Well this week was jam packed, so let's see if I can get to it all!
So it starts Tuesday morning where, during studies, I finished reading the Book of Mormon for the first time in another language! I had started reading back in August and read like 20 minutes every day we had studies, and I finally finished it on January 20, 2015.
Then the same morning, we had interviews with the mission president, where we got to see how we have been doing in our areas, show our area book to Sister Marler, and practice teaching the Sabbath Day to the president's assistants.
Directly after the interviews, we headed over to the pension in Ascope to prepare a surprise party for a sister missionary in our district, Hermana Mason. We had lunch with cake, soda, and other Peruvian pastries:
And ended with a cake in the face:
Also during this week, my companion got a little sick with what we think was a parasite, and was confined to the room on Wednesday. So that day, I got to go out to proselyte with another member, which was great because it was one of the few times where I was "in charge" of who we went to visit.
Also on Friday, we did another interchange, where I stayed in Chocope with Elder Quispe, which was another opportunity of being the senior companion in my area.
Later that night, our branch's only full time missionary came back from serving in the Perú Arequipa Mission. Although there was no huge welcome party, it is great to have another return missionary in our branch.
Ok. Here comes the big announcement:
On Sunday we had a branch conference, where a few of the stake leaders came to make a few announcements. This day, we had the highest church attendance that I had ever seen in our branch, 43 people. We had a goal to hit 40 during this change and we did it! But wait, there's more! The big announcement of the conference was that we got a new Branch President! His name is Iván Salvatierra, and he actually lives in our area (unlike our past one). He had been branch president before, so he has enough experience to help improve our branch. Also, the return missionary was called as the branch secretary, 2 days after being home from his mission.
Well this was a great week for us here in Chocope, and the work will strongly press forward!