A quick shout out to my grandma Nomi.
My week was absolutely amazing and probably just too full of experiences to even say them all. We went on divisions yesterday and the member that was with me asked if things like you see in ''The Best Two Years'' actually happen and it was awesome just to tell him some of the stories. Now, I'm not sure if my mission is the stuff of legend. If you watched the whole thing it would be super boring. Maybe it won't be making it into a General Conference talk any time soon, but it's mine and I love it. I'm so grateful for all of the experiences I've been given here. I wouldn't trade them for anything. Part of my heart definitely is going to be left in Perú. That's a fun part of the adventure too though. I just love all of the twists and turns.
I don't know why, but I was thinking about Brother Bramwell yesterday. I don't even know if they are still in the ward or not, but sometimes when I'm reading in the scriptures I think about what he said one time about ''the wiles of the devil''. It's cool how things I learned years ago can just come back to my memory so quickly, maybe that's how the Spirit works though. Hey, maybe we all feel the Spirit more than we usually realize. I know I've been guided so many times on my mission without knowing. Well, if he's still living there please tell him thank you and I'll be passing by to say thanks soon too.
Oh, before I forget. Please sign me up for the Liahona in Spanish. I love reading it so much and hopefully that can help me keep up on my Spanish and spiritual things too. I'm super pumped to speak with Hillary, Charlie, and just everyone else too, you too Mom. Also, Tito, I'm counting on you to help me in my Spanish class. It's so awesome to have family and friends that are there no matter what and Spanish just makes it even better.
So yesterday I think we all had a good class in Priesthood and Relief Society. Well, at least what was in the manual was awesome. Not really sure what happened in your neck of the woods, but Perú kind of got turned upside down because of some of the issues with people not being married. We're all just sitting there with investigators and they're asking me if it's required to get married so I said they would get the answer in the class. Then all of a sudden the bomb was dropped. Of course it was some less actives who are coming back to church and trying their best that just had to ask the question. They were all asking what happens if you're sealed to more than one person and how it can be possible to love more than one person and everything else imagineable. Well, things actually kind of worked out because while all the other members were just talking about all sorts of things (definitely not even close to the doctrine) I just talked with the two investigators by me. I just explained that I don't really know, but I'm sure that God has it all worked out. I'm sure that the celestial kingdom will be better than we could ever imagine and perfectly perfect. I told them that they needed to follow Christ and that He would take care of the rest. They liked that and in the end I actually think it was a great experience to help them strengthen their faith.
In my studies this week I continued to read the words of Abinadi. They are so powerful. I really liked learning about how we are as men: carnal, sensual, devilish. It just made me think that if we continue forward, we're never going to make it back with God. We can't just continue forward as normal, we have to change and to become better. Lots of people say that they live a good life and don't hurt anyone, but that's not enough. We have to follow Christ and do what He has asked us to do. I also studied the attributes of Christ and felt really good to see lots of areas that I have improved in. I also was able to notice a couple areas that I can still work on or that got a little worse without me noticing. Now I know what I need to do better so I can apply it and just get better. In our studies as a companionship we were able to work really well together to make lesson plans that were fitted exactly to what the investigators needed. It helped so much as we taught to have already talked about what we were going to say, what scriptures or examples we were going to use, and other little things. I know as we plan better together the Spirit will be able to be part of our companionship more. I really liked my language study this week too and am trying my best to leave all pride behind and just get better.
My spiritual experience was a man named Guido. We had been planning for a couple of weeks now to talk with people in the mercado in the mornings, but something kept coming up so that we didn't go. Finally on Saturday we had time in the morning so we went. We were talking to a couple of people and it was cool because there were just so many people that came there instead of us having to search for them. We left for a little to search for a house, but then went back. My companion was talking to a group of people and a man came up to me and said ''elder''. He then explained that he knew a member who was sick and wanted us to go talk with her. I told him that we for sure could go. He took us to the house which was pretty far away and on the way he explained that she was the mom of their kids, but they had been separated for a couple of years. He still felt some responsibility towards her so he was taking care of her now. We got to the house and could talk a little with the member. Guido, the man, said he would go to church yesterday and we were waiting to go with him. He didn't show up for a long time so we decided to just go. Then in church we turned around and he was there. He was able to talk with the bishop, relief society president, and elders quorum president. They were able to visit the member yesterday and things are looking better for all of them. My companion challenged them to get married and Guido said he wanted to. It was a miracle because he had come from so far and we were there in the only spot he would have ever found us because we had no plans of going anywhere near his house. God is aware of all of His children and I'm grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of helping a couple of them to feel of His love.
Just a huge thanks to Hillary (Hermana Young). Your challenge to do the attribute activity in Preach My Gospel helped me so much this week. It was so cool to see the ways I'm improving and the things that I still need to work on. I definitely encourage all of you to try it this week if you didn't do it before. It's nice to know that we aren't perfect, but we can all take the steps necessary to keep getting better.
I love Perú so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for all your love, support, and above all else your prayers.
Have the best week ever and know that you are all in my prayers too! The mission is too amazing and so is this life. God gives us so much more than we could ever ask for.
Love your little all-American boy in Perú,
Elder Aaron Micah Wheatley