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

Monday, June 11, 2012


Monday, June 11, 2012 5:30 PM

Hello everyone!

Hope it's all going well for everyone out there. This week, well, yesterday we got the changes and I don't have one but Elder Agazzani does so I guess we'll see who my new comp is, the rumor mill has yet to say anything on that one.

So this week we found some really cool people including Stefani. She was a reference from her sister who told us "I'm not really interested but I know my sister is." It was pretty awesome and when we came by to visit the next day Stefani was extremely cool and very very receptive even telling us that she wants to be baptized! So I guess we'll see how all that turns out in the next few weeks.

Guess we are on to the questions!

Do you have any sister missionary in your zone?

---Yes, one companionship.

How has the weather been?

---Warm in the days cold at nights, really cold...Once again I'm really glad I brought the sleeping bag.

It winter will Puno get ICE in the lake?

---No, alas there will not be.  The hockey awesomeness would be...well AWESOME!  However I did find hockey gloves in the cachina last Monday.  The guy wanted 70soles, my answer was, 'What are you going to do with mitts in Puno?' He didn't give me a good answer.

Will we ever get a letter(hand written) from you again?

---Yes, but not for a while because SerPost is still closed here from the riots last year.  So the next time I go to Cusco.

When you do your letter to Pres, Do you email or snail mail them to the office?

---We essentially snail mail it through the bus system here...Yeah, I know that sounds really weird but that's just how it works here.

Do you have any older missionary couples in your mission?

---No but I've heard rumors that we'll have some in a few months.

Was it cold in the lake when you did the baptism in it?

---Elder Agazzani says that it wasn't but I don't know if I believe him...might just be a macho thing....

Are there critters in the water?

---Fish and that's about it...or are you talking about tap water?  Because that stuff will kill you in Puno.

Well, guess that wraps that up. Till next week!

--Elder Will Sowards

Work and Travel

Monday, June 04, 2012 9:47 AM

Hi everyone!

Well this week was cool yet a bit annoying because we weren't able to work in the sector much this week, so to start this off let's do the weekly rundown! Which is badly named because I don't do it every week...

Mon: A really chill P-Day were we checked out some cool stores and just...well chilled. We were kind of tired of playing soccer so more than anything it was a rest from that.

Tue: We worked our butts off and had a LOT of success a family and a few really cool individuals and that is what really made not being able to work much the rest of the week so annoying.
Wed: Worked with the sister missionaries and then went off to Cusco for the Zone Leader Meeting
Thu: In Cusco for the Zone Leader Meeting!  Got to talk to some converts after the meeting and do some other stuff.  It was really great to be able to go back to an old sector and see people.
Fri: Back in Puno and in the Uros again for another baptismal interview.  Don't get me wrong I really love going there, it is really awesome but, well something isn't quite right when I worked more there this week than in my own sector.
Sat: In the Uros once again for the other baptismal interview.  Like I said, more than in my own sector.
Sun: Finally able to work in the sector and church!

Don't get me me wrong I love working here and I wouldn't shirk my zone leader duties at all but hardly not working in the sector this week was really annoying.  But the zone is better for it so I guess it all works out.

On a funny side note, because I'm running out of time, I realized today I can hardly do my Yotes's a long story...

But I think that about wraps it up for now, till next week!

--Elder Will Sowards

Huajsapata, Puno, Peru


 May 28, 2012

Hello everyone!

As you can see this week's email does in-fact come with pictures! There is Heidi's baptism, our P-Day trip to the Condor (where I went last year while in Puno...just don't know if I sent the pics...) and the last few which are from our baptism in Lake Titikaka!

Well the zone this month didn't really do so hot, 9 baptisms but we are really hoping and know there will be more in June.  Don't know, think I felt a bit like Tippet today in the zone meeting after losing 5.  Not as much depressed as knowing we could do better but still somewhat pleased with what we have done.

But, though the zone is well less than exceptional at the moment Huajsapata is doing GREAT! As you can see we had a baptism this week IN THE LAKE! I'm still psyched about that part. And next week we'll have another one. We are working more than anything with references and it's been going great. Cintia was one of those and progressed very quickly with the help of her mostly member family. It's grat to see that even in a place that everyone said was 'the second-worst ZL sector in the mish' we can prove them wrong and bring out the best in the sector.

Despite the ups and downs I think I can say that this month has been one of my favorites if not the best I have had in the mission field. But, to wrap it up let's take a few Q's!

Do you do your letter to Pres at the same time that you write us?

---Nope, we do that the night before.

Is Puno the city of the cool "outdoor market" that you got your camera at?

---No, that was Juliaca but I could probably find another one here, hint hint.

Do you know dream in Spanish or English or both?

---Both, which is sometimes really weird.

How do you get to the floating islands?

---The members take us over by boat.

What are the houses made of?

---Reeds, it's ALL reeds.

Are there many members?

---About 100 and growing!

Think that's about it, till the next time,

---Elder Will Sowards

Huajsapata, Puno, Peru