October 9, 2018


Jorge Chavez


Elder Guzman

Letter 9

What's up everyone-

This was probably my best week on the mish. It was awesome. We had some awesome lessons and we have some baptisms coming up, so this week just flew by. One of the things that's funny about the people of Peru is that they don't like to say no. So, when we ask them if they've read their scriptures, they usually say yes and act like they read it. Then to prove if they've actually read it, we will just make up something ridiculous like, did you read the part where Moroni rode his horse into battle and beat the entire Lamanite army by himself? And they always say yes haha. It's like lie witness news. It's hilarious! But this week was pretty awesome. I actually started out in kind of a funk and I did not have the best attitude. I was feeling frustrated with everything. However, that changed when I was talking to some other elders when we were waiting for our interviews and they were telling me that my Spanish was really good, which surprised me because I did not feel that way. Then later in the field, I had multiple members that same day tell me the same thing and that really boosted my confidence and my Spanish is actually better than it's ever been. I know that doesn't sound like a big deal, but I hadn't had anyone tell me that before and to hear it from 4 or 5 different people in the same day, I know that was a tender mercy from the Lord. Since then I have been feeling great and my Spanish is the best it's ever been and everything has been flying by. We also had our first multi zone conference which was a spiritual boost for me too. We talked about the importance of the Book of Mormon. It was awesome. Also I met Elder Mullen who is from Walla Walla, so that was cool.

I actually got to watch conference. I didn't catch every talk, but most of them. I bet everyones probably freaking out about the 2 hour church thing and the changes that have been made. It was honestly an awesome conference. I absolutely love the new change, not because church is shorter, but because the idea of studying the gospel on our own and in our families instead just makes so much sense to me. I've been thinking about why I've progressed so much spiritually here in the last 2 months and apart from being a missionary, I think it's the personal study that's really deepened my conversion and knowledge about the church, so this new home program is honestly genius. I loved all of the talks and I love seeing all of the themes that emerge from all of the talks. It's pretty interesting to see. Some of the ones I noticed were: the themes of strengthening families (with everything thats going on today our families need to be stronger) and simplifying our approach to the gospel (remembering it's purpose and the church's purpose to help us prepare us for eternal life). I think these changes will really help us understand that better. Along with that I thought eternal perspectives was another theme. Just forgetting about the things of the world and remembering what's most important in life. Having an eternal perspective can help us with our trials and helping us just enjoy life and understand it's purpose. Finally and most important is remembering our Savior Jesus Christ. He truly suffered for all of us so that we could repent and progress and because of that he can help us with our trials. And of course calling the church by it's true name, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I loved President Neslon's talk on this. He covered it perfectly, After all Christ has done for us, the least we can do is call the church by it's true name. Anyway, that's all I got for this week. Have a great week!

Love Elder Andelin


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