Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New Kid!

So about 3 months I told you that I have a son and that he was Peruvian...well that son got shipped off to Iquitos last week and now I have a second son [new missionaries in their first area].  I think I'm actually the first  American missionary in the mission Iquitos to be training another American missionary. It's so weird to be with another American.  When I got here, there were no 2 American missionaries, I'm training one.  His name is Elder Lee and he is from Idaho and we went to the gym this week and he made me feel like a little girl.  When he goes home, he's going to play safety [football position for the uninitiated] at Boise State.  He already speaks Spanish really well and he's just really cool.  He got hit with the first week sickness like every other American who gets here but that was just one day and now he's fine.  So yeah, he's American, cool and loves football...I think you can say I'm excited about this companionship!  I don't have a picture for you yet...I forgot the cord to send week...

This week we taught this less active kid who's 19.  But it's interesting.  His dad is the branch [congregation] mission leader, his brother is a returned missionary and the 2nd counselor in the branch and his uncle is the branch president. With all of that support, he still went inactive [fell away from the Church]-- not because he's not a good kid, but just because he had some bad friends.  I feel like having that kind of family should help him to stay active or to help him go back to church but really I don't think any of them ever said anything to him.  We finally got to talk to him, I'd never been able to find him before when he was just in the house for a minute.  We read with him in Alma 7 about the Atonement and really he kinda just broke down and asked us if we could keep teaching him and help him go back to church.  What I can't believe is that with all of those family members, NONE of them ever invited him with love to go back to church.  Maybe they told him he should do it but didn't really help them to be able to understand why.  If you love someone and you know they're going down a path that won't bring them happiness, don't just let them do it! help them to do what they should. Don't just say that it's their life and they can choose what they want to do.  If you really love them, you want the best for them. If you think it's not your responsibility, you're wrong.  It's yours.  Especially with your own family.  You're the only one who can do it.  There is no one else.  I just feel like he lost time and a part of his life just because everyone thought that he just had to choose for himself.  It's true but they have to help him.  Love those around you.  Invite them to come unto Christ if it's for the first time or if they had already started the path before.  Invite them back.  I've heard about a thousand times from the area presidency and from President Gomez this scripture 3 Nephi 18:32:

Nevertheless, ye shall not cast him out of your asynagogues, or your places of worship, for unto such shall ye continue to minister; for ye know not but what they will return and repent, and come unto me with full purpose of heart, and I shall bheal them; and ye shall be the means of bringing salvation unto them.

I love you guys and have a great week.

Elder Peacock

PS I'm gonna have a Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday.  Should be just like what grandma and grandpa used to make!! Maybe not quite as good in PerĂ¹ you don`t have to buy a turkey you just kill it. much easier!

Monday, November 18, 2013

House Hunting

Hey everybody!

So this week was another good one.   This week I had to look for a room to put another companionship, find furniture and get everything set up.  It was actually really interesting,  Not that I don't absolutely love missionary work, but it was just really exciting to get to do something a little different for a change.   Looking for rooms here was interesting and there was one that I just have to tell you about.  So we were looking for about anything we could find because there isn't much out here but we would basically just ask if there were rooms available and then just go in to see if it would work before really asking about details. So we saw this one that looked cool from outside and as we were going upstairs, the landlord says "you'll have to be careful here, there are quite a few young single girls here"..... at that point it was just like....well why are we even here?  That’s an automatic dealbreaker for sure.  In the end we found a sweet room that is on a 4th floor and has the sickest view ever.  Let's just say I hope I stay here for another change cause it would be so cool to live there.  On that note, there are changes today but I do think I'll be here for one more change to coordinate the division and take care of my district that has doubled in size in the past 2 changes.


We had a training with Presidente Gomez this week and it's always cool when he comes with his wife and the assistants.  It's really cool to just have so much contact with a man as special as a mission president.  You can say it's just another calling all you want but really a Mission President is so much more than that.  He is really inspired of God and it is another evidence that this is the work of the Lord and that He is ever-present in this work.  God lives and talks to us here and now by the spirit.  It is very apparent that He really is here and really does talk.  There is no other way to explain the things that happen and no other way to explain the leaders of the Church.

Love you guys!

Elder Peacock

PS we ate the rooster and Elder Villar was not all that thrilled about it....we talked about it for weeks and I don't think he believed the family until they actually served was funny!


PPS [extracted from another email] I keep trying to go on a "diet" but my pensionista keeps forgetting.  Basically my diet means that I just eat fruit for dinner and that she never gives me rice.  So i don't know if I’d call it a diet but I like fruit and I'm sick of rice.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Uno Ano!

So now I actually have a year, everyone just needs to calm down.  [I don’t know what he’s talking about.  I’m couldn’t be more calm!]

