Monday, November 30, 2015

Dearest compadres,

To whom it may concern: My most formal apologies for the lack of blog updates in these last few weeks.. or uhm, months. But as our beloved former prophet, Gordon B. Hinkley, once said: Forget your blog, and go to work! Close quote. 

Nevertheless, I hope you know I miss you guys mucho a lot! 

These days I am coming at you from Moquegua. Which for those of you who have no idea where Moquegua is.. me either. haha It´s this awesome little town in the middle of the dessert and I love it. The traditional women here wear the most ridiculous hats, Honestly I need to take a picture for you guys but just imagine like a Peter Pan hat with a full boque of indoor fake flowers and random confetti strands. #datstyledoe 
Other updates related to the change-- And it came to pass, that is was super hot and the members gave us way to much food and my cheeks did swell until they had become exceedingly chubby. Nevertheless I Elder Malloy, having been exceedingly blessed, my heart began to rejoice in the fruits of the labors of my awesome new companion from Ecuador. And they did call him Elder Alzamora and he was chill. 

We are preparing six awesome people to be baptized the 26th of December and honestly it sounds crazy to us but we have mucho faith! 
This week my favorite teaching moment was with Judith and Maria. (a super sweet Mom and her 18 year old daughter) Judith has been in the hospital all week and we have stopped by every day because she loves learning. The first day she was put in the hospital we invited her and Maria to be baptized the 26th and I dont know why I just started crying and they started crying and then Judith told us she had a dream an hour before we came that I would say what I had said! I cant really explain it but they are awesome and we love them! SO Be praying for the 26th people! 

I broke two of our "pensionistas" glass cups this week and she did not fail to point out that Christmas is coming.. 

Uhm, today we were walking to breakfast and this little middle aged shorty uhm, I mean... sister starts charging at us full speed (like knees to chest running) asking if I was from the United States. Needless pictures were taken 
So,15 months in Perú and the Lobro fame lives on.

I may or may not have been called out by an investigator for sleeping in Sacrament Meeting. 

Everything is just going super well these days and it feels really good. 

#hanacidounsalvador #asaviorisborn Elder Malloy 

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Chivay Guy

Well, I guess I always knew I was not cut out for the blog life. Granted I attributed that to my less than blog worthy living. One can really only post so much about Chick-Fil-A and Netflix. However, that is no longer the case. I am now a full time servant of the Lord in the land of the chuño and alpaca and if I do say so myself that is half-blogable. Pero, my blog game is pretty no bueno right now si me entiendes. (refer to your best Spanish to English translation source if you are new to the world of Spanglish humor por favor) Yes, I probably should step up my game. No promesas though. To my defense Perú is famous for many things high speed Internet is just not one of them. 
  Wow I am really not sure where to begin. Well for starters we are rolling into week 3 of the transfer here with my new companion Elder Hunter Kehoe from our very own Las Vegas. I would challenge you all for the traditional Insta-stalk run-down however I highly doubt we could dig any dirt up on this guy. He´s a saint. Elder Kehoe is basically a perfect missionary. (still looking for the catch tbh) He puts up with most of my jokes and I can usually get a pity laugh so that’s all I am really asking for out of a companion. My humor has really hit rock bottom people. But, anyways I think we make a great team. 
            Currently serving in Chivay, Caylloma, Perú or Colca Canyon (cue the google search). The population here is comparable to that of Lead´s, so things are pretty popping, if you catch my drift. The down village (wait, is that a thing) or down town I guess has a speaker system that reaches the entire village. So basically we are talking the size of a Walmart. It’s super convenient though for example last night an elderly man, Señor Dávid, was reported missing and the entire village was provided hourly updates on his where-abouts. Also when a stray alpaca heard or bicycle cart is lost they got your back. But, I got to say my personal favorite is the catholic mass broadcast to the tune of a native flute every morning. 
  This week it´s all about the Deacons. I have been trying to do my part as “Presidente de Hombres Jovenes”. 95% sure karma is playing a large role in this but caballero no más. The Teachers are impossible. The Priest are busy studying in Arequipa but are good guys who need a kick in the right direction. But the deacons are always down to hang out with “Hermano “My-yoy””. Truthfully we only have 3 deacons but we have a group of about 15 twelve-thirteen year olds who come to the chapel whenever the gate is open. This last mutual I named them the “Lost Boys” their parents either work or have other less wholesome pass times but the majority of them are left to play in the streets until the after sunset. One of them explained to me how his parents never really have time, and later said that coming to the chapel and learning from the “hermanitos” is his favorite part of the week. It´s easily my favorite part as well. It can definitely be discouraging sometimes working in this small branch. Being called as 1st Counselor directing the Sacrament meeting and leaving the podium to bless the sacrament. Teaching Sunday school 2nd hour and Young Men’s the 3rd while Elder Kehoe subs for the relief society. But my “Lost Boys” help me remember my love for this little Chivay branch. I know the work will move all the way throughout Colca Canyon every little village will hear the fullness of the gospel. Even if it starts with a Deacons quorum.  ´

