Sunday, June 5, 2016

30 November 2016

Well..the dreaded moment has finally arrived.  I have to say goodbye to my birthland of Cartavio tomorrow.  I am definitely so so sad because i love everyone here and it will be so hard to say goodbye.  But i will be getting transfered to the middle of Trujillo to the zona Central! my area is called vista alegre, and i will be serving there as a district leader! So that should be fun.  I will be in a trio with an elder from Utah named elder smith and an elder from peru named elder parillo.  Itll be awesome! And i am going to be a grandpa! Elder Nuñez (my son) is going to train this transfer! and he will also be serving as district leader here in cartavio.  Im so proud of him and he will do great!

This week we had Tresys baptism and it was so special.  one thing that really stood out to me is how she can be an example for her family even though she is ten years old.  I think a lot of times we underestimate the power of a good example, but i have seen her entire family become stronger just because of her decision to get baptized. It was awesome!

Also this week we had a training with Elder Uceda, one of the area seventies.  It was so good! and he talked about the impact that one person can have.  He talked about how when we save one soul, we really are impacting thousands. Because they will have children that will serve missions and help others who will have children who will do the same, and after not too long thousands of lives are helped by that one person that we have impacted.  It really helped me this week to focus on every moment and every person, because we never know how big of an impact we may have.  Also we have such a great responsibility each one of us to make good decisions and choices so that our future generations can have the blessings that we all have.

My spiritual thought for this week was about treisys baptism.  When we were ready for the baptism, she was really nervous.  And the water was FREEZING.  so she didnt want to get in.  She sat there for about 5 minutes saying she didnt think she could do it.  And so i looked at her, I asked her if she wanted to, and when she said yes i just picked her up and put her in the middle of the font.  Then we baptized her and she was all happy and it was great :) And it just got me thinking that sometimes we know what we want, but we are just a little too scared to enter the cold water.  Sometimes we need a push from someone else.  And sometimes we need to be the person to give that push.  So this week, i want you to all pick someone up and put them in the font! like not literally, but help someone who is struggling and needs the gospel in their life to be able to find it.  I promise that with your help, they will be able to receive the blessings that they need.

Well.. this will be my last time writing in Cartavio.  Definitely a bittersweet experience but i am so grateful for all my time here.  Looking forward to this week in Trujillo and to be able to tell you all about my new area next week.  Have a great week!

Love you all.

Elder Drescher
 The District 
 Pentionista's Granddaughter 
Birthday Party 

12 December 2015

Hey yall!  This week was a killer one down here in Trujillo! I love my area here in Vista Alegre and it is super awesome.

First off to clarify things.. I was in a trujillo for 1 day. But one of my companions had some personal difficulties and so he went home for a couple months and he should be back here after 2 changes.  So i am now here with Elder Smith and we are doing so great :) THis week we have mainly just been working on getting to know all the members and investigators and it has been awesome.

We have a couple really cool people that we are working with.  ONe of them is named Manolo.  He is 24 and is an investigator.  He has really good desires and is super smart.  He came to church for the 4th time yesterday and he said he has a really big desire to be baptized, but he doesnt feel like hes gotten an answer if the church is true or not yet.  SO he is going to keep praying and we trust that he will get an answer, and then he will be able to be baptized.  :) We are also focusing really hard on trying to find new people to teach.  We have been using the new videos released by the church and they are awesome.  Go to to check them out :)

Also this week as district leader I got to do 3 baptismal interviews! It was pretty dang scary but it was a great experience.  It was cool to see that each person had a different past and knowledge but they all had been so changed by the gospel. And the spirit was just so strong in the interviews confirming to me that they were ready to take that step.  In one of the interviews, the hermana that I was interviewing confessed to me some things that she had done over 30 years ago that she just felt so guilty for.  And it was so cool to be able to promise her that she could receive forgiveness for these things and that Christ would take her burden from her.

One thing that I have thought a lot about this week is Jacob 5:72.  Here it talks about the servants of the vineyard working with the lord of the vineyard.  WE are all a part of the lords vineyard, and we all have our own responsability to complete.  And  the question is... are we working with the Lord of the vineyard or against him? I think that no matter what we are pursuing in life, we should always be doing it in a way that the lord will be supporting us, and the way that we do that is by Keeping his commandments.  I promise that as we keep the commandments and as we labor, the lord of the vineyard will always be by our side helping us.

Hope you all have such a great week.  I love you!

Elder Drescher

Their Christmas Corner, package arrived early  
 The District went to Breakfast -Waffles 
Nativity a the Trujillo Peru Temple 

14 December 2014 

Hey yall! Hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas season and that things are going great for you.  I am loving all the pictures of the snow back at home... unfortunately here snow does not exist.  But we still find ways to have lots of christmas spirit nonetheless.

This week has been a really good week where we have worked super hard every single day and we have had some really cool experiences.  ONe of the coolest experiences for me happened on tuesday. We taught Angel and Marisol, two members of our ward that are deaf.  yes... DEAF.  They cannot hear.  And they also cant really talk.  So we just basically played charades for 45 minutes when we teach them.  I am trying really hard to learn sign language but it is hard... But even though it is hard to communicate the spirit is so strong in the lessons we have with them it is so awesome.  I loved teaching them.  And watching them pray in sign language is the coolest thing.  But it just really hit me this week that the spirit isnt about words or anything like that.. its just about your feelings and your faith.  And they both have a ton of faith and we could definitely feeel the spirit with them.

Also we had a kinda masomenos lesson with an investigator named Orlando this week.  He was really close to being baptized before i got here, and this past week he told us that he knows the church is true he just doesnt think it is the right time in his life for him to be baptized.  It was kind of really sad for us... But we learned a lot about agency. And we are just going to try to support him and help him and be his friends and then when he feels that it is right then we will be there to help him be baptized.

Also we are just really trying to focus on finding new people this week.  We have been focusing a lot on the savior and christmas and the "ha nacido el salvador" videos and we have beeen having success.  Hopefully it will continue andw e will be able to find people who are ready to receive the gospel.

My spiritual thought for this week is about leadership. President Marler has his 4 qualities that make a good leader.  They are love, learn, live, and lead.  We have to first love the people and serve them.  Then we have to learn our duty and what is required of us.  Then we have to live according to our duties and complete our responsibilities.  And then we have to lead by example and help others to reach their full potential.  I have been focusing a lot on these four things this week and they have really helped me to become a better leader and to help the people in my district.  I know that they can help us in every circumstance where we are required to lead.  So just remember to love, learn, live, and lead.

Hope you all have an incredible week and i will talk to you next week.  I love you all :)

Elder Drescher
 My early Christmas Present 

 Its beginning to look like Christmas 

Well, time does fly,  I have not posted anything for a long time again, and now he has been gone a year. I will try to add to the blog today and to catch things up...

