Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Continued

Monday Continued
November 20, 2017

Fun with Selfies
On our way to lunch, Wayne and I stopped and took these selfies at the same time, each of us with our own phones.  The brighter pictures were taken by Wayne, the faded ones were taken by me.  I guess Wayne has the better camera.

We rode the Huanchaco bus to the mall ....

stopped at Inkafarma....

then to Chili's for lunch and had the usual.  

Stopped to get an ice cream cone at McDonald's

Rode the Huanchaco bus back. 

When we got back, Wayne went back to finish helping his friends.

Freddy * Miguel * Oscar

Tonight is our last night here, so we went and sat at the front of the temple as the cars drove by.  At 9:00 pm, we decided to go to the mall and get a Chili's Molten Chocolate Cake.  

It was delicious and we were so glad we went.


November 20, 2017

It's Monday!  We don't have anything we really need to do today, except eat lunch at Chili's, so we spent the morning catching up on a few things and I've been able to do more blogging.  Wayne has gone to help Oscar.   I'm so glad he has been here to help with things, especially the name badge engraver.  He's spent a lot of hours with the machine making badges and trying to help the workers know how to make the machine work all the time.  He spent a day on his phone with Matt Taylor in Salt Lake, helping to straighten out and clean up the computer system with them in Salt Lake.  Wayne is just a handy guy with great common sense and a talent to be able to figure stuff out.  

I've watched him visit and mingle with members in different wards and here at the temple, He has many many many friends!  Everyone loves him,  from the grounds people, to the guards, to the cooks, the cleaning people, the temple workers, and the members who have come and gone.  He's talked and talked to them all in Spanish.  How can I not love this?  I have loved it, ALL!  

This morning Wayne wrote this email to one of our friends.  I want to share it.  

We are having such a good time.  Even though we go home tomorrow, we feel no rush or urgency to get anything done.  I have not counted down the days like I did last time.  This has been such a good visit.

The Fackrell are in Hawaii.  But I said to Jan yesterday that this has been as nice a vacation for us as if we had gone to Hawaii.  No pressures.  Not time limits.

We are in our own apartment.  No one has been here since we left.  It is just as we left it.  It feels like home.  I can walk through in the dark.  The refrigerator is still too noisy.   We have enjoyed the food.

I have a roster of the temple workers and as I go down it I only see maybe two that we have not reconnected with here.  We have such feelings for these people and they for us.

We went with the Wood to the movie, Justice League, in English with Spanish subtitles.  We have been to Chili's a few times.  We have had pollo ala brasa twice.  We haven't had any pizza, strangely enough.

We went to dinner with the Bentley and then we went with them to the airport.  They have almost persuaded us that maybe our next mission might be in a mission office.  We shall see.  Jan's parents will soon be 91, so I don't think we will leave until they have gone.

President and Sister Casos should be coming home (back here) today.  They have been in the US for the birth of their grandchild, which we haven't heard if he has been born yet.

All in all this has been a wonderful trip.  We are renewed and now we go back home with a new list of things we want to do and grandchildren and kids who we hope have missed us.

We've been able to do some family names in several sessions, sealings, initiatory and shared the quiet peace we feel in the Celestial room of the beautiful Trujillo temple.  We've met most of the temple workers and the temple presidency.  We've been to all the places we wanted to go.  Wayne even let me buy some more Peruvian souvenirs.  We are ready to go home, to get back to life and enjoy our family and home.  It will be nice to have things to do, projects to work on, meals to cook, kids to talk to, and grand children to hold and love.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, and right now is a great time to give thanks for the opportunity Wayne and I had to serve a mission in the Trujillo Temple and to come back 4 months later as if we'd never left.  It had impacted our lives in ways only we know and some ways we don't know. We have been so blessed!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

America * Palermo * Intendencia * Chinese with Alvas * Amy & Anali

November 19, 2017

Our last Sunday as missionaries, we went to the Palermo chapel so we could go to all of the sacrament meetings.  We decided to go to the Palermo chapel today, our last Sunday in Trujillo.  We have friends in all of these wards and wanted to see them all again. The three wards that meet here are America @ 8:00, Palermo @ 10:00, and Intendencia @ 2:00 pm.  We have friends in all of these wards.  All of these wards are in the Palermo area.  Palermo was the area Wayne served in 42 years ago.  It is a special area for him, this is his chapel.

