Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Busy Week in the CCM


I had a busy week. We went to Caral on Monday, which is the second oldest civilization in the world. A lot of people think that it could be the ruins of the ancient Jaredites. It wasn’t that much fun because it was a 3 hour bus ride both ways, and I’m not that into archeological proof for the Book of Mormon. It is cool to say that I’ve been there though.

So we are no longer the noobies in the CCM anymore because we got 40 new missionaries today! 20 left and we got 40 so there are a lot more missionaries here now.

Last Saturday was my first time proselytizing! It was crazy we went to Lima North. Los Pinos was the name of the area, and I promise Camron must have served there. It was crazy exciting and scary. First off Lima North Mission area, or anywhere in Lima, is very different than the US. I saw about 15 stray dogs everywhere, and Peruvian dogs are not cute. I also saw other things that I won’t describe to my mother--nothing too bad. I promise. Haha. But everyone who is a beginner normally gets an advanced American companion and a member from the ward to go out with. But I got an intermediate 2 weeker comp and no member!!! So it was just me and another elder out in Lima for 6 hours preaching the word. Long story short, our assignment was to talk to less active families and we only had one on our list, and they just told us to come back later. So we walked around doing street contacts until we ran into the hermanas of the mission. Then they hooked us up with a member and we went to some more “less active” members houses. It was cool.

We watch a lot of Mormon message type videos here in the CCM, but there is one that I have seen 4 times now. It is one with Elders Erying and Holland talking. Elder Eyring talks about how when he thinks he has done some hard thing and want to take a rest he thinks of Christ and the atonement and how Christ after going through the atonement didn’t stay in heaven and sleep, but he came back to us. Holland ask repeatedly. Why is it so hard? Why is missionary work so hard? Why don’t more people want to get baptized? It is great. He answers that it is because it wasn’t easy for Christ, and it wont be easy for us. (I know I don’t need to ask mom, because she will do it, but search for the video Holland why is it so hard and watch it and put it on my blog.) I love you!

More about the comp. His name is Elder Max Shreiner. He’s 18 and a recent grad like me from Springville, Utah. He was a star athlete in football and basketball, which he played on the varsity team on as a sophomore. He’s super humble. On our first real day during orientation for all of the new missionaries, one of the CCM ward leaders recognized him, and it turned out to be a guy from his ward. Anyways in front of everyone this leader, Elder Hill (he’s on a senior mission), talks about how great Elder Shreiner is and how he is an amazing athlete, but super humble and a great example at the same time. He was so embarrassed. It was super funny. Really, though he is awesome, and we work really good together. He’s just a boss. He makes me look short and small in the pictures. Haha. He is a goofy kid, and we are always cracking jokes.

I’m doing great. I love you all.  Thanks for the emails and love,

Elder Nicholas Walker

Here is a picture from the temple last week. The computers still aren’t working right, and it’s kind of frustrating. I swear it is a problem that Camron could fix in like 15 minutes though.

My district. From left to right are Elders Tolman, White, Shreiner, Benally, and Bishop. Then Hermanas Mason, Loyaza and Reynold. Tolman and White are going to Huancayo, and the others are going to Trujjo. We are all really good friends.

Hermana Loyaza is our teacher and she is the best!! Unfortunaltely, she is so good that because so many new missionaries are coming she is teaching them. So now we have a teacher that speaks no English!!


Elder Shreiner and I at Caral.