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

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bait and Switch

Well, you know how I was fairly certain I was going to have a change?  How on Wednesday Elder Whitton told me I was going to have a change?  How everyone thought I was going to have a change?  Well, I have six more weeks in Lampa!  Which is awesome and is with Elder Sanchez which is also cool and even cooler, they are opening Lampa 2!  So we might just switch rooms because living on the second floor of an adobe house is really cold.  But that is just sometimes how it is.

In other Lampa related news, there are REALLY BIG RAINBOWS(trout) IN LAMPA, to the point where I’m tempted to try to find a St. Croix (fishing pole) here.  And also, Alex told me that the river freezes over completely during July which brought only one word to my mind: hockey.  I think Perù might just have an Olympic team by the time I’m done here.

Well, there was something else I wanted to write about but I forgot what it was so we’ll just move on to questions!

Do you have many children in your branch and if so do you get to teach them?
---Every week we have about three people who come from Juliaca and teach the Primary and Young Adults while we teach Gospel Principles

What are the children like in your area? Are they shy or do
they come up and talk to you?
---They come and talk to us and sometimes are more receptive than the adults here which creates an issue with permission.

Do you tower above most the people in your mission?
---Yes, and it is a nice change of pace from the States where I’m about average.

So that about does it for this week, if you want to reach me you can email me at william.sowards@myldsmail.net or by snail mail at

Elder Will Sowards
Jeron Ricardo Palm
Manzana A Lote 2 4to Piso
Urb. Santa Monica
Cusco, Perù

If you want to know anything just ask and if you would like a letter feel free to send me your address to do so.

Till next week, the Elder who will serve Mission Lampa (according to about three others in the zone),

Real Skeltons in a Church

Same Church

Look at that fish!!


--Elder Will Sowards
Lampa, Puno, Perù

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Now With Fotos

And no, that is Spanish, not a misspelling.  Well, not a lot happened this week, but now we have pictures!  I’ve been told that I’m almost guaranteed to have a change so soon it won’t be a message from Juliaca but from Puerto Maldonado (or at least one can hope that is the case).  As you can see in the pictures we discovered that there is fishing in the River in Lampa, that green really is Elder Christensen’s color and that not all of Juliaca looks like some kind of combination of East LA and Mogadishu.  But I’m running out of time so here are the answers to your burning questions!

What model camera did you get?
---A Leica Lux 3
When can we see photos from it?
---That would be them right there.
With winter coming are you staying warm?
---Sleeping bags, BEST INVENTIONS EVER
How cold is it getting to be?
---At nights, really friggin’ cold.  See above answer.
Does the type of food change with the season?  You know how we eat more casseroles, chili when is is cold...
---No, it stays about the same but winter is just starting so we’ll see.
Will you get to see Macchu Picchu??
---Elder Christensen and I are planning on going in June of next year because we have heard that during that time pictures are best but we’ll see.

Well, that about wraps it up for this week, thank you for all your writing and support and as always feel free to write me at william.sowards@myldsmail.net or by snail mail at:

Elder Will Sowards
Jeron Ricardo Palm
Manzana A Lote 2 4to Piso
Urb. Santa Monica
Cusco, Perù

If you want to know anything just ask and if you would like a letter feel free to send me your address to do so.

Till next week, still from Juliaca but possibly in the process of moving…

--Elder Will Sowards



Elder Sanchez


Elder Christensen

A road??

Typical Homes

Check out all those tin roofs....Imagine the noise in the rain!!

The streets of Limpia

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Gotta Leica It

Hello all from the cold depths of southern Perù where we have started waking up with ice on the water, and yes I did ask and in the dead of winter hockey would be possible on some of the ice here.  If but I had a puck...
 
But anyways, on to the story of the week, how I came to own a $1200 camera for 500soles.
 
So, Monday (like most Mondays) we went to La Cachina which is kind of like a swap meet where you can find awesome stuff for really cheap (like the Washington Capitols jersey I picked up for 1sole).  On this trip my only find was a Hartford Wolfpack quasi-jersey-shirt thing that was good but not what I really wanted to find.  Anyways, as we were walking back Elder Sanchez wanted to check if there were cameras because he wanted to pick one up.  As we were looking I found the goldmine of all cameras that I could possibly find, a Leica digital camera for 500soles.
 
