Monday, April 27, 2015

Elder Sulluchuco!!!

So my last companion is Elder Sulluchuco, he is from Lima Peru!  He was already in my zone and we are already great friends.  It was so funny because is the change meeting we sat next to each other and we didn't even know that we would be companions.  I am happy that he is my last companion because he is a very hard worker.

This week we have been going crazy because two companionship's are changing their rooms and looks for rooms is tough sometimes.  Also I have been showing the area and explaining some zone stuff to Elder Sulluchuco, so this has been a pretty full week.  Happily we have had a lot of time to work and we even had five investigators in church.

This week we have been working a lot with Martin.  Martin has been investigating the church for a long time, but has been unable to overcome his addiction to alcohol and be baptized.  This week though he seemed to have a different character.  He has had his ups and downs in my time in this area and it makes me feel for those who struggle with addictions.  This man wants everything to change, but sometimes he does not feel strong enough to overcome his alcoholism.  Only the gospel and the atonement of Jesus Christ can truly heal help.  And it is.

This week we are planning to work like crazy in the area.  The more we use time wisely the faster it passes.  I love this work, and I want to finish strong.

Elder James Perryman

Monday, April 20, 2015


So this week we were in the middle of a lesson and President Williams called us to ask my companion if he wanted to go home early.  This worked out perfectly for him because he will now be able to go to the temple dedication (in Cordova) with his family.  So Elder Cosentino has a change and in two weeks he finishes his mission.  I will stay here, but I do not know who will be my next companion yet.

This week went super well, but no one came to church.  We had a lot of lessons and we are focusing a lot on the less active members here in the ward.  We now have a solid teaching pool, which is great because when I first got here there wasn't much.  I hope that my next companion comes ready to work so that my last change will be a great one.

As a zone today we played soccer Latinos vs Gringos and it actually was a really even game.  I have started to really enjoy soccer and I hope my next companion will want to play too.

This week we had a random contact with a guy in the street while going to an appointment.  When we came back the next day we taught Herman, the man we contacted, and he had so many great questions for us.  At the end of the lesson he gave us sponges to wash dishes...which was really strange.  That night we taught a family and when we finished we gave them the sponges and they told us that they were about to go out to buy sponges.  The Lord works in funny ways, but sometimes the coincidences that we see are so random.

Anyway this week we had the opportunity to really be in the area and teach.  I love teaching and learning more about the gospel, but now I see that the gospel is a life long pursuit, not something that we just find.  We as members of His church must discover and continually rediscover the scriptures.

Elder Perryman

PS I am pretty sure I ate dog this week....

Monday, April 13, 2015

Another Great Week!


This week has been filled, as always, but really great.  We had the leadership training, zone training, and interviews with President Williams this week.  I love President Williams because he has power behind his testimony.  In the zone training we spoke much about the Holy Ghost and it made me want to study the scriptures more because the "Word" is the way to preach with power.

Kati and Ariceli were baptized this week.  Kati is our pensionista´s best friend and Ariceli is our pensionista´s daughter.  Kati was a Seventh Day Adventist and now she wants to serve a mission.  Also it was a great day because our pensionista is becoming more and more active at church.  I truly do not believe that I was sent here to baptize, but to help those who are lost come back.

Sunday Luis came to visit my ward because he is going on his mission next month.  I gave him a couple of ties and shirts because he needs so much help to go on the mission.  I was incredibly happy to hear that despite the opposition from many of his family members his twin and his younger brother are also going to send in their papers.

Every p-day we play soccer at a synthetic field and we usually talk with the young man who works there.  We have now started to teach him and it is funny how he always asks us when we will visit him when we play soccer Mondays.  Even though at sometimes we feel like people don't want to hear about the gospel, we must always try and be friends of others.  Once we have true friends, then they will understand what our purpose is.

Elder Perryman

p.s. the package came in! Thank you so much Mom and Dad!!!

Monday, April 6, 2015

What a great conference!

This week has been a crazy "Semana Santa" and a great Easter.  This week we have been busy getting ready for conference and helping missionaries move and the week that is coming up is filled with meetings....I hope that for my last change I can just teach, teach, and teach.

This week we ended up using our first day to help move the sister from "la union" into their new room.  It was also fun trying to get all the electric shower heaters up.  Half the zone didn't have one, which means half the zone was showering with cold water.

I did a work visit with Elder Harper this week in "Imperio" and it went really well.  He is a super funny missionary and we just talked about how we can become more effective missionaries.  I have a problem because I like to analyze the numbers.  But I also had the opportunity to visit three of the recent converts in "Imperio" who I had the privilege of meeting in their interviews before [their baptisms].  They all are active and seem to be happier than the first time I met them.  The first year as a member of this church is a super important time to progress in the gospel.

Speaking of recent converts, one my favorite people who we taught in FerraƱafe is going to go on a mission to Quito, Ecuador next month.  He will go even though his father does not want him to even be a member of the church.  He has a lot of challenges, but also one of the greatest stories of real faith.

Wow, this was probably one of my favorite conferences as a missionary.  I especially loved the talks given by Elder Packer, Elder Christofferson, Elder Holland, Elder Pearson, and Brother Gibson.  They made me reflect much upon the Atonement and how this is the time for me to prepare to be a father.  I was especially touched by Elder Hollands talk, because it made me think of my two greatest brothers: Sam and Jesus Christ.  Also Brother Gibson's word made me remember my parents.

It is always important to give heed to the inspired men of today.  I can't wait to read the footnotes in the May Liahona.  Thomas S. Monson will guide me more in my life today than any other prophet.  I have felt blessed to hear so many inspired men this week.

Elder Perryman