Hey guys sorry for not writing last week but it has just been super crazy here!! Thanks for all of the happy birthdays!! I feel your love and for the first time in my entire life I seriously feel a little bit old hahaha!! 20 is sort of a big one but I couldn't be spending it in any better of a place than here in the best mission on earth!!
Last week we went to the beach in Paita with our zone. It turned out really good. We played soccer and snapped some sweet pictures and went freaking fishing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FISHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has been a dang long time since I've broken out the old rod and reel but me and one of my mission buddies got some stuff put together and went out. He is also finishing his mission so he has left me with all of his stuff so I can go again!!!!!
So today we left Piura at 5 in the morning to go to Tumbes with President and Hermana Rasmussen. We have interviews here Tuesday and Wednesday but President decided that he wanted to take us up early with him so that we could go to the famous manglades and see all of the animals and stuff like that. So we went and also some other missionaries went (including Elder Mooring and Elder Ayala) and checked it all out. Cruised around and saw some different islands and a whole bunch of crocodiles and lots of other cool stuff like that. After we were done checking everything out he took us all out to lunch for my birthday and then all of my buddies smashed a ton of eggs all over my head!! Like 20 of them!! Ohhhh how I love that tradition but how I hate it when it is my birthday hahahaha!!!
So as for the elections. This week they were supposed to pick a new president of Peru but it came down to a tie or something like that so they have to do another one in a few weeks. Everything was totally fine. There were tons of people all over the place and crazy die hard voters but they didn't want anything with us and it all turned out really good. We had to go home a little early on Sunday but besides that, just another normal day. This year was easy but in 2014 I had a crazy voting experience hahahahaha!! I'll tell yall about that one when I get home.
TEMPLE GOING UP IN LIMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'M NOT EVEN SERVING IN LIMA BUT IT IS SUPER SWEET AND WE WERE ALL PUMPED HERE IN THE NORTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PERU IS THE PROMISED LAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well in these last few weeks I have been up to my neck in stuff to do. We have had interviews and conferences and work visits and a whole bunch of other things to help president with and just about anything else that you could possibly think of. We have been tired tired tired but it hasn't slowed down our work at all because we just don't let it. I think one of the best things that I have learned here on the mission is the importance of organizing your time. With all we have to do we wouldn't have any time at all to work in our area if we didn't organize our time well but we have finally figured out our system to do it an we are working wonders!! This week we found 3 new families and a new man to teach and they are all just super interested in what we have to say. Some of them already have baptism dates and they are all reading the BOM!! The law of the harvest is in play here in our area. The more we work and the more we share this message with everyone (plant) the more amazing people that we are finding to teach through the direction of the Lord (harvest). But Elder Gandarillas and I were thinking of how the Lord has been helping us and what more we can do to receive more of his help and we came across a super well known scripture in Helaman 3:35.
"Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God."
Fasting and praying!!!!!!!!! If we want the Lord's help in our life we have to do things his way. All he asks of us is to have faith in His name and His son Jesus Christ and pray and fast with a sincere heart. We've been doing it and we have been seeing miracle upon miracle here in the work. My goal in life is seriously to just yield up my heart unto God like it says here in the scriptures. It isn't easy and it takes a lot out of us but through our ability to do it the Lord will be able to use us to complete with his plans here in this life. Just a little revelation that made a lot of sense to us this week.
Conference was amazing!!!!!! I can't give you all my thoughts about it because I would never finish but President Utchdorf!!!!!!!!!! He is the best!! I invite all of you to dedicate time every day or 2 to study something from conference because it is where we can find answers.
Prayer list this week: Wilmer Ituria (and familiy), Juan Truncos, Javier Abad (and family), Mario and Jan Carlos, and finally Kevin, Raul and Yolanda. They are all doing great but they could just use a little more of your help!!
Ok so like I said I'm in Tumbes so I've got to go. Thanks for being the best family ever and thanks for being so great to me on my birthday!! I miss you all a ton but I am doing what I need to do. Your always in my prayers and I love ya a ton!!