It’s been a great week here in Cajamarca, and life is wonderful. Elder Cuellar and I have been doing great together and just focusing on the work here. Every day we pass by so many people that need the gospel in their lives, and I am so thankful to be here sharing the news of the restored gospel to the people of Cajamarca. This week will be my last traditional letter, so hopefully it’s a good one.
Here are the highlights of my week:
Last Monday, we had another good P-day. We played soccer in the morning, wrote the fam, and then got haircuts. In the afternoon, we went and bought a few more things that I want to take home for you guys. That night, we had a few lessons and just worked like normal.
Fourth of July
Tuesday was the Fourth of July, and so we decided it would be fun to do a little barbecue for lunch with the Carrillo family. We bought the food in the morning and then helped them cook up the barbecue, and it was fantastic. They are an awesome family, and we spend quite a bit of time with them. The rest of the day we spent time proselyting and had a few good lessons. That night is when the real fun began.
Midnight Bus Rides and Cricket Infestation; Sleeping on the Pews in the Chapel
We went with the entire zone to the Royal Palace’s bus station at about 9 p.m. and got on a bus at 10 p.m. We went with the whole zone down to Trujillo, and we all had a pretty rough night’s sleep on the bus. We got to Trujillo at about 4:30 a.m. and then walked over to the chapel in Primavera. Very lovingly, the secretaries had set out a few benches in the chapel for us to sleep on, so we all tried to sleep for another hour or so before the zone conference. The problem is that there is a huge cricket infestation in Trujillo right now, so those were jumping all over the place and didn’t seem to want us to sleep at all.
At 6 p.m., we got up, and everyone in the zone got flu shots. After flu shots, they gave some breakfast of cereal and yogurt, and then we took our seats for the zone conference. We were together with the Casa Grande and Guadalupe zones, and it was great seeing them. The zone conference was excellent, and I learned a lot of important things that I can apply, even if it’s just for the last three weeks of my mission. Elder Cuellar and I gave a training about how to help our investigators get to church, and President Marble talked a lot about finding new investigators. The training for new mission president’s is going on right now, and President showed us a few clips that were super touching. After the zone conference, they gave us quick lunch, and then we were back on the bus at 1 p.m. to come back up to Cajamarca.
Nothing Better Than Sharing the Gospel
The rest of the week we just worked hard proselyting and teaching people. That’s really the best thing to be doing and where I find the most joy during the week. There really is nothing better than sitting in a stranger’s living room with a family that is prepared to receive the restored gospel. As we teach, and the Spirit testifies through our words, I feel that I am doing what the Lord called me to do, and that is one of the greatest feelings in the world. Every day we meet new people, and I have come to love so many of the wonderful people that I have taught.
Finished the Book of Mormon for the Sixth Time; Another Confirmation of Its Truthfulness
This week, another important thing for me was being able to finish the Book of Mormon for the sixth time in my mission. Every time I read the Book of Mormon, the Lord once again confirms my testimony that it is true, but it often doesn’t come in the way that I expect. When I finished the Book of Mormon this week, I knelt in prayer and asked to know if it was true, but I didn’t really feel an answer. I was a little disappointed, but I decided to just put my trust in the Lord’s timing and continue with faith. That night, while we were teaching a young couple, we had just taught the Restoration, but they had a lot of doubts and questions about Joseph Smith being a prophet. We explained to them the importance of the Book of Mormon, and when I bore my testimony, I felt the Spirit so strongly, and I knew that the Spirit was giving me the answer I had been waiting for. The prayer I had offered at 10:00 a.m. was answered at about 7:32 p.m., and the answer was the same as I have always felt. I know the Book of Mormon is true, and it comes from God to help us navigate the trials of today’s world. I am thankful for the spiritual strength I receive each day I read and apply the things I know to be true.
I love you all,