Hello! My name is Elder McCook. I am a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Serving in the Peru Arequipa Mission for 24 months. In the Spanish language. I will be returning July 2016. As a missionary, I teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and invite all to draw nearer to him. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.
week after writing, Elder Ramos and I wanted to go and find some futbol
jerseys.We went with Elder Estela from Chiclayo,
Peru and his comp Elder Zibetti who is my friend from the CCM. We walked into a store and everything was just
expensive, after throwing up the deuces we were walking in the market when a
man and his business companion had all four doors to their car open and were
selling futbol jerseys for dirt cheap. Cristiano
Ronaldo would be proud that I bought his jerseys for the equivalent of 4 American
dollars. Elder Ramos and I bought
A few nights ago as we
were preparing for bed, fireworks went off about 30 feet from our room, Elder Ramos
was surprised when he told me that it is not my birthday yet, and there are
fireworks. These fireworks continued for
about 5 minutes, then started the loud music and loud voices, it woke up our
neighbor and so we asked her why they are having a party over there. She explained that Habitat has parties every
weekend, and every weekend is a different holiday for Habitat. This past week
it was the birthday of the street called Villa Linares. All the neighbors were having a swell old
On Saturday the counselor
of the branch called me to ask if I would give the talk the following day at
church, without time for me to ask for a topic, the call ended. Elder Ramos asked me what I was going to share,
I told him of the promise in Doctrine and Covenants 84:85, and that in the
moment I would know.
That Sunday morning I
walked up to the pulpit with my Book of Mormon and Bible and just opened my
mouth. It was a little awkward at first
simply because I am now speaking Spanish like an Argentino, which is totally
different from the way Peruvians talk. And
even Elder Zibetti my CCM homie is jealous of the way I talk. Thanks to my companion "El Che"
Elder Ramos, from Argentina.
I started my talk with
the scripture from Doctrine and Covenants 84:85 and told them that I have been
watching the branch and attending the branch for the past 7 months and now as I
stand before them today and it is 9:47am that the Lord will give me the words they
need to hear.
The Lord as always
fulfilled His promise and I received many positive compliments from the
After giving the talk I
thought I could just go throughout the meetings and help my investigators and
less actives that are in attendance, however after the sacrament meeting the
branch president asked if I and Elder Ramos could teach the class Gospel
Principals, pretty sweet, 5 minute notice. Before the class could even end, the elder
quorum president asked if I and Elder Ramos would teach the Elders Quorum class
that was about to start. Pretty sweet, another
5 minutes notice. It was pretty much a McCook
and Ramos show yesterday as we participated by teaching in all of the meetings
The rama Camana has lots
to change before it can progress. They
have an attitude of "missionaries do this, do that"
I love service, but it
would be nice to establish a house of order.
Also yesterday I ate my
very last Blue raspberry Baby Bottle Pop.
So if you happen to read
this letter, send some ASAP to:
Av Ejercito 710
OF. 702 (Edificio El Peral)
Nah, I joke but, yeah.
Words of the week:
The Book of Mormon- El
libro de Mormon
The Lord always fulfills
his promises - El Señor cumplí siempre con sus promesas