Hello, Family.

I hope you have all had a great week, and I’m sure you have some fun things planned for this week with the Fourth of July and everything. Things here are great, and every day is a blessing. Elder Cuellar and I are working hard and seeing lots of miracles, and that’s really the best possible thing to see in the work.

Here are the highlights of my week:

Last Zone P-Day

Last Monday, we had a great P-day. We received permission to have a zone P-day, and so we took the whole zone out to this place called El Zarco. It’s a restaurant that is close to the airport that has a bunch of soccer fields and open area. We ate lunch as a zone and then the elders played soccer, and the sisters played other games. We also played ultimate Frisbee and some fun stuff like that. We don’t have zone P-days very often, so that was definitely my last one, and it was good to end it well. That night we had a few quick lessons and then packed our stuff and got on a bus to go to Trujillo!

Interchange with Elder Babbel

Monday night, we came down to Trujillo and got there at about 5 a.m. We went over to the assistant’s place and slept for about an hour. After, we got up and started our exchange with the assistants. I went with Elder Babbel, and it was great. In my mission, I have had lots of interchanges with Elder Babbel, so it was fun to go out again and work hard. We had a good day contacting and teaching, and that night we ate pizza.

Last Leadership Council and Saying Goodbyes to Wonderful Leader Missionaries

Wednesday, we had our leadership council, and it was pretty emotional because it was my last one. Ever since April of last year I had gone to every single leadership council, but this was the last. They recognized the zone leaders and sister trainer leaders that were ending, and I got to share my testimony, which was pretty emotional. It was so weird sitting there and looking around and seeing so many amazing missionaries that I knew so well that I would be leaving so soon. After the council, I said a few goodbyes to missionaries that I wouldn’t see again, including Elder Espinoza. That was definitely a sad moment. After, we got on a bus and headed back up to Cajamarca.

Room Inspections with Sister Marble

Thursday, President and Sister Marble were here in Cajamarca, so President had interviews in the morning. In the afternoon, Elder Cuellar went out with Chelo to proselyte for a few hours while I went with Sister Marble to go do room inspection in most of the missionaries’ apartments here in Cajamarca. We spent a good four hours going around to all the rooms, and it was fun to spend some time with Sister Marble. I sure do love her a ton. After, I hooked back up with Elder Cuellar, and we spent the rest of the night proselyting.

Cinyta Is Getting Baptized

Friday morning, we helped a family in our ward move, and so we carried boxes and furniture back and forth for a few hours. It was fun. That afternoon we had a lesson with Cintya, and it was awesome. She is a referral from one of our recent converts and has come to church a few times now. In the lesson, we felt to extend a baptismal date for July 15, and so we did, and she accepted. She is very excited about her baptism and is already inviting people and everything. We are super excited for her.

A Great Sunday with Lots of Investigators at Church

Sunday was fast Sunday, and it was a great sacrament meeting. I played the piano, and luckily all the hymns turned out well. I also felt to bear my testimony and that was a good spiritual moment for me. We also had quite a few investigators at church, including Cintya, who is even more excited for her baptism.

The “Lasts” Are Beginning

Overall, those were the highlights of my week, and although it was a great week, it was kind of emotional for me. This week brought a few of the first lasts. I remember vividly all my firsts of my mission—my first lesson, my first district meeting, my first companion, my first everything. Now I’m remembering the lasts. The last month, the last leadership council, my last fast Sunday, and lots of last goodbyes. However, I’m thankful for everyday that I have left, and for the blessing I have to be a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know this church is true, and I know without a doubt in my mind that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I love Him with all of my heart, and I am thankful to be his servant.

Love you all,

Elder Carman

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