Called to the Peru Cusco Mission
Reports to the MTC November 17, 2010

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Week 2

October 22, 2012
Hello everyone!
Well we didn't have a baptism this week, Guillermo had to go to Lima for an emergency there and well...that kinda sucked but...yeah...
Tuesday was fun, P-Day for the changes and we went to Sillustani, which are a bunch of towers where the Incas burried their dead. It was AWESOME! And next week I'll send photos from there. At night we had a few appointments but some fell through and we found ourselves contacting and as I was talking to a woman that didn't really want to listen to us I had a complete epiphany. I realized that I didn't have time for maybe nor anything like that, only yes would do. I'm going to be leaving here soon and if I want to be at my best. It's the only way that I can finish this, the only way!
This week we ran into a few cool people, one of them is Elizabeth. We found her contacting and she is AWESOME! Understands everything and wants to be baptized. We also found a few others and it's just been an awesome week. The Lord is blessing us for having worked so hard for so long with little result. We are sure that we are going to have a good number of baptisms in November to end it.
So, as you might be able to tell I'm running out of stuff to write about so if you could send questions or something that would be great!
Till the next!
--Elder Will Sowards
Huajsapata/Azoguine, Puno, Peru


Monday, October 15, 2012 8:58 AM

Subject: Punolandia

What's up everybody?

 So looks like I'm going to end here in Puno, which is pretty awesome!  I'm pretty psyched about that and we are hoping to have a ton of success here in my last me those are some of the weirdest words in the English and/or Spanish language.  Last change.  It doesn't feel like two years ago tomorrow that the Yotes opened at home to the Red Wings and got wrecked by bad reffing, then the next day I gave my farewell talk in our ward sounding like a 60-year-old smoker.  Ahh, fun times.... Anyways, it's just really amazing that I'm at this point of my mission.

 This week was pretty good, we found Guillermo again and placed a date for the 20th.  We also have found a few other cool people that I think will progress.  I really want to end well and we are working our butts off so that the sector and the zone can be in a good place.

 I don't know, don't have a lot to say in a general way, so I guess I'll leave it at that till next week...

 --Elder Will Sowards

Huajsapata, Puno, Peru

Another Week in Puno

Monday, October 01, 2012 9:15 AM

 Hi everyone!

 It's been a fun week, though a bit stressful.  Our landlord raised the price on our room so we had to find a new one which we've done but today we have to move out, since it's first of the month.  So, with that I'm going to write this up fast so we can get this done.  Anyways, I think I'll do a rundown because that seems to be the fastest way to get this done.

 Mon: A fun P-Day of futbol and what not, the normal.

 Tue: A good work day, we did a visit with Llavini (where Elder Velarde is, the elder I trained) and I was with him during the day.  It's fun to be able to work with old comps and even more fun when you have success with them!

 Wed:  District meeting and the usual stuff, a normal average fun day.

Thu:  Divisions with Mirador, we found a cool family that is interested and we'll see how they progress and it was fun to be able to get a lot of work done then.

 Fri:  Sometimes other missions ask for things from us, like birth certificates and stuff like that so that someone in their mission can get married or whatever it may be.  That is how we spent Friday, going all around town looking for a certificate that didn't exist.  But it was interesting to see how it worked I guess, but after figuring all that out we went to work and found a few new people that see fairly interested.

 Sat: Work, baptisms more work and some not as awesome stuff.  All week we have been looking for Guillermo (from last week) and have been unable to find him.  We are hoping he is just busy but....Anyways, we ended the week without a baptism which kinda sucked but we know that we'll have them before the changes.

 Sun: Church, visiting some inactives and starting to pack up the room for today.  We had no idea that there were 15 boxes of pamphlets and Books of Mormon in our room so there was a lot of consolidating and figuring out were to put stuff but now we are ready for our new room.

 I think that about does it for that part of the letter, now for QUESTIONS!

Any luck on a Canon 5D mark III?

--Still nothing, maybe they don't have it yet...

 Do you ever see or know of anyone that runs down there?

 --Never have seen it, maybe it's too high.  But if I could find someone willing enough (or crazy enough) to do it with me I would.

 Do you ever have problems with the police or are the cool to you?

---We haven't ever had problems with them, they are afraid of messing with Gringos, apparently with how Peru is a major tourism place they don't want to mess that up.

Well, that's about it, so till next week!

 --Elder Will Sowards

 Huajsapata/Azoguine, Puno, Peru



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Another Week

September 17, 2012

So, funny story.  I read the notes about Snuggles and audibly said, 'Oh crap, my dog died!' to which Elder Heninger replied 'WHAT?!!! YOUR MOM DIED?!!!'  'NO! MY DOG!' 'Oh, because that would have been a lot worse how I heard that....' putting that into perspective, he has a very good point.  Snuggles was a great dog and I'm going to miss her a lot.  She was awesome but everything some day needs to end, and at least she knew we loved her.  Kinda put a damper on the day that whole thing...

Anyways, it's been a great week with a lot of work and a lot of fun, I guess we'll just run it down!

Mon: Zone meeting, Internet, P-Day!  A great day in a great place!

Tue: The highlight of the day was starting the Mini-MTC with a family in Azoguine.  It's a new program that we are using in the mission that helps people learn more about how to share the Gospel and the basic stuff that we learn there.  The family is really great and extremely enthusiastic to be able to help us with it.  It's a great program and maybe I'll explain more about it on a slow week.

