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 disappointed....so 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**)
[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!!!]