Dear Family and Friends,
The people of Peru are very open and loving. In my area everyone we say hello to responds with warmth. Its normal to be walking and everyone says hello to everyone. I love it! People are so much more willing to let you in to their home here than in the US. People are curious and love to listen. And people are not afraid to be seen with us outside or to say a prayer outside in the open. So everyone believes in God and prays anyway. It’s amazing how much different it is here. And on the week ends we have members accompany us to visit others. Its absolutely wonderful for them to be able to share their testimony as a member to a less active or investigator because they are normal people as opposed to us weird missionaries who have devoted our life to the Lord as far as they know. I would encourage you all to march right up to the missionaries and set up a time, even if for only an hour, that you could accompany them. All you have to do is share a small testimony of the things you already know and live as a member. I guarantee they will love you for it!!!!!!
Ok, my schedule or typical day. Up at 6:30 am. I exercise…crunchs of some sort. Shower/get ready for the day, eat breakfast, write in journal until 8. 8 to 9 is personal study, 9 to 10 is companion study. 10 to 11 we work from a booklet for new missionaries and how to adjust to the mission life. 11 to 12 we prozelyte, sometimes we have appointments with investigators, 12 to 1 is language study, 1 to 2 we eat at our sweet pentinists house for lunch. then after that we proselyte teach, find, visit people until 9:00 pm. When we return we plan for the next day until 9:30. then we eat if hungry and write letters call our district leader, send reminders to members, get ready for bed until 10:30 and thats lights out. We are always always going going going. It keeps us busy and we always have things to do so I like that! You know I love to be busy. For breakfast we have bread and jelly, mac and cheese, cereal, oatmeal(yes i love oatmeal now) and sometimes my companion will make homemade guacamole if the members give up avacados. Its delicious! For lunch we have lots of stuff, usually chicken or fish soup, then potatoes, chicken or fish with rice. Always rice. And hebal tea is what everyone drinks down here and eco coffee too because the water isnt sanitary. I eat snacks during the day. There are little stores along the way everywhere so its easy to grab a chocalate bar or crackers.
So thats a typical day in Peru!!
I am really starting to love the mission and I have seen how much I have changed already. I have a clear testimony of this Gospel and that Jesus Christ leads this church and the blessing of living His teachings is eternal happiness and peace with our families!