Other “bloggable” highlights:

-       Gnarly stomach flu got me feeling sometime of way. 
           The City invited Elder Kehoe and I to march in the Independence Day parade, we opted out and helped with some of the volunteer work. 
           Elder Kehoe has caught on to the fact that when asked to lead hymns I just wave my hand in a cursive L shape and is now trying to teach me. (again Elder Kehoe has an incredibly amount of patience haha) 
          My awesome, not so kid anymore, sister Abby sent me the best package an Elder has ever seen. 
       The tally mark count up for number of times a donkey entered the chapel for the last transfer was 8. 

Love you guys. 
Elder Malloy. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

feliz 4 de julio mis gringitos

earth to America,

Hey guys, ending yet another freakishly fast and spiritually jammed
pack week in Chivay.
This week has been great with Elder Diederich. Selfish to pray he has
8 months here so we can have another change together? Tal vez.

So the jist of the work in Chivay right now is PFs. Partcial member
families. We are planning two for two weddings in August so wish us

One of my favorite families we are working with right now is the Inga
Mamani family.
My first day here I met two twin girls Liset and Angie. They are 10
years old and have been baptized for 2 years, ever since I got here I
have been working hard to get the primary running again in the branch
and never really knew why. But I know now that it has been for there
family. The Inga Mamani family. Their parents have been waiting to be
baptized for almost 4 years! But they are not married and can not find
the fathers birth certificate. What a joke!
So we are working hard to file through every Peruvian birth ever
recorded to help this family to their goal of being baptized and sealed
in the temple.

- Elder Diederich and I have set out to learn Quechua Peru´s native language
- We made french toast yesterday. Praise to the Man.
- I have found a replacement to my Capri-Sun addiction. Quinua with
apple some weird oatmealish drink they make and serve in plastic bags
with straws. I am hooked.

Love you guys.
Probably buying a Pancho today as a planned impulse buy so oops.

Elder Malloy.

Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015

Ok fam.
Another week has flown by, they strangely keep getting shorter. 
This week has been a week of finding.

 We have a good 15 or so new names and 10 new investigators. Pretty much Elder Diederich and I are setting out to bring all of Chivay to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
One of my favorite new investigators is Betty. We were out contacting and talking with this little lady who goes by "Mazanita" (little apple) (she literally is shaped like an apple so I the nickname was not questioned) anyways she was super excited to listen to us and excepted our invitation to be baptized with her son. Meanwhile some lady come marching in to Mazanita´s store and interrupted saying like whats going on here? We explained we were there sharing a message on behalf of Jesus Christ, she asked if she could sit in on the lesson and has been meeting with us ever since.
-- Betty works in the Plaza selling food. She always offers us sandwiches, that we just found out are made of pig head. Which is against the mission rules. oopz. 

