Monday, December 12, 2016

Week 100: Making Good Use of the Time I Have Left

I was saying goodbye to people we taught and friends and we finally had just entered a local internet to write to you all when suddenly one of my converts called saying they would be gone come our appointment so we left right away so I could say goodbye to them. We just got back so I have 30 minutes to write!

I actually don't give shots or anything like that, but there is one missionary who has given shots due to his past job as a nurse so he gave me a shot once.

Yes, I am sure that I won't need money. I have enough just in case there is an emergency, so I am all good. Plus my great companion gave me $20 sols which is like five dollars, that way I can buy lunch at the airport if I want. I will make sure that I leave room to eat with you all at the restaurant after I am released!!

I have been with Elder C (from Peru) for about 7 weeks now. He is a great guy. A good friend and a wonderful companion. Elder C knows his away around our area so he will do just great. Besides, he will be removed from the area for a week or two until they can find a new companion for him so he won't have anything to worry about until next year. No one else has changes/transfers besides me and those of my group!

Oh no!!! Is grandma doing alright?? That's too scary mom, falls like that at her age can turn for the worst!! How wonderful of her to think of and honor God as she did despite the trials she faced. I hope she will be able to come for the wedding!! That would be sad if she couldnt come.

Well, Ive got to go back to being a missionary. Just one more week of this lifestyle to enjoy so I best make good use of it. Love you all so much, talk with you here soon!!!

Elder Perez

Monday, December 5, 2016

Week 99: Great Zone Service Project!!

My companion and I participated in a great service project along with our zone. We cleaned and painted and did some remodeling to a member's house who lives in our zone. It was fun working together!

It’s all going well here in Guatemala. Just saying goodbye to all the families I’ve met. NO, No, no... Don’t send me anymore money. I have enough in Quetzales to cover any luggage overage fees and I am sure it will work out anyway regardless. I can go hungry for one meal during my layover in Los Angeles. More room for dinner with you all Saturday night!!!! 

What, is CJ really getting married here soon? Aw man, I am totally being left behind by everyone. Whatever, guess I am destined to walk the dusty road solo.  Well, I have my very last interview with president tomorrow and from there I just have a meeting or two to conduct! Got to finish up some final papers for tomorrow.

Love you all! Our last email is next week!!!!
Elder Perez

Elder Perez's camera is out of commision. I found these pictures of his zone's service project on another missionary's blog!
Zone's Service Project! Elder Perez is 4th from the right.

Elder Perez up front painting

Enjoying Pizza!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Week 98: Glad The Stake Forwarded My Itinerary

Last Monday we were really tied down running mission errands from place to place. Today as well come to think of it. This time we left earlier though and now we are writing and fixing things up for next week. 

Unfortunately, they cut off our water which really stinks. We have had to bath with water bottles. It is really chilly right now too which makes things worse. Oh well, besides all that things are cool here finishing up the mission. 

Sorry to hear that you guys didn't get that email from the mission office. I'm glad that brother Evans told you that my group is flying home a week earlier than you originally thought. I am also glad that he forwarded my flight itinerary that the stake president received otherwise that would have been a bummer.

I will let you all know if there is anything else cool that happens to me in these last few weeks of the mission, who knows what will happen. 

Love you!!!
Elder Perez
The R.M.
Image result for The R.M. (2003) movie
The mission office had both Robin and I's email address wrong. This made me think of the movie The R.M.. I attached a link below of the movie trailer. Here is a little write up on the trailer so you will understand why I thought of this movie. 
"Now that his mission has come to an end, Jared is ready to return to normal life and all of the perks that come with it. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a great job, a loving family, a chance to go to a prestigious university and his trusty old car all waiting for him. Now he can reap the many blessings of his obedient and faithful service. Or so he thinks.The disappointment starts when he steps off the airplane to find that his family has mistaken the date of his return and there is no one waiting for him. The surprises don't stop there. His family has moved, there is a Tongan exchange student sleeping in his bedroom, and - of course - his girlfriend is engaged." Enjoy!!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 97 : BYU Idaho or Bust!!

