Thursday, December 27, 2012

December 23

i tried to send pic but the Internet is terrible here but were are
lucky the power came back

cant wait to talk Tuesday.
first. the book Jesus the Christ make it back with my letter to you guys
from Mcghie?

oh and i love the tie you sent. I think its my favorite. the package got
here but i don't get it till Thursday.

So I'm in a new area.  junin.  one of the coldest areas of the mission
on top of it. We are opening an area. like the last transfer there
weren't missionaries here. And they made me district leader.... kinda
threw a lot on me. also my companion is kinda bad.  The zone leader said
he is here for law and i need to help him.. yeah....also in the past
year here there has been only one baptism. it was a child. but we
already have a baptism... how lucky and we are working good its just
really cold.   I sleep with 5 big blankets ha ha. the town is  an hour
from everything also.

yesterday after the church my comp and i kinda broke down cuz its
pretty terrible here but then we encouraged ourselves again.  its hard.
so ill call Tuesday but maybe more late than you want cuz i have to
take and pass information to the zone leader ill call like 8 or 830 in
your time.   i really have nothing else.. so ill read what you sent
thanks

love ya

still shoveling

E Montgomery

December 17

So Tuesday we had meetings and my comp went to  Lima for emigrations
and i was with the leader missionary. But our zone Leaders burned us. But it was
deserved and it motivated me to work harder so it worked, and it really is
what we needed.  The thing is the whole zone had only one baptism.
that is nothing... ya

  Ya this family of David and Angela and their daughters Cielo and
Geraldine are awesome they came to our baptism of Foust of 82 years
ha ha and  they liked it. They keep wanting to hear of the temple.
David asked his wife in the lesson; do yo want to be with me for
ever. she said yes. i almost cried. The other daughter said to her
dad when we weren't there. i don't want them to baptize me because then
 the missionaries wont come anymore.    ha ha this is the
family that hid from us like 2 months ago. God works in funny ways.
But the hardest thing is I'm most likely to be transferred and heading out. its
super sad. I've worked hard here but i wont be able to see the fruits.
but that's my pride talking i should just accept the  will  of God and i
do. i understand. But it'll be hard. it's really humbling..

But the baptism, so we told the bishop he said he would be there. we
filled the fount in the morning and return the keys to him like he said.
and he knew we did. 7 pm no one is in the church we go to the bishops
house to at least get the keys. no one is home.  We call him and call
him. doesn't answer. finally he does. i ask if we can use the keys . "oh
you guys don't have them". no  bishop you wanted them back. oh and no
one is in my house. yes we know that ( but i talked really nice to him
don't worry. but i wanted to put him in his place.)  so are you going
to come?  No i cant make it I'm with the family... that's how it went and
no one else has keys .   Almost no one came from the ward even though
we told every  one. But the family we are teaching and the brother
of Fausto we are teaching him too.  So we had to go up to the other
church and do a baptism with the other sister  missionaries. It turned
out really good just makes me mad...  but yup the life of a missionary
 got to love it...


so love you all, hope its all well 

now ill take a sec to read

E. Montgomery

still shoveling

December 10

 So,  a  funny story i was dreaming that i sat up in my bed and i wanted to get out but i couldn't find the floor with my feet, so i thought just a little more. ya i fell.  In my dream i was in the lower bunk but i sleep in the top.  For real. i fell. i landed on my feet fine but  then i woke up. it hurt so bad my legs. but i couldn't do anything about  it so i climbed back up and slept. my comp tells everyone and they laugh way hard.

So  Fousto the 83 year  old is going to get baptized this week.  Also we finally got to teach the whole family of David and Angela.  i don't know if you remember we found them the second week of last transfer.  But they like hid from us.This time we knew that if they didn't feel anything we were done for.  But in the end they were all crying. the spirit was strong the next day we went and we watched the  testaments about when Christ came  to the America's. They had read that part in the Book of Mormon that night but not only that chapter but the next two.   Well the water works again. We put a date for the baptism and the daughter of  8 years said, but why not today. ha its a family  of  4. i hope all goes well. my companion went to Lima today to do immigrations but  ya  I'm with my mission leader  really cool guy.   So that's kinda it for now. thanks to all,  love ya all.

