So I am calling [home] this week so I will make this short and send
a bunch of photos.
So here I am cooking Ceviche and Papa Rellena with my
companion. I actually did this twice the past week. I want to make
this plate all the time when I get back. Our bishops wife taught us how
to make it. I love our bishop here and his family. He is short but
super funny, and spiritual when needed. He is the opposite of my branch
president of my last area. He always tells us that his house is our
house. He is super humble (his door is cardboard), but I love his family.
His son is preparing for a mission and comes out with us and we are always
joking with his family. I basically love all the families here.
I will be calling tomorrow, so that is all for now.
Hope you love the photos.
So these photos are when we went to the museum of Sipan in
Lambayeque. I love museums. We took a cambi to get there as a zone
so I took a photo to show how cramped cambis can be. The museum was fun
and Pedro, a member of my ward, gave us the tour. Pedro is super smart,
and he comes out with a lot when he isn't working at the museum. He wants
to learn at least 10 languages in his life. He knows English, but we
always talk in Spanish with each other because it is easier. He explained a lot
of the culture and artifacts the ancient Lamanites, and because he knows
doctrine he was able to tie things back into the history of Lehi and his
decedents. It was super cool and enhanced my testimony that their is
evidence of the gospel everywhere.
So I have a lot of fun with my companion. That being
said we work hard too. We had a mission night where everyone brought gifts
to give away. It was great and the members danced until 11 (we stayed
only until 9 of course).
The young guy between my companion and me is Marlo. He has a rough background and is always working selling sketchy propane. He is so funny, and I hope that the gospel will change his life, because he has so much potential.
So This week was great (again). I have sweet photos
but my adapter is not working so I will send them in the following week.
But the reason I put "Eating Peru" as the tile is because this
week I learned how to make one of my favorite dishes, Papa Rellena with ceviche.
Papa Rellena basically consists of a fried potato filled with meat and tomato.
Ceviche is something that Dad and Sam would love, it is like Peruvian Sushi.
It is raw fish cooked in lime juice and served with purple onion and a bit
of aji (spice). It was all super good.
To answer some questions: The last person we baptised was
Jesus Alberto, he is 18 years old. He looks super young, but it the
coolest guy. He also has a twin, Luis, they both wan to serve missions. Christmas isn't the same here. People don't go all out with the lights like
the do in the States. It is sad, but they do eat Paneton (fruit bread stuff)
a lot this time of year. All the missionaries say that Christmas in Peru is
tough because it is so different and so humble. But we plan on doing a
lot of service to over look the lack of Christmas decorations and focus on the
true Christmas Spirit. Yes there are hairless dogs here, basically Peru
has changed how I look at dogs. My companion really is a gentle giant, but like
all of my companions so far, he doesn't know any English :) Which is fine by me
because I feel comfortable with the language now and Latinos are generally more
friendly than gringos ;p But he does want to learn Italian so I might
study a bit with him this transfer.
This week we had a devotional with President Risso in Pueblo
Nuevo. It was awesome. The ward had a choir and I played the piano,
I was so nervous to play for President. One of the recent converts in our
ward bore her testimony and it was so strong. President spoke a lot about
temples and the sacrifice that he made with his wife to be married inside the
temple. They had to sell almost everything to travel to the USA to be
married in the DC temple. He spoke about his and his wives conversion (they are
both converts) and I know all of our investigators who were there felt the
I love the kids here. They all give my companion and I
hugs and some of them call me Elder Superman because they can't say Perryman.
It helps me understand how Christ would always focus and give special
attention to the children. It is so true that they are without sin, I know
that theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
So I got my transfer from Pueblo Nuevo to Pueblo Nuevo.
It is pretty funny that there are two areas with the same name, but I
love my new area. I did not realize how far away I was from civilization
until this change. I am now in a ward in the province of Ferreñafe, which
is about a half an hour away from Chiclayo.
I love my companion, Elder Carranza. He is a big
Argentina, who is super out going. He is from Cordova Argentina and is
about to finish his mission (I'm his last companion). All the members here
love him and some of the older missionaries and his family call him Gordo
for his size. This week a family in the ward asked to take a picture
between us because we are both giants in Peru.
