Happy Easter!! Hope you all ate tons of chocolate and were able to understand and feel better the reality of Jesus Christ. I know that He lives, loves us, and directs His church in perfect righteousness. I know that we are mortal and imperfect men here on earth, and that He will give unto us whatsoever we should ask Him with FAITH.
Thank you so much for your email Mother Dearest!!! And also Dad for your email, and Steve. I love you all so much. It made me happy to see those pictures of all your wonderful beautiful faces! Keep eating more chocolate. It makes you more beautiful. :) I will now turn the time over to all of Mother's questions that I will answer:
1. When the new missionaries come into the mission they all come from the Peru MTC, and we just hire a bus service to pick them all up with their suitcases and they get here to the office Tuesday morning at 7:30am for their trainings by President about how our mission goes, Sister Douglas and I translating about Health and norms, then the assistants about rules and 12-weeks training, then Elder Cajo and Elder Alkema about Suministros and Finances. Lunch, the trainers are in the office next-door and get all those trainings again as well, then they come together and President calls off the companionships, and after all travel plans and getting them things they need they're off to their areas. I don't have a need to go pick them up at the airport, we have two choffeurs President Pedro and Obispo Juan, who are worthy priesthood holders who can go with the elders alone to the airport to pick them up or send them off.
2. I kinda totally forgot about Easter here! It doesn't really exist..for Peruvians or members either. The Catholic tradition that predominates is Semana Santa, and it's like the whole entire week they celebrate it. They just have thursday and friday off work, and the whole world just shuts down! Doesn't necessarily mean more spirituality here, just like vacation. I ate my chocolate though! And shared it with Elder Cajo. Ohhh man, it was actually so hilarious. It was like teaching Tarzan something he never knew existed...all of the different kinds. American chocolate's a lot different, and a lot sweeter. He didn't even like some of it because it was so sweet! He's just like...this isn't food!! Haha, it actually really opened my eyes and surprised me...candy isn't food. It's just..who even knows. Food here in Perú is real. haha.
3. Sacrament Meeting was just like any normal Sunday, no difference whatsoever. Didn't even sing Easter hymns - no one knows them.
4. I did like the candy. :)
5. Elder Wiley has two transfers left and went to Pisco as a zone leader. He's working hard, and is a very consagrated and good missionary. I love him!
6. You can hold off on sending me more emails for awhile. Thanks!
I've been really pondering about the eternal principles of our Father's plan for us, such as agency and the ability to discern the good between evil. I know that we can come to have complete control over our lives if we take every decision to choose right, and follow His plan. He promises us that the enemy will not have power over us if we choose the right. It's simple!! He will still make us pass through difficult trials, because that is HIS plan, it's a principle. But to keep following every one of His eternal principles, His will will become ours in all things, and we will be happy.
If we can learn to always do EVERYTHING in our reach to accomplish our goals, and work very hard to make perfect plans that we are perfectly capable of carrying our, that don't fail our faith, we will have the Spirit and the confidence to do ALL things.
And I'm 100% sure that if all those plans and sincere goals are concreted in our minds helping us be diligent in all things, and if we Rendir Cuentas to our Father in Heaven in all these things (give him an account, accountability) with all sincerity asking, He will give unto us that which we ask with faith.
I love you all and hope you have the best day ever!!! We'll talk more later!