Thursday, March 23, 2017

Water * Whitney Ripple Adventure

March 23, 2017

these Elders were in the office trying to figure out what to do.
Elders Miessner - Quispe - Peterson - Vasco - Camposano - Rosas - Maddocks - Plazas 

President Marble asked Wayne to get water to the missionaries, he said some of them haven't had water for days.  We went to the mission office to help.  It was decided that I would come to the temple and help the missionaries fill up their bottles with water from the temple.  I came back to the temple with Elder Maddock and two other Elders.  We filled their bottles and Freddy took them back to their area in Milagro.  I waited the rest of the day for missionaries to come with bottles to fill with water but none came.  Wayne spent the day delivering bottles of water that were at the mission office to a lot of missionaries.  He had a member who drives a taxi help him find the different missionaries.

Elder Logan called us and said he needed our help to get some water, so we met him and helped him fill some containers with water for his zone in Esperanza.  He said the pentionistas don't have water to cook with.  It was so nice to be able to help just a little.

The Ripples and Whitneys left early this morning to see if they can get to Viru where the Whitneys live.  They needed to get some things from their apartment and they wanted to see if their apartment was even still there.  They did get to the apartment.  They had quite a journey crossing muddy and flooded streets and rivers.  It was an adventure.  They found the apartment ok.  They gave their food to the sister missionaries who live the floor above them and they got some stuff and came back here to stay.  They aren't sure what will happen with them and their assignment in Viru.  For now they will be staying here.

Brother Ripple

Brother Whitney - Sister Whitney - Sister Ripple

Tomorrow the temple opens.  The grounds are beautiful and the temple is clean and ready for people to come and  receive the blessings of the temple.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Welcome Back to Flooded Trujillo

Back in Trujillo!

We had heard about the flooding in Peru the day after we left to go home.  It was almost shocking to us because we've lived in Trujillo for almost 19 months and it has only rained a few times and then it wasn't really a rain, just more of a misty sprinkling.  For it to be flooding seemed almost unreal.  As we looked at the news and videos from you tube, we realized it was real and it was devastating.  

We arrived home on Tuesday at about 9:00 am.  The airport had sand bags all around the entrance so we had to carry our luggage out to the gate of the airport.  We had 4 big 50 pound bags, so I didn't get any pictures.  It seemed very different and kind of abandoned.  President Casos was there to take us home.  We saw a little of the flooding from the airport to the temple, however, the temple grounds and the temple were perfect.

It was nice to be back in Trujillo in our little quiet apartment.  While we were gone, they cleaned the apartment from top to bottom so we had to put things back where they went.  We unpacked our stuff and relaxed.  We went to the mall in the afternoon with the Ripples.  We decided to walked and were able to see some big ponds of water in the torn up street along the way.  The street was all eroded with big holes and pits where the water had ruined the road.


When we got to the mall, we wanted to eat at Chili's but they weren't open. We could see them mopping the floors and the door was sand bagged.

Pizza Hut was closed and so was Don Bellisarios and Pardos.  Papa John's was open so we got a couple of pizzas and had a good lunch.  We needed some groceries from Tottus, but it was very crowded so we decided to go home and try again the next morning early.    

We arrived at the Tottus at almost 10:00 just as the gate to the store was opening. We saw Elder Drescher and his companion going inside.  We saw Elder and Sister Whitney too. People were hurrying inside to gt what they could.  Inside the store, it was almost scary to see all of the stuff they didn't have.  We stocked up on the stuff we thought we'd use.  I got some frozen meat, people don't have freezers so there was a lot of frozen stuff.  The milk in the coolers and yogurt were all gone.  No eggs or bread, and no produce.  No Produce!! The fresh meat was all gone, there were a few whole chickens so we got one.  There wasn't any rice and no cookies or crackers, cereal and mac n cheese.  Most of the shelves were empty.  We were happy with what we were able to get, but still needed some sugar, butter, potatoes and eggs.  When we got home, I made two loaves of bread and cut the chicken up and cooked it. 

We live in a beautiful place, we have a wonderful apartment with water, air conditioning, electricity, the internet and we feel safe and protected.  We will be okay.  The people who live in areas where the flooding was much worse are without water, electricity and they are struggling. 

