The Blessings of Pushing Forward!

 

Beautiful Peru!!
Beautiful Peru!!

Well what a great week ladies and gents! Our pension fed us Igalo, which is liver, and I then became sick. I lost my appetite and I also got bit by a dog and it left two nice marks on my left ankle and holes in my pants.  Then about three days later I got bit on the same ankle but not that bad, it was a little dog. The bites weren’t bad at all… But I am so freaking happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely love my mission and love what I have been learning and the blessing of help I recieved this week to be able to keep moving forward! We must keep moving forward! We cannot fall backwards! But if we do… our Savior is there to catch us. There are people who need our help!

An investiagtor who is a girlfriend of a member, is in the 16th chapter of the Book of Mormon without inviting her to keep reading and we were able to find her again after losing contact and she is now progressing.

Love the people here!!
Love the people here!!

A young man in our ward told us that when we first came to ask if he could come with us to teach lessons that at first he didn’t want to, but he said we changed his life, he now smiles. He calls me his amigazo which is like friends but even better! hahaha. So that was way sweet!

Well, yesterday we visited Katherine, well, I did with a member and she and her family is going through a rough time. Her Mom, who gave up so much to be baptized, is now telling her kids to lie to us that she isn’t there. She hasn’t come to church for like 4 weeks. It makes me so sad. I don’t know why she is like this because she just lies, tells people different stories. So she is not a good example to her kids and her kids are literally suffering. Rusmel, her oldest, doesn’t want anything to do with them. He hates his sister Katherine, and she has held a ton of resentment. So yesterday the spirit guided me like crazy. To help her. She began crying and I helped her through the atonement and in general the gospel. I love the gospel and the steps it gives us in our lives to be able to fix our problems. If we have done anything in the past that haunts us, if we need to move on, I invite you to read from Phillipians 3 verses 12 to 14.

I Know this church is true. I know families can be together for ever. I know my Savior loves us and I know through him, I can be with my Father in Heaven. I invite you to all write your testimony and then really study the words and think what significance they have to you in your life and be like Jesus’ mother,  Mary and keep the words in your heart and study.  Like we read in Luke 2 verses 18 and 19. Two words are super key in these scriptures; they “heard” and she “kept” them and pondered them. Which are we doing?

My district!! Such great missionaries!!
My district!! Such great missionaries!!

I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Elder Carter

Patience is a virtue

Well my keyboard is not working too well. The letter K does not work too well and neither does the spacebar. Just an FYI.

Well ladies and gents, I did it…I committed the unpardonable sin. I ate Cuyi. Or guinea pig!

Guinea pig is pretty good!?!
Guinea pig is pretty good!?!

The whole time I was thinking about my chinchillas so that was cool. Poor little Midge and Otto. But you guys want to know the worst part….I liked it. It was super good. The meat was super juicy and smooth! Man it was money! And then we had rice like the Inkas had which was super good and also we had like meat with eggs and other good stuff inside, mashed potates that were then fried!!!!!!!!!! I Love Perù. I Love food. I also enjoy rice. If I don’t have rice I feel out of place and honestly a little lost. You could call me an arrozero. Means someone who indulges themself in rice. hahahahhaha. But seriously. That is what it is like. So ya, I repented for eating my friends but seriously, it was good.

Anyway, so on a more spiritual note, we have 2 baptisms planned for the 30th of May. This week was a complete turnaround. We found 10 new investigators, had 24 lessons and did 40 contacts, so it was a productive week. So cool story I want to tell. So yesterday we had lessons planned from 3 to 6 on both sides of our planner. Like 6 new investigators and so we were blessed to be able to do divisions and I went with crazy Miguel. If he has to pee he just goes. Pees on trucks. It’s pretty dope. But 3 out of our 4 lessons fell through so then we visited a less active member that is straight up crazy and scares me but she was pretty calm. So that was a blessing. Then we visited a new investigator we found Tuesday and started to teach them. I was like ya 2 lessons, sweet, but then she was like, “Oh I want my niece to listen so she invites her niece but she comes back saying “oh she has homework but then she just came out of her house to listen! God works miracles when we are faithful! And she is super interested and knows English super well! Better than me. hahaha. And my comp found a new investigator and Marco(previous investigator)is going to be baptized the 30th!!!! Woohoo!

So we had interviews with President and he helped me so much and told me I have helped my companion. I found out my comp left his other area because he had problems with obeying the rules. So it’s good I have kept a good eye on him. But President told me I have helped him completely change. He is a different Elder I guess. I just know him as he is now, but supposedly he was a lot different. So that was nice to hear. He told me to just take a step back and calm down. He told me to be bold, to be powerful. And that he is so happy with what I have done. So that was way nice to hear after going through some rough times. He kind of burned me for worrying about stuff I can’t control, so that was also helpful.

Well I went with two new missonaries from the CCM on Saturday and we went to Manchay and it was a rough area. There is nothing. The people do not trust in people from churches so we didn’t have a lot of success. But it was good. One was super stoked to be there sharing the gospel with everyone, and the other one was super prideful until he knocked on a door and didn’t know what to say. Hahahha.

