Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This is a group of new members of the Church in Soritor Peru. 
Soritor is located 30 minutes from Moyobamba in a
mountainous region of the Amazon jungle.
Our lastest group of missionaries to complete their missions.
They return home "hombres de Dios" or men of God. 
What a privilege for us to come to know them and
serve with them.
Starting form the bottom left:  Elders; Angerbaugh, Guthrie, Jaita
Maldonaldo, Kepner, Palero, Divis, McCleve, Purvis, McKeachnie,
Bylund, Essig, Jenson and Hunt
The very next morning we picked up a new group of missionaries. A mission helps these young men become men of God.
During their mission through daily scripture
study and spiritual experiences they
come to know God for themselves.  They learn to
forget about themselves and learn to serve and love
other people.  Everyday they get up and go to work perfoming
the Lord's work.
  It truly is a defining time in their young lives.   
In Peru there are many very talented artesans.
Occasionally on a free day we have the opportunity to
observe them working. 
This man is hand weaving a piece of furniture. 
The bench  on the left took him three days to weave. 
There are no made in China tags on these items. 
I was in heaven when we walked through this flower
market. This sweet lady was thrilled that I
bought flowers from her display.  After I chose which flowers
I wanted to buy she took her three foot long
machette and chopped off the long stems.
This man is hand chiseling a design in marble
for a headstone.  This has been his profession
for the last 30 years of his life.  His work was beautiful
and his hand grip strong.
An example of some of his work.  Notice
 the hand chiseled sign for our church.
A view of the jungle on the way to Moyobamba.
No dodge ram pick ups in
Iquitos, only revamped motos stacked high
with their cargo.
In the jungle cities if you load a large truck
with a heavy load you have to haul the workers
to your destination so they can unload it.  Everything
in Peru is done by hand. 
The sweet lady in the middle is the oldest
person Pres. Blunck has interviewed for
baptism.  She is 95 years old.  
Elder Reber is over 6 foot and Elder Nurminda
is just under 5 foot tall.  No matter the difference
in height and cultures the gospel of Jesus Christ
makes all people equal in the sight of God.
Elder McMillan and Elder Leiva
Elder Cifuentes and Elder Woolstenhulme
Pizza makes any elder smile.
These sisters love serving the Lord.
Hermana Bowles, Hermana Sanhueza,
Hermana Rodriguez and Hermana Farias


  1. What a roller-coster of emotions to say good-bye to the missionaries you have loved, worked and helped and then turn right around and begin the process again with a brand new set of missionaries. President and Sister Blunk you are amazing and I sure appreciate the wonderful influence you have been to my hermana. Thanks for the post.

    Karla Bowles

  2. I am thrilled to find your blog! My brother is one of the new missionaries that just came from the MTC, his name is Elder Truman. Thanks for taking care of him. You look like wonderful people. I am excited to follow all of the happenings in Peru.