Monday, September 28, 2009

Exciting news for a convert, Temple Marrage

I finally received the package. YES! I love the things that you sent, the piano books are good but I still need the one that is more advanced, it is the book that I had that contains all of the arpeggios, scales, and everything else. Thanks for all of the music on the Ipod, for the hot cheetos, for the hot tamales and the sun flower seeds. I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH.

This week was a good week. We have been working hard and trying to do the will of the Lord in our area. I know that there are hard times and there are times of joy and receiving. I am trying to be patient with my companion and help him open up a little bit more, and I hope that little by little he comes out of his shell.

I know that this work is the Lords work and that we always need to be obedient and do the things that he wants and then after we have been tested we will receive our reward.

I was just talking to Elder Hyde, I need to take out some money to resole them and also to buy speakers for my Ipod.

I haven’t seen any of my converts yet because I am in the other district. I hope that I will get the chance. My first convert (Artemio Alfaro Diaz) has a goal to get married in the temple. I am excited for that when it happens.


~Elder Griffin~

Monday, September 21, 2009

New area New Companion

(Elder Griffin was trying to send a picture of his worn out shoes, for the gaurantee at Mr. Mac) I AM SORRY SOMETIMES IT IS SUCH AN ADVENTURE TRYING TO WORK ON A PERUVIAN COMPUTER.

This week was good. I am now with a Guatamalteco his name is Elder Lopez. He is really quiet but is obedient and works hard. I am excited to help him talk with less fear. He will help me out with the few things that I struggle with in the Spanish language. Those are our goals.


ELDER HYDE is in my Zone along with Elder Atkinson. I am excited that there is more than ONE gringo in my zone. I am so incredibly happy. I LOVE YOU

Monday, September 14, 2009

Back to where I started.

¿Que tal? How are you guys?

Life is great.
I got the information of the change. I am going back to Lima. I will be in the same district that I started in. I could maybe be in the same house. This time however it will be as a District leader. I am very excited for the change. I hope that everything goes great. I am very excited to see some of the people and new converts that I met when I was a newbie.

We had the baptism of Dionicia Pagador this week. It was very good to see some of our fruits. We work hard and get lots of commitments but many of them fall through for various reasons. Marriage is not common here but living together is. That can be a huge road block for many people.

My companion is staying here in Paramonga. That will be good to have him look after many of the investigators that I will have to leave behind.

MY NEW COMPANION IS ELDER LOPEZ. I don’t know if I have met him yet or not. I will be in Tahuantinsuyo again. One of my classmates from Bingham High is also in this area. I am excited to know someone from my high school. His name is Elder Atkinson.

My favorite part of the mission I think is the lessons. I really have learned a lot about how I can teach the message in a clear, easy to understand way. I love that I can now look at someone and if I try hard, I can see there potential and who they really are. I know how much our Heavenly Father loves each of us and I try to see the people as He does. It really helps to know how to teach them and to love them when I take that approach. I also really like the Capacitations or teachings, I think that is the translation.


~Elder Griffin

Monday, September 7, 2009

Taking burning correction to improve

Family, friends, and anyone else.

This week was good. We had the interviews Wednesday, Thursday I had three interviews, and Friday I had a work visit. In other words it was a busy week.

The interviews were amazing. The assistants are ELDER SANTIAGO y ELDER RICH. They had some teachings and I really got to learn a lot. It was so funny. Presidente Perez BURNED two of the Zone leaders of Huacho HARD, because they had an activity of proselyting in their baptismal clothes. I don’t know where they got that Idea or if they received permission. President said that they needed to take it up with GOD in the night in a prayer to receive a forgiveness of the sin. Everybody felt the burn even though we had nothing to do with it. I learned that if the spirit says in the moment, that it is alright to burn in front of everybody so that they can also learn.

The interview was really good, I learned in what I can do better as a leader and as a representative of Christ.

I really am learning patience in this District...there are ALWAYS things that Elders need to do better, and I am in charge of helping them and correcting them when there is something wrong.

I really love this mission and this opportunity that I have to serve in Peru. The people are great and I love PARAMONGA. I know that God answers prayers. I about screamed in the morning, I lost my credit card of the mission. I rummaged through EVERYTHING trying to find it and I mean EVERYTHING. EVERYWHERE. After a couple minutes I prayed to find it and like the times when I was younger, I found it in my suit jacket, like two minutes after I prayed. I felt so good after.

We have two baptismal dates for September.

I love you all (family). I am so glad for your example and for your loving words. There are weeks that are hard, and it helps SO much to have the supporting and loving heartfelt words that you give, it gives me animos (I don’t remember that word in English), (I looked it up and it means encouragement) but it helps a lot. I know other missionaries that are from broken homes that NO ONE writes. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for them.

I love you guys. I know that the Lord is blessing you for my service and your obedience of the commandments.


-Elder Griffin

Time is going fast, 14 months gone by

Mission Life...

This week was a week full of interesting events. We had a Missionary Night that we had planned to be really cool. Unfortunately, NO ONE showed up. Finally at the last minute right when we were ready to close it, a man in the street said,"I was walking by the church and saw that the lights were on and I felt like I should walk in" so we had the activity with only one investigator, and 0 members that were not leaders. It was a success because we had the one investigator. We also had a baptism of Dula Meihuei. She is disabled and in a wheel chair, and had the need of hot water. The baptism was well VERY INTERESTING, I won’t explain the details of it but the good news is after all she was BAPTISED! WOO HOO!!!! I also had a work visit with ELDER CHAMBI. He is in my group of the CCM so that was interesting. I also had an interview with an investigator of Limoncillo. It also went well.
The interviews are this Wednesday. I am very excited for that, and well LIFE CONTINUES TO MOVE AT A FAST PACE, 14 MONTHS!!! tomorrow.

I Love you guys a lot and hope that EVERYTHING is going great