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.
This past week we went to
Arequipa to have our mission leadership conference, and this Tuesday we will
have the zone conference toreport what was taught. The focus this past conference was contacting and
family history. I’m excited that the
Tucson Temple will have their open house anddedication soon, but as for the Arequipa temple the ground breakinghasn’t even been announced.
At least there is a legit
reason to come back to the mission in about3 years for the temple dedication, at least that’s
what I tell members, as they ask me if I
will ever come back to Peru.
Changes were this past
week and 2 of the 6 missionaries in this branchare getting taken out, so it appears that the work
just doubled as faras missionary work is
concerned. Now there are only 12
missionaries inthe zone.
Elder Nicholls and I are still companions and I
will finish my mission as a zone leader however the mission
president has made usthe District
Leaders as well.
Every Tuesday we will
have to teach ourdistrict
a class and watch over their needs and goals.
This week we will have our MLC in Arequipa as
It was an Elders birthday on Monday, he had 3 cakes which
followed the Peruvian tradition of getting his head smashed into the cake (also a McCook tradition…)
Elder Nicholls and I have
found our rhythm with working past week. We had a great week as far as lessons go, and to top it off we had 25
people in church thatare under our care.
We were able to rescue a less active
woman whouse to be the relief society
There was a mistake made
during sacrament but instead of overreacting,it made me realize that everyone participating is a
convert to thechurch or a rescue and is
less active. The special thing is that
theirchildren are born in the covenant.
Pedregal is growing. In my interview with President Zobrist he told
meabout the progress that Camana, Matarani
and Pedregal are making toexpand.