E.Montgomery

December 3


Family and Friends,

 So first i have to tell about yesterday, church was crazy there were
little kids playing and making bunch of noise out side and we could
hear all of it so we had to leave and tell them to enter or leave. we
had to tell them like 3 times.  They were climbing the wall and fences.
So i didn't get to enjoy the meeting. Then the bishop said that we
needed to give the lesson in class. I have no idea what it was on but we winged
it. It was the part with Mormon at  the end with all the wicked people in such
little time turned so wicked.  In the end basically i proclaimed
repentance to everyone  and i felt the spirit testifying. i think i
spoke the best Spanish of my life.  but this is what this ward needs-
to repent. Us as missionaries also, but ya. i felt like i followed the
spirit.

So today we don't even have p-day just to write is all. Friday the pres.
comes for a p-day with him.  cool i guess ha.  but E. Uceta of the
seventy came to train us in a conference.  we, my companion and i looked
pretty dumb in a practice that we did in front of everyone but we
learned. basically he just burned us all out. but  we are pretty good
he admitted.  i learned tons more than i can write.

Our investigator, of 83 finally came to church. 2 weeks he will get
baptized!  a family that we told them that they have to get married is
now hiding from us and a sure baptism didn't attend the church
yesterday.  we're in a hard time right now.   well that's the life here
hope things are well at home
love ya all.

E. Montgomery

November 26


family!

Well we have had a good week. 2 baptisms and we fulfilled the goal of 4
this month. big achievement in the area. And was a miracle.  He was
going to get baptized Saturday but we couldn't find him. but he came to
the baptism of Merry  ( it would have been his too) and he did like it.
so the next day Sunday we went and he told us that Sunday at 8 he
wanted to be baptized. it was awesome . he is named Amilkar.  He knew
the missionaries for some time. his 4 sisters, younger are members but
his 3 older brothers and his  parents aren't.  he was so ready . also
the end of his baptism his mom gave him a hug, and not going to lie it
made me miss mom a ton. love ya mom.

the baptism of Merry of 72 years was kinda funny. it was kinda cold the
water, and she like didn't want to go under. after i said the prayer she took
like a full minute or more for her to let me baptize her. it was kinda
funny.

We have a investigator of 83 year. Fousto . He wanted to see a
baptism and  he came and liked it a lot. i think this next month he
will be baptized. I'm super excited. he is still like working every day
in carpentry it's crazy.

The husband of our pench (land lord) was talking with a kid last night we passed
by and said  hi.  he told us the kid is less  active and  that he
needs to return. i don t even remember what i said. something about
his family in the future but i felt the spirit testifying of my words
it was something i cant even explain but was cool. he is from a
different part kinda of far away but i told him i loved him and to do
what was needed.  i hope he can make the right choices.

really not  a  lot more to write. just sent pictures. of our p day planned
 for the  sister missionaries last week.  all is well  I'm now used
to being sick all the time.  my comp is   Chevere.

love you all. now I'm going to read your letters

E. Montgomery

Monday, November 19, 2012

November 19

Good morning family,
        
So this past week I have had 3 companions. That just doubled my number that
I've had all mission.  So after my trainee left  Monday last week in came
a different trainee, a gringo. He was having a ruff time and didn't speak
a word of Spanish. he was already in my zone but they put him with me
to see if i could help him. we were together for 3 days and 2 nights.
but it was more than i could help with. I think I made him feel better
but ya. my new companion is from Honduras  he came from  Huancayo the area
right next to my old one. He just had one transfer so I'm  going to
finish the  training. but he is doing  real well he already has the
hang of the mission just needs to improve his  teaching. but me too
ha ha.  we are  going to have  2 baptisms this week we had an awesome
lesson last night and he accepted this weekend.  his sisters are all
members and we have been working  with him for a while.  he has lots
of faith in prayer and his answers come in his dreams almost always but
its so cool.


Not a lot more has happened but my buddy from high school Thomas Thorpe, is
now in my zone and i see him all the time. ill send a pic next week.
but I'm super happy about that. he  lives just on the other side of
Danish Rd. i thought he would  be in the same ward but its a different
stake.  but a kid named Tyler Mifflin is in our ward he is in
Philippines right now.  well not a whole lot more to say just hope that
more snow comes for you guys.

oh  un favor.  i need someone- most likely Kelsey to close my facebook.
not erase it but so its inactive . they´ve asked us to  do that . I've
been meaning to tell you  but I've forgotten 3 weeks now. thanks. i
don't really understand why because  i don't use it but sometimes we have
to obey the law  until we can understand the principal ha ha.

love you all
E. Montgomery

November 12


family!! and friend if they are still reading ha ha
 
So much to tell you. really this week has been unreal.  hardest I've had.
Really i almost just gave up this morning but a few letters reminded
me why i am here.  And a scripture i remembered in ether 15. 34.
basically says doesn't matter what happens to me. if i suffer a ton or
if the life is easy. My loyalty is to the Lord and I'll do what it
takes to make it to him in the end.  Even i if i don't have  ¨success¨
like tons of baptisms that's not what matters. if i work like i need to
and do all that is possible to  help people to come to Christ and at
least plant a seed. its worth it. That has change my mind set of
contacting people. Before it was, oh they probable don't live in my area
so I'm not going to bother talking to them.  But now it is so much
more.

