Tuesday, November 19, 2013

ELDER NELSON IN PERSON!!! EMAIL 11/19/2013




 I did get to actually shake elder nelsons hand! .  so my last week:  first  today we heard elder nelson speak to us. it was so crazy.  right when he walked in the spirit hit me like a tidal wave! it was so cool to meet him in person.  he told us to learn 3 lang. the one we already know, spanish, and the lords language. (spirit).  he told us that we are all ´´ attractive´´ and that people when they see us want to know where we are from and who we are.  another thing he told us was that the best thing that we can be doing for our families is to serve because the lord will bless them and draw them nearer to god.then he gave us a special blessing which included. blessed with true faith in Jesus Christ and God, blessed us to be true disciples, blessed us with a hunger for his words and teachings.  blessed us health and safety and strength, blessed us with a special blessing that our families and friends would be watched over and be brought closer to heavenly father and Jesus Christ because of our service!!!! its was sooooo cool!!!  sat: today we went pros.  we were in north lima in a city called santa fe. it was a lot nicer than the last place i went to but still poor.  we talked to 2 less active ladies and i bore my testimony to one and said a prayer in the other lesson. we didnt give any book of mormons out or pamphlets or anything but it was still really cool because i felt the spirit.. sun: we had church today! it was a nice break from spanish haha.  we listened to 2 talks from Bednar. they were both really good. i liked the 2nd one better. he talked about becoming more like christ and also the characteristics of christ and how we need to put off the natural man and always look outward towards others. he also shared a story of a lady who even right after she found out her only daughter died she looked outward and made sure the 2 other mothers whose daughters were also involved in the accident were okay.  we need to focus on the people we are serving and not oursleves and ´´our´´ mission but on the"Lord´s" mission for us.  monday, today we did more lang study!!! all the latinos are leaving today. im sad to see my 2 latino roomates leave but im excited for the new ones too.teaching my fake investigators are going really well.  tomorrow is p day because for some reason they switched it this time and im pretty sure that next p day (our last) will be next Thursday but im not sure so check for my email on tues and thurs.  i talked to an hermana named hermana reush (roo-sh) and come to find out she went to bingham and is jacob rigbys cousin!!! crazy so she says to tell them hi!! haha.  small world.  tues: today we went to the temple.  the spirit is sooo strong there its crazy.  i look forward to it every p day.  then of course i bought some more stuff haha.  i only have 2 weeks remaining!!!! oh my gosh!!!! so crazy!!! well i love you all and hope you have a fantastic next week!!!! 

HALF WAY DONE AT CCM! (MTC) EMAIL 11/14/2013



mi familia! que pasa?  actividades de mi semana:  sat. today for physical activity we had a game of ultimate frisbee and it was a blast.  i could actually play well unlike soccer XD.  i suck at soccer but i am improving because i play with all the latinos haha.  so  frisbee was a good change of pace.  we found out otday that russel m nelson is coming here to the peru mtc on friday to talk to us!!!!!!!!!  i m so excited. i actually get the chance to meet an apostle of the lord!.  i cant wait!!!.  sunday.  church was normal today. i helped pass the sacrament though. then later we had a devotional and my district preformed a special musical number. we sang a song called i heard him come.  its a sweet song.  you should look it up. i bet youll like it. monday.  today we played soccer with the latinos and i actually scored a goal! the fake investigator lessons are going really well. we are definitely improving. my scripture reading is coming along.  im currently in alma chapter 30.  i amdoing really well. spanish is also coming along nicely. today we got taught by 2 latino hermanas who didnt speak any english and i was actually able to understand 90% of what they were saying!!.  im finally getting the hang of it!.  tues.  today i had lang study for most of the day. then had some sweet ping pong games. then we listened to a talk given by l tom perry at 9:00 pm.  his talk was about companionships and how they need to stay together with each other and have comp study every day.  it was pretty much directed to at my comp. because he leaves me all the time and complains alot. i hope he was paying attention haha.  hes great and all but its hard to stay positive when your around him but everything is possible with the lord though!!  wed.  tomorrow is p day! im so excited. then the next day we get to listen to an apostle. then on sat we get to go pros. again. im stoked!!. this time we actually get latino comps so us missionaries might actually be able to talk with the investigator haha.  a funny thing: my latino roomate strongly believes in aliens and area 51 and stuff like that haha.   ive only written seth like once and it was only like 1 line.  i did read a few of his emails though. the ones that cherri sent me.  ya elser larson is awesome. he leaves this next week and i dont know where he is going though.  what a small world.  oh! i also met another sister from riverton!!! haha shes awesome but i havnt been able to talk to her really.  i got a letter from gpa robert and will be sending one back to him but other than that i havnt gotten any other letters.   did you get my letter i sent?  thursday.  today in the temple we were able to watch the new video which was really cool.  they just got the new video 2 days ago..  other than that we bought some more stuff and played sports haha.   can you send me some stamps somtime in the near future just in case?  i love you all!!! i miss you all!!  oh! next week my pday is on tuesday for some reason. idk so be lookin for my email then.  Ill try to send some letters next week!! I Love you guys!!!!!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

