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.
The last full week of the
mission has past. Full of interviews withthe mission president, a zone
conference and just packing my bags, andself-evaluations. I’ve been
thinking to myself, "man its really over?"
Not that it passed
quickly, but just thinking. I’ve looked forward tomy mission my whole childhood, and
now it’s over. Who would haveguessed it.
express it in an email, you’ll just see from this Saturday andon how this childhood dream has been accomplished
We had a
baptism this past week to make it a 3 peat. We left the fontrunning as we went to lunch and the font FLOODED. We
walked up to the church after lunch and water was coming out from under
the front door. Good thing the
service started at 5 because we were
there for 3 hours with no mops, just brooms.
The branch president and young men’s president surprisingly
showed up early and helped us.
The same thing happened a
week ago as we woke up to no water and leftthe shower knob on as we went out
for the day.
even know how to start this second to the last blog so I’ll just skip to the
BACK.... Saturday we had the baptism of Jack Leandro. He is 9years old and is in a family of active
members. They are goingthrough
some hard times right now and so we are trying to activate themom. After the baptism of Jack his mom Belinda
bore her testimony. She cried
and the room was filled with the spirit. Saturday morningwas a bit rough because we had to fill up the font
twice. The firsttime the
water came out nasty and it was so dirty that we couldn’t evensee the bottom. We emptied out the water and
tried to fill it upagain and the
second time you could barely see the bottom but it wasstill a greenish looking color. We didn’t have
time to do it again butthe
baptism still came to pass and we had a baptism for the second straight
was the day of elections. We still don’t know who won but to meit doesn’t really matter haha. We didn’t
have church because everyonewas
voting and so yesterday was a pretty laid back day.
to have another baptism this Saturday so please pray for Rivaldo.
we didn’t really do anything throughout the day because thereisn’t much to do in Pedregal, however we had a great
lesson with Dana,Roselyn, and
we had our district meeting and Elder Nicholls and I taughtthe class because we are in charge of the zone and one
of thedistricts. We talked
about love and the importance of contacting.
was Elder Nicholls 20th birthday, we had one of theassistants with us. We taught double the amount
of lessons that wenormally teach
in a day and the assistant was also able to do somebaptismal interviews. They ended up passing
their interviews andafter we went
and had some big hamburgers at the food truck by ourroom.
we went to Camana for a multi zone conference. The beach airfelt nice returning after 16 months. It was a
conference with about40
missionaries and it was probably one of President Zobrist’s and mylast conferences.
was the baptism of Dana (the mom) and Roselyn ( her daughter).They were
baptized at 4pm Saturday afternoon and it was probably oneof my coldest baptisms. The water was freezing
however it was aspiritual
experience. Dana cried during her testimony and her family attended
the baptism and they are from Camana (about 1 hour fromPedregal).
they were confirmed and received the holy ghost. There was avery good attendance at church yesterday.
It was our branchconference and
we had 5 investigators and 8 less actives at church.We also
rescued Richard Garay who was less active for a good time.
being so blessed right now. We have seen a huge change in ourarea this month of May. It has probably
been one of my best month’snumbers
wise. We finished with 2 baptisms and 6 rescues this month.We still have tons of investigators and less
actives to teach that are progressing.
Leandro this week as he prepares for his baptism on Saturday. We won’t be
going to church this Sunday because of Peruvian presidentialelections.
The "let’s go and
get 100 lessons and 100 baptisms and rescues" bug haskicked in, and we are breaking
records as far as teaching goes. Alsothe temperature is super-hot, I’m not sure if
its broken a record butthe sun
seems to come closer to Pedregal’s surface every day. A family we are
teaching has been keeping their commitment and has the goal to bebaptized this Saturday, so pray for Dana and Roselyn.
We will have branch
conference this Sunday, then the following Sunday (June 5th),
are the presidential elections again (which means no church), so it appears thatJune 12th will be the last time I
partake of the sacrament in Peru.