Wednesday, September 30, 2015

9/21 Another week down

Well, the weeks just keep on rushing by. Crazy to think that my mission is now more than half over, and in like 10 months it will be over. We had to call President Zobrist this morning about some stuff that was happening in the zone and at the end of the call, he was like, "hey Elder Matheson, your mom emailed me about coming to pick you up." I told my comp, and he was like, wow, your parents are trunky! Haha probably. 

I forgot to mention this a few weeks ago, but we dont have a pension right now. We eat breakfast and dinner at our house (our ward mission leader lives with us and makes us breakfast and dinner) and we are now eating lunch with the members. It is actually a wonderful way to get to know the ward a lot better. All the members treat us like kings, and because having the missionaries over for lunch is a once in a month experience, they roll out the red carpet and feed us until we are about to explode, because thats how peruvians show their love for people. The only problem is, we eat like this everyday now, and every day we feel like we are going to explode. I guess its a good problem? One of my favorite foods here in Arequipa is called Rocoto Relleno (stuffed pepper). They take this spicy pepper they have here in Arequipa (its about the size of a bell pepper, a little bit smaller) and they fill it with cheese, meat, and veggies, and then throw it in the oven. Delicious. We were served that in one of the houses this week, and it was probably the best meal I´ve had in Peru so far. The other cool thing about this, is that now we have more money to spend on other stuff, like taxis and what not, so this is really a win-win-win situation for everyone. 

This week was tough as far as the work in our area goes. Most of the appointments fell through, and we are having a hard time getting our investigators to progress... for now. We are teaching a mother and her son, Mariela (the mom) and Ariel (the son, he´s 16). They are super awesome and have just learned how to pray and are praying together now. They havent been able to come to church yet, because Ariel has been taking his entrance exam for the university here in Arequipa (the kids graduate when they are 16 here), and the test is Sunday morning. They promised that they would come to church this week, but they are going to be like 45 minutes late. We´ll take what we can get haha. We are also teaching a number of less-active families that are coming back to church now. I dont have time to give the synopsis on every single person that we are teaching (we teach a lot of people), but I´ll try to keep you guys updated on the people that are progressing.
Happy to hear that the Packers are playing well, and BYU has gotten off to a pretty good start, maybe they´ll beat Utah next year :) 

Thanks for your support! have a good one!

Elder Matheson

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