Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 25, 2015 ~ Week 47

After writing on Pday I left the internet café and as we were walking around, roaming the streets of Mollendo I noticed that ahead of me about 20 feet was someone that appeared to have one hand.   Normally when I think I spotted someone with one hand, it turns out they were just scratching their back.  However this teen had a green shirt wrapped around his arm, so I just went for it and said "hey, do you have one hand?"  Boom, right there a relationship of trust started.  He was born with one hand as well.  He was a shy little guy but we had a nice conversation that ended after I took a photo with him.  
I would have loved to have had a gospel discussion with him and get to know him more but he lives over in the Curva which is about 40 minutes away from Mollendo.  Also, that’s where the rioters and the cops are having their rocks and tear gas wars.  Speaking of the riot, we are now on day 60, I believe?

It has gotten pretty calm over here in Matarani, but the national police haven’t stopped their little gringo comments.  We decided to actually go over and talk with those that say hello to us and call us gringos, it turned into a nice conversation as well that ended with a photo.  I have always wanted to take a photo with them and their riot shields but I’ll settle for the latter.

Besides these two photos, this past week was long.  Appointment after appointment fell through and members have just not been contributing.  I have seen the adversaries influence in the life of the people I have talked to but I realized two things this week, perhaps I knew them before but this past week I’ll (as they say in Spanish) gave an account to the things I learned:

1)  God Loves the people of Peru, all of them.
2)  For one day, a normal person could not do what a Latter Day Saint missionary does every day if they did not soundly know that this
is the only true church upon the face of the earth.

If I did not care about either of those things I mentioned above, my life would never be the same.

God loves you.
The church is true.

Elder McCook

Words of the week: joven-teenager
                                dar cuenta- finally realize
                                defecto de nacimiento- birth defect

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