9/25/17 Another week down and the grind continues, this week we had 2 baptisms for a father of a part member family and a young adult of 18 years. It was awesome to see their progression, but still it makes me nervous when the ward doesn't help too much with accepting them into the fold. I just hope that well get some more help from them so that our converts don't drop off the face of the planet like a lot of them do here (retention is a really big problem here).
Other than that the area is doing well, but we really need to find more people, we have a family that we are teaching and they're suuuuper excited to learn, especially because they have a lot of money problems and they want to change their lives. It was actually kinda funny teaching them about prophets because when they asked if god still talks to us now and we told them about modern-day-prophets they pretty much flipped out and wanted to get baptized then and there. Its really something when you find the people who have been prepared to receive us, and honestly its the best.
So yeah, there's not too much going on other than the work, and that's really how it should be, i guess i'll finish up by sharing my favorite scripture so far (I think I've already shared it but it was a while ago) its DC 64:33-34. Its helped me and keeps on helping me, seriously an awesome scripture. Read it, study it, love it! Have a great week! -Elder grover
10/2/17 Well that was tooo fast haha, its been so long yet so short. This week was interesting, we didn't get a whole lot done but we have another family on date! super excited for that, just need to money to get married haha. We really need to find more people who have real interest, its not that fun looking through a needlestack to find a piece of gold (hay doesn't relate the importance of a human soul haha). Its alright, just enjoying the journey and trying to work hard. As far as news goes, Elder Falabella is coming to Iquitos and will be in our leadership council this next week... so we gotta be prepared for some crazy burning haha. Other than that things are going well, just gotta keep on rolling on forward to do the work! Love you all! -Elder grover
10/9/17 Another week has flown by and I have no idea where it went... the thing is that it was really slow in the moment, but it doesn't matter now cause I'm already here at a really worn-out keyboard haha. But all is well and i am healthy and happy workin' up a storm out here in Iquitos! this week has been great in regards to the work, were finding new people to teach and we have another baptismal date for the end of this month. Zone leader responsibilities are what I'm focusing n now, trying to help the rest fo the zone get it together haha.
This past weekend we had conference and recently i saw one of the topics really come to light while i was working with my companion. Sometimes it gets difficult helping other really see why its important to do things with love and compassion, but when there's a complete rejection it gets even more difficult to help them. Sometimes it makes you want to explode on them and straighten them out completely right then and there, but it really doesn't work that way. I remembered a talk that was about hard things, and while pondering the topic it hit me, hard things are good when we react well. It wasn't easy but I was able (mas o menos) to continue showing love to the Elders. And with that ill end with the quote from Presidente Monson, "let us always choose the harder right than the easier wrong". AMEN, have a great week! -Elder Grover
10/14/17 The first thing that your gonna say is, "why the heck did he write us on a Saturday?" Well thats a very good question haha, and the answer is the big news that i mentioned last week! From now on my Pday is on Saturday because i am the new Assistant to the President of the Peru Iquitos Mission! So yeah, big change... To be quite honest i was shocked when President told me that i would be going to work as an assistant, and im still a little dumbfounded... NEVERTHELESS, i am overwhelmingly honored to be here working alongside President. I now have access to just about the best of everything and i get to sleep in AIR CONDITIONING. But still no hot showers... its aight, in this area i will be working normally when time permits it, i will have a lot to do with this assignment and the responsibilities that come with it. I only had one transfer in the Secada Zone as a Zone leader, and that was a blast, kinda feel bad for leaving behind Elder Gemin, but i know that if the Lord wants me to be here, then here i will stay. My new companion is Elder Culquicondor (i know the name is interesting haha) which is pronounced koolkeycondour. ill send a pic of him after this letter. so yeah, theres the big news, theres not much else haha. From now on well be in touch on Saturdays and next week ill give you all the scoop on whats goin down. I LOVE YOU. -Elder Grover
pics of a mission-wide service we did (beach clean up) and this is my zone! also i burned a shirt haha.
My new companion!