Well I thank my Father in Heaven for my many blessings and this opportunity to be here in Peru. Thank you for your prayers. I Love you all!

Dinner with my Bros! Yumm!!
Dinner with my Bros! Yumm!!

2 Nephi 10 verse 23
In spanish “el smoking” means a tuxedo

Love you all,

Elder Carter

Salvation is not easy!

Well this week has been another difficult one. Our district leader did divisions and he was with me and just came and told me all I can do better. And it is true. We can. But when my comp came back I bombarded him with it all, which was my fault, and then he started saying all the things that I can do better and it is also true, so that was a rough day. That was Friday. So Saturday rolled around and our pensions son was getting baptized on Saturday and asked us to be witness´ but before that we had scheduled to do some service. When we got there we waited for like 30 minutes for him to tell us that it would be another day. So we got home changed and ate and called our two investigators who were going to come to the baptism and one said yes but didn’t show and the other bailed on us. Then when we were at the baptism her son, Michael, had a fit about the water and wouldnt get in. We were there for like 2 hours waitng until he finally didn’t get baptized. We got home and tried to go visit a family that was super awesome and they were not home, then we found Grace and she has totally changed. She doesn’t shine with happiness and light like before. She lied to us and said she would call but she hasn’t. It’s hard to see this change in her. Then we had our missionary council meeting with our ward mission leader and he wants to leave his wife when they just got sealed like 3 months ago. Man, I feel like sometimes everything is just going wrong. Then on Sunday our 2 investigators again bailed and didn’t come to church and the one that did come left early, so it does not count that he came to church for the three hours so we were sad about that. Then all the men were with their wives so we had no one to come with us so we contacted and found 5 new people to visit so that was good. Then I was able to talk to my family. Which was the most amazing gift in the whole wide world!

But after all of this, I realize this will help me to see more of the good in my life and appreciate the small blessings. Sometimes we have to pick ourselves back up and keep moving forward. Sometimes we don’t know what will happen the next week or the next day, all we can do is trust in the Lord. It is not easy but it is what we must do. Because like in Alma 36 verse 3, he that puts his trust in God will be sustained through his weakness and tribulations and problems! And we will be exalted in the final day! I love this promise because our time of tribulation is only but for a small moment. And thanks to the gospel we know this and comprehend this. We can feel love and happiness in times of sadness and I know this is true because I felt love and happiness talking to my family and thanks to the gospel I have this opportunity. I thank my Father in Heaven for these hard times. For everyone who has told me everything I can work on and all the people who have rejected us because it makes us stronger. The greater the fight, the more glorious the victory.

I thank you all for everything and want to again wish the best Mom in the whole wide world a very happy Mothers Day and express the deepest love and gratitude for her and her love and support! Have a great week!

Elder Carter

A better week!

So this week was a lot better. Because yesterday an old Peruvian lady called me good looking in English and made a kissy/delicious kiss at me as we were leaving church so that was just what I needed because now my comp and 2 members mess with me all the time! hahahahah-. I went bright red because it was in English and that was weird and also she was so old… soooooo old!!!!! hahahaha.

Well the work to be honest is not easy. Our investigator Grace disappeared… I am pretty sure her boyfriend moved in with her. She might be back in Santa Anita, I don’t know… It makes me sad every time I walk by her house but I know I did my part. I know what I did for her was for love. Because I know the happiness she could have had and she even knows…. she told me she has never felt this happy in her life and for this I am confused. But God knows. God knows. And with that I do not question but continue working as he would want me.

I studied a lot this week about diligence and found Moroni 9 verse 6 and this just gave me the strength to keep working hard and doing what my Father in Heaven would want me to! I fasted that we could find that one looking for the truth, looking for light in a world of darkness. So my plan is to talk to every single person I can to find this person. Because if I don’t, how will they ever be found? haha.

Yesterday we found a sweet family! The Quispe family. He is 28 his wife 24 and they have a little baby! They are not married but are way sweet! We had our first lesson with them yesterday and it was super good. One of my best lessons teaching wise. And we met with a girlfriend of a member so that was sweet too! We are looking but salvation is not easy! hahahaha.

So yesterday a recent convert invited us to eat at his house and we went and he fed us rice, a piece of meat and avocado, and some fruit. It wasn’t much, it wasn’t the best tasting meal but it was one of my favorites because of how much love he showed for us. He is such a champ and I was so thankful. It made me sad because after my comp and John, a member, began to talk bad about the lunch and it made me sad to see them so ungrateful for food. I am so thankful for my pension and for the food that I recieve. I love what I am given.

Well this week was another week that I am thankful for the rough times and the good times! I am trying my best to grow and learn! I hope that we can all work our hardest to build the Kingdom of God together here on the earth. Because like it says in D and C 107 verse 107 that someone who is lazy is not worthy of the Kingdom of God! Keep pushing forward! Have a great week!

Elder Carter

Funny spanish word…. esposas it means wives but also means handcuffs…

Just looking cool here in Peru!! Elders Aspajo and Carter
Just looking cool here in Peru!! Elders Aspajo and Carter

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