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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

More Missionaries







4/4/2017
Tuesday

More Missionaries

This evening we had more missionaries come to shower.  No clothes washing, just the wet towels.  It is so fun to see these kids.  They all have such a wonderful spirit about them and it's just fun to be around them.  
I made more cookies and Sister Ripple made some cookies.  The missionaries always enjoy the cookies we make.  

Sister Delgado - Sister Hardcastle - Sister Zavala - Sister O'brien

Elder Angulo - Elder Latimer - Elder Palomino - Elder Thompson

Elder Bejarno - Elder Salas

Elder Miesner - Elder Rosas

Elder Vasco - Elder Maddocks

Elder Vassau - Elder Bedregal

Elder Vassau - Elder Bedregal - Elder Maddocks - Elder Vasco

4/5/2016

On Wednesday morning, Elder Logan came and got a bunch of water for his zone.  We were able to help them get their containers filled and secure for the ride to their zone.

Elder Rios and Elder Logan with someone from their area getting more water.

It was so pretty while I was outside, I had to take a picture of our beautiful temple.





Monday, April 3, 2017

Makro


April 3, 2017 
Monday

Today we saw this going on outside.  The water running on the sidewalks from the sprinklers made them discolored, so right before the temple opened back up, they painted the sidewalks.    They look like new again, but now they are trying to keep them from getting colored again.  They made these wood shields they put around the grass so the tires and the green from the grass don't mark the cement. It's funny to watch them move them around as they mow.   



We went to Makro this morning with the Ripples.  It was the first time I've been out beyond the mall.  We were about 5 minutes north of the temple.  There were a lot of trucks with water loaded on the beds.  These are the trucks they take to the different areas that don't have water.  

This truck was parked by Makro




These people were waiting for the water to get to them.  

Another one of the people waiting for water


There are still a lot of sand bags everywhere.  They want to be prepared. 


The views on the way home.  Looking like things are improving a little.





The next pixtures I took as we were stopped at the light facing the mall to turn north onto Mancechie,  




We rode home in a van with Peter and Debbie.  We bought a lot of stuff!









We rode in a taxi to go to the mall for lunch.  The next two pictures are of the traffic in front of the mall.   Many people wear masks because there's so much dust.  



We walked home from the mall and saw these kids playing on the sidewalk.  



We enjoyed the day !

Sunday, April 2, 2017

No Foolin - Missionaries Missionaries and More Missionaries * General Conference

Missionaries Missionaries and More Missionaries 
General Conference

Since we were in Utah when the flooding and huayco happened in Trujillo and other parts of Peru, we really couldn't believe it and kept wondering if this could really be happening because we haven't seen it really rain much in the 18 months we've been here.  As we watched videos and news reports, we could see this was serious and we prayed for our friends in Peru.  We wondered if we would be able to get back and thought we might have to stay in Utah for an extra week.  We came back as we;d planned.  On the 15 minute ride from the airport to the temple, it was sad to see the mess and terrible conditions the huayco left behind.  As we arrived at the temple, it was glowing and beautiful!  The feeling of safety and peace was felt as we entered the temple grounds, a sweet feeling that was so appreciated. 

With all the flooding from the huayco, it has been interesting for me to be protected from the issues and challenges the members and others are having because of the flooding.  Wayne went to help take water to some of the missionaries who had been without water for several days in Esperanza.  He was able to see the destruction and trouble the huayco had caused.  Many people were affected.  I have only been from the temple grounds to the mall.  I keep wanting to go see what's going on in all of the different areas of Trujillo, but Wayne said we need to stay close to the temple.  Most of the temple workers are back helping at the temple. Our sessions don't have very many people in them.  It is still hard for people to get around and feel like life is normal when many still don't have electricity and water.  I haven't really seen anything except between the temple and the mall.  

Some of the missionaries in the hard hit areas haven't had running water since the first of March.  The area of Milagro and Esperanza are in bad shape.  These areas are the sandy hills, when the rains fell and the water rose, many homes washed away.  Just like the primary song, "The Wise man and the Foolish Man."  It is sad.  The missionaries in the Casa Grande zone have been out of their area, living with members and other missionaries.  Some of these missionaries came to our building Friday night to use the showers we have here in our building.  Wayne made arrangements for towels and soap so they can have a shower to get clean.  I made cookies and brownies for them.  We are do happy to help in any little way we can.    

Elder Miesnner and Rosas eating lunch before they go out to do service.


Two Sisters came later in the evening last night to shower.  It was about 8:00 pm, I asked if they'd be safe getting home so late and they said they would be, but they still had to get dinner before they got home.  I made them a tuna fish sandwich, dill pickle, Chex Mix, a brownie, gave them each a hug and sent them on their way.  It was a good day.

The missionaries from Casa Grande have two sets of clothes.  They were evacuated from their area and were only able to take a change of clothes as they hurried to leave their area. This makes it kind of hard for them beause they've been living with members and other missionaries who don't have water and they've been doing service and helping many people clean up the mud and water, they get pretty dirty.  When they came to shower, Sister Bentley brought the clean clothes for them to wear after they showered.  I washed the dirty clothes they took off and the towels, folded them and got them ready so when they came back tomorrow night to shower, they have clean clothes to wear as they go to do service again.  We aren't sure how long this will go on , but it is so nice to be able to help in some small way.  I like having a treat for the missionaries too.  I made them Chocolate Chip cookies and brownies this time.   

Clean work clothes

Clean towels


Saturday morning three Elders came to shower, Elder Maddocks, Elder Rosas, Elder Plazas.  Why didn't I take a picture?  They are from the Milagro area.  Wayne helped them get towels and showed them where to go.  They asked him if he knew of anyplace close they could get breakfast.  Wayne asked me and we decided to make breakfast for them,  We had scrambled eggs and pancake, juice and yogurt.  Pancakes with syrup is something the Peruvian missionaries hadn't had before, but Elder Maddocks had and it kind of made him think of home and the USA.  It was nice to visit with them.  They said they helped distribute a dump truck of hygiene kits the church sent for the people.  The people were so happy to get them.  It was nice to be able to share breakfast with them, I guess every little act of kindness helps.  

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General Conference 


We listened to General Conference today!  It is so nice to listen to such great talked.  I enjoyed them all and the music was great.  We are so blessed!  Sad bo see President Monson so feeble, but grateful to hear his short but sweet messages.  he announced 5 new temples.  Brasilia, Brazil; Manila, Philippines; Nairobi, Kenya; Pocatello, Idaho; and Saratoga Springs, Utah.









Saturday night as the sun was setting, Wayne and I went for a walk outside.  There was a beautiful rainbow over the temple.   Pictures don't do it justice but it was pretty.  A sprinkle of rain fell as the sun set.  


Rainbow

Rainbow above the temple



Some fun pictures that evening!














Sunday we watched General Conference.  It was a great conference and we enjoyed the messages.  I especially enjoyed hearing President Monson's short talk about the power of the Book of  Mormon.  We have been reading the B of M.  I know we will be blessed.
 


President Monson is getting kind of feeble so it was nice he could be in there and it was good to see and hear him. 

Sunday night after General Conference was over, the missionaries came again to shower.  We were ready with clean towels and cookies. 


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Once again I washed the clothes the missionaries took off and they put on the clean clothes.  I was able to get all the dirty clothes washed and folded for them to take home with the.  This is the last time we will need to do the laundry while they shower, the Casa Grande Zone is going back to their area tomorrow.  




Life is good!