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

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


The missionaries climbing....

To this waterfall.....

With the District.

Waterfalls and Other Fun

Hola once again from the eastern wilds of the Cusco mission.  This week we found out something cool, an apostle is going to come to the mission on the 27th so we’ll all be heading to Cusco, change or not, for a few days there at the end of the month.  We still don’t know who it will be but it should be cool.
Anyways, this week on Monday we went to some waterfalls near here and then started the week.  And this week included a few cool things.  We ran into an 8-year-old kid whose mom is a member but really inactive, he told us he wanted to be baptised and he wanted to do it the 27th after we teach him a few things (his words not ours).  So, well, it's always interesting to have someone ask us instead of the reverse.  But I don't have a lot of time so now to questions!
I looked on like at photos of your area and it looks like you have pine trees around there is that so?
---Yes, 100% true!
Are the native people speak the same native language or is it different language?
---The same Quechua different dialect.
Cool that you have been made DL how many companionship in your district?
---3:  ours, the Zone Leaders, and one more.
How big is your district miles/kilo (k's) wise?
It would probably be about 5miles.
Are you serving in a ward or a branch? How big?
A branch with a LOT of inactives, which we are trying to change.
Well, that about does it for now and I'll be sure to write more next week but the photos took a bit so sorry for the short note.
---Elder Will Sowards
San Jeronimo II, Andahuaylas, Apurimac, Perú

Snail Mail:

Elder Will Sowards

Jeron Ricardo Palm

Manzana A Lote 2 4to Piso

Urb. Santa Monica

Cusco, Perù

Monday, August 8, 2011

And Now, Not in Puno....

So…Tuesday we were sitting in the church building waiting for a meeting with some leaders to start when our phone went off.  No, we don’t have a cell we had just gone to try to get it fixed and were told that it couldn’t be.  Anyways, the call came from Elder Huntsman, one of the assistants to the president, and what did he say?  That I, Elder Sowards, have an emergency change.  Well, that about rocked my week but this my friends was not the end.  He told us we would have details the next day.
Well about 9:30am the next day we get a call from the zone leaders there in Puno, my change is to Andahuylas and I’m going to go up to district leader, needless to say I was rather surprised.  And on Friday I finally got here after an 8hour bus ride to Cusco and then a 13hour bus ride to my new zone.  It’s pretty cool here; I’ll send pics next week, but think northern New Mexico or southern Colorado but in Peru.
My companion is Elder Aguilar, the ‘son’ of Elder Christensen both of whom were with me in Juliaca so we already kind of know each other and are getting along great.  He is from Chiclayou in northern Peru and all of his family is members.
Saying goodbye to Monterrosso was pretty hard, we’d gotten close in the very short time we were together and I just hope I can be in the change meeting when he heads back to Guatamala.  But having this opportunity here in Andahuylas is pretty awesome.  The zone was kind of messed up by missionaries who were here and did some very dumb things but everyone here now is dead set on turning it around and having a zone of excellence like Juliaca was.
District leader and senor comp is different as well, even though with both Elders Sanchez and Monterrosso we working equally and I was able to learn a lot about district leading and being senior comp it’s been a bit of a change that has taken some getting used to.
Well, I’m running out of time and I’ll save the questions of this week for the next.  So, hasta la proxima!
--Elder Will Sowards
San Jeronimo II, Andahuylas, Apurimac, Perú

Monday, August 1, 2011

Questions...Because I am Lame

Lake Titicaca
Will and his companion, from Guatemala
The Room
Hi all,

Now that the NFL lockout and Peruvian Independence Day are over I think that both lives of those in the US and Peru can come back to normal.  Thanks to aforementioned Independence Day and a multi-zone conference not a lot went on this week so I'm just going to skip to the questions and if I think of anything more during that time I'll go for it.

Do the kids have vacations like the kids do here?
---Yes, in fact they are in vactions right now till the middle of August.

In your new area, do they have Primary?
---Yes they do and it is HUGE.

What do they do for YM/YW there?
---Basically joint activities every week as far as I can tell but that may be because so many people are vacationing.

Now that you are in a more populated area, are there any American restaurants?
---No, but there is an AWESOME pizza place in our sector.

I know you can't swim on p-day in the lake, but do you have any
opportunity to fish in the lake?
---Well, I would but then I found out the fish there are polluted and nasty and would kill you if you ate them.

What is the main food staple in the area?
---Potatoes and rice.  And both in abundance.

Have you eaten anything that you could not identify, and if so, was it good?
---Other than chicken heart, no.

What is the main source of work in the area?
---Here in Puno, tourism.

Do you get a lot of tourists in this area?
---Not really, there are more in the area above us which includes the Plaza de Armas

Do you have any Canadian missionary in you mission? And if so from where?
---No, sadly we do not but about 5 missionaries without even hearing me speak or anything have thought that I was Canadian, and no I was not wearing hockey appearal at the time.

Do you have a Ward mission leader? And if so do get to go on splits with them?
---Yes and yes but not as much right now because everyone is taking vacations so it's hard to find people to go on splits with.

Well, that about covers it.  Though I did remember something cool that I'll talk about next week because, well by then we'll have our appointment with this person.  But till then stay safe and don't do anything I wouldn't do.  Which gives you a good amount of room to work with.

Elders eating

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