This week i started with a trainee. Now I'm with out a companion completely.
 And i probably wont have one for the whole transfer. Just  a mini
missionary as they are called. Some one that is leaving on their mission
and can be with me 24 hours because i cant be alone. I have a division
during the day and sleep with the zone leaders at night.  basically
100 percent of the area depends on me. And i feel the pressure.

Yesterday i went to the the mission leader to pick people up for church the
people who already said yes.  Not one of them came. They all bailed. Its so
discouraging.  i felt like everything i was doing was in vain.

One investigator is name Merry Rojas. is 60 i think she doesn't
remember. she has a really bad memory. its a really long story but she
is living with her sister in law and this week hopefully can be
baptized.   last week week before the transfers we finally had
baptisms. 2 Dayna and Delia. it was really cool. and these past days
since, they have been so happy. I've seen the difference. i hope they can
continue progressing.

But its really hard finding new people. They let us in the first time
and listen and seem interested but after that it is so hard to teach
them again. i don't know what to do .  Finally we got some referrals but
nothing that great has happened.  I'm really depending on the Lord
right now.

Dave with your letter talking about the anchor in our life and stuff i
thought of these scriptures.  Mormon 5.18 and ether 12.4  thanks for
the letter and for the talk from your dad.  still shoveling

Ya hope all is well at home now I'm going to read the letter
 
love ya E. Montgomery

October 29


So my computer is not letting me upload my pictures... 
Well family and friends. This has be the weirdest 24 hours of my life. I've never felt like that before.  We almost had a baptisms and she was so excited but her uncle ruined it all.  he is the devil. sorry..  he has his two mistresses and he treats his family bad or in other words hits them. his second mistress.. was 19 and he is 20 years older than her. Some of the people here just don't think. 3 times this weekend she said she set a time and day for this weekend for her baptism but those three times he ruined it all.Aall the family is scared of him. He  threatens her that he´ll throw her out and she doesn't have family. Her parents abandoned her and her sister.  she told us her whole story, its so sad. she needs this baptism for hope in her life.  The worst part is the uncle is a member really inactive.... and he wont even talk to us . He hides like with fear..

Ya better note, this weekend she will be baptized.  But my perspective of the mission and why we are here and the authority that is given to us has completely changed.  We are changing peoples lives and we have been called by a prophet of God to do these things and he will support us and hold us, so that his work comes to past.

Honestly with this big mess my companion. has been trash.  I've been depending on the zone leaders because we still live with them till tomorrow. And they help so much!  We had a conference with the president Saturday and it was amazing like always, I always leave edified.  Also McGhie gave his last testimony i don't know how i kept my self from crying

I know that this is his church and that as members we have the responsibility to do our calling with every effort and that they should come first even before work. God knows we have needs but will provide, but he is waiting for our faith to trust him.  This ward here is almost falling apart. This stake lacks leadership. But if they just only understood the importance or their ¨first love¨ Revelation 2 i think..    they could be so strong..

i told you that i got the pictures no? and the news letter and from grandma and uncle Lane. thanks tons!! love you  all hope the new ward is treating you well 

E. Montgomery

October 22


fam!!

so we moved and i left my cord in my bags and well long story.. but i
don't have photos..   so the room in the pench for us is not quiet
ready they just have to finish the bathroom and floor.. i have pictures..
but we had to leave our other room and we are living with the zone
leaders. but there hasn't been water for a week and they cant work on
our new room with out water... and one bathroom with 4 guys.. imagine
that.. without water.  besides that, i like living with them they help
a lot.
Oh i got the pics you sent mom. the house looks good but needs work
good luck with it wish i could help. and my room looks great just
lacks the flag on the wall haha.  and the picture of the day i left.. wow

Ive gain weight.. but i think its better.  but thanks for sending
them even though i almost got trunky haha. no i like it here to much!

