Thanksgiving in Lima

what's up y'all. so this week was all good and fun and all. we were working real hard to get some people with fecha ready for their baptism. so this week we have two people who are gonna get baptized this saturday. linda brahmon and isabel carmen and both are really cool. linda is a girl 11 years old daughter of a menos activo and isabel is someone who contacted us, about her grandson eloy. eloy is our best investigator tho. he understands everything and is changing his life like crazy. he was into drugs and all sorts or other good stuff like that. but its been two weeks since hes gone there and is reading the boook of mormon and went to church. so were excited. we are gonna put his fecha for the end of december if all goes good.

and ya tomorrow we have interviews with the president again. so ill talk to him and explain the problem wtih the foot and knee and well see if anything happens. if not i don't really care too much its not that bad and it wont kill me, or send me home.

i was wondering wen the 6th harry potter movie comes out somebody let me know. not that i can see it just wanna know if ill be back b4 the seventh one gets out.

on that note, i thought that this thursday was thanksgiving but apparently not. everyone was telling me today is ur country´s dia de gracias but they lied. i guess its this thursday. so have fun enjoying it cause that's the second holiday they don't celebrate in Peru. but don't really one of my favorites anyways

but since i got the request here are some things I'm grateful for

1- I'm grateful to be in peru cause that just cool to be able to say I'm in peru
2- I'm grateful for my family and friends obviously
3- I'm grateful for the church
4- I'm grateful for the catholics that yell at us wen we walk through their idol parades (they are really fanatics here in surco)
5- I'm grateful for the Jehovah's witnesses that visit us every Saturday morning
6- I'm grateful for smiles of little kids and just how cool all of them are
7- I'm grateful for food
8- I'm grateful for America and i hope u know how lucky u all are to be there (but its cool to visit the other places in the world)
9- I'm grateful that i have at least 8 things to be grateful for.
10- I'm grateful for all the emails and letters u all give me
11- I'm grateful for the investigators that we have
12- I'm grateful for change because through change we can exercise our agency to get better or worse (hopefully better)

so ya there is some things that I'm grateful for. there are a lot more, but the time thing ya know.

so this Sunday i gave a talk. basically spent all my time explaining the difference between member missionaries and us missionaries. the members all said that my spanish was really good. but it was hot and i was sweating. so it was kinda funny. like nervousness and hotness mix made for a sweaty elder. kinda sucked cause i hate sweat, like with a passion. but what can u do. they got the message and we are starting a new plan to involve the members in the work. cause if they don't get in the work the work will get really slow. so we are working with them a lot more now. o and something kinda funny was that they counselor gave me a paper saying my time was up. i used up all the time. i was excited. i don't know y but that's what happens when ur a missionary.

so that's all thanks everybody for all ur help and have a chill thanksgiving with turkey and other good stuff.

Don't mind eating fish anymore

ok hi everybody.

so this week was really cool. we got two people with fecha for the 29th of this month so that's really cool excited for that. ill baptize one and utia the other, so well have some good pics too. I'm trying to send some pics and take some more than i had before. i figure some people may really want to see this amazingly good looking face more. just kidding.

i got a lot of questions to ask and for once enough time to answer them all, i think.

i still haven't seen the doc but i don't mind too much. things are getting better with my knee and foot and I'm just taking some ibuprofen to help out if it ever gets to bad. they say with the holidays its really hard to visit the doc, so ill wait till after, if the pain and whatever is still there.

also i still haven't gotten the package, they say if it weighs more than 5 lbs it'll take 6 to 8 weeks so if anyone wants to send one, probably be best to keep it light. the address is
Av. Jorge Basadre 592 - Piso 6 OF 604 A, Casilla 14-0293, San Isidro, Lima Peru
Ave Jorge Basadre 592, Oficina 604-A, Edificio Torre Azul, San Isidro, Lima, Peru
either one of those two or so they tell me. id check online and see if it says.

on pdays we gather as a zone and just chill mostly. play soccer, eat and go to internet. sometimes we try to play other sports today were gonna do some acting or something like that. jsut have some fun as a zone and then break off and do our shopping or sleeping depending on how hard the week was. but in any case it is a very fun day.

there are 10 or 12 missionaries in my zone, i forget how many and don't wanna stop to think, and yes we have hermanas. yes i love the people and the food. they both are pretty sweet. at first it was hard to adjust but now that I'm getting the hang of it, i hate to say it but i don't mind eating vegetables or fish too much at all anymore. who says miracles don't exist. but ya. our ward is chill but in a casa capilla, so kinda small. however they're constructing a new building for the ward that will be done in like 5 months and everyone is really excited for that.

