So this week has been fairly regular. Not too much out of the ordinary, for Peru that is. I did think of home more than normal this week becuase we went and visited a bunch of families with small children. It makes me miss my own busy family, then I think about it, and it brings tears to my eyes. Not so much from missing my family, but seeing these families; these happy families living their lives in someplace so different from my home and what I consider comfort. For example: my home does not have a dirt floor; my home does not have a sheet hung up to separate the front area of the house to the rest of the house; my home does not have chickens running through it; my home is not made of concrete scaffolding holding cardboard and sheet metal up to make walls; my home does not have a propane tank placed in a hole in the floor underneath the Coleman stove to cook our food. And yet all the homes I visit have these things and they are happy. And we are here to make them happier, to bring a light into their lives that they did not know was missing.
So with the rest of life here and a little less emotion filled as the last paragraph. Gas stations are small tables by the side of the road that sell gasoline in glass coke bottles. These are the gas stations that are most often used by the motos. Speaking of motos many of them have a theme. For example this week I saw one with the Thundercats logo on the mudflaps, and another with the crucifix. It all depends on what you feel I guess. There are a few “lit” motos that ride around with a bunch of neon lights and whatnot. Those are kind of cool to see at night.
Every week we have a district meeting, a group of ten missionaries for those of you that do not know, we have a small english class. This is because Elder Gilliland and I are the only gringos, or white people there. Elder Mendez teaches this class and as I have mentioned before he keeps a list of slang words. So we taught him a few pickup lines, and “how to pick up chicks”. By far the most entertaining English class I have attended.
And for trying to talk to people. Ben and Tyler I need your emails. I do not have them and it is annoying to have not heard from you guys. Mine is simply firstname.lastname@example.org. Next is Naomi Ennis, go watch the movie Van Helsing, it has Hugh Jackman; trust me you will like it. Tyler and or Ben I need you to keep a list of music for me. Look for Big Sean, Drake, Eminem, and G-Eazy. Anything else you think is good go ahead and throw on there.
And for good scriptures to share:
Mathew 14;13-15 Christ just lost his cousin and he stayed to teach the five thousand that followed him even when he wanted to be alone.
Mathew 14:28-31 Peter had that little bit of faith but failed and was immieditely caught and saved. When our faith fails we will be caught too.
Ephesians 11:40 Joseph Smith Translation we need trials or we could not be perfected.
Ephesians 12:6 we are scourged to become clean.
Mathew 17:20 need faith but Christ was ready with an example.
Mathew 17:21 prayer and fasting increase faith.
Mathew 15:11 show our faith through our actions.
That was it for this week guys. Keep cool and I will see y’all in two years and talk next Monday.