Sunday, March 22, 2015

Month 3 Day 16 3.16.15

Area: Yunguyo   Comp: Elder Salas

Hello Everybody,

To be perfectly honest I thought nothing about what I'm going to write this week, so we'll see how this goes.

-The Punishment continues, with chuno now almost every other day. I'm getting used to it, but that's like saying that I'm getting used to getting slapped in the face every 5 seconds. It's never going to be a pleasant experience.

-We had a Video Night, where we watched Finding Nemo. We're not allowed to watch that, and miraculously I had the self-control to read my scriptures the entire time, and I remembered enough from all the times I'd seen it before the mission to teach a lesson based on it to the people who'd come. Success!

-We taught Book of Mormon to someone who had a ridiculous amount of doubts. We just told him to read it. When we came back, he'd read more than the assignment that we'd given him and he wants to be baptized. Success!

-We celebrated the birthday of Leonor, a 65ish year old less active. She served us a plate of chuno. She was ecstatic that we'd come though, and just to see her that happy made it worth it.

-Yesterday there was a very big branch lunch activity, where they had a ton of very delicious food. The pension told us that our food was in the house, and that we had to eat there (although she stayed). They'd made us chuno.

Anyways, interesting week! It was surprisingly successful. Also I didn't have to give a talk yesterday! Have a great week!

Elder Steele

Hour 3, Minute 9- "This Week We Had Interviews" Edition 3.9.15

Area: Yunguyo   Comp: Elder Salas

Hello Everybody,

-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!

Elder Steele

Game 3 Quarter 2 -- "Happy March!" Edition 3.2.15

Area: Yunguyo   Comp: Elder Salas

Dear Everybody,

-It's March, which means I've succesfully survived Carnavales without
getting water-ballooned once. According to the other Elders, that's
because Yunguyo is horrible at Carnavales.

-Cambios! I stayed here with Elder Salas, but Elder CedeƱo left. He's
now the Zone Leader in Puerto, and his replacement is another
Ecuadorian named Elder Castillo.

-We taught a less active named Elder. He's actually a convert, his
parents named him Elder because the missionaries always bought food in
their store about 20 years ago, and they liked the name. I'm also not
actually sure why he went inactive.

-I ate liver! It wasn't as horribly gross as I thought, but it doesn't
taste good. But the pension told me that, since I ate it, the next
time we have pizza (we've never had pizza) she'd give me double pizza.
I don't want to get my hopes up, but if that actually works out that'd
be amazing.

-Last Monday the District President invited us to eat ceviche de pollo
in his house for lunch, then right after we went to the pension and
she made us tacos, which I ate 6 of. I don't think I've ever been so

-There's this weird influx of people from Argentina here in Yunguyo.
They're kind of awesome, because they're hippies and they make
fantastic pizza.

-There's this old member that comes to church every week, but he's
very old, lives half an hour away, and is almost completely deaf. He
said the closing prayer in Elder's Quorum yesterday, and he said,
"Please give me a calling! I want one so bad, but they won't call be
because I'm deaf!" That was absolutely hilarious, to start, but he's
now the official preparer of the sacrament.

Anyways, it's been an OK week! We've been keeping busy! Have a great week!

Elder Steele