Posted by cameron and chelsea , Wednesday, September 24, 2014 4:29 PM

Hello family! Things are great! I only havetwo weeks left of this transfer!That is crazy to me! (sorry about the spacesinbetween words, the space bardoesnt really work) My companion left for Huancayotodayforadistrict leader training for three days, so I am with thezone leaders andElder Rodreguiz for 3 days. So this shall be fun. 

Thisweek wasthe beginning ofspring!! It rains like every day now, usually in the nights! I love it so much! I sleep so great in the nights now! It isnt really cold, inthe nights its cold, but its a perfect cold, in the day it is pretty hot. And dusty. 

So one cool experience I had thisweek. We were walking at like 7 at night down one of the mountains, and our appointment was canceled, and it is hard to contact at night so we didnt knowwhat to do. It was dark, then all ofasudden we see this taxi comedown the street and it stopped and the lady drivingitlokked at uswith aconfused look and she said, What church are yall? My companion looked atme and was like, lets get outof here, but idint want tobecause this lady lookedlikesomeoneI knew! So i contactedherandasked if we could come andteach her, so we went to her house, and she has 2 sons, and we went in andwe taught her.And i had deja vu! I hadseen the room we werein beforesome where but i just felt like this wasright like we needed to be here teaching her! We haveonly taught her oncebut she was so interested and wanted to learn more and shesaid she will come to church this sunday! I am so excited! 

Anyways all iswell here, sorry about the spacebar thingy. How is josh and his family, havent heard from them yet, heard from Ainsleys dad! He sent me a letter with some stickers that said NO FEAR! I love it! It is my new moto.. FACE YOUR FEARS!!!! It is the only way we cansharethis gospelif we just say to our selves that wehave to do this for our savior. So family... FACE YOUR FEARS!! Share the gospel with someone this week! And actually mean it! we always have opportunities, and if you feel like you dont, then pray for some! FACE YOUR FEARS!! Love everybody! Tell Bishopjones for me that the ward needs to FACE YOUR FEARS!!! With power too.. haha Love yall!!

Happy bird day cam bam!

Love Elder Thatcher

The rain!!!!


Posted by cameron and chelsea , Tuesday, September 16, 2014 10:50 AM

Hello family! I am doing great! I feel healthy! I am happy! I feel blessed! Everything is just great right now! How is everyone?? I pray that yall are healthy too! I hope yall got to see all of the great pictures last week! I dont have pics really from this week as this week has just been crazy busy serving the Lord! We have been really pushing hard to find people who are prepared to listen to the gospel, and one of the many ways we can do that as missionaries and <I think is the best way is through members. The members are who we find people that they know and love and can share the gospel with and everything be fine. Meaning as after baptism they have a friend in the church and  are actively engaged in the church. So this is what we have been working on mainly this week.

My first convert has a calling now in the church and she is attending institutes and everything is just peachy with her right now. She is super strong in the church which just makes me feel great because there is a lot of less actives here right after baptism. This saturday we have a baptism with a returned missionaries girlfriend actually. She is all prepared and excited for her baptism. So we only have one baptism this week and its her, her name is Silvia Rosales, she is 31. Also the sister missionaries in our ward have a baptism this saturday so we are thinking about combining the two.

Selene (the 10 year old) and her father (she doesnt have a mother) are not getting baptized this saturday because some problems have come up. This is a super sad story, so bare with me. Selene is 10 and she has a younger brother named Luis (which is the same name as his father) he is 6. There father has been working really hard at his job to provide for there education and to provide food. The only have one key to there house which the owner of the house keeps. He wont give one to Luis (the father) because they are renting the room and he cant aford a room for his family to own. Luis works from 4 in the morning until 8 in the night every day. His kids go to school and then stay out in the streets until 8 because the owner of the room doesnt get off until 8 too. So the kids are just by themselves every day. out in the streets. So life is rough for them. And then 3 days ago there father, luis got layed off and now doesnt have work. He got layed off because he asked his boss if he could have 3 hours off on sundays to attend church. isnt that sad? he works a ton and hardly getspaid anyways. So when dont know when they will get baptized for they need to attend church more but the whole ward is helping us find them a new room, find him a new job. Everything will be ok, he said he was going to put all his faith in the lord in these trials!

Yesterday I gave a talk in spanish! About the doctrine of Christ! I was able to write out a 8 min talk and actually speak! How crazy is that!!!!

Yes mom i am fineee.. Our room is clean and fixed, no damage yet. I havent paid for socks yet because the only money i have is money for motos or taxis. But I need to pull some out today because i desperately need water and some chifles of something!! Also the bag we found in the room upstairs? Ya it broke.... Right now i am borrowing another elders bag but i need to find one soon because changes are in 3 weeks! Wow time is fast!!

Everything is great! I love yall!!!!