GOIN "PROS" (PROSELYTING) ALREADY!! EMAIL 11/8/2013

Dallon's Favorite Fruit "Granadia" or Passion Fruit
(acutally looks gross!) 
Peru MTC/CCM







mi familia! como estan? i am sorry that i didnt get to writ all of you yesterday but ill explain later in this email. i did send a letter to you so look for it !. ill asnwer quest. at the end. so this week:  friday, all we did today was lang. study for pros. on sat. however all of our roomates left on their missions today!  sat., today we went pros.! it was awesome. i was able to at least bear my testimony every time we taught someone.  i coudnt understand hardly anything that the less actives and the members said, but i did feel the spirit. we taklked to an active catholic guy and got him to get a pamphlet and also sched. an appnt. with the sis. missionaries!. also we taught a guy who got hit by a missile but survived.  yes he actually got hit by a missile.  he said he would try to go to church the next day even though he didnt have legs.  so cool!  the area that i was in was called Canto Rey Lima Peru.  it is really poor and really sketchy haha.  there are dogs everywhere but dont worry almost all of them are tame.  its awesome.  all of the ppl we visited had just 1 room.  most of the houses are built on top of each other and mult. families live in the buildings. the ppl are really friendly though but they sure do change when they drive. haha. i swear they have a lang. with honking their horns. its nuts.    Sunday.  today we had church which was really good and then later we watched a talk given by bednar.  it was really cool.  he talked about how to know when you were feeling the spirit or if it was just you. he said stop worrying about it.  he said to put your trust in the lord and he will lead you where you need to go and help u say what u need to say without knowing it was the spirit.  he shared some stories about his that were awesome. he said even he didnt know it was the spirit at the time and hes an apostle!   dont worry about bbeing able to discern the spirit just have faith an the lord will direct you even if you dont know it at the time.  Mon.  today we did more lang study.  they really push you hard with the lang.  we are learning faast though. today we ate turkey neck for lunch and it was actually pretty good.  i also learned a funny word: escobazar which means to sprinkle with a wet broom. ya i have no idea haha.  also i started to get the siempres again.  its a ccm joke that the siempres (always) means that ur always in the toilet. and the nuncas (never)  means that ur never on the toilet because you cant go if you know what i mean. . by the end of today im feeling great and life is great!  tues.  today i sliced an apple in half with my finger which awed my district. and i also owned everyone with my ninja ping pong skills. XD.  we will get more latinos tommorrow and gringos as well. so ill try to enjoy my last night in an empty room (except for my comp. of course) hope it goes well.  wed., today we had a huge soccer game and it was real fun. we also did a service project to help make the grounds nice.  we washed these conopy things that are above the tables. they look like giant umbrellas.  we got new roomates and they are great so far !!   thur., went to the temple which was awesome like last time. then we loaded up on snacks.  then we had to go downtown to do visa stuff which is why i didnt get to write earlier so im soorry for that.  i will write on thursdays unless like something like that happens again.  I love you all soooooooooo much.  say hi to everyone for me! ill try to send pics this time! love you all!   answers to question: my gringo week went really good.  nothing super special happened except for pros.  ive only had 1 bad migraine and the weather hasnt changed!  love you guys!  elder maxwell

