I love it here!!!!!!! Holy sweet mama the people are amazing. FAmilies have nothing yet they are so happy. The Cabello family, their daughter who is 14, is a member but they can’t join cuz they don’t have enough money to be legally married so they just come to church and belive but can’t… it is only 80 bucks in american dollars to be married here but they don’t have that… yet they took me out for pizza. I am eternally humbled…. Hermana Julie had cake for me and made some rico pollo. Then the Frias family had us over for dinner and made a cake too except it said elder parker. hahahahahaha. It was so awesome. And then we went to Brother Alexanders house and they had cake too and shoved it in my face. hahahahaha. I cannot explain to you how awesome the people here are…. I am in the nicest area in my whole mission and it is not nice at all…. dogs everywhere… poop every were… and sad people everywhere. But I can’t help them because I can’t speak. It drives me nuts. I didn’t undertstand a single thing in priesthood….
Everywhere I go people stare at me. All the members love looking at my blue eyes. They call them celestials. hahaha. I am at a loss of words… I feel bad for how selfish I have been. We found a new investiagtor yesterday. oh and Uhh we are teaching Jeorge who is the boyfriend of the daughter in the Cabello family and they are like 14… young love… haha anyways he is getting baptized this saturday and he wants me to do it…. hahaha I don’t know why all I did was share my favorite scripture with him and talk about it. Maybe that is all it takes.
They give you so much food here. Like I feel like I am going to throw up. I am going to throw up for sure. It is very hard to work out because I am so exhausted …. I can’t stay up to study because I go to bed on time and still am exhausted…. maybe this next week will be better in that sense. But over all it has been awesome. Our pensionista family is Chevere (awesome) they are so nice and have a son 18 and 3 little girls and they are so cute and I did a puzzle with them my first night. Couldn’t undertstand them but I could make facial expressions. We have so much in the US. Everyone wants to go there and learn english. We are so blessed. I know I will love it here. I already do. WE USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND EVERYONE STARES AT ME ON THE BUSES and sorry all caps… too lazy… anyways I just smile back. I am with Elder Anderson. Him and his companion are like 5 minutes away and he only speaks spanish. SO he is better at spanish than I am and they work so much more. It is so hard… … I dont know… I am so grateful and so blessed. I have been sick because it is so humid here… hahah but yeah the houses are like dirt floors then there is super nice houses too. There is a big difference but everyone is happy cuz they have the gospel. Well I am trying my best and I will try even harder. Have a good week and pray for Jeorge and my spanish.
Elder Carter’s scripture of the week: D and C 50 verse 41
This week was so spiritual. I recieved many answers to my prayers. Read D and C 50. It is so good and answerwed like every single one of my prayers. It was so cool. I was worried about my doubts and the language and if my testimony was strong enough to teach people and convey the spirit. And almost every single scripture was an answer to my prayers. I am fasting today for the langauge and my trainer. This week I worried a ton about the language but then realized I’m not going to be good no matter if I study every single minute of everyday. I have had fun but I guess I stress a little bit. But I have had fun none the less.
So our teacher told us there is a Johnny Rockets in the air port and I cannot wait to eat!! The food here has been iffy but I am sick of it. I want some good food. I just eat it to survive basically.
Oh, Hermano Soto, our teacher has a really hard life, yet he is one of the most happiest people I have ever met. He is so happy because he has this gospel and knows it is true. Just like I do. And no matter what, even if I can’t speak the langauage I know how to say can I help you. So I’m just going to serve everyone I can. Pretty crazy right.
I leave in 5 and a half hours. I have my seat and everything.
I’m happy to hear BYU is still pulling it out but LSU lost…. dangit.
Not a lot of time to write, but I have lots of good pics I will send.
Holy cow… So today we went to the temple, well visitors center, and it was super spiritual and they focused on families and it made me super homesick… watching this family being videoed made me miss all you guys so much… But then they said what if you did not have the knowledge that you can be with your family again and I instantly remembered why I am out here. They had a family member die, in the video, and it was their Grandpa and just reminded me about Grandpa Davis and it just made me happy to know he was proud of me and happy. Well I leave Tuesday on the same flight as all of my district at 8 pm
and then the flight leaves at 12 and it is like a 5 hour and 45 minute flight. But it is straight to Peru. So that is nice. It is real… and I am so nervous. I can understand pretty well but… I freeze when they ask me a question that I do not know and it drives me nuts. But I just remember I will be helped immensely.
So the rest of P day last week we played soccer for like 4 hours and it was way fun. I am playing some Mckay Tucker D out there. haha. It was good.