Wayne * me * Sister Gamboa

Barrio America

Elder Harris * Elder Gavidia

Elder Harris * Elder Gavidia * Elder Elliott * Elder Allred * The Assistants * Wayne  

Brother Juan and Sister Emma Alva are special friends.  Wayne loved them 42 years ago and we both love them now.  They are dear friends and we love love them.  We went to the America ward with them.  It was a nice meeting. 

Wayne * Brother Alva * Diana (Grand Daughter)
Brother Alva went home after sacrament meeting.  His Granddaughter Diana helped him get home, she's a good granddaughter!

Barrio Palermo

We went to the Palermo ward at 10:00.  I didn't take even one picture!! What was I thinking??

We saw many many friends.  This is Bishop Meza's ward.  The Quintanilla family is also in this ward and many others.  It was so good to see everyone and feel so welcome. Sister Quintanilla invited us to lunch on Tuesday at 1:00 pm.  She felt bad we've been in Trujillo for two weeks and hadn't been to see them.  

Lunch with the Alvas
Sister Alva invited us to go out to lunch with them.  Her brother has a Chinese restaurant she wanted to take us to, so at 12:00, we me them at their house and went to El Pacifico.  It's up the street from the mall corner by metro.
Brother Alva waiting to go have lunch

El Pacifico is a Hotel and Chifa Restaruant.  It was very roomy and the food was very good.  Sister Alva said the engineers and people working on the building of the temple stayed there and ate there too.   It was very nice. 

Diana * Wayne * Emma Alva * Rosemary * Juan Alva
Lunch at El Pacifico

Sister Alva with her brother, he owns the place

This is a picture of a picture.  It is the way Wayne remembers Juan Alva 42 years ago.
We said goodbye to our friends again.  Such wonderful people.  We love them!

Barrio Intendencia

We thought the Intendencia ward started at 3:00 but it started at 2:00 so we were very late for the meeting.  We arrived at about 2:50.  We went in the meeting anyway.  President Valdivia was speaking.  Wayne said it was worth it listening to him talk the little bit we heard.  

My little friend Haru Salazar

Wayne * Sister Salazar * Haru

Wayne and President Valdivia

We rode the Huanchaco bus back to the temple.  It was fun for me to ride it.  It went through the Mayorista, I likes seeing all the stuff along the streets.  

Amy and Anali

We met Amy and Anali at the temple at 4:00 pm.  We arrived at the same time.  
These two sisters are sweet friends.  They came to give us a gift and to tell us goodbye.  So sweet of them.  They don't realize what a good example they are to me.  While we were missionaries, they came every Thursday night to do the 6:00 session.  They were my instant friends.  Such great sisters.  I will always love and remember them!
Wayne * Amy * Me * Anali

Amy * Me * Anali

We had a good day!  There is a part of us here that is hard to explain to others.  I guess it's a little bit like living in Hooper.  There's just something special about it.  Unless you live there, you don't get it.  Unless you've served a mission here with these wonderful people, you won't get it.
Con Amor!

Tonight I made Peach Cobbler and Granola Cookies.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Buzy Temple * Apiat * Llamas * Activity Barrio California

November 18, 2107

Today is Saturday!  Our last Saturday here in Trujillo.  We decided since we knew today was going to be a busy day with a lot of people coming on buses to participate in temple ordinances, we'd go to get groceries and to souvenirs and just enjoy the day.  

We wanted to see all the buses, so we walked to the place where they park and were surprised to see 5 big buses.  Wayne couldn't believe how big they were.  They had two levels and they all brought people to the temple.  There were some smaller van type buses also.  

I tried to get a picture of all the people from the end the buses were parked at looking toward the temple.  there were a lot of kids waiting to get in the temple to do baptisms.
This was looking at the temple 

We walked over to talk to the guard about the buses and all the people expected to arrive.  He said over 400 people were expected.  He said there were a members trying to get in the temple, and he mentioned that one of the handles on the door came off.  

We walked to the doors to see and there was a big group of young people waiting for their turn to do baptisms.  Wayne visited with them and before we left, they were all laughing.  I never get tired of listening to Wayne speak Spanish to the people here.  

Right handle is broken

Wayne talking to the kids

As we walked around to the front of the temple by the street, I took these pictures because the plants have been changed.  I like the change.

We decided to go to Lamanita's to get a book and necklace for me and we also got some llamas key rings to give to our grand kids.  

