WOOOHOOO. . . looks like a fun week for the fam!! Dad, glad the birthday was all good but wow bro you’ve got like 100 years or something like that? Jaja bromas. Looking good! I’m not going to lie, I think I started to cry when I saw all the pics of you guys snowboarding and of all the snow AND when I read that you guys saw the new Star Wars movie... AND when I read that the Jazz are 4th in the West! PUCHA! I’m so upset! jajajaja. So many things I’d kill to do but I can’t. Tough luck with the leg Drew but don’t be a pansy and get back out there. I have videos of me high jumping and honestly, I think I’m the most homesick when I see those. I miss it so much. Bro you’ve got potential to be a state champ so work hard man. NO TE DAS POR VENCIDO. Also, you look like a tool in every pic you take. jaja I’m pretty sure you’re flexing in every single one. jajaja. I dig the interview shirt that’s the freaking best. Pero! This week went by way fast. Even though NOTHING happened. jaja
Literally, nothing has gone on in my area for 2 weeks. We lost a lot of investigadores this week and the week past because the people don’t want to give up drinking. I’m pretty sure that’s the Peruvians favorite sport. jaja. We definitely need a bigger area though. My comp and I have knocked every single door like 4 times. We don’t have a ton of investigadores right now so all we do is contact to find more. Our presidente de la mision told us that we don’t have permission to visit the menos activos of the ward. So all we do when we don’t have a cita is knock doors and contact the streets. We got so desperate this week that we were going to start riding buses to different places so that we could contact all the people on the bus. jajaja. Yahhhh! but I love my comp and my area. We’ve been working hard and Me llevo bien con mi compañero. He’s a stud. Our ward is super chill too. They help us a lot but never give us any referencias so it just makes it a little bit harder to find more. So it was a slow week but it went by super fast. It doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. jaja. My comp has been pretty sick too. I think he’s got a stomach infection like I had because I think he spends more time on the toilet than off. jaja. Poor kid but he’ll be fine... I hope.
I’m not gonna lie. This month was so hard for me. I wanted to be back home with the familia doing all the Christmas stuff and such. Last night I was pretty bummed out. Some guy told me that I was no good and that I was an antichrist. jaja I don’t know how I am. He just kept saying stuff like that and how the things we preach are false. He told me I only came here to brag about my life in the US and that everyone here suffers while the people in the states live big. I wanted to hit him so bad. jajajaja but it made me realize two things. ONE: I hate drunk people. I will never drink. I have no tolerance for people like that. They suck! jaja So many people here drink. And TWO: I made the decision to come to Peru to preach something true. I honestly can say that before the mission I didn’t have a very strong testimony of this Evangelio but it has grown so much. I can’t imagine a life without it. The fags here just don’t understand it yet and that’s why I’ve come here to teach them so that they can experience it like I have.
Today for p-day we are just going to go visit some people in my old ward because I feel like I may get transferred out of Arequipa this change. It might be the only time I get to visit. I really love my area but am kind of ready for a change. We need a more people to find. We are also going bowling with our district so that should be fun. Next week a dude from our ward is taking us to a place called Chiguata. It should be pretty cool.
LOVE ya familia and keep killing it and enjoy the week.
YA Boy Hunt
It was great skyping yesterday! I told you everything I did so there's not much to write about. Everyone looks great! Man, I miss home and Christmas in the states! Dad, have a Happy Birthday this week! We don't really have any plans for today. We are just hanging out and probably with the same misioneros as yesterday. jaja
* Moms note: We had a great talk with Hunter on Christmas day. After a couple hours of trying to get a good connection, we were able to skype with him at around 3:30 pm. He is doing great! This past week he was busy spreading Christmas cheer through out Arequipa in his Santa hat. Doing a little caroling, a mission Christmas party and ward party. He was well fed with 2 dinners on Christmas Eve and 2 on Christmas day so that made us feel better. His pensionestta is taking very good care of him and was there with a hug when it was time to hang up and it was getting a little hard to say good bye. He is serving with a great group of Elders. We had the chance to visit with his comp and 2 other Elders from Florida and Chile. They all have such a great spirit about them and are busy doing the Lords work!
FRRREEEEEAKKKKK. I miss the States! jajaja You don’t really appreciate something until you don’t have it. The states are soooo much better. I know it’s just the time of year but I just want to watch basketball and go snowboarding soooo bad. Freak, I knew that this would happen when I left the home! The jazz would go on a rampage and I’d miss it but I know I have stuff that I need to do here. I know that but pucha I’d kill to be home for NAVIDAD!!!
