May 8, 2017 1:43 p.m. Comas Lima Peru
Semana 16 I Love to See the Temple
Julio Cesar va a bautizarse este sabado! Mayumi el 27 and Tony el 27. Marco and Ara we’re still not sure about their baptismal dates. Tony tiene como 50 anos y es soltero, le ensenamos en una casa de miembros sobre el dia de reposo y coordinamos con ellos para recogerlo para la iglesia, pero el dia siguiente (domingo), ellos fueron tarde y el no estaba porque ya habia salido por la iglesia. que bendicion! el es chistoso, y tiene muchas preguntas. sus padres son testigos de jehovah, pero son muy amables y noe permiten ensenarlo en su casa.
(Julio Cesar is going to be baptized this Saturday! Mayumi on May 27th, and Tony on May 27th. Marco and Ara we’re still not sure about their baptismal dates. Tony is about 50 years old and is single. We teach him in a member’s home on his day off and coordinated with them to pick him up for church. But the following day (Sunday), they were running late and he wasn’t there because he had already left for the church. What a blessing! He is funny and has many questions. His parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses, but are very friendly and gave us permission to teach him in their house.)
Last night we got to teach a wonderful couple with 3 young children. They are beyond humble and have the hunger that the scriptures talk about for the teachings of Christ. The man doesn’t know how to read, but is involved in the lessons. When we asked him who would you like to give the prayer, he said “me”. We taught the Plan of Salvation and law of chastity and they accepted the invitation to be married and baptized! This is a miracle. (The next marriage service is in June, so more to come on that).
To answer family questions from your letter on 3.26.17:
Q: Do you live in an apartment building? Do you live close to other missionaries or members, or just in an apartment by yourselves?
We live in an apartment; no other missionaries or members, but the people that live in our building on different floors are really nice. The husband of the woman who rents to us has TB. I think he has had a lot of brain surgeries and likes to bang on the windows. We take care that he doesn’t escape when we unlock the doors. He is a darling and normally is very calm.
Q: Have you learned any kid’s songs/playground rhymes in Spanish from any of the kids there?
I learned how to sing Happy Birthday in Peru (evidentally it’s not the same for all Spanish-speaking countries). They always start by singing Happy Bday in English, then sing “cumpleanos feliz te deseamos a ti cumpleanos felices te deseamos a ti”. Also, there’s a mother’s day song that goes : “madrecita de mi amor …yo siento tan contento que te quiero mas y mas”.
Q: What would you most like to receive from home?
To receive from home? YOU all! No, really I don’t care. Anything is wonderful. Always welcome is American candy/snacks and longhand letters.
Q: How many pushups can you do? Is it more than your companion?
I don’t know, but I am pretty good at squats, downward dog, and child’s pose.
Q: Who is the best singer in your ward/branch?
Everyone here has a pretty low range – to the point that I can’t sing the notes anymore. Hermana Salguero has a good voice!
Q: Is the “apartment binder” up to date? If not, how bad is it?
The apartment binder now is pretty good, because Hermana Salguero loves to organize it in her free time 🙂 But, from old missionaries, it’s sad because they didn’t always put down the address of the people, so we can’t find them again very easily.
Q: Do you like studying with your companion? If yes, how does it feel to be the only person like that on the planet?
I love companionship study when we are focusing on how to teach a specific investigator. I don’t love practicas but I know that they are important and give me more courage when I’m talking with people proselyting or in lessons.
Q: How do you do your laundry? Do you pay for it? To a person or a machine? How much?
We take our laundry every week with us to our district meeting (Tuesday morning) in the stake center and there is a member that does the laundry for everyone, paid by the mission, and we pick it up in the zone leader’s house on Thursday.
Q: What’s the 1 item you are so glad you brought with you (aside from the scriptures, etc.)? What 1 item do you wish you had brought with you the most?
I’m glad that I brought wipes, because whenever we don’t have water, I can at least wipe off the dirt from my legs and clean my desk easily, etc. They are super nice! I wish that I had brought my other brown skirt too because sometimes I don’t have enough laundry to last the week (all is well because I just reuse them).
Q: What was the first “need” item you bought in Peru besides food? What was the best “want” item?
I bought a small backpack for Pday, which is also needed for work visits when we spend the night with different companions and need to carry a change of clothes and shower stuff.
