A wonderful week….

Well…. Thank you all for your birthday wishes!! I really appreciate it!

Happy birthday to me!!
Happy birthday to me!!

It means so much to me! It’s weird having your birthday in the mission…does not feel like your birthday…

Love my companion!!
Love my companion!!

but anyways…. well to be honest with you guys… I have been struggling with doubts… about the church… my testimony… a lot of things… Satan really attacks us hard… anyways, it has lasted for a long time.. over a month… now… let me try to explain the feeling. Like the most deeply rooted feeling of insecureness about ones belief, where everytime one thinks of something of the church of their beliefs the question arises are you sure… until the point of where the question is formed into a statement… go home… quit… and so I personally have been feeling this way and it wasn’t about one thing or a couple… about a lot… now I was not going to quit.. but it was a very uncomfortable feeling… it made me react in a way that my Father in Heaven did not want… looking for signs… THAT IS NOT HOW WE GAIN A TESTIMONY. I am so grateful for this trial. I can’t say it will end… I cannot say it has been easy… I cannot say I hoped for it… But I can say I am grateful for it… now the question… why?

Brother Casas… Returned Missionary… sealed in the temple… inactive for over a year… has no desire to return… why? Because he went through, might be going through at this moment, what I am. It was one of the most spiritual lessons I have had. It was amazing. We were able to understand each other. I was used as a vessel to help one of God’s children. Was the best feeling I have felt to help someone…

I was able to discover a gift that my Father in Heaven has given me… if I had not been in a humble state… maybe I would not have realized it… I cried tears of sadness for how long I had not paid attention to this gift and pushed it away thinking it was me being weird… yet tears of joy knowing God prepared this to help me realize this and trust more in Him and in myself.

I have learned more about faith than I have in my whole life. It amazes me how much I could learn about this topic when I thought I had a grasp on it. I had no idea what faith was nor do I now. I must continue learning… never will we know all…

I have been humbled.. spiritually… I have seen the Lords hand work in my life and felt his pure love and joy. I have seen how he sent an Apostle and a 70 to answer questions I had. God loves me. He has a plan for me and I am so quick to forget that. Wow… he has done so much for me…

I was able to help my companion with trials he was having that I have had….

now the question… how?

Because God put a trial in my life.

I am thankful for trials… like Chris Williams said from a Mormon message… “not because they are easy or hoped for… but because they make us love”. They make us learn, they make us humble, they make us… us.

Anyways… apart from that… Bro. Orellan who we rescued has gotten a little sick, yet he came to church and stayed the three hours and we visited him and he told us how all of Sunday he had read his scriptures, the Liahona, and watched church videos and he felt the Lord strengthen him to keep going forward… and he was also humble enough to have questions and also recieve the answers by the spirit through us. He was also able to recieve them in a way where he wants to apply them and wow…. IT WAS AMAZING.

Wow! and a quick little funny story… we contacted a lady yesterday.. I began talking about the restoration and she cut me off and went off about how members of our church are jealous, covetous, mean, hateful, look for the bad, self centered and then asked if we were elders we told her yes, she called us liars and said good night and shut the door in our face… wow. I felt an awful spirit yet knew we were doing good and we held our cool and kept going forward. It was awesome! hahaha.

Doing service is the best!!
Doing service is the best!!

Well I love you all and thank you so much for all you do for me! I love my family so much and how much they support me! Keep paying your tithing, going to church, doing family home evening because its true whether we believe it or not.

Love,

Elder Carter

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A week full of opportunities to feel the spirit

Some cool graffiti!!
Some cool graffiti!!

 

We had the opportunity to listen to Elder Godoy from Brazil this last week and man he is awesome, a very interesting man yet very humble! I could fill the pure love he had for the gospel and also how he was so touched by the spirit and so frequently! I gave the closing prayer, never have I spoken so clearly nor do I remember what the spirit told me to say! It was so amamzing and after I shook his hand and then after we ate Subway! What????????? man… I enjoyed that small little 8 inch sandwich and little tiny bag of chips. That is something very odd here… I thought in the U.S. we got ripped off with chips… here you get like 5 chips and pay a sole fifty. hahahaha. But nonetheless, I enjoyed it. My companion almost threw up because he didn’t like it! hahaha.

So this week was very good! We were able to pick back up the lessons with Arturo and he was able to come to church, well Stake Conference and now is progressing again. We set a baptismal date and he accepted and we are stoked… but it is after changes… hahaha. So I know I won’t probably be here…. dang it… but maybe he will invite me! Anyways so that went well. Macario is doing well, came to church also and man he is the funniest guy… he is not totally there in the head so it is hard to teach him sometimes… and anyways we asked which church his family goes to, he says the catholic church then my companion asks him but what church is the true church…. he responds… the catholic church. NOOOOOO! Macario what have you learned in all this time. We asked where were you before you came to Earth… San Luis. NOOOO! He is funny but I don’t know if he will be baptized this week… he has a lot more to go… but anyways he is doing good!