Real quick. I'm tired of my companion. He doesn't really have common
sense.. that's all I'm going to say.

so the ward here is super dormant like a  volcano.  there are problems
in the ward. the bishop doesn't have  councilors right now so we are acting
as counselors and he wants to reorganize the ward like the presidents.
so we are helping visiting and basically  determining peoples future  or
as dad would say. condemning them ha. but no its really cool. how we
three have the same thoughts on the same people even though i don't
really know any one yet.

we want to take advantage of the new presidents. and help ¨´wake up  the
ward¨ to encourage the members to  do their callings and support the
mission work.  i feel kinda responsible to do this and help the ward
be better and if we do it right, like a volcano its going to explode
and  activate lots of success but it wont be in the next week or month but in
time so the next missionaries can work well with the ward and baptize.

we are still having trouble with investigators  the ones we have
still don't have permission to be baptized yet and the water problem..
well people are always going and getting water.. hard to find people.  and
Rocio who is going to get married and then baptized, move to  another
area so we have to pass the referral which is sad.. so kinda we are left
with no one and even when we have, people the ward doesn't help with like

being friends with the investigators, its hard.

i had a good experience . we knocked a door and talked with a girl who
visited long time ago and thought she new everything of the church.
and we were talking   about how there are lots of churches and she asked
me  which was correct . i said depends on who you ask but i know  its

this church that is true. And she looked at me real good and said. you sure? and  i
was happy to respond with total confidence that yes it is.  and something in
side of me just felt so good.  I'm happy to have been able to say yes
with surety in the moment that i needed to.

love you all
E. Montgomery

October 15

good morning!

I've had a really good week. i don't know why but I'm just real happy.
Ok there is a little boy in our pench of 3 years and is so fun to play
with him. reminds me a little of my time with Patten and Kimball but
its not the same haha

so every once and awhile i don't know why but the water just goes
out.. like for a day. and it kinda sucks in the morning haha.

so the pres. sent us all a scripture to study Psalms 103.5 and i read it
and related it with Isaiah 40. 28  30.. honestly it gave my new
hope and force to keep going this week  the eagle, we studied a little
and they go through a renewing process that is real hard but if they
do it they can live 30 years more.  ya you just have to study about it
so cool.

so this family that  we met the other week, we taught the  dad and his
daughters they are awesome and want to learn more. like a family of
gold. only he left for Lima for a week and a half and the wife is only
in town the weekends from work.  but the wife and her daughters came
to church and she was answering the questions in class and paying alot
of attention.  the leader missionary said she is of gold too Ha I'm
really excited!

the couple that we are trying to marry had some big fight last night
but say that they have all the papers already.

Jorge the son of a Methodist  Activist and recent convert, well i think the
family is avoiding us.. which is to bad.

this week we did divisions i went with E. McGhies old comp from
Huancayo my old zone leader,  E. Hernandez from Guatemala he is the
best second only to McGhie  i learned lots and had great experiences

with my comp. he is doing well just that i feel like senor companion. he
kinda found out that i can lead the lessons and planning in the night
so he leaves it to me almost.  he isn't the best teacher but he has love
for the people. i love these people so much too. i am just way happy.
its really cool to be here.   so i don't have time to read the letters
and respond today so ill print  love you all!

E. Montgomery

Monday, October 15, 2012

October 8

Ya to bad that the letters haven't made it yet...

Conference was awesome! but i didn't get to see all of it.  But i have


some great news from this week
first I'm tired again every night from working good and hard. i sleep
well again just not two nights ago because  i was sick again ha.,

Ya here is supper hot and tons of bugs i have like 20 bites on every arm.

We are looking for people to teach like crazy and we found a bunch
this week.  I'm excited to see their progress and lots of them came to
conference.  one is Rocio she has been a investigator for a month but
lives with her partner and he works kinda far so its hard for us to talk
to him but Rocio wants to be baptized way bad and is awesome. she has
a good testimony.

i would 'write about the others that we found this week but there is

kinda a lot and explaining every one would be to much. ill explain
  their progress each week though.

so my companion in the past has had bad companions, really trunky so he
developed bad habits but now he has a good desire to work and we are

doing well. just that well for 20 months i thought that he would be a
little smarter as a missionary. i just feel like the senior companion some
times but its OK. and i really am thankful for E. Perez because from
him i learned how to teach people and focus in them. my new companion
doesn't understand it yet, it seems like ,oh well.

E. McGhie is going to eat with us in the pench today!! and 
E. Morales my trainer is with him as leader of  the zone with only 9 months.

