Familia! Sounds like everything is great at home. That's cool that it finally snowed some! Peru is great. I really do feel like I love this place more and more everyweek. The people here are amazing. i love the families we talk to. We have 3 solid investigator's. We got a huge Book of Mormon for the guy that can't really see good. He was so excited haha. He's the man. And we have another girl that is married and has a 3 year old kid and she has come to church the last 2 weeks! Ahh it was so awesome. She really just wants to raise her kid with good standards and that's why I think she is interested. We've only taught her once though and we have another girl that has a ton of problems with her husband..whos not really her husbands cause they arent marriend but they have 3 kids. I am so excited to watch this gospel bless and chaange their lives. They're some people here that really don't have much at all but are happy because of this gospel. I really like my area. It has a way rich part and a pretty poor part. Elder Zepeda is the man. My spanish is coming pretty good! I've learned that just reading the Libro de Mormon is the best way to learn it. It's helped a ton. We eat with the members 2 times a week. we eat lunch with them on Saturdays and Sundays. Holy cow, they give us sooooo much food. I want to die every time. I can eat so much though now haha. But I'm still a twig i feel like....stupid. I love you guys! I'm going to try and send a package home soon! Ask me any questions that you want to ask me! The church is truer then.....everything! dont forget!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Hey mom and dad! I'm feeling better about my mission. That's just a testimony that Jesus Christ lives. I know that he listens to our prayers. This week was a way good week. I had to give a 10 min talk yesterday about missionary work....haha i talked for 12 min. I just wrote my my whole talk down and didn't really look up once hahahaha. It was a good experience for me. We also had 3 investigators show up at church too! ahh it was amazing. We have one golden investigator named Anival. He's like 80 and he loves everything he's heard so far. His eye sight is bad though and he can't read small letters so he can't read the Book of Mormon....ahhh I was so sad, but I think Elder Zepeda and I are going to buy him on of those huge family Book of Mormons. We was able to provide some service this week and helped paint house. It was way cool. We teach like 1 or 2 lessons a day but we had some way good days were we teach 3 or 4! This area is one of the toughest in the mission. But I don't mind it! I have a new Macy! (Macy is one of Brady's favorite neighbor kids at home) haha shes the bomb. Shes 6 and her names Ina. She is the grandchild of our pensonista (or our cook). The roads are crazy here, I guarantee I get hit by a car these next 2 years. I want to be a Peru taxi drive when I grow up cause it's honestly like playing Mario kart all day. They are crazy! I've fallen in love with the Book of Mormon. I wish I read it so much more before my mission. I know it would have helped me so much. I got your package and I loved it so much! The candy was amazing. My comp loved the nerds so if you ever send another package soon send nerds! I loved the Ensign. I have seriously read almost every talk already haha. I love you guys sooo much. I know that Jesus Christ lives! Don't worry about me! Sounds like everything is good back home. I love you guys!
Monday, January 9, 2012
I'm doing way good. Today we went and did this hike onto some old ancient pyramid. it was pretty cool but ridiculously hot. ha ha oh my. This last week was alright. i was having a pretty tough time earlier in the week. i just felt completely useless with my Spanish and was having a way tough time feeling like this is where I'm supposed to be. I got a huge answer to my prayers yesterday and I know that this is where I'm supposed to be! :) I love this place right now. everything here is so chill and relaxed. The people here are amazing. my comp is the man. he's such a good missionary. This place is pretty funny though hahaha. Girls just start breast feeding when we are teaching them all the time. I don't know how many people I've seen breastfeeding. I hate it. ha ha. And dogs in sacrament meeting hahhaha. I don't understand some of the stuff I see. I love it though. i have to give a 10 min talk in sacrament meeting next week....not excited haha. It's gunna be funny. This area is a little tougher to find people to teach. We have taught only like 3 people more then once. I don't know if any are progressing haha. one guy is the man though. He's this old guy and loves what we have to say but he cant read. So he cant read the Book of Mormon. The food has been pretty good though! The spanish is improving every day. I love you guys! I haven't received your package yet but hopefully tomorrow! love you guys!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
It was way nice to talk to you guys the other night! Its good to know you guys still have voices haha. New years was way good! The family we live with invited us to a dinner they had at 11. it was way good. just chicken and empinadas. And then at 12 we snuck out on top of the roof because the zone leaders said we could and watched the fireworks. ahhh they were sweet. They were everywhere. that's what everybody does is fireworks during new years. It felt like a war zone haha. Yesterday was way good too! We went to church and they invited us to bare out testimony haha. it was way scary cause the mission pres was there. But i just said what i could! It was fun haha. Everybody here is way nice and just wants to help me with my Spanish. The members are way strong. We ate lunch at a members house after church. The food was wayyyy good. And then we just went knocking doors after and another member invited us in and made us eat more haha. It was good though too! And then we had a meeting with our zone and ate food and watched the RM haha. Today has been pretty chill too. All the missionaries that live pretty close to each other met at a church and we played soccer on this way little cement court hhaha. it was fun though! And then we went to the market which is huuuugggeeee. Holy cow haha. And now we are in a little internet cafe! I love this place! The people are way nice. Ive only been here like 5 days and it feels like home. The weather is pretty hot though right now haha. But i am way thankful to be here! i cant wait to watch investigators start progressing and watch this amazing gospel bless their lives. My Spanish is getting a ton better every day. I cant believe how much ive learned in 2 months. Thank you all for the emails! i love you guys!!!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
