Monday, December 28, 2015

December 28, 2015

Hey well suprise.... After skyping with you guys I received a phone call from the assistants that I will have a change and that I will become a district leader... My anticipations were confirmed that yep,,, I am leaving the Cria... The suprising part this time is I actually know where I am going and who will be me new companion. I am heading off tomorrow to an area in chiclayo called las brisas or the breezes.. It will be really different actually being close to the center of chiclayo. I will be in the Chiclayo Central zone. I am actually devastated to leave Elder Darrington. We have become great friends yet it will be really easy to see eachother after the mission because we live the max 7 minutes away from eachother. Oh my new companion is named elder Isuiza... he is from Lima and will be my first companion from peru... the funniest part is this guy is basically a midget... well not quite but it is really short... He has the same time as my stepson in the mission... I feel that it will help my accent having a companion that is actually from peru.

This last sunday all the ward members new I was going, and it was hard... .they were all saying their good byes... I hate good byes... it hurts... I love these people... AND I WILL SEE THEM AGAIN IN PERU..... when I come back with the family to do a little tour of all my areas. and hopefully see Machu pichu.. Haha one of the speakers did not show up so the bishop... haha... during the passing of the sacrament had one of his cousnelors pass me on note give a talk... I was fine with it... It was just another great time to thank the ward for all their help and love and support. I then talked about the atonement and the importance of being humble.... I shared isaiah 1 18 and 19 and talked about the cleaniness and whitenss of snow... I even mentioned how you guys held up and showed me the snow during our skype call.

I will be on later today... hope to see you all on because I love to chat with all of you guys..

love you a ton... Happy New year... haha next year I am coming home.. Time to kick it in to the top gear... Lider de distrito here I come...

Bring it

Elder Mecham

December 22, 2015

HAHAHAHAHA Merry Christmas

Hey the internet did not work yesterday so now we got permission from president to write right now.. how are you.. this week went well. The past week we did a work visit with the elders from Pucala. It was a little annoying because it was scheduled that I would stay in our area and Elder Darrington would go to pucala. They called the morning of and changed it all. It was actually annoying, but what evers you go where you go. It turned out well.

The only thing is work visits are always fun and something different always happens... for example the penscion of pucala gave me a tomale.. the last time they were delicious but thing time well lets just say i almost barfed. I was half way through eating the tamale when I bit into some chicken that was completely raw. How gross. I walked with elder Lozano and block and then I threw it to the dogs... the sad part is  the dogs would not even touch the tamale either.... that is when you know it is bad. The good part of the work visit is that it was the birthday of one of the members there. We were just passing by and we saw all these little kids eating cake, popcorn, and jell o. Next thing I know the ward mission leader, a big fat dude, was calling the kids over... He basically coerced the kids to show them what they had then he ripped the popcorn out of the hands out of one of the smaller children. The sight was hilarious a grown man stealing popcorn from a 3  year old. Later the family ended up giving us cake, jell o, and popcorn. The best part was that the little kids tried to get even with the ward mission leader of pucala. The little kid ran in got some of his older buddies and they started to attack the poor guy. His shirt was white when we started and later it is completely covered in dirt and grime.. . Moral of the story is do not steal popcorn from a peruvian.

On friday we went and sang in the plaza de armas or the town center of chiclayo. It was a blast to sing and see a lot of my friends and buddies from the mission. The cool thing is the mayor of chiclayo was there and also a whole camera crew, so we were live in the peruvian television. We also contacted like crazy there in the square.. .there were so many people. at the end of the night we stayed in chiclayo.. the best part is we stayed in the room of the zone leaders of chiclayo central which one of them is elder nordhoff my old companion. He took us to eat at a nice american style pizza place, where I ate the best pizza I have tried  in peru... Why was it so good, well because an american made it... The owner of the store is a guy named Bob that moved to peru married a girl and started a pizza restaurant. . the guy is awesome... he is from portland maine.... He also also taking the lessons from the missionaries... he will b e a great member.

Pedro pablo is doing well... Each time we meet with him he tells us more how since he has taken the visits from us he has changed and become basically a new creature... The man is inspiring... he lives in one of the humblest houses I have seen, yet he is happier than ever.... Money does not equal happiness folks... He is perparing for the 23rd of January.... This man is a testimony builder... you guys just got to meet him one day.

Well feliz navidad,,,, Go UTES... 5 consecutive games in a row over the BYU... Remember... Ha Nacido un Salvador    

With my buds,, Los cuys muertos... Also with Elder Nordhoff


Sunday, December 20, 2015

December 14, 2015

What a fanntastic week!!!!