my spanish is getting better like always. i have become like a perfectionist and wish i wouldn't make mistakes but i still do . i get really mad sometimes but i think about that in five months somebody cant learn a new language and for only five months I'm doing pretty good, well above some of the other guys from my group anyways. i read and basically live in spanish, except wen I'm with the other missionaries from my zone. me and my dl have developed a good friendship but we mostly talk in english. hes leaving in less than 50 days tho so im kinda sad. hes from az too so that's cool. our zone actually has 3 americans from az. and one from idaho.

my comp doesn't speak any english. and he doesn't wanna learn but that's actually good for me bc i still need to practice spanish so i don't wanna speak english anyways.

o ya, about Christmas. the mission does some cool stuff and gives us a cd with all the elders in it so thatll be something I'm looking forward to. i think my pic will be the one with me kissing that little girl. who is the sister of one of our con fechas by the way. they are a really cool family, who always feeds us. the mom and dad are both chefs but both work all day with sea food. so ya i think that's y i don't mind it to much. ill get the details about calls and whatever later.

and i think that's about it. thanks everyone for all the help and support, letters and love. and ill talk to u next week. bye

Earthquakes are like blending smoothies

ok so wat is up everybody.

so this week was a good week. we got some good investigators last week and are working with them. we want to put the baptism date for one the 29th whcih would give us two for that date. were excited to have soem people progressing again. however we have one guy who has a lot of problems with drugs and watever, but he really wants to change. its cool to see that he is leaving all that stuff behind and starting to change his life. his grandma is the one we want to put a fecha for the 29th and if all goes well, he can be baptized in december. but well see.

i looked at and saw the thing and it is amazingly sweet. whoever is working on that or started it or helped with it at all, thank u and its really great. on that note, i really liked the countdown thing. it was funny to see exactly how much time, to the second, i have left in the mission. the time passes quick thouhg.

about the earthquakes here, not quite earthquakes. more 5 sec shakes. like blending a smoothie. some places are a lot worse than others but where i am we barely feel them. so no needs to worry bout any of those. but we have had like 5 since ive been in surco, kinda cool.

o ya obama. the people here really liked him till i explained a little bit about how hes for abortion and all that. it was funny that all they ever hear is good things about him, but everyone asked why utah was for mccain and i explained y and they all changed their mind. but i like obama and hope things go good with him as pres. and if they dont i wont be there anyways so i dont need to worry bout it.

ya i think thats about all. just something else real quick. luke i heard bout ur soccer goal. really cool beans buddy. keep playing soccer so that when u get called on a mission u can start out a little better than me. o which reminds me. ma ur gonnna love this. this sat we had a activity with the young men. officially it counted as a missionary activity so they let us go. soccer obviously. well me being me, played with my heart as always. welll me and one other kid crashed like pretty hard. his knee got the inside of mine and we both went down. poor kid though didnt get any help cause everyone was worried bout the missionary who was hurt. but it ended up not being something to bad. sorta just hit my knee to sleep. it was funny cause i couldnt move it for like 3 min, everyone was really scared. but ya it got better real quick. like always. and ma u know me, i kept playing. never give up, ya know. and we can apply that to more than sports.

well thats all. bye and thanks for everything

Halloween in Lima

ok everyone, thanks for all ur letters and help.

i don't have much time at all today cause the office is making us send pics to them so they can make a Christmas cd for us all. that'll be cool but it takes away like 5 min from me today

sorry blame them

but on that note not to much happened this week in terms of work. i got some cool pics of halloween but the people here don't really celebrate it. i was going crazy. i bought a bunch of candy and gave it to anyone with a costume. like a lot. they loved me. at one point i had like 15 kids huddled around me like a mob. it was kinda cool.

in terms of work we did 51 contacts. which wouldn't seem like a lot but for surco its a ton. we were knocking doors for hours to get them too. very stubborn the people here

in terms of me I'm doing fine. loving the work loving Peru and loving my study time. me studying, not gonna hear that to much after the mission i think. but who knows

i want to thank everyone for ur letters and help and support and for not criticizing my bad inglish in these letters, especially when i spell english wrong. but ya.

the baptism date got pushed back bc of the dad but it'll be for the 29th which is still good. we have some others but they are progressing really slowly.

well i gots to go, thanks again for all ur help. i really miss my two wards there. i think about both everytime i go to church. how great they were. i wish all the members here would be that strong and willing to support our investigators the way u all supported me. if that were the case the work here would be amazing. talk to ya later