So I forgot the last 2 weeks to write you all about the water situation going down here in Villas de Ancon. So they got electricity not that long ago, but they're still a long ways away from getting running water (welcome to Peru). Oh yeah, so just so you know. Pretty much everything here in Peru is done backwards. Like in the US the streets and electricity and water is all set up, then the houses are built. But here, they just throw a bunch of houses together and somehow kind of make it a little more organized as they go and try to get the government to recognize them as a real place where people live.
Well, it's not as bad as it seems. There are these huge trucks full of water that come by every day and start making all sort of ruckous at like 6 in the morning honking their horns to let people know that they have arrived. So we have a 1100 liter tank that we fill up with water like once every week or week and a half and that gives us the running water in the house. Still not sure about the toilet, I guess there has to be a septic tank or something, but I don't really want to ask. So last week on Sunday my companion just says that he has bad news, there wasn't any water in the tank. That was cool because it was like the first time since I was like 5 that I didn't shower before going to church. Just enjoying the good ol' times here in Peru. Luckily my deodorant supply is still in tact so no one died in church last week.
This week Hermana Charo was baptized. She is the land lady and lives next door to us. She's super cool and invited us over to eat breakfast 3 times this week. She liked messing around with us and was just putting up all sorts of excuses, but then she said she had decided and was ready. I don't know why she didn't get baptized before with the other elders there because she was way close with them, but I'm grateful I was able to be here to enjoy the experience. It was a super big blessing from Heavenly Father. Sorry, I'll try to get pictures next week. I forgot my camera today, super bummed.
Elder Schiess is a new missionary here in the ward too. He's from Manti and is super cool and the member that was going to baptize Hna Charo didn't make it (still don't know exactly what happened) so Elder Schiess baptized her. He said that ''the mission is the most different thing I've ever done'' and that's just about right. It's cool to remember me at the beginning of my mission and I just love looking back and seeing how far I've come.
In my studies this week I took pretty much the whole week to study Mosiah 3 and 4 and I still haven't finished. It amazes me how much time and effort it takes to really delve into the scriptures. There is so much to learn from every verse and I love all the hidden things that are now found to me. I'm excited to continue learning from the words of King Benjamin which I have heard my entire life and see them from a new light.
My spiritual experience for the week was yesterday. We were searching for a house that we had contacted before, but couldn't find it. We saw a car stopped in the street so we helped them push it, but it didn't start. So then we kept looking and called the family who told us that they weren't home. As we were walking back I heard someone yell ''elderes''. So I turned around and saw the little kid with an older guy dressed in a suit and tie and thought he was from a different church or something. So then we talk and it turns out he's a return missionary who asks us if the area had been opened. He took us to his brothers house who isn't a member and it was his birthday. The whole family was there, 3 sons that are return missionaries, 1 preparing for the mission, and the dad who is less active. They live on the other side of Lima, but came for his birthday. I had just been praying to God saying that I was trying my best and contacting people and to bless us and then the little kid called us. I'm sure the family has been praying to help their brother and dad too and we had a nice little lesson where the family was able to share their feelings. I felt so grateful that God had answered my prayer and really humbled to think that He had also used us to answer the prayers of others.
I hope you all have the best week ever. Thanks for all of the prayers. I'm loving the mission and am so grateful I have been blessed with these 2 years to be able to serve my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Love your ever more grateful for water friend,
Elder Aaron Micah Wheatley