Kara thanks for you letter about school hope your doing good and
thanks to the Hatch family for their birthday card and congrats to
Julie.

listening to conference and a talk about spending time with the
family.. sorry for not ever wanting to go on a walks..... and spend
time with you.

love you all
E. Montgomery

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October 1



So this week i got transferred to Huanuco. the city that E.McGuie
started in the same area even. paucarbamba in the zone amarilis.  
E. Mcguie is even in the other zone here in Huanuco so i get to see him
every once and a while.  all the people still remember him from 2
years ago ha ha.

i sent some letters home with E. Corbridge last week i hope you got them.

my new comp. is elder Don is from Guatemala. he has 20 months in the
mission.  i heard somethings about him that scare me. like he is
another E. Perez but seems like he has made a change or at least wants
to finish well.  I'm keeping my eye out for him.

So i got pretty sick after getting here that sucked again .But here is
awesome. its not cold at all more humid also.  surrounded by mountains.
there are more trees and really pretty.  no wonder everyone likes it
here.

So my birthday.. ya ill send pictures. they are crazy with the
parties.  we came home from working and every one was there
investigators recent converts and members. i got so dirty from food
being thrown.  they are so loving. they gave me a going a way gifts and
were so thoughtful.  things to remember from Peru.

here in my new area practically, there is not any investigators, its so
little also the area and so far there aren't any references from the
ward  but they gave us a goal of 12 baptisms this month.  there is alot
of work to do. but I'm really excited. i just want to teach the people
to be happy and find the joy of the church and be faithful members.
Ive never had desires like this before its really weird but i just
want to be here and work really hard. i remember E. McGuie say the same
thing 3 months ago and i didn't really get it but now i do.  i don't
know but i really feel like baptizing people but not for  a number but
for their own salvation and that they understand the importance of
this. its hard to explain my feelings and don't know where it came from
but i like it.

so i have't gotten a letter from dad for 2 weeks i bet he's busy
but ya now I'm going to read the letter you sent thanks mom and family
love ya

E. Montgomery
buenos dias familia!
so i have a quick question. what generation of member am i. people ask
me and i don't know ha ha

so its kinda weird having a birthday and 6 month mark basically the
say day. the bishops wife surprises me with a cake the 21. that was
nice of her. but the cakes here kinda suck. but its the thought
that counts. also i really don't want to like celebrate that much because
its going to take from the work and I'm not here on my time I'm here as a
missionary a little thing would be fine. but the ward basically
planned a party for tonight after p day.  its one of the kid's birthday
today also.  but I'm little scared. they like throw eggs at people and
stuff when its your birthday. and to morrow i have to pack. i don't want
to pack dirty clothes like that.. oh well. ill take pictures ya

tomorrow is when the pres. will call me to tell me where to go. it
will be like 3 nephi 1.12 something like that when it said lift up
your head and be of good cheer. because the next day i will leave my companion
hah. sounds bad but i can't handle him any more.  yesterday he was just
trying to bug me. he got done talking to the leader of district and
tells me... E. Sacon told me that both the baptism chose me <him, my
comp< but E. Sacon kinda changed their mind so we each would do it,
just to bug you.... he really said it just like that.  oh thanks for
making me feel great.  the whole night was like that. and the past 2
days we haven't had  single lesson with investigators. hardly left.
yesterday we went back to change form dinner and church and i was
like, lets go we have some people we can go teach. he said no I'm tired and
my head kinda hurts. so he slept. every day he sleeps til 7 also..
and dinner should be just 1 hour. yesterday 2. but me saying any thing
doesn't change any thing he just says no. and he is senor companion. I'm
bugged.

so I'm reading b of m again and came across this scripture 1 NE 8. 37.
i know it wasn't quite like lamen and lemual but iti wasn't easy to deal
with. thanks for striving to teach me  so that i could enjoy the
happiness from the gospel.

we had 2 baptized this week. we just knock on their door one day.
first contact that I've baptized. the rest have be referrals.  but i
know sister Noemi is going to be a great leader in the church one day.
she has a great testimony.

i had a really hard morning one day this week and practically put my
self to cry more like pleading with the lord to help me out.  but it
was the coolest experience. after asking for help i don't know something. i
had a great feeling of just peace come over me. and i knew everything
is OK and ya I'm not doing everything i can but the Lord understands my
circumstance, that its not really my fault and i just need to keep
doing what i can.

