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

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Another Week

September 17, 2012

So, funny story.  I read the notes about Snuggles and audibly said, 'Oh crap, my dog died!' to which Elder Heninger replied 'WHAT?!!! YOUR MOM DIED?!!!'  'NO! MY DOG!' 'Oh, because that would have been a lot worse how I heard that....' putting that into perspective, he has a very good point.  Snuggles was a great dog and I'm going to miss her a lot.  She was awesome but everything some day needs to end, and at least she knew we loved her.  Kinda put a damper on the day that whole thing...

Anyways, it's been a great week with a lot of work and a lot of fun, I guess we'll just run it down!

Mon: Zone meeting, Internet, P-Day!  A great day in a great place!

Tue: The highlight of the day was starting the Mini-MTC with a family in Azoguine.  It's a new program that we are using in the mission that helps people learn more about how to share the Gospel and the basic stuff that we learn there.  The family is really great and extremely enthusiastic to be able to help us with it.  It's a great program and maybe I'll explain more about it on a slow week.

Wed: We had an appointment with Arturo and it was okay until we challenged him to baptism.  He stopped talking then looked at us seriously and said that he wanted to be baptised.  The week before another church had challenged him to baptism but he didn't feel anything but with us he did!  It was a great experience and an awesome testament of the power of the spirit.

 Thu: Some awesome lessons and some cool new people, a great day.
Fri: There was a HUGE parade here in Puno for the university's anniversary and not a lot of people weren't there but we found two awesome people and it turned out well.

Sat/Sun: Church, baptisms in the zone, and the hole nine-yards, just a great time.

That wraps up the week and well, I know it's not a lot but, not exactly what I was planning on writing either but with Snuggles....Keep on trucking where toilets flush normally (I really have never paid attention either there or here to know if that is true...) and we'll talk next week.

--Elder Will Sowards

Huajsapata/Azoguine, Puno, Peru


September 10, 2012

Hello everyone!

I'm not quite sure where to begin so I guess we'll do a roundup!

Mon: Prepping everything for going to Cusco for the changes and what not.  Always stressful but also awesome to be able to see the changes there in Cusco.

Tue: CHANGE DAY!!!  So I spent most of it with Elder Crist visiting people in our sectors and finding some epic ginger-ale which is an entirely different story.  Then the change meeting where my new comp is.....Elder Coti!!!  We worked together a bit in Cusco but now we are comps here and I couldn't be happier.  He is from Guatamala and like I said is awesome!

Wed:  Meetings in Cusco and then heading out to Puno.  It's always great to be able to go and visit people there but two days is a little much, it was sector time!

Thu:  Worked in the sector and found some awesome people...oh and did I mention that now we are over Huajsapata and Azoguine?  Now it's a larger sector but it's also a lot more fun, rumor is they are going to be stuck together this weekend, I guess we'll see.

I'm going to stop it there because I'm running out of time and I think this will be a lot faster.  We found some great people and after talking to the branch president of Azoguine we have a few plans, as well as a few references for the weeks to come!  We are really pumped to be able to be working her and helping out were we are really needed.  Well I gotta go, till the next!

---Elder Will Sowards

Huajsapata/Azoguine, Puno, Peru


September 3, 2012

Well guys, it's been a great few months here but...wait...what...?  I'm staying!  WOOOHHOOOO!  So that about wraps up how that went, I'm going for six months now in Huajsapata and I might just end here but we'll see how that ends up.  It's been a crazy cool week with Elder Condemarin's parents showing up to get him on Saturday.  It reminded me, all of it, as it has every time that I've 'killed' someone of why we are here, and what we are here to do.

We are here to help people that they might be able to feel the Spirit and know that the Lord love them, that they can make sacred covenants with him and receive the blessings that come with those.  That is why we are here, everything else is secondary.  Being able to do that is hard, it is work and sometimes it hurts, sometimes it is one of the hardest things a person will ever do knowing that one needs to get up and do it again day after day but the pure joy that we receive from doing it is unequaled.  It is like football (the kind with pads) every practice, many times the entire game one will find himself hurting beyond belief but it is that touchdown and the win that makes it all worth it.  That is how it is for us here, we work and we fight and we do all we can, just to have that one moment that we can say, 1) we have done all and 2) they have received what the Lord has for them.  Now with six more weeks here in Huajsapata (and now that my sector is going to be double it's size since Azoguine is going to close) I plan on doing just that.  Helping as many people as possible.  Maybe it won't be enough, maybe I'll only help a few but I will be able to say, as many have: have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.

