This week has been a really crazy week for me! A lot of things have
and I just don`t really know where to start! So, I`ll start
with the most
important things and see what comes out. :)
So last week Elder Huaman was
sick. He was coughing and was worried
that it might be something serious. I
honestly was not worried, it`s
just a cough, but I told him that it would be
a good idea to call
Hermana Rowley. He agreed. He seemed to be pretty worried
but I thought that a quick call would be fine and everything would
good. Guess I was wrong!
When we went to call her, I was putting in
her phone number but Elder
Huaman corrected me saying that he wanted to talk
to President first.
I didn`t think anything of it, and just put in his
talking to him for just a few minutes, President wanted an
with him! I was a bit worried, but we just headed to an internet so
could call president through Skype. He ended up there for over
hour...turns out my companion was wanting to go home!!!
talked to me for about two minutes, just to tell me that we were
to Piura to see him and that I had to make sure that my
didn`t bring his suitcases with him.
I was shocked! I did
not expect this. Of course, we haven`t had a ton
of success here in this
area, but we`re working hard and I feel that
we have seen some miracles here.
I think Elder Huaman just got really
discouraged with this sickness, and he
also misses his family just
like any other elder that`s beginning the
mission. We talked a lot the
night before he left about why we`re serving. I
felt the spirit
directing my words as I tried to help him see the many
On Wednesday we headed down to Piura. We were
able to eat lunch with
President and Hermana Rowley before his interview. He
ended up being
in there for 2 hours! Thankfully, everything turned out ok.
Huaman talked to his family, and they also really helped him to
why he`s out here serving for two years. With their help, he was
to make the decision to stick it out.
President called me into
his office for only about two minutes to just
tell me of the responsability
that I have to help make sure that Elder
Huaman stays here in the mission. I
felt really comforted by the way
he told me that Heavenly Father had placed
me in this Elder`s life and
that the way I help him in these first few months
will have a huge
effect in his life. I hope that I can follow through with
and really be able to help him.
The end of the week turned
out fairly well. One thing President told
me to do was give Elder Huaman more
responsability in the work and
make him feel like he`s actually having
success and doing well. Friday
and Saturday I pretty much made him the Senior
Companion and tried to
just follow his lead and take on a supporting role. He
did super well!
I also kept his mind occupied while we were walking, quizzing
the lessons and scriptures, and really just not giving him the
to think of home.
I feel so honored to be here. This week has
been tough. I know what
Elder Huaman is feeling. I know that he feels kind of
we can`t see the success right in front of us. That`s
it`s even harder when we`re so cut off from our families.
this is such an incredible opportunity.
I know that we are
here on the Lord`s errand. He has sent us here. We
have the chance to see His
hand in the lives of His children. I`m
honored to be able to become an
instrument in this work, bringing
others to Christ. He has helped me through
some of the hardest
challenges I ever thought that I would face. I now know,
knew, that I can do all things with his strength. I am grateful
that knowledge, knowledge which can only be gained through
experiences, and these two years.
Thank you for all your
support. Thank you for your prayers, your
letters, and everything you do on
behalf of me and the people of Peru.
Please include us in your prayers,
especially my companion Elder
Huaman and the people of Piura and Tumbes. I
know that our prayers are
heard and that miracles really do happen if we have
With the Christmas season coming on, it`s kind
of cool to see all of
the lights and trees! At the same time, it doesn`t feel
Christmas! It feels like the 120 degree weather in Arizona!
Christmas will be even more strange than the last, I think.
planning to get together with the elders from our district
Christmas Eve so that we don`t have to be just the two of us.
Santa Clause will bring us a great time!
Anyway, have fun there in the
states! Keep warm!!!