I hope everyone had a fantastic thanksgiving this last weekend :) So many
things to be grateful for. We certainly have more blessings than we can ever
count. Thats why i thank you dad for telling and teaching us kids...give thanks
to god for the blessings seen and unseen that the lord gives you. It is so
We passed Thanksgiving with President in his house :) He invited the office
over for some grub. And grub it was!! An amazing turkey and THE BEST STUFFING I
HAVE EVER TASTED!!, and mashed potatoes and gravey and PIES!! haha we should be
so grateful for just the great food that we have in the states :)
Well the recital in Tacna this last sunday was another success. We filled
up the Tacna Tacna stake center up and we are getting more creative and putting
up slide shows full of pictures and videos of the church as we sing. And it is
turning out really really great. Getting better each time we do it :) We then
stayed Monday through Wednesday in Tacna with the 3 zones and got to visit with
them and train them up and had some meetings with them. It was also my
companions birthday this last tuesday. So the 3 of us (him, president, and i)
went out to eat at a steakhouse which was WONDERFUL! Real American steaks. yum
yum. Once we got back to Arequipa on Wednesday we egged him up :) haha let me
here in peru if it is your birthday...the tradicion is to crack eggs all
over your head (doesnt matter what you are wearing, suit and tie doesnt matter)
and then they pour flour all over you as well. He thought he had escaped the
"egging and flouring" because we were in Tacna during his birthday...but the 5
of us in the office sure got him good in the house on Wednesday night!!! hahaha
i will send pictures.
Thursday was spent with President for thanksgiving dinner. and yesterday we
were super busy with planning for our zone leaders/sister leaders conference
this monday and tuesday, and we are planning for all the things that we will be
doing this year for Christmas visits in the mission and the fiestas that go
along with those. So this next week will be training again and then going
outside of arequipa for divisions and visiting zones. Tomorrow we fly down to
Tacna again for our LAST recital musical in my old Zone´s stake!! i am super
excited about that! i will get to see all my old friends and pentionista again.
But then wew come right back to arequipa for the training. whew. gonna be
another fun week.
they are sure flying by...cant seem to keep events in order, nor figure out
when we did what this last change-its been crazy.
On a personal note...on how i am doing. I am tired hahaha...but i love
life. I love being a missionary. I get a little frustrated at times not being
able to work much in my area. I wish i could visit and teach more people
individually so that i can help them get baptized. but our focus right now is on
the mission-and that requires that we go to the whole mission. I understand what
this calling requires. and the mission is first. but the lord is helping me
along. i can feel his prescence and i know his voice. it is familiar and it is
always guiding me.
I am getting excited for the christmas season. there is a big push for
everyone to see the new video that the church has just released "He is the
Gift." There is more christmas music being played in the office and the city
here in Arequipa. I love this time of year. My companion and i are best of buds.
we love working together and i am learning so much from president zobrist. that
is one of my goals...to learn all i can from him. We sure had a fun time talking
on the 4 hr. car ride back to arequipa from tacna. We talked about hunting and
camping and our families...great man President Richard Zobrist. I love and
sustain my President.
Well the Arequipa sun is shining very beautifully today. Makes me happy to
know that the same sun shines there in AZ over all of you too. Be happy. Be
grateful for all that you have. I am happy.
With all the love i have,
pics: our stay in the Grand Hotel Tacna during my companions birthday :)
and companionship unity in teaching and in soccer!!! :)