Tuesday, May 27, 2014


I think I mentioned a week or 2 ago that we had an investigator that lives on crutches.…  But, if not, we have an investigator who lives on crutches because he had a steel rod put in his leg after an accident.  He is a really cool guy.  His name is E*.  We had gone with him twice to church in a motokar, but we weren’t all that sure how he was going to be able to to go to church on his own.  He doesn't have a lot of money because he can't really work very much with his limited mobility.  http://www.ojmedical.com/img/prods/large/ldicr123medium_2_wooden_crutches.jpg

So, when we talked to him about going to church yesterday, he told us that he was going on his own and that we shouldn’t pass by for him.  We asked if our mission leader should pass by for him (The one in the wheelchair) and he said no, he was going to walk.  The church is about 2 km away (or for those of you more used to miles its a little more than a mile) which is pretty far.  Especially when you’re on crutches.  We were both pretty surprised that he was going to do that.  Then, that night it started to rain really hard and it got really cold--colder than I have felt in my whole time here in Peru.  When it gets cold here, people do not leave their houses because they are sure that they are going to get sick and die.  

So, it was wet and really cold and we were somewhat worried about if he was going to be able to really walk that far.  We were going to church with a different investigator and as we were on our way to church in the motokar, we passed by E* about 3/4 of the way.  He was just going nice and steady on his way to church with a little bit of time still left before church was supposed to start and a lot of time before it would actually start (8:00=8:20 here).  So he got there on time in the cold, water and mud all on his own.  It was really one of the coolest things that I have seen.  

Here, nobody even considers it an option to walk to church when they have two legs that work perfectly fine.  A lot of people will use that as an excuse to say that they cannot go to church because they don’t have a moto or money to pay for one.  E* didn’t have money either, but he still managed to get to church on time walking on his crutches for an hour.  I think that is just an amazing thing.  He has so much telling him that it is not possible—even his his culture saying that walking is not even an option,  but he just did what he had to do to get there.  Someone who really understands what the most important thing is and isn’t about to put up some excuses for not going or not being able to because simply that was his desire and he was willing to give a whole lot to be able to make it a reality.  

After the 3rd hour [a typical church service lasts three hours, split into three meetings:  Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School and Priesthood for men or Relief Society for women.  Children and youth also have their own classes but everyone is together for Sacrament Meeting], he just walked on home.  It's a great example for all of us.  What is the most important thing for us? Are we really willing to sacrifice to get it done? Or, are we just going to give excuses?  Sometimes I think we are more capable than we think and we don't achieve what we really can all because we are too willing to just throw in the towel instead of finding solutions and just making things work.  It was really cool and I just thought that I would share that experience with you.

Other than that I'm all good and I'm happy to be here.  Elder Limon only has 3 weeks from tomorrow--when he will be in his house eating cheesecake and Mexican food (beans and tortillas are constantly available in his house at all hours).  Were working really hard and all is well.  I love you guys and thanks for all that you do!!

Elder Peacock

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

No Pizza This Week, Negotiations and Impromptu Training

This week was good.

On Monday we were going to go get Pizza Hut because it had been open for a couple of days.   [He told us about this during our Mother’s Day call.  He and Elder Limon were pretty excited for it to open.  Apparently, the only other “American” fast food they have available is Kentucky Fried Chicken].  We got there and they started making excuses.  Long story short they lied to us and we did not get any pizza.  [Huh? Pizza Hut is open but they don’t have any pizza?  I think we needed a little more of the story…]   I was really excited about getting to try some pizza.  Well, there’s always chicken to eat...

Recently the place where we’ve been doing weddings has become really difficult--throwing on more and more stuff for us to do while at the same time raising the prices.  So we started looking for a new place to do the weddings.  That was an interesting process to negotiate requirements and what we need to be responsible for and just finding ways to make it work.  It was a lot of “I scratch your back and you scratch mine”.  We’re setting up meetings and figuring out how to make it more convenient.  It’s actually really interesting and fun to do.  I feel like this will be a useful skill to be able to negotiate things like this so that we both win.  [I really had to work to make this paragraph intelligible.  The Spanish syntax is invading the English and winning.]

This week we had a meeting with the Stake President [church leader of a region] and we decided to have a training with the Ward councils [the leadership council of a local congregation] yesterday to start putting some systems in practice in the stake.  All good.  We (the 4 Zone Leaders) had planned to be there in primarily a support role.   However, when the meeting was about to start, the Stake President handed us a few documents and told us that we are training on it.  Five minutes later we were up there in front talking to the whole stake about some papers we saw for the first time like 5 minutes before.....haha! It went pretty well all things considered, but it was a bit of a surprise and definitely a bigger audience than what I am used to.  

Other than that, everything is fairly normal and not much is all that new.  All is good with me and I'm really happy to be here.  I love you guys!!!

Elder Peacock

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Last Time’s a Charm

Email dated 5.12.14

A picture is worth a thousand words right? So, three pictures is the equivalent of a three thousand word letter right?  Haha I’m really not sure what to tell you all.  I'm here in Pucallpa still and basically the same as I was yesterday.  I told you everything that I had to tell you yesterday.  I burned my pants [a tradition when missionaries hit their 18-month mark] and helped with a move this week for service.  I was pretty tough looking right?  




I still can’t believe that I already hit 18 months.  If I were a sister I would already be done and home.  Luckily I’m an Elder and have another 6 months left in my mission.  Everything is going pretty well out here and I’m happy to be here.  It was good to get to talk to you all yesterday and just think, the next time you hear my voice you’ll also be looking right at me so that’s an interesting thought for you guys--my last call as a missionary.  


Love you guys and I hope you have a great week!!

Elder Peacock

P.S.  We have struggled mightily with technology for our Christmas and Mother’s Day calls.  Gratefully, everything worked as it should for our call last Sunday.  Despite being in the middle of nowhere, the internet connection was actually pretty good.  It felt like we were a family, just shooting the breeze.  And then I cried.  There is wisdom in not having more regular phonecalls.  I feel the absence so much more on these days.  Not that I would ever trade those calls.  I love my missionary! 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Few More Circles Around Pucallpa


Ok, so long story short: I’m staying put again which means that I will be the last companion of Elder Limon [he is completing his mission and returning home in 6 weeks].  It also means that I will have the best possible Mother’s Day call because Pucallpa has the best internet connection in all of the jungle here, which is good. I was afraid that I was going to go back to Iquitos which probably has the worst connection [as I can well attest after last year’s frustrating Mother’s Day call made from Iquitos!].

This week was good and I am happy to be here.  We went to Iquitos this week for our Leaders Council.  It was a really cool council and we’re really starting to change things up.  They had been somewhat the same since President Gomez had gotten here and now there are a lot of things changing up which really is a good thing.  Not really all that much to tell you guys, it all seems somewhat similar when I walk around in circles for a while in the same blocks all the time.  We do have an investigator right now named E* who had an accident a few years ago and now lives on crutches.  He’s a really cool guy and a really good learner.  

I will just apologize now for the shortness of this email, but just remember that we will talk for 30-40 minutes on Skype this Sunday.  Love you guys and hope you have a spectacular week!!!

Elder Peacock

P.S.  We got to have a pre-call phonecall yesterday with Elder Peacock.  I only hung up on him once (oops!!) in my excitement.  It is pretty startling to hear his voice saying “Hey Mom!” like he just talked to me last week when in reality it’s been nearly six months since I’ve heard it.  I do love that boy-man!