The members here are so nice. Every house we visit
gives us something to eat or drink. We had a noche misional and there
were a lot of people in the chapel. The chapel is huge, it is for two
wards, and is two stories. During the noche misional some kid gave me a
huge hug and kept calling me uncle. If the people here are friendly, the
kids are extremely friendly.
Our Pension is a super nice older lady who we live with too.
Her food is so good, but we usually just eat a huge lunch and have a
small breakfast with fruit for dinner. The first day my pension said she
couldn't say my name so she would just start calling me Elder Gringo.
There is a dog here that follows us whenever he sees us.
His name is Kisor and he used to be the ex-bishops dog. It is so
funny to see him waiting outside our door sometimes.
So I'm starting to feel more confident about my Spanish, I
still can't speak perfectly, but I can almost understand everything perfectly.
This week I was asked if I was from Argentina, which just made me laugh.
There is a brand new Elder here. His name is Elder
Riddle and he is from North Carolina. He says that he knows the Elders
that Sam trained. It was funny to see his fresh perspective on Peru.
He seemed shocked by the culture and language, it was funny for me to
remember when I was like that. I helped him a bit with the language and
explained a bit about how the mission works this week; he had a lot of
We have a member here named Pedro, who is stellar. He
knows a bit of English so we speak in Spanglish together. He came with us
teaching this week and his testimonies were so powerful. That is what I
love about the mission. We can use any scripture to persuade a man to the
gospel, but when some one hears a sincere testimony of Christ they know what
the truth is, they just need to act. The simple testimony of a humble
member is and will always be more impactful than a large and cunning
discussion. It is through small and simple things the Lord will confuse
I have a cambio [transfer] this week! I don't know where I am going, but
the exchange meeting is at 8AM in Chiclayo, so I will have to get up really
really early tomorrow. I am excited to see new areas, but I will miss
this small town, especially my pension and my companion. It was super
fun working with Elder Flores this change and he helped me so much with my
teaching and my Spanish.
Last week I wrote home with a fever, so I am not sure how
well put together the letter was. I do remember that I ended up with a fever of
102 in the night. The next day I went to the clinic in Chepen and he told
me that I had an intestinal infection. The Peruvian food is good, but it
takes a toll on my health. After the clinic I was with one of the zone
leaders and he wanted to go work with me and I told him that he was crazy.
We ended up going to a couple of appointments and then I crashed. The
next day we went to Chiclayo for training and by the end of the day I felt
completely better. Our training was by an Area Seventy and it was super
good, but 4 hours long so I have a lot of notes.
So the power went out this Friday and my companion had a
fever so we were in the room together for most of the day. Luckily we had
candles and lights so that I could study. When people here get sick the
members always want to give us manzania tea. I never liked it before my
mission, but now when ever someone offers it to me I gladly accept. Also
my pension says that masamora (purple goop) and avena (watered down oatmeal) are
good for the stomach, [but] I don't believe it. Some doctors, like medical
professionals, here say that drinking cold drinks is bad for our health.
I love Peru.
I completely forgot about Thanksgiving until I read emails.
I seriously don't know what time of year it is. We are starting to
see Christmas stuff being sold in the street and it is throwing me off because
I haven't seen a drop of snow. Luckily Peru has there own Christmas
traditions, like everyone here eats Paneton this time of year. Paneton is
like this Peruvian sweet bread which is super good.
I am excited to change areas, but I am not excited to leave
my families. I want to come back for the baptism of Martina and her
family. I can't count the number of times I helped one or all of her kids
with homework while Elder Flores or Palacios taught a small gospel principal
or vise versa. We are starting to see real change in Pacanga and I just
want to work more in this area that we have focusing on. Two members in
this area just got back from going to the temple for the first time and we
have a baptismal date with Sabastian there too. I don't feel ready to
leave, but I can leave happy. I have seen changes in families here
through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Last Sunday Isabel (one of my
converts) stood up and bore a strong testimony about how the gospel of Christ
changed her life, with tears in her eyes, and I could not help but feel so much
joy in my soul. I know this gospel helps people. This gospel is
true, because the fruits are always good. I have seen nothing but joy
when people live according to the standards of the gospel. When we grow
closer to Christ he changes our lives.