This week has been pretty interesting, still trying to get used to this whole mission thing.
Well today is El Veintiocho de Julio, which is Peru´s independence day so things are kind of crazy around here. Parades everywhere and fireworks are going to be going off all night. Looking forward to it.
Let´s see, this week we had a pretty cool spiritual experience. We were visiting a contact in the outskirts of town so we knocked on the door, and no one was there. So we decided to walk a little further down the street and we ended up finding a whole family that we ended up teaching and they all attended church. In the field, we call our new investigators "Escogidos" which is like calling them "chosen ones" in English and it is just so cool to see how many people are prepared and waiting for us to bring them into the gospel.
The whole missionary work has changed since about 2012. We are not as worried about getting baptisms like how it used to be. Our purpose is to "Invite others to come unto Christ" so our main goal is to get them to the temple. We have this thing called "Almas Rescatadas" which is "rescued souls" in English and it is bringing less-active members back to the church and it is equivalent to a baptism in our mission. We also teach for conversion and not just for baptism. It´s just amazing to see how much the missionary work has progressed in the past few years.
So Chocope is pretty remote. We are the only companionship here in the area and our are also extends a while past the city. This week we had 33 people attend which included 5 investigators and 4 less-actives and it´s a branch. We are part of the Paiján District which is part of the Casa Grande Zone, which is the most north area in the mission. We haven´t really had a transfer day, but we take cars whenever we leave our area. There are people that drive back and forth between cities as their jobs. But when we go to further places like Trujillo, we take a bus. We walk everywhere, but whenever we are in a rush, we take the Moto Taxis which are pretty fun.
The weather here is great right now and perfect for short sleeves. On most days, it is overcast until about 11a and then the sun comes out and it´s really hot so I´m fine with the short sleeves. Also, a lot of the houses look like they´re unfinished with like metal poles sticking out of them and all of the houses have roof areas where they dry clothes and stuff.
We eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at our pension where our food is all cooked for us, and we also have our laundry done for us so all of our time is focused on the work.
I think that will do it for this week. I just want everyone to know that things are pretty difficult right now, but I can feel myself improve everyday and I know that this is where I´m supposed to be right now with the companion I have. Until next week!