Terry and Janet

Terry and Janet

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Schnauzer/Dachshund Mix?

I love when President Turk gets to go out with the missionaries.
It is really the highlight of his week.

This week he was out with
Elder Shaw and Elder Retamal on Tuesday.

And Thursday he was out with
Elder Jones and Elder Andersen

Both times they had great teaching experiences and important visits.
They also had baptismal invitations accepted.
President Turk is so impressed with the missionaries using every minute
to teach, contact, serve, visit, bless and inspire.
Congratulations Elders!

They had an extra companion follow them the whole time too.
These dogs are hilarious.
They follow the elders and then wait outside their appointments
and then get up and follow them again.
They will do this for hours.
Not a great picture of the dog that followed them today
but you get the idea.

President said that a dog followed them on Tuesday too
but he didn't get a picture.
I asked him what kind of a dog it was
and he said it was a schnauzer and dachshund mix.

I laughed and said
"yeah right there is no such thing."
He told me to look it up...

This is the picture I found and I laughed so hard.
These dogs are not found in Peru anywhere.
I am sure of that.

He definitely has his breeds mixed up.
He will make sure to take a picture next time.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cajamarca... Service Project

Guest Contributor Elder McGrath

(Elder McGrath & Elder Cayhuan are the Zone Leaders in Cajamarca)

Elder McGrath says...

"Here are some pictures of our Zone's
Service Project from this month (March).
We planned it with the stake relief society president
who is the director of Aldea,
an orphanage here in Cajamarca.
We received special permission to work
in the orphanage because of the Director.

We painted one of the ¨Aunts¨ houses who has 10 kids
that she is in charge of all day, everyday.
The kids call the women,
who are basically their moms for each house, their ¨Aunt¨.

She was so excited and grateful to see a big group of
missionaries come in
and help her out with this project.
Kids from all of the different houses were coming by
to talk to us
and help us sand and paint the room.

Elder Prebe looks good wearing this shade of blue.

Because the house was not that big
we worked in groups
and while one group was painting,
the others entertained and played with
all the little kids in the park inside the orphanage.

They loved playing with us and didnt want us to leave.

It was a great experience for us as a zone to serve
the community here in Cajamarca

and we feel that it has really helped unite our zone even more."

Thank you to this contributor - Elder McGrath and his Zone

Congratulations to the Cowboys of Cajamarca!

Muchas Gracias
Les Amo,
Hermana Turk

Elders in Cajamarca:

Cayhuan, McGrath, Prebe, Morales, Burymski, Rodriguez, Pillajo,
Vilchez, Rojas, Vasquez, Bourque, Albines

Monday, March 28, 2011

Chan Chan

President Turk and I were invited by the Porvenir Zone to go to
The city of Chan Chan today for a Preparation Day activity.

We love Chan Chan.

This was our guide who happens to be LDS.
So our tour today was so much different than those
we have had before.
He tied everything in with the timing of the Book of Mormon,
the style of buildings and their religious beliefs. He was great.
The Chimu Empire was entering its peak when Moroni was
burying the plates in New York.

This picture below reminds me that sometimes I feel like I am on
an eternal field trip with a scout group.
I absolutely love it.
I told these Elders that Chan Chan would be a perfect place for night games.
The Elders all agreed.
So many cool hiding places, nooks and crannies
and so many corridors and mazes.

We love to do as much as we can with our zones,
Whether it is out teaching with them, learning with them in District and Zone meetings or having fun activities with them on p-day.
This zone had two Elders with birthdays a couple days before
President Turk.
(Elder Ralph and Elder Wright)
Can you believe it, we are still celebrating his birthday.

Chan Chan was the capital of the Chimu Empire.
It is the largest mud-brick city being excavated any where in the world.
This large city covers about 8 square miles and is centered on 3 square miles dominated by a series of huge enclosures -
the palaces of the Chimu kings.

Above are some of the Kings.... Well, maybe not Chimuvian
but Kings none the less.

They have barely scratched the surface of this enormous mud city.
With the amount of workers they have,
it will take them 600 years with their little toothbrushes to uncover all of it.

Of course on any good field trip you have to stop at the
Golden Arches.

We also went back to the mission home for a speed round
of magnetic darts and some of Lucy's
Brownies and Ice Cream.
Happy Birthday Elders and this is really the
Last Birthday Wish
for you my dear

It is Done!

Elders in Porvenir Zone

Zone Leaders:
Ralph and Warren

Elders: Ancajima, Espin, Villena, Wright, Facer, Mikesell, Casupa, Gomez,
Aquino, Alayo, Huntington, Carranza

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Greatest Birthday Gift

Our sweet missionaries gave their President the greatest birthday gift this week...
They worked harder than ever and were rewarded with many, many baptisms.
President Turk is thrilled with all of your success.
We love you. Thank you.

There is nothing better than hard working, happy, successful Missionaries!

But the best part is being able to see peoples lives change
as they
Come unto Christ.

Gas Prices in Trujillo

We had a birthday lunch with these Elders yesterday.
Yep, still celebrating the big birthday.