First my birthday was great. We had a district meeting in Patapo where they sang to me. And of course I received many eggs on my head. The thing is, it was not my first rodeo in receiving eggs. The first egg I completely dodged, the second no... But the elders that smashed them on my head, I gave them a great big hug, and rubbed my head all over their shirts...They should have seen it coming.... haha.
Jorge Torres, my recent convert, had his birthday on the 10th. It was funny because he did not believe me when I told him, he made me take out my visa to prove it to him. Then he gave us cake and we laughed.

On Friday, there was a multizone activity in Chiclayo with half the mission. Usually multizones are where we learn a lot, and it is super spiritual,but this one was a Christmas party. We got there played ping pong until everyone arrived and then we walked to Rokys and ate pollo a la brasa with inca kola and icecream. It was good. The funny thing is we filled the entire top floor of restaurant, and all the peruvians were like,, what in the world his going on? A bunch of gringos and Latinos in white shirts and ties all walking togehter and eating here... It must be the end of the world. Afterwards, we did our skits, and watched santa claus is coming to town,,,the classic Christmas tale with the mailman and the burger meister meister burger.
It was a great time. After we ate banana splits and they gave a some gifts from the mission: a custom made temple recommend holder with a picture of the trujillo temple on one side saying mision peru Chiclayo, and the other side has a picture a Presidente y Hermana Williams that says in spanish with lots of love and care. It is sweet.

After, the party we tried to get back to our area, but there were not combis that late in the night. So we stayed with the assistants and they ordered pizza hut. Also my package showed up afterwards too. What a blessing....
After chatting basically all night,.... haha... the assistants... we went back to the cria just to travel again for stake conference. Elder Wilson Calderon spoke on the key to being happy is serving.. Then he had all the elders and sisters stand up.. He then said, look these are happy people and for this reason.

Sunday, for the general session of stake conference we watched it in the cria at the chapel. The sad thing is that the internet feed did not work, so we missed over half of the conference. To calm the congregation, I played prelude Christmas music..

Then today we played soccer and football with my new gift also.

Thanks for the package.. the tree was awesome,, thanks so much... I will for sure see star wars when I get home. I opened the football right away.. and the music because I am putting it on an mp3 player right now. It is hard to add music to the iPod, because I do not have the iTunes account and pass word for it

Monday, December 7, 2015

December 7, 2015

It seems like the weeks are flying by. Sometimes it is hard though in Christmas because everyone heads out to the city , so it is hard to find people in their homes. All it means is that we must work and follow the spirit even more.

This last week the highlight for me was that we were able to put a baptismal date on an investigator named Pedro Pablo Tenzin. Yep his name is Peter Paul, very biblical right. The guy is a humble farmer that does not know how to read. The dude just has the strongest desire to follow God and do what is right. We put the date for the 23 of January because the guy wants to finish the year as a catholic, but he told us that he will prepare so that he can get baptized. The coolest thing about him  is before he could not go to church for his work buying and selling cows, but this last time we saw him he send a new job presented itself and with this job he would not need to work on sundays. It is amazing how God gives us a way to complete all the commandments, so times we just have to take a faithful step into the dark, so that our light can grow. I know that the Savior is working side by side with me, I can feel his love, not only for the people of peru but for me as his servant too.

This sunday we  watched the Christmas devotional. Wow... I miss being able to go and see the lights and temple squarre.

Also this next week as a mission we will have a multi zone to eat, do skits, learn more about the gospel, of course, and live Christmas


It is also stake conference, a seventy is coming so that should be good.

The mission gave me cake for my bday, also this monkey is just a guys pet. It was really funny having him jump around and climb on my head.

Have a great week... Eat some great American food for me please.  Also send pictures...  I love to see how you are.

November 30, 2015

Well with the Christmas season coming upon us. We must remember why we celebrate.

I love this time, the music, the traditions, the time with family. Snow, haha, not going to see that for a little bit.

Remember, remember, that this time is to reflect on our Lord and Savior, the great I am. I was reading today before P day started in 2 Nephi 25. This chapter is great, by the way so read it, ponder it, and apply it to your lives. Anyways, Nephi rejoices in Isaiah who prophesied the birth of Jesus, but the cool thing is Nephi actually had the name of the Christ child revealed unto him.

Jesus was born. I invite, all to rejoice, live, and bask in the tranquility that the Lord has given us. Live as examples, true disciples of him. I know if you do, you will feel the peace, joy, and love that this hectic commercialized world cannot offer. I know Jesus Christ lives and through him I can do all thing that make me a better servant in his hands.

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God rest you merry Gentlemen, As you can tell I am excited for Christmas..

Gonna eat me some turkey, the turkey that I did not eat for thanksgiving.

Oh ya, had a baptism... haha. Honestly, the prayer in Spanish is easier. 

First time I performed the ordinance, but the start of many more to come

Elder Joshua Leo Mecham