Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Paragraph 1 Word 26 1.26.15

Area: Yunguyo   Comp: Elder Salas

Dear Everyone:

-My dreams of being the greatest, unpaid, missionary graphic designer living in a rural Southern Peruvian town are finally being realized, based on the fact that I designed multiple flyers for upcoming activities this week and, in the words of Elder Salas, "Not terrible."

-We were talking to a woman, and we were trying to explain that, as missionaries, we don't just teach, we also offer service. She wasn't really getting it, so we said, "Really, anything, anytime, anywhere, just let us know and we'll come and help." She responded with, "There is one thing I need. Could you two come with me tomorrow morning at 6:00 to an illegal marketplace in the mountains of Bolivia to help me carry all the contraband I'm going to buy?" Didn't expect that one.

-We encountered an elderly woman at the side of the road with two gigantic manta packages, each weighing (not exaggerating) about 50-60 pounds. She insisted that she didn't need help carrying them the half-mile to her house. Obviously we ended up doing it, which with one package each, was absolutely exhausting. What in the world was she planning on doing?!

-There's this chihuahua that the owner of my building has, and it's always wandering around. I didn't know this, but apparently there used to be two. One of them fell down the same hole that Elder Vargas fell down, but the dog died. Why haven't they done anything about that hole?

-This week I have successfully learned how to install an electric shower head, and (unrelatedly) how to fix a badly installed electric shower head. That's a skill I'll need in the future!

-Spiritual thought! "The time has come to test your courage" - Great Deku Tree. I don't know why this strikes me so much, but it does. I just kind of think, it's always the time to test our courage. That's kind of why we're here. Remember to keep up your courage. Don't give in to temptation. Be strong.

Anyways, things are good here! We had 60 people in church yesterday, which is double what it was when I got here! Everything's great!

Elder Steele