Monday, June 22, 2015

6/22/15 The Dedication of the Trujillo Temple

Happy Father's Day everyone! 
Thinking of grandpa Measles... I always think of his response, every time you'd say, "what's up?" he'd say, "rent and taxes" haha He was a great example!

My new companion is Elder Riveros, he was born in Bolivia but his family moved when he was 7 years old to Sao Paulo Brasil. He's got 6 months in the mission and is a hard worker and knows how to work effectively and is also very confident. We get along well!  Half our district was transferred, including one area that was whitewashed (I think that's how they'd refer to it in English, it is when an area is left empty for 2 missionaries to come to, not knowing the area at all). 

The dedication of the Trujillo Temple was great!   When they were sealing in the corner stone Pres. Uchtdorf invited up a few children to do it too!  First he had a boy come help seal in the corner stone and Pres. Uchtdorf was telling him to "look over there to the camera" but the translator was like 10 feet away, at a standing microphone, so when he was translating what Pres. Uchtdorf said the little boy was a little confused about who he was talking to and what was going on and it took him a minute to figure out what he was telling him to do...  but you could tell that the little girl in that picture was ready and turned as soon as Pres. Uchtdorf started to gesture and it made me chuckle. 

Later during the dedicatory ceremony, the Temple President and Matron spoke, the Area President, Elder Uceda (from Lima) spoke, and President Uchtdorf spoke and said the dedicatory prayer. When President Uchtdorf started his talk he began in Spanish and I was surprised thinking is he going to do the whole talk in Spanish but he just said a couple of sentences and then started in English with the interpreter there, but it was pretty cool.  A lady sitting next to me was whispering aloud in Spanish every word that she recognized in English, which was pretty funny. Anyway, I was mainly happy because shortly after we got there my converts L----- and her daughter K---- showed up but I didn't get to speak with them afterwards. We will have to go visit them and see how they enjoyed it!

Manjar is good stuff but sometime they make the alfajores with too much and it's too sweet is all. 

We make our own breakfast and dinner I usually eat cereal in the morning and at night either spaghetti or sandwiches.  I recently found "jamon americano" (American ham - I am assuming a deli ham) and was pretty happy so that's one thing. We usually have rice and chicken everyday at lunch around here, sometimes they have beans but that's rare more often potatoes. 

We went to visit a family yesterday and the mom said her husband was out celebrating father's day with his beer and I kind of stared at her for a second like ¿en serio? and said he should be celebrating FATHER's day with his children so we'll see how that goes. 

I'm very thankful for the commandments of God and the restored gospel in my family.
Holland started walking? Awesome
It sounds like Sam had a good mission!

The church is true.  
Thank you, te amo. chao 

Me and my companion at the house of our elders quorum president I'm getting ready to eat a cuy (guinea pig)

To his dad: (Brad was telling him about his friend, who got home, mission and his experiences.  Sam went to the Marshall Islands... one of the islands he served on was on the equator and the sun came up at 6:30 am, and went down at 6:30 pm every day of the year.  They have to be in at dark... plus the electricity was hit and miss depending on which island he was on)

What did they do at night after 6:30?  No work could get done and there wasn't even light for studying or anything... that sounds like it could have been pretty frustrating. 

My companion came from Lima and was like, woah this is such a small town with a tiny branch and few leadership so I just related what you were saying right there to him and he was like woah en serio? haha that is a very different mission than here! wow!

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