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

Monday, September 19, 2011

Replacements

Hi all,
 
So now that I have found out that Adrian Accoin loves me I can die happy...not that I'm planning on dying anytime soon...
 
Anyways...So a few weeks ago I told you all about Raul the really cool guy that we found, well he kind of blew us off and told us he would call us when we could come vist...which to be honest 90% of the time means, 'Yeah...it was cool and all but I'm not that interested.'  Well, we were a little down about that but stuff happens right.  Tuesday comes and we went contacting after an appointment fell through.  We met a guy named Rafeal who was pretty cool, a nurse who works in one of the hospitals here.  Well we got a time with him and came back the next day.
 
As it turned out he had gotten his schedule wrong and had to work during that time the next day and we met his daughter Jennifer.  She is about 25 or 26 but is like the female version of Raul.  She has travelled all around the world and is really receptive to what we have to say.
 
It was just really cool to see how we were helped.  We had this guy that seemed awesome but for his own decision chose a different path and then the Lord put Rafeal and his family here for us.  I just can't describe how awesome that realization made me feel.
 
Well, that's my story for this week, short though it is.  Questions, comments, concerns, email me.  And if you happen to know how to keep mosquitos and this things that look like mini-flies but bite away, please tell me.
 
From what has turned into a mosquito haven, yet the coolest mosquito haven since Philmont...
 
--Elder Will Sowards
Abancay, Peru
 

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Note to All

 )this should have gone before the last post....Mom is derelict in her duties!!)

Okay, so if you want to put this up as a blog post you can, but well, that’s kind of up to you.  I’m not very excited about it.  So, where to begin?  Remember the waterfalls?  Well, we went up there as a zone (or almost all of a zone a few people stayed behind for one reason or other) and during this hike (at times a mountain climb) a rock about 7inches long fell.  Much to my anger and soon to be dismay nobody said OJO or CUIDADO or even the one gringo LOOK OUT or HEADS UP or DUCK, nothing and said rock decided to fall on top of my left foot.  Normally this would not be a problem; it hurt for about 15minutes but after everything normal.

Skip forward to Wednesday of last week.  We, Elder Aguilar and I, were walking to an appointment with a guy that is really cool, he and his well…esposa, which is basically a term for not-married 90% of the time; they accepted a baptismal date and everything.  The Spirit was so strong in the lesson we could see that it touched his and his wife’s hearts and they were 100% wanting more.  Anyways, I degress, as we were leaving my foot began to hurt a bit and I thought, Oh, it’s my left foot and it’s a little cold, surely it is just my old fracture from track. I was wrong.  Thursday was tough, my foot hurt fairly badly but in standard son-of-Mom fashion I didn’t say anything to anyone and kept going as normal.  And that is when Friday decided to smack me in the face.

I woke up on Friday and could barely walk; we called up the ZL’s and went to go see a doctor at the hospital here.  The guy was a total fool so we went and talked to the doctor who happens to be our neighbor and he looked at my foot and said he figured it was broken but didn’t know so we went to get an X-Ray he read it and I have a break a bit below my middle toe on my left foot.  The problem is that toe takes on a lot of weight so it causes pain in the entire foot.  We are going to go see a specialist today like he told us we should and we’ll see what happens.

Basically, as he explained it my break sound like the one Mom had about 2-year-ago when it was nothing and then one day kind of snapped because she was still using it.  The doc said it will probably call for a week of keeping off of it but I’m going to see if I can’t get crutches and still work.  We’ll see what the doctor says but I have hope that it’ll all turn out well.

When we called Hermana Calderon on Saturday we found out I was going to have a change to Abancay, a city near hear that is WAY bigger but now that might not happen, like I said we’ll see with the doctor today.  Don’t be worried, everything is fine here.  If it weren’t I probably wouldn’t be writing this as I am, so…yea.  That’s been my week.

A New Format and Other News

(This post should have been put on the blog on August 30)
 
Well, maybe I've just gotten lazy but I've decided to change the format for this stuff because, well, the other was taking way too much time to get it done.  Anyways, allow me to begin by saying a few things...
 
1)  The Peruvian medical system is...well...how could I put this civilly?  I've experienced better care in the back woods from a Scout Manual.
2)  The foot is NOT broken!  The doc told me that I did some internal damage to tendons and muscles and what not and had I known at the time that it was damaged and rested it would all be normal but because I didn't I know just have to take it light and be careful so that I don't do lasting damage.  The doc said he would like to do an MRI but they didn't have one in Andahuylas and such a scan would run about 100-200soles and would probably show nothing more than what we already know.
 
