Monday, December 27, 2010

Dustin's December 27th letter

Dear Mom,
It was great to get to talk to you on Saturday! It seemed
like I had never left but then I looked around and I am a missionary and representative
of Jesus Christ and I am in Peru in the Jungle and I can pretty much speak
Spanish. Haha ha, well I guess quite a bit has changed but it is great to have
a family that is and always will be there for me.
Ya the church is young here, but we still have sunday school
and primary and priesthood and relief society but it lacks a bit in organization.
They just never have seen all of them functioning in union. They don`t have
home teachers or visiting teachers. But it is still the true church it’s just
that we need to teach them so they know how to make it work better. Just hope
they continue being humble :)
My Christmas before my call was pretty good. The night
before (Christmas Eve) we sang Christmas songs in a plaza and then a gift exchange
within our zone, then we went to a members house and ate dinner and back to the
room before 10. I got two ties from Elder Calle that have a shivivo design and
are awesome and I gave a mountain dew and Dr. Pepper and a trompo( a top thing
but cooler) to Elder Shreyer. Christmas day we woke up like normal at 6:30 studied
and started teaching then right after a lesson we came back to the room and
called home then we left again to other appointments. Pretty normal besides the
hour I was talking to you guys which was awesome! :) I have learned a lot from
every companion and from Elder Lazarte I am learning how to help the wards get
more organized and I learn how to improve how i teach from every companion.
Your Christmas sounds like it was great and like the family
is doing good. That is cool that Mirjam is reading my letters, it`s always good
to hear from the family friends and know i have better feel for how it was to
live in another country and speak another language. I have a new respect for
anyone who does that now. It also seems like you will have a happy new year but
i wish you a happier new year. And i forgot to say happy anniversary to Jordan
and Riah :/ so... Congratulations!!! And i was thinking about sending something
to you guys and maybe even your seminary class. What things would you like?( Just
a letter or pictures maybe something small from here in Peru.) I don`t know,
just thought it would be cool for you/them to get something. I will send a CD
of all my pictures soon. Take care and it really was a boost to hear your voice
and everyone else in the family too. Love you Mom and hope you know i am in the
Lords work and the time will be gone before you know it. I almost have 6 months
in the mission and it feels like no time at all. Miss you and love you so much
Elder Divis

Monday, December 20, 2010

Dustin's December 20th letter

Dear Mom,
Merry Christmas to you too! I you are right this next week is going to fly by and i need to work even harder in this holiday season because it is when people are the most ready and willing to listen and actually
are in there house.
My week went great :) President Blunck and his wife were here again on Thursday and we had a little Christmas celebration with the zone and it was a ton of fun. This is the third time president has come to my zone here in Pucallpa and he also came to my first zone, I have seen him more than some of the missionaries from my group. He is the greatest and sister Blunck is amazing too. I don`t know what I could give you for Christmas but i figure that if i continue to work hard and serve the Lord with everything i have that should be good. I truly do love you and am grateful to have such a great mother. I was reading about the army of Helaman this week and i remembered all the things you taught me and if I follow those instructions you have given me
and trust in the Lord and obey my leaders I will have the success that He wants from me. I can`t wait to talk to you and be able to answer your questions directly.
I wish you a merry Christmas and love you with all my heart.
Elder Divis



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Monday, December 13, 2010

Dustin's December 13th Letter

2010 Dec 13th

Dear Mom,

That is great to hear that Will got his mission call to Ogden, Utah! And that everything is still going great there at home. This week is transfers but I am staying here in Pucallpa but I am getting a new companion. He is also from Boliva and his name is Elder Lasarte, I think. He gets here tomorrow it will be great to learn still more and different things from him. I am also so glad to hear that I have a new niece! Sadie Bell, I can`t wait to meet here when she is 18 or so months old :)

That is awesome that you are teaching about the most important work we have to do here on earth. The thing I would have you share with them is the first quote by the Prophet Joseph Smith at the end of Chapter 1 in PMG ,and the others about how every member is a missionary and all of the things you are studying don`t only apply to the ¨Elders¨ but to everyone of them personally. It will change the way in which they study these parts of the scriptures. Thanks for sending a package! I will be sure to tell you as soon as I get it. My week has been good. It is the first week we haven`t had a baptism but we have one for this next week so I am excited for that. I am glad you are praying for me and can feel the strength it gives me.

Thanks for all the wonderful news and take care. I love you and let everyone know that I am doing great and waiting their letters Haha ha.