This week was fine nothing really happened. So there’s really nothing to email you guys about. jaja All of our citas cancelaron and we didn’t find any new investigadores or anything. jajaja My area is far from receptive to the gospel. People just seem way to busy and aren't really interested in change. We have just been lucky and found a lot of cool people that are receptive. For example, this week we contacted 150 people and touched probably like 400 doors or algo asi but didn’t find squat! Jaja It’s fine, were just working hard trying to find people. It’s tough though because every guy here drinks from the time they wake up to when they go to bed sooooooo we deal with a lot of drunk people. For some reason though they love the misioneros so it’s nice. We only had a couple incidentes with the drunks that were getting in our face. jaja Other than that nothing really happened. Oh, I did find a dog. Her name is Kyra and she’s pretty sick. She is my homie and follows us everywhere. No one messes with us now! jajaja.
Sunday I gave a talk in sacrament meeting on the atonement and repentance so that was sick. All the people told me that I almost had perfect Spanish and only had a few parts that were choppy so that was good. Today for p-day we are going caroling en la Plaza de Armas! So that will be sweet and I will get some cool pics. We are going to have a party in the mission and one for the ward. Also, our zone party el 24th. It should be fun and we are pretty stoked for that. We wear our hats everyday and people think they are pretty funny.
Well familia love ya miss ya!!! I am soooo excited to talk to you on NAVIDAD!!! I think it will be around 3 pm my time. Check your email just incase anything changes.
YAAAHHH BOY HUNTS!!!
This week was sweet!!
We had a baptism with one of our favorite investigadores and he is such a stud. It was really cool to see him follow through on this compromiso. BUT, we honestly had 0 luck this week jaja Nothing was going our way until Friday. Friday was awesome! jaja We found an investigador that has listened to the misioneros for 4 years and NOTHING HAS HAPPENED WITH HIM. Until Friday. . . jaja Yahhhh We were the chosen misioneros here in Arequipa. He finally accepted a date and he is going to be baptized this month! So that is awesome and he is honestly a great guy. He has just had a lot of doubts in the past but we were able to answer his questions and take away some of those doubts! His name is Juan Carlos and he has 50 years. So you know there is a time for everyone right? Our family of 11 is awesome. They’re the family that we did the family night for and we made cookies. The cookies were awesome and they loved them! What can I say, I have the gift of baking too Mom! This week we are going to make peanut butter bars with them. jajaja They want to make more food from the states and I don’t blame them. It is so much better than the food here. jaja. I haven’t had a solid poop in like 4 months. Can someone help a brother out??? I eat plenty but the food here kills my stomach. I’ve had 2 stomach infections and think I have another one right now. It’s part of the mission life, right! I work out as much as I can but I feel so out of shape. It’s terrible! I have a little layer of fat on my stomach now and it’s terrible. I’m starting to fill out on the muscles though. jaja I still am down on the pounds. The treats in my package saved my life. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. jajaja The best thing of my freaking life! I already ate the cookies and muddie buddies and yah opening a present a day makes my day so much better jaja. I LOVE IT! The holidays are tough on the mish but those things make it so much easier, THANKS!
Right now we are finally finding more people to teach. We have 5 fechas (dates) this month for baptism and are hoping to take out 2 more this week with this other family that we are teaching. The teaching really has been good here though. This morning we went to the World of Alpacas jajajaja I wanted to see the alpacas. I was starting to think that they didn’t exist. NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE but now I know they are REAL! jaja We went with a family in the ward and had so much fun. Then we went to La Plaza de Armas again and had lunch. Good day good day!!! jaja.
No snow there right now?? I miss the snow so much holy balls! jaja Good thing the mountains are getting snow though. I have to say, Christmas blows on the mission but we are really trying to have fun with it. Oh, I’m going to send a package next week for Christmas for you guys. I don’t think it will get there in time but hope you like it.
The Spanish is coming a long nicely. I understand just about all of what people say to me but pucha speaking is the worst. I feel like I'm speaking right but at times people just look at me like "Why are you here?" jaja That’s always the worst but they understand that I only have 4 months so it's all good. Well that’s the week!
Love you guys and keep going ham and enjoy the week!
YA BOY HUNTS
Haha... Writing is so hard. I can’t remember ENGLISH!