5 October 2015
Well... I can officially say that I already want time to slow down. I definitely dont feel like I have been here for five months...and as I watched conference this last weekend and realized my mission is basically 1/4 over I was definitely a little bit sad... but we have had an incredible week here and I am so excited to have another one here in Cartavio!:)

Well first, the highlight of the week was a Baptism that we had yesterday!! our dear friend Milagros was baptized yesterday after general conference, and man it was a sweet experience.  She was baptized by her cousin, who is leaving on a mission to Lima, Peru this month, and it was cool to see one of her own family be able to help her take this step.  But afterwards we asked her to share her feelings, and she came to me because she was super nervous and didnt know what to say.  And she told me "I feel super good but i have no idea how to describe it".  and It was cool because I had a 30 second opportunity to show her that in that moment she was feeling the spirit confirming that she had made the right choice.  And that now, having received the gift of the holy ghost, she is always able to have that feeling as long as she is keeping the commandments. I feel so so blessed to have received the gift of the holy ghost, and i have strengthened my relationship with the spirit so much throughout the past 5 months. And i have truly learned, and testify with by personal experience, that when we live in the way heavenly father wants us to we will always have the spirit to help us.  Its so great :)

Also, as far as the people we are teaching, we had a pretty crazy week as we tried to get everything together so that Clara and her fiancee can get married this month.  After a lot of running around, lots of praying, and a little bit of paperwork, we finally nailed down everything so that they will be married on the 18th of this month.  They are so excited and it will be so awesome.  And then Claras baptism will be the week after and shes just so great.

General Confertence this week was... WOW.  it was incredible.  There was so much that I learned.  BUt i think the one thing that i took away from it the most was from President Uchtdorfs talk in the very first session, about how to be a disciple of christ.  He said we need to simplify our approach to discipleship, and just do the little things that draw us closer to him.  BUt the one thing that he said that hit me really hard was that we dont need to be anything more to start to become what he wants us to be.  Sometimes I struggle on the mission feeling like Im not good enough and that I dont know what i am doing... But I got a lot of comfort knowing that Heavenly Father has called me the way that I am, and he has a plan of what he wants me to be.  and as a do the little things and come closer to him, he will help me reach my full potential.  I know that is true for each one of us.  God has a plan for each of you and a potential that is greater than you can ever imagine :) just trust and him and come unto him, as it says in Ether 12:27, and he will help you to become stronger than you ever imagined.

Love you all so much! have a great week!

ELder Dreshcer

Baptism Pictures  

12 October 2015 

Hey yall! This week was a killer one but it was also pretty crazy! We were so busy every single day which is stressful but also the greatest feeling ever :)

Well probably the highlight of my week was last night.  Because I played the piano, they shipped me up about 2 hours north of my area to play for a fireside last night.  We were in an area called Guadalupe, and man the fireside was so awesome.  It was basically just a bunch of musical numbers and mormon messages and testimonies and the spirit was just so strong.  Hermana Marler should be putting pictures on the mission blog soon so go to if you want to check them out :)  But one of the things that really stood out to me was one of the testimonies.  He talked about how the book of mormon isnt super fancy on the outside, but its whats on the inside that counts.  And he said its just like each one of us.  Its whats on the inside that counts.  And lots of times we spend hours fixing our outward appearance and trying to look attractive, but we should focus more on fixing our interior and making our spirit attractive.  I thought it was a really good thought and put a lot into perspective.  It is definitely what is on the inside that counts.

I also gained such a strong testimony of how big of an affect music plays in our lives.  Last night we felt the spirit so strong as we listened to divine music, but today as we were driving through the streets we heard music that was not very good music.  ANd the spirit was driven away so fast.  We definitely should always make sure that the music we are listening to is the type that will invite the spirit, not the type that will drive it away.

I also learned a lot about faith this week.  We have been working so that Clara can get married on Friday and baptized on Saturday.  We have been busting our tails pretty much every day to make sure everything goes smooth.  This week we even resorted to going to the mayors house and knocking on his door to ask for his help.  And we have done everything in our power.  So now we just place our trust in heavenly father and have faith that he will do what we cant :) And we have faith that they will be able to take this important step this weekend and come unto christ.  We are so excited for both Clara and her fiancee.  Any prayers for them would be so appreciated to help ensure that this special day goes through as planned :)

Overall, its been another great week, and i am so stoked for this one as well.  Hope you are all doing so great and I love you so much! Have a great week!

Elder Drescher

They found bubbles and were playing with the Children of the families he was teaching 

19 October 2015 
Hey yall! This week we had cambios again, which is really crazy! Time is going by so so fast and I cant believe that six weeks has already passed with Elder Nunez! We are doing so well here in cartavio, and lukcliy we have at least six weeks more together! we are so ready to work hard and leave everything here in the next transfer :)

This past week was a good one, but as always it had its trials.  For Clara and Andy, our trial is proving to be patience.  Peruvian paperwork is not a very qucik process, and we have yet to find a firm date for their marriage.  it is pretty sad and discouraging at times, but we are keeping a positive attitude and putting our faith in heavenly father.  A cool experience this week though was that Clara invited her mom, sister, and brother in law to listen to us. We had an awesome lesson on the sabbath day, which led to them all wanting to come to church.  So yesterday we went and they loved it! It is cool to see pèople get so excited about the gospel and receive so many blessings that they share it with others, and we are going to work with their whole family to help them progress and come unto christ.

We also have two new investigators, Brenda and Ximeni! They are both 17 and they are referrals from a member who is their boss.  they are both so excited and look forward so much to when we come to teach them.  they get so stoked to come to church and for every new lesson we have.  They are learning and growing so well, and you can already see the difference the gospel is making in their lives.  We are looking forward to continuing to help them receive the blessings of this great message.

This week, we had the primary program in sacrament meeting and it was really so special.  each little child shared a sweet testimony, and it was so simple but so powerful.  It really hit me that the gospel is really so simple. A  lot of times we over complicate it, but these little kids reminded me that the simple truths of the gospel are where we should base our testimony.  And the feelings i received yesterday as i listened to them reassured me that I really am a member of the restored gospel of jesus christ.

We also had a conference with an area seventy this week in Trujillo which was incredible.  One of the things that he taught us was the importance of our ATTITUDE.  We need to SMILE ALL THE TIME.  wake up every morning and tell yourself that you are grateful for today and that you are a happy person.  And you will become that happy person.  Just remember to smile and look on the bright side and it will change your whole day.

So this week i want you all to smile.  :) If you need motivation to smile just think of how much the savior loves you.  Its a lot.  I testify of the truth that he lives and loves each one of us so very much.

Have an incredible week!

I love you all so much!

Elder Drescher
 The Primary from the Cartavio Ward 

He was holding his lunch for the day  
26 October 2015

Hey yall! Hows it going? Greetings from your favorite gringo.  Things down here in Cartavio are just LO MAXIMO.  I am loving life and I just wake up every single day thanking my heavenly father for the opportunity to be here and for every great blessing that he gives me. :)

Well on an interesting note.. this week I ate goat, rabbit, and squid.  I think the squid was my favorite. :)  but the goat was a nice second.

