Monday, December 26, 2011

Sightseeing In Lima

Merry Christmas!


Hey Everyone!

Tons of news. Bad news first. I don't get to call you guys. I know, I was pretty bummed, but they simply don't have enough phones to give everyone time.  That's okay though, because we still have Mother's Day coming in May! I also get to email you guys on the 27th, which is the day I leave for Trujillo, to tell you that I got there safely. It's only about a 45 minute flight, which is nice. I'm so excited to go.

Guess what!  We had an EARTHQUAKE! That's right, I was in a size 4 earthquake on Monday night. Our beds were shaking and some of the Latinos were screaming...funny thing is, I didn't wake up. Not even once. That's right, I have now been in an earthquake, but I wasn't even conscious. Awesome. No damage was done to anything anywhere in Lima, so it was basically just a fun story to tell.

Today was out Pday, and we get to relax the whole time. We get some real food (ham and cheese sandwiches, coke, cinnamon rolls) and we get to watch the Polar Express too! I'm pretty excited about it. Tomorrow we only have sacrament meeting, and we're going to go caroling and walk around the temple. It should be a very enjoyable Christmas.

As far as I know, I'm leaving for Trujillo on the 27th, and will be getting there pretty early in the morning.  I will let you guys know what happens ASAP. Can't believe this is the last letter I will write to you guys from the MTC. It sure has flown!

I love you all so much. Being out here makes me realize how important each and every one of you are to me. Thanks for always being there for me. Pray for me tonight after the Punchinello story!

Feliz Navidad! I love you all so much!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Hello all!

Peru is still having beautiful weather. So I am sure you are all jealous...

Anyway, news first. I will not be writing you guys next Wednesday, because they are changing our P day to Christmas Eve, Saturday. So just a heads up there so nobody freaks out.  Also, I have no idea if I will be able to call on Christmas.  I've heard both yes and no, so just stay by the phone that day.

Not much to report here.  Things are going well.  I'm just itchy to get out of the MTC.  I feel like my Spanish is as ready as it is going to be, and I actually am comfortable in terms of my knowledge of lessons and the scriptures. I got to go to the Lima temple for the last time today, which made me sad.  Everyone pray that the Trujillo temple gets built in time so I can go at least once!

I'll be tracting this Saturday, so hopefully I will have some awesome stories for you.  I have a new Ecuadorian companion.  My US companions are the same.
Hope you are all well! Wish that I could be spending Christmas with you all, but I know a need to be here!
Love you

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Trace, Hermano Vega and Elder Hales

Trace with his teacher Hermano Vega and his US companion Elder Hales

Hello Everyone!


Hi Peeps!

What a crazy week!I'm writing this news of the week first and I am attaching two pictures! This week was great! Tracting with my Latino companion was super fun. We got a real taste of missionary work! We ended up giving out two Books of Mormon, and got a ton of other people who wanted the missionaries to visit their houses later.

Funny story of the experience though. We ended up going into the house of a member lady and her son. Unfortunately, she was wearing a Texas A&M shirt. I just kinda ignored it, and later found out that she didn't even know it was a university.  Anyway, she and her son are talking to us, and suddenly the son goes back into the kitchen and gets two glasses of what looks like wine. He gives it to Elder Muralles and I and I'm kinda just staring at it like, Is this dude, who's a member, really giving us wine?  Elder Muralles just starts downing the glass, and I figure what the heck, if he's doing it, I guess it's ok.  I start drinking it and its disgusting! Later I found out that it's a super popular drink in Peru. A juice made from blue corn.  The guy gave us two classes each.  I almost died.

Anyway, its transition time here at the CCM. All the Latinos stayed for three weeks, so Elder Muralles is gone.  It's kinda empty here, but we should be getting a new batch of missionaries in today sometime. I can't believe I'm almost done with the MTC! We got to go to the temple today, and I went through for Kayleigh's uncle Fred. Such a great experience. Today, we also go get to tour the historical sights of Lima as a group. Should be a blast.

Hope you guys are all surviving the cold! It's 70 degress and sunny here:) The blessings of going on a mission...
Love you tons!

Lima Peru Temple

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Hello Everyone!

So good to hear from you all again. I guess I forgot to inform you that my new p-day will be Wednesday. For now I'm going to send my news of the week and I want to read everyones letters.

Anyway, we got here safely, and everything is great! The weather is super nice, and we get to play soccer literally every single day.  I love it! The only downside is that the MTC President is super strict.  Oxymoronically, it's super disorganized. I get along great with my two new companions, Elder Hyde and Muralles, so that's good.  My Spanish is also improving a ton, which is s huge upside.

Today is the best day so far! On Pday here they basically open the gates and tell you to go to the temple, which is maybe 10 blocks away. We pay 50 Centimos to get on this tiny little bus, packed with Peruvians (the conductor yells at us the whole way) and we bump our way to the temple. It's a beautiful one, but it's super small.  The session in Spanish went well! Afterwards, we got to go to some little shops around there that were super cool.  Some of the stuff there is gimmicky, but most of it is super authentic.  Crazy.

