May 19, 2014
The New MPLO (Misión Perú Lima Oeste)
Hey, tell Brandon Leyva congrats for getting so close to the best mission in the world! [Awesome kid in our ward who was just called to the Peru Lima South Mission.] But, in his defense, he does have the Nazca lines in his mission. [Ancient geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert in Peru. Pretty cool-looking. See Google.]
Hey, a pretty good week that we just finished up. Jorge Astete and his son Alan passed their baptismal interviews, though he'll have to get baptized next week because he was on his shift in the Marines on Sunday. They are super great. We also found a miracle on Saturday, or at least it's a miracle to me: Carlos Risco has temporarily lost his job. I came into the area and he had just started working with a business that took him to the far end of the country for 3 weeks at a time, just to be back for his resting days. He walked past us on Saturday, and we gave him a look as though to say "Hey, did you forget where Iquitos is?" So, he came to church and we had a lesson with the bishop present. Seriously, a miracle.
Something we've learned with Elder Waddell is that we need to 100% read the Book of Mormon with our investigators every single time that they don't read. They also need to pray in every single lesson. He told us that we need to think of it more along the lines of a life-or-death situation, because it is that serious. So, if we don't want to get our heads chopped off, we read the Book of Mormon with them. Carlos Risco had been wondering for a long time whether or not he should get baptized, but we have found out that he hasn't been reading.
It's great to see how our mission is changing. It's the best to feel like a part of it. That's one of the best parts of it all for me, is seeing transformation.
Love you all! Bye!