So, I think we'll now take some questions...

Any word on when you will be home?
---Nov. 27 is change day so...the 28th or 29th...somewhere around there... 

Do you have the same fast food restaurants in Cusco that we have here?
---No, just Bimbos and McDonalds...Bimbos being an okay McDonald's knockoff

Is it Cuzco or Cusco?  We see it spelled both ways...
---The correct way would be Cusco, it comes from the Quechua name, Qosqomanta.

Do you have Dr. Pepper down there and if so have you taught anyone about DP and peanuts? Do you miss it now?
---In Puno no but in Abancay we did and I never could do the peanut thing, they cost a TON here.  And yes, I really do miss my DP.

Can you really get a Canon 5D Mark II down there for a good price? Can you get the New 5D Mark III? if so what's is going for?
---I haven't checked for a long time but I suppose I could in the coming days...

Well that wraps it up till next week!

See yah!

--Elder Will Sowards

Huajsapata, Puno, Peru


Fun and Baptisms

August 27, 2012
Hello everyone!

This has been a fairly crazy week so I guess we'll run it down then go from there.

Mon: A P-Day filled with some great soccer and general awesomeness.

Tue: Not sure if I already talked about Brian, he was a reference from his aunt who is a member in our ward and has been progressing splendidly and on Tuesday we challenged him to baptism for Sept. 1. He's a great kid and it's been a lot of fun teaching him and ending the change with his baptism will be great.

Wed: Accompanied Manco Capac to an appointment and helped them set up their baptism.

Thu:  Working in the sector and doing the general stuff.

Fri: Baptismal interviews and the like. A great day that was only smudged by the fact that rainy season has now started in Puno.

Sat:  Helped get a few baptisms ready and good to go.

Sun: We found ourselves doing what we normally do on Saturdays today, helping with baptisms! It's always fun being able to help the companionships pull it off great with everything ready to go when it needs to be. Though sometimes it's a bit of a hassle it always gives a great tone to the day.

In the end we ended this month okay, but it could have been better, which we are seriously hoping for in September.

Well that does it for now, till next week!

 --Elder Will Sowards


Photos and Fun

August 20, 2012

Hello everyone!


So this week I'm prepping photos to send so it won't be that long of a post but that doesn't mean it wasn't an awesome time.


Monday was fun times playing soccer, which I'm not exactly better at. I find it easier to 'check' people than to actually try to steal the ball. It works fairly well, until someone figures out that it would be a full blown yellow card if I ever did it in a real game.


Tuesday we found ourselves searching for a new room for the sisters because they had some problems in their old one.  Searching for rooms is not exactly fun, or maybe that is just when it isn't yours... Anyways we found one and got them all taken care of allowing for the week to continue!


Wednesday, district meeting and one of the coolest lessons in my mission.  Karin is an investigator that we contacted a few months ago but it has been hard to find her again but Wednesday we found her and it was awesome!  Before she told us about her husband and said that she didn't think that he would want to listen to us and it was 100% correct because, well, at that time he didn't. But when we asked her again, now a lot more receptive for some reason, she said she would go upstairs and talk to him.  A few minutes later all four of us are in their living room talking.  It was an awesome lesson and when we challenged them to baptism they accepted without reservation. Their is just a small problem...they aren't married but in talking with them they told us that they are 100% ready and willing to do it.  It is amazing how people can change over time and be able to feel the spirit.


The rest of the week turned out well and I'm starting to run out of time so I'll leave it at that.  This work is amazing and to have the opportunity to do it is a great blessing, something that really must be cherished.


Well, that about covers it for now, running low on time....Till the next one


--Elder Will Sowards

Huajsapata, Puno, Peru