Sunday, October 21, 2012

Greetings from Peru!!!!
Thank you Elder Sorenson!!
Elder Sorenson just left the office, he has done a
great job serving as one of the president's assistents.
 This group just finished their missions.  We love each one of them and are
so greatful we could serve with them in this great work.  Elders:  Johnson
Emett, Harris, Flores and Franks.  Hermana Sanhueza from Chile.

Pictures from along the road to Moyobamba.
Moyobamba was the first city established by the Spaniards
in the Amazon jungle region. It was established in 1540.   
Over 3000 varieties of orchids grow naturally here, it is a high mountain  jungle region

Moyobamba is a distrist unit of the church.  Every six months the president and his two counselors travel to Moyobamba to teach and train the leadership of this district.  They also hold a meeting for all the members. 
On this trip a new branch of the church was organized in a town thirty minutes from Moyobamba in Soritor.  Pictured  below
are the members of the new branch presidency.  Elder Huaiquimilla from Chile and Elder Anderson from the US are serving in this presidency to help get this new branch started. 

Members of the new branch.
  Back in the office we just celebrated two birthdays.  Elder Sorenson is from Utah and Elder Paucay is from Chile.  We celebrated on Elder Sorenson actual birthday and his choice for lunch, a big mac sandwichs.  The things you miss when you are in a foreign country.  You can see it was a big hit. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Zone Leader Council
October 3, 2012
These young men are in charge of anywhere from twenty
to ten other missionaries.  They assume a lot of responsibiliy
in the mission to motivate, inspire, help and lead.  They are
learning great leadership, life and family skills.
Life in Lima.
Fresh chicken anyone?
The president and I drive by several of these tiendas
( small stores) on our way to the office.  When you buy a
chicken here you get the whole bird.

On occasion we set out clothing items for the missionaries. 
Some of the clothes have been donated, others are left by
missionaries leaving the mission.  The women here in Peru,
actually scrub the collars to get them clean.  No shout out here.
 In short order the shirt collars look a little 
 ragged.  White shirts are a hot item anything we put them out. 

Shoes are also a hot item.
I only thought women loved to shop.  Boy was I wrong! 
 By the end of the day all
the items on the tables were gone. 
I love this picture because it shows the difference in
size of some of our missionaries.  It also shows what happens
when we take pictures.  Twenty cameras appear
and the assistants become photographers.
Thanks for your great help Elder Carranza and Elder Sorenson.
All the missionaires in our mission understand the importance
of getting married.  As a consequence they work with many
couples to help them get married. 
I love this picture of this sweet older couple waiting
to get married.  They have been living together
for many years, they have raised their children but
 they had never gotten married. 
I think it was the right decision!!!
Bless their hearts.
Celebrating with their family and the elders.