Monday, June 18, 2018

Week 101 - You Would Think I Was From Denmark!

Hola,

What a busy week! Time sure seems to be going by faster than normal. This week the World Cup started and it is the first time Perú has gone in a very long time. People here are going super crazy and we have seen hundreds of people go take out loans so they can buy a new TV to see the games. Thursday was the first game for Perú against Denmark and the streets were absolutely deserted. Perú lost and for the rest of the day people were staring at me saying rude things. Not quite sure why but I guess for some reason they thought I was from Denmark… Most people didn’t want to listen to us but luckily Perú still isn’t eliminated so there is still hope for all of those who bought their new TVs to enjoy watching Perú for more games. 

We were busy for the majority of the week teaching Karina and helping her get ready to go to a young single adult activity in Cusco soon. There are a few requirements and one of them is that she needed to have up to 4 generations complete in her family tree and it was super difficult for us to find all of her ancestors. I had no idea what a blessing it is to have so many of the documents back home indexed because here in Perú we had a really difficult time finding much of anything. Luckily we were blessed and after a lot of hard work we were able to get her not only to her 4th generation but also up to her 5th. She is progressing well and is also currently dating a Returned Missionary from my ward who is helping motivate her to continue gaining a stronger testimony of the gospel.

A lot of time was also spent working with the Stake President and trying to make some plans to help the Ward. They are really worried about the lack of leadership here and although it is getting better, we have been trying to continue to help improve the situation here for the members. One of the things we are trying to implement is the use of an Elders Quorum President which was recently called in the ward (he isn’t married so he cannot be bishop). We have been working with him and helping him understand the role that he needs to play in the ward to try and help the members and families with their needs. It is a great blessing for the ward to finally have someone to help lead and guide them.

After months of working with Milder, the barber, we finally got him to come to church with us this Sunday. He has become a great friend of ours and although it has been difficult to help him progress, he took a huge step this Sunday and set foot in the church for the very first time. It was a very spiritual experience for him and it made him want to continue feeling what he felt each week by continually attending church meetings. Just as I have stated multiple times before, I know that each and every person has the chance to progress. Sometimes it isn’t in our own time, but eventually they will feel the love that our Heavenly Father has for them and have the desire to learn more about him. Milder and his family will someday make great members of the church, even though I will not be here to see him continue to learn, I am grateful for the chance I have had to help him learn about the plan our Heavenly Father has for him and every other person here in Perú.

In closing, this week was my last Sunday in my Ward here in Manco Capac due to going to Cusco this Saturday to finish my very last Sunday in the mission in my ward there. Once again it was a very emotional and difficult experience for me as I shared my testimony with the 65 or so members present. It has been a blessing to serve in an area without a Bishop or any sort of leader. Although at times it has been quite the challenge, I am grateful for the experiences I have had and the ways in which the Lord has helped me learn and grow. I love each and every person here in Puno and am grateful for the things they have taught me and the eternal friendships that I have made here. I know that the Lord loves his children in every part of the world, no matter their situation or circumstances, I know that he is mindful of every single one of them and personally knows their needs. I am grateful to have felt his love for these people and for the opportunity to continue serving until the very last moment during this last week I have as a representative of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I have felt the power of his everlasting atonement and know that it is so pure and perfect that if each of take the time to use it daily, we can become cleansed from our sins and become who our Heavenly Father wants us to be. I love you all and hope that you have a great week.

Love,

Elder Fawcett 

Our Zone Today for P-Day


Basketball Court We Use At 6 AM











Misc Pictures






































Monday, June 11, 2018

Week 100 - With Tear Filled Eyes

Hola,


Well what a crazy week it was! Honestly it couldn’t have gone any better! We had Karina´s baptism on Saturday and it was honestly very spiritual. But it was also a very stressful day because the water heater thing that heats the water in the baptismal font in our Church broke. After looking at it I determined that one of the parts had burned out and not knowing where to get a new one, we were forced to have the baptism at another church. Although it was a scramble trying to get everything ready, we were blessed to have everything end perfectly. My favorite part of the entire baptism was at the end, Karina shared her testimony and talked about all of the difficulties she had gone through during the week leading up to Saturday. With friends telling her she was crazy and trying to persuade her away from the decision, siblings telling her that she was making a bad decision, and many other things that occurred to her during the week. She shared how she had felt our Heavenly Fathers Spirit and knew that she was making the decision that he wanted her to make. It was a very spiritual day and also a very difficult one for me, knowing that she will be the last person I have the privilege of helping to make a covenant with our Heavenly Father during my mission.

On Saturday we also had a Multi-Zone Conference with President which was also the last that I will have during my mission. With it being my last, I also had the opportunity to share my testimony with all of the other members of my group that were present. Although it was hard, it was a great time for me to reflect upon the things that I have been able to learn during my mission and also see how much I have grown up as well.

My Companion and I are still working hard in our area and although I have a short time left, I want to leave him in the best way I can with a lot of people to teach and people who will eventually be baptized into the Ward. This week we found a great family who is struggling a lot with marital problems and problems with disobedient children. We had a small family night with them and the spirit was very strong and we were able to not only help them feel the need to draw nearer to our Heavenly Father but also help them to resolve a few family issues that they were facing as well.

