Besides the fact that I didn't even have the opportunity to say goodbye to any of my investigators and ward members (that was like ripping of 50 bandaids all at the same time...), I think that it has been good for me to be here. Since Hermana Stull is leaving in a week, President was planning on putting Hermana Santos and I in a companionship here. But both of us will be fresh out of training next week. He wanted to make sure I could get a feel for the area before we were left alone.
This area is a lot different. Violetas was more city, this is like a suburb. A lot more dirt, a lot more tranquil. We walk probably about twice as far every day... (my jeans actually fit this week! ;)). The food's a little different. Not really. Just a little. Like the other day when we were eating some chicken noodle soup. I went to eat the meat, and realized it was a chicken foot. I think I was supposed to eat it... But I don't really feel bad for leaving it there in my bowl.
Here we've been working a lot more with couples that need to get married to be baptized. In a few months, I'm sure I'll be an expert at getting people married in Peru. Paperwork and all. It's really stressful, believe it or not. Especially in Spanish. Spanish makes everything a little more stressful.
The ward has been really helpful though! They help plan activites as fundraisers for the families that can't pay for their own ceremonies. They are working to make a plan with us to more effectively trabajar en la obra misional. I think if we can get in a good groove, we will see a lot of success here.
The work of missionaries is changing dramatically. As far as I'm aware, every stake and mission president has received new training. They are training all of the bishops and missionaries. They will be training the ward councils here in the next few weeks. We are getting new agendas with new key indicators. From what I understand, everything is rolling out bigtime here in November. So brace yourselves, you're all missionaries!
Hope I didn't forget anything terrible important... this week has just been a rollercoaster.
Les quiero mucho!