Friday, April 21, 2017

I think that I am losing some wieght.

April 17, 2017

Well let me just say this week was absolutely tiring. I`ll tell you why after these:

1. Well first off we had transfers this last Tuesday and my new companion`s name is Elder Martin. He is so awesome. We work so hard and we really are harvesting the field. But apparently before the mission (he has 16 months) he had a contract to play professional futbol in Columbia. 
2. We had a baptism this week. His Name is Roberto and he truly is a golden investigator. He sought out the missionaries and every single time we talked to him about something he accepted it right there and started to live it. 
3. AHHHH man! We have like everything in our house. Everyone living in the apartments are members, our pension lives in one of the apartments, our pension`s husband is our ward mission leader, and our pension also does our laundry. I think I heard the choir of angels singing hallelujah when I heard these things.
4. Apparently we have a member of the seventy in our ward too. He spoke this Sunday and I was blown away. I didn't know he was a seventy until after his talk. If I knew that I would have taken notes. (and maybe guessed what his title was) ðŸ˜†

Ahh man this area is soooooo huge! Elder Martin is all about working hard. Apparently he opened the area last transfer and it was crap. But he and his first companion (the first two Elders in this area for the past 2 and a half years) started working the first week and totally flipped this area around. Usually the mind set is that if you go to a really rich area you hardly find anybody. Well it`s completely different here because truly everywhere you go it is ready and filled with people looking for the truth. We walk hard every single day. I think we walk at least 6 or 7 miles because our area is huge. I can definitely tell that I have lost weight. I am truly learning how to work hard here. So hard that when I get back to my room I practically go straight to bed because I am so tired. I think I`ll end with this. "For behold, the field is white. already to harvest. and Lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might layeth up in store and perisheth not, but bringeth salvation unto his soul."
I miss you all tons,
Elder Garbett
Pic of roommates from last area (Santa Anita) 

Robertos Baptism

Random Rowan Pic

"Strange things are happening" (an´t no doubt about it)

April 10, 2017

Well this week was the transfers and once again let me get to the appetizers before the main course:

1. We had two baptisms this week which was really awesome. I got to baptize one of them and then the Elder whose spot I took here came back and baptized the other. 
2. The other Elders in our room had splits with the assistants to the president and so one of them left for the day and my abuelo from the mission came to conduct the splits. So I got to spend a night with mí abuelo. ðŸ˜

Well let´s just say that before I came to this Zone (Santa Anita) President told my soon to be companion that he needed to teach me the area so that I would be able to lead it. So all I knew about what could possibly happen was that I was going to stay here and lead the area. Well that all changed when the Zone leaders called us and said that my companion would become the new assistant and that we need to make sure that there aren't any single males living in the same building as us. So that meant that we were going to close the area and hermanas were going to come to our area. Well later president called us personally (we both died, went to heaven, and then came back before the phone stopped ringing) and told Elder Pereira that he would be a zone leader in La Molina and gave him instructions on what he needed to do. Well then we had to wait to find out what was going to happen to me. Well after 3 painful hours we found out that yes, I am leaving and we are closing the area. I have no idea why I even came here to Santa Anita but it was for a reason and right now I just don´t know. The Lord works in mysterious ways but he knows what he is doing. 
I love you all,
Elder Garbett

General Conference (1)

 April 3, 2017

Man this week was pretty cool let me start with these:

1. While we were in our room one night we saw one of our investigators (probably drunk) riding his bike around, blowing his whistle and chasing down motos. It was probably one of the most hilarious things that I saw all week. 
2. I got to see every single General Conference in English besides the Sunday morning session where two of our brand new investigators showed up that we didn't even think would show up. So awesome.
3. The session that I got to see in Spanish was super crazy. We barely made it to the session, sat down for like five minutes and we were told that one of our investigators showed up. Well we went to see him but it was the same guy that was chasing down the moto and guess what........ he was drunk. Sometimes I wonder why I understand Spanish because the conversations that the members were having with him were so weird. For example they told him that my companion was a general before his mission and the drunk stood up straight and asked Elder Pereira if he wanted him to do push ups. Well he got down and did like 20 so we spent the first half of the Sunday morning session trying to figure out what to do with him.

But all in all this week went by really well and I really enjoyed general conference. Before the mission all I really saw in general conference was that our leaders gave talks and every so often they would give us something new from God. It was never really that important to me but now ever since I have been teaching about prophet and his apostles almost everyday for the past 5 months (and no I am not trunky) the importance of a prophet has significantly grown on me. Ever since I heard that we were going to have general conference I had grown more and more excited and then when it came I took so many notes and thought so much of my investigators and how I can use the words of a living Prophet and direct my investigators onto the path that Jesus Christ established in his life for us. I miss you all tons and I can´t wait to hear from you all again.
From your gringo in peru,
Elder Garbett
Random Pics and a video

This video is what usually happens to us (more like my companion) when we are planing. Its super short but I really like what Elder Pereira does in those few short seconds. 

Emergency transfers!!!!!!!!!!

March 27, 2017

Well as you can probably tell by the title this week was pretty hectic. let me start with the cool stuff:

1. We had emergency transfers in week 3 of this transfer so now I´m with a completely new companion and a completely new area. My new companion´s name is Elder Pereira. He´s soo awesome. I learn so much from him everyday. 
2. We had a baptism this last Saturday and we baptized this 10 year old kid named Benjamin. Apparently he has been waiting for about a month to be baptized. But we received permission from president this week to baptize him. It was sooo amazing to see how prepared he was. I think there is something up with me and kids. Because he is the second kid of the three people that I have baptized. If that´s all my mission will be then bring it. I love teaching kids. 
3. Our pension here is soo crazy. As a pension, she is pretty good but her and her husband I think are a little bit on the crazy side. I get so uncomfortable around them because they talk so fast and I can´t understand a thing. And then they get on me about that because I have 5 months in the field and I know "nothing" about Spanish. It gets a little annoying sometimes but I have learned to just eat and not say anything and for some reason it works! 

Ok so last Monday We were sitting around and I was writing in my journal when my old companion received a call from the zone leaders. When I found out it was the zone leaders I thought we were going to have splits. But then Elder Alegre told me that our leaders wanted to talk to me. That´s when things got a little iffy.  So I took the phone and they pretty much told me that I was leaving Vitarte and going to a new Zone; an Emergency transfer. Well about 3 hours after that I was all done packing and went to bed. Then we had to go to the office and that´s where I met my new companion Elder Pereira. He is so amazing! But the thing is that I think that he will leave this transfer which means I only have two more weeks to learn the new area and lead it after this transfer. I will say that I am a little stressed but I know that I can get this area down because it is so small. 
I miss you all and love you tons,
Elder Garbett
Benjamin's Baptism with Elder Pereira


Random Pics of Rowan