Thanks mom for helping with updating my student stuff online. Thanks Lexie for getting me enrolled in classes at BYU-I! Thanks Lauren for looking for an apartment for me. I can’t write much. I have to make sure that everything is set with my classes and all.

Love you so much, thanks for everything!!!
Elder Perez

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 96: President Crapo Fed Our Zone Breakfast!!

President Crapo rewarded our zone with breakfast for having reached our zone baptismal goal in October. We all had a great time.

Guatemalan businesses do decorate for Christmas, but besides that, no one else does. Some people leave Halloween lights up for Christmas which makes me laugh, though most people just light off fireworks for every holiday.

Evan is coming to Sun River as well!!! That's awesome!! Thanks for sharing that sister missionary's great testimony! I am sure that this sister was really converted! I said a quick prayer for Lexi and her family to get home safely from Idaho. Sounds like they have been sick as a family that's too bad.

Thank you for being willing to take me out shopping when I get home. I don't have much clothing for when I get home and I actually was worried about that. I can't wait to see you all in 19 days!!

Sorry, got to go run an errand in another zone. I get to run errands everywhere and anywhere as a leader. Don't worry I cleared up the water issue and even got the electricity to work. I finally have hot water my last 5 weeks on my mission!! No, I don't need money, thanks for looking out for me though.

Give my love to everyone!
Elder Perez

Elder Perez's camera is out of commission. I found these pictures of the breakfast on another missionary's blog!!
They were given the title of "Celestial Zone"

What Great Missionaries!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 95: Great Peruvian Companion!

My week went by wonderfully. My companion is a good guy from Peru and is pretty new out on his mission. I like the guy and we have good conversations. I made food almost everyday this week for us to eat and I shared everything that I made with him.

The baptism last week went wonderfully and the ward was super surprised this past Sunday when the bishop announced her as the newest member of the ward. She has been attending for about 4 years without progress and with us in a matter of two weeks she was baptized. Miracles am I right? Still not sure what to do about school and I just hope that whatever I decide on does not determine too much of my future.

I still don't know how I will be finishing up my mission here. Though it is sounding pretty sold about a third missionary coming with us so that Elder C. won't be left without a companion come my time to leave. Its all pretty exciting. I don't know what to expect for these last few weeks.

We won't be able to go touring this time around due to new rules on the mission, but we will go to the Guatemalan zoo before I go which sounds fun. I bought a few things at the central market today. We went as a zone for our activity. It was fun!

The weather right now is really really sunny, but it rains every now and then, and at night it is crazy cold, to me at least. I can't imagine the weather back home I would die.

I am happy that everyone is getting married back home. That takes the pressure off of me to marry soon. I guess I can live through my bachelor life worry free.

Well I got to go, things are crazy busy here, but I guess that's just normal for me now.

Hugs and kisses,
Elder Perez

Monday, October 31, 2016

Week 94: We Had a Baptism!!

Well the baptism went by wonderfully!! I couldn't be happier to have performed the ordinance. I was a little shocked at first when ward members didn't show up except the bishop. It turns out that the sister wanted it to be a private affair with just family. 

I am getting along really well with this ward and my new companion. He has 6 months on the mission and is very innocent, as a missionary should be. To tell you the truth, it almost makes me laugh how pure he is. I feel like I've become some pessimistic old man here in Guatemala. It does look as if I will be finishing my mission here in Santa Elena, unless my mission president sends me to another place to finish in trio. It sounds as if everyone from my group is going to be put into a trio because we all are going home two weeks earlier then normal for Christmas and our companions need to stay together until the 27th of December.

Lets see, what I have learned about myself. Well for starters, I speak Spanish pretty dang well. As for spiritually, I know that my Father in Heaven is always ready and willing to help me. All I need to do is put in my part and the blessings will come. I have found that the gospel is so much more simple than the majority of people make it to be. There is no big secrets in this work, just obedience and sincerity. I have room for improvement in those two areas, but I find great comfort in knowing that once on those paths I can't go wrong. 

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't get anything on the hunt dad, that must have been frustrating. With grandpa getting an antelope does that mean we will all try a bite of antelope meat during the holidays? 

Oh, so my recently purchased shoes of three months ago got totally destroyed last Friday. I am currently wearing some borrowed old tennis shoes from a missionary here in the zone. Do you think you could send me some money through Western Union by Wednesday? If at all possible. Oh, and you can take it right out of my personal account so no worries. 

