Sunday, December 23, 2012

More Christmas in Lima

What is Christmas without frosted sugar cookies?

This month we had a fun sisters activitiy in the casa misional.  All the sisters that are serving in Lima were invited for lunch and had the opportunity to prepare a gift for their pensionista.  A pensionista is a lady that prepares two meals a day for the missionaries.   

Merry Christmas from Sister Grow and Sister Sandovalin.
Feliz Navidad from Sister Grow and Sister Melo. 

Merry Christmas from Sister Cherry, Sister Zagal and Sister Sosa. 
Our final Christmas activity was held in Lima. 

Feliz Navidad from Elder Burgess

Merry Christmas from Sisters:  Grow, Sandolalin, Cherry and Zagal

Merry Christmas from Elders: Lazano, Coburn, Fenn, VandeMerwe and Castro

Merry Christmas from Elder Bercera, Elder Richardson, and Elder Nurmela.
Merry Christmas!!!!
Feliz Navidad from Elder Carranza, Elder Baker, Elder Uribe, and Elder Paucay.

Feliz Navidad from Elder Nova, Elder Wilson and Elder Crump.
Merry Christmas from Elder Condie and Elder Limon.
What is Christmas without a few homemade treats from Santa's kitchen? 
I have a wonderful lady that helped with all the Christmas baking.  She helped bake over 200 mini loaves of banana bread and over 1000 cookies. 
These missionaries are pretty happy to receive their Christmas bag of goodies.

Merry Christmas from Zones:  Independencia, Tahuantinsuyo,
Comas and Carabayallo.
From our house to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Might we all remember the reason for this glorious season.  A sign here in Lima says it quite well.  No hay Navidad sin Jesus.  "There is no Christmas without Jesus Christ".  He gave His life for each one of us.  He paid the price for our sins, our weaknesses, our pain and our sorrow.  All He asks in return for such a sacrifice is for us to follow Him. 
We love this great work we are involved in and we love the missionaries we serve with. 
We send each of you our love and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season. 
Love from Peru,
Presidente y Hermana Blunck, and Lynette (our youngest daughter)   

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas in Tarapoto

Our next stop for Christmas celebrations was in Tarapoto.
Merry Christmas from Elder Reber and
Elder Leiva. 
Elder Ferreyra and Elder Crump say Feliz Navidad!
Elder Turley is new to the mission.  Elder Tocto is his traiiner.  Merry Christmas!
Elder Brown and Elder Clavijo will be celebrating Christmas in the Moyobamba Zone

Elder Woolstenhulme and Elder Bustos will also be celebrating Christmas in the Moyobamba Zone
            Here we are enjoying an evening Christmas devotional together. 
Alma 37:6 says that by small and simple things are great things brought to past. 

Elder Huaiquimilla and Elder Anderson serve together in Soritor.  They are working in a brand new branch of the church. 
Feliz Navidad!

The Christmas Spirit is Christ's Spirit.
True happiness comes only by making others happy.  As we lose our lives    in the service of others we find true meaning and joy in our own lives.
These missionaries love the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others people.  It truly is "good news".

What is the Christmas Spirit, drop the last syllable and it becomes the "Spirit of Christ". 
May we always follow His example in our lives.
A beautiful sunset for our flight back to Lima.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas from Pucallpa!

 Merry Christmas from Pucallpa Zone!!!!
"The real joy of Christmas is found from making the Savior Jesus Christ the focus of the season!"
Pres. Thomas S. Monson
 Sometimes the gift of our smiles are one of the biggest gifts we can give to another person.  Such a simple thing can brighten anothers day and lift a sad heart.
May we all let the light of Christ radiate from our lives.

Merry Christmas from,  Elder Price and
Elder Terrel.

Feliz Navidad from Hermana Alvear and Hermana Bowles.
Feliz Navidad from Hermana Lubomirsky and Hermana Orellana.

Merry Christmas from Elder Ortega and Elder Stephens.
Feliz Navidad from Elder Tana and Elder Truman

 Merry Christmas from Elder Scott, Elder Ojeda and Elder Quispe.
 Let us  not forget God's great gifts to us this season and always, the gifts of: the miracle of forgiveness,  the Holy Ghost, personal revelation and guidance, peace that death is conquered. His greatest gift to all of us is His son Jesus Christ.  
The Book of Mormon is one of God's greatest gifts to us.  It is a gift of love because it is a second testimony that Jesus is the Christ.

Merry Christmas from Lima

Missionaries come in all shapes, sizes, and are of different ages.  All have been set apart to share with others the gospel of Jesus Christ.  If you have a question about the purpose of this life and God's plan for us, they will be glad to answer your questions. 

Our Christmas celebrations continued this past week with Zones in Lima; Canto Grande, Wiesse, and Magnolias. 
I hope you enjoy these pictures of your sons and daughters.  Be proud of them, they are sacrificing 18-24 months to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others.
Missionaries learn that as they forget about themselves and focus more on others they find great joy and happiness. 

 May we always give a gift of love to others, a smile, a card, a warm handshake, our service.  Often it is the small things that mean the most.
We love these missionaries that we serve with and we love our family for all their love and support of us while we serve.  Without their support our service would be difficult.

The reason for this season is Jesus Christ!  The reason these missionaries serve is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others.

We invite others to come unto Christ, that is our purpose.
This group of elders serve in Wiesse.  They all showed up at our training in their red ties.  You have to love their Christmas spirit.
"Remember that he who gives money gives much, he who gives time gives more, but he who gives of himself gives all"

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Time for Christmas!

 One of the highlights of our time here has been attending the sealing of two elders who served in our mission. 
To the left is Elder Angulo and his new bride and below is Elder Sandoval and his new bride.
 We are grateful for the faith of these young men  and their desire to have an eternal family. It is only in the temples that families can be sealed together for time and all eternity.  
 These elders have worked hard this past month to earn their 8/4/2 certificates.  Great job elders!!!!
It is Christmas time in the Selva!!!
 Our first Christmas stop was the first week of December in Iquitos.  Traveling during the holidays becomes very difficult here in Lima so all of our traveling has to be completed by the 15th of December.  These forty six missionaries were excited to see us.     
 Our celebrating includes having lunch together, singing songs of the season, playing a few games and enjoying a devotional together.
Each receives a small package of goodies and a CD to share with their investigators that recounts the life of our Savior. 
Let us not forget, that He is the reason for this joyeous season!!!! 
These next few photos are for those moms and dads who have  sons and daughters serving in our mission.  We want you to know that we love them and they are happy serving the Lord.  

 Our sisters are a great blessing to the mission.  The love of the Lord radiates from them. 
 Songs of the season.  I know some mom encouraged this missionary to
keep practicing. 

Game time!!

Let the fun begin!!!