one of the hardest week of my mission but its over now ha ha
i got Kara's letter  finally ill read it after.
love you all
E. Montgomery



September 17

wow ya mom congrats with the program and no worries that you always cry

i have a scripture for you Matt. 5. 4  i hope you like it. and how did
the program of Patten's program go?

ya uncle Lane sent me pictures of the temple and the tabernacle and
they look so sweet i have them hanging on my wall.  ya it is to bad
that you couldn't get see it before, but at least you realize it now
and can do a session.  talking of the temple, i really miss it.  i
kinda hope i get transferred to Lima so that i might have a chance to
go! its been way long. its funny i remember Ryan saying the same thing
Ha

first will you tell grandma K that yes i can read her letters and
thank you haha.

i had a funny experience one morning my companion asked if i knew that i talk
in my sleep. and yes i know. but he told me that he thought it was a

Latino because i was talking so clear. and teaching some lesson. so why is
it that i can't talk like that when I'm awake!! oh well ill just keep
practicing.
so i read Landon's story of doing service and he hit a turtle with a
shovel. that is so cool. think about it, when he hit it he thought he

hit a rock and we know how that is a pain in the butt but it turns out
to be something so cool like a turtle. its like life we are dong
things and its seems like we hit a rock and we get up set but we
shouldn't because it could turn out to be something way cool like a
turtle ha ha

we watched the testaments, when Christ comes to the Americas,  with
Noemi and Enzo this week and at the end Enzo told us that when it said
that the Messiah came and will come again. he felt something like wow
almost like a big gust of wind but inside.  he always gets cool
feelings for his answer. and better he recognized it like and answer.

the testaments is so awesome i always get such a great feeling.  oh
and his mom comprehends everything so well, awesome investigators and
 they are super excited for Sunday  for their baptism.

oh and Ryan's comp. elder eppich. ya he was in my zone in mtc i know
him. that's super weird. and that 2 gringos together and they aren't zone
leaders.  wow.

ya love you all thank for everything.

September 10




Ya wow seems pretty crazy at home but I'm glad your getting lots of help.
not going to lie i don't have much time Because we had to do a questionnaire..
but cool experiences. so Noeme and her son Enso have come to church 2
times and are so ready and prepared. and Enso told us that when he
partook of the sacrament he felt something he has never felt before and
it was cool. that was awesome to hear. they both are just taking
everything in and enjoying it.

Sandra and her daughters are progressing really well top. And she told
us the story how things were not going well in their lives so she
prayed for help and basically she ran in to the church in a bunch of
ways like and old friends. its cool how the Lord answers our prayers
 so boldly sometimes.
But not all is hunky dory.
two investigators basically we lost them. one she is 18 years old and
basically lived with her boyfriend for 3 years and he is pretty
controlling but she has just gotten used to it so now that he doesn't want
her to see us anymore shes making excuses that its her own choice not to
see us.

Also Silvia she is awesome. has been to a baptize with her niece and
came to church. but her pareja and her mom are crazy.  Silvia doesn't
feel good in her relationship, she feels obligated and wants to leave but
her mom supports the guy. so she doesn't feel any support from any one
and wants to be baptized but cant if she is living with him and he
doesn't want to get married... ya really interesting.

ya things aren't perfect with my companion but I'm dealing with it.

love E. Montgomery

September 3

I'm super excited for you Kimberlee and Bubba. keep me up dated ya.
wow i kinda cant believe it with the house still but its awesome that
things are working out. and I'm sure you will find time to pack mom.
haha

OK so this week i got sick of the gripe. basically the cold. it was
terrible but we kept working.  we have some awesome new people.  Noemi
and her son Enso. both have pretty good animos. they came to church
yesterday and they liked it but seemed like Noemi was bugged when she
found out that only the men get the priesthood haha.

oh and grandpa. haha is not a type of code  just when i make my self
laugh or smile haha

and we had a baptize this week. he was my second lesson when i first
got here. but he has received the missionaries for 4 months but had not
come to church. i thought it was a lost cause but he came and he liked


it and was baptized and totally  it was pretty awesome. i think it was
because of my new comp. he is really go with the people.

but with my companion he has his ways set. we were going to set goals
together but everything i mentioned he just said. ya lets not.  and
also we had a inventory to kinda clear things up. but everything i
said he kinda rationalized.. i also said that we want our invest. to
pray more diligently cuz they aren't. but how can we ask that if we are


not diligent in leaving on time and the little things that he has now
in a routine it bugs me. he seems kinda contrary.

we had a lesson with a gentleman evangelist. long story short. he
almost robbed my bible. tried to say if we were really living the
gospel that i would give it to him. its not that he didn't have one
either. i was so mad. my bible has more meaning than just a book to
me. Ive marked it up  and it's the memories of my mission.  finally i
just said. if you don't give it back, you are robbing me. he got
offended. but by this time i didn't care.  dumb people that use the
lords name to get gain.

this week i read 3 Ne 27. it was pretty sweet you should read it. and
4 Ne. talking about the people and what made them eventually fall
into sin. so we can avoid doing the same.

