Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sister Ayala

On the 12th of the month
Sister Ayala flew to Lima from Cusco after she broke her foot. She stayed at our place for 9 days. She is a new missionary that came into the mission on the last change. She is from Bogata, Columbia.

She has the cutest smile. She walk to the office on her crutches each day.

The Ramirez

The Ramirez came by our office to introduce their daughter and 2 grandaughters that came to Peru to visit. They had just returned from visiting Cuzco and Puno.

Foot Dr.

Hermana Tello, the mission foot doctor comes to the office and works on my feet about every six weeks. My feet have never been so good for a long time as they are now.


Hna. Silva comes to the office each Wed. & Friday to help Karen with her Spanish. She is a very caring former missionary and goes out with the hermanas as a mini sometimes
and used to teach at the Lima CCM for several years.

She invited us to go a Marinera dance competition to watch her younger sister compete. She and her partner placed second overall in their age group of the competition. There were 8 judges that gavethe dancers a score between 1 and 5. Sort of like the gymnastics.

The kids went from ages of 3-4 up to late teenagers. Their costumes were very colorful. the skirts can weigh up to 8 kg.

The music was very loud. I think where I first lost part of my hearing was in Peru when I was a young elder. They don't cheer like we would at a sporting event. They passed out this big wooden noise maker that you twirled around to show your appreciation.

The Marinera is really a dance of love where the girl is playing hard to get. The dancers, even the 3 year olds, are very serious but always smile.

Even kids in the audience were dancing.

Other than it being so noisy it was a lot of fun and very beautiful to watch.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

August 10, 2009

On our way home from the office on Jorge Basadre they had dug up part of the road and the only warning sign was what you see. No lights for at night. But the sign does say peligro. Cars whip down this street as if it was the Indy 500.

Karens English class

Karen teaches some sisters in our ward English every Thursday at the mission office. Rosaria on the left looks quite young, but actually she is 24. The other girl is Frances. They also help Karen with her Spanish. There are others that attend also.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hna. Milne

Hna. Milne is the last missionary to return to Bolivia. She doesn't want to return but finish her mission here in Peru. She completes her mission the end of October. She has an elder waiting at home for her. He just got home from his mission. They are planning to go to school at Weber St.

We took her out to lunch at Mangos inLarco Mar in Miraflores. While there we saw these two woman

weaving. Then that night sister Milne spent the night at our place and did her laundry.

Family Home Evening Aug 3, 2009

At Family Home Evening we went to Rokys to eat. The Davies left for home this evening. They live in Sandy and worked at the Area office

August 2, 2009

After we moved on the 24th we had a missionary staying at our place for almost every night. On Sunday after church we took Elder Taco for a walk. Notice the beautiful flowers even though it is winter.

We went for about 20 blocks. We walked past the old mission home where I lived for nine months when I was here as a young elder.

Enchilada dinner

Scott bought the fixins and sent them with the Newbolds so that Karen could make Enchiladas. So on Saturday we invited the office elders, the assistants and elder Taco who was staying at out place for dinner.

Elder Cooke from Layton, Utah is the new assistant to replace elder Briggs.

Elder Taco came out of the hospital and stayed for 5 nights with us.

New missionaries 7/29/09

On Wednesday we received 16 new missionaries. Sister Gardner is from our old ward Bloomington Hills 4th Ward

Parents picking up their missionareis

The Newbolds and Bradfords came to pick up their sons. The Newbolds live in Bountiful, Utah and the Bradfords in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Elder Bradford was one of the Presidents assistants. His dad under Crowton was a defensive coach for BYU. Now he is the defensive cordinator for Mississippi State.

Karen baked dozens of cookies for these elders and they in turn would share them with the other elders. They both ended their mission serving in the provinces.

Elder Eichelberger is the son of Pam Newbold.

July 28, 2009 change

Elder Malale replaced elder Neuenschwander in the office. Karen with elder Adams and elder Briggs. Elder Briggs was the presidents assistant.

There were 19 missionaries going home and a lot of people came to tell them good-bye. Many to never see them again in this life.

Mighty Mite

This is the all powerful vacuum cleaner that we have to clean our apartment. It's just like the one I had in my motor home. What I wouldn't give for my Rug Doctor back home.

July 18th

The week before changes we went to the Inka Market to purchase some things for our grandchildren. The Newbolds who live in Bountiful are coming to pick up her son from his mission and are bringing two empty suitcases to take some of our things back to the USA. It turned out that we sent 77 lbs. of books, clothing, gifts, recuerdos, etc. We also bought the sweater that Karen is wearing at another booth for about $5. It is Alpaca wool.

Inka Shops

Inka Shops
There are hundreds and hundreds of little vendors selling their wares from clothing, dolls, purses, jewelry etc. We didn't buy anything but got a good idea of some of the things that they have.


One of many highways in Lima. This is Avenida Arequipa that runs north and south. Maybe 9-10 blocks from our apartment. During rush hour this road will be packed.


Another highway running thru Lima.

Tall buildings

Tall buildings
This is a look of San Isidro where we live and the mission office.

Miraflores from the air

Miraflores from the air
On our P-day we went to Miraflores and ate at a fantastic restaurant just above the cliff. The tall building in the background is the Marriott hotel. The name of the restaurant was Mangos. It was buffet.

Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean
Looking down about 500-600 feet from the Mangos restaurant to the ocean