Hey everyone! Yes I do have an accent now, I can’t really say names anymore… basically if your name has an h or an r in it, it now will sound slightly Spanish. I found that out this week and I got really excited and then realized that when I go home… I will sound so funny, so please forgive the English in advanced. However, first to you guys!
Hey mom, thanks for doing that for me that helps out a lot, I’ll take care of the rest when I get home :). Sorry the video made you miss me, I was hoping for funny, because I was being a chicken, which I thought Ash would like. And mom… I just want you to know that everything is fine here, before I start into my week ok? I only tell you this because I know you will want to know, but I’ll send you a personal email with a few more details, just keep the missionaries in your prayers ok? 🙂 Sleepy Hollow… I SO WOULD HAVE GONE! I’m sorry you guys had to do some much for it, but I am so happy that Ash loved it! Good job Zach on track! YOU CAN WIN STATE I KNOW IT! And Kaitlyn…..I am so sorry I forgot to write you back, I am in the process of a letter for you, and I will answer all of those questions, but for now keep the missionaries and Gil Lazo in your prayers! Dia de los Muertos… It actually means day of the dead and they do celebrate it here! IT’s basically two days of Halloween, so guess who loves it!:) But here they believe that the dead enter the city and live with them for the whole month of November, and they have food placed out for them and everything for the month, it’s actually really interesting! I like it! Dad, thanks for the story about Brigham Young, I really liked it. That really helped a lot. Actually, thanks mom and dad for all your support, I just really need that right now and I am so grateful for it. Thank you so much. Dad, I already knew about Neil, because you guys avoided the question 3 TIMES! Its ok I understand, I really hope Neil can help out that couple get to school and back, he helped me out a lot:). The talk…. I was so freaked out; I just kept reading scriptures so I could keep looking down! But apparently every third week I have to give a talk…. hope that fear goes away soon…. My new apartment… They don’t have heating down here, so it’s a little cold, and it’s really small. Our bathroom is just a tiny room with a shower curtain in the middle of it for the shower, and for it to get hot you have to flip a switch, it’s kind of cool. But to the baptism…
Now for everyone that I forgot to tell, I ALMOST had my first baptism! His name is Gil Lazo and he is 83 years old! He is so cute, always makes sure we’re safe when we’re leaving his house, because they tore up the whole road in front of his house. But like I said, I almost had my first baptism. At the very last minute he ended up traveling to Cusco! FREAKING! But next week Sunday he will get baptized for sure! He is so ready! He has had all the lessons and he knows these things are true and direct words from his mouth “It is my goal to go to church every week” and before he left he asked for the direction to the chapel in Cusco! So cute, he only has one tooth haha. Well this week the lights went out (I’ll get to why in a minute) and they were out for two hours!! Just picture the whole city being dark! I could see the stars so beautifully! The only problem was when we had to help little old Saternina to her house in the dark. You know that movie insidious when the guy is walking around in the darkness in the land of the dead and he can hear everyone around him, but can’t see them because his light can only go so far? That was basically us. It was especially freaky when we heard a big dog in front of us, running at us, and it turned out to be Saternina’s dog coming to protect us. That was a good laugh! But it was pretty at the same time, because I could see the stars so perfectly! It made me think that sometimes that’s what it seems like when we have trials. We can either stare at the ground and think “Ugh I am so alone and it is so dark. Nobody wants to help me.” Or we can look up and notice the beauty that’s above us and realize it’s a gift from God and He’s helping us to realize there is so much outside of ourselves. Anyways moving on! MOM! Go to Eleanor’s Bakery! It’s a Gluten Free place and it’s owned by some family of my compie! Also, for the record, I was a district leader last night! How many rules does that break? Kidding! It was only because none of the elders had minutes to call each other so we had to be the bridge and talk between them all and our Zone leaders called us District leaders’ haha.
Now to the news I have been holding off on… Mom if you have heard anything in the news about the striking in Juliaca, don’t worry we are all safe. The mission President has been taking very good care of us, he has made us very aware of the situation and wants us to be very safe, so don’t worry, just please keep those missionaries in your prayers, they can’t leave their apartments right now, and they’re kind of freaked out (reasonable right?) but that’s why the power went out, they have been striking straight for almost a week, nobody can leave or enter Juliaca, and that somehow cut the power to Puno, because we’re only an hour away. But everything is ok promise! The lord is on our side and your prayers help us so much!
Anyways there was a spiritual thought in here about the
stars and trials, but now I have to write you another quick email, can’t wait to hear from your guys again! LOVE YOU!