Tuesday, August 19, 2008

8/18/08

Life is golden! I am having a great time. We went proselyting again and I had to switch companions again. The reason is because one of the jovens was having a hard time with there Spanish and because my companion is good we switched for proselyting. It was really good though, we knocked on a wrong door and talked to a lady who isn't Catholic and didn't believe in the bible. That is out of the norm here. We ended up talking to her and she was really interested in our message of the restored gospel and the atonement and she accepted a BOM and said she would pray about it to know if it was true...

I spent 4 hours today at Migraciones..I am now a citizen of Peru!! It's crazy to think in less than a week my whole MTC\CCM experience is done with. I believe we leave on Wednesday and hopefully I will write you again on our next Preperation Day...I love yall and hope to continue hearing from ya!

Monday, August 18, 2008

8/11/08

Life is great! We went tracting on Saturday and that makes three times..did I tell you that last time proselyting we finished up at one of the inactive houses and were walking in the street..I had a distinct impression that I was supposed to talk to a kid that was sitting on a porch and it was awesome. His name is Junior, he is 16 and Catholic. I ended up giving about three fourths of the lesson and we committed him to go to church and got his address.

My Comp. Elder Villegas is gone, he left on Monday. I got another companion Elder Taliercio. His parents are Argentine but hasn't spoke since he was really young, but he speaks great! We are now called Ansionos because we have been here for 3 weeks. We went proselyting on Saturday and it was great. This time we placed 5 books of Mormon. I wasn't really feeling 100% because of lack of sleep and I was a little car sick. Anyway, I prayed the night before to meet someone that was meant for me to teach. We walked outside of the chapel and to the corner to cross the street. A middle aged man wass walking across the cross walk jamming to his music with headphones on, so what do I do? I say Hi!! We ended up talking to him on the side of the street and he was really interested. We told him all about the church and the Book of Mormon. He took a book of Mormon said he would read it and that he would go to church the next day. We ended up placing 3 of the 5 books. That experience was really cool and instead of proselyting in the poor part of town we proselyted in a city right above the beach named Baronko.

Really funny story--we had a member of the ward that new the area go with us. He was like 70 years old and really funny. He would start crossing the street---busy street--without looking both ways. He got really close to getting hit by a couple of cars. To top it off we had a paper with about 12 homes we were supposed to go to. We only made it to one because he got lost soooooo much. Another funny experience was one of the times that we got lost we figured we would just proselyte and there were two older ladies in a newspaper stand just talking with food sitting next to them. We greeted them and then they start eating their food with it 5 inches away from their face. The one lady said "disculpame..comida (forgive me we are eating)". They weren´t even thinking about eating before, but when we got there it was game time.

We also got to go to a bunch of historical sites. We went to the palace that the president stays at and the beach, huge catholic chapels and everything I took pictures so I'll send them. I also bought a cool Peruvian bag to carry my PMG and scriptures in and a Peru futb├│l jersey. They cost about 12 U.S. dollars. The jersey was about 8 and the bag was only 3 the lady kept insisting: "8 soles...pero yo tengo 7 soles y me gusta mucho pero yo muy pobre".

Well Love you all! Hope you write me back...

8/7/09

Everything is great!! They just moved my native companion and I am now an Asiano (elder of the elders). Three more weeks here! The work is crazy we have now gone proselyting two times in the streets of Ville Segrada (sacred valley). Everything was amazing, I got smacked in the back of the head by the Holy Ghost to talk to a sixteen year old kid named Junior. It was funny because I gave most of the lesson with my companion only testifying...he ended up giving us his address so we can come by again and said he would come to church. Proselyting is so fun, we get to go into dog poop ridden streets, houses with chickens running around and as more flies than you can imagine. Yet the people are so ready to hear the message. I am going to miss my native companion, because today and tomorrow we are getting new companions and I don´t know if he will be Latino, we still get to proselyte on Saturday.

Today we get to go out and shop at the mall and live like a normal person for one day...no tag and we get to eat pizza it will be fun!! I love you all and hope everything is great.

Elder Griffin