Anyways... this week has been a little bit crazy, but also so good.  We werent able to spend a ton of time in our area, due to meetings and my companion traveling for his visa, but the time we did spend here was so productive.  It has really been such a great week full of spiritual experiences. :)

As far as andy and clara goes... we are still waiting on paperwork.  Its frustrating but the lord is teaching us patience.  Just please keep them in your prayers :) we know that we will see a miracle here soon.
Brenda and Ximena are still doing so great! they both came to a baptism that the other elders from the district had this past week and they loved it.  ANd then they came to church yesterday and had such a great experience.  It is awesome to see how the lord really prepares people for this message.  And we can already see such a difference in their lives and in their countenance.  It is so incredible to see the change the gospel makes in peoples lives. :)
This week we are trying to search for new people to teach in addition to strengthening those we already know.  And the best way that we do that is through the members of the branch.  Really it is the greatest when someone invites us to teach their friend or family member.  So if you know someone that could use a little more light in their life, call your misssionaries! Help them get the blessings that heavenly father wants to bless them with. :)

This week i had the awesome experience to go the the temple and i learned so much there.  One of the impressions that i got was how we have to choose every single day to follow the savior.  It is a commitment that we have to renew every single moment if we really want to follow him.  And the more we do it, the easier it gets.  This week i am going to really focus on dedicating everything i have to him, and really consecrating myself to this work.

Another thought that i had this week is in Leviticus 26.  It talks to us about the sabbath day, and one of my favorite verses is verse 12.  WE are promised that the lord will walk with us if we keep the sabbath holy.  That is a blessng that i know i NEED in my life.  And thats one way I can be assured that I will be walking with my savior, by keeping the sabbath day holy.  Its so simple, but such a great blessing.

I hope you all have a great week and dont ever forget that I love you all :)

Elder Drescher

 At the Temple with Elder Nunez
Breakfast --Flipping Tortilla 

2 November 2015 
okay so as i am writing this and i looked at the calendar and saw that on thursday i hit six months in the mission i got really sad... I already wish I had more time here because i love it so much.  But thats okay haha :)

This week was INCREDIBLE.  As always.  I loved it so much and so much good happened :)  Lets see... to start off... you guys might remember that i talked about marcelino and his family about a month ago.  And he still hasnt been able to get his divorce figured out, but when we visited them this week they told us that they want their daughter, Treisy, to get baptized.  She is 10 and she made the decision all on her own and is now reading the book of mormon and praying every day and is just super motivated and ready to learn.  We are planning her baptism for the 28th of this month and I am super excited for it. :)

Also, we have some GREAT news with Andy and Claras marriage.  We went to the city building this morning and signed the last paperwork and set their date for the 13th of this month, and then Clara will have her baptism on the next day.  We are so excited for them and it will be so so so great :)  Really they are two special people.  And every night I just thank my heavenly father for the opportunity to know them.  I know that they are part of the reason why I am supposed to be here in Peru.

We are also focusing a lot on finding new investigators this week.  So hopefully next week I will have lots of new stories about new people that we met :)

For my spiritual thought... I have been thinking a lot about charity and love this past week.  And it has made me really reevaluate my own heart and my own self.  A lot of times I am really willing to help people, but I do it for selfish reasons such as recognition or recompense.  But when we really have charity, we are willing to do whatever it takes to help someone just because we love them.  I have been really working on trying to see people as Christ sees them, with a perfect love.  ANd as I have focused on this, I have just been so much happier.  The more we love and serve those around us, the better we ourselves become.  I am like always smiling now because I just always feel love for those around me.  In Moroni 7:48 it teaches us that if we pray for the gift of charity, we will receive it and feel this love for people, and i testify of that truth.  So this week pray to have a little bit more charity and to feel the love that the savior does for those around you.  And i promise your week will be 100 times different.

also... I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH:) thanks so much for all that you do for me.  And anything you ever need just tell me and I will do it for you :)

have a great week!!
Elder Drescher

 Dressed as a Factory worker in the Sugar Cane Factory
Getting ready to play a little Futsol 

Elder Nunez and me at the "Waters of Cartavio"
A reference to the "Waters of Mormon" Mosiah 18 

9 November 2015 

This week was incredible! We worked super hard and it really paid off!

The greatest part of the whole week was... drumroll please... ANDY AND CLARA ARE GETTING MARRIED:) Friday is the big day where they will tie the knot. And then we were able to sit down and plan claras baptism for this saturday :) And she asked me to be the one to baptize her, which will be such an honor. We are all so excited for this day and it really is a miracle. I willl neverforget the first time we visited her and she didnt even feel comfortable praying because she didnt believein god, and now she has a testimony as strong as anybody. It just really shows that if you are willing to put in the effort, and really want to receive him, christ willwork miracles and willchange your life.

Also we taught Brenda and Ximena this week and they want to be baptized as well!! They are so excited and we were able to set their baptismal date for the 21 of this month :) we are so excited and we had a great experience at church with them yesterday. They both expressedhow when you are at church you feel something you dont feel anywhere else, and it really is so true.

Another miracle.  So remember my first convert, Leodan? well his dad isnt a member.and hes always had a problem with alcohol...and when he is drunk he isnt a very nice person and would do some not very nice things to his family.  BUt a couple weeks ago he found leodans book of mormona and started reading it, and as he read it he felt something different in his heart.  He started wanting to change.  And now he is changing.  This Past week he didnt drink at all! And he has been being a better husband and father.  And he wants to follow christ and keep changing and become a better person.  WOW! another miracle.  The book of mormon is so powerful, and really changes lives all on its own.

My spiritual thought for this week is about our hearts.  Helaman 3:35 talks about how we can purify and sanctify ourselves if we give our hearts to God.  When it talks about our hearts, its talking about our own will and desires. If we can just humble ourselves and give our desires 

to heavenly father, submit every thing to him, we will feel so much joy and will be púrified and sanctified.  So this week give your heart to heavenly father.  Do his will. Give him everything(through prayer) and he will give you even more:)

I love you all somuch. Dont forgetto SMILE :)

Elder Drescher
Elder Nunez, Andy and Elder Drescher Climbing a tree  

Burning his tie for the 6 month mark 
16 November 2015 

Well.. this week was definitely such a historic one for my mission.  I did so many awesome things!! First.. I got to kill a duck! Yes.  A real live duck.  My pensionista had four that she was going to killl.. and i thought it sounded interesting so she showed me how and handed me the knife and i killed it. Yes it was pretty historic. (pictures to come)

Next historic thing.  I WAS A WITNESS AT A WEDDING.  And not just any wedding.. but Andy and Claras wedding. And man it was so special.  They were so happy and it felt like we were in a fairy tale or something.  all of their family was there and it was just such a great day.  So happy for them.

and then the next day... CLARA WAS BAPTIZED.  Wow I can honestly say that i never thought that this day would come.  We experienced trial after trial and setback after setback, but after lots of time, tears, prayers and fasting, she was finally able to be baptized on Saturday.  It was such a special baptismal service. And it was cool because everything was trying to go wrong.  We could see satan working hard to stop it.  But then we could also see the hand of the Lord helping everything to work out in the end.  And it did.  Last night i was reading my patriarchal blessing and it talks about how I will see the miracle of conversion on my mission.  I have truly seen that with Clara and I know that she is part of the reason as to why I was sent here.

