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

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The News of our Blizaard Exaggerated

To all those reading this memorandum, the news of our blizzard has been grossly exaggerated.  We had 6 inches of snow in the past 4 days and that has been about it.  Last Tuesday there was a "Winter Storm Advisory" which apparently means it will get to about 20 degrees and spit snow at you for about three hours.  But I digress...

To those who were wondering, because I don't think I stated it in my last dispatch, my companion, Elder Martin, is from American Fork up here in Utah and we are doing great together.  Though the first few days were kind of rough the MTC is awesome.  On Thanksgiving we heard from Elder Holland who (though I probably should have one) is now my favorite apostle to hear speak.  There is nothing quite like the spirit that those men have.  He talked about giving thanks and the Atonement of Christ and a few other topics which, for the sake of time, I'll skip over.  The food for Thanksgiving dinner was good and the kind of mini-P-Day was very nice.
Tonight we have another devotional (every Tuesday and Sunday) and the odds are on another member of the 70 (last week was Elder Per G. Malm from Finland) but I think we are going to have a current or former mission president.  So far no one has been right on any of our guesses so who knows maybe we will have President Uchdorf.

On what I guess would be a kind of side note my companion is doing much better.  Last week he was having some issues but it's all good now.  The only problem we seem to be facing is that our district leader and his companion aren't exactly getting along.  Yesterday we were studying for the TE in the hallway and returned to our classroom before we left.  Though we had been relaxing while studying Spanish trying to relax a bit before heading in the Spirit was still there and when we walked into the classroom to grab our jackets we could feel a Spirit of Contention within the dead silent room.  We are trying to figure out how to go about helping them (Elder Martin, myself and our roommates Elders Crist (Masoola[sp], Montana) and Giacolletto (pronounced Jock-o-letto; Cody, Wyoming) and are going to see what we can't do.  It is completely true, a companionship without the Spirit is the worst kind.

The more I think about it the more I realize you are right, I am going to miss this place even when we go to the Peru CCM.  Which, by the way, we found out doesn't have any 'simulation' investigators for us but rather takes you in a van drops you off somewhere in Lima then has you tract back to the CCM.  It sounds AMAZINGLY fun and a little scary but it will be nice to have some experience with actually teaching non-members not just RM's.  ....On thinking about it you probably shouldn't tell Mom about the tracting stuff there, it might freak her out.

Thank you everyone for the letters and packages they have been fantastic to have (the pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies were gone by Thanksgiving evening).  I can't wait for my 'Yotes hat, I'm pretty much the only hockey fan here and when I realized I need a hat this morning and that it was coming I was quite happy.  Gotta run!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Week 1


It's my p-day so I have some time to write.  So far the MTC has been great, my companion is fantastic and our roommates (also going to the PerĂº Cusco mission) are just as good.  We've been doing a lot of Spanish work and the first few days were tough, no time for personal or companion study and no time for practically anything except sleep and there didn't seem to be enough of that either.  The food has been pretty normal fair with an occasional "I think my desert just blinked" moments but otherwise fine.  Today we are going to the Temple (in fact in about two hours) and that will be a good time to just let go of some of the stress of the past few days.

As it turns out pulling a few things out of my bag at the last minute was a good idea, with the books I've picked up and the realization that some of what I packed was entirely unneccessary I should be able to make weight when we leave (December 15 is the date as of now).  Among the four of us in our room I had the lightest bag so the days before we leave ought to be interesting if for no other reason than finally having some things to put in our Narnia Box (a cubbie behind our drawers which can only be accessed from the top of the dresser and is usually filled with fun and occasionally strange things for the next Elders to have the room).

I am happy to report that my last shower before leaving home was not my last warm shower for the next two years, that likely won't be till mid-January when we leave the CCM but I do miss some of the creature comforts of home, like being able to eat whenever and having a wider section of clothing than what tie am I going to wear today.

Thank you everyone for the letters and packages (the gloves Grand Ma sent have been quite helpful now that it is snowing pretty much every day) and I will write again soon.

Hasta Luego!

--Elder Will Sowards
Peru Cusco Mission
Est. Return Date:  Nov. 28, 2012 (Yes, that is a day before that year's Thanksgiving)

Friday, November 19, 2010

This Makes a Mom's Heart Full

Will worked at KTAR 92.3 as an intern during the Spring semester at ASU in 2010.  After his internship, he began to fill in for various producers during the summer.  He mainly worked the 3-7PM show with Mac and Gaydos.  He loved his time there!!  As anyone who knows Will knows, he loves politics and news.  He is great investigating things on the internet. 

Wednesday, I decided to thank them for all they did for Will.  They introduced him to a whole other aspect of journalism, which he loved.  Here is the response....

Between Larry Gaydos and You
Vicki Krane Sowards November 17 at 6:22pm
For you, Mac, and Shawn...
Thanks for all you taught my son while he was working with you. I know he has really enjoyed getting to know you guys and working with you!! We dropped him at the airport today for him to begin the adventure of his life!!
Larry Gaydos November 17 at 11:55pm Report
Vicki - he's a great kid and really worked hard for us. he's got a great future in radio if he wants it. great work ethic, loyal and he hustles!

Vicki Krane Sowards November 18 at 7:51pm
Thanks!! I know he appreciated all that you guys taught him and he did talk about continuing in radio at some point when he gets home.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Good Bye Elder Sowards!!

Today Will left for the Provo MTC at 7:30am from Sky Harbor Airport.  Gram joined us for a few days as we said good bye to Will.  We had a FFHE (Farewell Family Home Evening) on Monday night and last night, after being set apart, we went to dinner at Grimaldi's. 

I swore I would not let anyone see me cry....but I let a few tears fall!!
Bye, Will.   See you in two years!!!  We will all miss    you!!