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
Wow! It feels like just yesterday I was sitting at a computer and crying reading all your emails! And here I am again, except this week I am not crying and am doing 100 times better! This week has been absolutely amazing. I have grown and learned so much! I am so thankful to the lord for teaching me so many valuable lessons that I will never forget and that I will always use.
But first… let me tell you about some crazy stories! So first I hope you all remember that spider
that I sent you well he has a buddy and of course me being me I like to pester it and push it to its breaking point.. so i flick it and it is hanging about halfway down and immediately starts spinning more web into a ball very quickly and little gusts of wind make him fly a little bit out towards me and back in and then a huge gust of wind hits and he lets go of his silk and flies right towards me just ready to devour my face and i scram! and so we come back out of our house and he is just chilling waiting for his feast… But i just stepped on him. Take that! Next, we are having a wondeful testimony meeting and our district leader gets up and starts talking. Now he is very serious and 21 years old and we room with him which is ehh… but anyways he starts talking and my companion lets out the loudest squeaker and it goes dead silent and then elder wilcox busts up and I lose it and our DL is trying to act like he is disappointed but then he starts laughing! oh too good! haha! And the last story is pretty gnarley… Mom get ready… so one of the workers left a gate unlocked right behind our casa and a drunk wandered in and stumbled into our casa… we woke up to him passing out falling on the floor… we immediately called la recepcion and they worked it out… it was way gnarley… but kinda funny. It is even more funny because it is not true. HAHAHAHA! There is no way anyone could ever get in or out of this place!they have security, cameras, and like a 20 foot fence with razor wire! And its like the garden of eden!
Anyways so on Friday of last week our investigator became our teacher which was such a blessing! our first teacher was mediocre but this guy is the freaking best! He is way cool and way into teaching and keeps you interested and way awesome! I love him so much! His name is Hermano Soto! He likes me a lot and has helped me so much. So now both our teachers are both our investigators which is kinda hard to take seriously when soto tells us if we dont do our work he will kill us and says he has so much swag and his wife is about as good looking as he is but I love it! And when we taught him I told him in spanish that we were there for him and want to help him and that we loved and God loves him and wants to hear from him and when you do talk to him he is waiting to pour blessings out upon you. And after the lesson he told me that is exactly what we have to learn! Not spanish, not gospel, yes they are important, but you need to love the investigator and be there for them so they can trust you and then they will listen to you.So that was way sick!
So I didnt have to give a talk again luckily… haha! My companion did and he forgot his scriptures so he had to walk off the podium and get them… poor guy.. he is getting frustrated but I dont know why his spanish is 10 times better than mine! I can pray and bear my testimony in spanish too!!! So we went to two way cool devotionals on Sunday and I can say that was a turning point. So I realized it is a universal thought for all new missonaries, i think, that all missionaries are happy when they are out in the field, yes that is true, but it takes time to adapt and realize where the true happiness comes from! It comes because they are serving!!! They are serving others and not worrying at all about themselves! And I pray every morning and night for opportunities to help and serve others. I pick up peoples stuff, I carry their chairs, I just say Hi to people! Just from doing that I have bcome amigos with Elder Vengas and he is from mexico and can barely speak english but he always gives me a thumbs up and I love it! My motto for the mission is “Savior and spirit increase, I/Me decrease.’ True happiness is found when serving others in this gospel. Being completely selfless. I remember when we lent our trailer to the young women and I was furious because my motor bike was supposed to go in there my gear… me me me me! Dad lent it to them because that is what Christ would do.. I am what I am because of Christ… because of our heavenly father I am here… I have a family that loves me and supports me… and I am able to serve because of Christ… So I am done thinking about me and focused on others and this gospel. It is so amzing how much I have changed my views. I have also developed an even greater love for reading scriptures. I read them every morning for about an hopur and it is the highlight of my day. I look forward to it and love starting the day that way! I am more than halfway done with the Book of Mormon and its been two weeks. I am on like page 280ish.. and I retain so much more than when I’d read before bed. Because I am reading it straight through not taking for days but also because the Lord is blessing me. He is blessing me so much! I am getting better at spanish and being able to talk more and be more comfortable and able to understand our teacher who speaks 100 miles an hour. Things are much better! So very grateful.
I gave my companion a blessing because he was feeling down and blessed him with the language and health. The food has been wrecking him and after the blessing that morning he felt a hundred times better!!! What a testimony builder even if it dealt with bowels and such. haha. Also that I have the Lords priesthood and have been authorized to heal the sick to bring people unto Christ. So amazing!
