Week Sixty-Seven in Cusco

“A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.”

I have to write today because I am not going to have time Monday! Why? Because Elder Juan A. Uceda is coming to the mission tomorrow… and we still haven’t found enough tables that we need. But stop worrying, we just need to remain calm!

This week we said goodbye to 7 powerful missionaries and welcomed 13 more. Elder Valenzuela and I talked a lot about obedience like usual, but always using different examples in the scriptures. This time as I was studying for the training, I found the awesome example of Abraham having to sacrifice Isaac and being obedient. We talked about how coming on the mission, we are expected to make sacrifice. But really being a follower of Christ in His true church requires sacrifice! But I can honestly say “the greatest decision I ever made in my life was to give up something I dearly loved to the God I loved even more.” (GC talk by Pres. Monson April 2003). I know He will never forget me for that! I have learned this principle on the mission and will continue to sacrifice the old to be born anew.

This week has been nothing but hectic with the “paros” (strikes) in all of Peru. Like the one that happened in Juliaca, they are closing all the streets to strike and it’s hard to travel, which has made it really hard for transfers. What should be a job of a day or two has turned into a week so far. We have had calls in the middle of the night with some Elder stranded in the terminal or had missionaries sleeping in buses because they get stopped on their way to the new area. There is not really a way around it! Some missionaries have been staying in our house that should be in their sector but cannot travel. We will see how the zones travel for the conference… I have been out of the house past curfew just a few times this week! And the chairs at the terminal are not comfortable for sleep.

I miss you! I am exhausted and stressed while being happy and calm. Does that make sense? I hope that you can find that good balance wherever you are!

Sigue sonriendo –Elder Daybell

p.s. “Shout out to the legends Conner Kirk Holt and Anthony Hiram Lee Gray for keeping the hot tub warm for me!”

DSCF8803This guy (ex-elder Benson) was AP for President Harbertson! 5 Generations back…

DSCF8833E’ Valenzuela is a barber (dont trust him)

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Goobye dinner for E´ Huallparuca with our converts Carlos and Juana

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Office soccer polo

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E’ Ordoñez thinks he is funny and put Gordilocks instead of Goldilocks…

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My converts playing Dota instead of being at a lesson we had

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