I love you mom!!!


Elder Dustin Divis

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dustin's December 6th Letters

2010 December 6th

That is too bad that my letter didn`t get there. I was wondering why Carly hadn`t written back. I`ll just have to write another letter (when I get time) which who knows when that will happen.  Oh and does Laura know that I got her package? She is awesome!

Love ya mama,

Elder Divis

That is crazy that Will hasn`t got his call but I can`t wait to know where he is going. When I tell people that my little brother is just waiting for his mission call they all get excited for him and say he`ll serve in Peru Lima North mission haha ha. It sounds like Uncle Jer has been blessed a lot. Their family is so great and I am praying for Tristan.

That is great to hear you guys are all decorated for Christmas. It is cool to see that here too they put up fake pine trees and decorate with lights and Santa Clause and nativity sets. Christmas is a wonderful time of year. I know you will enjoy Christmas even if it’s only with 5 people and I’ll be home in no time.

Also, you`ll never guess who is in my zone!!!... There was an emergency transfer and Elder Guthrie, my first companion ever is now in my zone in the jungle of PerĂ¹. We have 3 missionaries from my group in this zone, it is awesome!!! I am great and love you and all the wonderful letters and can`t wait to get your package. Does the usb have music on it?



Elder Divis

Dear Dad,

I can`t believe Will hasn`t got his call yet!!! I guess I was just super lucky to get it in 8 days. Maybe you guys know by now? I always loved the night of nativity, they are wonderful. What is the snow update? Also I had the opportunity to watch the Christmas devotional here but we had to leave early to get back to the apartment in time so I only heard a tiny part of the prophet’s words but it was awesome what I did get to see and to hear the Christmas music in English was a treat :) I had another baptism this week which is always great! And I am doing fantastic. What I eat is chicken and rice and more chicken with more rice and potatoes and hot soup. So mostly chicken and rice but prepared differently. But this week I ate a grub called suri, it is a huge gusano (worm) that is a creamy yellow color and really fat with a black head. It tasted like pure fat with butter and the skin is really tuff. It was an experience :) My pension also knows how to cook lasagna and brownies!!! It is not the same as at home but a good change. My clothes are doing fine they aren`t really worn at all and my shoes (the eccos) are pretty much the best shoes in the world! They are still brand new and are ridiculously comfortable and waterproof. They`re awesome! The heat hasn`t been too bad the last couple days because it has been raining but it literally is like a sauna every day but you can`t just step out of it, cause its hot everywhere. But we have air conditioning in the chapel in certain rooms so that is nice when we get to use those sometimes. Ya I get to talk with children quite a bit. One of the people I baptized is an 8 year old boy who all his brother and sisters are members but his parents aren`t. The Kids are amazing. Keep me updated on the situation with Will and how you guys are doing at home. Know that I love you and am doing perfectly fine :) It’s great to hear from you and the time is flying by. Love you Dad.


Elder Divis

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dustin's November 29th Letter to his Dad

2010 November 29

Dear Dad,

You are the greatest father in the world! I love all that you have taught me and can truly say that because of you I am a servant of the Lord and am who I am. Keep me updated and all the goings on at home and I can`t wait to hear where my little bro will serve his mission. When I teach, I constantly pray for the spirit and look for ways to help them make changes in their life, but not just changes for the next month or to or even this life, but for eternity. It is a wonderful feeling to feel the Lord use me to give eternal promises to His children. I have really learned how to let the spirit teach and it is incredible the power He has and I feel like nothing. I have learned more than I thought was possible and as I continue to be taught by the Spirit I will learn so much more. Also, I have been thinking a lot about that question, ``What can I do?`` it is the key to finding faith, humility, charity, and patients. With all of that come a hope that is indescribable. I love being a servant of God. Life is easy when we can truly forget our own selfish desires and do all we can for the Lord. Many people say that they ``don`t have time``. Well if we find the time to serve the Lord always we will find everything else that is needful. Jesus Christ loves us and knows us individually, perhaps more than we know our self. No for sure more that we know ourselves. I am sure of that. I have been given a great gift and that is to humble myself as to the dust of the earth and serve The Lord my God! I am not the same person I was and never will be. I can say boldly and without doubt that God lives and knows all. He is all powerful and has given each of us and merciful opportunity to become like Him, but it is our choice if we accept His plan fully or no. Come unto Christ and be edified in Him!

Love you Dad, thanks for teaching me to love God.


Elder Divis