So I guess I'll start with… I switched districts and have a new companion. So Elder Anderson (the one we met at the airport going to Lima South) was supposed to be in the 3 week program, but some mistake was made and he was put in the six week program. For some reason it took 2 weeks for them to figure it out and put him in the 3 week program. Because I was in a trio I took his companion. President Moore interviewed our whole district to see who he should switch over.
My companion is Elder Hunsaker from Oregon, he's a cool guy. I don’t really know much about him because I switched over this morning. So, yeah its kind of sad because I was pretty close with my district before. Now I have to adjust to a bunch of new people and teachers, but I know some of them so it's okay. I'm glad to be out of a trio though.
Last P-day we went to the temple right after I emailed and it was so cool. They bused us over there and we almost wrecked like four times. The people drive so crazy in Lima. But to be honest the streets and stuff remind me a lot of Europe. Narrow streets and small cars. But we are in La Molina which is like the nice part of the city, like there are lots of normal nice cars.
But the temple was cool, the room was so tiny though, probably like 20 seats. It was in English
thankfully, but the coolest part was we were all sitting in there (my district) waiting for it to start and then President and Hermana Moore walk in and they presided over the session! It was so cool. Because, I mean he was a temple president in Spain, so it was awesome.
President Moore did this class on Sunday for us where he talked about the Creation, the Fall, and the Atonement, and I swear I've never learned so much in one hour of class.
We're technically only allowed to take pictures on Pday so that’s why I don’t have a ton of pics.
So a little more about the food. The yogurt here is so good, but it's different because it's like more
liquidy, but I love it. They also have this liquid oatmeal drink that’s hot, and at first I hated it, but now I have it every morning; it's delicious. We had pizza the other day and it was so good, Peruvian
style. But to be honest, anything other than chicken and rice is good.
So a little more about the layout of the campus. For physical activity they have one grass volleyball court, one sand volleyball court, a few ping pong tables, and some foosball tables (we never use
them). There's also an outdoor basketball court but it kind of sucks because the cement is super slick and there's no net and it's small. We played basketball one day but halfway through I left to go play
My new district only plays sand volleyball for every physical activity and I would much rather be playing soccer haha. But it's fine, if I really want to then I can play soccer because its right next to the soccer field. They also have all these outdoor exercise machines that no one uses except for the Hermanas.
My old roommates were really clean and orderly which was a real blessing, but I have yet to find out if my new roommates will be haha. My new room is only down the hall from my old one so it wasn’t that far.
The minimum goal the MTC wants us to accomplish is to memorize 25 words and 5 phrases every day and like 3 scriptures a week. I used my little notebook to write down words so I'm glad I brought it.
You might be curious where my teachers served their missions. Hermano Quispitupac served in Colombia and Hermana Riviera served in Mexico City. They learned English only by studying which is really amazing, but their English isn’t perfect. But it doesn’t matter they only speak in Spanish any way haha.
At church this week Elder Fife played a musical number on the piano. It was If You Could Hie to Kolob and it was the piano guys version and it reminded me so much of mom and Abby, when you used to always play it and I teared up a little.
We also went to Interpol (international police) this week to apply for our visas I think…idk. But they took us in this van and drove into Central Lima. Some parts are really nice. Like we passed a BMW and a Porshe dealership. But they just like took finger prints, took a picture, and checked our teeth. It was weird, but fun to get outside the walls.
All the Latinos here wear their consecrated oil on their belt loop. It's kinda weird haha.
Happy birthday mom! I love you!
|Nuevo compañero Elder Hunsaker|
|On the bus to the temple. Elder Abbott to my left. Elder Oleson in the gray suit.|
|Back row left to right:E. Drake, E. Bumstead, E. Probert, H. Farer, H. Hardcastle, H. Tyacke, E. Abbott, E. Parker Front row left to right: E. Rassmusen, E. Cheney, E. Bates, Elder Harris|
|Temple with Distrito|
|Volleyball this morning with the new district|