Sure do love you all. Hope you enjoy your Halloween back state side. Eat a Butterfinger for me!!

Elder Perez

Monday, October 24, 2016

Week 93: An Investigator Made My Day!

The missionary work is going well. I guess the best thing that happened to me this week was when the sister we have been teaching asked me to baptize her. That made my day.

Dad sure does love you mom, doesn't he. What pretty flowers he gave you. Way to go on getting healthier mom, that is amazing! The photo of great grandpa Daily is super cool as well! Thanks so much for your support and prayers mom, it means alot to me!

Dad, I hope that you guys enjoy the hunting trip! You and grandpa must be rocking the beards! I will be sure to pray for you guys out on the hunt. Things here are going well, just working with this ward and teaching our investigators as always. I wish I could send you all photos but my camera has a does not work any more... Got to go for now dad, good luck out there in the hills!!!!

Well I have got to go save the Guatemalan world here!

Sure do love you all!
Elder Perez

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 92: Missionary Work Is Keeping Us Busy!

Hey Mom, 

Oh my word, my niece's hair is just so curly! So cute those kids. I hope they won't be scared of me by the time I get back...

Your going to have to log on to the FAFSA for me because I don't have my social security number. If you could do that for me then I would be so very grateful. Sorry, my emails have been so short these last few Mondays due to my email time being cut in half. I have to look into classes and all that plus write you all a decent letter. Here are some pictures you should enjoy though.

Loves you so much!!!
Elder Perez
Elder Perez standing by a treat he enjoys with his last name "Sangu Chín Pérez."

I guess toilets have more than one use :)
Beautiful Guatemala on P-day

Wonderful ward members help by signing up to feed the Elder Perez and his companion dinner.
Looks delicious!!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Week 91: I Have a Talented Guatemalan Companion!

Dad! Out and about with gramps huh? How fun! I am sure he loves spending time with you. What is he up to now a days? Do you think grandpa would be up for a hunting trip when I get back? What is everyone else up to back home, any ward news?

My companion is great. He is a funny Guatemalan that likes to sing hymns a lot. I feel like I will be able to finish up well.

What a good lesson mom, thanks for sharing. I will be sure to follow your advice. My new companion is a Guatemalan with the same time as me, we just might be going home at the same time! The area is actually really big here and we found out the Guatemala's high security prison is actually down the mountain side from us. I don't think we will be preaching there, but the ex-president Perez Molin is there which would be cool to see. Anyway thank my sister and thank you for all your hard work with helping with the university. I really appreciate that. I don't have much more to do on the computer now, just in November when I get to plan out my classes.

Well got to go, sure do love you!
Elder Perez
My Guatemalan companion who likes to 
sing and is a great artist.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Week 90: I Really Enjoyed General Conference!

Glad you guys enjoyed conference, I did too. I liked Elder Cooks talk, I think it was him at least, during the Saturday afternoon session.

I am going to be getting a new companion tomorrow and I am a little nervous about it to tell you the truth. President called me and I need to go to the office today to receive more instruction on who will be coming with me. 

My best friend on the mission, Elder Hockett, is going home Wednesday and I teared up when we said goodbye. I wish we had been able to spend more time together and what not, but as missionaries that's really not possible.

While filling out my BYU-Idaho application today it just had me confirm my information and give a little information about my mission, they didn't even have me go through all the steps like they used to. I guess they are just going to use the old essays I wrote a while back. I have to have some information to continue with the process and I cannot get online everyday. I do have permission to see this through. I believe I just need the endorsement from my mission president and it looks like everything is good to go. If you all could just review the information and maybe type in my social if you want, that's all I had missing and it's not even required.

Anyhow, love you all a ton and thanks for all you guys do. Write you next week and I hope to send off those photos I've taken. Let me know if anything comes up or if I missed a step.

Thank you all so much!!
Elder Perez

Here is a link to Elder Cook's talk that Elder Perez liked so much.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Week 89: When Sad News Comes Faith Gets Us Through

The temple trip with my first baptism should be this week. It turns out that last week was his interview. I hope to go this Friday before conference. 

