Saturday, July 9, 2011

For all you chocolate lovers out there this is what the cocoa fruit looks like on the inside. The white pulp contains the cocoa beans which are extracted and processed to make chocolate.

Here is the cocoa fruit. It is harvested when it turns yellow.

This group of missionaries leaves our mission on Tuesday. Each of them are excellent missionaries. It is hard to say good bye to these young people as we have grown to love and appreciate each one of them. Now it is time for them to return home taking with them all that they have learned and build a life for themselves.

These elders are pretty happy to get subway sandwiches for lunch. Recently two new subway shops were opened here in Lima, it is a real treat.

We caught this boy playing in a downpour in the jungle. When it rains, in a matter of seconds you are soaked. The good news is it is always a warm rain.

Nauta Peru is jungle city where a new branch of the church has recently been established. Last October missionaries first visited this town and started missionary work there. At that time there was fifteen people in attendance. Last Sunday a new branch of the church was officially established in Nauta. One hundred sixteen people attended church last Sunday. It is amazing to see the faith of these new members. Many have made great changes in their lives to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Truly the gospel of Jesus Christ changes people.

This is the group of elders and the senior couple that has helped establish the church in Nauta.

It has been a year since we have tasted a donut so Larry and I broke down and took 24 donuts with us to Nauta when we visited. What a treat! The coconut ones were the best. As you can see these elders had not problem eating the donuts. In Peru not many people have ovens so baked goods are a real treat.

This sweet family that lives in Nauta was baptized. The father serves in the Branch presidency. Before he joined the church he earned a living selling beer to the town folks. Once he joined the church he closed his business and sought other employment. For several months he was unemployed. He was offered another job that would take him out of town on Sundays and he declined not wanting to miss church. Still unemployed he and his wife decided to open their own little business. Each morning he arises early and goes to the local fruit market to buy fresh oranges so they can sell orange juice at their stand near the hospital. This is how they earn enough money to buy food for their family. The people in Nauta have so little yet are so happy. The gospel of Jesus Christ offers them hope in this life.

The leaders of the new branch in Nauta. Two of the leaders are missionaries and two are local men who live in Nauta. Since the church is new here the senior couple is helping to teach and train the local leaders. This senior couple brings years of church experience with them. We are so grateful for their service.

The young people love to gather around Larry when we attend church services.

Here is a group of young women that attend church in Nauta. Hermana Nelson teaches them seminary each morning. Their testimonies and faith are strong. Hermana Nelson is also teaching English classes for the community and all these young women attend.

These next three pictures are of our sister missionaries in the mission. We currently have twenty sisters serving. Six serve in Lima and the remaining sisters are in jungle cities. Sister missionaries have a wonderful ablitly to teach families about the gospel of Jesus Christ. They also aid in reactivation work. They serve for eighteen months and can serve when they are 21 years old. During the course of their mission they learn many valuable people and communication skills. Most importantly they learn to love the Lord, His children and to give their service unselfishly. The American sisters also become fluent in Spanish.

Notice the red juice we are all drinking. We only are served this juice in the jungle cities of Peru. It is called camu-camu juice, it is delicious and has four times the vitamin C than orange juice.

Our son Stephen and his wife Shara arrived in Peru the first part of June to spend 8 weeks volunteering at an orphanage in Cajamarca Peru. The children's emotional needs were great and it was hard for them to leave. Stephen and Shara are now in Cusco for a ten day trip. While in Cusco they have been given permmission to take Lynette out to lunch on her preparation day. She is thrilled to be able to see family. When they return they will see Mom an Dad in action in the mission as they will have a couple of weeks to travel throughout the mission with us.


  1. You look wonderful and happy!! Hugs to both of you~

  2. Great posts mom! We love you both and are so grateful to you for your faith and example. Karl was so excited to tell everyone in primary that his grandparents are in Peru serving a mission. You have forever impacted his life and many others because of your sacrifice and willingness to do, as Karl would say, "hard things".

  3. Thank you for the, that year went by fast.....Thank you for your example in my life too.....I am so proud of you two.
    I love you, KML

  4. Sister Blunck,
    I am Sister McNeil, my son is Elder John (Mitchell) McNeil. I was so surprised, and extremely happy to have found you blog, (which I don't know how I did that) but then to be scrolling down, and hoping that I would see a picture of him, and then there he was! I remember in one of his letters him saying that he was soooo happy to get to eat at Subway! He loves his mission, he loves his leaders and he loves the people! Thank you for being there for him and taking care of my boy!!!

    Sister Sheree McNeil