Dear elder is awesome mom! thanks! Keep sending them! I read it every night before I got to bed! So unfortunately Yesterday I got sick… and wasnt feeling too good and so I prayed to help me so I can do his work and be a better missionary and I took a nap during gym time and woke up feeling much better! Then I realized I hadn’t done what I was supposed to and got way down on myself. But again the Lord blessed me and I went to work. I let it roll off my back and promised to do better. I am learning much more than spanish and the gospel here.. which is so amazing.
Just a side note my companion talks in his sleep and occasionally sleep walks. He got out of bed one night and put on his flip flops and watch and stood there for a couple of minutes and then hopped in bed. He is an odd character but such a blessing and help to me! Oh Mom and dad and brevon and daemon and peyton I sent a letter with money and a surpise for the three bros! Mom and Dad you get a coin each and the Bill! Brothers you get the surprise and a coin! I hope it gets there… I paid for four stamps so it better get there! I said a prayer too! So I Know it will!
Another funny story is we all switched name tags so when Soto walked in he was so confused but just went with it thinking he was crazy! HAHAHA.
Tuesday is pizza day and that’s about all that’s good… they did have chocolate frosted flakes one morning which was heavenly! All of our district is going to Lima Peru east! and we are tight but we are all different and it can be hard… I am as cool as a cucumber and I love it! hahaha. This language has taught me some serious patience and hard work!!! Its awesome!
Well I better wrap this up! Thanks for all your prayers and letters and support! Love you guys so much! Have an amazing week!!
Wow!!! I thought this day would never come!! It feels like a year ago I left home! Mexico City is the gnarliest, most hood rat place I have ever been to! The CCM is laike the garden of eden to Mexico City! Its so pristine and beautiful and thenright outside of the barbed wire 10 foot high fence is drug lords and gangs and all that good stuff. The drive to the CCM was so crazy! People on scooters or motor bikes ride inbetween the traffic and no one uses turn signals they just do and go wherever there is a small space. The plane rides were exhausting and by the time I got here I smelt like Mcdonalds and BO!Yuck! It was cool arriving and getting the name tag and everything. My companion is Elder Gleason from Draper, Utah he is weird but just the companion I need. He picks me up when I am down and vice versa. He told me the coolest story how he broke his face and his dad straight up healed him by priesthood and faith. Awesome! and the next day was orientation super boring but I was still super pumped. So Friday hits and I am home sick so bad. I didn’t know any spanish and most people do. Should have paid attention….but anyways I just go through the motions. Study read pray. And Saturday hits and I’m about the same and it is driving me nuts why I felt that way. So I pray some more ya know.. gets a little better.. But sunday rolls around and we go to Sacrament meeting and everyone prepares a talk in spanish and they callyou up on the spot. Luckily I didn’t have to go. so then we meet with our brach president and I broke down. He asked if I missed my family and I broke. Tears streaming ya know me all emotional. Well he told me the most inspiring story about how his wife was depressed and overdossed on pills to take the pain away and was very sick and he prayed and said I am in thy hands, my wife is in they hands. He said if you save her and help me I will serve thee. With everything I have. Well that sunday he was called first counselor in the Presidency. He was like I cant do this! not right now with my wife and he instantly remembered his prayer. And she is okay and they are still happily married and have a little girl. He prayed for me and just embraced me. A kid who is from Idaho who can´t speak his language who he doesnt even know loved me and cared about me. It meant the world to me. Ill send a pic of him next weeek. His name is Presidente Portillo. We then went straight to a devotional video of Elder Holland and it was AMAZING!! He talked about conveting ourselves first! And so that is my goal. and so far so good.
The language is rough ill admit but yesterday i taught about half a lesson about baptism in spanish and prepared it all. I was so guided by the spirit and helped. So blessed. So blessed to serve and be here to learn. The food is mas o menos. Good and bad. Hahah. My companion has been flowing like a river! poor guy. There is a kid who looks exactly like corbin. except obviously not as yoked. haha. Elder osborne rode the bus with me to the CCm and we have also gotten close. Told me a story how he was being crushed by a side by side and tried to kill himself but actually saved his life by creating a way for the blood to leave his neck isntead of suffocate him. My district is the best! We get along so well and have the best of times. We mess with people and put funny saying on our daily planner for people to see then the MTC president talked to us and read elder wilcoxs that said Chest erry Day and just laughed at us. It is so fun: iT has gotten so much better and today is P day so even Better. Our teacher hermano gonzales es muy fantastico. haha. he is way cool. Kind ahard to understand but good. The language will come. And i must work my very hardest. Ohh and Im sending pics so standby. I know this is true. No doubt. Everything is perfectly in place so I have help but I am also tried and tested. And boy have I been tested. But I am thankful for that test because I have grown and become more confident. Miss you all and love you all. Stay sweet.