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!