Love Elder Thatcher

this is what our taxis look like... they are so small and dangerous.. but cheap

P-day hike to Ruins

Posted by cameron and chelsea , Tuesday, September 9, 2014 10:01 AM

Im sorry its a little late today, I dont usually email at this time. But anyways today we went way up in the mountains for P day today!! 3 hours away on a crazy Bus!!! That was just packed as usual. And we are leaning off the edge of the mountain!! It was so scary!! But we went to go see some ruins, and then the driver just got lost so we just went hiking anyways!! it was so cold!!! I basically felt like it was a waste of time.. But my goodness were we up there... We were so high in the air.. we were on a mountain.. on a mountain...  And people actually live up there!!!! But anyways thats what we did today.. it was hard and i couldnt breathe well but i made it to the top!! I was so happy!!

Anyways this week has been crazy.. I went to the clinic and they said I had a scratch in my ear so nothing bad, It is probably from all the dust in my area. So that is good, headaches are off and on, but whenever I do have one it is pretty bad, but once its over with I just forget about it and go back to work.

Friday our bathroom drain cloged up and just flooded our room so thats great.. We had to take everything out then clean everything. It is all ok right now.

Wednesday we had a reunion with our president and about 80 missionaries and President Uceda who is president over the area! He spoke with authority!! My goodness but it was with love too. He just loves this gospel so much and really stressed about how this is a new time in missionary work and that we need to be working with members every day for refrences. It is true it is hard contacting. I feel the more prepared someone is, is through refrences of the ward. This is a new era!!!!!!! FACE YOUR FEARS!!!!! Share the Gospel with friends!!! I was afraid of contacting because i dont like speaking all to much right now because i dont know much, but after i did it and contacted more It is coming easier!! FACE YOUR FEARS!!! share with others!!! Help the missionaries!! They need it more than ever!!

Anyways I am glad to hear from the family about everyone it sounds like everyone is doing good!! The boys are cuter than ever and so big!!! We have 3 more baptisms for the 20th. One is 10 year old girl that reminds me of molly. She doesnt have a mom and she just helps with her siblings for her dad all the time. Dont have too much time this p day because we got back late so I am sorry. I love everyone!!!

With love,
Elder Thatcher

Some houses on the mountain 

The view from the top!

Elder Inkley

This bird is so cool!!

 Look what I found!!! Kinda expensive 4 soles (around $1.50 in US)

Week 13

Posted by cameron and chelsea , Wednesday, September 3, 2014 11:05 AM

Dear Family,
It is good to see all these wonderful pictures and videos of everyone. I miss everyone and hope things are going well. 

News for thispast week.
We had transfers this past tuesday and I am stillhere in Primavera with my companion. Elder Rodreguiez from my group from the ccm got transfered to my zone! He ismy closest friend I have out in the mission, so now I will get to see him all the time! I am pretty excited.Time is going by fast, it has already been 3 months! This week we have just been working really hard and finding areas we havent contacted yet. our area is about 45 min wide by car (not including time walking up mountains) so it is a lot of hard work. But it is good. On thursday we took a scary small bus 30min into the mountains that was just jam packed with people. It was scary.. We were going into a forest part of the mountain. It was pretty cool. Pretty colorful birdseverywhere!! Bif exotic fruit on trees. Even monkeys in the trees!! It was awesome! Our area is huge!! All the members in the ward basically live in the city part of the area though, which is why we dont go to this area very much. It was really cool. You would be jealous mom. There is this weird big white fruit. I dont know what it is called, but it looks weird, its just white, and then when you open it up it looks like alien eggs. And you just suck it.Its really good and very sweet! 

Saturday!!! My first Baptism!!! I had to do it two times because the first time after I said it she didnt want to go all the way under and she flaied her legs out so she didnt go all the way under. So Second time!!!! hahaha she didnt want to go under, I had to force her under basically! But it was so great!! After the baptism she bore her testimony about how I helped her to know that this church is truethrough the stories i shareabout me and my family and through my testimony!! It was awesome! I will send Pictures.

Sunday was good. I cant eat with membersanymore on sunday because i have been getting sick from the food. So i only eat with my pension now. She is the bomb. She takes care of me so much. I really feel like its my really you mom, only brown.. She makes good food, and its clean, I never have a problem with what she makes. Sometimes I dont know what it is, but its good!! She knows me and what I can eat without getting sick, its pretty awesome. 

So on Sunday our pensions husband wanted to know what John trivolta hair looked like so i slicked my hair back. It was pretty funny. They loved it!

So yes i got everything in the package, i just ate a lot ofit already. No i havent made the cake yet. On a pday when it isjust companion p day i will make it! No the cold wheater stuff is not necessary here. I wear the sweaters at night, and then when we go to the mountains I wear the boots. Its great!! No need for the jacket yet. I doneed to buy some more atletic socks here though, those are best for day to day,not the gold toe, they are to thin, all the missionaries wear athletic socks. I can buy some today,no problem.

I have to go to a clinic thisweek only because the other day my ear started bleeding a ton and I dont know why. So president is sendingme to one this week. Dont know when. It is only for a check up. Love everyone!! How is school and work going for yall?? Hope it is ok!!

Love Elder Thatcher

her name is yhadith espinoza (21)