We also have been working really hard with Brenda and Ximena this week.  They are doing super well, but are having some difficulties recognizing answers from the spirit.  They want to be baptized, but they want to wait a little bit because they feel like they havent quite gained a testimony yet.  So we are going to push their baptism back a couple weeks and work this week on helping them to recognize the spirit.  One thing that i have learned working with them is that we have to be actively seeking for an answer.  We cant just sit back and expect the spirit to hit us with the answer.  We have to put forth our effort and work for the answer, and then it will come.

Also this week I was able to have an interchange with my amigasso Elder Oviatt, my district leader.  It was so great.  And i learned a lot.  One of the things that i learned was the importance of staying calm.  A lot of times i get stressed easily and when i get stressed its hard to focus and to keep the spirit with me.  But when i stay calm it is a lot easier.  It reminds me of the scripture in John 14:26(i think) when Jesus says he would leave peace with us.  We just need to remember some times to take a deep breath, trust in the lord, and calm down.  And then everything gets a lot easier.

I love you all so much and hope you have an incredible week :)

Elder Drescher

 First the Wedding 
 Then Clara's Baptism 
I want one of these....MotoTaxi 

23 November 2015  

Well I cant believe it but this week is officially TURKEY DAY.  I am still trying to convince our pensionista to make us turkey and mashed potatoes... With faith miracles are possible right? Haha but really I hope you all have a great holiday and enjoy your week :)

This week has been exhausting but incredible.  We rounded out our indicators last night and we ended up teaching a grand total of 40 lessons in the past week.  (to put it in perspective we usually average about 20-25).  It was awesome! We were teaching and busy every second and it felt so great.  I love coming home at night exhausted because I know that I worked my hardest that day. And really our hard work this past week has paid off and we are seeing success.

The biggest and greatest news is that Treisy is getting baptized this week!! we are so excited.  And she really showed yesterday just how much she wants to be baptized.  Her family all got sick yesterday morning so they didnt come to church, but she came all by herself with her scriptures in hand and stayed all three hours! I honestly have never heard of a 10 year old coming to church by themself, but she proved just how ready she is to be baptized on Saturday.  I am so excited to share that special day with her :)

Also we have Brenda and Ximena, as Ive told you about.  And they have been doing well this week.  They know they want to be baptized, but they just want to wait until they feel more ready.  So we are just trying to encourage them and give them time to get a stronger desire.  But they introduced us to their friend Isabel.. she is 18 and she has such a strong desire! She told us the very first lesson that she wants to be baptized and follow christ and so we are working hard with her to help her prepare to take this step.  its interesting how the Lord works.  Maybe in this moment Brenda and Ximena arent ready, but through them we are meeting others who are ready to recieve the gospel.

Something that has really stood out to me this week is the importance and divine nature of the family.  As we have visited Andy and Clara I have been so impressed at how well they have been able to progress on their own.  They honestly dont need that much help from us because they are helping each other to strenghten their testimony and to follow Christ.  It really has confirmed the fact that the family is the best place to learn and apply the teachings of the gospel. ANd i have also seen that their family has been so strengthened as they have applied the gospel in their life.  I testify that families are called of God and that the gospel blesses families.  Hw... read the family a proclamation to the world.  Such an inspired document that really outlines the purpose that God has for families.

Love you all so much and hope you have an incredible week!

Elder Drescher
 "Captain America"

Plaza De Armas  Trujillo 

Monday, December 14, 2015

August 24, 2015

This week was LO MAXIMOOOOOOOO!!! (the best)

Well to start off.. I had the great opportunity to try a variety of foods this week. for example.. octopus, cow tongue, duck, just to name a few... It was pretty dang awesome haha :) The cow tongue was my favorite though.

Anyways.. to start of with the week.  On tuesday I had the great opportunity to have exchanges with one of our zone leaders, Elder Marshall.  This meant that i had to lead the area and also be a district leader for the day.. it was kinda crazy but fun! and I learned so much from him (part of which will be my spiritual thought).  And then just yesterday he was called to be an assistant to the president! Crazy! I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to learn from him because he is awesome.

But the highlight of the week was for sure.... LEODANS BAPTISM!! Man Saturday was a special day.  He showed up in his white shirt and tie and was so stoked to be baptized.  We had a nice service, partied a little bit after, and then he was confirmed yesterday in church.  And man it was such a good experience.  The feeling that I got when he came out of the water... I cant even describe it.  It was like I could hear Heavenly Father saying how proud he was of his son.  And all I can say is that now, more than ever, I understand a little bit of just how great the worth of souls is in the sight of god.  He loves each of his children so much and he is so proud of us when we make right choices like Leodan did.

And this week we have another baptism lined up for nuestro amigo Alexis! ON Saturday he will take this grand step as well and we are so excited for him.  Thanks for all of your prayers on his behalf and as well as those for leodan.

Anyways... spiritual thought.  I had been really struggling/wondering this week about recognizing promptings from the spirit.  It has never been a strong point of mine.  I am good at feeling the spirit like when I hear sacred music or when I listen to a testimony, but as far as normal everyday situations im not so good at it.  But I learned this week that there are lots of different ways that the spirit can talk to us, and we have to learn to recognize every single way.  Its not always going to be a chill down our spine or a burning in our bosom, the spirit has a variety of differnt forms.  And we have a great guide in Preach mY Gospel pg 96 and 97 as to how we can learn to recognize the different promptings of the spirit.  As i have studied that I have been able to be more in tune with the psirit this week, and slowly but surely I am improving in that aspect. The spirit is just awesome.  And he is always willing to help us :)

Baptism Pictures for Leodan

August 31, 2015 

We have had another incredible week here in Cartavio where we were able to help another sould come unto christ and take the incredible step of baptism in his life!!

On saturday we had the baptismal service for our dear friend alexis.  He is 17, and is so awesome!! But one thing about peruvians that is important to understand is that they are always late... so we said that the baptism would start at 4.  Alexis didnt show up until 5:30... but other than that everything was smooth sailing and it was an awesome day!! He felt the spirit so strong and he bore such a strong testimony.  He wants to serve a mission and share this gospel because it has made him so happy.  He is incredible.  And yesterday I had the opportunity to confirm him and give him the gift of the holy ghost and that was such a neat experience.  I just want to testify that that gift is so real.  We are so privlieged to be able to have the companionship of the holy ghost in our lives. 

Also we have a great family of investigators.  The dad is named Marcelino, and his wife is Carmen.  They have 3 daughters, adn one of them is 10 (tracey) and they all want to get baptized! the problem is that marcelino is married to his ex wife, and she doesnt want to divorce him... so for the moment he cant progress because he cant comply with the law of chastity.  So if you all could pray that we can find a solution so that he can get divorced it would be so great.  I know that heavenly father will prepare a way for them to be able to take this step in their lives.

