One of my heroes is my oldest son, Zachary, who served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from September 2012 to September 2014.
Zach is a hero to me because he has always had a strong spirit and a deep desire to choose the right. He has always been a leader to his friends, even when it means standing up alone for what he believes in. He is an awesome big brother to his three siblings and I feel incredibly blessed to have him as my son here on earth.
Zach honors his Priesthood and served the Lord well on his mission. He studied hard and listened to the promptings of the spirit out in the mission field. He has a strong testimony of mission work.
It was very special to me to have Zach serve a mission. On my side of the family, among my father and brothers, Zach was the first to dedicate two-years of his young life to serving a mission. I hope his example inspires some of his cousins to also serve a mission when they come of age.
I'm doing great! Things here have been really good. Nothing major has happened. But we have a ton of people we can start working with, if only we meet up with them. Which has been our problem. But this week, we managed to locate and contact the chief of the Blood Reserve Tribe, and he told us we could come back. Frankly, we were a little disappointed that we weren't offered daughters to wife, and that we haven't been able to cut off any arms yet. But good things come to those who wait, right? So we're still hopeful for the best ;)
We were also sitting to lunch at Lighthouse, a bakery, and this man named Roland came over to us. He's a native and back in October he was drunk in the middle of the highway and the sisters accidentally ran him over. He's suing the church now haha. But we're at lunch and he starts talking to us, and I asked if there was anything we could do for him, and he asked us to teach him about the church. So, we should be seeing him…
Marcus and I spent the weekend in Arequipa visiting some friends. It was the first time we'd been back to Arequipa since living there when Marcus was 2 and 3-years old. He didn't remember much, but thought Arequipa was cool.
Marcus bravely tried key-lime pie. He liked the graham cracker crust more than the tangy filling.
An alpaca that was tied up in a park.
Feeding pigeons in Plaza de Armas
We gave money to this blind man and then he said a prayer.
We caught a parade. Here they are carrying the Peruvian flag.
Someone gave Marcus a balloon at the parade, which he later gave to an little Peruvian boy.
Our friend's pet bunny, Willa.
Flying back to Lima. Marcus got the window seat.
I'm doing really good! Things have been great this week! We've managed to get in contact with a number of people out in Hillspring this week and we've started to do service for them. One guy is Don. He's really cool. He's old and lonely, and loves to talk. He has a super interesting background, and he's traveled quite a bite around Canada. He told us all sorts of stories. We've been helping him with his yard though, and he's had a few questions about the Book of Mormon, so we're going to be going back and teaching him this week. We also got a bunch of names from the bishopric in 3 of our wards, and that has given us some great direction to head us off into this next week. I'm super excited. Last night we did splits with the YSA branch, and that was a lot of fun. One of the guys I went with was Brad, and he just got home from the Netherlands (The Best Two Years, that was his mission, crazy eh?) and it was a lot of fun. He was a great miss…
On Friday, Marcus and I accompanied Darcie, and her friend, Laura, to Westfalia Orphanage. This was my first visit, but Darcie has been volunteering on a bi-weekly basis at Westfalia for months now, and Marcus and I plan to continue in her place this summer.
Darcie loves these children, and they love her right back.
Marcus enjoyed playing with Alejandro.
Darcie and Laura provided lunch for all the Kindergarten class. Laura made the sandwiches, which I think were chicken with these French fry chips mixed in, and she added ketchup or mayonnaise as the children desired. Darcie brought chocolate milk boxes and tangerines. This was more food than these little ones usually eat for lunch, which is their main meal of the day.
Darcie arranged for me to have a tour. They showed us their best house for approx. 12 of the orphans who live there.
The family room
The laundry room
Marcus and Laura in the dining room
One of th…
I'm really happy to hear that I'm your favorite missionary. At least when I can't be the favorite child, I can be the favorite something. That'll all change in 4 months I suppose, but I'll make the most of it while I can.
I think it's really neat when you guys have missionary experiences. It's awesome. I really hope you're praying for them, and I can tell you're definitely making the most of them when they come. It's the best thing to do. I hope I can really stay missionary minded when I get home, and keep it a priority in my life. Make sure to tell her about the missionaries!
Have they started building the Arequipa temple yet? Do you know?
When do you think you'll move into a new place? Before or after the girls fly off to Utah? Remind them not to burn the house down. That's pretty important. I need a place to come home too.
Not much to update on this week. It's been quiet. Though, on the plus side, Edwin,…