Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Elder and Sister Whitney Go Home

Today Elder and Sister Whitney finished their mission.  Although they've been serving in the Trujillo South Mission, they are our friends.  They've been in Viru as member leadership missionaries and have brought several members to the temple and we've been to lunch with them.  They've done a great job as I've noticed the great help they seemed to be to President and Sister Rios.  We love them and we'll miss them.  
Linda Whitney

Brother Whitney
He served a mission here in Peru 45 years ago.

Me Sister Whitney Sister Rios and her two daughters

Everybody to send them off.

Talking to Elder Rice, he's one of the AP's

Elder Henao

President Rios - Brother Whitney - Wayne

Cute Missionary Couple

Elder Vasquez - Elder Artega - Wayne - Me - Elder Collazos - Elder Bly

After we left the airport, Wayne and I went to Chili's and shared the Wednesday special, a Hamburger and fries.  It was perfect and tasted great.  

In our booth at Chili's 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Monday in Peru * Family Home Evening * Memorial Day At Home

Another Monday in Peru

Toady was another Monday in Trujillo.  Wayne and I went to the Apiat to get some Peruvian souvenirs to take home.  Wayne bought me a sweater, a big red table cloth, some bird whistles, and a red hoodie.  We had lunch at Chili's then came home and go ready for family home evening.  

Family Home Evening

Tonight Wayne was in charge of family home evening.   He decided to do the lesson about Family History and Family Search.  He has been very involved in helping to get a lot of family names done.  Greg, Danny, Natalie, and Tami have been sending him names and we've been doing them while we're in the temple.  
Wayne showed and talked about our family fan charts.  Our family lines go back past the 9th generations.  Our charts only have a few names missing on them.  The temple work for our Great grandparents has all been done, that would be all the names on our fan chart.  We really didn't have much temple work to find for our ancestors.  Family Search had made it easier to find relatives to do temple work for.  We can look back oat cousins, aunts and uncles and their kids.  There is temple work to be done.  Wayne showed the stack of names that we've been blessed to get done and then he put them on top of the fan chart and said that none of the names on the temple cards are names on our chart, they are all names of those cousins, aunts, and uncles of the people on the chart.  He also showed his Dad's life history book and his electronic version of his own life history.  He talked about how important it is to keep our own life history.  We had a really good participation as it was all discussed.  It was really neat for me to watch Wayne teach and discuss this with our temple missionaries, they were so interested and payed attention to what  he was saying.  It was just really neat to feel and share the spirit of our family home evening.  For our activity, we decided to sing the primary song "Family History, I am Doing It!"   We sang it in Spanish first and then in English.  I lead and Wayne played the piano.  It was fun.  The last verse of the song's simple message was the conclusion.  " Family living now and the ones who've died, Can all be sealed to me, And someday I'll meet every one of them, I'm sure as I can be, Oh what joy we'll have when they say to me, We're all a family, I am yours and you are mine now, Through all eternity."  

We are very blessed to be serving our mission here in the beautiful Trujillo 

Sister Casos 

Brother and Sister Wood  - (Brother Guevara behind)

Brother and Sister Gomez

Brother Gomez looking at the fan charts

Memorial Day At Home 
Decoration Day 

As a little girl, Memorial Day was a fun time.  It was the day we went to decorate the graves of our relatives, all of them. I have great memories of Memorial Days growing up. On the evening before, decoration day, mom and grandma Verlie would gather the vases and containers to put flowers in ready for the next morning.  I remember waking up finding dad cutting flowers from our yard, Iris, Snow Balls, Lilacs, Roses, Peonies, Yellow Belly Buttons, Honey Suckle. and any other flowers that might be out in bloom.  Mom and Grandma Verlie made the bouquets.  They always cut the flowers from our yard and they made a lot of bouquets.  There was a baby carriage that was a special container for Susan's grave.  It was filled with belly buttons, pansies, and maybe a few honeysuckle flowers.  We'd start with Grandpa Amasa and Susan's graves and then on to all of the other relatives in the Roy cemetery. 

We also took Grandma Gladys to decorate graves.  We'd go pick her up to take her to the Smithfield and Taylor cemeteries.  She'd have several bouquets of flowers made from her yard, ready to load in the car. Mom would have packed a lunch with homemade fried chicken, potato salad, and some cookies. We went to Aunt Veda's grave ( Grandma's sister) in Taylor first then up to Smithfield where we decorated Grandpa Eldis and Grandma Cannell's graves, then all the other relatives.  We stopped to see Aunt Esther's while we were in Smithfield.  We'd eat the lunch mom packed and Aunt Esther usually gave us ice cream cones. 

My mom and Dad have always and still do honor our relatives by decorating their graves on Memorial Day. I'm so grateful for this tradition.  Wayne and I take flowers to decorate graves too.    We've taken our family to decorate graves, Barrett and Marie's graves and my grandparents.  We tell stories and remember them.  

Barrett and Marie

Becky - Me - Grandma Verlie
Behind--Grandma's Sister Elva and her husband Clawson

Rodney - Great Grandma Cannell- Me- Becky
Behind - Kevin - my Dad - Grandpa Eldis - Grandma Gladys

My  Dad and Mom
Ronald and Nola Barker
April 2017

Written By Jan

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Primavera Stake Conference

Primavera Stake Conference

We thought conference started at 10:00 am, we arrived early, about 9:30 am so we could get a good seat.  When we got there, the Priesthood was going on in the chapel.  Wayne went in and listened and I walked around outside the church then waited inside.  

