Follow His steps

Macchu Picchu was super cool! Did you know that’s Quechua for Old Mountain and Huayna Picchu is Young Mountain? Fun fact of the day. I really liked….. I don’t really know ha-ha it was just cool overall to see it!  Oh we’re thinking I’m lactose intolerant, but…. yeah not too sure on that one either.

 

So my week was… cool I guess! I don’t know how else to put it! Macchu Picchu was crazy!!!! I went to bed at 11, had to put together my bed on the floor and everything, and then woke up at 1:30 in the morning, to go to the chapel at 2:30 and wait for the bus. In the freezing cold. We then traveled to Ollantaytambo and got there are….at 5 I think. Then traveled in train (yes! I traveled in train! I felt like I was going to Hogwarts!) to the other part of Ollantaytambo and got there at 8ish. Then left for our tour! Our tour guide was not my favorite, kind of ruined the magic when he started off saying “Macchu Picchu is not a sacred place. Anybody could have lived here, it’s just a world wonder because 70% of its originality is still here.” …. I still believe that that is where Nephites lived. Anyways! Lots of cool stuff there! We then had to leave at 2:30 and got back to Cusco at 7:30 and it was a super cool day! Check that off the bucket list! Got back to Quillabamba and worked and just had a cool week! I don’t know what else to say. Oh… We are on the looks for a new house. We’re kind of sick of our neighborhood. Here’s the update: We live above a bar, and there are three more bars on the street. Another night one of the sisters said that we live by prostitutes and I asked them how they knew and they said because prostitutes use blue lights outside of their building (just like red lights) and I looked out of our window to find… two prostitute houses, on both sides. Another night we’re walking when we find a club, just half a block away from our house. And last night a guy was beating up his girlfriend (we tried to call the police) and now have blood outside our house… yeah so we’re looking. We got some options and we’re going to call and tour the rooms, so planning on moving this week or the next. Wish us luck!

 

Anyways for my thought, this week I decorated my planner with a picture of Christ with the words “Follow His Steps”. It’s something I’ve really been thinking a lot about lately, because in our branch there are so many Returned Missionaries! That are less active…. And it’s so sad to me. So as a reminder to myself I put that on my planner, the mission is not the end. It’s never the end. It’s the beginning. It’s training for the rest of your life. This is the MTC for life! And we got to take this and apply it and follow the steps of Christ until the end. And it doesn’t matter if you serve a mission or not, because all of us when we’re baptized make the same promise: To take upon us the name of Christ. So don’t be afraid to follow His steps, just do it and you will see miracles and receive blessings 🙂 LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!

 

CON MUCHO AMOR!

Hermana Irvine 🙂

 

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It’s a little late but ….

kenzie macchu picchuHEY EVERYONE! Sorry I’m so late, but I’ll explain at the end of the email, from Sunday afternoon til…. about two hours before now have been crazy! But I’m safely here in Quillabamba once again!

 

So my week was… chaotic! I have been trying to figure out plans to travel to Cusco and get that all planned and figured out. Super chaotic. But this week went by so fast and that’s the best part! I love those weeks when you’re working so hard the week just flies by! But I don’t have a lot to say and you’ll see why in the end and the reason why I’m so late to write, and why I had to go to Cusco, but here’s a spiritual thought for you guys!

 

I have so many thoughts on my mind! I don’t know what one to share! But something that really hit me this week was, you only serve a mission once. You can’t go back and serve it again. There is so much to learn in such a short time and you got one chance to do it. Stressful right? I started comparing it in my head to a cup of water in the rain and you want it to be full in five minutes. Think about how impossible that is!!!! But I then realized, if you reach out and let yourself grow, you can catch more water. And that’s what we got to do! I was thinking about that conference talk “Your Four Minutes” and in this life, we only got one chance, we got to branch out and catch those drops of rain, don’t let them pass! And at the end of your four minutes, I know you’ll have more water than you would have with your cup. So don’t be afraid of change, or trials or the things that make you stretch in ways you never wanted to or thought you could, because in the end, you will have learned so much! I know it! And that’s something I’m trying to do these next two months, catch all the rain I can, I got less than 4 minutes now, I got to get all I can before it’s too late. It’s time to grow! Love you all so much and you are all in my prayers! Love you SOOOOO MUCH!

