Sunday, January 3, 2016

Week in Review - December 26, 2015 - January 1, 2016

[We had asked Elder Holmes a few questions and here are some of his answers?]

Tell me a bit about Paneton there in Peru? We see it here at Target, TJ Maxx and the grocery store. Click Here to see what Paneton looks like. It reminds me of my great-grandmother's recipe for Norwegian Christmas Bread. Looks very similar.

There is Paneton here in every store, and if you go to the super markets, they are lined down the isles, more than 1 isle is devoted (BOTH SIDES) to just Paneton.  Its crazy how much everybody loves it here, personally I'm getting tired of it... 

So are there transfers coming up and new missionaries arriving soon?

Yes, there are new missionaries that come in next week, and yes it is super busy here with all of that and getting the missionaries that are finishing this transfer out of here.  The transfer is on the 12th, so we have to get all of that figured out as well.  SO MUCH IMMIGRATION PAPERWORK.  And so many little things to plan with the newbies and the older guys in the mission.  Trainings, paperwork, food, sleeping, everything... but it works out well.  

When you travel with the Mission President and his wife throughout the mission, do you stay at members homes or in a hotel?

When we go traveling (Which isn't very often) yes we do stay in hotels.  On this last trip I stayed in the following hotels..

http://www.heliconiahotel.com/ - The Jungle Hotel

http://www.khonwa.pe/ - The Huanuco Hotel

And during these stays, we do eat out, sometimes with President, but mostly by ourselves as the office....

For example:  http://oxoncafe.com/#en

[I'm not sure about the other browsers, but if you use Google Chrome, it will recognize that the web pages are in Spanish and it will prompt you and asked if you would like the web page translated.]

Side Note here in the office.  There has been a change up in some of the order here.  I have a new companion, but he is also from the office.  We did some change ups within the office, based on time and a few other factors.  For example, something that this new change up includes is that the Assistants to President will be only in the office about 2 days a week. The rest of the time they will be in their own area (new area, they are leaving today to learn about their new area in another part of this city, Huancayo)  

The secretaries (us) also are involved in this, but slightly different.  They understand we spend way more time in the office, based on our responsibilities and other items of business we have to take care of. So, I have a new companion (Elder Compton - Financial Secretary) and Elder Islas is now with Elder Collantes, and they also have been assigned to a new ward. So, the only ones staying here in this ward would be us two.  Once we hit February, we think we will have a bit more time that we might actually be able to get out and proselyte. I really hope so, but we shall see based on our crazy schedules.  

We all still live together, and will be breakfasting together, but the other meals are taken care of with Pensions in our areas.  So, that in itself is a planning nightmare, ha-ha, but all should come out better in about 2 weeks after the official transfer. But we have officially made this the transfer since yesterday.  And I thought the transfers for me wouldn't get any crazier.  Woah.  

Side note as well, this next week we will be going to Lima to do Immigrations paperwork for the whole mission.  Every year the foreigners have to get their foreigner cards renewed, and it is a strenuous process, and less then pleasant, and if done incorrectly means that all the missionaries have to travel from their areas in our mission, and leave to go to Lima for about 4 days in total.  We would have to shut down the mission for like a week, and we cannot have that.  So, here we go to Lima.  We will be leaving on Wednesday Morning by bus, and will be coming back by plane to Huancayo on Friday just in time to get all the other paperwork ready for the next group coming in and leaving the mission on the 12th of January.  Do we ever sleep?  haha [There is a blog post from his mission president about a year ago, that shows the type of airplane Elder Holmes will fly back in and the actual small airport. Scroll down a bit and you will see the pictures and read about flying in high altitude, which he will be flying in. Click Here to read. It sounds like an adventure. Can't wait to hear how it turns out.]

So, with this Temple trip, it looks like we will get the opportunity to go to Lima and also visit the Temple.  It should be a trip for the books, we will also be going to the Area offices to get the paperwork started and finalized for our missionaries, as well as make a few purchases that can only be made in Lima because these items simply don't exist here in Huancayo.  

New Years was a blast, there were fireworks ALL OVER THE PLACE and even a few entered the houses of our neighbors, so when that began to happen, we decided it would be best to get off of our roof, [The roofs in Peru are flat and are considered another floor in their building.] and go inside the house, because they were launching for all sides of everywhere!  Ahhh! 

Also, we should know who the new mission President Is this week, and you guys should find out at the end of the week on Mormon Newsroom or on lds.org, whichever comes first. Woah, that will be weird, new mission president for one transfer, I won't have a problem of that, but it will just be weird to explain all the things to him, and show all the stuff that has happened in this mission in the process of opening an area that was just little towns in the eyes of the church, and now is growing and getting ready for something more... [The announcement should be next week, but the 'change of command' won't happen until July 2016.]

Hope your new years was successful, and you are all enjoying the time you have with your families, I miss you all, and It is starting to hit me how much time I have, or left, as there are people coming home, getting married, and starting families (Amanda Washburn, I need to talk to you!)  I'm just having a blast down here in PerĂº!

Elder Holmes
Huancayo, PerĂº