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

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Rundown

Monday, April 10, 2012

Hello everyone!

So, it's been an interesting week.  Let me do a quick rundown for you.

Monday- PDAY!  Played some soccer and ATE A TON with Elder Crist at Senor Carbon for his birthday.  It was epic!

Tuesday- Regular work day, nothing too special.

Wednesday- It was an EPIC day!  Just completely awesome!  We taught Javier, who is the only person in his family that isn't a member and after answering a few of his question we challenged him to baptism and he accepted!  Then a bit later on we found Maria who I'll get to in a second.

Thursday- We had our Concillio de LZ with President and it was really good to have.  We found a lot to use to help the zone and so far, four days, it has worked pretty well.

Friday-  Because of my inability to admit that I had in fact gotten us lost in the sector I decided I'd contact someone and call it 'Where we are going.' and for probably the first time in history pride paid off.  Here we met Maria who is probably the coolest person that I have ever taught.  For the first time I think I can honestly say that we have found someone prepared to recieve the gospel.  It's just something special.  It makes everything worth it.  Every door that has been closed, every...everything.  She and here daughter will be baptised the 28th of April.

Saturday- Baptisms and work.  A great day for both.

Sunday- Church, work, the usual with ward council as well.  But the cool thing was finding David, which I'm going to leave as a cliffhanger for next week.

Well, I'm going to hold off on the questions till next week, just got Dad's email so I need to get that all prepped.

But just to answer a question that I recieved.  Is it all worth it.  The unequivical answer is YES.  It is worth it.  There are no greater highs than helping people here.  I'm sure I'll talk more about that next week.

Anyways, good to hear the Yotes are NUMBER 3 in the NHL West!!!  Go Yotes and in their honor guess who is going to be wearing a Yotes hat today!  THIS GUY!  Let's just hope they win and don't go to Froglandia.

Till next week!

--Elder Will Sowards
Tullumayo, Cusco, Peru

It;s a Shorton One...A Really Short One

Monday, April 2, 2012

Well, I'm running a bit low on time thanks to a few numbers issues but I'm going to do the best that I can.  Saturday between the sessions we had Nuria's baptism, I'll send photos next week.  But in short the conference was awesome, we were able to watch all of it in English with a LOT of gringos...almost all of them tourists.  I'm going to get a package ready for next week and also I'm going to send an audio file because it's Elder Crist's birthday and we are going to go eat somewhere to celebrate.  I think Fuego...

I'm really sorry this is so short but I need to go.

I'll write an epic letter next week...or I'll at least try....

--Elder Will Sowards
Tullumayo, Cusco, Peru

Neuria and a New Comp

Monday, March 28

Hello everyone!

It's been a fun week here in Cusco, my new companion Elder Uriarte, is awesome and I worked with him in Abancay where both of us were district leaders and to have him as my companion now is just AWESOME!  He's from Chiclayo which is close to Trujillo (I only mention it because the city will come up later in this email) and so far we are working great together.  Next week we are going to have one baptism and we hope to have at least three in April.  It's really great to be able to work with him again like I was able to in Abancay.

The baptism that we are going to have this week is Neuria (yes, I know, weirdish name right?) is just awesome!  She was a reference from Amos who I believe I've mentioned here and as we began to talk to her she told us her story.  About two years ago she started listening to the missionaries in Quillabamba where her sister and brother-in-law live (she told us they both are members) but had a lot of doubts and asked even more questions.  Then, a year later she talked with the missionaries in Calca and again didn't really feel anything special.  Then, Amos introduced us and something just kind of clicked and now she wants to be baptised.  It is really quite amazing that the Lord can work with us in these ways.  She didn't tell us the whole thing but I'm pretty sure that in those times she just wasn' could I put it...ready.  Or maybe it was that she just wasn't dating our new ward mission leader...I prefer to think it's the first one or both...I'd rather not be a romantic in this instance...or ever...those who were with me in English would understand...

Well!  Look what we have!  Questions!!!

Do they have the open markets in Cusco, like to Turks post on their blog in Trujillo?

---Yes they do but they stink to high heaven.

We are having liver for dinner---have you eaten any different meats-other than the cuy?

---Boiled cow intestine, nuf said.

What is the weather like there now?

---REALLY HOT!!!  We've been spending day in night in short sleeves.

Are there lots of mosquitos, etc.?

---In Cusco, No.  In Puerto, well, it's jungle...

Have you seen any wild animals---birds, etc---different than we have here?

---Not really but there were flamingo-ish things in Juliaca.

Think that about wraps it up this week.  Questions, comments, concerns...send them to management...whom in this case is not some blad guy looking to have you do his dirty work...really bad Burn Notice reference...It's been a LONG 16 months at times...especially when you start forgetting English...anyways....

--Elder Will Sowards

Tullumayo, Cusco, Peru

Cusquenian Fall

Monday, March 19, 2012

Well, it's fall now and fall is HOTTTT like insanely hot.  Which really worries me because compared to Arizona heat this is nothing.  Real lucky that I'm getting back in November instead of July!

But, that isn't my topic for this week.  What is my topic...I'm not exactly sure.  It's my turn to send the numbers so I'm probably going to find myself running low on time here.  However, I'll see what I can't do.  Elder Delgado has a change which means that I'm going to have a new companion here, quite possibly I'll be training a new Zone Leader.

This week was somewhat...disappointing I suppose would be the word.  We were going to have three baptisms but due to a few unforseen difficulties we ended up having none.  But, that allowed for a very cool story to be told...

After the let down we ran into Ruben, who as it turns out lives here in Cusco but served in Colombia and baptised Elder Delgado's family in Barranquilla.  He invited us out to dinner and during our time with him we both, Elder Delgado and I, realized just how important the work we do here really is.  We'll never forget the highs nor the lows but through both we will be able to help people both in the field and at home.  We see these things everyday, but sometimes I think we don't really think about them till much later.  Something to apply to all of us, do we really pay attention to what we are doing or have recieved?  Maybe just take a few moments each day to do it, you might find it interesting, I know I have.

Next week I'm going to send an audio file so be ready!

Till then,

--Elder Will Sowards
Tullumayo, Cusco, Peru