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

Monday, November 28, 2011

T Day in Peru

Well, this is a short one because I have FINALLY figured out how to get the recorder to work.

Just a bit of background, I spent Thanksgiving dinner (lunch) with Elders Christensen, Whittaker and Moreno (my now awesome comp).

Which on the comp front, I spent this week really trying to get to know him and serving in any way I could (which I now have a testimony of) and now everything is going great!  I have absolutely nothing to complain about, and like I said, this is going to be short because I'm working on the recordings right now...

So, hopefully my parents will be able to find a way to post those on the blog.  Because this is a Thanksgiving from Perù!

--Elder Will Sowards

Santiago, Cusco, Perù

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Call to Peru you derived from the last email, Will was sick.  I started to think about it and decided that I needed more information.  I called Salt lake and obtained the email address of the mission, as we had never received it.  I then sent the email below.  
Since I did not hear back as quickly as I expected to, I called Salt Lake again and got the mission phone number.  Luckily, I had a Verizon International card in my purse, so I called.  My first word were "Do you speak English?".  I figured I could get my on my espanol, if I needed to.  

Elder Whittaker said he did and proceeded to tell me that he had just answered my email as it came across my computer screen.  It made me feel much better to speak to someone---and I am sure Will was horrified that I called!!!

Wouldn't you call???

Sister Sowards,
I was with your son this morning, actually, and everything is all right. He got sick in Abancay, but he is alright now. They brought him here to Cusco just to make sure everything is alright, and they haven’t found any problems with him. He has been staying with me this whole time, and he is just fine. Elder Sowards is a great kid, and has a great attitude about the mission. You have no need to worry. If you have any questions you can always contact me on this email address. Thanks for your care about Elder Sowards, and the Peru Cusco Mission.
Elder Whittaker
Secretario Ejecutivo
Mision Peru Cusco
TElf: 084-242521 cel: 984-503861 RPM: #623574
Sowards, Victoria
Monday, November 14, 2011 9:13 AM
I received an email from Will this morning stating that he has been ill.  I just wanted a little reassurance that he is OK.  When I hear he went by ambulance, scans, IVs…I begin to worry.  I know he is OK since he emailed me and asked about his iPod, but being a nurse, I think the worse!!!
Victoria R. Sowards, BSN,RN, CMPE
Clinical Site Manager
Valley ENT, PC

One Crazy Week

Well, where should I start.  On Tuesday I went to Cusco for training for Zone Leaders and Trainers which was pretty awesome but it's what happened the next day that wasn't quite so cool.

So, we were sitting in our zone meeting and my hands began to go numb then my face and next thing I knew I couldn't talk in English or Spanish.  Well, we went to the hospital and...I don't really remember what happened after that.  The short version is they needed to give me some fluids and other things and with some of what happened they decided it was best to just send me to Cusco.  Which meant and ambulance ride from Abancay to Cusco, just one more awesome thing I don't remember.  They did some scans and other things and everything now appears to be normal but I'm having a change to Cusco for a bit just so I'm close to the doctors just in case.  Just to reiterate, I AM FINE!  I figure it was just dehydration or something and the truth is we may never know what exactly it was.  So that's been my week in a nutshell.

Since everything that happened I have been chilling in Cusco just waiting for the changes and it's been pretty awesome.  I've been working with Elders Christensen and Whittaker and it has been AWESOME!  And helping out around the office which has just brought me back to my days working at KTAR and in Mom's office.  Mainly because the office was a mess and I decided to clean it up a bit.

So, in other news.  About two weeks ago I tried cuy (guinea pig) which is DISGUSTING, just imagine eating a rat.  And that's about what it's like.

Well...I think that about does it for this week.  I really don't have a lot to say other than I'm fine and that actually deciding to write home about that was a lot harder than you would think.  Like I don't want to worry any of you but you should know what is going on.  So that about does it.

--Elder Will Sowards
In a Cusqueñan limbo

Monday, November 7, 2011

Lino and Audio

Hello All!

Once again, Elder Sowards is writing from a small internet cafe in Jiron Elias in Abancay and this week WITH AUDIO!  That seems almost creepily happy...whatever!  Anyways, I'm just going to jump right in.

On Friday we found ourselves contacting and ran into Lino.  Now, Lino seemed pretty cool about 25-years-old and fairly interested in what we had to say but didn't have time.  Well, as usual I went to give him a pamphlet and the only one that I could find was one of the Word of Wisdom.  Well, at first I thought 'There is NO way I am going to give him this.' but something told me 'Do IT!' to which I replied 'No' and felt to do it again.  On the third time I listened because if I have learned one thing during my realitivly short life it is that when the Spirit tell you to do something you DO IT because if you don't you will regret it for a very long time.

Saturday we came back to teach him and he let us inside.  Where we saw that he runs a bar.  We talked to him for a bit explaining what we teach and ourselves and he began to ask us about the Church and the Word of Wisdom.  In the end we committed him to a bautismal date.  It was so cool to see how the spirit worked us in helping him in what might have been his need in those moments.  He is such a cool guy and I really need to take a picture of the bar, because it looks AWESOME!  Well, more because it has shrunken heads than anything.

And well, I'm trying to get the audio to work, but it's not wanting to.  I'm thinking maybe it's a problem with my USB cable.  So this one is going to be short, next week I hope I'll finally have it working.  Sorry bout that peeps.

So, till next week.

---Elder Will Sowards

Patibamba, Abancay, Peru

Of Police and More

Just to answer your question right now, No, I was not arrested.

On Friday we were doing some contacting and heard someone yell--Elders, Elders!-So we turned around to see who it was and I found myself face to face with a member I'd met in Andahuaylas.  It was a fairly cool and interesting event and was made even more so when he presented us to Alfredo, one of his best friends.  Alfredo is really awesome, he's a police officer and on the side is studying international business but what is even cooler is that he has wanted to listen to the missionaries for literally YEARS.  So, on Saturday we went to his home and taught him, and this is where it gets interesting.

As missionaries we are always practicing teaching, always.  And for that usually one missionary is an investigator, well I have an 'investigator' that I like to use, a mix of a few people I know (both members and not) and Alfredo was almost the same as this imaginary person.  Seriously almost EXACTLY the same which kind of weirded me out.  Well, we challenged him to baptism and he accepted.  It was just really cool that we could help him out that way.

We also taught a few other really cool people this week that I'll talk about next week because I'm running out of time but, I leave you with this.  An audio recording!

--Elder Will Sowards

Patibamba, Abancay, Perù

Well, maybe more like next week...looks like the computer doesn't want to work with me on this one.  Which means double for next week!