Hey everyone! I am back for the last time at the CCM. I am doing just fine so far. My Spanish has grown in leaps and bounds and I feel at least a little bit more comfortable with my Spanish skills.
We had our first proselyting experience this week on Friday in Lima. We went out with a few of the full time missionaries serving in that area and we went contacting. Contacting is where we go door to door trying to find people in their homes or on the street that would be interested in hearing the message of the restored gospel. What a humbling experience that was. I was riding in a bus and I saw a woman cooking food for her children with a propane tank whilst living in a cardboard shack on top of another building in Lima. We say we have poverty in the United States, we do not. You have no idea what poverty looks like. These people live off of a handful of Soles per day. Go look up the exchange rate for Peruvian soles and US dollars.
My scripture study has been astounding lately. We had a class with the MTC president about studying the scriptures and it was amazing. Presidente Moore knows so much. That class has honestly changed my scripture study and changed my life. It is incredible. There is so much in the scriptures if you would just look at the footnotes and study with the spirit. What I enjoy doing is opening a prayer at the beginning of my study and continually talking with our Heavenly Father during my study and allowing him to guide me to what I need to find. I would like to invite anyone who is reading this to read the Book of Mormon. It is an incredible volume of scripture that can change your life for the better knowing what our Father in Heaven has done for others on this Earth and what he is willing to do for you.
We moved the ceiling tiles in our rooms and found that elders have written their names on the concrete walls for at least a few years so that is some of the pictures that are with this. It is kind of neat.
The other picture is me and my companion for the time at the CCM, Elder Thompson. He is from Colorado and pretty cool. He is super outdoorsy. And then the other picture is one of our district. Which is our class for our time at the CCM.
This is my last week at the CCM and then it will be in Piura. I finish the CCM next Monday and will hopefully be able to email just a quick one when I arrive but I do not know if I can actually do a blog post. It has been amazing you guys. I miss you but I am also super excited to get out of the CCM. Attached is a poem that I wrote about our time here.
I will talk to you all in probably another two weeks and by then I will have a week in the field behind me. I will see you all then.
Tired and nervous our bus pulled up.
Unloading our excitement only to have it culled
arising only a few hours later
to work and learn so others may we cater
With small breakfast shackles were served, clack, clack
on our writs. We grabbed a tray for our first am snack
our time had started;
free will from hence, had departed.
We unpacked our bags:
Uniforms hung up and we were assigned our tags.
Classes began and our
struggles continued hour after hour
Our tenure had benefits, this was known.
Studying time was treasured, not from hence thrown.
Physical activity was a joyful time
If the teachers did not come out and stop us on a dime.
A week gone by,
the yard alone was where we did not cry in misery.
We enjoyed our game
until we for a lack of effort was our blame.
Christmas came a day too late
as it always does with it’s changing date
We were given on hour to talk if one came,
but not always were our loves in our frame.
We all scratch
yet move no muscles to match.
Watching our every breath
Our maestros threaten death.
Onto a bus our chain gang strode
yet we rejoiced we no longer abode
within the gray walls.
Finally we had answered our calls.
Our sentence nearly o’er
the last Christmas knocking on the door
excited we are; yet
even with uncertainty, doubt has us yet to get.
Our wrists raw from chains
we throw off these pains
for a longer leash
far away from cafeteria quiche.
And so we actually begin.
Is such eagerness a sin?
No, for we go to serve our God,
hour after hour.