Bonjour! I mean Hola...

Posted by cameron and chelsea , Monday, August 4, 2014 11:00 AM

Thanks mom for sending me a package! I love P days, I get to hear all these wonderful stories about the family! Happy Birthday also! I was thinking about you on saturday!

I hope all is well! Lets see, the baptisms are not happening and we actually had to drop both of the kids. They didnt want anything to do with the church. It was really sad. But we have another baptism confirmed on the 23rd of August. I am super excited. Her name Is Luz and she has built up a lot of faith and comes to church with us every Sunday! It is amazing to see some ones faith build that fast. 

This week has been a lot of walking... tons of walking....all day.. it seems like.. My area is half in the town and half in the mountains. It can be rough walking up the mountains because it is so windy! I get dust all over me and i can hardly see! Some of the familys we teach up in the mountains is a life shocker for me. It really just lifts up my soul. So i walk into this little mud home basically, and its about the size of a bedroom and they just have all there stuff in this little room. It is a family of 4. So we go inside and they are just so nice, they let us sit down on rocks which is all they have. And the grandmother can hardly walk and she goes over and tries to wipe off the dust for us to sit down! It was so touching to me and i dont know but just talking about this family makes me realize how grateful i really am to have the family i have. The little kids were showing me there collection of potatoes.. those are the only toys they have.. They dont have beds, the sleep under corn stalks.. on the ground. This family is a less active family, and they live about 8 miles away from the church and about 3 miles from a road to get a taxi, and they walked all the way to church! I was just filled with so much love and excitement when i saw them walk in.

I had a miracle happen to me last thursday. So my companion and I hiked to a ladys house up on another mountain at about 6 at night. We went and taughtand by the time the lesson was over it was 7:30 and it was just absolutely dark. I could not see anything!! I couldnt even see Elder Lopez standing right in front of me. We had no idea where we were walking and to be honest we were panicing a lot because he didnt have any service on his phone, we coudnt hear any cars. all we could hear was sheep and llamas. So we knelt down and just asked for a small light that we could follow cause it was getting late. About 15 min later of just walking no where a lady on a bicycle came by with a small lantern in her bag and came by and told us we were going the wrong direction on the other side of the mountain!! We eventually got back to our apartment butr i was so scared thinking that we were lost for good. 
The Lord will answer your prayers if you are asking sincerly. (Alma 37:37).

So for luch yesterday we had arroz con leche which is rice with milk.. very interesting.. Oh and i ate corn on the cob.. yes even the cob we had to eat.. all of it.. talk about yuck!!! Last P day we had pizza which was awesome!! and this P day Elder Lopez and I are going to this place that sells american food! I am excited! Usually we go to a store and buy stuff like food and snacks then we play soccer with other Elders! It is fun! 

Friday we did service for our Zone leaders, we had to move there stuff to a different room. It was a lot too.. So they thought the room was only two blocks away.. ya nooo it was eight.. Nothing better than watching elders carry furniture down streets in the middle of a hot day! I was so tired after.. and had bruises every where. It lasted for 5 hours moving everything. After we all layed on the street drinking coke.. It was nice and reefreshing! I lovvvee Inka Cola, It is my favorite soda by far! It is better than Dr. Pepper.. It taste like cream soda mixed with bubble gum its soo good!

Sundays is just a lot of meetings, after church we have lunch with a member, then we have meeting with ward mission leader, then ward council, then meetings with the missionaries from both zones here in Huanaco. Then sleep.. They are long days.

I love everybody and will be thinking about you lots! Until Next week!

With many llamas and lots of Love,
Elder Thatcher

This is the family I live with. They are so funny! Familia Morales!!
with Elder Lopez

view from the mountains

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