 

Hermana Irvine

 

 

 

I love…………………………………

So update on last week. We now have a total of 27 dead rats. And we think that’s the end. But apparently the hospital here had one that was about a foot in length…. what a blessing that is NOT
to have that in the house! And you’re all thinking “Rats of unusual size? I don’t think they exist.” but PERU! Sorry I couldn’t think of a cool title so… this is what you guys get today.guess what they do… I have seen one climbing the door. Don’t underestimate rats.

Ok to my week! Really this week has been… a weird one. I had to go back to the doctor and get checked out again, and they’re giving me vitamins to help build up the good stuff that antibiotics kill. Wish me luck. This week we also had a talent show and there was a lot of singing and dancing. But my favorite was the Elders’ number. They all got up on the stage with beards and canes and stuff in their shirts to make them look all hunched over and… then Peruvian music came on. And they all took small stuff and danced like little old people. Kinda. Really pathetic. Everyone was watching like “What is the reason for this? Are you making fun of us?” And I was rather bored thinking “Ugh Elders…. Please tell me you had a plan B.” When all the sudden…. OPPA GANGUM STYLE! And they broke out dancing like old men doing oppa Gangum and everything! I started dying and begging forgiveness for underestimating them. But that’s how their number went, switching between the Peruvian music, Soldja Boy, Peruvian music, Thriller, Peruvian music, Corazón Serrano (that’s more Peruvian music… just look it up and you’ll laugh) and so on. Pretty good. It really lightened up my week. This week was a really hard one for me for many reasons. But I can’t wait to see how I’ve changed after all of this. But I really am so grateful for all of you that write me and pray for me and just for everything. It really means so much to me, all the little things you guys do for me. Even just the little thoughts. It really means SOOOO much. One day I will pay you all back for everything you have done for me. I pray for you all every night and love to read your emails I get every week. Thank you so much.

For my spiritual thought I’ve been thinking a lot about trials and the mission. I really do love trials, just not in the moment of them, that’s when I wish I never had to have it. But this week I thought for sure I could never get through it. But here I am! I did! And that’s the thing with trials, we are never given something we can’t handle, because with God, all things are possible, and I know that is true. We are given trials to help us grow and change and become the person we need to be, but also to help our faith grow and to rely more on the Lord then we ever thought possible. It brings us so much closer to him. But I have also been thinking about the mission and how we shouldn’t pass through the mission, but the mission should pass through us. That we make the changes we need to make and keep those changes, but not just in the mission, but in life too. Don’t pass through life, let it pass through you! Become better for the things you learn and the changes you need to make! And I know that through the Lord this is possible, I really do, I saw it this week, I’ve seen it before, and I hope to see it more in the future. Love you all so very much, and I hope to hear from you all next week!

Love,
Hermana Irvine

17 dead rats and 7 needles…AHHHHH!

Hey everyone! It’s so great to hear from you all and to hear how you are all doing!

Ha-ha mom. Love the Spanish. Theya willa totallya understanda youa. Ha-ha kidding, I’ll teach you! 🙂 Ok Cristina and Vicente have traveled into the jungle and are now there for…one more week, they were going to stay there for two weeks. Their farm is in the jungle (how that works…. I don’t know) so we haven’t heard anything, but they are doing great! Ana and Percy are still coming to church every week, we are still trying to fix what happened with their paperwork, and we are still looking for some papers. But everything is well with them, they want us to come over and cook tacos or something. Hey fun fact! Did you know that tacos do not exist in Peru? And the word taco in Spanish is a high heel, like for a shoe. So that sometimes gets confusing when you say “Hey do you like tacos?” and it’s a man and he looks at you like “No…. I’m a man” and they you have to explain….. Yep awkward. Anyways! Royer is great, I think, we haven’t been able to find him lately, mainly because to teach him, his parents or his grandparents (Cristina and Vicente) have to be there. But we will find him this week! That’s the goal!