Package and my shadow

While I was waiting, a man came delivering a package and wanted me to sign for it,  I signed and took the package, it was for one of the missionaries, Elder Berrocal Solari Leonardo Benjamin.  At 10:00 Priesthood meeting was still going, we realized the conference didn't start until 11:00 am. 

The meeting was very good. There were two visiting Seventies.  One was from Bolivia and was in training, this was his first conference.  The other one was from Venezuela.  They had two youth speakers, President and Sister Casos, President and Sister Marble, and President Davila all spoke.  

Oscar Palomino's kids

Wayne talking to Elder Babbel

Elder Diaz

Elder Parkinson is the American, he goes home July 25th right after we go home

We had a good time visiting with the members of the stake that we see and work with at the temple.  Wayne and I know more people in the stakes of Trujillo than we do in our stake in Hooper.  

We only have 6 more weeks to be serving our mission. 
July 10th 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sister Malca's Quilt

Sister Malca

This is Sister Malca. She's one of the old time members of Trujillo.  She's been special to Wayne since we got here and she's special to me too.  She crocheted me a white poncho which I love and wear while I'm in the temple.  It was just so nice of her.  She's pretty sweet. She volunteers in the temple every Wednesday from 2:00 to 6:00 helping fold clothes in the laundry. She told us yesterday she was having a cataract taken off her eye tomorrow.  Today Wayne and I decided it would be a good time to give her the quilt I made for her. while were were home in March.  She loved it!  I'm so grateful for her and for the things she's taught me about serving and being kind.  
we will always love and remember Sister Malca.  

Pictures of her parents are on the wall behind us

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Johnny - Nick - Brady

Happy Birthday Johnny!
The 20th was Johnny's Birthday
We Love You!

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Happy Birthday Nick
The 22nd was Nick's Birthday
We love you! 

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Happy Birthday Brady!
Today the 24th is Brady's Birthday
We Love You!

Sunday, May 21, 2017



Since we've been here in Peru, I've jsut wanted to get in the car and go for a rice to see what's out there.  When we got home from the temple last night and were talking about where we would go to church today, Wayne said Predisent Casos and Miguel were going to Chiclayo.  My response was,  "OH, I want to go there sometime."  Wayne's response was, " Can you be ready by 4:15 in the morning, we are going to go with them."   I've wanted to go to Chiclayo, Chimbote, and Cajamarca just to see a different part of Peru.  I know we won't be seeing Cajamarca because the altitude would make me sick and am glad to have the pictures from the Ripples that I posted.   I was very glad we got to go to Chiclayo!!

Wayne and I went with President Casos at 4:15 am and went to pick up Miguel.  Miguel drove and we were on the road by about 4:45 am.  It was dark so I really couldn't see much, but I was just happy to be going for a ride.  Wayne, President Casos and Miguel visited, I listened and looked out the window, enjoying what I could see.  

At about 6:00 am it started to get light.  I took pictures from the car as we drove so they are pretty blurry. 

Wayne President Casos Miguel

Pacasmayo Cement Plant

Sister ??? will always be a dear friend!  She came to the temple for her own endowment and then to be sealed to her husband.  We had only been working in the temple for only a few days.  Sister Casos asked me to be her escort.  It made me worried,  because I didn't know very much Spanish and couldn't talk to her.  I did know how to show and love her,  so I was able to sit by and help her side in the session.  It was a sweet sweet experience.   I saw her one other time sitting in the lobby of the temple and we hugged again.  I wasn't able to get a picture of her or her name.  

We saw Sister ??? at this sacrament meeting in Chiclayo.  It was such a sweet sweet reunion again.  I still can't speak Spanish to her, but the sweet reunion was a memory I will never forget.  I know that someday in Heaven the reunion of those we've helped with temple work will be like it was when I saw her in this sacrament meeting, and was able to hug her again.  Que linda!!

Sister ??? and her husband

Gardens around the chapel

Sitting area around the institute part of the chapel

While President Casos was in his meetings, Miguel drove around Chiclayo.  I was surprised at how much it felt like Trujillo.  These pictures were taken as we drove around the streets.

Casa Andina Hotel

The church in the plaza

They were having a little parade.  It looked like the school kids from different schools,  were marching in front of their city officials.  

More picture of the Chiclayo

After we had seen enough of the city, we went back to the church and relaxed in the institute area while Miguel took a little siesta.  The next two pictures of looking out the back of the chapel and institute.

We ate lunch at this restaurant before heading back home.


Fields of Rice

Fields of rice



Brother and Sister Bentley lived in Pacosmayo for about a year.  They were moved to the office to do the responsibilities of finance and record clerks, replacing the Sister Millers who went to the area office to serve.  

The cement plant


I had to hurry to get this picture.  Wayne is pointing to the street the Fackrells lived on.  

Another familiar street in Chocope

The main street headed toward Trujillo

Chocope Hospital

We arrived home at about 6:30 pm.  It was a wonderful day!
We  enjoyed the company and the wonderful sights of Peru.

Thanks President Casos and Miguel for taking us to Chiclayo!!