Rain turns the dirt roads into a lot of mud. Many of our missionaries use boots during the rainy season in the jungle. I had to walk about a half mile down this road to get to an apartment our missionaries live in. Nobody told me a I needed boots.
In the jungle areas of our mission there has been a lot of rain thus a lot of mud on the side streets. When it is summer time in Lima it becomes the rainy season in the jungle cities. All this rain produces high water in the rivers so a lot of flooding occurs.
There is an area of Iquitos that floods every year known as Belen. This is the poorest area of Iquitos and many people live here because they do not have to pay taxes and other fees because of the flooding. Many of these homes are built on twenty foot stilts. They use twelve inch boards to make bridges out to their homes.
It takes about three months for the water to recede, then to earn some money for their families they plant three crops. First rice is planted to help dry out the ground, then corn and finally watermelon. Many people live their whole lives here.
Many of the people in Belen have small farms in the jungle that they work. Their crops they bring in by boat into the Belen market. Their living conditions are very primitive.
This man is carrying palms leaves that have been woven together to make roofing material. Many of the homes have roofs made our of palm leaves. These types of roofs keep the rain out and last about ten years. Unlike tin roofs that trap the hot air in, the palm leaf roofs let more hot air out keeping a home cooler.
These two missionaries are working in a town called Santa Clara. When they first arrived there were about 20 people attending church. After four months of work they now have 60 people attending church.
These are the sister missionaries serving in Tarapoto Peru.
This is how rice and coffee beans are dried in the jungle cities, in the hot sun. Once or twice a day you will see people out bare foot stirring up the beans to help them dry.
On a preparation day we had the opportunity to visit a town called Lamas. In Lamas there is a group of native people. They make everything they use by hand. This lady is making pottery that they use to cook and eat with. The men hunt and farm in the jungles around their village.
This sweet lady from the village was selling some pottery she had made. The black beads around her neck she wears in remembrance of family member that has died.
We visited Lamas with the the temple president and his wife on a preparation day. They traveled with us to Tarapoto to speak at a district conference with us. A temple president had never traveled to Tarapoto before so the people were delighted to have them come. They gave out temple cards to all the adults and children.
Lima is not known for its blue skies but our day at the temple with a group of departing missionaries couldn't have been any more perfect.
Our latest group of missionaries to depart the mission. They go home to serve the Lord in a different capacity now.
This missionary couldn't get over the fact he wasn't a teenager anymore. Now he has to really grow up. Not many people have ovens here in Peru, but there are many stores that sell tortas.
Out checking apartments this Elder had some fun with this turtle he found. He is an excellent missionary serving from Bolivia.
At missionary training sessions we do a lot of practicing with the elders and sisters. Some have great people skills others have to develop confidence in talking to people. We help them learn how to ask inspired questions and how to listen to what people have to say. These are skills that not every nineteen old has. Many of them have grown up in front of computers playing video games and haven't learned very good people skills. So we do a lot of practicing of all these skills so they can be successful.
A missionary's purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end.
These are the missionaries that taught Efrain about God's plan of happiness for His children. This plan is centered in Jesus Christ and His teachings.
Here we are just before the baptism with Efrain's family.
After the missionaries taught Efrain he decided to get baptized and he asked Larry to baptize him. This is Efrain's beautiful family.
Efrain is a police officer that Larry met one night while out working with the zone leaders in the Wiesse area of Lima. Larry discovered that his wife was a less active member of our church so Larry invited both of them to attend church on Sunday as we would be speaking at the meeting. On Sunday about fifteen minutes after the meeting started they both walked in and sat down. Efrain had decided he would be willing to let the missionaries come to his home and teach him about the gospel of Jesus Christ.