Monday, September 5, 2011

Jamie's Letter Sept 5, 2011


(If You want to send me another pair of shoes, I wouldn't complain! My tracting shoes are doing well. The only thing is that the elastic part on the strap is getting close to breaking. It broke on one of my shoes, and yeah, it's kind of fixed, but it'll probably break again. I like my tan shoes though. If you wanted to send me something similar to those, I would like that. Color??? Black or brown. I'm not too picky though!)

Anywho. On to more important things. FYI, our p-days go something like this: Wake up, clean, leave for Chiclayo, or to chill at Hna Amelia's house in Pomalca. We eat lunch with her, if I'm feeling up to it, I make something yummy (like cheesecake brownies), we chill, listen to music, talk about our experiences during the week with the other missionaries, then in the afternoon we leave to play volleyball. What happened last week is that some people wanted a little more time to play volleyball in the afternoon, so they wanted to go to internet in the morning. I think I like going in the afternoon better. And here we are! Yeah, you can send me a CD. I have access to a computer to put it on my MP3. I got your letter with the 94 cents stuff. I think that's funny becuase I bought those stamps to send Christopher Merrick letters when he was in Australia. Little did I know that they would be used to send me letters on my mission in Peru! I still haven't gotten the other letter, if you want to send me another copy.

Yay BYU!!!!! I knew my cougars would be blessed and taken care of even while I'm gone on my mission!

This week has been good. We took Hna Machuca to have an endoscopy. I got to see her stomach! And her esophogus! It' :) They gave her a general anethestic though, so we lost Saturday to this. We didn't work very much. While we were waiting though, I talked to a sister that lived in a town called Motupe (a really catholic town). She told me she didn't believe in a church. Just God. Because all the churches were corrupt. I talked to her about the restoration, and she was asking me a bunch of questions. It hit me that I'm planting a lot of seeds too. How wonderful is this Gospel. AFterwards, I got to go shopping with Hna Risso to buy what I wanted to eat for lunch...I felt like I was grocery shopping with mom again. (I made my own hamburger. It was pretty good, if I do say so myself).

In the afternoon though, we did go to visit one girl, Elizabeth (different Elizabeth from a couple of weeks ago.) We had visited her once before, asked her to pray about being baptized, but when we verified with her, she said that she was catholic, and she wanted to be confirmed next year. We didn't press the matter of baptism much, but I prayed to know what she needed, and the thought came "El Plan de Salvacion" (I'm getting to the point where the Spirit can talk to me in Spanish!!! Cool!!!) We talked about the Plan of Salvation, and at the end, her face was just so happy, because her dad passed away about 5 months ago. At the end she was asking us about church, when the meetings were and everything. It was really cool.

Her older sister, Lourdes, is also one of our best investigators. She's 18, and she's got a lot of questions. But she came to church yesterday, and she really liked it. She's reading the Book of Mormon too! It's people like this that make leaving all of you worth it. I love being a missionary. Just in case you were wondering. The Lord blesses us so much. I've learned so much too, about the Gospel. And I love knowing that in some small way, I've helped to change people's lives. For example, right now our ward mission leader is a 19'year old young man named Rafael. He's getting ready to go on a mission. When we came, he had started his papers, but he still had a lot to do. He didn't want to go and get his medical stuff done, because he's scared of needles and he didn't wanted to get his blood drawn. But I know how much missions are amazing, and how much he needed to go on a mission (his mom isn't a member-his dad was baptized 30 years ago, but he hasn't been to church since...). I challenged him (like I would with any investigator) to go on July 7 to get his blood drawn. And he accepted (Yes, I chose it because it was dad's birthday). And he did. Yesterday, he told us that if it wasn't for us, for that challenge, he would still be in the same place, scared, and waiting for his mission papers and everything. His papers are with the stake president now, almost ready to send off to Salt Lake. Bueno, at least I can help others go on a mission, right? :)

I'm so grateful for this gospel though. It really changes people, and I LOVE it!!!! Seriously, anything you want to send me, send me. Anything american, I promise I'll love it!

I know this is the true church! Keep doing what you know is right!
Hna Williams

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