Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pictures from Peru

Pictures from the Provo MTC

Dustin's August 25th Letter

August 25, 2010

Hey everybody,

My week has been great! Thanks for the “DearElders”, Aunt Lyn they are great. All of my “DearElder” letters are now being sent to my email which I don´t really like cause it takes time away from me e-mailing so Mom you should just send e-mails and everyone else can still use “dear elder” for the rest of mission I think. I´ll send a letter to you guys with my mission home address for when I’m in the field.

Three elders in our district here are leaving next week for the Field!!!! They are leaving because they all took a ton of Spanish before they came and could speak as well as I can now before they got to the MTC. So they got moved to a different class and get to leave next week. I still have four weeks here but the weeks are flying by. I’ve already been gone for a month and it feels like no time. Hope you all enjoy the pictures I sent. I have tons more but it was taking too long to send them. I am doing great here. every Saturday here in Peru we get to go out into the city of Lima and contact people and help re-activate members. So this Saturday was the first time I got to go out in the city, more than just to the temple and back. We went to the ghetto of Lima, which is super poor. The rich areas look poor here but I love it. There are a million dogs everywhere and it was way cool to walk around the city and talk to people. My Spanish is getting better and better every day. At first I could understand the just of conversations sometimes and now I can actually understand a good part of a lot of conversations. I have a ton to learn and when it gets late in the day it is harder for me to understand cause my brain is beat. Elder Espinoza leaves next week and I get a new companion. I don´t know if he will be Latino or not but I hope he is. I learn Spanish so much faster with a Latino comp.}

What Cameron says in his letters is so true. I never know exactly what to write because I cannot distinguish between what I wrote in my journal or what I’ve already told you guys. And it is also true that Peruvians are very prideful and think that there Spanish is the best and they are not punctual at all but I learn to live with it. I am so excited for the next 2 years out here on my mission! It is great to hear all that is going on back home. I love the pictures and emails that James and Audra send me. They are great. It’s great to hear that you are doing great mom :) thanks for the scriptures about the Spirit. That’s awesome that Dad and Jeff are working on the house. Hopefully it will be done by the time I get home!!!

Also, yesterday Elder Kaites came. He is 2nd in command over all the 14 foreign MTC´s in the world and while my companion and I were practicing teaching he came in and was our investigator so we talk to him! My companion was super nervous and I was just hoping my Spanish was understandable but it all seemed to go well. It was a good experience and then later that night we had a devotional with him. This was all yesterday I think. Say hi to everyone and let them know I am doing well. I love you all and appreciate all your support.


Elder Dustin Divis

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dustin's Aug 18th Letter

August 18, 2010

Hello from Peru,

This week has been great! I´ve had so many new experiences every day. Let´s start with the day I wrote you last; Thursday. We didn´t have a lot of class. After I wrote you I got to play soccer under the lights because it gets dark here between 6 and 7. It is winter here and it has been both cold and hot. Only one day this week was there blue skies and that doesn´t happen very often in Lima. It’s mostly just cloudy and feels like fall. It is probably about 55 to 60 degrees here on average right now but it gets up to at least 75 in the middle of the day on occasion. The food is good but I am eating less now. I used to get every different type of food there was and now I eat just a little bit. I have eaten all different types of food though. I don´t even know how to explain it. I´ve now eaten guinea pig! On Friday during class there was a small earthquake! It was awesome. I believe it was the first one I’ve been in. My teacher says it happens quite often and much bigger but I still thought it was cool. It is kind of rough having everyone around me and everything around me be in Spanish. Me not understanding everything drives me to learn more, faster. I love it! I think I already told you my comp speaks only Spanish and same with me teachers. Surprisingly I can understand a lot but when there are words I don´t know I get lost in what the conversation is about. Twice every day I teach with my companion in Spanish. And when my companion gets nervous he talks faster and he is always nervous when we teach :) I get lost in the lessons sometime and wish I could say all I was thinking. Even when I know what everyone is saying I still have trouble saying what I want to so I have to revert back to very simple sentences and I feel like it wasn´t good enough. My companion says I’m doing well and we talk every night before bed and I am making tons of progress with Spanish. I love my companion. Within this past week I’ve learned that all the Spanish I learned in High was not only very little but all incorrect! So really I started at ground zero. Oh and guess what?! We get to go out in the city on Saturday and go tracting! It´s going to test my Spanish that’s for sure. The Spanish is going well and I hope I get another Latino companion when Elder Espinoza leaves, because he has taught me so much Spanish out side of class. I have even less free time here than we did in Provo. But that is good.

I love playing soccer and studying with my companion. Those are my two favorite things! My companion knows a decent amount about the gospel and if I could speak Spanish better I could teach him more. I share scriptures with him even though i don´t understand them fully in Spanish I know what they say in English. He is awesome and we went to the temple today. It was his first time!!! I´ll tell you more later today.