Now if you don't know what Leica is allow me to explain,
For women:  It would be like finding a Michael Koors purse for about $1.50
For guys:  Think of your favorite player in all of sports, think of a jersey of that player signed and sold to you for about $5
That is what we are talking about here.  In reality I probably could have picked it up for less where it not for the fact that the camera came in a genuine leather case which kind of gave the guy (who by the way was also drunk at the time) a hint that it was something at least fairly good.
 
I was originally planning on waiting till November but...well...it's a LEICA.  'Nuf said.
 
But other than nearly having shouting matches with drunks over camera prices it's been a fairly good week.  We have some baptisms lined up for the next week and they are kind of sure-things...which I hope is the right word because I just had to ask Elder Christensen what 'fijo' is in English because I couldn't remember.
 
I don't really have time to answer questions this week, I was trying to add photos and then realized I shot them in RAW so...yeah..sorry about that.  Thank you for all your writing and support and as always feel free to write me at william.sowards@myldsmail.net or by snail mail at

Elder Will Sowards
Jeron Ricardo Palm
Manzana A Lote 2 4to Piso
Urb. Santa Monica
Cusco, Perù
 
If you want to know anything just ask and if you would like a letter feel free to send me your address to do so.
 
Till next week, this has been your friendly neighborhood Elder Sowards,
Ciào!
 
--Elder Will Sowards
Juliaca, Puno, Perù

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

And That's When I Realized.....

...just how AWESOME Lampa is.

To just jump right into the story, we were walking into a small store when as we entered we saw a woman cutting up sheep meat straight from the animal.  Elder Sanchez was a little freaked but in standard Me fashion started to talk to her about how she was cutting it, what she was going to use it for, and things like that.  After about five minutes I found myself cutting meat while wearing white shirt and tie.  Awesome, I would venture to say yes.  Evidence that I might be mildly insane, also a yes.

I'm sure, especially since it seems that way to me, this seems repetitive but Lampa is great a and I couldn't ask to be in a better place.  Yeah, at night it is so cold we bring out towels in so we aren't hypothermic getting out of the shower but with that exception it is the best.  There is a joke between Alex and I, that you don't know the world till you know Perù and you don't know Perù till you know Lampa so if you know Lampa you know the world.  Lame.  Very lame.  But I feel it's true, Lampa is just that awesome!

I don't really have a lot more to say especially after calling the family yesterday which was quite cool.  An hour to talk with them was great and the fears of being truncky afterward did not exactly pan out.  Anything else....not that I can think of.

Remember if you want to write me send the message to william.sowards@myldsmail.net or wsowards@gmail.com or by good old fashion snail mail at;

Elder Will Sowards
Jeron Ricardo Palm
Manzana A Lote 2 4to Piso
Urb. Santa Monica
Cusco, Perù

Till next week, this is Elder Will Sowards reporting from Lampa, Puno, Peru

Did I mention we are going paintballing as a zone today...and that this keyboard just stopped being able to use question marks

--Elder Will Sowards
Lampa, Puno, Peru

Monday, May 2, 2011

And Now, A Brief Interlude from Pakistan

Yeah, so I leave and the Seals with Delta knock off Osama and the Pack wins the Super Bowl, like all we are missing is a Stanley Cup for the ‘Yotes and a World Series for the D-Backs and we are SET!

But seriously, like...that is HUGE...I think there might actually be a small meeting of Gringos to celebrate today, and I will definitely be buying a few newspapers to remember the occasion.

But in slightly more awesome yet less, well I don’t even know HOW I can make a segway for this, we had two baptisms this week.  Sonmyra and her grandmother Bacillia are awesome and the rest of the family has a date for the next week.

Right now our main focus is in finding new people to teach, we only have four people progressing (that we are teaching on a regular basis) and we’d like to have more.

Well I’m running out of time and will write more next week.  Sorry for the short post but it’s a kind of big day with dead international terrorists and all.

Cìao

--Elder Will Sowards
Lampa, Puno, Perù