Alright so for the spiritual thought this week... Well lets just say that Elder Drescher has had quite the humbling experience this week.  First I just want to say that I love my companion so much.  He is such a good missionary and he is just awesome.  But from the start... he sometimes isnt the nicest person to me.  And we have had some struggles off and on.  And this past week I was really struggling because I was trying so hard to be the best companion possible and to love him and to serve him and he just was still being rude and selfish.  And then I read 1 Nephi 19:9 about how the savior was treated so badly but still suffered for us and still loves us.  And then I read the sermon on the mount about how when someone smites our cheek we should turn the other also.  And then i had a nice little come to jesus moment.  and I realized that Christlike love is unconditional.  When we feel real charity, we dont serve others or treat them good because we want them to do the same to us, we do it because we really and truly love them and want what is best for them in spite of whatever bad things they may do to us.  And really.. .this type of love is the easiest way to do things.  Because if we are just looking to get our own personal gain or to change others we will never accomplish it.  The only thing we can control or affect is our own thoughts and actions.  And as we turn to the savior, and really love those around us(no matter what they may say or do to us) that is when we truly become free from the negative feelings and all that bad stuff that we want to avoid.

So that has been what I have learned this week.  Just love.  Love one another as the savior loves you.  And it is sometimes easier said than done... but as we do it day by day we will find that it is truly the best way.

So show a little more love this week yall! and together we will become a little more like the savior.  i am so grateful for the love he extends to all of us.

 New means of transportation for him, Moto Taxi.
                                                                                 Saturday night "futbol" team
Alexis Baptism

September 7, 2015
Well first off... I have officially completed my training as a missionary.  As of yesterday, I completed 12 weeks in the mission field and am now a trained Elder.  But yesterday I also was called to be a trainer! So tomorrow I will receive a brand new missionary and will be responsible to help him adjust to missionary life. I definitely did not expect this at all, but I am excited for the opportunity to learn and grow and to serve my new companion.  If any of you have any advice for me as to how to be a good leader or trainer, please feel free to give it to me :)

This week was an awesome one!  We have seen a lot of progress here and we can really see the hand of the Lord in the work.  One thing that we saw this week was that we had tons of people come to church today, the majority of their own accord without us even inviting them.  It really shows that the Lord is touching peoples hearts and giving them the desire to come unto him.  I can definitely see his hand in the work here.

I dont have much time today... But I just want to share one quick spiritual thought.  ONe of the sister missionaries this week said something that hit me hard.  She said "our potentional is eternal".  Really its so true.  Our potential is more than we could ever imagine.  And when we come unto christ, he helps us see that full potential and be able to reach it little by little.  SLowly but surely we become more and more like him, until one day, we will finally be able to reach our full potential.  I feel so grateful for the opportunity to progress towards my potential here in the mission, as well as to help others realize theres with the help of the savior.

I just want to finish by saying that I know that my savior lives and that he loves each and every one of us.  Im grateful for the opportnity to be his representative in this time, and I testify of the truthfulness of his gospel and of this great work.

                                   Last visit with his Trainer/Companion with Soccer friends

September 14, 2015 

Well first things first.. I got my new companion on Tuesday and boy he is INCREDIBLE. His name is Elder Nuñez and he is from Argentina.  He is 21 and he was taught by the missionaries and baptized when he was 13.  We are already best friends and I just love him so much.  He has such a strong testimony and spirit about him.  And he speaks english like a champ!! But those of you that speak spanish know that Argentines have a very distinct accent... and yes I have already started to talk like him.  Everyone laughs at me all the time haha.  But It has been such a great experience to get to know him and to learn from him.

So funny story this week.. Some elders from our district had a baptism on saturday, but their investigator wanted warm water.  Well in Peru... there isnt a whole lot of warm water.  So what did we do? We decided to heat up the baptismal font using a nice little camp stove and pouring the water in a bucket at a time... Boy it was pretty comical.  But with lots of faith and propane we were able to get some lukewarm water for her and she had a great baptism haha :)

But anyways... This week I have been thinking a lot about our relationship with God.  We have been teaching for 2 months now an hermana named Clara.  And when we met her,  she was an Atheist.  she didnt believe that God existed.  But she knew that she wanted something more in her life.  And little by little we have been helping her develop a relationsihp with her Heavenly Father.  And really thats where we have to start when we want to get closer to God.  We have to understand that he is literally our Father in Heaven.  And we knew him before this life.  We just cant remember that right now.  But every day we can take one little step towards him through prayer and scripture study, and little by little we can remember him and feel his presence in our life.  And as we have done this with Clara we have seen such a change in her life and in her countenance.  And this week she told us that she was praying and she received a feeling in her heart that she knows God is real and that he loves her.  Man it was the greatest moment ever.  I am so greatful for the opportunity to get to help people develop that relationship.

My spiritual thought kinda goes along with that.  Yesterday we watched a devotional from New York given by Elder Clayton of the seventy.  And his wife talked about how in Argentina there is a zoo where you can go and pet lions.  And the way the train the lions is from the moment they are born, they live with dogs.  But when they are born, the dogs are bigger than the lions, so the dogs assume superiority.  So the lions grow up their whole life being afraid of the dogs, not knowing that with the flick of a paw they could crush pretty much anything in their path.  And she related it to us and said that a lot of times we dont realize our full potential as sons and daughters of Heavenly Father.  Our potential is so great, and we have the power to crush whatever obstacle may be in our path with just a flick of a paw.  We just have to remember our potential.  And she said something that hit me hard "just because they werent behaving in a brave or regal way doesnt mean they ceased to be lions".  No matter what your current or past situation is, nothing will every change the fact that you are a son or daughter of God.  So use that knowledge and crush whatver obstacle the adversary may throw in your path!
 Dallin practicing with his Keyboard with some of the children from the Branch in Cartavio

                            Dallin with his new companion 

September 21, 2015

Hope things are good wherever you are and that you are loving life as much as I am down here in Peru.  Things are so great here and we have had an incredible week!

I continue to love Elder Nuñez more and more everyday and I am learning so much from him.  He is doing so well and is already an incredible missionary :)  We have had a great week where we have worked hard every single day, and he has such a great attitude about it.  And it has been awesome because every night we have come home just exhausted, which is a sign that we have given everything to the work that day :) I love it.

First I need to tell you guys about Cristhian! I have been meaning to for about a month now and I never have enough time haha.. but he is 9 years old and has grown up in the church, but has enver taken the decision to be baptized until recently.  So we have been tecahing him for the past two months, and he is now ready and prepared to take the step of baptism on Saturday! We are so excited for this day and it will be so special with him :)

Second we have Milagros.  Milagros is going to be baptized the next weekend (October 3rd).  Milagros has been meeting with the missionaries off and on for about a year and a half now.  She is 15, and she goes to seminary and comes to church every week, but she has wanted to be sure of her testimony before she committed to be baptized.  We had some really spiritual experiences this past week as we read the scriptures together and she has made the decision to be baptized on the 3rd, and we are so excited for her as well. :) 

Clara, who I talked about last week, continues to progress spiritually and to develop a stronger realtionship with her heavenly father.  I promise each of you that no matter what your circumstance is, that Heavenly Father loves you and knows you.  And that little by little you can draw close to him and feel his presence in your life.

