wow i have so much to tell you guys! i dont even know where to start. this week was so much better than last week. i am really learning to love it here. i have made so many good friends and my district is AMAZING!! i really lucked out. today we got to go to the temple because it is open again and we had the 7am session so we had to leave super early but it was so much fun. its crazy how we are so far away but in the temple everything is exactly the same (except its in spanish!!). they gave us headsets to translate it into english but i liked listening to it in spanish. i couldnt understand anything they were saying but the spirit is still the same. it was amazing. then we went to the market and got some treats and went to the distribution center. next week i am going to buy a nice set of spanish scriptures and a mini spanish hymn book at the distribution center. thats what a lot of the missionaries buy here because they are so cheep. we took some district pictures so i am hoping that they will send!!
I found out that lima north is the gheto. everyone says that its a little scary there and super poor. there are certain areas that missionaries arent allowed to go because its too dangerous. but hopefully that will mean that the people will be more willing to accept the gospel because they will be more humble.
on saturday we went "prosalitizing". thats what they call it here. we took a bus about an hour away and then my companion and i were assigned a teacher to come with us out into the neighborhood. it was one of the hardest things of my life. we had been here only 10 days and they expected us to teach lessons in spanish to real people. the teacher we were with was really hard on us and wouldnt help us much and so we just would stand there awkwardly not knowing how to say what we wanted to say in spanish. it was pretty discouraging but we go again next saturday so hopefully we will know a lot more spanish and it will go better. it was cool though to explore the city and get to talk to some of the people of peru!!
my district is amazing and the other night we were getting ready to say our district prayer and then head up to bed and we noticed that one of the elders was wearing 2 different shoes. and so we told him and he was like hmm i thought they felt a little weird. but they are both black so it doesnt matter. he hadnt noticed all day that he was wering 2 different shoes because they were both black haha. we were laughing so hard. its funny to see how different the elders are than the sisters. my district had a really cool and spiritual experience this week. one of the elders in my district is really struggling with the language and with confidence and so the teacher asked him if he wanted a blessing. so his companion gave him a blessing and it was the most amazing blessing i have ever heard. the elder who gave him the blessing is kinda the class clown of our district and he is never serious and he jokes around all the time and always spills stuff on himself but he gave the most spiritual blessing i have ever heard. i could tell that the lord was speaking directly through him and he was saying exactly what the elder needed to hear. we were all balling. it was so cool.
the other night we watched a live byu devotional by richard g scott and the missionaries at the provo mtc sang a musical number and they showed will cain 3 times close up. it was cool to see someone i recognized from home. oh and i got a letter last thurday from roger bown. they just sent it to the ccm address with an international stamp (the kind i used to send letters to shae and brooke) and it got here in less than a week. each night they read the names of people who have letters over the intercom and everyone sits in silence hopeing that they have a letter. did you recieve any of the letters i have sent? i think there was 5.
i love getting emails from all of you!! sorry i dont have time this week to email everyone back. but i love hearing what you are all up to!!
one thing i would challenge you to do if you have time is to get a new book of mormon (just the cheep blue ones) and read it straight through. get like 5 different color highlighters in the colors of the PMG lessons and everytime you come across a scripture that you think fits that topic (the lessons from chapter 3) highlight it in the color of the lesson. i wish i had done that before i came. an elder in my district did it and now when he wants a scriputre about the plan of salvation he just looks through his book of mormon at all the scriptures he has in that certain color!
i love you all so much! you really are the best family ever! sorry this email was so random and scatterbrained but this hour is the fastest hour of my life when i am emailing! its so crazy!
xoxo hermana murdock
ps. what is the first and last name of the peruvian missionary in salt lake? i want to ask my teachers if they know him because there is only one ward in this area and they said they pretty much know all the members.
pps wisteling here is against the rules so i am in heaven