(Andersen, Jones, Monzon, Mayorga, Barinas, Nichols)

He deserves it though...
President is always taking care of business!

When we talk to our grandson Tillman on Skype
he always says,
Papa... phone
Papa ... phone?

(meaning is he still on the phone)

After we left the Elders it was off to get gas and head to Casa Grande
for the District Conference this weekend.

Here is a picture at the gas station.
After they sell you gas, they sell you bottles of wine.
Nothing like Drinking and Driving.
Can you see the wine bottles up above
Sorry about the photos, they were taken with the phone.

The price for our gas right now is $4.80 a gallon
It costs us mucho to fill up the tank.
These are the prices in soles and not dollars thank goodness.

By the way,
The Conference this weekend was beautiful. Thank you Casa Grande.
Our missionaries out there even had a special number during the Sunday session
and they were fantastic.
Thank you Elders and Hermanas...
You are the Best!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fifty and Fantastic!

President Turk is Fifty Today!

Wow... that's a big number
A huge milestone

He is fifty and practically perfect in every way.

I was asking him a lot of questions last night in bed...

"Is this what you thought 50 would look like?"

He said...

"I use to think 50 was old but now that I'm here
It doesn't feel old.

I wish that everyone could be on a mission at age 50
I feel blessed."

Happiest Birthday Terry

You just keep getting Better and Better...
You age beautifully!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pensionista Conference (Party)

We had our sweet pensionista conference today.
(Remember, they feed our missionaries)
We started in the chapel.
Elder Jones told about sweet Mama YuYu
Elder Andersen went over some of the reminders and rules of the pensionista.
I gave a few remarks
and then President Turk had everyone in tears as he
told the story of his pensionsista that he had
30 years ago in Argentina.
The enduring influence that each of these woman
has is unbelievable.
Elders will remember them forever.
We then headed out of the chapel...
down the street and around the corner...
to the mission home where I had a surprise banner for President Turk
We welcomed everyone and then it was inside for the Fiesta!
They all sang a glorious Happy Birthday to President Turk
We had some yummy food served by these beautiful ladies.
Alicia, Lucy and Mabell
The flowers were spectacular. I love to buy flowers
and throw them in a vase. They are very inexpensive here.

We can't do much without the help of these Elders.
They prepared the chapel, typed the booklets, set up the projector,
put together the powerpoint
tried the brownies, cookies, banana bread, cakes and sandwiches.
They helped with invitations, name tags, greeting, seating, set up
clean up, speaking, music, birthday sign, photography...

Well, let's just say that we wouldn't want to do it without them.
We Love them so much!

~ FYI ~
President Turk's birthday is Friday, March 25th
It's a BIG one for sure.
Tomorrow he is Fifty Years Old.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Simple Things

President Turk was out with Elder Valdivia and Elder Marquez yesterday.
They are in Viru Pueblo.
They stopped by this sweet sisters home.
She wasn't expecting them.
But she was so happy to see them.
President Turk said
"Now it's not a coincidence that we are here,
How can we help you?"

She started to cry and said that
She hasn't been going to church and was needing
that extra boost to get back.

Just a simple reminder and a kind smile
is really all you need sometimes.

Another Simple Reminder:

We would like to take this time to remind our
missionaries that are home
to keep up the great habits of your mission life.
There is nothing like it.
Remember to Look and Act and Be
like a missionary.
We Love and Miss each one of you.

Thank you for your updates, emails, and wedding announcements!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

To the Lovely Couple...

Happy Anniversary to these two special people.
My mom and Dad
(Ross and Anita Farnsworth)
They have been married 57 years.
Wow, that's almost to Infinity and beyond
Good thing we believe in Eternity!

They gave birth to these 'beautiful' daughters
There are nine of us.
There are also three sons
But the picture of all of us wouldn't upload.
Sorry boys.
These are my sisters. (I'm Janet)
Beth, Julie, Amy, Bonnie, Ruth, Carol, Sherri, Jill
I need the telestrator.
My brothers are Junior, Joe and Tom

Twelve children!
Sixty-three grandchildren
and so many great grands I can't count them

Every minute of my parents lives have been dedicated to their children
and their grandchildren and their great grandchildren.
My parents seem to be a perfect blend.
They have taught us to work hard and to play hard.
They have sacrificed so much for us...
But what else is there to sacrifice for if you don't do it for your family?
We believe that the family is central to God's plan on this earth
and in the next life.

Below is the Proclamation on the Family.
It is beautiful and teaches us how to create and become
A loving, devoted family.

My parents have received many awards and recognitions
but it will never be enough
for what they have truly given to us and to many others.

I am mostly grateful that they have raised all of us using the
nine principles found in the proclamation below.
(I highlighted them in white)
Mom and Dad
Thank you so much for falling in love
and for being so unselfish
and for giving us life and the knowledge of
who we really are and why we are here.

You have created a Ginormous amount of Love.
There is nothing better than this.
We will love you forever.

(Somebody email me a jpg of the brothers and sisters)

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God's commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God's eternal plan.

Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. "Children are an heritage of the Lord" (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.

We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.