This Week (1-27-14)

Hey! Things are going great and I’m super happy.

Baby guinea pig (cuy) that fell asleep in my hands.

Baby guinea pig (cuy) that fell asleep in my hands.

 

Yesterday was really fun; we had this missionary activity for our ward and it was pretty cute to see! We all went out and set up this little presentational thing at the Municipality Park (I’m not sure if that’s right in English, I don’t know what the word is) and we talked to people who were playing with their families there just so more people could ask us questions and get to know what we believe as Mormons. The ward was super excited about it, especially when we started getting real results.

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One of the cool things that happened was the following: ok so there were about 200 people there, playing soccer and running around. But I saw this one kid there wearing a black and white Joy Division shirt and I was like ”Hey Joy Division I like that band! That kid is cool, Latin America doesn’t know about that band…?” and then I was like ”Well let’s go talk to him and see if he speaks English!” Turns out, he had just moved here the day before from Florida and didn’t speak a lick of Spanish. His personality was exactly like David Macey’s. He was super excited to hear that us Mormons were here and even more excited that there was two of us in the ward (Elder Alva is from Florida too) who were from the States. He turned out to be incredibly interested in everything we had to tell him. One of his two Mormon friends in Florida gave him a Book of Mormon just before he left and he had been wanting to read it but he didn’t know where to start. Elder Alva and I talked to him for a really long time, and we taught him how to pray because he really wanted to know. He wrote the steps on his hand. He kept telling us, ”Man I can’t believe this, what are the odds!” I told him, ”Look Jacob, everything happens for a reason.” When I told him that he had a pretty sweet T-shirt he was like, ”Oh thanks, I don’t know why but I just felt like wearing it for some reason today!”  What’s interesting to think is that if he had worn any other T-shirt I probably wouldn’t have noticed him in the midst of the huge crowd and gone over to talk to him. The Lord works in mysterious ways and it’s neat to see that he knows exactly who we are as people and how to work through us. Jacob technically lives outside of our mission so we set him up with some stuff and passed his reference to Lima South.

What else happened this week….. We had intercambios (exchanges)… and also interviews with the President. All went well. On Saturday, one of my old investigators from Jesus Maria got baptized! His name is Erix and he’s pretty cool. He actually came up to Hermana Bennett one day when we were standing on the corner waiting for our Zone Leaders, and he just started trying to talk to us in English. You’d be surprised how many times that happens. But anyway we started talking to him about the gospel and he turned out to be really interested. The zone leaders were pretty incredulous though, they arrived while he was talking to us and they were like, ”Are you really going to visit that guy? He was so just hitting on you guys.” I didn’t think so, but we always visited him with a member present and after one visit, it was obvious that he was genuinely interested in becoming closer to God and Jesus Christ. And he got baptized! The president performed the ordinance and it was really neat.

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Baptism of one of my old investigators.  Another guy from the same ward but that the other sisters taught got baptized too.

Baptism of one of my old investigators. Another guy from the same ward but that the other sisters taught got baptized too.

Eh, I don’t really have more time, but that’s pretty much it. I hope you all have a lovely, wintery week :) Things are going well here. Work as normal.

¡Gracias por todo!

Hermana Hollberg

Here are some more pictures

Me and my friend Hermana Alvarez who was trained by Suqui right after me.

Me and my friend Hermana Alvarez who was trained by Suqui right after me.

Eating the Tuna cactus fruit again...

Eating the Tuna cactus fruit again…

...it's super interesting, but the flavor isn't as loud as the color.  It's sweet and mellow, like an apple.

…it’s super interesting, but the flavor isn’t as loud as the color. It’s sweet and mellow, like an apple.

Beautiful day at the beach!  The color of the sky was really interesting that day.  You can see the humidity is so thick that it's hard to tell where the horizon is.

Beautiful day at the beach! The color of the sky was really interesting that day. You can see the humidity is so thick that it’s hard to tell where the horizon is.

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These members have about 500 guinea pigs at their house. Actually the number is really like 39 but it’s still a ton. Every time I go over there they squeak and they’re so adorable. They sell them to eat, of course. Fry ’em whole.

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