Saturday, January 13, 2018

New year, New office

January 13, 2018

Well this mass email is going to be a bit short. I am going to send a video showing you all what I pretty much ended up doing the entire week with some pictures. I hope you all enjoy it.

But this week we actually had a lesson with some progressing investigators. Here in the office It is tough to find people who will actually progress and so when you do find someone who will you don´t want to mess up or bring anything new into your lesson. Well my companion and I decided to try a new tactic in our lessons. President Amato has been telling us that we need to help investigators realize that they can feel the spirit that we bring into their home, by reading the Book of Mormon. So we decided to break the norm and just teach lesson one right out of the Book of Mormon and not use the lesson pamphlet. A COMPLETELY new tactic. Of course it went a little rough and in the end we decided that we needed to improve it a little more, but we both agreed that it was one of the most spiritual lessons that we have ever given in our missions. I think that the thing that I took the most out of that lesson was that the Book of Mormon really is one of the main tools that God uses to send his spirit to touch the hearts of man. Like Joseph Smith said ´´a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts...´´ I truly testify of these things. Inside of that book we can find his spirit and feel it daily if we read it.

Miss you tons,
Elder Garbett

p.s we had emergency transfers and all of the last secretaries and assistants that President Boswell had called into the office left this week. Now we have a new generation in the office.
A New Generation

So it wouldn't fit in the last email but here is pretty much what I did in the office all week. I am super proud about it. and the pictures are some before pictures and I pretty much did an after video. 

Sin Libros...... otra vez

January 6, 2018

And so ends the first week of 2018. Let us begin:

1. So this last Monday, being the first of 2018, there was really nobody out in the streets. So we ended up walking to the office and when we got there we started to get to work preparing for president and the missionaries to show up to the office. After about an hour of working we all received a text from president saying that he wasn't going to show up and so we continued working and none of the other missionaries showed up because nobody was doing taxi. So pretty much Perú was like a dead zone because there was nobody in the streets.

2. Tuesday we had a 2 week training for all of the new missionaries that came into the mission this month and for every single 2 week training I have to give a training about the referral system. Something that I think that I have learned in doing the training every single time is that afterwards I always think that there is something that I could change about it. So I was looking at it afterwards from the original that was in the office when I showed up. When I showed up the training was about a 15 minute training. After all of my adjustments to it the training has become a 25 minute training. So I think that eventually after I leave the training might be a 40 minute training. 

So this week has been pretty alright. I mean not a lot has happened but everything is going pretty good. We were talking to president today and apparently there are going to be some changes coming up this week so I think that it will be getting a little bit crazy. 

love you all,
Elder Garbett

Feliz Navidad!!!!

December 30, 2017

Well this week was pretty calm here in the office:

1. So this last Sunday was Christmas eve and so that meant everyone stayed up (didn't eat dinner) and waited until midnight to let all of the fireworks off. I will say that it wasn't as exciting as my last Christmas but it was probably because we were in a rich area and we have a lot of big buildings around us. 😕
2. Christmas day came around and we didn't have our office meeting with president. 😦 (Go figure) But instead we actually got to spend some time with our actual zone. It was pretty kool but the breakfast got delayed until the afternoon so we ate this breakfast-lunch thing and then lunch literally right after that. So then in that moment I am with the assistants and they wanted to go visit some members. We show up super full and the lady asked us (in order) if we wanted cake, masamora, or paneton. We were literally full in that moment and so we told her we couldn't but while we were giving a spiritual thought she got up and came back with some cake. Right after we all ate that she got up and came back with some of that masamora stuff. So in that moment we knew that once we would finish that she would bring us paneton. So we finished the message we had and we deliberately didn't finish the masamora until we were about to leave. After that we decided to go to the office because we knew if we visited sombody else they would give us more food. And if we ate anything else...........😯

Well pretty much besides those things not much happened in between the week. But yesterday we celebrated two birthdays. One was for Elder Yañez, the finance secretary and the other was for President Amato´s daughter Alice who turned 8. And so yesterday to celebrate her birthday she was baptized and we were able to attend it. It was kind of interesting because the ceremony was trilingual. there was English, Spanish, and Portuguese. But pretty much most of it was in Portuguese and even though it was like that and I understood about 75% of the meeting you could feel the spirit super strongly in there. Probably the best part of my week was going to that.

miss you all,
Elder Garbett

another begining (transfers!)

December 23, 2017

So this week was a pretty normal week in the office (which is still pretty crazy):

1. So we received a good amount of new missionaries from the CCM this last Tuesday after sending off a really good group back home. It was kinda sad to see some of those missionaries go because of all of the good times that we have had together being leaders and everything but this new group that came in is going to be a really good group. 

2. So this last Sunday Elder Stoliker wanted to do some sort of musical number during sacrament meeting and so on Saturday night he confirms the thing and we have literally nothing planned besides that we are going to sing something. So he decides that we should do something with Hark the Herald angels sing. And with all of our musical knowledge we come up with something on the spot. Apparently it turned out really good and everybody loved it. I am going to send the video we took afterwards. I hope that you guys love it. 

3. So yesterday was pretty hectic. So being the operations secretary I am in charge of all of the packages that come in and out. So that means that I have to go and pick up the really big packages from the office. Being the week before Christmas I decided to save everything until yesterday to go and pick up so that I can pick up the majority of the packages that are coming in before Christmas. I show up there thinking that I am going to end up picking up like 5 packages that are a pretty good size. Turns out that I was picking up 8 packages that were bigger than normal. It must have been pretty weird to see two gringos walking out of a mailing office with some packages that are probably double their size. 

