Sunday, August 30, 2015

6/29 Peru for the Win!

Hello all!
This week was a good one! Elder Cerezo, who foolishly decided to play soccer 2 weeks ago despite doctor´s orders to not play, had to go to the doctors last P-Day in Arequipa, and we had a great PDay there in Arequipa. We met up with Elder Larsens zone, had a picture scavenger hunt in the Plaza de Armas, and then headed back to Pedregal. Then we had to go back to Arequipa for his follow up appointment Thursday. Bad news for Elder Cerezo. Looks like the damage to his leg is bad enough that there is a very good chance that he will get sent home. He has an appointment with a PT this Wednesday in Arequipa, and we´ll know then. He´s holding up pretty well though. He is the only member in his family, and since leaving, the rest of his family has been taking the missionary discussions, and his girlfriend too, and they all seem like they are getting really close to baptism. He told me that if he goes home for a month or two to recover it wouldnt be the worst thing in the world because he would be able to baptize his family. Poor kid.
We had the baptisms! Jose and Bryant were baptized, and we had a good turnout for the service. We had 3 more investigators that went to the service, as well as Jose´s family, who we will now be visiting. They were both beaming after the service, and it was nice to finally have a baptism after 3 months without one. We are working hard with some other investigators for July. If all goes well, (and I think it will) we will have at least 4 or 5 in July. I think Alex and Claudia will finally get married this month. Alex and Claudia opened a restaurant this last week, and it look likes we are finally making some progress here! We set their date for the 24th of July for the marriage, and the 25th for their baptism. We just have to work super super super super carefully with them and work more with the members, and they might finally do this!
So Peru is playing really well in the Copa America right now, and they are in the Semi-Final. They play Chile tonight to see who will play for the Championship this saturday. Peruvians and Chileans DO NOT GET ALONG. If Peru loses tonight, there will be blood. We have appointments tonight, but we´ll see how they go. It is very likely that we will end up teaching to some very distracted Peruvians tonight haha. Brazil lost to Paraguay, and I can only imagine what is happening in Brazil right now.
Have a great week!
Elder Matheson

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