Con amor,

Elder Divis

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Arrived in Peru Mission Training Center

August 12, 2010

Hey everybody!!! I made it to Peru safely :) I hope you got the messages I left you from the airport. Sorry I could not call from the ATL airport. I did not have enough time. The flight down here was good and I love it in Peru! On the way on the Plane in Salt Lake my comp and I talked to a lady and told her about the gospel, she had some good questions but we did not sit by her on the plane and did not teach her more. But the Book of Mormon that I had in my carry on, we gave to a young women sitting nearby and a letter about the gospel. We only talked to her for about 10 min but it was great. When we got to ATL this guy who was also flying to Lima came and asked me a question about if we needed to pick up our bags somewhere to move them to the new plane. He was speaking in Spanish at first but he spoke better English then I did Spanish. Ha ha, but before we got on the plane he had a Libro de Mormon and had pretty much heard the entire first lesson! Another set of missionaries passed out another Libro de Mormon to a young lady also going to Lima on the same plane as us.

On the plane my comp and I and another missionary got to know this women and she was American but we taught her the first lesson also but not with a whole lot of success but I am so excited to do the work! We got in Lima just after 11 PM. the time change is only 2 hours ahead because they do not use daylight savings time( imagine that) I am on the third floor in room 306. There are 6 of use to a room, 3 North Americans and 3 Latinos. My new companion is Elder Espinoza and my roommates are Elders Guthrie (again), Essig, Santos, and I do not remember the other Latinos name. They all got here this morning between 7 and 8. We got to the CCM (MTC) at about 2 in the morning. The food here is great! The people are great! I LOVE IT!!!!! I am so excited I do not even have words to describe it. This is more than I could have even hoped for. My Companion now does not speak English at all but I can still communicate with him pretty well. Out of the Latinos in our room mine speaks the least English (none) Elder Santos speaks a little and the other one speaks a fair amount. I had a good conversation with the three of them while the other 2 North Americans were in interviews. My Spanish is very simple but we can talk to each other and get things across. I am so excited and know I will learn the language a hundred times faster here. Breakfast was good and lunch was amazing!!! The food here is better than in Provo for sure! The Juice is heavenly and the rest is awesome too. I love you all! I know that the Lord has guided me here for a reason and that as I stay obedient I will fulfill those things He wants me to do. Sorry for not writing more but I am running out of time. I will write letters also but they only get sent out on Mondays and I do not know if dear elder works here or what my address is. I am doing great! You do not have to worry about me at all. I am so happy to be here in Peru! I love you so much and look forward to serving the Lord.

Con amor,

Elder Divis

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August 6th Letter



Dear Mom,

Thanks for sending the shoes! I got them today. I still haven’t seen Cory yet.  I’m still doing well. I still would like Elder Riley Peper’s address. I love you Mom! This is a great experience. So many Elders talk of home and what they would be doing if they weren’t on a mission and I can think of no place better to be. I miss you guys but I don’t wish I was at home doing something else. My comp is not very punctual so that has been stressful but not bad. I am learning a lot about myself, the gospel, Spanish and people. I’m grateful for my opportunity to live in Spokane the last year and I love you and the entire family so much. Hope all is well. I pray for you daily. Thanks again for being an awesome mom!

Con Amor,

Elder Dustin Divis

P.S. I think I can call you at the airport on Wednesday.

August 5th Letter

Aug. 5, 2010

Hi Mom!

Thanks for the letter and the pictures! I still haven't seen Cory yet and will be in Peru in a week!!! Sounds like you guys are having tons of fun. That would've been way cool to see a grizzly bear and go hiking up in Canada. I will send you pictures of me in the jungle though to make it even :) I bet it was super nice to see all the family. Hope you said hi for me. The MTC is still going well. I feel like the language will come and that teaching the gospel and blessing families and the Peruvians with it will be the best thing ever. Learning to teach the simple truths of God and Jesus Christ and teaching it brings the spirit. I love serving the lord! At the devotional last night I heard a great quote. "Don't be a missionary that serves TIME be a missionary that serves the LORD." Which goes along the same lines as "forget yourself and go to work" Because when I serve the lord diligently and with obedient then the time will seem to go by too fast. This letter is rather short but the MTC is generally the same after the first week. I am not sure when I’ll be able to email again because my flight leaves the SLC airport at 9:45AM next Wednesday and I am departing the MTC at 6. I have a short layover in Georgia around noon I think and then it’s none stop to Lima Peru. I will arrive in Lima at 10:50PM next Wednesday. I think that the Language is going well enough. I want to be fluent right now! But that’s not going to happen. It's coming quickly though. Cameron has written me and the last few were in Espanol and I could understand most of it. I pray in Spanish all day everyday and we've started teaching in Spanish a bit. We taught about prophets, pray and the Book of Mormon. I love all of you and encourage you to share the gospel with those you meet. What we have is awesome and everyone needs it and deep down they want it. Jesus Christ is our savior and we have the fullness of His gospel on the earth now. I love all of you! Let everyone know that I am doing well and that they don't have to worry about me. I can tell you with a surety that this will be the hardest thing I've ever done (maybe not physically but definitely mentally and spiritually) but that I will Love every moment of it. "Come what may, and LOVE IT!" Some days I feel exhausted mentally but there is nothing in this world that can stop me. The Lord is on my side and all things are possible if we have faith in Him. "Fear makes mountains out of molehills. Faith makes molehills out of mountains." I love you and I will call you next Wednesday when I am at the Airport.