Wed: We had an appointment with Arturo and it was okay until we challenged him to baptism.  He stopped talking then looked at us seriously and said that he wanted to be baptised.  The week before another church had challenged him to baptism but he didn't feel anything but with us he did!  It was a great experience and an awesome testament of the power of the spirit.

 Thu: Some awesome lessons and some cool new people, a great day.
Fri: There was a HUGE parade here in Puno for the university's anniversary and not a lot of people weren't there but we found two awesome people and it turned out well.

Sat/Sun: Church, baptisms in the zone, and the hole nine-yards, just a great time.

That wraps up the week and well, I know it's not a lot but, not exactly what I was planning on writing either but with Snuggles....Keep on trucking where toilets flush normally (I really have never paid attention either there or here to know if that is true...) and we'll talk next week.

--Elder Will Sowards

Huajsapata/Azoguine, Puno, Peru


September 10, 2012

Hello everyone!

I'm not quite sure where to begin so I guess we'll do a roundup!

Mon: Prepping everything for going to Cusco for the changes and what not.  Always stressful but also awesome to be able to see the changes there in Cusco.

Tue: CHANGE DAY!!!  So I spent most of it with Elder Crist visiting people in our sectors and finding some epic ginger-ale which is an entirely different story.  Then the change meeting where my new comp is.....Elder Coti!!!  We worked together a bit in Cusco but now we are comps here and I couldn't be happier.  He is from Guatamala and like I said is awesome!

Wed:  Meetings in Cusco and then heading out to Puno.  It's always great to be able to go and visit people there but two days is a little much, it was sector time!

Thu:  Worked in the sector and found some awesome people...oh and did I mention that now we are over Huajsapata and Azoguine?  Now it's a larger sector but it's also a lot more fun, rumor is they are going to be stuck together this weekend, I guess we'll see.

I'm going to stop it there because I'm running out of time and I think this will be a lot faster.  We found some great people and after talking to the branch president of Azoguine we have a few plans, as well as a few references for the weeks to come!  We are really pumped to be able to be working her and helping out were we are really needed.  Well I gotta go, till the next!

---Elder Will Sowards

Huajsapata/Azoguine, Puno, Peru


September 3, 2012

Well guys, it's been a great few months here but...wait...what...?  I'm staying!  WOOOHHOOOO!  So that about wraps up how that went, I'm going for six months now in Huajsapata and I might just end here but we'll see how that ends up.  It's been a crazy cool week with Elder Condemarin's parents showing up to get him on Saturday.  It reminded me, all of it, as it has every time that I've 'killed' someone of why we are here, and what we are here to do.

We are here to help people that they might be able to feel the Spirit and know that the Lord love them, that they can make sacred covenants with him and receive the blessings that come with those.  That is why we are here, everything else is secondary.  Being able to do that is hard, it is work and sometimes it hurts, sometimes it is one of the hardest things a person will ever do knowing that one needs to get up and do it again day after day but the pure joy that we receive from doing it is unequaled.  It is like football (the kind with pads) every practice, many times the entire game one will find himself hurting beyond belief but it is that touchdown and the win that makes it all worth it.  That is how it is for us here, we work and we fight and we do all we can, just to have that one moment that we can say, 1) we have done all and 2) they have received what the Lord has for them.  Now with six more weeks here in Huajsapata (and now that my sector is going to be double it's size since Azoguine is going to close) I plan on doing just that.  Helping as many people as possible.  Maybe it won't be enough, maybe I'll only help a few but I will be able to say, as many have: have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.

So, I think we'll now take some questions...

Any word on when you will be home?
---Nov. 27 is change day so...the 28th or 29th...somewhere around there... 

Do you have the same fast food restaurants in Cusco that we have here?
---No, just Bimbos and McDonalds...Bimbos being an okay McDonald's knockoff

Is it Cuzco or Cusco?  We see it spelled both ways...
---The correct way would be Cusco, it comes from the Quechua name, Qosqomanta.

Do you have Dr. Pepper down there and if so have you taught anyone about DP and peanuts? Do you miss it now?
---In Puno no but in Abancay we did and I never could do the peanut thing, they cost a TON here.  And yes, I really do miss my DP.

Can you really get a Canon 5D Mark II down there for a good price? Can you get the New 5D Mark III? if so what's is going for?
---I haven't checked for a long time but I suppose I could in the coming days...

Well that wraps it up till next week!

See yah!

--Elder Will Sowards

Huajsapata, Puno, Peru


Fun and Baptisms

August 27, 2012
Hello everyone!

This has been a fairly crazy week so I guess we'll run it down then go from there.

Mon: A P-Day filled with some great soccer and general awesomeness.

Tue: Not sure if I already talked about Brian, he was a reference from his aunt who is a member in our ward and has been progressing splendidly and on Tuesday we challenged him to baptism for Sept. 1. He's a great kid and it's been a lot of fun teaching him and ending the change with his baptism will be great.

Wed: Accompanied Manco Capac to an appointment and helped them set up their baptism.

Thu:  Working in the sector and doing the general stuff.

Fri: Baptismal interviews and the like. A great day that was only smudged by the fact that rainy season has now started in Puno.

Sat:  Helped get a few baptisms ready and good to go.

Sun: We found ourselves doing what we normally do on Saturdays today, helping with baptisms! It's always fun being able to help the companionships pull it off great with everything ready to go when it needs to be. Though sometimes it's a bit of a hassle it always gives a great tone to the day.

In the end we ended this month okay, but it could have been better, which we are seriously hoping for in September.

Well that does it for now, till next week!

 --Elder Will Sowards