About the baptism, sad news, it was canceled last minute. Saturday we were all ready, the pila (baptismal font) filled, clothing organized. The baptism was scheduled for 4 PM. Our investigator calls us saying that she had some make-up classes she had to take today. School vacations are right now in October instead of over the summer so in order to qualify for next years classes she had to stay in school from 8 AM until 6 PM to finish up the make-up classes. Due to the General Women's Conference broadcast at 6 PM we couldn't push back her baptism later that evening. My companion was pretty upset about all this. I was pretty down in the blues over the weekend, but what can you do, life is like that sometimes. We are looking at another date in October, not sure when yet, but with general conference next week we cannot baptize for a little bit (they must be confirmed a Sunday where the congregation is present).

An open house the 1st of January sounds like fun. I won't be going anywhere else that day, besides perhaps to visit Jared if he is home. Whatever you guys would like to do. The 15th of January sounds nice. It gives me more time to prepare a homecoming talk for the ward. I am sure that everything and everyone has changed back home. Oh well, guess I get to make new friends. 

I would love to help you with those wooden tables dad. I don't have a clue how I could help, but I am willing! 

Lets see our ward children's primary program was Sunday as well, and the church was packed. We meet 8 AM there which is pretty early, but totally worth it. Makes me think how I can't wait to spend time with my little niece and nephews!!!

My new companion is a great artist. I sent you some pictures of the artwork of a member in our ward. I hope you enjoy them.

Elder Perez
Artwork from a Ukranian woman in our ward.
I hope that she decides to sell her artwork. It is amazing!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Week 88: Baptism Scheduled for Next Week!!

Everyone has been so busy as of late, how fun! I have been running around a lot as well due to our lessons we plan. Our appointments can at times be far apart. 

We have a baptism this Saturday. I am actually shocked that the mother gave us permission to baptize her daughter. I was expecting the worst. My companion was persistent though and I added my testimony that if she allowed her daughter to be baptized that the family would see blessings, then she said "yes." Whaaaa???!! We have lots to do now to prepare for Saturday. A few other Elders are also baptizing soon and so we all are helping each other.

I should be going to the temple this week to see my first baptism through the temple. I am pretty excited for that. 

I made tortillas with a family of the ward Saturday night, they were good and I am hoping to learn well enough to make some for you all by the time I get home. 

We have helped out two families cut grass with a machete which took some time to do, but it was fun. Besides that it has been raining here off and on with some pretty cool thunderstorms. 

I will be looking into applying for BYU-Idaho soon. So much to do so little time. Sure do love you all!!!! 

Much love!
Elder Perez

Monday, September 12, 2016

Week 87: My Peruvian Companion Is A Great Example To Me

My companion is from Lima Peru and has about 15 months on the mission. He is a convert of three years and a great example to me. I told him about President Blunck and described him and his wife. He is pretty sure that he knew him when he was serving as mission president in Peru. 

I haven't been sight seeing lately, but I have felt like a true explorer in this area. We cover a huge amount of area. We live in a really nice neighborhood on top of a hill. We have to walk a ton to make it to all of our appointments. It is totally worth it for the exercise and all. Also, most of the members live nearby and we almost always have a dinner appointment at night to wrap up the day.

This past week here has been good. My companion and I are still going to the church gym regularly and we are really seeing the results of our workouts. I have started up that protein powder I had been saving and I am feeling a lot better about my health. I drink the protein for breakfast and I am drinking more water. Members have been kind enough to feed us about every other day. 

I hope Lauren and dad have a great birthday celebration and party! I wish I could be there, but it is better that I don't eat cake right now, trying to cut out sweets from my diet. Way to go Mom and Krysten, tag teaming dads birthday breakfast like that. I am sure it was great! Hope Lexie and her family get well soon, it's no fun being sick.

I'm glad to hear that David and Lauren have decided on a real date, even though they were pressured into picking one. Oh well, a little pressure is good every now and then right? Well I guess I will be able to see the wedding and all, so that's really cool! 