Hope you all are doing well! Sorry I don't have much to report, but we basically are doing Spanish class and practice teaching and soccer every single day.  But hey, I absolutely love it! Miss you all tons! Love you1

Monday, November 21, 2011

Estoy Viviendo in Peru!

Hello Family!

My goodness, what a crazy week!  I got up at 315 in the morning, and boarded the flight to Atlanta after I talked to you guys about 700 Utah time. That flight went smoothly, with no problems, and we landed in ATL about 3 hours later. After a 3 hour layover we boarded the plane to Lima and flew all the way to South America! Anyway, the flight went fine. I was pretyy beat by the end of it, but we landed at about 1015, and after that the real fun came.  The Lima airport was nice, and my bags came quickly - thank goodness. We proceeded to walk out to where the MTC rep was supposed to meet us, and there was literally a gigantic throng of people, all holding signs and screaming stuff in Spanish. Seriously, there had to be over 200 Peruanos just standing behind these dividers, just shouting. We boarded a bus that took us to downtown Lima. What a drive.  Rustic beauty but I can see just how poor South America is.  We all got settled in about 2 in the morning.  I'm pretty tired.

The MTC here is tiny, but beautiful.  There is a massive courtyard outdoors that is landscaped excellently, and lots of missionaries study there.  I actually have two companions now. Every American Elder has another American companion that you go to classes and stuff with, and then you have a Latino comp that you go to gym and meals with. My American comp is Elder Hyde from Idaho, and he seems like a pretty awesome dude.  He likes sports and stuff like me.  My Latino comp is Elder Muralles from Guatemala.  He seems really nice, and know a little English, so we've tried talking to each other a bit.  Kinda difficult though.

Anything you get at the cafeteria is purely Peruano food, delicious so far. Lots of different rules here.
If someone wants to send me anything in the mail the following is the reall address to the MTC.  (no packages though)
Elder Trace Levos
CCM Lima Peru
Urb. Campo Verde
La Molina-Lima 12
Here is the pouch address:  Elder Trace Levos
                                          Lima Peru MTC
                                          PO Box 30150
                                          SLC UT 84130
Dear Elder works for here also so tell everyone that they can do it that way also.

Miss you all so much, but I know I am supposed to be here.  I probably won't be able to send any pictures until I get to Trujillo, but then I promise I will send a ton.  I love you all! You're the best family in the world!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Getting Ready for Peru


Hello Everyone,

Wow, I can't believe that I'm emailing you guys again! And it's my last email from the States! These have seriously been the fastest two weeks of my entire life. So the good news is, I GOT MY VISA! so I will be leaving for the Lima MTC on Nov 16th at 4am.  Thats right Four in the morning.  It will be an all day trip obviously.  I haven't heard anything about possibly being able to call from the airport yet, but I will let you know if I do.  I'm super excited, but kinda scared as well, because I hear that NO ONE in the Peru MTC speaks English. Oh well, should be an adventure right?

It snowed THREE TIMES this week.  IT'S NOVEMBER.  Seriously, I hate Utah.  Never going to live here. I'm super excited about going to the warm weather in Lima. Still wroking hard on Spanish!  Thanks so much for the Mac and Cheese!  Seriously, the food here is terrible, but the M&C saved my life. Thanks so much for all the mail!  You have no idea how great it is to get stuff everyday.  Elder Levos is definitely the king of mail around these parts.  Everyone is jealous because I'm district leader, so I get to see my mail first too :) haha.
Love you guys and miss you so much!  Pray for me and all the other Elders!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Trace at The MTC

Trace's First Letter

Trace arrived at the MTC 10/26.  His first letter arrived via snail mail.  Here is part:

"Hello all!  I got to write a letter to you guys telling you that I'm okay.  I reported to the MTC fine, and have already met a bunch of people, gotten my awesome name tag, and even started practicing Spanish!  I also found out that my release date from Provo is scheduled to be Nov 16th.

My companion, Elder Shintaku is an awesom guy.  He's from Arizona (woo!) and went to ASU.  He's 25, so he is realy mature, which definitely fits me well.  We're getting along great already.

Anyway, I'm doing great, minus the fact that it's COLD!  My p-day in Provo will be Thursday.
Love you guys tons!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Trace's new MTC address

Here is Trace's MTC address in Provo. You can send him anything like you normally do for US Post.

Elder Trace Levos
MTC Mailbox #311
PER-TRU 1116
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Trace arrives 10/26 and will be there approximately 3 weeks

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Trace at San Antonio Temple

This is Trace in front of the temple doors.

Trace is going to the Utah MTC

Trace will be reporting to the Utah Mission Training Center on October 26, 2011. Here is the address to write him while he is in Utah. This will be only until Nov 7- so don't wait!

Elder Trace Owen Levos
2005 North 900 East
Provo Utah  84604                 
 * He will be receiving a PO Box next week so we will update then but it would still get to him.

In the MTC, Trace will be learning how to speak Spanish as well as the cultures and protocol of Peru and
missionary work.  He will be attending class most of the day and studying in the evening.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pre-mission picture

Check out Elder Levos' pre-mission photo! It's a little grainy thanks to the scanning process, but the shoot turned out well. He picked out such a handsome tie.