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

Sunday, March 18, 2012


his week was a hectic week, and I think that's about the only word I have to describe it.
Monday- P-Day were we had to plan everything at the last minute because what we were going to do ended up falling through.  BLARG.
Tuesday- Work visit with Alamos I, it was a lot of fun and Elder Frias taught me some really cool things while we were working with him and his companion.  I find work visits interesting, they are like have a mini-change that just lasts for a day, enough to learn things but not enough to kill the person if they are really...well...annoying just wouldn't be the right word.
Wednesday- Interviews with President and training with the assistents.  It was really cool because there we were introduced to the new mission plan which really, now that I'm thinking about it, reminded me of some of the Banner presenations I sat through.
Thursday- We were going to have lunch with Prez but a few elders who did a few dumb things made us miss it, it was going to be Italian...We are still a bit ticked about that one, but what can ya do.
Friday- Multi-zone Conference!  It was really fun and extremely interesting, I won't bore you all with the details but just trust me on it being just what the zones here needed.
Saturday- A normal hectic Saturday of organizing baptisms and the like.  It's just really awesome to have these chances to participate in something that important in the life of another individual.
Sunday- We got a new Ward Mission Leader and he is the GREATEST!  A HUGE blessing for us and Alan wants to help us in any way he can.  I've never been so psyched about the work.
Well, that about wraps it all up.  Don't forget to send me questions and to stay shiny...I'm guessing only three people will get the Firefly reference....
--Elder Will Sowards
Tullumayo, Cusco, Peru

A Realization

As I sit down to write this I realize I've hit that point, that point that comes when you realize that even though some pretty awesome stuff has happened during the week that to us sometimes it just seems normal.  An example:

On Saturday we went to visit an investigator named Jorge, he's been listing to the missionaries for a very long time and we taught him a few things but about halfway through the lesson I found myself asking, 'Would you like to see a baptism?' to which my comp gave me probably the biggest, 'Are you insane?' look ever.  But, Jorge replied, 'Sure!  When is it?' Well, we came back about an hour later to pick him up and then went to pick up an inactive member who told us that she as well wanted to come to the baptism (which I just realized I should mention was not in our sector) and when we got there it turned out they knew each other and hit it off.  So, what was just going to be a great invite to a baptism turned out to be a great opportunity for two people to both meet each other but also help each other along in their mutual problems.

Then, on Sunday, like what is becoming normal, there were some tourists in sacrament meeting and because it was the first Sunday a few got up to bear their testamony and as one, who was from Lima I think, began to talk about her grandkids I had an epiphany of the obvious that in those moments and in moments before and after for a period of 48 hours people all around the world be it in a house or a chapel would be saying similar things about their experiences and familys.  That is how the Gospel works, even though it's world wide, it works as one.  Like always, it reminds me of something from hockey, as the Yotes say, 'From all around the world, we are one pack.'  Read into that as you may.

Well that wraps it up for this week, till the next!

--Elder Will Sowards

This Week from Cuzco


Well, it's another week here in Lake Woba...erm Cusco,

It has been an interesting week, we started of on Tuesday in a small town near here called Izcuchaca doing a work visit with the elders there.  It really brought me back to my times in Lampa and made me a bit sad to know that now that I'm a zone leader I probably won't be headed back to a small town like that for a LONG time, maybe I can end in one but...well I doubt that will happen, President doesn't like to drop his zl's.  Wednesday one of the sectors had a baptism and their bishop wasn't able to come so we need to go to lead it.  It was really quite cool, an awesome reference given to the elders there by their pension who helped them a lot in teaching her as well.  Thursday, planning and working in the sector.  We as well recieved another great reference from a member here and have a appointment with here tomorrow.  Friday, baptismal interviews and trying to fix the sisters broken phone.  Saturday, baptisms and a really cool open house for the new church in Villa Union.

It turned out great, about 50 investigators showed up and Villa Union even now is seeing the results with a LOT of people in the church yesterday.  It would really be a great idea anywhere with any church building at any time if it is new or not.  We plan on doing something like that once a month with one of the churches from here on out.

Yesterday Tullumayo was dedicated and within the next week the zone should have 10 baptisms (which for one week is a LOT) and we should have at least one of those.  The work is good here in Cusco.  Now QUESTIONS!!!

Have you been to any Backpacking shops and what are they like?
--Extremely expensive and understocked.  I have yet to see something Kelty or even BlackDiamond

Do you have any Sis. in you zone?
--Yes, Sisters San Fransico from Chile and Swartz from Utah

Is there any other missionaries from AZ in your mission?
--Three, Elder Hansen from Surprise, Elder Anderson from Happy Valley and Elder Denhalter from Showlow.

Well, that about does it for this week, till the next!

--Elder Will Sowards