Today for P-day we visited various random ruins around the city of Puno and I can now officially say I have seen every ruin that there is to see here in my mission between Cusco and Puno it has been incredible to learn a lot about the Incan Empire and also learn quite a bit of their 2 languages, Aymara and Quechua along with Spanish during the mission. It was also interesting to visit an ancient Catholic Cathedral that is the place where many of the Incans living in the area were forced to attend church and if not, then put to death. After entering, it reminded me of how much the world needs missionaries to help declare the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and also help clear up much of the confusion that exists in the world.

In closing, I also want to share an experience I had on Sunday. President gave me permission to attend my very First area´s (Inca Pachacutec Ward) Sacrament meeting and this Sunday I was able to visit. As I entered the Ward, I was immediately greeted by members and as the meeting started more members began to enter and immediately I recognized the converts that I was able to teach and help enter into the waters of baptism during my time. As the meeting commenced, the Bishop recognized me and invited me to come to the pulpit to share my testimony. As I did so, I stood and immediately tears came to my eyes as I stood where I had several months ago when I could not even speak Spanish yet. As I looked out I saw the faces of every single one of the converts and realized that every single one of them is still active and going strong, while at the same time seeing numerous people that we had contacted but never been able to baptize with my Trainer and other Companions in the area. Tears filled my eyes as I realized that all though it was difficult at times, the Lord had used me as his hands to help bring those who were prepared to his Restored Gospel. I know that this is the Church of Jesus Christ. The only Church upon the face of the planet that offers us the chance to one day return to the presence of our Heavenly Father again. The Gospel brings the happiness that so many are looking for. I am grateful for the people I have had the chance to see receive the Lords Gospel and to see the change in their hearts and their souls as they begin to accept the Savior and his atonement into their lives. Missionary work extends to so much more than simply teaching and baptizing. Loving others as the Savior did is the key to true happiness and I know that if we do so he will use us to bless the lives of his chosen. I love you all and pray you have a great week.

Love,


Elder Fawcett


Karina's Baptism








Elder Fawcett and Karina










Members with Karina










Welcome to the Ward












Kevin and His Mom
Kevin is a Teacher Now!












Still Has His Chickens
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Jhon Still Going Strong and Got the Melchizedek Priesthood














Inca Pachacutec Young Men's President










First Ward Mission Leader













We Will See These Elders in 2 Weeks!








Shores of Lake Titicaca












Last Zone Jersey












Top of Puno











Outskirts of Puno








Historic Catholic Church







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Inside the Cathedral













Ceiling









Where they Worship












Holy Water!
































Monday, June 4, 2018

Week 99 - Lifting With Help From the Other Side!

Hola,

Another week over ridiculously fast! This week was full of a lot of interesting experiences but perhaps the best is the fact that Karina passed her Baptismal interview yesterday and is going to be baptized this Saturday! It’s crazy how much a person can change so much in such a short amount of time! She already has made a lot of friends in the Ward and it is awesome to see her attending institute already even though she isn’t even a member yet! It truly is all about finding our Heavenly Fathers children who have been prepared to receive us!

Perhaps the most interesting story of the week occurred when we were out proselyting in a remote area of our Sector. We had visited the area and contacted it several times before but for some reason we felt we needed to go back, so we did. After returning we were met with the same results as before being rejected, sworn at, and chased by dogs! Finally, we were just about ready to give up and go to another place to work but we decided to knock just one last door. As we did so I can honestly admit I had hardly any desires to do so but we knocked and were greeted by an older woman who asked if we could come in and help. At the base of the stairs was her husband in a wheel chair. She asked if we could carry him up the 6 flights of stairs to the top. It was just me and my Companion and knowing that my Comp is only 5 foot 1 inch, I knew I was going to have to lift the majority of the 250-pound man up the 6 flights. We agreed and decided the best way to carry him was on my back and with my Comp helping all he could. We began and as we approached the 2nd floor I was exhausted. Not knowing what to do we just kept on going. Miraculously we made it to the 3rd floor, then the 4th, I almost wanted to cry by the time we reached the 5th, and finally the 6th where we set him in his bed. Although it was hard, I felt a strength like no other and still to this moment I know that my Companion and I were not the only ones lifting the man up those stairs that day. This difficult service that we preformed not only made the old woman cry, it also opened the heart of their family to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

A funny story that happened this week occurred when I was eating lunch with a member. We were served a TON of food. So much food that I honestly did not know what to do. Knowing that it is culturally unacceptable to not eat every last bit, I finished about half the plate and felt like I had eaten an all you can eat buffet. It was then that we were given more food. “Oh how delicious, thanks!” I said. As I continued to eat I literally felt like I was about to throw up due to sooo much food. But, I kept eating. Miraculously I finished the plate but after getting to the street it all came back out in an alley way. Sometimes missionary work is about suffering with a smile! :) At least I am finally dewormed!

In closing this week, I just wanted to state how grateful I am for the opportunity I have to serve others each and every day as the Savior did. To love each and every day in the way he would. Even though I can never compare to him I know that it is a crucial part to being a missionary. We are each truly representatives of him and I am grateful to have this sacred calling as one of his missionaries to continue to declare his Gospel to every soul here in Puno. I love you all and hope that you have a great week!

Love,

Elder Fawcett  



Inside Our Chapel













Tracting at the Edge of Our Sector












Proselyting Around the City









No Explanation on This One!!!














Tons of Food!










Brownie 6 Months Old