I’m glad that Ashleigh doesn’t have Strep! Do you feel better? I hope so!!!!! Ha-ha sorry Zach about school shopping, I know you hate it, but it’s out of the way and you got new running shoes! YAY! Ok…. just so you know, I was about crying from laughing so hard about Pioneer day! OH MY GOSH! I wish I could have seen that! Sounds like you guys you were in a Massacre!!!! You tried to set their house on fire ha-ha! What did they say to guys afterward? Is everything ok with that? Then Shawn has a huge burn on his arm! Is he ok? Did they have to put in stitches or something? Dad, you should have been a fireman! Ha-ha you guys kill me. And your “Friday Family Fun” ha-ha of course it would turn into a comedy show, I could see it all playing out in my head. Way to go you guys, you have thoroughly entertained me for the week. 🙂 What is Studio C? I have not heard of that. But that would have been cool! Sorry it didn’t work out for you. I don’t know the Jones in our ward, but they sound really nice! That was nice of you guys to visit Bill; I think he really appreciated it even if he was grumpy. Hope things get better for him. And I hope Zach likes EFY! I want to borrow that journal of quotes from Brother Childs….. I’ll talk to him about that one day, but that is a really cool idea! Sorry the spacebar is totally broken on this keyboard…. Anyways, sounds like all is well! Love you all so much!

So this week, if you couldn’t tell by the name of my email, was…. sketchy. Totally sketchy. Our penchinista has had a few rats living in the house and has tried to get rid of them in many different ways. Well this week started off with the results of countless times of trying to kill them: 6 dead rats. We were all happy and thinking “Yay! No more rats!”…. how wrong we were. So this week they were doing a deep cleaning of the house now that there were no rats, where they find one dead in the shoe of her daughter. That’s now 7. Well they find two more still living so in a day those are dead too. Total of 9. But there was still a really weird smell in the house. So they decided to clean the house even better this time around. And they opened a box to…. 6 dead rats. Together. That is now a total of 15. And there are still two more alive in the house. So at the end of this week, we shall have a total of 17. Makes me think of 17 Miracles, but the opposite…… But hey, that’s basically normal now. Rats and bugs and stray dogs all over the place. Welcome to Peru. I love it! Not really those things as much, but I still love Peru ha-ha.

And now to the needles. Now as many of you know, I have had a very bad fear of needles in the past, which I slightly overcame when I came on the mission, and after the cactus I had in my leg in Puno. Well….. My fear came back. Full. We had to go to the doctor this week to get some more tests done right? Well we go to this place in the Plaza de Armas that’s just this little store and we go in, and I’m sitting there all happy. When they start to tie up my arm. I literally thought “oh my gosh….. Where did she get this needle from…. And in front of the whole world to see???? I mean a dog could enter right now and bite me….. What the heck?” And they stuck a needle in me and took a blood sample. My penchinista was with me and she didn’t believe me when I told her I might cry, so when I started to tear up she came over and was like “Gringasha, calm down. It’s just a needle. I will pinch you if you don’t calm down” It was pretty funny ha-ha. But that is one needle down. We go back to the Doc and he tells me I need to have 6 INJECTIONS! WHAT?!? I was like “Nope I’m out. I think I would rather be sick for the rest of my life than to have this torture.” But I agreed. I still need 2 more (kill me) but at this place, I was really happy, they were really clean and they were nice and yeah it hurt so badly, but hey I knew it was clean. Until yesterday. When that place was closed and I had to go to some place called Virgin Maria, which is both a place to sell medicine and to sell stuff for your house, like vases and such…. it was weird (afterwards we found out they do abortions on the second floor…. sick. I will not express all my feeling on that right now), where they were taking the blood sample of a child on a chair that I think they were trying to sell. Then they took me back to this dirty filthy bathroom and stuck a needle in me that was not covered for 5minutes. So if what I have doesn’t kill me….. I think that will. I’m kidding, maybe it wasn’t that bad. But that is how it was from my point of view. This is pretty accurate. But hey you know, what else can I do? Well I’ll finish with a spiritual thought and then go and milk cows! And eat homemade Cheesecake….. ha-ha!

So this week went to go visit a less active sister that is pregnant with twins. And is suffering from severe depression during this time (I’m not going to go into details, but she really needs friends right now) and her name is Aymee (I May). The first time I saw her I just wanted to give her a big hug. She really is so cute. But right now she is just looking forward to giving birth to her twins and is counting the days. To which I shared with her a scripture. D&C 121:7-9. I love that scripture! Really these moments of trials and hardship are just a small moment. And if we endure it well, we will be exalted on high. We always have friends with us, we can do this! I just love that thought! The things that are the most hard to us, will only be there for a small moment. And every time I look back at my trials, I see a list of things I learned and I am so grateful for that time, because in that time I learned so much. LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! Hope to hear from all of you next week!

Pakarikaman (Quechua),
Con MUCHO Cariño,
Hermana Irvine