President and Sister Marble are staying in the hospedaje because their house had a leaky roof and their street is full of mud.  The Whitneys were in Cusco being tourists with their family.  The bridge to Viru where they live is washed out so they can't get to their apartment.  
They don't have anything but what they took with them to Cusco.  They are staying here in the hospedaje too.   

The temple will be closed until Friday when we will be back in the beautiful temple.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Going Home to Visit

March 2, 2017  

The temple closes on Monday, the 6th for cleaning and maintenance.  A few months ago Wayne and I decided to s[pent this time at home.  We wanted to be home to take care of a few things.  I had a back tooth that cracked back in November and I just thought it would stay together until we got home, but it didn't so I have a tooth that needs to be fixed.  Wayne needed to take care of some licences that needed to be renewed and Tami and Nick needed their electrical panel replaced.  Cory moved into his new house and Andy and Muck have made the apartment part of their house and we want to see all of this, not to mention the 20 grand kids I'm dying to be with.  We found out Tuesday that Uncle Norman passed away.  His viewing is Friday night and the funeral is Saturday.  We arrive home Friday afternoon so we'll be able to go to the services for Uncle Norman.  Such a tender mercy.  

We all all packed and ready to go.  This picture was taken in the Trujillo airport at 7:19 pm.
Hooper Utah here we come!  

Our plane

I tried to get a picture of the mist coming out of the vents in the ceiling of the plane.  It was cool, but I didn't really get the picture I was hoping for.

This is our flight schedule
3/2 Trujillo to Lima 8:50 pm to 10:05 pm
3/3 Lima to LAX  1:50 am to 7:50 pm
3/3 LAX to Salt Lake City 11:25 am to 2:23 pm

Our next post will be from Home!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Scenes Along the Way * Palermo Stake Missionaries

Scenes Along The Way

I took these pictures of the scenes on the way home from the Quintanilla's.
I don't ever want to forget what Trujillo is like!

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Palermo Stake Missionaries

 I took these pictures of the missionaries in the Palermo Stake.  
We know some of these Missionaries!

Elder Jeffery Quintanilla Return Missionary

March 1, 2017

We had the wonderful opportunity to share the afternoon with the Quintqnilla family and friends as they welcomed Elder Jeffrey Quintanilla home from his mission.  We went to the Palermo chapel  at 1:00 pm where Elder Jeffrey met with President Valdivia for an interview and was released as a missionary.    It was so fun to see him walk in teh church with many friends and family there to greet him.  

After the interview and release, President Valdivia got up to the pulpit and asked Brother Quintanilla to come up and give his son a blessing and he asked him to remove the missionary badge from his son's pocket as he is no longer a missionary.   I couldn't take pictures, I probably shouldn't have taken this one in the chapel.

Jeffrey Quintanilla
Sister Tierado and Sister Quintanilla

After the blessing and little meeting in the chapel, we all went to the stake presidents office where the cooler was going and we were able to take pictures.  

Brother Quintanilla removing his son's missionary badge.    It was a tender moment.  It's always hard for missionaries who return to take the missionary badge off after wearing it for 2 years.  It was a sweet moment.

Jeffrey with his mom and dad

Samir - Diego - Brother Quintanilla - Elder Jeffrey - Sister Quintanilla - Kira

The group taking the pictures
Notice Wayne there a head above the rest.

Jeffrey and Sister Haro

Sister Valdivia and Jeffrey

Brother and Sister Haro with Jeffery

Jeffrey with his Uncle, the Bishop, Brother and Sister Meza

Brother and Sister Tierado with Jeffrey  Brother Tierado is in the Stake Presidency

President Tierado and President Valdivia
Elder and Sister Haws with Elder Quintanilla

President and Sister Valdivia's daughter 

This was a special time for us.  We have been friends with the Quintanilla family since we got to Trujillo.  They have treated us like part of their family.  When Brother Quintanilla was in the chapel and giving Elder Quintanilla a blessing, Jeffrey asked if Wayne would please stand in with them.  It was kind of neat and a big honor to be asked to participate.  The only ones participating in the blessing was Brother Quintanilla, President Valdivia, Bishop Meza and Wayne.  It was pretty neat.

After we left the church we went to the Quintanilla home and were fed a wonderful lunch.  I made brownies in my big cookie tray and everybody loved them.  These are pictures from the lunch at their house.

It was such a nice afternoon.  We are so blessed to know these wonderful members of the church!  They are our good friends!