Sunday, February 19, 2017

Valentine's Day * Cousin Party * Primavera Ward

Valentines Day

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For Valentine's Day, we worked in the temple.  It was a good day!
I'm so thankful for Wayne and for the wonderful man he is.  I'm so glad he's my sweetheart!

I converted our Christmas-Valentine tree to a Shamrock tree.  You can hardly see the tissue paper shamrocks., but all I had green was tissue paper so it had to be good enough, we're in Peru.  I really like the lights on the tree at night and I'm trying to make them last as long as I can.  Sandy Hartman said I can put Easter eggs on it next.

Alex 7, Benson 9, Zack 10, Lila 12, Abby 10, Molly 7, Addilyn 4
Jack 4 , Luke 5, Barrett 5, Crew 4, Finley 4
Hank 1, Mack 2, Crosby 3, George almost 3
Saturday night, Natalie and Casey had a Valentine's party for the cousins.  While the cousins played together, the parents were able to have a date night.
Not pictured, Alice 1, Jayne 1, Duncan 1, Nora 10 months

Leaving to go to church this morning.

Barrio Primavera

We attended the Primavera ward this morning for our church meetings.  We know a lot of members in this ward and felt very welcome.  President Davila was in the meeting.  His wife substituted the Sunday School lesson, it was Matthew 13.  It was about the Parables of Christ.  She did a great job at the last minute.

This is the only chapel we've been to with Hymn books in the benches. It was really nice.  You can see Oscar in the back putting the hymn numbers up on the board.


Osacr making sure the chapel is ready for the meeting.  He's the assistant engineer at the temple.  He's always fixing and making sure everything is just right.  It looks like he does the same thing at the church.  After the meeting started, someone handed Oscar a note asking him to speak for 10 minutes, filling in for a speaker who didn't show up. He did a good job.

Elder Babbel and Elder Nunez
Elder Babbel played the piano and did a great job.

Elder Peek and Elder Morote

Relief Society was good.  I don't understand what is being taught most of the time,  so I try to follow the lesson in English and teach myself as we go along.  The lesson was #3 in the Teachings of the Prophet Gorden B Hicnkley.  It was a really good lesson.  I enjoyed his message encouraging us to be optimistic and grateful for what we have, to compliment instead of complain, and to be happy.  It was just a good lesson and I'm glad I felt the spirit as I learned.

Relief Society teacher teaching the lesson.

In the gym, they still had decorations up from their Amor y Amistad celebration.

After the meetings,  kids taking balloons from the arch.

This evening, we talked to our kids, they had the birthday party for the February birthdays and it was fun to see them all and talked to some of them, also Ronola which was nice.

Tonight, we took our quilt outside to sit on the grass and watch the traffic go by.  The evening sky was beautiful.  You can see the  bright star Uranus.
A beautiful ending of a beautiful day.

Monday, February 13, 2017

FHE * Salazar Family * Sister Casos Birthday

Family Home Evening

Tonight we had Family Home Evening with the temple missionaries, President and Sister Diaz came too.  The Ripples were in charge of the lesson. 

Brother Ripple read about the geographic areas of Canada 

Sister Ripple taught us more about Canada and Nova Scotia, this is where they're from.  We had a quiz after to see what we remembered.  The reward was an apple. They did a good job.

After the lesson there was some more teaching and answering questions about the beautiful place the Ripple's call home in Nova Scotia.  

Daniel Salazar brought his family to sing to us for our FHE.  They sang us two songs.  The first on was so unique.  they each sang their own part, then one at a time they added the parts together until they were all singing together, it was beautiful, but to long to add here.
They also sang I'm Trying To Be Like Jesus.  It was beautiful!

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After the lesson we had treats and food, whatever anyone wanted to bring.  

Sister Casos had her birthday yesterday, so we celebrated her birthday.  Sister Ripple made a carrot cake and we sang Happy Birthday to her.  I left to get the creamy potatoes I made, so I missed getting a picture of the birthday cake and blowing out the candles.  You can see the cake on the left side oif the picture.  

This is Haru, she's my little friend, she's 7.  I think if I spent a few days with her, she'd teach me how to speak Spanish.  In Japanese, her name means Spring.  She's a happy but busy little girl.  She came with me to get the potatoes and then she wanted to take room key card and beep all the doors, she thought it was fin.  She really liked the elevator.  Most of the little children here don't know what an elevator even is and is very different and new to them.  

President and Sister Casos with the Salazar family
Temple Missionaries
Why is it that the person on the end always looks huge?  Maybe I am.

Temple Presidency

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At the end of the night, the Salazar family sang one last song for us, Where Love Is.

Such a good way to end a good day!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Happy Birthday Duncan * Barrio Central

Duncan had his 1st Birthday on the 10th!
Happy Birthday!
We Love You Dunkaro!