Teresa. Teresa is back with her abusive boyfriend likely because she has no where else to go. But, he has forbidden her from meeting with us. I still pray for Lucero, John, and  Milagros. I love those kids.
1. Showerless week due to the broken water heater and us not be down to risk hypothermia. 
2. The dedication of the Trujillo Peru Temple! Arequipa is next muchachos. 
3. The anniversary of Chivay = weird traditional parades and getting trampled me large crowds of people with alpaca skulls on there heads. haha 
4. P-day in Chivay and sleep over in the mission home.
Btdubbz hit me up with any good mutual activities for my Young men!
love you guys, 
Elder Malloy.

 ok who let the dogs out is playing in this Internet garage right now I cant Perú I am sorry. haha. 

1- Mission home shanaginz

2- Chivay Elders Mission home shanaginz pt. 2 

3- My home land of Chivay 

4- kicking donkeys out of the chapel on the daily

5- One of my youngmen invited us to a rap battle

Monday, June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015

May 23, 2015

Hi guys.

WELP, you are probably wondering if I am still alive if you read this blog. oops. 
Si, vivo peeps. 

These last week have flown by so freakishly fast. I am finishing up my third and rumored to be last change working in the office this week. Bitter sweet adios-es eh? 
Honestly my time here in Mirador has been so fun. So many people I love here, plus ratchet stories, and way more queso helado than I should have ate. 

Weekly Highlights: 

- Kristell got her temple recommend and is going to travel to Lima in August with the Young Women. I love Kristell and am so happy to see her grow in the gospel. She made me a big card this week that said her testimony with a whole bunch of ghetto sparkle craft stuff. Teresa is also getting ready to go to the temple and it just makes me so happy to see where they are headed. 
- Hector is coming to church every week with his little school boy tie and suit and is still sharing his testimony with everyone he encounters. HAHA 
- We found THE SICKEST family whos daughter moved to Ohio got baptized and is now on her mission in Idaho. Meanwhile her family is just here waiting to hear the gospel. More to come on them, but I am stoked! 
-teaching myself to watercolor paint, no pasa nada hasta esta hora doeee. 

Love you guys. 

L-durr Lobro 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015

Hey guys. 

Guys, this week has been hecka good here in Mirador. I think I said this last week but I love Mirador so much. It is easily the coolest area in the mission. #bendito 

Kristell´s baptism was this Saturday. Kristell is like my little sister here, she reminds me so much of Abby and Taylor. (extraño esos dos) I am so happy for her! Her foot came up twice and the water was SO freezing but we had so much fun and I am so happy she is officially a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! 

love you people. 

Elder Malloy. 
still in the mission business.

Friday, March 20, 2015



Wow this week flew by, This we had all the new elders and sisters come, "consejo" or the night where the mission secretaries have to talk to all the zone leaders in this big conference, leadership counsel, and zone conference. SO yeah a lot going on. Not to mention preparing for a baptism the week to come!  

 Stories for you this week;

1. Nelí, 
I don´t know if anyone remebers when I talked about Nelí but we finally got to speak with her again! Nelí is the mother of a two missionaries who served in Spain a few years back and now live in Europe. The night we found her (about a month ago) she was SO happy to see us and was so excited to come to church. But, when we went back to see her she had completely changed and we had no idea why! Anyways, Thursday night we were passing by her house/store and I just felt a an impression to go in. I told Elder Rossano and he shrugged it off, due to her complete lack of interest in us the past month, I agreed we kept walking for a moment and he said "No, you´re right we need to go back." The moment we entered she came running up grabbing us by the arms telling us a long experience. She shared with us how she got discouraged to be Mormon by a friend. But in the last week she received an answer telling her that she should not have turned us away and needs to start coming to church and learning more. She talked about the light she can see in the member of the church. We were so happy! Sometimes the spirit tells us things and the natural man tries to brush it off! But I am so glad Elder Rossano and I turned around and saw Nelí that night. 