We walked on to the mall, enjoying the sights and sounds.  At the mall, they put up a Christmas Tree. 

We went to Tottus to get our last groceries.  

This little girl was laying on the floor.

Isles of Panatone cakes for Christmas.  People buy them by the cases.  It is a funny thing to us, but they sure like them here in Peru.  

We walked back to our apartment to put our groceries away.  There were soooo many people trying to eat in the Comdor.  It was crazy!!

We ate a peanut butter and jam sandwich, then we were off to the Apiat to get a few more llamas and I wanted to get another little pouch purse for my phone.  As we walked out the temple gates, we saw Joseph and Jazmin, they were just coming to do their afternoon shift at the temple.   We were so happy to see them.  They are getting married December 5th.  

Wayne * Joseph * Jazmin

I love the Apiat because they have shops with Peruvian souvenirs and I love looking at all the stuff.  We got the llamas, and some other things, but didn't find the little phone purses.

We found these llamas like the one we bought in 
Huanchaco for Bill and Sandy, but they wouldn't let me buy just one, so we had to buy the whole set, but that was ok with me, now I have 4 of them.

We got some llamas for the grand kids.  They all seem to like them so we got them all another one.  

25 llamas

Wayne found a Peru hat he liked.  

We decided to walk down the pedestrian road, looking in the little shops along the way.  These are some of the pictures I took along the way.

This cart with fruit looked so pretty and delicious, I had to take a picture.  

This method of building just makes no sense to me.  I guess it works.
We found a little Nativity with llamas we'd been looking for?  No, not really, but I wanted the llamas.  It is kind of cute though.

Why would they put llamas with this Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus?  Makes no sense, but I wanted the llamas, we didn't see any other small ones with llamas.  

We stopped at McDonald's by the plaza and got a hot fudge sundae, then we were on our way again.  We walked back to the temple. 

When I googled McDonald's Plaza de Armas Trujillo Peru, I got this picture.  That's Wayne!!  We took this picture two years ago when we visited the plaza.  The Plaza will be forever different because they're fixing it up and replacing the cement.  Almost right where Wayne is standing on that little edge of the cement, is where Sister Hartman fell, and was such a great sport about it, that day we went with them to the Post Office, Mayorista and the Plaza.  After the remodel, that uneven and shiny cement will be gone.  It gave the Plaza it's own look.  

There are a few little souvenir shops on the way back to the temple that we stopped at and found a couple of little purses that my phone fits in, not what I was looking for, but they'll do.

When we got back to the temple, we saw our friend Brother Figgini.  We were so happy to see him.  He seems happy and doing well.  

Wayne and Brother Figgini

There were still people all over the temple grounds.  It was really quite a sight.

Brother Arrasque was with some of his friends from Piura

Lots of people

The handle on the door got fixed

Brother Vasquz came in a taxi, Wayne helped him to the desk inside the temple.

 4 generations!  

We had a bunch of sealing we wanted to get finished up, so we decided to do those.  We should have known better.  We were able to witness a sealing of a daughter to her parents and the daughter's husband was the proxy for the brother who was also sealed to the parents. It was pretty neat.  After the sealing was finished, Brother Guevara stopped doing sealings so we'll do them Tuesday or when we get home.   

We always worked the Saturday night shift, so we know the workers on that shift quite well.  We were happy to see them all, give them hugs, and then say goodbye to them. 

The California ward had a ward activity at 6:00 pm.  so we got ready and went to the activity.  It was a missionary activity with a carnival type theme.  When we arrived, we got some cotton candy and a balloon, they divided us up in groups and we went to different stations where they did an activity and talked about missionary work hen we all rotated through all the stations.  Wayne and I didn't go with a group, but it was fun.  

Pedro and his wife were writing their testimony in Book of Mormons


The one in the front is Brother Salirosas.  He's a brave young man!

Brother Sagastagi


Bishop Palma

Missionaries talking to investigators

When we got back to the temple, there was a special session going on in the temple with a group from Mansarat and Laureles.  Brother Bustamonte was there and asked wanted Wayne to meet him after the session, he had something he wanted Wayne to take back to Brother and Sister Hartman.  

Sister Luz Bastos was just going home, she's the Saturday night cordinator for the sisters. I was so happy Wayne got a picture of her.  

WOW!! What a day!

It was a good one!