WELL, another weird and crazy week here in Peru! I had 5 different comps this week hahaha but now I’m back training my green thumb... Honestly such a stressful week but just pushing through cause why not? I got switched to another area with a new comp everyday! I have no idea what is going on here in la mission. It is so crazy! There are a bunch of people that have gone home and we are just trying to cover all the areas. Now I’m back in Alto Misti with my greenie so it’s all good. We had a baptism Saturday which was super cool. It was my comps first baptism so he was super excited! So Saturday was a chill day, finally. This week was just a lot of moving and not a lot of trabajo, work, so don’t know what to tell you about this week. haha There wasn’t much that happened other than my thousand comps. Haha
The language is coming along. I feel like I have improved little by little every day. To be honest it’s hard to write in English now. haha I even write in my journal in Spanish and dream in Spanish too! That’s the weirdest thing ever! The funny thing that I found out is that I talk in my sleep in Spanish too! I dream I’m teaching lessons with my investigators and want to talk with them. It’s so crazy! haha. A little weird but freaking awesome! SO yah the language is cash and I’m able to teach all of my lessons on my own cause the comp doesn’t do much but you can’t blame him he’s a newbie. Just trying to teach him too!
Es chevere aqui, it’s cool here, and the people are awesome! Y LA PLAZA DE ARMAS was freaking sweet! I had a great time and took a ton of pictures. I can’t send pictures on this computer and so I will find a computer I can send them on next week. OOOOHHHHH and I gave in and bought myself a poncho de alpaca hahahaha. It’s the best and I put it on everyday!
Today for P-Day we are going to a Llama farm so I’m going to see and hopefully ride some llamas. Haha Then I am going to play ball with my bud Elder Sharp from the mission. He goes home in 2 weeks so I’m bummed about that. He is a stud! This coming Saturday I have 4 baptisms from my old ward. They want me to baptize them so it will be cool and I am stoked about that.
I Love you guys and hope all is good. Have a fun week and Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Enjoy some turkey for me!
SWEEET!!!! Another package coming!?? hahaha I can’t wait for this one because I need it! THANK YOU MOMMA! I finally weighed myself and I’m a solid 145 lbs! So far, lost a total of 10 lbs. I had another stomach infection but I’m all good now. It’s fine just part of the mish! Wow, what a freaking weird week! It’s pretty crazy here, not going to lie!
POR FIN! haha Levi and Jordan got their dog! That’s awesome and glad to hear Mo is still his grumpy self! hahaha The Utes and Jazz are killing it and that’s what I like to hear!! Love those updates, they keep me going. Glad to hear Drew’s back in the pool. Nice bro!
I have to say el Presidente de la mision is awesome! President Johnson is sooooo coool and He loves me sooo that leads into my next things...hahahaha So this week was the hardest and weirdest week of my life for some reason but I love the challenge! This week there were 2 elders that went home early. Both of them were some of my good friends in the mission so I was pretty bummed about that. They had some hardcore problem with their knees so they went home to have surgery. So my good buddy Elder Bajaña is from Ecuador and he left his comp here that has 2 weeks in the mission. HIS COMP SPEAKS NO SPANISH. hahaha So what does president do? Pulls me half way through my training to train a GREENY! hahaha. He is a super cool guy from Oregon but knows nothing about Spanish or his area. So yah I’m in a new area called Alto Misti! This area isn’t as cool as my old one. I really liked my old area but there are some really cool people here so that’s nice! I don’t know how long I will be here or what’s going to happen but for now I’m a daddy! I have had to really step up my language game though cause now I literally do everything. I surprised myself at how well I can function with 3 months of Spanish. haha. This has been a pretty tough area without a lot of success so I have to get to work. I was bummed because I had 7 baptisms scheduled for this month in my old area. I am only about 20 minutes away so maybe I will be able to go back and baptize them. On a positive note I’m not sad at all to leave the comp. Haha When I was talking to Pres he mentioned I might get changed to a different district in the next change because right now I am in the same district.
Like I said, I have really stepped up my language game and have learned a lot but it is freaking hard! hahaha Other than that though not much has happened this week. That’s the big news for the week! I am just trying to figure out how to run things in the new area and all of that but you know just staying positive and having fun here! I’ve got this and will be a boss!
I am pretty excited, today for P-day. We are going to visit Plaza De Armas so that will be pretty cool! I’ll send more pics next week! This computer is broken and only one pic would send.
Love you all and hope all is good back home!
Su misionero en la país de PERÙ!!
I’m not going to lie it’s been a tough week. It makes it easier because I have such a great support crew back at home that is there for me. There have be so many times I just wanted to come home but I know I have a purpose here even if sometimes it feels like I haven’t found it yet. I didn’t think I would get this homesick but it happens, right! I have really just been trying to get through this first little bit. It’s all good so no worries. I’ve got this! Haha I finally got my birthday package and it saved my life!!! The office sent it to the wrong area and it sat there forever. I found out I can get packages whenever you send them and that I don’t have to wait. So that will be good. The golf putter was the best thing in the world. I went nuts when I saw it. Haha I’ve used it so much when I just need to think.