So Elder Belnap (My MTC comp) is now my Zone Leader and so he did a work visit on Thursday so that we could burn our shirt together.  For the record, we did work really hard and we didn't do it to mess around. [Like I ever have to worry about Tyler not working hard!]  But at one point, we walked by this school that was just getting out and there was a bunch of 7 and 8 year old to the 6'9" giant (for those of you who remember Elder Belnap [see MTC picture below]).   We stopped for a second and we were instantly swarmed by hundreds of these little Peruvian kids all staring up at Elder Belnap and the circle was just following us around when we started moving again.  The police actually had to come over and disperse the kids because they were taking up the entire road...haha it was so funny and really he is VERY tall so it was understandable for the Peruvians who think that the 6 foot tall guy [Tyler] is really tall.  They were in a huge surprise when they saw him for sure.  People are still asking me about him.  


[Nov, 2012:  I don’t think I need to clarify which one Elder Belnap is…]

But yes, we did burn the shirt and let's just say that shirts burn a whole lot easier than ties. it went up real fast and with just one match too...


So I know it was a short letter but I've gotta go. Till next week

Elder Peacock

P.S.  sooo about my year mark....Because of the mission changes in July, Elder Belnap (aka the “great white giant”) and I were looking at it and I’ll probably go home around October 17th or December 1st [missionaries have “transfer dates” every 6 weeks, so that would be the 6 week marks].   I can't tell you for sure, just thought I'd let you know that I think my halfway mark was actually a little bit different than my year mark so maybe you were all right...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

It’s Hump Day!

Elder Peacock entered the Missionary Training Center a year ago today.  Here’s a little retrospective of his year (and then some…)



It all begins with a letter.

Tyler in Peru

Imagining life in Peru.


Talk in church day…with the family.


And his other family.


Sorting and packing. 

(Bryce has since unsorted and unpacked.  Shhh! Don’t tell Tyler)


All a missionary really needs.


Setting apart with President Carlson.


It’s time!  Last meal at Tucano’s.  Missionaries entering the MTC eat free.  (The rest of us don’t!)    Hugging Grammy Joyce.  This picture brought me to tears.


First package!


Finding friends in the MTC. (shout out to Elder Lawson!!)


MTC hijinks.


And THIS picture.  Of course.




What it’s all about--this is the moment right here!  Making covenants to follow Christ.





Local Cuisine


Don’t look too closely…



Making friends.


Too cute for words.


Sometimes it rains.


The future is as bright as your faith.


Thumbs up! (the quintessential missionary pose)


With President & Sister Blunck (President of Lima North Mission).  Iquitos becomes its own mission July 2013.


Nueva Cajamarca



Old school baptism.


Eating giant guinea pig.


That your burden might be light.

It’s been a year of discovery, a year of faith, a year of service, a year of love.

Matthew 10:39 

He that findeth his life shall lose it:  and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Everyone Just Calm Down

Hey everyone,

So it's not my year mark yet so you can't even say that yet.  Everyone just hold your horses, I'm still in the first half of my mission. [Nov. 7 marks one year since he entered the MTC.  Forgive us for being excited!]

This week was a good one, like pretty much every other week.  Every week is different but I just love it in a different way.  We decided we’re going to eat the rooster and for the record it is in the house of a member (fattening it up), not in our house...we can't actually keep a rooster with us, nor do I want to.  I'll be sure to send you all a picture when I do really eat it.

This week I became a baker.  We went to go help a less active member in their bakery for our service this week and it was pretty cool.  We just made some cookies and some cookie type things that I'm pretty sure don't even exist in America.  We always have service activities on Wednesday in the morning and that time is always awesome.  Really, serving people is all that we're doing here.  It’s nice to have the opportunity to serve people physically and the rest of the time we're more focused on serving them spiritually.  Really, that is the only real help that we can give to people.  I can help them bake bread, make chairs, take bags of sand up a mountain, etc.  But really the best help that we can give these people is Christ.  That's really all that we have to give as missionaries.  Everything else that we do is just to help them come unto Christ.  Come unto Christ and the rest will follow.  There are a lot of people that just don't want to leave things behind because they think it'll make them happy but really if Christ is telling us to leave it behind, why wouldn't we do it? Doesn't He know better?

Also, this week there were some real problems in a companionship in my district and we became marriage counselors for a couple of families and what I've found in all of those problems is that everyone just needs to calm down, take a step back, and breathe.  Most of the problems that people have in relationships (marriage, friendships, etc.) is because someone overreacts and someone gets offended and then everything gets blown out of proportion.  Also, how in the world am I giving marriage advice?  Everyone just love everyone and understand that nobody is perfect.  Don't wait for perfection from someone else because you're going to be waiting a long time and just going to end up very everyone just be happy and calm down.  Everything is going to be alright. 

[Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:  “Except in the case of His only perfect Begotten Son, imperfect people are all God has ever had to work with. That must be terribly frustrating to Him, but He deals with it. So should we.”]

I love you all, good to hear from you 

(**cough**cough**  Bryce "Big Willy" Peacock **cough**cough**)

Elder Peacock

[P.S. In Big Willy’s defense, he did send a long letter in the package (why that was easier than emailing, I don’t know) that apparently…wait for it…is in the hands of the Iquitos zone leaders!!!]