Hello to all my dear family and friends!
I have succesfully completed another week at the CCM! It kind of just feels like one really really really long day since I last emailed. We go to bed, then wake up 10 minutes later to get ready and go back to the cafeteria for runny eggs. At least it feels like that;) In reality though, I absolutely love the CCM. Love it!! I would so much rather spend this Christmas here than in the field, so I´m pumped that I get to do that. Elder Chapman and I were assigned to be the Zone Leaders over all the North American missionaries this past Sunday, so that´s been cool so far! We don´t have too many responsobitlites, it´s a lot different from being a zone leader out in the field I´m sure. But it´s still good to be in a position to serve! We had a really cool experience last Saturday with proselyting, "proseletismo" en Español. We all hopped on a bus and drove to this chapel in the Lima South Mission, about an hour or so away. I was assigned a missionary, Elder Sejas, and a member, some old guy, and we were off to visit menos activos! Less actives! It was actually really hard. My missionary I was with was super shy, so I would try to ask him a question in Spanish and he would respond and ask the same question back, then I would answer in my limited Spanish and it was back to silence. I was trying to talk to people but everyone talks so fast that I had pretty much no idea what was happening. I could at least say buenos tardes!;) We weren´t able to teach any lessons, none of the people we were visiting would let us come in, so that was kind of a bummer. Most of the other people in my district shared like three lessons though and they said it was cool! Or, the Latino missionary and member shared the lesson and then they bore their testimony haha. There were lots of dogs in the streets, both dead and alive. I hope my trainer is a little more talkative and helpful than Elder Sejas, but if not all is well! I know whoever it is is who I´m supposed to be trained by so I´ll just trust Heavenly Father. In our study of Spanish this week, one of the things we´ve been learning about is Por y Para. Literally the hardest thing in the world. Por is for reason, Para is for purpose. Understand?? Um no actually, I don´t understand! Haha we are actually getting a little better at it though. Practice practice practice! Last week I said I really miss music. We do get a little music each week! Our morning teacher, Hermana Cyndi Altamirano, will play a video on youtube titled "Instrumental (Mormon)". So if you´re curios, that´s been my music for the past month haha! I can´t remember if I´ve said this already, but the ice cream here is so good. SO GOOD!! I don´t know why, but we speculate it´s because they use real sugar? It´s delicious though, we get to have ice cream at every lunch which is fantastic. The only thing better than that is the churros, but we´ve only had them twice since we´ve been here. They´re more of this pastry thing with cream in the middle, MAN! they´re good. The worst thing is the showers. You turn the hot knob 1/100 of a degree and it goes from colder than lukewarm to burning flesh. Literally, there are times when I don´t think I moved it until I feel the water rise in temperature 15 degrees. It´s weird. But I can´t complain about hot showers! They may be the last ones I have for a few years! Haha anyway, love you all and miss you tons! Have a merry christmas season! Chow! (it´s weird, they say chow all the time to say goodbye here in Peru haha)
Love, Elder Hart
This is Elder Benitez from Lima. He left to Piura on Tuesday. He actaully spoke really good english and is headed to BYU after his mission.