-Zona Juli had interviews with President this week in Puno! Which means several things, including that I went to Puno and also that I found out that in this last cambio Zona Juli shrunk from 16 missionaries to 10. We had interviews on Saturday morning, which means we had to travel on Friday night and stay the night in Puno. We all met up in the terminal and went to a pizza place that was deliciously fantastically good, so success there. Also in Puno, Elder Salas and I put all our stuff in one suitcase (it was one night), and that suitcase was left in a taxi. I really didn't have much stuff though, and I've already replaced everything I lost. Also the interview was great!
-Presidente Gallegos is back from his month-long vacation, and we mistakenly thought that he would start doing all of the stuff for the branch, and he mistakenly thought we would continue doing it all. Long story short, we realized Saturday night at 8:00 that no one had been asked to give a talk. Elder Salas, Elder Castillo, and I gave talks. It went surprisingly well! With 12 hours of advance notice, we went 20 minutes over in Sacrament meeting.
-The husband of our pension is inactive, so we decided to teach him, disguised as a "Family Home Evening". He caught on, and although he's said nothing, we know he's punishing us since he's given us liver, lung, and chuno twice. It's even hard on Elder Salas.
-"And now, my beloved brethren, seeing that our merciful God has given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off." -2 Nephi 10:20. Just remember that. You are never cast off.
-We were teaching a family, and after talking to them for a good 10 minutes, they made the comment that the church that they attend is in Aymara (a local native language). They then followed that with the comment that they "speak absolutely no Spanish." Elder Salas asked them, "Are you sure?" To which they replied, "Completely sure. We don't speak a single word of Spanish." We then asked them, "How are we communicating right now then?" They didn't have an answer for that.
Anyways, things are good here! The work's progressing, we're finding people that will be very strong members, and I'm not sick! Thanks for everything!