I Do This For a Wise Purpose

The field is white already to harvest.
The field is white already to harvest.

Well, all I know is that the Lord does things for his own purposes. We don’t know what they are, and it make take a while to figure them out, but he does them for a reason.

Elder Mercado as the Angel Moroni
Elder Mercado as the Angel Moroni
We went again to Tunanmarca this week. This time I was smart and wore long pants.
We went again to Tunanmarca this week. This time I was smart and wore long pants.
I'm too tall to pass as a native here.
I’m too tall to pass as a native here.
The ruins and the sky.
The ruins and the sky.
Nasty cactuses
Nasty cactuses

This week, Elder Fitzgerald had to go to Lima for his papers. Something happened with the paperwork for the whole group of gringos who came in December, and they had to go to Ecuador to essential start over on documentation and paperwork. This meant that his companion, Elder Lema, was to join us all week long. He is actually still with us today.

We have been walking everywhere the past week. We’ve been doing so much stuff to try to keep a good balance between our area and theirs in Jauja. We tried to find a ton of families, we tried to visit members, and we tried our hardest to at least have some success. Yesterday, for example, we tried to visit nine different families that we know always receive us, but they were all gone. We may have failed here as numbers show — we didn’t have much success, but we got to know each other and had a decent time. I’m not going to lie — I’m feeling a little down and frustrated.

Now, I don’t know why it happened. I may not know. It was a hard week. We had some fun, but it’s not fun to make an accounting of your efforts and feel like you come up short. However, I came closer to my Heavenly Father. I know He hears and answers prayers. He really is there for us. And I love Him. I know He loves us. I know that He is interested in even the most minute details of our lives. He lives. His Son lives. They are always there for us.

So, I’m off to have an adventure this week. I have hope that things will be better this week. I guess it is another bit of the refiners fire. I’ve only got 50 days. I can do this. These two years have been the best and hardest thing that I’ve ever done.

With many llamas,

David

I convinced the sisters to get dressed up as Jaujinas. It always makes Olinda happy to deck out the gringos.
I convinced the sisters to get dressed up as Jaujinas. It always makes Olinda happy to deck out the gringos.
We white-washed our apartment walls this week.
We white-washed our apartment walls this week.
Maximo made sure that it was down right.
Maximo made sure that it was down right.
A sister gave me a turtle with a sombrero.
A sister gave me a turtle with a sombrero.
Another statue of the Virgin Mary to add to my collection.
Another statue of the Virgin Mary to add to my collection.
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