And we finally went to the temple with some converts! First time in my mission and Satan did all he could to stop us from going… I got super sick… We ate some delicious Arroz con pollo and I am pretty sure it was the Huancaína sauce… it has hot peppers and I got back to the room… used the bathroom… had a little bit of diarrhea but then my stomach started filling like a hot air balloon and with time… it felt like a small animal was insided of me and as the hot air balloon filled the small little animal got more flustered and tried tearing out of my stomach… but as he tried tearing my stomach… hot lava just poured out and I tried using the bathroom again and nothing, until I couldn’t do it anymore and forced myself to throw everything up and it was like a fire hydrant opened on full blast…. (Sorry for the details… it was the best way I could explain it) and then we went to the Temple even though the name of one of the converts didn’t go through, our Bishop hadn’t sent the recommends or names to the temple… it was a hectic day. But we did it, and lived to tell about it.

The Lima Temple!
The Lima Temple!

Well, I thought I might share a scripture and an expereince with you guys… so it is not easy to keep pushing forward sometimes and doing everything as God would want and today I stumbled upon a scripture in D&C 101 verses 59-60 and I love how it is Gods will. We must do His will and be what He wants us to be and not what we want to be! I always try lining up my will with His… it is not easy… but the blessings come, I testify of that, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Thank you for your support! Love you all!

Elder Carter

A roller coaster week!!

Our Zone went to the center of Lima!
Our Zone went to the center of Lima!

Well this week was honestly very interesting. I learned a lot! I cannot force the gospel on these people and honestly I hate that. I just want every person to accept the gospel… but as Elder Bednar put it, if it was that easy, every person that listened, saw, or even heard of President Monson would immediately bow down and ask him to baptize them… It is not easy and that is something that I have learned. It is hard sometimes… because sometimes they treat us like we know nothing and we are stupid and wasting their time. And it frustrated me, then my little companion let me know what I did wrong and that almost put me over the top, but I calmed down and realized my mistake.

We had inter changes with our zone leaders to see how I am doing as a trainer and also to see if my companion is doing alright. So I was able to go with my good old buddy from the CCM… ELDER FLINDERS!

Me and Elder Flinders!
Me and Elder Flinders!

It was way sick! I learned a ton from him and it was way awesome! We taught an investigator about the importance of going to church and it was crazy because without knowing, I studied the importance of the sabbath day and I was prepared just like that. It was way sweet! I was very happy and pleased.

 

A way sweet baptism!
A way sweet baptism!

Liz was baptized and her husband was able to baptize her! Wow it was so awesome to see the happiness and hear her strong testimony… wow… most people say I am happy to be baptized… but she got up and was like, “I know this church is true, I know what the missionaries have taught me is true!” Way sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow I felt the spirit way strong! And I had the opportunity to interview Elder Andersons and Elder Floreanos investigator and he asked me to baptize him… He may not understand things very well but has the desire to change… I was nervous going into the interview because he sometimes acts quite childish but I trusted in the spirit and I came out of that interview sure of the decision I had made. It was awesome.

It was a good week and this next week we will be blessed to hear from a 70 and I was just informed that I am giving the closing prayer… hahaha. Suhweet… and we also have a special training with him just for leaders… hahah… So we will get the burning before the rest do! hahahahaha. I enjoy my mission, not because it is easy, it is honestly super hard right now… by far one of the hardest times in my mission, why? because I am learning so much and gaining so much experience. I love it!

We painted and cleaned up Macarios wheel chair and he hasn’t drank for over a week now so that is awesome! I am sending pictures of that!

Cleaning Macario's wheelchair.
Cleaning Macario’s wheelchair.
Zoom-zoom!
Zoom-zoom!

 

Speedy quick!
Speedy quick!
Sick ride!! Macario has some clean wheels!
Sick ride!! Macario has some clean wheels!

Iwant to express my love for my family and the help they have given me and the constant support! I am so blessed and love them so much!

I thank you all so much and send my love from good old Perú!

Love you all… The Church is True!

Elder Carter

Macario's dog! Such a cute puppy!
Macario’s dog! Such a cute puppy!

Great week!!!

Well this week was amazing!

I want to tell you guys about an investigator who is literally the freaking best! His name is Macario Mendoza… and he is a person that acts and is not acted upon. For two weeks we have promised to come by and get him, he is quite old… like 70 and drinks a ton, he sufferred an accident due to his drinking and is now half paralyzed on the left side. We showed up about 7:50 to take him to church in his wheel chair and his wife is like, he already left… and we were like what! So we take his wheel chair and we find him stumbling along the road… with his cane and we roll up making car noises and he freaks out laughing! He is so awesome and hilarious… we will ask him a question and he is the most straight forward person and he will respond… well you got me on that one, or wow that is a great and important question but I do not know the answer. hahahahaha. I love him so much! And on Saturday he told us how we play such a huge role in his life and how he now finds a reason to live and has quit drinking… he is an amazing person that puts in his part. We have investigators that simply can’t wake up in the morning to come to church… he can hardly walk and comes to church! I will get a picture with him!