Sunday, November 3, 2013

PERU MTC *** THE FIRST WEEK! EMAIL 10/31/2013

At the Airport
 
 
HOLA!   So about peru..... holy cow it is beautiful, we went to the temple today and it was amazing. the spirit was so strong. we had to listen to everything in spanish!!!!.  it was pretty cool though.  the food is amazing. some of the best food i have ever had. (besides mom´s and grandmas of course)  so i have already learned how to pray, bear my testimony, and meet people in spanish.  the spanish is going really well.  so some experiences for this last week is that one of the elders in my district went home and i dont know why :(  ummmm another elder ate a nut that he was allergic to and he was about to go to the hospital but we gave him a blessing and he got better in like 5 minutes.  it was soooo cool.  Some other things about peru is that there are a ton of weird birds that sound awesome! ill send you a picture of one or two if i can.  this last week we have had to teach an investigator, well its actually one of our teachers impersonating another dude.  me and my companion, elder barnson, did really well for both lessons and really taught with the spirit, it was neat.  today i baught a llama tie! also i got a soccer jersey from peru and i got a jersey from spain for dad!!!  basically every day we have a ton of classes for spanish and stuff.   we have seen a couple missionary talks given by apostles that are really good.  sorry if this is disorganized im really rushed. so the people of peru are really friendly and are really crazy drivers. its scary haha.my companion had been ahaving a couple of hard times with the language and being gone from his family.  So another funny experience i had was a bird got into the lunch room and we sorta spooked it and it flew across the room and ran into the window. it was hilarious but i felt really bad. it was dazed but fine. we eat a lot of rice here. and i mean a lot of rice.  we make a joke that the meals always have arroz con arroz. which means rice with rice.  i love you all sorry i cant right much more because i want to upload some pictures and it takes a a while.  so my pday is on thursdays remember but im not sure what time during the day
my testimony in spanish:
 
       yo se que la iglesia es verdadero. yo se que jesucristo es el salvador y es muy amoroso.  yo se que jose smith es un profeta.  yo se que las familias son eternos y el espiritu santos habla con nostostros. en el nombre de jesucristo amen.   sorry thats all i know so far and i cant type real fast.  imma upload some picks after i write to dad and mckenna.  i love you guys sooooo much!!!!! nos vemos!!! oh and one other thing that i just remembered. this saturday we are going proscelyting dont know how to spell that. anyway we are going pros. sat!!!!. and the crazy thing is they usually go with a native but all the natives are leaving earlier because there is some important meeting with the presidents so its only going to be us new gringos ( white boys) and the elders who have been here for like 4 weeks!!! its going to be crazy!!!! ill let you know how it goes next week!!! Love ya!!ok so try to download all those pictures and tell me if it works next week.  thanks you so much for that letter mom! i love you!  some last minute stuff:  the picture of that fish eyes looking stuff is called a granadia and i thinks its called a passion fruit in english but im not sure. its soo good. my favorite fruit here.  Im not goung to be able to write to dad seperatly. so little time. tell robb that he needs to learn how to use a gun haha and tell me what else has happened on the hunt. buena suerte!!! the weather here is fabulous. always around 60. apparently it only rains like less than 2 inches a year here haha. so much for all my rain gear.  most of the people you see in the airport picute are in another distrcit exept my companion front left.  but any i love being here!!! i love you all sooo much! i wont be able to read the email you send right after this mom i only have a few min left.   its tough not being able to have a lot of time. christmas is coming soon though!!! happy halloween!!!!!! i love you all with all my heart! hasta luego!!!!!! ill email you guys next week with many more experiences. and sorry again i cant type as fast as mckenna.... love you!  had to delete pics sorry no time next week!!!