So, for being a pretty hectic week I am very surprised that I got some study time in. And being the Christmas season I decided to study about the life of Jesus Christ. And during this time I watched all of the Bible videos from the birth of him to when he was crucified. In all of these videos there was one in particular that caught my attention. The title of it is "To this end was I born." Truly he did come to save his people. During his entire mortal ministry He took no thought of himself. He came to teach us, to guide us, to love us, to die for us. This week we have the opportunity to remember the time he came to begin his mortal ministry. Let us remember him this Christmas and to celebrate the time that he came to end up doing all that he did so that we may not be lost. 

Merry Christmas!
Elder Garbett​

#IluminaElMundo day 13 and 14 completed

December 16, 2017

Well this week was busy But it turned out pretty good. This week we had our Christmas activity for the entire mission which was split into two groups on two different days. So what ended up happening was that 5 zones showed up in front of the temple and we headed to the restaurant right in front of the temple to have lunch. We ended up eating a ton of chicken (because its Peru) and we started doing an activity. We put all of the districts up against each other and we built gingerbread houses. And then afterwards President Amato gave us all a gift which was a Peru jersey with Peru Lima Este on the back.
After all of that we went down to an orphanage and every couple of missionaries got assigned an orphan to play and spend time with for the rest of the afternoon. And then after that president shared a message with everyone and we sang some hymns and left. 
Now this activity was really great. The food was good, the kids were great, we even rented a bouncy house for them to play on for two hours. But I really think that the last activity was the best. We all got to go see these orphans and bring some light to their lives. Being an office elder there was a chance that I could have needed to leave early for something so I didn't get assigned to a child but as we were leaving we had some of the children asking if we could come back again. When you think about it they never really have much interaction with people like that very often. We brought so much joy and happiness that they will probably never forget.
After both days were done and all of the fiasco was finished, all of us headed back to the office to change back into our missionary attire. While I was waiting for my companions I decided to go searching on the church website for something interesting to read. But I decided to go on the light the world campaign the church is doing and I found something interesting. These two activities passed on day 13 and 14 this month and on each one we, as a mission, were able to complete both days´ challenge just by going and visiting and playing with the orphans. What a great way to bring in the holiday spirit. I just want to close with this question:
This Christmas season how will you #LightTheWorld?

love you tons,
Elder Garbett

What happened this week?

 December 9, 2017

Either I am having some memory loss right now or literally nothing happened. Let´s see if I can remember something:

1. Ok so first thing that I do remember is that I have a ton of packages waiting at the mail office for me to pick up. You can really tell that the Christmas season is starting because everybody´s family are sending packages to their missionary. But the thing is is that the mailing office is being super stubborn with their working hours. I have already tried to go there twice and they are just always closed and it kinda stinks because the place is super far from the office and I need to be able to plan my schedule out the be able to take 3 hours to go there. *tis the season to be jolly, falalalalalalalala.*

2. Me and Elder Hidalgo went down to a place where we can buy a bunch of stuff for super cheap. Being on duty in the office I went down there with the intent of buying stuff for the new missionaries that will be coming in after next week. But Elder Hidalgo had to go there because Hermana Amato wanted us to get a fake Christmas tree for the Christmas activity that is coming up this week. After we got back he set it up downstairs and put a bunch of contact cards on it. I mean I really haven´t felt any kind of holiday spirit this year but after he did that it just made things feel a little better. 

3. Oh yeah! I almost forgot. So being the operations secretary I am in charge of making sure everything works in the office like it should be. So this week the printer stopped working. So I tried to contact the place to see if we could get a technician out to help us out but as of now nobody has answered me. So I started to try to figure the thing out myself. I got it to work once for some reason but after awhile it stopped working again. So retracing my steps I ended up figuring out how to fix it for a bit but I found out that it would stop working was because the factory sent us a bad ink cartridge which I was pretty mad about. So I was (still am) pretty proud that I figured that out.

Well it took me awhile but it looks like I did at least something this week. But I think that the highlight (which was the only thing that stuck out to me in the beginning) was the Christmas party that the ward had this week. We really haven´t had any luck in finding people recently but we just had faith that somebody would show up to the party that we could contact. We saw a ton of miracles that day. Not only had ours prayers been answered about finding people but we had an old investigator who was super close to being baptized not only show up but also sat at the table with the area presidency (Elders Carlos Godoy, Falabella, and Montoya) and in the end the elders were able to get an appointment with him. The activity was super great and I think that everyone there was glad that they came.

love you all tons,
Elder Garbett

The Week of Nightmares!

 December 2, 2017

So this week was super tiring for the office. So let me explain:

1. So you can really start to tell here in the office that the Christmas season is starting. I have already received around 13 packages that I think are for Christmas. But the thing is also that tons of letters have come in saying that in the main mailing place there are currently 6 packages waiting for me to come and pick up and based on their weights they are supposed to be huge. That is going to be one exciting trip to go out and get it. 

2. So ever since President Godoy has showed up, some stuff has changed around here. For example, now after every single leadership counsel we have there are going to be multizones where mainly the Zone leaders teach everything that was taught to them during the leadership counsel. But the thing is is that we had three multizones this week to do that from Tuesday to Thursday and then after that we had our leadership counsel for December. So I was running around like crazy this week trying to get food for breakfast, lunch, and to try to do at least something in the office this week. So that was a complete mess.

Well this week went by super fast but at the same time it was super painful because I was running around almost 24/7. It was just super tough to make sure everything was right and perfect. Which actually all happened thankfully. But I will just say it was probably one of my most stressful weeks I have ever had.
miss you all tons,
Elder Garbett