Friday we taught a good lesson with Jetro and I felt like I was able to convey what I needed and he was receptive and afterwards told me I did really well. So I can teach someone about the gospel but that is about it… I guess that is all I need right? We had a fast for help with the language. I started to understand better and that is all thanks to the big guy upstairs.
Saturday we taught Juan Jose and it almost seemed like a legit lesson would be. He had problems with reading his scriptures so we bore testimony and I told how much the scriptures helped me. The spirit was so strong and I have just benefitted so much. I cannot wait till there is no English so I can just be immersed and forced to speak Spanish. haha. Saturday I had been out around a month and looking back it has flown by yet saying goodbye to everyone felt like a year ago. Weird. But it does not matter because I have a family that loves me and supports me, friends who love me and support me, and a Heavenly Father who is watching out for me. And best of all I am doing His work. Also the Kid from the Dominican republic can rap super well so Wilcox and I laid down a nasty beat and He rapped about the Gospel and Missionaries and eternal families. TOO ill.
Sunday rolled around and I finally gave a talk and It was so awesome and I spoke very well in spanish and it was such a good and spiritual experience and happened just at the right time when I needed it. I said I was thankful for my district and Wilcox poked his head up and had a grin on his face and so I started grinning. But it was good!
We had to say goodbye to all our latino friends before they left and there was a lot and we got super close. It was way sad. They had some of the strongest testimony.
One, Elder Diaz, gave me his Mexico pin which was super nice. And Elder Santos gave me his school card. HAHAH. I love it. Shaun Cates who runs this MTC spoke to us and he said some super good things. Stay on target until it sticks to you. Good stuff.
Monday was freaking crazy… It was the night before Mexicos Indpendence day and they went hard in the paint. But that night music was blaring and fireworks/gunshots and My companion almost got in a fight with our district leader over if the window should be opended or closed. I love people. It is funny. How much I changed these 6 weeks. So blessed.
Tuesday was a super crazy day… We recieved our flight plans and I realized I leave in a week and I got super nervous and anxious and worried.. but then I realized Christ will help me. He wants me to do this so he is going to help me. So come what may and I know he will help me if I get to work. Then I got excited. So excited. Whenever it gets hard, I have the gift, the privilige, to talk to Heavenly Father whenever and wherever. What a freakin blessing. We all have that. We just need to utilize it.
So Wednesday we had our last P day eve.. I finally feel comfortable and now we are all going to leave. haha. But that is how it will be our whole mission. So get used to it. I am ready to leave this place. Food is getting old and yeah… I am ready for a change too I guess. I pray for my trainer every night… Either way Ill learn something and bennefit if he is super good or super bad.
Today we went to the temple and it was super awesome like I said. So beautiful in a city that is quite dirty. Seeing how dirty it was made me realize kinda what Peru might be like… But I’ll love it. No matter what. How could I not? Its the best work on this earth.
I am so glad that you recieved the package I sent. I prayed it would get there. Umm I will write again on Monday or Tuesday depending on when they give us the day to pack.
I talked to Jace Packers Grandpa and his spanish is so good. I wish I spoke like that… I will. haha. Glad BYU is getting it done finally. Well have an amazing week everyone. Love you all.
Elder Carter’s weekly Scripture: D and C 38 verse 27
So this week had many wonderful and awesome experiences that forever changed me and forever helped me now and into my mission and honestly for the rest of my life. But the most important is that when we were fasting we still beat the latinos 5 to 2. What up! Flinders wrecked um with tre goals and Wilcox with an upper 90 Espn play of the year. Reminded me of Clint Dempsey! Viva America! AHAHA. We play with them everyday and it is so much fun. I have made so many friends through that. I was feeding it to Wilcox and Flinders all day long. It helps my Spanish and I love the latinos! They are the best. Im teaching one English and he is helping me with spanish! His name is Elder Diaz and he has only been a member for 2 years yet he has such a strong testimony!
The other one is Elder Santos and one day we switched name tags and my teacher got mad at me, but totally worth it because of the looks everyone would give me.
So on Friday we started the day off with a way good lesson and let the Spirit take control. Our investigator said his family was having economic problems and Elder Gleason told him his experience with his family being tight on money. It was so spiritual and then I bore testimony and it was so awesome. Anyways our investiagtor told us that it was a way good lesson. And it wasn’t even a lesson. We went in planning to teach about the plan of salvation and didn’t even really teach. HAHAH. My companion broke down right after that about his family and I consoled him and helped him and then we both went and prayed and it was one of the most spiritual prayers ever… I felt Gods love for me.