So that was a huge relief.  Also, I did have a change and now am in Abancay!  It's kind of like Cusco, but smaller and tucked closer to the mountains.  As in everything has steps here.  EVERYTHING!  I'll send some pictures when I don't forget my SD card reader.
 
Also, we had on Saturday in Cusco our mission conference with everyone in the mish.  Elder Anderson of the 12 spoke to us, Elder Holmstrom of the Presidency of the 70 and Elder Uceda one of our Area 70's.  To say it was AWESOME would be a grand understatement.  They talked about the work in the area and how we could improve there, I think explaining it more might bore some people.
 
After that and the Change Meeting (where, well, we find out about the changes) we headed off here for Abancay.  My new comp is Elder Carbo from Ecuador and is pretty cool.  He has 15 months in the mish and knows the area and my district so I'm sure we are going to have a great change here.  To give you a better idea of what Abancay is like when I don't have a picture, think about the area around Lake Powell then put the area around Payson, AZ there.  That about does it.
 
And someone asked me if I felt the earthquake here in Perù.  To be entirely honest, I didn't even know that we had had one.
 
Well, that about does it here.  I have a cool comp, a cool district, a foot that needs to be cared for like a hungry angry baby and a new zone that is just awesome!  And a side note to whom it may concern, I am back with Elder Eggleston as me ZL!  He'll end this change but it's awesome to be back with him again.
 
I just realized that I'm using `'well,' 'so' and other stuff like that alot so I'm just going to end this before my lack of use of the English language begins to show any more.
 
Reporting from Abancay in Perù, this has been Elder Will Sowards
 
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Email:  william.sowards@myldsmail.net

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

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Radiomen and Angel Faces

Hello for the second time after my computer decided to stop liking me and start being annoying and shut down, but whatever this is why we love Google for saving at least a bit of it.

Anyways so I'm going to jump right into story time.  On Tuesday night we didn't have any appointments so we went tracking and after about four houses with nobody we finally found one that looked a little promising and...nothing.  After about 10minutes of the same we knocked a door and a man of about 50 answered with a bible in his hands, immediate reaction 'Oh no, what have we gotten ourselves into...' but all he did was ask us, 'Are you missionaries?'  'Yes,' we answered a bit taken aback, 'Then come on in, I want to talk to you.'  His name is Manuel and he told us everything that has been going on in his life, his wife basically left him after his business flopped and his dad has a bad case of prostate cancer and that is why he is here in Abancay, trying to help his dad out.  What was even a bit cooler was that he was a bit cold to us and I felt that I should drop something about radio and it turns out he has a show here on one of the radio stations and when I explained a bit he really opened up to us.  He has a baptismal date for the 24th and he wants us to talk to his dad so we'll see how that goes.

A few days later, I think it was Thursday if I remember right...we had another appointment with Manuel but when we arrived nobody was home so we knocked a few door around his house.  At one Raul answered.  Now what you need to do to understand this is imagine how Raul looks.  He is 28 and RIPPED, we are talking boxer of UFC fighter type of ripped.  And the conversation when he answered was about like this.

Raul: You're Mormons right?
Us:  Yes, have you ever...
Raul:  You have 2 minutes, impress me.  And just know I don't believe in organized religion.
We explained a bit about how Christ created one church not so that we'd just go to it but to help us have support in our lives.
Raul:  I'm mildly convinced and interested.  Come in.

This guy is a RIOT!  I've never had so much fun teaching anyone, we have another appointment with him and his family tomorrow, but we are going to pass by tonight to invite them to a Family Home Evening we are having.  And on the angel-faces.  So, we invited Raul to pray to close the lesson and when he did he said something which I find awesome and mildly funny.  'And Lord, thank you for sending me this missionaries who have taught me a lot I didn't know, you know I was about to tell them to leave but then I saw their angel-faces and couldn't help but let them in.'  Just remember what I said about how Raul looks and then you'll feel the same.

Now don't misunderstand me here but I love Abancay, the people are so open and willing to listen which is a bit of a relief from Puno.  Now that is what I'm going to explain.  The people in Puno aren't as open because it is a part of the culture there, to really progress in the work one HAS to work with members otherwise it's pretty tough but those people are almost sure to progress.  Here it the people are very open to listen but sometimes only want to listen once and then, 'Yeah, thanks but this isn't for me.'  Neither is better than the other just different.

Well, I'm running low on time.  I'll save questions for next week.  Till then...

---Elder Will Sowards
Pantibamba, Abancay, Perù