Peru Chiclayo Mission 9/2013-9/2015

Peru Chiclayo Mission 9/2013-9/2015

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It was really humbling...

9-26-2013 Week #2
Hey Everyone!
I apologize in advance but the emails while im in the CCM will start to get boring and shorter because we literally do almost the same exact thing everyday! Hours on end of language study and companion study and personal study and yeah lots of studying!
One cool thing we did get to do this week was we got to go out proseliting!! It was a really neat and humbling experience! We went to a place in Lima called Canto Rey and we went out with lation companions and a member and went to members house who were inactive to try to reactivate them. Altough we didnt actually get to talk to any members because all the addresses were wrong, oh and the addresses here are written in chalk and they are super confusing and so its like impossible to find someones house, but it was still cool! It was really humbling in two ways, one becuase i thought i was starting to get the hang of spanish and then i heard the natives talk... and two, the people here are really poor! There was trash all over the place, there were marks on the walls where you could tell people had peed and the houses were super small and very poor! There are actually quite a bit of people that know the elders because everywhere we go there are poeple that say hey elders and also when were on our P-day in Lima a lot of people will honk at us and say elderes out their windows! All in all presliting was a good experience!
I was in a trio companionship with Elder Peabody and Elder Ruiz, but then someone in our district went home and so now just Elder Ruiz is my companion. We got new people today in the CCM and new room mates who are north americans as well. We havent really talked to the them much yet becuase we went to the temple today, but they seem pretty cool! I think the next time that i go to the temple that i will be able to do the whole session in spanish! The last two times we went we had headphones and this time i listened more to it in spanish than i did in english and i could understand almost all of it so next time im going to try to do it in spanish!
Another cool thing that happened this week was and earthquake. Me and my companion were sitting in a room by ourselves preparing for a lesson and then i felt this little rumble and i told my companion and then it started to get stronger and we were all like earthquake!! The quake lasted for like 30 seconds but it wasnt very strong where we were. Im not sure but i think i heard someone say that it was a 7 in Areqiupa!
Nothing else exciting happened. If you have any questions about anything let me know!
Tupananchis Kama Wawa
or in other words Hasta la Vista Baby in ketchewan!
Elder Jarman

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The CCM is awesome so far!

 9-19-2013 Week #1

Hey guys!! love you all and thanks so much for the emails and the letters! It was a weird feeling at the airport as soon as I got through security I waved once and then all you were just gone! Once we got to Peru immigration and customs didn’t take long at all which was awesome! We took a bus to the MTC which was like 20 minutes away from the airport and it was a pretty crazy bus ride! I heard more honking in an hour here than i do in like a year at home. On the way to the CCM we saw some fast food restaurants which was a relief and we also saw some really poor parts of town, but some of the people here say that what we saw is nothing compared to what well see when we go proseliting for the first time on Saturday. We got to the CCM at like 1 and got a packet with our schedule which is jam-packed everyday and we also got our companions. I’m in a trio companionship which is pretty neat, with Elder Ruiz and Elder Peabody. When we got to our room there was a not on our door from our roommates that was kind of intimidating but when we finally met them later the next day we found out that they were really cool!

The first couple of days were pretty tough just getting into the rhythm of things. We wake up at 6:30 and get ready for the day. The showers here are weird, they are either boiling hot or they’re freezing and once you find the happy medium it lasts for about 10 seconds before it gets really hot or rally cold again. Breakfast is at 7 and every morning we eat runny eggs yogurt and toast and that’s about it, sometimes well get lucky and get some pancakes which are super good but they’re better than yogurt and eggs. Then well have some language study and some gospel study and then well have lunch. For lunch we always have rice and something like fish or steak that is like leather it’s so tough or chicken or something like that. We have rice twice a day every day of the week so when i get back please don’t make any rice! After lunch well have personal study where we can study anything we want, and after that is my favorite part, Physical Activity!! For physical activity we play volleyball sometimes but we usually play soccer and its pretty funny when we play soccer because all you hear the whole time is Elder Elder Elder! After physical activity well have some more language or gospel classes and then towards dinner time we have been teaching lessons to teachers here and its almost all in Spanish! The Spanish is coming back to me much better than I thought it was going to but we went out for P-day today and it made me realize how much I have to learn! Then well have dinner which will be more rice and then some more fish or beef or once we had lomo saltado! They do have french fries quite a bit so that’s pretty good! After dinner we teach more and then have one or two more classes and then we do daily planning with our companions and then we get ready for bed and write in our journals and go to bed at 10:30 and then repeat it all over again.