The new ward found out that I play piano and they enlisted my help yesterday. They have a pianist and all, but they want us to take turns playing. Anyway the wards piano is pretty crummy. I had to play the songs one or two octaves higher than written because the keys were so bad. If I stay here until my last month I will most likely give away my keyboard to this ward. I will be sure to send photos next week!

Sure do love you all!!!
Elder Perez
My old companion Elder H is my zone leader now! Just got done with exercising.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Week 86: Opening a New Area Is Never Easy, But It's Always Fun!

Well opening an area never is easy, but it is always fun. I am just hoping that I stay here for these last four months of my mission. I don't really like moving around and I would be pretty sad if I was changed to a new area right before December. 

This area was closed for about 4 weeks before we arrived, but the members sure have been a big help. It sure is nice to be welcomed when you are new to an area. One member couple gave us dinner and showed us around the neighborhood which was really nice of them. Another member family made us a traditional Ukrainian dish (the mother is from there). It was super cool for me to talk with here since both of us are speaking a second language.

All has been going well here. We are going to the gym daily and I am feeling a lot better about myself because of it. We are a lot stronger as a zone here and we do stuff together regularly. Elder H is a great leader and really is doing a fantastic job here. We started from the bottom up here, but now we have some really good investigators who could possible be baptized!

Please give everyone who has gotten married or is getting married soon congratulations on my part.

Got to go, love you all!!
Elder Perez
This member family made us a traditional Ukranian good!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Week 85: New Area and New Companion!

It's been a tough first week here opening up the area because we started from zero but we are up to the challenge. It's a cool city called Santa Elena located in zone 18. I knew I would get sent back to zona 18 again. Third times a charm. I am close to the first area I served in on my mission, yet it is completely different here. There is not much to do here on p-days, which is quite a change from the city life I was used to before, but I am okay with it because I like the area. 

There is a lot of area to tract and explore. The ward is super and the members are really nice people. The members have given us food everyday this first week because our house was literally empty with nothing to eat inside the fridge.

We have the goal to pass by (visit) one member each day to get to know the ward and the needs within it. We have gotten lost a few times while learning the area and getting to know the people, but it's been an adventure. The area is very hilly and we walk a ton here which is good for me.

My new companion is Elder A from Peru and he is a great guy. Elder H is my zone leader now! He has five weeks left on his mission and I couldn't be happier to see him off. I am going to miss that guy when he leaves!

My companion and I have mostly been contacting day by day and have managed to find a few new investigators. I miss my old area and the friends I made there, but I am very excited for what awaits us here.

Elder Perez
My old companion Elder H is my Zone Leader now!!
Our Church Building
The area is very hilly and we walk a ton here
which is good for me.
Great view!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Week 84: Saying Goodbye is Hard

We said our goodbyes to our convert friends and to JL who was my best friend here in zone 1. I am going to miss him a ton! Tomorrow I will be leaving to a new area, possibly the last area I will be serving in on my mission.

That's awesome that all the family, extended family and his friends were able to give gramps an early surprise 80th birthday party. Do send me pictures when the antelope hunt is on? It is crazy to think about going home here soon. I feel as if I have completely changed from who I was before the mission.

I have a ton of gifts for you all come Christmas time, one suit case is full of fun presents. I am running on a treadmill every day. I feel so much better and I am glad to be in the area especially because my old companion Elder H is now my zone leader!!! We have such a good time together!

Thanks for your prayers and thoughts. I sure do miss you all. I often ask myself, "What would dad do in a situation like this?" Well I am trying to finish up strong. Thank you so very much for your advice and the scripture you shared with me dad. I have meditated on that same subject for awhile now, ever since you first shared your experience with me a few months again. I will be sure to read and re-read that chapter in Alma 31 in the Book of Mormon.

I love you all!
Elder Perez

Saying goodbye to our converts
JL was my best friend here in zone 1.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Week 83: Re-reading the Book of Mormon as a Companionship

Our zones got together to play soccer. I didn't play with the zone today because I was feeling sick, but it was fun to watch the others play and I met up with a lot of friends from other zones. We had a great time and everyone kept playing even through it began to rain. The zone is all wet now, but I stayed dry!!