Con amor,

Elder Divis

July 28th Letter

July 28, 2010

That’s awesome!!!(Logan’s mission call) I’m so excited for him. He will have the greatest time. I just wrote how I was honored to serve the Lord and how it was something really important to me. Everything is going great! Did you get my letter? My district is down to 10 elders now :( one went home yesterday before dinner. He decided he needed to work things out at home and come back later. One elder never showed up on Wednesday so we don't have 12 like the other districts. The Elders left in my district are awesome! My room-mates and my companion are the best I could have asked for! We all know how to have fun but also know when to be serious. My teachers are the greatest too! I feel everything has worked out perfectly so far. I love you!! My comp. is Elder Guthrie, he is from Pocatello ID and just graduated from high school in June. He is very knowledgeable in the gospel and is a hard worker. Our companionship we room with are Elders Skinner and Townsend. I love it here. The last 2 days my comp and i decided that we wouldn't speak any English outside of class and the room. It was soooo hard! But we got around fine and learned a lot. I've learned more Spanish this last week than i did in 2 years at high school. I've only received 1 letter so far! But I’m ok with that. I miss you! :) but I am not homesick if that makes sense. So many elders are sooo homesick it’s ridiculous. The devotionals are awesome the entire MTC experience is great!

 Also can you send those shoes that I left there? I love the ecco shoes I have!1! They are the best. I only have 30 min every Wednesday to e-mail and then it will kick me off. Let everyone know that I am doing great.  So many awesome things have happened here. The spirit gets stronger every day. I cannot tell you in words how excited I am that Logan is serving a mission in Denver!!!! Say Hi to everyone and that I love them All soo much. Hermano Cragun (one of my teachers) is the coolest guy ever. He has taught me so much in just a few short days. Dad was right, the MTC is just like Prison but I love it :) I will Email you every Thursday at around 8 or 9. I'm a little late today because the network was not working well. P-days are weird because I feel like I need to be learning the language or study PMG all the time, but I know that the break will help me get through the next week. I leave here on August 11th and I am getting my last shot a week before I leave. I've been writing in my journal but I do not know how good the entries are. I want to know more about you and how the family is doing! Tell them to let me know what up. I am rushed but I don't know what to say. So many things have happened and they are all good. I love the Lord and all he did and does for us. He truly loves everyone! I am excited to learn Spanish and get to Peru. I know it will be the best experience of my life so far. Let me know what you want to know. The food isn't the best but i get enough to eat. I truly love you all so much. I pray for you every single day multiple times. I am doing awesome! Couldn’t be better. Tell Logan that he will love everything about the mission. Bye! I love you Mom

Con Amor,

Elder Divis

Dustin's first letter

July 22, 2010

Dear Mom and Dad,

I love you and I’m doing well. The first day was wonderful and I’m already learning a ton! My district is made up o 9 elders going to Mexico and my companion and I are the only ones going to Peru. The 9 will be here 9 weeks and us 2 will only be here 3 weeks. I was made the “senior” comp. today, if that means anything. My P-day is Wednesday and I can e-mail then. I’ve learned how little I know but its good. We learned how to pray in Spanish. I’m taking notes like I have never taken notes before and I’ve been busy. Our schedule is a little different these first 4 days so it’s weird but I think once I get into the schedule completely it will be easier. The elder in my district are great, all very spiritual. I LOVE MY COMPAINION! His name is Elder Guthrie. He knows what he’s doing and we get along very well. He’s from Pocatello, ID.19years old. We’re in a room that hasn’t been used for months. People say someone died here. I don’t believe them. I’ll send you pictures rather than try and explain it, my room that is. Live had fun, laughed a lot, but learned more. My zone leaders are great and we met the counselors of the branch pres. The Pres is on vacation but will be back Tuesday. Tell everyone that the address on facebook is correct and that I’ll try and write them. You are my first priority! Hope you had fun in Canada. Ask questions because I don’t know what to include in these letters. There is so much going on. I love you so much. I’m grateful for all the long FHE’s and studies of PMG and the scriptures and the gospel. My estimated departure date is 11 Aug. 2010. They will give me the lasts Hep A&B shot the week before I leave. The beds aren’t too bad; I’ve only hit my head like 10 times on the bunk above me ha ha ha. I love it here and I can’t wait to get to Peru!


Elder Dustin Divis

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Dustin leaves for the MTC in Provo

Dustin left for the airport on July 20th and arrived in Salt Lake City.  His grandparents and cousin, Cory, picked him up and he stayed with them until they took him to the MTC the next afternoon.

July 20th Dustin leaves home for the Spokane airport.

Dustin and I at the airport just before he left.
Dustin and William at the airport just before he left.
Cory and Dustin at the MTC on July 21, 2010.
Cory will enter the MTC on July 28th, he is going to the Stockholm Sweden Mission.