Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Week 17 - First week in El Milagro with plenty of service

Buenos Dias!

This was a great first week here in El Milagro. It was a week of a lot of service which is always awesome. This week we cleared some yards, built some roofs, and we even helped someone bury their dog (it was at six in the morning, and the dog had been sitting out in the sun for 2 days... a little gross). It was so awesome getting to help these people in whatever way we can. This week when I was doing service I tried to remember another great quote of Dieter F. Uchtdorf from General Conference this past weekend that says "one kind of service is not above another". Whether you are rebuilding a house, helping someone bury their dog, helping someone carry their groceries to their car, or whatever type of service it might be that you are offering, as long as you are serving your fellow man, you are in the service of your God (Mosiah 2:17). No matter what situation we are in or calling we have their are always time to offer some type of service, and as long you are doing all you can to help others, it is all the same. 

Along with a lot of service this week yesterday I had the "privilege" of flying to Lima for the day. By privilege I mean I gave up my preparation day to fly down to Lima  nice and early to go sit in Immigrations for 5 hours to recieve my peruvian ID. This was followed by 3 hours in the airport waiting for our flight. Although it was not the most exciting day, I had a great time talking with some of the other missionaries who flew down with me as well as a few others who were waiting in Immigration. One of these contacts who was particularly interesting was Willians Mardian. He is an 18 year old venezuelan who moved to Lima 5 months ago because of the situation in Venezuela. He told us about how he left everything including family and friends behind to try and start a new life for himself here in Lima. Although he was far from home without too many comforts, he was able to keep a positive attitude telling us about how everywhere you go there is a different "flavor" of life, and it is your choice whether you are going to try and enjoy it or not. I think this made more sense when we were sitting in immigrations super hungry talking about food, but the idea is one can make the best of any situation or any "flavor" as long as one has the attitude to try something new and stay optimistic. 

As for my companion and I, Elder Bedregal had his 28th birthday on friday which we celebrated in our pensionista's house with cake, pollo a la braso, and Elder Bedregals famous cookies. He loves to cook and bakes his special cookies in our room just about every other night. They are delicious :) 
This week is also Easter, a great time to remember our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you have the time watch this awesome video about Christ.
This was another great week here in El Milagro. Have a great week of Easter and Passover.

Elder Vassau

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