Saturday we taught TRC which could include one of the following… A member who wants to be spiritually uplifted, a legit investigator, a less active member, or someone pretending to be an investigator. So that is awesome… hahaha. We taught someone who had been a member for 28 years so at first I was like phew… but then we were like well what do we teach… So we asked if there was anything that was hard in her life and she said she has knee problems and ankle so we told her praying privately and with her family would help and she would feel Gods love. Then I got the impression to ask if I could say a specific prayer for her right then and there and she said yes and I blessed her and it was super spiritual and I loved being able to help and she her just smiled so big. Then we had the sickest Book of Mormon study with Hermano Soto and he told us this quote from M. Russel Ballard. ¨Faith is the power, obedience is the price, the spirit is the key, and Christ is the reason¨ So strong. It hit me like a ton of bricks and so I wrote it down and now have it hanging over my bed.
Then Sunday rolled around and its fast and testimony meeting and I was feeling it so strongly to go up but I was timid and waited then Presidente Suaste got up and read a scripture how we have been given so much and yet we do not open our mouths and share it with others… So of course I got up. haha. I felt the spirit so strong and talked about Christ in spanish… mostly. But I thanked the Presidencia for all their hard work and how they love us so much and they hardly know us and so that just shows how much Christ must love us. So afterwards he came up to me and he stands about 5 foot 2 and gave me the biggest hug ever… and then his wife was like give him one for me so he gave me another. haha. Then Presaidente Portillo gave me one too!
Monday was pretty good.. Pretty normal.. Not much happened but studying and on that grind.
Tuesday was good but I started to get down on myself and worry as I always do and then we had a devotional video of Elder Holland and he talked about how as long as we are trying our best and doing what we can we can’t expect anymore from ourselves and it was like yes! Thank you! Then in our district devotional review I bore my testimony and feelings and how I want to succeed so bad and worry I’m not good enough I dont have a strong enough testimony and what not and then after Elder Farley just gave me the biggest hug and Elder Wilcox told me he knows I’m going to be the most successful missionary and that I inspire him. Wow… it was so awesome and I am so thankful for him. Then Elder Griffin told me every time I bear my testimony his heart just burns and gets tears in his eyes and said don’t take offense to this but you are a little guy with the biggest testimony. Geez luhweez why am I so blessed? haha. He blesses me everyday. With amazing people like the people in my district. I love every single guy. Everyone is so powerful and we are going to wreck Peru with the Gospel and kindness and service.
And then Wednesday again an answer to my prayer, a talk By Elder Bednar and he said ¨How do I know if I have the spirit with me? How do I know I have it with me guiding me helping me at all times? DONT WORRY ABOUT IT! Quit fussing and worrying and complaining. Be a good boy, be obedient, keep your covenants, be faithful, and try your best. If you are doing that the spirit will help you when you need it. It isn’t going to lead you on a leash you will just be in the right place right time and say what you need because you did what you were supposed to.¨ What a smack in the face… haha. SO awesome. I loved it. I was so excited!! And that brings us to today.
So last night, P day eve we played a prank on my companion… So he sleep walks a lot and does weird stuff in the night and so Elder Wilcox, Flinders and I mixed some yellow powerade with water and left a puddle in our room and then I woke him up and was like dude you just got up and peed on the floor! It was so funny and he was like man, I didn’t think I had to go… and totally believed it. haha. I asked him if he was going to call his family before he went to Peru and he was like no… ANd I was like why! He was like I don’t know… I would call my girl before my family… I was astonished and he said you will understand when you actually love someone… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Holy cow. I love this kid. Every one is different. I do not judge. The food sucks now… It got old way fast… I ate my cereal this morning with a fork cuz they did not have any spoons…
Umm so happy to hear BYU is doing decent… And of course I cant watch them… Oh Elder Flinders has a buddy down in Peru, word on the street is Chile and Peru might go to war. So that’s awesome. I would fight for Peru! Elder Wilcox and I said we would go so hard in the paint and do work. HAHA. So I have that to look forward to. Also glad to hear LSU is getting it done.
Language seems to be coming but then mi amigo Elder Diaz says they have totally different words there… So I’ll just trust in the lord. Things seem to be getting better and better and now I want to get out into the real mission. I only have a week and a half left… wow… anyways have a fantastic week! Love all of you and thank you for your support and love.
