Sunday, March 13, 2016

Week in Review - March 6, 2016 - March 12, 2016

Well, this week has been more relaxed.  Just multi-zone meetings within the mission, meaning that President Henderson and his wife went around the mission and handled the meetings.  We didn't have to go!  Yea! I'm tired of traveling!  Especially after doing a quick little trip to Lima.  I'm done for a bit.  

A new sister came into the mission this week, ahead of schedule.  Sometimes what happens is they find out that there is a missionary who makes it to the CCM and they already know something of Spanish, so they speed them up to the 2 week schedule and put them in the mission earlier.  Luckily for us, that landed on Multi-zone schedule.. So we sent her to Huanuco by plane, had a fun time there and then she went with the Henderson's and she did her welcome to the mission training in the car.  

Its been raining pretty good this week here in Huancayo... Oh yea... I forgot to mention.  I went to Huatapayllana again.  There were two more zones that wanted to go from Huancayo so we took them up.  One of the standing rules is that missionaries can only go there if they have a tour guide.  Well, everybody is way to cheap, and why get a tour guide if all the mission office staff knows the mountain?  So Tour Guide Elder Holmes and Tour Guide Elder Compton took them up the mountain.  It was raining a bit though, and because of that I got a bit sick... Just a flu type thing.. It has already passed now, now I'm just messing with the whole nose thing.  

President Henderson passed his birthday this week and we had to celebrate.  I had the missionaries in Huanuco throw him a surprise bash at the end of the multi-zone (which fell on his birthday) and when he got back we made breakfast burritos Mexican Style using Elder Islas´s cooking skills one more time.  And, we acquired the extract to make Root Beer, and surprised everyone with root beer floats.  Wasn't as fizzy as it should've been (finding Dry Ice here is harder to find than a married couple here... I'm not even kidding)  We got so desperate we were even looking at buying CO2 Extinguishers and making mini reactions to create Dry Ice from scratch, but it ended up costing to much.... So we settled and bought Agua con Gas, which basically is just carbonated water.  Added the extract and the sugar, and wam bam.  Root Beer!  

This week we had a rebar fall through our roof with the lovely building that is constructing near us.  I have to say... I might not have exactly spoken to their Boss with the highest amount of Christlike Attributes.. But they understood what I needed to say.  I am attaching fun photos of what falls through our office, and what damage they seem to do on a weekly basis.  Within a few hours I had our Church Legal Council come and visit the premisis and talk to the owners on our side.  A new contract was revised, new forms of security were put in place, and they even put (get this) beds on top of our roof, so if people or things fall on us we wont hear it as much or the rebar will just bounce.  Oh how comforting...


Rebar to the left, looks like an arrow

You can see, very small the rebar on the left

This is the rebar if you were inside the building looking up
to the ceiling

We have received the new initiative for the Church for Easter.  Hint.  Its name is Hallelujah. Already making those DVD'S because in our mission many of the areas don't have reliable Internet access, or the homes in which they want to share these videos don't have computers or Internet access within their house.  So yea, 90 discs later...



This last week I purchased the flights for t​he following groups of missionaries in the next 6 months.  Yes.  I bought my own ticket.  No mom.  I won't share it yet.  Maybe in a few weeks.  hehehe... [I'm thinking he has to wait for the notification of all families first. But it does drive me a bit nuts that he already knows. Maybe if I ask him certain questions, that could narrow down my choices. Like a game of Battle Ship. lol]

It looks like the missionaries going home in this group and coming in will need to come in by flight from Lima to Huancayo.  This is something that we DREAD.  the flights are so darn small that in order to send the missionaries home and make sure all their bags go with them, we will have to send the missionaries in 3 different flights, because the planes wont accept all their  bags or all the missionaries at once!  Ugh!  And the airport is over 1 hour away from the Mission Office City!  And, on top of everything, this dumb airport only accepts 15 kilos per person.  As a rule the church allows and will pay 23 kilos PER BAG.  Total of 46 KILOS.  Yup, we are going to be forking over a bunch of Overweight baggage fees.  Usually we send the missionaries by bus... Reason being... it is way easier, and even more cost affective.  In the end, a plane ticket from Jauja (The only airport) will cost us $120 (Without overweight fees) for a flight of 35 minutes.  A bus, will take 7 hours, and only cost $25 but will work with the rain!  If there is rain, they cancel the flights from Jauja, subsequently causing problems with all their following flights and connections between nations.  A mess I tell you!

Again, sorry with all the junk of the universities.  I am currently working it out with BYU Idaho so that I can use my application approved for January to be admitted for also Fall so I can take 3 consecutive semesters in place of only doing 2.  It looks like everything is working out... 

Well, it was nice to have a tranquil week this week.  Hope all is well for you guys at home, that the snow is keeping things interesting and that my emails are still interesting too.  

-Elder Holmes
Misión Perú Huancayo