
market or something so I can say I served in two missions! Haha.
Anyway, thanks for all the prayers and everyhting you all do for me, have a great week!!
*Mother's note: Jim explained to me that because Elder P E is technically in Peru on an expired tourist visa, he has to leave Peru for a day and then re-enter on a new tourist visa. Hence the quickie trip to Ecuador.