Hello, Family.

What a week it’s been. Things are great here in Cajamarca. The weather seems to be having an identity crisis because it doesn’t know if it should keep raining or bring out a burning sun each day. It seems to differ on a daily basis. I just realized that I start pretty much every email off with a rant about the weather. I guess I’ve become “that guy.”

Here are the highlights of my week:

Cumbemavo

Last Monday, we had a pretty great P-day that involved getting to see some cool sights in Cajamarca. We went as a district to this place called Cumbemayo, which is about an hour outside of Cajamarca. We went with the stake president who is a tour guide, and he helped us understand a lot of the cool stuff there. To explain very simply what Cumbemayo is, picture a bunch of rocks, and you have a good idea of what it is. That may sound pretty lame, but hearing it all explained and everything actually made it seem pretty cool. The rocks almost reminded me a little of Bryce Canyon—nowhere near as cool as Bryce, but it was still fun. I sent pictures of that last week, so check that email for the pictures of it. After, we came back to Cajamarca and had some nice lunch and wrote the fam.

Stretch Goal for New Investigators

Aside from that, we spent most of the week just going crazy with our proselyting here in our area. Last week, we decided to put a real goal of faith and had set the goal to find 30 new investigators during the week. We had decided that we wanted to take advantage of the old-investigator forms we had and also spend more time contacting in the street and knocking doors. During the week, we did everything possible to accomplish our goal, and we were amazed to see that the Lord put people in our path, and we found lots of new investigators. We didn’t accomplish our goal of 30 investigators, but we did manage to find 13 new investigators, which was a major improvement from past weeks. It was cool to see how setting high goals can help us more fully unlock our potential to accomplishing the Lord’s will.

Helping in a Member’s Restaurant

On Thursday, we had a nice little service with a member family in the ward. The members own a restaurant, and they do pretty well with what they do. On Thursdays, their whole kitchen staff has the day off, and so they were a little understaffed. So, we put on some aprons and waited tables for a few hours. It was pretty tiring work, and despite having done lots of services hauling sand and lots of physical labor, taking orders and carrying people’s food seemed to be more tiring than all of the other things we’ve done. It was fun to help out, and now I know how to start up my own restaurant when I get home.

Werewolf

On Sunday, we had an activity with the young single adults of our ward, and we had a few investigators there to help them make more friends within the members and feel more comfortable at church. It was kind of a half goodbye for one of the guys in the ward because he leaves for his mission on Wednesday. He is going to Lima Sur. We played a few games, and I actually led the group in a few rounds of Werewolf. It was fun to pull out my killer narrating skills again, and it was fun to spend some time with the members of the ward.

Consider on the Blessed and Happy State of Those that Keep the Commandments of God

Really, that’s it for my week: just lots of hard work and cool experiences with our investigators. Do you remember my Book of Mormon challenge? Well, I haven’t stopped with that, and I am already into Mosiah. This week I read over the chapters where King Benjamin talks to his people, and I once again felt the Spirit as I read those inspired scriptures. I still feel that Mosiah 2:41 is one of the greatest promises of the gospel and a great reminder for me of why I choose to live the way I do:

“And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.”

I love you all!

Elder Carman

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