2. K so today is P-day but Elder Peterson and Moreno (the other secs) had a baptism so I was in the house grabbing some things with Elder Peterson and our landlord comes to the door. I answer the door and, without introducing herself, she begins explaining how we need to kill the birds and their eggs that are nesting in our window seal. First off I was sitting there like who is this lady like I had never seen her in my life! But when I came to the conclusion that she was our land lord I tried to reason with her without confrontation #representativeofJesusChrist about how we should wait until they hatch and can fly but she would not have it! So I might be hiding fugitive bird eggs in my top drawer until they hatch. Oops. 

3. The sisters in our zone called the other morning asking us for help, because they got locked out of their room. So yeah, not really sure what they were expecting us to be able to do but we swung over to try to help with "Papito" or Brother Minaya. (I can´t remember if I have told you guys about Papito, he is this 55 year old man who works for the mission and is basically in a trio with me and Elder Rossano we are his best friends and he is with us working and driving us around Arequipa to run errands sun up to sun down. Love that guy, he wears a mission plaque that says Hermano Minya haha. Anyways yeah) So we get there and tried to break in through the window but the window, but the window wouldn´t open. So Elder Moreno just starts shoving random keys in the slot and one of the Office keys worked to open their door. GHETTO. So I officially feel really safe at night now knowing that the locks here are super trustworthy. ¡MAS BAMBA! }

Everything is well here in Mirador. 
I love my area, it is huge. We are in the ancient part of the city with old chapels and stone streets. We find a new cool place to contact almost everyday. The work is really moving along here and I love getting to know the people. Also, still working hard in the office. 

Love you people, 
Elder Lobro  

Friday, March 13, 2015

Better late than never.

Hi family and friends.

This week has flown by; the first and last week of the change are always the busiest here in the office. We sent 15 elders home Thursday and are welcoming 15 more this Tuesday. It really puts in to perspective how fast 2 years goes by. I see all these elders leaving and realize you never really feel ready to be done. I have so much to do here and so much to learn! 


Okay this week has been an amazing week of spiritual experiences amongst all the chaos of the changes. 

For one we met this amazing Mom who hasn´t been coming to church for around 4 years, when she was originally taking the mission lessons she had to sneak out of her house in fear of her abusive husband. Now, 4 years later she is ready to come back and her 12 year old daughter is more than excited to be baptized. We asked her if she had any questions after the lesson and she asked "¿Cuando es lo más pronto que yo pueda ser bautizado?" "When is the soonest I can be baptized?" I love the feeling that comes with seeing a family apply the gospel in their lives and playing a role in their return. 

Today we had an activity in the stake where all the missionaries left with a teenager, preparing for a mission, to show them how awesome it is to be missionary. I left with Pedro, this super cool 16 year old from the Umacollo ward. We headed to visit this little grandma investigator  who loves listening to us and is always happy to see us at the door I thought it would be a safe bet for a great experience! ABORT. Things went so bad. HAHA Her 4 foot nothing, Peruvian tempered, 70 year old, husband came marching to the door cussing us out with a mouth full of Spanish far beyond my gospel driven vocabulary.


Still not ready to give up on them quite yet haha. But, so here I am trying to show Pedrocito how awesome it is to serve a mission, trying to keep up with Señor Julio´s SMACK TALK, all while dodging a door slam. BUENO. 
So back up plan we head to one of the inactive members of the ward we are working with. He invited us in and we shared a nice lesson with him, but just as we were getting ready to go, his grandma hobbles out asking for a blessing. She recently fell down the stairs and is kind of just a senile mess. (lo siento gma) The spirit was so strong as we invited the whole house to sit in on the blessing. Before we left we knelt down with the family and the father offered a prayer. He ended in tears as he tried to count the years since his last prayer. Pedro bore his testimony on the strength of a family. It was sick. Later at the end of the activity Pedro shared his testimony of missionary work. LA OBRA DEL SEÑOR people!  

Anyways it has been such a great week here. I hope everyone is gucci back in the land of the free. Love you all so much can´t wait to hear from you guys Saturday! 


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Coming at you live from P-day

Hey guys, 

Coming at you live from P-day.
Sorry I didn´t post last week, we went to the waterfalls. Hecka.

So this week has basically been great. 

