Sunday, September 19, 2010

The beautiful flowers at the Lima Peru Temple. We take all the missionaries that are leaving the mission here so they can go through a temple session one last time. Many of the Latinos leaving the mission have to travel hours to their nearest temple. It is a highlight for Larry and I to attend the temple with them.
The Lima Peru temple where families can be sealed together forever.

This group of missionaries will be departing the mission this coming Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. In a short amount of time we have grown to love these young people. They have valiantly served the Lord for two years.

These two little boys are learning about the gospel of Jesus Christ with their mom and dad.

Macaw parrots are covered with brilliantly colored feathers.

Posts from Peru

Macaw birds are native to the rain forests of South America. We saw this beautiful bird at a zoo outside of Iquitos. They eat nuts, fruit and insects. They are the largest parrot species.

Larry was excited to get a kiss from this python.

On the other hand Karen was anxious to get rid of this python around her neck.

These pythons mainly live submerged in the swamps in the jungle.

We visited a manatee preserve and Larry was able to feel this baby manatee. Often times babies are brought to this preserve because their mothers have been killed. They are hand fed and raised on soy milk for two years in holding tanks before they can turned out into ponds. Manatee live in the Amazon river and feed upon the plant foliage in the river to help keep the plant growth under control. It is illegal to hunt them but many females are killed leaving their babies behind. They must drink milk until they are two years old and are able to digest plants.

These buses are made out of wood on old truck bodies. The interiors are completely out of wood and tin covers the outside of them. They have no windows and a wooden bumper.

We had a little time to play soccer on a preparation day in Iquitos. It was only 95 degrees outside with 100 % humidity. Everyone lasted about 45 minutes before they were completely exhausted from the heat. What can I say they had a great time.

These little boys were excited to learn about Jesus and to have their very own pass along card. They were also fascinated by my camera, they had never seen one before. They loved seeing themselves after I took a picture of them.

Larry with his two assistants and we get ready to board our flight home. These are great young men who help Larry teach and train the missionaries. They are tremendous help to us.
These little children were fascinated by my blue eyes. I don't think they had seen a woman with white skin and blue eyes before. Each one of them told me their names and how old they are.

Posts from Peru

Zone counsel conference. This is the leadership of the mission. All of these missionaries are in charge of about twenty missionaries.

Zone conference in Tarapoto Peru. The mission is broken up into zones by areas the missionaries serve in. All of these missionaries are serving in Tarapoto. We flew to Tarapoto to give them one day of training.

Moyobamba Zone Conference. Moyobamba is a two hour car drive outside of Tarapoto. Larry has been there to visit and it is one of the most scenic drives in the mission.

A church building located in Pulcallpa. Notice the electrical wires. It is pretty amazing anyone has electricity, but they do.

This young man just received a interview to serve a mission. You can see he is pretty happy to have received several white shirts and neckties so he can serve a mission. A BIG thank you to Matthew Trone and his Eagle Scout project and all of you who donated white shirts, ties and suits.

Downtown Moyobomba during a rain storm.
Scenes from the drive to Moyobomba.
Daily tropic rain showers keep this river flowing.

Two missionairies catching a ride on a moto taxi.

Zone conference in Pucallpa. These are great young people devoting their time to serving the Lord.