Elder Carter’s Scripture for the week….Doctrine & Covenants 50: 13-14
Man that first went by so fast and here I am halfway done… what? It is so unreal that in less than three weeks Ill be in Peru having no idea what anyone is saying or what is going on! So thats pretty awesome. Anyways this week flew! And it was pretty good too! So Friday I was still sick and wasnt feeling too well but we taught Violeta an amazing lesson about prayer and why it is important in our lives and I bore my testimony so strong and afterwards I couldn´t even remember what I said but all I know is I had the spirit with me! Afterwards though I was drained… I was so exhausted and did not feel well at all… then after dinner we had language study but older missionaries came and gave us some “help” hahaha. So they told us what has helped them which was super nice and helpful and then they were like okay now teach us. and we were like huh? they were like you have 5 mins to prepare. So we prepared what we could and again the spirit helped me. And they would like stop us and help us and I was just about to go off and freaking basically baptize this guy and my companion just cuts me off… and i realized he does that a lot… and now that I have the language a little better I can talk too. So the missonaries noted that and so then of course my companion just says okay take it away elder carter. And take it away I did, I bore the strongest testimony so far (that I can bear in spanish) and both missionaries were just like wow…. that was amazing. hahaha! Of course I wouldnt have been able to do that without the spirit of the lord guiding my words. And so afterwards I talked to my companion about us being more flowey..? and how I need to talk too.. and he was super sorry so we worked it out.
Saturdays are the worst here… by far the worst day… but I pushed through and helped my amigo latino out and got a drink for him while his hands were full. We also taught other companionships and got feedback which was so helpful to our teaching and made us so much better. I am nervous for my trainer… cuz what if he is super lazy or doesn’t care or whatever… so I pray every night for my first trainer in the field.
Sunday was good… didn’t have to give another talk.. WOOHOO! But I felt off… and kind of irritated for a reason I know not… I guess cuz I felt like I wasn’t this spiritual giant and I dont know hardly any spanish and we had good devotionals and we had a video by an apostle who I forgot the name… fetch… anyways he gave a talk on prayer and I was like ahh this doesn’t help me… yet I realized it did. Anything an apostle says helps me. And he stated something so powerful… You have been called by God to succeed! Not to fail! He will not let you fail and how can you when you have the Lord, the Holy Ghost, God, and his Priesthood with you? How can you fail! I can’t, nor will I! So awesome!
Monday was good, I challenged Juan Jose to read Chapter 34 of Alma it is about repentance and such. I still feel somewhat incompetent… and prayed for help and guidance!
Tuesdsay I learned something very important…. But first we taught a good lesson with Jetro and I talked to him about our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and bore strong testimony of it. And later we taught other guys in our district like they were investiagtors and then one evaluated. We taught our DL and that was way awesome! Afterwards he was asked would you invite them back and he was like yes. I felt happy and felt the spirit so strongly and guess who bore a Chido testimony! This guy! And afterwards we talked and our teacher asked a question about the investigator and what really matters when you talk to them… ANd I just raised my hand and realized It doesn’t matter what you say really but how they feel. If they felt happy in a life that they always feel down… They are going to want you back in their lives and want that happiness to stay in their lives. And my maestro said you don’t have to speak perfect spanish it doesn’t even have to make sense but if they see how sincere you are and how happy they feel because of the spirit they are going to invite you back! We also ran out of hot water or the water heater went out so I took a freezing cold shower that night.. just prepping me for peru! haha
And Wednesday we taught another good lesson.. went well and I started reading Our Search for happiness and it is so good!!! So freaking good! I love it! And I have 100 pages left in the B of M so I should be finished before next P day! I love just talking to people! Elder Thomas who is in our zone but a different district is so cool and the CCM is our stomping ground! haha! And Elder Delcamp from Nebraska is the most hilarious kid and we always mess with each other!!
We had a district fast for my companions Mom who was going into surgery on Tuesday and she is doing awesome! So cool. And he told me he was fasting and I was like I will too! But I took it a step further! I had our whole district, except a sick kid and his companion, in on the fast and my companion told me something I will never forget… He said Never has anyone besides my family cared about me this much. Thank you. I had tears rolling down my face… I was an answer to his prayer… geez. What did I do to deserve this opportunity? This life… My awesome parents.. my 3 amazing little brothers who are an inspiration to me… A loving and supportive extended family! And amazing friends! I am so blessed!!!!
Well that is all for this week! Until Next! Love all you guys so much! I am almost 1/24 done with my mish… it went by that fast! I need to cherish it more! ALso happy to hear BYU won and Max Hall got Arrested! Glad to see he is representing BYU with Tradition Spirit and Honor! HAHAHA. What a character! Well goodbye for now! Have a great week!
Elder Carter’s Scriptures for the week…. 3 Nephi 11:41… and 3 Nephi 12:15