Today I was studying a talk from Dallin H. Oaks in the Ensign from August of 2013 about receiving revelation.  It was such a good talk and helped me a ton.  One thing that I learned was that we cant force the spirit.  We cant tell Heavenly Father when he should give us revelation or the way he should speak to us.  We can only invite the spirit into our lives and then have the faith that he is going to guide us.  And for me, this has been a struggle for me a lot of my life.  I always want to receive a clear answer before I act or make a decision.  But I have learned that most often, he will give me the answer after I choose to act.  If I am living worthily, I have a good pattern of prayer and scripture study, and I make a decision, he will then bless me with either a confirmation of that decision or he will correct my decision and guide me to the right choice.  I promise that each of us can receive revelation, but it will always come in the Lords time and his way.

                                        Holding a Family Home Evening with a local family.

September 28th, 2015

We have had another incredible week here in cartavio and i am loving life and living the dream :)

First thing first... on saturday we had a BAPTISM!! Our amigo Cristhian entered in the waters of baptism on saturday and was confirmed on sunday.  it was such a great experience.  I was so honored to be able to be the one to baptize him.  And after he was baptized they closed the window to the font and me and him just stood there and he just started crying.  And when I asked him how he felt he just had the biggest smile and said that he had never felt so clean or special in his life.  It was awesome to see that even a 9 year old boy can feel the spirit so strong and have a good experience like that.

This week we have another baptism scheduled for Saturday! Milagros, who is 15 is going to take this same step and we are so excited for her.  She is doing so well, and her cousin (who is preparing to leave on a mission) is going to be the one to bapptize her.  It will be a special experience for her and her family and we are looking forward to it.

Also we have Clara our investigator who didnt believe in god, and she is doing so well.  She and her boyfriend have made the decision to get married October 10th and she wants to be baptized the next week! It will be so awesome and it has been so cool to see the miracle of conversion in her life.  Heavenly father is so real and he changes lives for the better :)

For my spiritual thought this week... we have the greatest opportuntiy this week to have general conference! Not only do we get to hear from living prophets, but we get to sustain three new apostles that will be called on saturday.  I encourage all of you to take the time and reallywatch conference.  when the lords servants speak, it is as if he himself were speaking (see Doctrine and Covenants 1:38) and I am definitely looking forward to this opportunity to hear the words the lord has prepared for his children.  DONT MISS OUT. :)

(Every 6 months The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, meets in a General Conference to hear the Leaders of the Church teach us things we need to know to improve ourselves. This happens the first week of October and then again in April. )

                                           Chisthian and the Elders before the baptism.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

More updates from Peru

August 17th, 2015
THis week was so so great! it has been a week full of faith and miracles and just awesomeness!

Lets see.. to start off we have our amigo Alexis! Man he is so awesome.  Always willing to come to church, to read his scriptures, to come to family home evenings, he is just golden! He is officially finsihed witht hte lessons so now we are just keeping preparing for his baptism on the 29!!

Also we have Leodan who will be baptized on THIS SATURDAY!!! He is so awesome.  We were having some worries about him on saturday because his mom is still less active and they had kinda lsot a little bit of motivation.. so yesterday we sent a member out to go pick them up for church, and when he got there they had already left and wlaked to church! (they live about 2 miles away).  It was incredible to see their motivation!  And then we saw the true miracle of this situation.  At church, Rosa (his mom) started having really bad pain in her stomach.  They took her to the hospital and found out she has some sort of infection.  When she came back to the church, we gave her a blessing and sent her home.  She was in pretty bad shape.  And then we visited her a couple of hours later... she was perfectly fine! and she told us that she didnt feel any pain anymore.  And she said that when my companion wass anointing her with oil, she was looking at me... and she knew she was looking at me but all she could see was an angel telling her that everything would be okay and that god would dry her tears.  And then after the blessing she didnt feel any pain.  She said that when she walked to church, she feel down 2 or 3 times because of pain but she knew she had to be there.  And she was healed through her faithfulness :) It was so powerful.  Truly was a miracle and I am grateful that I had to opportunity to witness and take part in it.

This was just one of the miracles we saw yesterday... and i would tell more but i dont have time haha.  But i jsut want to testify that the lord has his hand in this work and that we will alwaays be blessed through our obedience and faithfulness.

Alright so spiritual thought for this week... yesterday I gave a talk on missionary work and how we need to work together as members and missionaries.  It really is so true that we as missionaries are nothing withuot the support of the members.  You guys make all the difference! And you dont need anything special to help with the work, you just have to have the desire.  D&C 4 says that any that have desires to serve god are called to the work.  And you should all have the desire to serve god because i know that you all love him.  And as Jesus taught peter in John 21.. if we love him we need to Feed his sheep.  Imagine how it would feel to be better, and the savior asking us if we love him.  How would we respond? I know that I love my savior as Peter did, that I truly love him more than anything.  And he has asked each one of us to help with the work.  so I have a challenge for yall that i gave to our rama yesterday! I want you all to pray for one name that you could give to the missionaries, and give them the reference before conference in october.  I promise that you will be lead to someone who is waiting for the truth, and will experience the joy we are promied in d&C 18 as bring them home to the savior.

 "P" day with his District 
Service for one of the investigators 

Continuing to update this blog:

August 10th, 2015

Que tal? I hope this email finds you all good wherever you are.  THings are  so good here in Cartavio and I am just loving life.

Lets see.. as far as investagators go... well lets start with Soledad.  WE still havent made any progress with her.  She likes to do this thing where she tells us to come and visit her, and then doesnt asnwer the door or her phone or anything.  its kinda frustrating.  BUt we have just been trying to love her and be patient with her.  Right now she isnt ready to be baptized, but we just have to be patient and keep doing our best and praying and she will come around.  Leodan and Alexis however are both doing so well! alexis yesterday aced his last exam and finished top of his class! and he told us from now on he will never miss another sunday! it was incredible.  he is so awesome and already has such a strong testimony.

Also, something i havent really talked about is our inactive members in our ward.  We have quite a few, but usualy there isnt a whole lot to tell with them.  BUt this week we were able to "Rescue" one of them named Karol! She has received all the lessons again, and was interviewed by the branch president and has returned to the church.  it was really special and we can see how motivated she is now.  Its awesome to see people change their lives and regain their testimonies.

Also, I just have to give a little shoutout to my Mission president.  ON thursday we had the opportunity to go to trujillo and meet with him, and he asked us about our piano in cartavio.... well before our piano was less than adequate.  but he sent us on a mission with hermana marler and bought us a new one for me to have for my mission! It was awesome!! So now we have a great keyboard in our capilla :)

For my spiritual thought this week i want to share something that pres marler shared with me.  We were talking about Enoch who i just love so much.  But after Enoch had this awesome vision and saw everything that our heavenly father has, he saw that God was weeping.  And he says in Moses 7:29 How is it that thou canst weep, seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?"  How is it that the supreme creator of everything could be weeeping? and the answer is in verses 32 and 33.  "The Lord said unto Enoch, behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and i gave unto them their knowledge, in the day i created them; and in the garden of eden,, gave i unto man his agency; and unto thy brethren have i said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood."  This scripture is so powerful because it demonstrates really how much God loves us and how sad he is when we make wrong choices.  and the question that i ask when i read this is "how many times has God wept because of a choice that i made?" It definitely makes me think about my actions a lot more and makes me want to make good choices.. because i never want my Heavenly Father to shed a single tear on my behalf.