We found this awesome family that has been inactive for like 10 years. We came across them and just hit it off! Things have been going so well and they are so happy to be returning to the church! MILAGROS EN MIRADOR. The 13 year old (Lev) is going to receive priesthood tomorrow. Lev is the best, yesterday we were singing Say Something and practicing English after a family home evening (I have a promise with him that if he learns English I will introduce him to one of my sisters)(lo siento sistaz) 
So I am pretty stoked for them! Other than that we are still looking for someone who we can get to come to church! We have had a couple lessons with new investigators this week so FINGERS CROSSED PEOPLE.


-Presidente took us to a Bull Fight one day at the random! (pictures to come) 
- Mi compañero es mi pata. (my comp is my leg which somehow mean homie in spanish slang) 

Nada mucho! 
Love you guys have a great week! Love hearing from you. 

paz y bendiciones. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Hey guys

Hey guys,

So la Madre told me I need to step up my blog game so.. aqui estoy. haha. 

Office news. 

Well I got my own official office plaque, so you could say things are getting preeeetty swanky. 
The office is great. It fun to be able to see what we can do to help the missionaries and improve the mission. Also, not complaining that there is a fro-yo place down the street. #uppereastsideperubenifits 

La Obra: 

I am so stoked, this week was a little ruff. We are basically starting from nothing here in Mirador, so that on top of work in the office just makes the work a little ruff! BUT, we havent let that get us down. 

But yeah, so we were looking for a recent convert who we havent met and havent seen in church but his casa was hecka impossible to find. So we stopped in this little corner market to ask for some directions. Come to find out the most amazing little lady lives there who invited us in and sat us down. She spent like 902348023 hours showing us her kids on Facebook who live in the states and then tells us about her son who served a mission in Spain and is living there with his older brother who is also a member.¡MAS ESCOGIDO! She loves the church and the Book of Mormon but had to stop taking the lessons when she moved to Lima after being diagnosed with Cancer. Now she is here and ready! 

It was such a cool experience after a little bit of a ruff week. I know if we work hard The Lord will take us where we need to be. 

Apartment Talk: 

So living with 6 Elders is super chill. 
Sin embargo, Risk the board game has officially been banded after a friendly pday pass time has resulted in some really awkward silences. (Elder Peterson and I had such a hard time trying not to laugh at how serious it was taken) 
But World War 3 is over and all is well. 

Elder Rossano, Elder Peterson, and I have the best time working together and I am loving where I am at here. 
I love the mish. The 6 month mark is creeping up and it feels so weird. 

Elder Malloy. 

PS I should have pictures next week

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Alright to answer your questions!

Alright to answer your questions! 

- What I deal with in the office is records. So every week I deal with all the baptisms through  out the mission and record and send in the information to SLC. Also I deal with finding birth certificates to help with marriages and things like that. Or like if someone needs to find a record of an old baptism through SLC. I don't know really I find new things that are part of my job everyday haha. Also I work with references. SLC will call me a lot with references from Temple Square, but mostly like if someone meets someone in another area I pass references along throughout the mission. 

- What my day is. 
6:30 Every morning we go running across this huge beautiful bridge by our house.
7:30 Then we get about an hour and a half to study and a half an hour to make breakfast. (NO PENSIONISTA! I love being able to make my own food. haha)
Okay, so then by 9:30 we have to be heading the office. Once we are to the office I go straight to work and get all my records for the day filed and work with whatever requests I have. I can usually wrap things up by lunch. 
around 12:00 or 1:00 we go to lunch. We eat out every day because we have to stay close and don't have a pension. My favorite place to go is Mamut or Pura Fruta and get a turkey sandwich and mango juice of a fruit salad. (baha it is ridiculous how nice our area is!)
okay so after lunch I come back and start doing whatever side projects I can find from President or his wife. Depending on the day or help my comp Elder Rossano with his job which is materials. We send out all the boxes and packages and letters and church supplies to every area in the mission. Its super time consuming and we have to cater to all the needs of the mission. (I help him a lot because my job is in the morning and his is in the afternoon) But anyways so we do all that. 
5:00 is when we should be able to leave and start teaching.. BUT it is super hard to get out of the office when we have a lot of work so sometimes we work until 6 or 7 during the week of transfers and newbies. 
But yeah so we usually can have 1 or 2 lessons in the night and end the day like normal. 
Get back to the room at 9:30 and make some dinner and wind down. (its chill living with 6 of us together) 
Our apartment is super nice! It has 4 bathrooms! BAHA. Super weird to be here in the office sometimes but I love it. 
New comp?: Elder Rossano from South Carolina! He is super cool. He is 23 and decided to gradate college early when he felt like he should serve. He has 9 months here in the mission.