Lets see, highlights of the week include building a tin house with some members down in the cliff of our area. No worries, there are stairs there it's just a big hole in the ground. We also stopped by all the members homes and invited everyone to re-read the Book of Mormon as a family just like President Hinckley challenged us to do a few years back. Our mission president is inviting all to do the same and to read two chapters a day as a family to bring the spirit into their homes. We have begun reading the Book of Mormon over again as a companionship as well and are learning a whole lot from our studies.

The zone leaders held an emergency exchange with us to check if our apartment was in order. I went to their area and my companion stayed in our area. Well funny enough, we had just deep cleaned the house and I packed up all of my personal belongings in case I get changed in a week, so the place was spotless and super neat. I had even hand washed laundry and the dishes. Of course we didn't know about the exchanges for the day so I am very grateful our apartment passed inspection. 

Mom and dad I'm so happy that you two are able to go to Canada and have a good time together. You both sure did deserve a fun trip. Congratulations on the 29 yrs of marriage. That is a very impressive thing! 

Thanks for your prayers and thoughts. I sure do miss you all. I often think, "What would dad do in a situation like this?" Well I am trying to finish up strong. 

Sure do love you all!
Elder Perez
Our Zones got together to play soccer 
I didn't play because I was feeling sick, but it was
fun watching everyone else play

Monday, August 8, 2016

Week 82: We Have an Amazing Ward Mission Leader

You would be super proud of me mom. I have become quite the pro with hand washing my laundry, the house we live in is cleaner than it ever has been before, and I have saved mission money so that I can buy a higher quality shampoo and soap and it really has made a difference. 

Elder C and I have had some unforgettable experiences together and have really picked up the area despite how huge it is. It turns out that our whole area is like 20 blocks by 20 something blocks. It is so big it makes my brain hurt. We have finally been exploring the cliff areas were people live. It's like everyone just built stairs leading down a cliff and a ton of people live there in tin houses. It's awesome and people are a lot nicer down there. The sight from up top is awesome as well. I am super impressed by what people can do together. I will send a pic of the scene next week.

We have been stopping by as often as we can to visit the new converts we baptized. It's a little harder now because we are still expected to find new people to teach as well as re-teach all the lessons to these new converts. My companion likes to be pretty goofy sometimes which is fun. During the last visit we made he danced a little jig with the kids. Everyone was impressed because he is actually a really good dancer. 

This weekend our mission leader went out with us as normal. That guy never looses his interest in missionary work. He is a real example to me and sure has helped me rethink things as a missionary. Well we found a new family which went through a very difficult trial. We contacted them Wednesday but couldn't teach them because there was no man in the house. Our ward mission leader came with us for the appointment Saturday, and it turns out that the husband passed away the day before on Friday which was super sad. We taught his wife about the plan of salvation and shared our testimonies of Jesus Christ and of the atonement he made so that one day we will all be resurrected and live again. 

Much more happened over the week, but I have got to go. Talk with you all next week.

Love yous all a ton!!!
Elder Perez

Monday, August 1, 2016

Week 81: We Had Four Baptisms!!!

The baptismal service was great! I sent you all the photos I took. We went to the church at 10 AM to fill up the font and to warm the water. I bought a super cheap and tiny water heater here and for some reason I told myself it would warm everything up if I left it in all day. Well it actually did nothing and the water became colder than it originally was due to sitting all day in the cold chapel building. By night time it was freezing. I wish I had filled up the water a little bit higher too. At least for the two little guys it was the perfect size. 

I was sooo very nervous baptizing three of the four baptisms. When I baptized the mother she of course was heavier than the boys, and with the water being so cold she gasped for air right before going under the water which really startled me! Thankfully, I didn't mess up at all according to the two witnesses. We asked the newly called 1st counselor in the Bishopric to give a talk on baptism and my companion gave the talk on the Holy Ghost

Well the cutest thing happened before I baptized M.E.. Right before entering the water he tells me, "Elder I don't want to do this anymore." I said, "Why what's wrong?" He tells me, "I'm nervous." I bend down until we are at the same height and tell him, "Don't worry, I am new at this too. I have never baptized anyone before and you are going to be the very first one!" He asked, "Never ever?" "Never!" I replied. "What do you say?" He clenched his fists and said, "Va lets do it!" I swear he is such a champ! I was so proud, it was as if he was my little brother.

