We had a good week this week....no baptisms but lots of spiritual experiences. The goal in the mission is 100 families for the month of July. We have a few that I think will get baptized. We are working really hard with the Mogollon Family. Benito- still hasn’t gone to church but I believe that if we have someone who will be his friend he will accept baptism with his family. Luz-she has a date for the 11 they both went to church yesterday. Erick- he has a date for the 11
We had 7 baptismal dates Saturday and only 4 of them continued on to Sunday, but we are working really hard so that we can have the success. We found a married family last night and taught them lesson 1. They are really an amazing family! The wife told us ¨what luck you guys have, we had just arrived. Then you guys knocked our door. I think you were sent here to help our spiritual side of things. I don’t know if that was a correct translation but something like that. It was one of the first times that in a first visit the people recognized the importance of the spirit, and the way the Lord works.
That experience left a great impression in our hearts. I know that we will teach them again and they will be an eternal family, if they decide to do it. I am grateful for the guidance of the spirit in the places that we need to be.
Right now.....about Barranca.
The weather is a little cold. We walk with sweaters almost everyday. I am having a really good change with Elder Villalpando. I am always trying to show more patience and love with the companions. I am also trying to teach him how to teach, contact, organize the folder of our work and everything. The Lord is blessing us for our efforts, and really is a God of Miracles. In the year that I have in the mission I can sum it up in one word, Miracles. Everyday we experience them and I am SO grateful for the opportunity to be a missionary in this part of the world.
The only thing that is bad is that we don’t have a keyboard or a piano. I (ruined) the keyboard. It is about 26 years old and when I played it and it broke. The joke is that everyone is blaming me, how funny, I told them that we just need to buy one that is younger than I am.....jk.
Today for P-day we are doing a symbolic (I think is the word.) thing. We are dressed up with all the same color of shirts. We made a flag, and are going to climb the highest point of Barranca (Cerro de la Orca). I am excited. I am dressed like a goon. I have a cool tribal shirt that Elder Acevedo borrowed me. It’s from the jungle, followed with a necklace of snake bone and crocodile tooth around my neck, and a beanie from Cusco, that I bought here in Barranca. I will definitely take some pictures.
Elder Griffin would love to hear from you! His current address is:
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Elder Taylor Jacob Griffin
Peru Lima North Mission
Salt Lake City UT 84130-0150
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Elder Taylor Griffin
Mission Peru Lima Norte
Jr. Carlos Salaverry 3664
Areas Served and Companions Served with
Elder Layton from Bend, Oregon
Elder Villegas from Bolivia
Tahuantinsuyo, libertad y habana-barrios
Elder Eguez from Bolivia (Santa Cruz)
Elder Apaza from Peru (Puno)
Elder Cruz from Peru (Arequipa)
Elder Colquehaunca from Peru (Tacna)
Elder Perez from Texas (USA)
Elder McGary from Ogden, Utah
Elder Barba from Bolivia (Santa Cruz)
Barranca, Peru (suburb of Lima)
Elder Davilla from Peru
Elder Villalpando from Bolivia (Santa Cruz)
Elder Santillan from Equador
Elder Lopez from Guatamala
Elder Venegas from Piura (Peru)
Lima (LA NARANJAL), Peru
Elder Perez from Guatamala
Elder Human from Arequipa (Peru)
Elder Illescas from Guatamala