My district has 11 people in it and they’re all really awesome! Everyone is really cool and funny and its fun to watch the people in my district learn Spanish so fast! It really shows how much the spirit plays a role in learning a language! My room is on the 3rd or top floor of the dorms and my room mates are super funny as is my whole floor! one of my room mates is full of stories and tells us stories every night while were getting ready for bed and people play jokes on each other and everyone’s laughing the whole time, its really awesome!

Adjusting to the food is not too bad. In the CCM the people say you either have the siempres, when you always have to go or the nuncas, when you never have to go and at some point everyone gets something. I have been doing well with the food, for now at least. One thing that’s weird is that some of the toilets here don’t have seats on them! Some of the food has been weird here and some of it has been really good! One of the weird things that I’ve eaten is a granadia. It doesn’t taste too bad but its a fruit that you crack the skin and peel it open and it looks like a spider laid like 100 eggs inside the fruit!

We had P-day today which was super awesome! we were supposed to do some stuff for our visas on Tuesday but it got rescheduled to Thursday so we were all pretty upset that our P-day was going to get cut short by 2 hours! Also we found out that it overlapped with our email time and our laundry time so we were all freaking out! On the day of P-day after we had gone to the temple we were on our way to lunch today and we found out that the interpol got rescheduled again so its tomorrow not and we got all excited because we were going to get to write and do laundry! Today we had to wake up at 5:45 which was a bummer but it was all worth it because we got to go to the Lima temple today and it was so cool!! It’s a very small temple and the session was in Spanish! After the temple we went to store and bought some snacks and some other stuff and our chaperones showed us where the temple store is so we can go there next time and get some Peru scripture bags and some other cool things! We didn’t have much time out of the CCM today but it will be better next time and I can’t wait to go to the temple again! We got some knock off soccer jerseys for really cheap and they’re pretty sweet! I took pictures but I don’t have the plug for the camera so i can’t send any pictures unless i can find a card reader the next time we go to the store.

The CCM is awesome so far! I learned how to pray and to bear my testimony in Spanish! The days go by like weeks because we do so much stuff in a day but the weeks go by like days. I can’t wait to get out to mission field now im so excited for that!

Love you all and hope your doing well!
Elder Jarman

Sunday, September 15, 2013

First email!


Hey guys! I only have ten minutes so it will be very short for now. All went well with the flight and we all got here safely. I know two people that are here with me in the CCM which is awesome! It’s nice to not feel completely alone. When we got here all of the sudden everything was in Spanish and it was like wow this is going to be tough. We took a bus from the airport to the MTC and all along the way were these really poor looking buildings and it was very humbling to see. I appreciate what I have much more now seeing the conditions that these people live in. It still hasn’t really hit me yet that I’m on a mission, it feels like I’m on one of those mini-MTC trips but I’m sure that it will start to set in soon especially because we received our name tags today. All is well so far and I’m not positive yet but I think P day will be on Thursday for now. Love all of you! More to come when I have more time!
Con amor, Elder Jarman

Leaving for Peru!

Last meal before heading off to Peru for 2.

 Saying goodbye to Cannon, Gwen, and Brandon on the phone at BYU.
 Setting apart
 This one's for Elder Underwood and Elder Gentry

 See ya in 2...

Mission Call Opening May 4th 2013

Opening the call!