They moved our p-day to today because its Christmas so that's why i didn't write this last Monday! Everything is going good :) i don't get to call this Christmas though cause im here. But its ok :) this Christmas has definitely been one to remember. The only thing i have had to focus on is the birth of the savior. And giving back what he did for us by giving him these next 2 years. I really have been pretty happy this Christmas. I can not wait to get out to Chiclayo! 3 more days! i leave Tuesday morning for Chiclayo and we fly there. My Spanish is definitely not ready haha but that's ok cause nobody's is. i feel like im where im supposed to be with Spanish. its really hard to understand them cause they talk so fast. unless its about church stuff then i can understand pretty much everything! i just know a ton of church words. We went proselyting this last Saturday! Me and my comp were put on a sick spot. Its called Lima Punte or something and its like a point that sticks out of the land. We were surrounded by ocean on both sides. the beaches are not that pretty here though. But my comp didn't talk at all. Thank goodness they put a teacher with us though to help us. So i pretty much had to do all the contacting and talking and the teacher would help if she had to. We got inside a house this time too! i was so excited. well we got into 2 houses but one was this crazy guy that was addicted to drugs. it was pretty scary. i could not understand a word he said and he just pretty much told us we were wrong. but we got into this other house and taught a 23 year old girl named Moriah. i pretty much taught half of the first lesson! the 1st lesson is way simple now. it was soooo fun though to actually teach a real girl. i loved it!! She seemed way happy after! i think the church was exactly what she was looking for. i can not wait to start teaching in Chiclayo and actually progress investigators. its crazy that my mtc experience is almost over though. i have loved it. i have learned a ton about myself.
Hows Christmas at home? Happy birthday the other day kenzie!! That sucks that usu lost. but awesome that they finally made it to a bowl game. Mom its ok that i don't have a package from you guys here. i got your letter! i loved it! ill try and send some stuff home when i get to Chiclayo. You guys should watch the bible videos on lds.org. they are about the saviors birth. i have realized how much i love my family and how blessed i am to have such an amazing family! family is so important. We are so lucky and so blessed to have a savior. Because of him we can be happy! He gave us the best gift ever. Im so thankful for the birth of Jesus Christ and his atonement. i can not wait to share it to the people! i love you guys! Merry Christmas family!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Wuzzzz uppp fam! So we got to go tracting this last Saturday! it was out of control! I was with my Latino comp so it was amazing. We drove like an hour away from the mtc to the Lima central mission. Me and my comp were put in a area right on the ocean. it was so legit. oh my i loved it. The people are so funny its ridiculous. EVERYBODY is catholic. They all come to the door with their shirts off and come up with the biggest lies ever of why they cant talk to us haha. its so funny. i love it though. My comp (elder torres) was the biggest stud ever. i respect that kid so much. We had a couple of really good lessons with some people. I really realized how much Spanish i have learned here. I kinda knew what was going on. I talked some too in the lessons! i would always contact the people and try to get them to talk to us but as soon as they said something i couldn't understand i would just look at elder torres and he would go to work. The Gift of tongues is so real though. I was spitting Spanish i had no idea how i knew. I'm so stoked to get out there. The houses were not so bad though. It was a lot better then i thought i would be, but i guess that was cause it was on the ocean and there is a lot more money on the beach. it sucked seeing the ocean and not be able to go play in it haha. we tracted for about 4 hours though. Elder Torres left yesterday. It was so sad. Hes going to Mexico. I loved that kid. He was so nice and helped me with my spanish so much. I get a new latino comp today though so I'm pretty pumped on that! I love my teachers though they are so nice and all so sincere. It really is such a blessing to be here at the Peru ccm! it is preparing me so much better. i can not wait to get out to Chiclayo though and start preaching this gospel! It is a perfect gospel! Everything is so perfect about it! Today we get to go on a tour of Lima! Its only Americans cause all the Latinos left yesterday! I'm so excited! And then we get to play soccer tonight under the lights! I'm soooo excited haha. Soccer is so fun. Ive gotten a lot better since I've been here! That's awesome that Macy got baptized! I wish I was there! I love the pictures Mckell sent me though! mom you don't have to send the coat yet cause its way warm haha and i don't even know if ill ever need it! i miss the snow way bad haha. i wanna go skiing! Brod and beau you guys better go a ton for me and get good so we can all go together when i get back! I love you guys though! God blessElder martin