The view from outside our church building.
The view from outside our church building.

Anyways things are better with the companion, we had a way sweet talk where he began to cry… he makes fun of others says stupid stuff, does stupid stuff to hide his true feelings and we talked and he began to cry. It was a great experience where I simply shared my love for him. I learned you cannot force anyone to do anything but you can love them. And I love him.

We had a training for him and we met with the assistants and they brought out something I never thought of, how would you train if Jesus Christ was your comp that you were training… and wow… it made me think a lot.

Well, Liz and John were married and he is going to have his interview Thursday to be able to baptize her and it is going to be so awesome!!!!! We were able to find out she has recieved an answer, just simply does not know how to explain it! hahaha. So that was sweet! I am super stoked for them!

And what I wanted to share with you guys were a couple of scritpures that are continuing to help me to be stronger and more converted… If we read in D and C 93 verses 17 and 18 we read we will recieve a full testimony as John the Baptist(John 1:29-34) recieved of the Savior after we have remained true… we know we are not perfect so from this we can see that we will never know perfectly, yet God will guide us as we keep our covenants like the people that Nephi saw in a vision in chapter 14 of 1 Nephi verse 14. What a great blessing we have as members to have this covenant with God knowing he will guide us even though we may not have a perfect knowledge yet feel sure for ourselves… trusting in God is something we must do every day because we cannot simply achieve, we must continue to progress and that is why we must have a continual trial in our lives. I love the understanding the spirit brings into our lives and the love and hand of God I can see in my life. I pray for all of you and thank you all so much! The church is true, now we must live it and show it.

Elder Carter

This Rottweiler has a cage over its mouth so it doesn't kill anyone. Nice doggy!!
This Rottweiler has a cage over its mouth so it doesn’t kill anyone. Nice doggy!!

A very spiritual, yet mentally tough week…

Well this week has been quite interesting for me… I stayed in Huaycan, I am still training good old Carvajal and still district leader. hahaha. Every week I have the wonderful opportunity to prepare a class and this last week was way sick! I shared with my district about a friend, and how I had been praying for him for over a year without hearing anything and he wrote me this last week and he is doing so good! WOW! How God answers our prayers, but not always how we want them and not when we want them!

Monday was way sweet because we had all of our lessons fall through… so we finally found our 7 o’clock appointment trying on new glasses. We put her down for another day and as we were going back up to a different Zone we found an old investigator… Miluskas sister, Briggitte, and she saw us and we started talking and she said well I have time to talk and we went to the church and she told us and the member everything… she broke down crying said she left her house because she felt awful… tried to call us, and her phone wouldn’t work so she just left and walked and it was perfectly planned from the big guy upstairs who knows everything… and we helped her a ton and she came to our missionary night

Missionary night!!
Missionary night!!

but didn’t come to church…. ugghhh… our church starts at 8 and it is so hard for people here to come to church and wake up… but it was one of the most spiritual experiences in that lesson with her that I have had. It just flowed… it was purely the spirit.

Then Thursday we listened to Elder Bednar…. it was absolutely indescribable…. he answered my questions in my head so perfectly! And it was the most pure revelation I have ever felt. He was talking about how we can teach better, recieve personal revelation… he went hard in the paint on all the people that offer the prayer… “Please bless all the people that aren’t here today in church that they can come next week”. He was like I HATE THAT PRAYER. WHAT A FAITHLESS PRAYER! We have to pray with an intention to act! It was sick! He taught about the Atonement and said we must have clean hands, meaning repentance for ourselves and a pure heart which means to change and not only how we see ourselves but also other people and God. It was amazing and as he walked by I stared him straight in his eyes and just felt the pure raw power in my body. What a guided man he is. He told us the keys I hold are guided to where they are needed… so ask yourselves why were the keys called here… Why are you here this day… what do you need. And it was 3 hours of pure question and answer. It was the sickest thing ever.

Well I am happy to still be here in Huaycan and there is a lot of work to be done! We are trying to plan family home evening in each zone to better befriend our investiagtors and less active members and members to bring the whole ward together!

Well just wanted to share two scriptures with you guys, in 2 Nephi 9: 6 through 10 it speaks about the great plan that our God has created and how the Atonement is infinite and without it we would be subjected to Satan and never ever be able to return to our God… we would be fallen angels and never have the opportunity to be resurrected and live with God without the atonement… like it says… oh what wisdom is in the plan of our God. And another that came as an answer to my prayer is in Mosiah 4: 9 through 12… wow… perfectly what I wanted and needed!

I love you all! Thanks to the John family for the card! I love you all and thank you so much for your prayers and love that you always send me!

Love, Elder Carter