I'm super thankful for you guys, my family and the principles you taught me.

love you all
.E Montgomery

Kara. how is school, what do you think of it? and why, tell me.

and take before and after pictures of the house please just for me



August 27


ya my companion can teach but also is really trunky. and like
today he didn't get up till 7. i think i better talk to him about it but
I'm kinda scared to i don't know why but ya. maybe cuz he has 22 months
here and i have 5.. ha.

oh ya check out my stamp that i got made haha it says transfers<-  but
in Spanish. and then my face and the bottom is a word that i use to
say oh crap haha.



wow sounds great with Kara and getting used to the new ward and with
school and all.  i cant believe how good the house looks! and imagine
how much better it would have been if would have helped haha. but it
is kinda sad.

we have so many blessing in the USA.  kids here want so badly to go to
the activities and Church but sometimes the parents don't let them. at
home the kids don't want to go but the parents are more than willing to
let them go.  and for seminary they wake up so early. some of them to
pick up others like at 4 or 5 in the morning . and at home the kids
skip seminary just cuz. the sacrifice here is awesome.

but i have one. remember my question like 5 months ago. should we be
part of the gospel or the gospel part of us. well yesterday i got the
answer. there was a ward conference in our ward and he compared our
life, like water how it takes shape of the container right.  our
life should be part of the gospel. we are movable and adaptable. we
just need to take the time to mold  our life. there will always be
tough times but some of the challenges of life we put in front of our
selves with our bad choices if every one in the world comprehend and
lived the gospel the suffering would greatly decrease. We can't change
the world but we  can change our own life
when we shape and change our life. the gospel, or the way that God wants
it we show love and humility unto him. when we act in his way, is when
we show humility and that is when we can be filled or better said enlightened with his spirit to guide us, teach us with personal
revelation and we will always know that god lives. Jesus is the Christ.
this is his church and the only medium to return to his presence is
through the use of the atonement.
3 nephi 12---christ´s higher law.

thanks for all. love you
Elder Derek Montgomery

Saturday, August 25, 2012

August 20th


 First off thanks for the package. It's great. The peanut butter is almost
gone haha. the caramels are great and the milky ways are little melted but
good, same with the the El fudge.  k the ties were not what i expected
but thanks .. i just thought now that pop tarts would be
awesome!! haha thanks

first off i lost my bom cover. we always have a bom in our hands and it
has our name and everything. in the cover had my money my keys and my
oil. also pictures of converts and of Patten and Kimball and the list
of the ward... that really sucks. I left it in a taxi i think when i
went to get my new companion.  great first impression no," hey i lost my
book of Mormon "yup I'm a idiot thanks.  but I'm going to get some money
from my card today...

my companion has 21 month or more in the mission. only 2 transfers
left. every day he says. "it doesn't matter I'm going home soon".  he
does thinking different than elder Morales but not all things bad. his
name E. Perez.  he is awesome in lessons. he knows how to talk to people
and knows his scriptures really well too.  he is great with contacts and
just talking and gaining trust with people.  but i don't know if like him
but other times i feel like I'm on my own in my area.  I'm praying real
hard for help .

we have already found new people. we were short on investigators when he
got here. but we found some families I'm excited.  but we have lots of
kids with out permission from their parents so we cant baptize
them yet...

ya i don't have lots more to write. just that the mission definitely is
not easy.  but why should it be, was it easy for Christ? why should it
be easy for me.  if life was easy we couldn't show our faith and
patience to our Lord and our real desire to be better and progress.
that's why we are here. We are tested and need to prove our real desires to
follow our savior day in and day out.

love you all
E. Montgomery



Thursday, August 9, 2012

August 6

Ya I'm just going to print these letters and read them later haha. but
get this, one day this week we were given rice in the morning rice for
lunch and rice for dinner...Huancayo..

Oh first off thank uncle Lane for you letter cool to hear of the
progress of the temple and your service! congrats.