My new scriptures and covers! They are beautiful and I’m afraid to use them, to dirty them.
Q: What are interesting modes of transportation you’ve seen?
motos- mini cars with no doors that don’t really have traffic rules and can fit in impossibly small areas
combis- mini vans basically that hop in and out of and pay based on the length of your travel
taxis- cars that don’t have seatbelts, how we get to the oficinas
(Don’t worry mother, I promise that most all of these drivers are incredibly skilled in defensive and aggressive driving techniques.)
Q: What’s the worst food you’ve had? The best?
There really isn’t a worst yet, but Hna Salguero and I are going to try tocush (basically rotten potato used for medicinal purposes. I’m unconvinceds)
My favorite dishes are aji de gallina, lomo saltado, causa, chaufa, lantajes, milanesa…. (chicken chili, stir-fried beef?, a potato salad-type dish, fried rice, lantajes? (beans?), cutlet…)
Q: Have your soccer skills come in handy yet?
No, we haven’t played soccer yet, but we have seen many people playing in the streets and dancing in the parks.
Q: Do you like the Peruvian music that you hear in the streets?
Yes! Almost always it makes me want to dance waiting for people to answer the door (we heard some Lionel Richie the other day!
Q: What is your ward/branch like? Are there very many kids?
Yes! Mostly there are a lot of JAS (young single adults)
Q: Do you like singing hymns with your ward in Spanish?
Yes, I love singing in Spanish. “Jesus es mi luz” es mi favorito en espanol.
Q: Have you gone into the primary and heard them sing in Spanish?
No, but last week they were practicing for mother’s day after church. So cute
Q: Is your church building like the ones in the United States?
Yes, smaller, there’s a big hallway down the middle and classes on either side.
Q: How many times have you been referred to as ‘the American’?
A lot. Almost every day when we walk past a group of young adults they start talking in English (normally just hi or hi how are you) and once a man in a moto proposed to me, we walked away pretty fast from him.
Q: Have you been followed by a street vendor trying to sell you something you didn’t want? What was it?
People selling things here (aceitun (olives), ice cream, mango, avocado, etc.) push their carts through the streets and talk into a microphone to advertise the item. I am amazed at how big the carts are sometimes that are only pushed by one man.
Q: How does the water taste?
We only are allowed to drink filtered water, so it tastes great! 🙂
Q: What is your current mile time?
Probably worse than before. We walk all day long, but I haven’t run to exercise here.
Q: What do you eat, if anything, when you study your scriptures?
crackers, mandarins, or cereal with yogurt
Q: What does Peru smell like?
Sometimes fishy with the breeze off of the sea, sometimes like garbage or other bad smells depending where you are, most of the time normal just that there’s a lot more dirt-dust in the air here than in the states.
Q: What do you smell like?
I’m sure fresh as a daisy, because i just took a shower 🙂
Q: What is the most spiritual experience you’ve had?
I think I feel the spirit the most when I’m learning from President Godfrey in an interview, or zone conference and feel again the significance of this calling to share the gospel. I know that the day of miracles has not ceased.
27 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God, to claim of the Father his rights of mercy which he hath upon the children of men?
28 For he hath answered the ends of the law, and he claimeth all those who have faith in him; and they who have faith in him will cleave unto every good thing; wherefore he advocateth the cause of the children of men; and he dwelleth eternally in the heavens.
29 And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men.
30 For behold, they are subject unto him, to minister according to the word of his command, showing themselves unto them of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness.
31 And the office of their ministry is to call men unto repentance, and to fulfil and to do the work of the covenants of the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men, to prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word of Christ unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him.
32 And by so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof; and after this manner bringeth to pass the Father, the covenants which he hath made unto the children of men.
33 And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.
34 And he hath said: Repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and be baptized in my name, and have faith in me, that ye may be saved.
Know that I love you each fervently and am so grateful to know that the Lord watches over you many miles away from me and me many miles away from you. I know that Christ lives and that He bled from every pore because of the strongest love a mortal could have. He felt your pain, your sickness, your weaknesses and he knows your joys, laughs and blessings. Trust in Him, give your heart to Him. He loves you. He has prepared a beautiful way that we can return to our Father in Heaven and live with our families forever. I am so blessed that I get to testify of Him and these truths every day. I pray for you.
Love, Hermana Baldridge