Well sure do love you all!
Elder Perez
He is like my little brother and a champ!
Love this Family

It was a happy day!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Week 80: Four Baptisms Planned for Next Week!

This week went by a little slower than the other one did. Mostly because all of the appointments that fell through. We made good progress with our contacts and in working the area. All that is left is to find those people prepared to listen to us. I sure don't feel like I am senior companion with Elder C due to how much of the work load we both share. Feels like we have the same amount of responsibility. 

We are trying to strengthen up this area the best we can, though at times it is really challenging. I know that things will work out if I just continue to work hard. My companion helps me because he makes me laugh at times. He is a jokester and tells me to repent for everything I do. Ha, ha, ha!

A lot of investigators celebrated birthdays this week and so we ran around from house to house gifting out 3 dollar cakes to each of them. One of the younger ones had a birthday clown performing at their house when we arrived and the father made me participate in the joke. The clown made me do the chicken dance and all the kids had a good laugh.

Next week we have 4 baptisms planned out which is really going to keep us occupied. Three of them asked me to perform the baptism which really makes me nervous. I have never baptized anyone before and all of a sudden I get to do three at once!! The ward seems really excited about these baptisms. Especially since two of them are 8 years old. I sure am proud of the mom and older boy that will be baptized too. They really have been working at this and have a true desire to learn about our father in heaven and to strengthen their families.

That's about all I have to say this week. 

Love you all!!
Elder Perez
Look What We Have!
A Cool New Pet!
Elder Perez's Companion Elder C.
Wow this companion is actually taller than Elder Perez.

Washing his cloths by hand
Wool Coat Elder Perez Bought

Monday, July 18, 2016

Week 79: Success Tracting with Stake Youth

So very much happened that first full week in July that I couldn't finish this email in time! So here is last weeks news, Elder C and I worked really hard to complete our goals, the zone actually changed our goals to push us even higher! And by some miracle we were able to surpass these all!

Friday afternoon the zone leaders and district leaders met up together at the stake center to teach the youth of the stake specifically assigned topics. I of course ended up helping out because my companion is a district leader. It actually was really fun!!! We taught the you how to contact people and I was able to teach pretty well and the practices we did were very successful. Then the following day all the youth went out to preach and teach the gospel. I got paired up with two youth and an 18 year old. We had a lot of success throughout the day and some people who had previously never let us in warmed up to the idea when our 12 youth asked them to let us in. We had a great time together and I was happy they all were able to participate in the lessons. The 12 year old even shared a scripture during one of our lessons. I was so proud of him.

My new companion is Elder C. He is a pretty tall guy and super fun to be around. We have had a blast together these last few days. We even managed to meet nearly all of our weekly goals and I have high hopes for our area. Elder C. was a little sad that no one from the ward welcomed him, though I don't think it was intentional on their part. He still is pretty new here and this is his second area in the mission. I am trying to show him everything there is to know here in central though. There is so much to teach him it is a little overwhelming. Several members from the ward counsel went out with us Saturday to visit members and our investigators. It worked out really well and I was happy to feel their support. Well that's about it for now. 

Write you all next week!
Elder Perez

Monday, July 11, 2016

Week 78: Zone Against Zone Soccer Match

Sorry for getting to you so late in the day. Our zone had a wild p-day which started 9 AM in the morning and it just ended now. So this email will be short. We did a zone against zone football (soccer) match with our Mission President present since we all completed the last months goals. We all had a really good time and we even played ultimate Frisbee as a zone! My team won a match!

You suggested I get bug repellent to keep from getting the Zika virus was prophetic. Funny enough, it is now mission policy to use bug repellent daily. They will be supplying all of us with the proper spray here soon!!! Thanks dad for the info on Zika virus. I don't plan on getting married until I'm about 25 so I won't have to worry about any of that.
I hope that you and grandpa have a great time hunting for his birthday! That sounds so cool, hopefully you get an antelope!

I stay here in my area for one more change and my companion is headed out to another area.

Love you all!!!
Elder Perez
A former companion of Elder Perez's
Elder K from Oregon and Elder Perez
Elder Perez's Zone

Elder Perez's Companion