Also, as part of my spiritual thought, I recorded a little piece on the piano to share with yall.  I love music and the spirit it brings.  HOpe you enjoy it!

With the "Piano" they got for him to play 
Well, i have been a little.... a lot remiss in posting to this blog, but I will try to be better.  I will post Dallin's messages in order, I will try to include dates as well....

June 29th, 2015
Well I am officially 19 years old everyone!! I celebrated my dia de nacimiento on saturday andit was... well itwas just another day in the mission to be honest hahaha.  but it was good.

we had a cool think happen on monday.  one of our investigatorscalledand said.. elders, come to my house right now! and we said why?and she said I want to be baptized!!  it was awesome! we set her datefor the 18th ofjuly and she was doing really well and progressing... until yesterday when she bailed on us for church and pretended not to be home during our appointment.  frustratingforsure. but we will keep working at it with her.

we had stake conference this past weekend and it was so good.  i wantto shareone of the storiesthat was in peru there were two missionaries who werent having any success. so one day they decided to just pick a road and walk down it and talk to everyone.  they werewalking when suddenly they heard a little girl callingto them.  Elders, she said, come here! she said she wantedthem to come the next day to teach herfamily at 4 oclock.  of course they did.  when they showed up, her dad answeredthe door. they explained that they were the missionaries and that his daughter wanted them to come teach.  he gave them a weird look and invited them in.  he then toldthem to explain it to his wife.  after they did, his wife said that they lived there by themselves. the elders then gave them the name of the girl, and said that she was thereyesterday.  the wife asked howthey knew the name.  then one ofthe elders noticed a family foto, and said,its the nameof thatgirl inthe picture!  the parents both started to cry.  their daughter had died over a year ago.  they were baptized withinthe nextmonth.

man that story gives me chills every time i hearit or read it.  its so awesome! i know that miracles happen with missionary workand this work is so true.  im so stokedtaht i have the opportunity to sharethisamazing gospel with everyone, with people that arewaiting to hear it from me.

                                     Dallin's Pensionista helped him Celebrate his birthday 

July 6th, 2015
Hey yall!  Hope things are going well wherever you are!
So you all are aware... a big change was made this past week.  i have  changed missions....   hahaha jk im in the same place but now i am in mission peru trujillo norte! we had the split of the mission on july 1.
This past week was a great one here in Cartavio with a lot of success!
Lets see... First off to report on Hermana Soledad our investigator with a baptismal date.  well... we still have been unable to get a hold of her.  so we will probably end up droppng her this week. sad.  but we have another investigator named Juan MIguel who is 18 and is awesome! and he has commited to be baptized on the 25th of this month! He is progressing super well and already has a strong testimony! he has taken the missionary discussions before, and his family is members, but he has never had the desire to be baptized before.  We are working super hard with him and are hopeful to have him  ready by that date.
Also this week we found 12 nuevo investigatrs! This number is pretty much insane! WE worked super hard to find new people and the lord blessed us for our hard work.  WE are super excited about all of our nuevos.

One thing i watned to share... im sure most of you are aware taht this past week Elder Boyd K. Packer, Pres of the quorom of the twelve apostles passed away.  it is sad, but also happy to, because we have the knowledge of the plan of salvaton and know that this is not the end for elder packer.  i took the time yesterday to read both his and elder parrys talks from this past conference. i find it interesting that they both chose to talk on families.  Elder packer even eluded to the fact that it could very well be his last conference addresss.  This just testifies to me of the importance of families and how hard they are being attacked right now.  I would encourage you all to go read both of these talks, and to do everything yuo can to strenthen yuor families!

Also i want to share a personal experience i had this week.
ON monday i woke up feelng really sick. I was all sore and achy and wanted to puke.  but i just kinda toughed it out and took some ibuprofen and went throughout the day.  the next day, however, they talked to us in district meeting and said that if you had any mosquito bites(which i did) and were feeling these symptoms that you probbaly had a sickness that has been going around through the mosquitos.  it was nothing too serious, but they just put me on some medications for it.  Anyways, tuesdya afternoon i was miserable.  There was a moment where i thought i wsa going to pass out.  but i didnt want to go back to the room.  so i just said a prayer.  and i said heavenly father i know that yuo can heal me.  and all i ask is that you give me enough strength to do your work today.  and the second i did that my mind cleared up and i started to feel a little bitter.  i wasnt perfect, but i was well enough to continue proselyting.

ive used this experience to help me every time i have a trial out here.  i dont pray for the trial to be taken away, but to have the strength to bear it so i can do the lords wwork.  i know as we do this that he will help us.  i promise that he hears and answers our prayers, as i have learned thruough my own experience.

                                   The Chapel in Cartavio where they meet

                          First Companion, when he originally went to the CCM (MTC) in Lima
                                               Elder Stephens from Texas 

July 13, 2015 
Things are going so great down here in Peru!!

This week we were finally able to make contact again with Hermana Soledad.  How?  MEMBERS!!! Seriously every one of you should make the effort to help the missionaries in your ward.  Because she would not let us in her house no matter how many times we knocked on her door.  but the second a member went to visit her we had an appointment for the next day.  It was amazing!!!  We met with her twice this week and she came to churhc all on her own yeterday and was so happy and is going to be baptized on August 8!  Seriously member missionary work is where the miracles come from.

Also we got Juan MIguel to come to church yesterday so he is still on track to be baptized on the 25th! it was actually a miracle we got him to churhc.  We showed up at his house yesterday atg 8:15 and his whole family was asleep.  This is usual.  And usually we just turn on the lights and yell a little and they get up.  BUt the power was out.  So what did we do? We decided to sing some hymns.  YOu know the line in have i done any good in the world that says "wake up and do something more than dream of your mansion above"? well we took it literally! and we sang and sang and sang in the dark until they were all awake and in the church haha.  it was pretty comical.  but they got there and thats what is improtant.

Also.... I have to give a quick public shoutout because two of the most incredible and most important people in my life have birthdays this week.  First... the greatest MOm in the whole world has a birthday on Wednesday.  Seriously my mom is the bestest and she continuest to do so much for me every single day.  Happy birthday mom.  As well as on Friday my best friend is turning 19! What?! She is going to be old like me hahah!  But really Joslyn Cash is probably the nicest, sweetest, best person i have ever met and she makes me a better person every day.  and she is going to be the best missionary.  Hope your day is great jos.

