Monday, December 8, 2014

Holy cow! What a week. To start off I want to say that this week reminded me lots of my first week in the mission. My first week in the mission was the hardest week of my life. To start off on Monday we wrote and worked like normal and then Tuesday was our Pday. On Tuesday we ate lunch at the pencion and then we ate McFlurries at McDonalds. They were very very yummy. Then we went the the Stake Center in Campoy to find out the cambios or transfers. I wasn't expecting to get transferred since I was training but well that wasn't the case. I did get transferred and I got transferred to Sucro, which is a really rich area where the work is a Little harder. And well I got transferred and am now a district leader, which I was not expecting. I was loving everything about my other area. I loved being with Elder Anderson more than any other companion I have ever had and I was sad to leave. Anyways we all went to transfers early in La Molina because Elder Nunja who was Elder Netzleys companion was training. When we got there President came up to me and asked, "Well Elder Jones, do you think you are ready?" I answered "Yeah I think so..." At this point I thought I was just getting transferred to be a District Leader and going to a new area and well nothing more. Well after that I went and talked to some of the other missionaries and then the Assistant came and found me telling me I was training.... again which meant that we were both going to a new area. WOW. Anyways that's where I am at. I am training Elder Juarez from mexico and we are opening an area and I am District Leader and I´ll tell you what it has not been easy. We are opening an area where the old elders had problems with girls, which is another long story, and we no nothing. I knew nothing about being a district leader but I am learning. Elder Juarez is really annoying and talks a lot and only talks about his girlfriend and his parents. He is really weird and nothing like Elder Anderson :(. I have been so stressed trying to figure all this out haha but I know it will get better. Yeah so anyways right now I am in a rich area where there is a KFC a McDonalds, Pizza Hut and basically what ever I want but the problem is, is that we don´t have money... The members here are really nice and we eat lots of food! They cook so much better here! Oh yeah and on top of training and being district leader and opening an area we need to find another place to live by today, find somebody to do our laundry and find a permanent penchion because the one we have is only temporary.... wow. Its really nice here and there is Little dust. There are members with cars!

Anyways that is my crazy week. Hopefully this week goes better. I need to figure out some way to get Elder Juarez to stop talking or to start talking about something else besides his girlfriend haha. The mission is great and I learn so much. I don´t really like learning hard things but I have to do it. I hope that when I get back I will be a better person and have developed more attributes like patience! Well that's about it! Thanks for the support! Love you all! I would love some letters!
Well this week was fun. I am a little short on time this week because I have had some more people email. So I will make this a little shorter. Also I didn´t get your email either so... haha just kidding. This week was good. Challenging but good. We went to the zoo in lima on monday!! Wow it was awesome! My favorite part was when we were driving to the zoo we drove for like 10 minutes right by the OCEAN!! I finally got to see the ocean in peru! Ahh I loved that. Anyways we went to the zoo and my camera died... haha so I hung out with Elder Derr, from Hyrum haha and I used his camera a little to take some pictures. He is an awesome kid. He is new and enjoys being with me. The new elders now look up to me haha but I am still new! That was fun anyway! On tuesday we just had a regular day. On Wednesday we had a zone meeting. It was really good. We learned about the importance of time management. On thursday we didn´t have a whole lot of luck teaching either. On Friday though, I think we had the best day I have had here in Surco! We had 5 lessons! Thats a miricle! We got 2 new investigators! On Saturday and Sunday we got to watch conference! I loved every minute of it! I learned so much! I want to download the talks but I feel that my internet time is a little bit limited to do that.
Okay, from the conference I want you, as a family, to do one thing for this week. You MUST have your family home evening. I want you all to watch the talk from the Sunday Afternoon session of Richard G. Scott! There are some promised blessings in this talk that I want you to find and write down. I also want you to make a plan and review how you are all going to do better at completeing the 4 things he asked! Take notes of this talk and whatever more you have time to watch this week! The family needs to do better at sharing testimonies with each other as well. Have a little family testimony meeting one of these days! Yeah!? Ok I trust you with this! I am treating you like I treat all my investigators! You must do this if you want blessings! Will you do it? In the next visit we will check up on how you felt and what you learned... Ok! Sounds good! You´re the best! I promise that you will find answers to your questions if you do this and you will receive the blessings you need!
Well thats it for me! Thank you! Love you! Keep working hard!
Elder Jones
Well this week was a little bit less stressful! Thank goodness! It was busy but not super stressful since we are both getting to know the area a little bit better. On Monday we watched Brother Bear as a zone and then we had one lesson later on. My companion was a little depressed because he didn't get to say everything he wanted to his family haha. He felt better after the movie. On Monday night we stayed the night at the zone leaders because Elder Harris, our zone leader, and I had to be in La Molina early for a District Leader´s training haha. It was really good! We woke up early and then we headed in the Train!! they have in Lima now! It was good! We got to La Molina about an hour early... We got back about 3 and ate lunch about 3:30. On Wednesday we basically did the same thing. We got up at 5:15 so we could get to the zone leaders apartment before 6:45 so we and the the hermanas in our district could take a taxi to La Molina for a Multi-Zone conference. It was good! I really love hearing from President Boswell! Once again we got back kinda late and ate lunch late. On Thursday we had our District Meeting. It was good. I taught about Faith! I feel that the district really enjoyed it and felt the spirit. On Friday my companion was really depressed during our weekly planning and did not want to help out at all! I got after him a little bit and had to be a little harsh with him so he would be humble enough to tell me what was going on and how I could help him. He finally gave in and told me he was really home sick and was having negative thoughts about how his girlfriend wasn't going to wait for him and such. It was a good time for us to bond. I gave him what council I could and showed him I loved him and he felt better. He is having a really hard time getting his family and his home out of his mind and is having a hard time focusing on the work here. He is a good missionary though and he will be great! Saturday we had 1 lesson and looked for rooms pretty much the whole day. We have to move because the place we are living has a girl that is about 25 or so living in the floor below us and for the rules of the mission we have to move but we cant find a place to go.... oh well. We will find one. Sunday was voting here in Peru so they do not allow meetings... Nobody was home and nobody wanted to have lessons with us. We pretty much contacted all day but it was a really good thing! We had some really cool experiences contacting! We even found a new investigator!! That's about it for my week! It was a good week! Keep praying for me and I know that in the coming weeks things will go even better! 

I love you all! Keep doing the things the prophets say and you will not go astray!

Thank you for everything! Love you!

Love Elder Jones 
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