Duncan was born 6 months after we came to Peru.  It makes me sad to think that we've missed his first year, but so happy for electronics and pictures and to know that we'll be home soon. 
This picture was taken when he was 6 months old. 

Barrio Central

We went to the Central ward for our meetings today.  There are a lot of members we know in this ward.  

It's always fun to see the young missionaries when we visit the wards.  Elder Turner was there with his new companion Elder Garrison.   I didn't get their picture, they were busy helping and I just didn't get it.  

Sister Mujica from Magdelena del Mar in Lima and Sister Queiroz is a new missionary from Brazil, she's only been here 5 days.

The power was out all over Trujillo, so the microphone wasn't working and the fans weren't running to keep us cool, but it was a good meeting.  Cynthia Garcia spoke, I'm not sure what she said but I did understand some words, and it felt good.  

 This week has been a fun time for the youth of the church.  The church sponsors  FSY  which is like EFY in the states.  They have speakers, activities and workshops for the youth all week.  It's a fun time for them and it's well attended.  this years theme was Pride

We had a wonderful day!  We are so blessed to be here in Trujillo.  We will miss it someday and wish we could come back.  It would just be nice to be in two places at the same time, home with our loved ones and friends and here with those we love and our friends.  

These blog posts will be made into a book some day, then we can be in two places at once.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Christmas Cards In February * Happy Birthday Addilyn

Christmas Cards!!

I guess it was a good thing we still have our Christmas/Valentines tree up.  today we got mail and there were some Christmas Cards.  So fun to get mail!   

Today is Addilyn"s 4th Birthday
Happy Birthday Addilyn!
We Love You!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Ground Hog Day * Singing In the Rain * Happy Birthday Shanna * California

Since we arrived here in Trujillo, Wayne and I have joked about everyday is like Ground Hog Day.  The weather is pretty much always the same and the temple work is always the same.  There isn't much difference from one day to another, much like the show Ground Hog Day.

When Wayne looked out the window at 11:11 pm on February 1st, it was RAINING!  It rained for almost an hour which made it just in time for Ground Hog Day!

We got so excited, we hurried and ran outside to sing and dance in the rain.  

We walked, sang, and laughed and enjoyed the rain shower!
Wayne stood where a rain gutter should be, under our balcony,  because the water puddles and he jumped and splashed in the puddles.  

Splashing in the puddle

I think he enjoyed it!

The thing that's funny about this is the last time it really rained was exactly a year ago, 
on Ground Hog Day!

These snails are everywhere.  They enjoyed the rain too.

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The 4th was Shanna's Birthday 
Happy Birthday Shanna!
We Love You!

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We went to the California ward today and enjoyed the testimonies of the people in that ward.  When Wayne asked me what the lesson was about in Relief Society, I couldn't tell him because the lesson wasn't out of a manual one I could follow along with.  He said the High Priests talked about a Valentines party and they made all the planned for it for their lesson.  It was nice to be there though and enjoy the spirit of the wonderful members of this ward.  

We love being here and we love the many wonderful people we've grown to love. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Brother Azbache Laid to Rest

Brother Azabache Laid to Rest

This morning Wayne and I went to Parque Eterno, the cemetery next to the temple.  It is a very well kept and beautiful spot for a friend Brother Azabache to be laid to rest.

We waited there for the funeral procession to arrive from the chapel in Salaverry.

The place for the burial was back in the far North West area of the cemetery through the big cement  arch gateway.  There was a big group of friends and members of the church there waiting.  

The funeral procession arrived and drove up to the area where the big cement gateway is.  Several people were waiting there to walk to the burial spot behind the casket.  Sister Alva was one of them.  The pallbearers carried the casket on their shoulders.  Brother Azabache's three daughters walked along the side holding wide gold ribbons that were attached to the casket.  It was pretty neat. 

As they walked to the burial spot, the congregation started singing I Know That My Redeemer Lives.  It was very touching. 


Both of Brother Azabache's sons spoke.  George, the oldest, he spoke first then his son who is the Bishop of the Mansarrat ward spoke.   

The congregation then sang several more Hymns as the cemetery workers did their job.  

They  lowered the casket into the ground, made a cement paste to seal it, then they used shovels to fill in the grave with dirt.   John Paul, the oldest grandson was the first on to take the shovel from the worker and helped.  I think it was a way to honor his grandpa.  Several others joined until the grave was filled in.  

It didn't take long before the grave was filled in and covered with grass.  The head stone and flowers on top.  

Wayne with the grandsons including John Paul and John Pier.

Brother Azabache was a wonderful man.  We will always remember him as our friend from the temple, always happy, and willing to serve.  It is only fitting for him to be buried next to the beautiful Trujillo Temple, a sacred place he loved.