Now for the spiritual thought.  This week we had a zone conference which was so awesome and it was on faith.  OUr zone leaders talked about how heavenly father has made promises to every single one of us before we even came to this earth.  and he will never ever make a promise he wont keep.  SO when we have faith.. all we are doing is trusting that he is going to keep is word.  Its not a question of if he is going to do something, its a question of when.  Something I studied personally this morning was in hebrews 11 vs 17-19.  really abraham was able to go and sacrifice isaac because he had the faith that heavenly father would k,eep his promise.  and if isaac were to die, heavenly father would riase him again.  We all have received promises from our heavenly father and he will always keep those promises when we do our part.  So do our part! and trust that he will do his.  I promise he will.

                                                   The building in Cartavio where he lives
                                                 One of the parts of town to Cartavio 
July 21, 2015 

This week was an awesome one!! Sorry i was unable to email yesterday.  we got caught up in trujillo all day and so we didnt have time to email.  but I am on now haha. :)

We did have some struggles this past week with Juan MIguel.  He has basically stopped takling to us and didnt attend church this past week.  In the last lesson we had with him he told us that he has some personal issues that would keep him from being worthy to be baptized, but he doesnt feel comfortable talking about them yet.  And we havent been able to get a hold of him since.  Its really sad because we can see how much he could benefit from this gospel and we can see the blessings taht he will receive from being baptized, but he ulitmately has to choose whether or not to accept it.  It has made me think a lot about Heavenly Father and how he feels when we make mistakes and use our agency to choose not to do what is right.  I am sure he is so sad beause he wants to bless us and he wants us to be happy, but he cant force us to.  But likewise, we cant receive the blessings unless we keep the commandments and do what he has asked.

We have, however, been having so much success with Soledad, and she has progressed so much! She came to churhc all on her own on sunday and stayed for the full 3 hours and was asking questions and offered a prayer and it was just so awesome! She is gaining her own testimony and is just so much happier every time we see her.  Its incredible.

ALso yesterday we had the awesome opportunity to go as a zone to the beach here in peru! It is the beach with the longest wave in the whole world! It was so much fun.  And there should be some pics on the mission blog if yall want to look.

Bueno.. For my spiritual thought this week..  I had the opportunity to give a talk in our branch this past week and it was on prayer.  and one thing that stood out to me a ton was something in the bible dictionary.  it says that the object of prayer isnt to change the will of god, but to receive blessings that he is already willing to give us but that we hvae to ask for.  Its important to remember this for two reasons.  First, because we need to pray to receive these blessings.  Lots of times people expect God to bless thim, but they dont pray to ask for the blessings.  We have to ask in order to receive.  Second, we always have to remember Gods will.  We dont approach him in prayer to tell him what to do, we approach him to seek guidance and to seek to align our own will with his. 
Preparing this talk definitely helped me strenghten my  manner of prayer and i learened so much!

                                             In his apartment with the Peruvian Flag
                                           Monday is his "P" (prepartation day) and he got 
                                            to go to the beach near Trujillo for the day
July 31, 2015

Sorry abnout the whole not writing on monday thing... again.  our p day got changed to today because we got to go to THE MOST GORGEOUS TEMPLE IN THE WHOLE WORLD.  It was pretty awesome.  The temple is great.

But anyways... heres what happened this week.

First, we had cambios! and since i am still training nothing has really changed... except that Elder Arenas was called as district leader! Which is awesome and he is already doing so good.  BUt it means a lot more responsibilty and stuff to do for the both of us haha.

Lets see, as far as investigators go...

Soledad has her baptism next saturday! SHe is doing so good! We are going to wrap up the lessons with her tomorrow and then we should be home free. As always though, the adversary is going to be working so hard to get her off the path so if yall wouldnt mind shooting a prayer or two out for her it would be greatly appreciated.  We are so excited for her and she really is doing so awesome.

Also, we have two other investigators commited to baptismal dates! The first is leodan.  he is 10 and his mama is menos activa.  he is so awesome and is so smart and just loves learning about the gospel.  We really dont see any problems with him, but we are going to have to work hard to get his mom to come to church every week so that he can come too.  Also we have our main man Alexis! He is 18 and we finished teaching him the lessons about a month ago, but he has tests for university on sundays so he hasnt been able to attend churhc.  BUt this week his tests ended so he can now! He is so awesome.  THe other day he asked us about the process of going on a mission because he wants to help other people like we have helped him.  It was so incredible.  Both Leodan and Alexis should be baptized this month.

Lets see... Spiritual thought.  My spiritual thought this week comes from 1 Nephi 2:4.  It talks about how when Lehi and his family left jerusalem they left everything they had.  all their gold, silver, everything.  they left it all because they had been commanded to.  And really its kinda similar to the mission.  And it made me think about my life before the mission.  And i realized i lived a pretty worldly life.  I was always worried about the next phone i would get or car i would drive or clothes i would wear or how many likes i would get on instagram.  But I left all that to come on the mission.  And now that im here... and ive been without it... i realize tat i dont want any of that anymore.  Because even though I dont have all that stuff, there has never been a time in my life where i have been happier.  Because I have something better... I have this gospel.  I have a relationship with my heavenly father.  I have his spirit with me in every moment.  And nothing in the world could every buy or give me the joyt that i have here in the mission.

Really its something to think about.  ITs not a bad thing to have worldly things... but we need to remember that worldly things will never give us what the things of god can give us.  We always need to have him as the priority.  And when we do that, thats when we will find true joy in our lives.

                                                          Coming into Cartavio
                                                In front of the Peru Trujillo Temple

August 3, 2015

Honestly i sat here for a good 30 seconds and couldnt think of a subject... so sorry about that.  But this week(end) was a good one :)  There isnt a ton to write about since its only been a couple days, but they were good ones. :)

Well the sad part is that our baptism for saturday fell through.  Hermana Soledad got sick on Saturday night and so she decided to not come to church yesterday.  Its really unfortunate... but we are going to try and get a new date set for the 15th tonight.  If you all could keep her in your prayers please... she really needs it because she is so close and we dont want her to miss out on this opportunity.  A bright side though was that both Leodan and Alexis came to church yesterday.  Which means that Leodan is practically ready for his baptism, and Alexis just needs  to keep coming to church.  So overall it was a happy day.  Its the best feeling in the world when you see an investigator walk into the capilla.

Well as far as spiritual thoughts go... I have two this week.  I had the opportunity to teach gospel principles this week on eternal marriage.  And obviously i dont have a ton of experience on that topic.. but as i was preparing it just hit me how great of a blessing it is.  because really if i couldnt have an eternal marriage, i dont think i would ever want to get married.  i would hate the feeling knowing that eventually i would be separated from my wife and family, and that that separation could happen in any moment.  but we have the opportunity and the blessing of having the security of an eternal marriage and it is so awesome.

Also i studied a lot in Alma 32 this past week.  And the one thing that hit me is that in order to have a testimony of the gospel, we dont need to have a perfect knowledge.  I like to think of a testimony as one of three stages.  1. we want to believe it is true 2. we believe it is true 3.  we know it is true.  We all have to pass through each of these stages at some point.  we just have to keep progressing, and eventually we will get to the point where we have that knowledge.  Its important to remember this so we dont get discouraged if we dont quite have that perfect knowledge.  just keep nurturing your seed and it will grow.
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