-My camera. 
NOPE. I don't have it yet but I think it is fixed!
so no pictures this week.. 

Okay yeah. HAHA
elder malloy.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New P day is Saturday

Okay first thing is first!

my camera broke.. SO ANNOYING!

The update is that I am officially here is the office! I have been training all week but moved out last night. TBH tears were shed saying goodbye to the Ranilla family. BUT all is well.
I love it here and am having SO much fun working with Elder Peterson (one of my best friends in the mission from SLC) and also my new comp Elder Rosano (from South Carolina) who is also super chill.

This week has been kind of weird because we haven't been able to teach much! Which is just a part of working in the office I guess.. But we do get to teach for a little bit usually everyday! Depends on how much work we have. But I really do love being here and working with office stuff. I think The Lord new that I would. ahah.

Uhm, yeah.
Nada mucho!

I am going to talk to president about getting on for a sec Monday to see if you guys emailed me. I know you usually write Sundays.
New P day is Saturday.


Monday, January 19, 2015



This week has been so great. I don't have much time to hit you up with all the details but for one.
We had the baptism of Hermano Santos! Hermano Santos has seriously been a miracle and a testimony builder for me here in my mission. SO I am super stoked for him and know he is in the right path! 

I got word that I am leaving Lara! I am headed to work in the office for this next change. (Monday) 

I am going to miss Lara so much! There are so many I will miss here.
 ELder Malloy. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

¡5 Meses!

Feliz P-day amigos.

Hey guys, today marks month 5 here in Peru. hashtag what. hashtag this computer doesn't have a hashtag. hashtag I really should have taken that as a clue not to use hashtags. hashtag past the point of no return. 

Sin embargo, this week has been so great! Santos (investigator of gold and biggest hippie in all of Peru) is so excited for his baptism on Saturday and so am I! 

Before I forget, two shout outs:

23 years. I love you so much Mum and Dad. I am so grateful to have the best padres en el mundo.
If you see Bobert and Trace-aay give them a hug for me. Being here in my mission has made it so easy to see how lucky I am to have them. 

¡Feliz Cumpleaños a LA MEJOR HERMANITA, PIM! 
Happy Birthday lil Lin. Love you so much! Don't let the h8rz stop you from doing your thang this year. (letter on its way a.k.a should be to Utah by 2016) 

This week,

Tuesday we celebrated "Dia de Los Reys" with Cuy (Guenia Pig) for lunch. We first killed them which was a surprisingly liberating experience. Oops.
      You grab it by the jaw and do this awkward lumberjack swinging motion over your shoulder and thrust it to the ground. I had to do it like 89 times but mine finally died. (pictures to come next week my memory card is in my room) Then we shave them. Literally you can see Satan in the eyes of a shaved guinea pig. I was hardcore toughing it all the way through this whole process. 
I ate it all and pretended it didn't taste like a rat. But my stomach was not fooled and I have not been the same since.. haha. hashtag pray for Logan's stomach 2k15. (another hashtag I need to not)

Other than that this week has been pretty normal! We have been teaching some new people and I have high hopes for these guys! I only have one picture on this memory card and its of Eddy Santiago. He is the best, he drew this picture of Josè Smith receiving the priesthood. I love teaching Eddy and his big brother Diego. 

I love you guys! 
hasta el proximo p day. 

E L D E R 

Monday, January 5, 2015