So we had a hard but interesting week. we finally found some new
people. one lives next door to the bishop and is pretty interested but
works late for entertainment type stuff for parties so he is too tired
to come to church. that's our hardest part of the work of the Lord.
getting people to church ha.  He is just a kid of 13 or so but church
will be hard for him.

Also a hermana of  28 years and a 2 year old boy. she isn't married to
her paraja though. That always happens to us. she has difficulty raising
her son mostly solo her paraja works a lot!  but i think a sister in
the ward would help her there is a friend in the ward who raising her son
alone too.

We ask for miracles like everyday in our area and i think we were given
one this week. A sister in the ward, her niece and sister came to
town. the mom is in active mostly because of where she lives, there isn't a
church, she likes the feeling in church , the mom and daughter came
yesterday, but the daughter is not baptized yet and she wants to be
baptized this week and her mom wants the same.

The parents of one of our converts named Alex, his parents are all but
ready for baptism this week the dad is awesome always attentive and
understands what to do. but the mom always ends up asleep. They only have
time at 8 in the night and on Sundays. And she is tired. She kind of
lacks a  testimony of the Book of Mormon. But we are working hard with
her this week.

We haven't seen the other daughter from the family Flores that we
baptized two weeks ago. she needs to get married and then she can get
baptized. but she lives in a different area and attends a different
ward. Its kinda weird we just hope her pareja is fine with the idea of
marriage ha. Why do people live  with each other before
marriage!  Its weird before we really didn't have trouble with baptism's
and now we have lots. It feels like,
I guess the Lord thinks we can do it.

also Kimico, just needs her permission, but her parents live in Italy,
but said if her aunt says ya then all is good, and the aunt wants to
be baptized she just doesn't have time for the lessons. but its like we
cant find Kimico anymore. frustrating.

So more or less this is our life. just one more week together and we
have transfers,

mom read Alma 56. verses 47 48..   thanks for everything

Also this week we ate pizza first time in 3 months. we went to visit the
guy who served his mission with Bubba and his apartment it the most
like the states that i have  seen in Peru. A big apartment with real a
kitchen big TV, direct TV it had it all.. like 3 bedrooms. But he put on
the Olympics. that was a big temptation and neither me or my companion
said anything to turn it off. more we were scared.... we felt so bad
after. but i did get to make up for the 4 of July because the USA won something
and played the anthem!! Ha

yup love you all and for your support.talk to you next week. pray for
us with baptisms this week. and ill pray for house Ha
E. Montgomery


July 15


So I head to Lima today after Internet to kinda complete my training.
and Friday I went to Huancavalica 6 hours by train from Huancayo to
translate for the air force, they are doing medical care for free but
needed translators. it was awesome. E. Mcghie sent a good picture home.
but the train was awesome and to help them was awesome. service in
general is awesome.

So we got the genera conference Liahona last week and it ws like
Christmas and nowIi have lots of time to  read it with my trip to
Lima today!

Oh and Ii sent some letters home. cost 7 soles each one. like 3
dollars! Oh and I miss subway so much right now.. that's all.

Obedience is a huge part of the mission and every one told me that
before but its more than just doing the right things. the bar keeps
raising its not just to obey but to obey for principal not just law.
and that is how life is we need ot obey for principal. we need to
understand why we obey not just do it. and we need to do it willing
and the blessings can be be so  much more for us. that's something I've
learned. and faith to. faith is when we do everything that we possible
can do and know and have faith that god will finish for us. and he
always will if we do our part. that is what we are trying to do as
missionaries. be worthy of miracles.

this week we had two baptisms and one was the daughter of the lady in
the wheel chair. her testimony after was so rewarding. she was a
miracle to us to be honest.  this week we have to work hard but I'm 2
days almost 3 in Lima.

this week in sacrament I almost cried. I was looking around and made
eye contact with all our converts and investigators in the meeting
and I realized that I have made friends here that are so dear to me
and eventually I'm going to leave its sad. I really love the ward and
the people especially the old time members.

ah aha and even the pencion. the place I live and eat. we had a popcorn
fight last night. well they threw popcorn at me haha but I love them
too.

I had a dream I was home last night. and that was a terrible dream. I
want to be here. the only good thing of the dream was Sunday dinner
of potato's and gravy!!  i really miss food from home. and the family
lots but this is were i need to be.

I didn't get to read all the letter so I'm printing it. hope all is well
Love you all

E. Montgomery