Terry and Janet

Terry and Janet

Monday, December 31, 2012

Sick and Sentimental...

It's almost the New Year and I am still fighting it...  It won't go away!

Poor President Turk has his hands full.
He's trying to run a mission and 
keep me happy and comforted.  
And the latter is a full time job in itself.

I am taking so many pills... but if I don't stay on top of them 
the pain is too much.
But of course keeping the pills down is another trick.

All I can think about is what I am not getting done
and that makes me even sicker.
But I can't seem to do anything.

I think that our big New Year Celebration is going to be
Pretty Pathetic...  I pray that I am not awake at the stroke of midnight.

But we do want all of our missionaries to know that 
the new Goal for 2013 has been set.

It looks like we are going to shoot for 2013 in 2013!
This will be huge... but we can do it.
We have the greatest missionaries ever.

Happy New Year Everyone...
This is going to be a fantastic year!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Ninja Turtles are taking the Lessons

I don't feel good!
I am down and out.
Yes please... I would appreciate your prayers.

So while I am laying in bed...  
My daughter Molly has been sending me these cute photos.
Walker received little missionary figurines for christmas.
He always has some of his guys in his hands.

The missionaries have been playing with the Ninja Turtles...

And now it looks like the Turtles are receiving the lessons.

Before you know it, there will be a baptism in the bathtub.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Over the River and through the Woods...

Instead of over the river and through the woods...
It was in the combo and bouncin' on the pot holed dirt roads

Through the dense brush...

and on through the fields...
 Passed the bull that has chased them before....
and down the dreary lane...
 to save a soul that is precious in the sight of God.

President was with these outstanding missionaries today...
Elder Palma from Ecuador and Elder Zavaleta from Lima.
They had some really great teaching experiences 
 and they were able to give health blessings
and visit some less active members and the Bishop 
and his family.  A Great Day!

We love you Elder Palma and Elder Zavaleta

Great photos President Turk!   He just snaps a few with his phone for me.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Greatest Christmas Present Ever!

I have already told you that our daughter Molly and her husband 
are expecting a baby in March...
We are so grateful to be going home to a new baby girl.

What a beautfiul gift!

and then...
We received a gift from Parker and Hali in the mail
and Guess What?

Another grandchild is coming in June!

We are thrilled!
I started to cry when I opened the box...
and we were in the middle of our Zone Leader Council..
I burst into that meeting with all 36 Elders
and I think I threw a "Superstar"pose
and yelled 
"We are going to have another grandchild"

President and I grabbed each other and spun around.
The Elders were high-fiving each other.
They are all going to be uncles again...

Do you realize that when we left we had two little grandsons.
When we go home we will have six beautiful 
Grand babies....
This is really fantastic for only having two children producing.
We tripled our babies in the time we were gone.

I am going to have to serve a lot more missions so that I 
can have many more grand babies..,..  
The best gift EVER!

Congratulations to Parks and Hali!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve....

We had a little something of everything tonight.

We started with dinner together with our office Elders at Chili's.
We then ran home and performed for my 
extended family Christmas Eve Program via Skype.

The Elders were so fun...

President Turk and I stood in the picture all by ourselves at first.
We said... Feliz Navidad from Peru
We miss you all... you look great.
But we have never been alone on Christmas.
This is our first time...

Then all of a sudden... Missionaries heads come popping in the picture
from all directions.
We start to laugh and then we said...
What we really meant to say is 
We can never be alone... Ever!

Then our missioanries introduced themselves and where they were from
and they sang a fun Christmas song for my family.
We listened to a few of the other families sing... then said goodbye.

 We then played the Christmas Bells...
and we played some games... 
We went and took some presents to a widow and her family...
and sang a few carols to them.
 We came home had a fun little gift exchange game...
President gave us some thoughtful remarks on the Savior.
We knelt down together in prayer and gratitude
for the Savior of the World.
We ate a little Key lime pie or chocolate tres leches cake
and then we called it a night....

No, we called it a FANTASTIC Night.

Each of our missionaries spent the evening with their districts
Eating a beautiful meal and watching an approved Christmas movie.
Tomorrow they talk to their families and then they are going to
run from family to family, member to non member
spreading a little Christmas Cheer, singing some Christmas carols
and giving a Christmas Message.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Feliz Navidad desde la Misión Perú Trujillo!

Here's just a little bit of our program...
What is not captured are the doves flying into the choir
after being let go after Silent Night...
I think one hit Elder Brian in the head.

The fireworks were spectacular but we were too busy 
watching to tape them.

Please know that this is not in the order of performance.
We had the whole beautiful nativity first and then
narration that pulled all the other songs together
and taught the Gospel at the same time.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Last Program in the Plaza...

Here we all are right before the last program in the Plaza.
The missionaries looked and sounded like Angels.
They truly were a light to Trujillo last night.

It is just a magnificent backdrop for a special program.
After we performed the Nativity with narration, songs and multimedia...
We threw in a few more songs to explain who we are
and what we believe and where to find us 
if they want to listen to the Gospel.

We have just one afternoon for practicing with everyone.
The missionaries listen carefully and focus intently. 

Here is the short stomp segment from "Seize the Day"

The crowd went crazy when we waved the Peruvian flag
after singing the great song 
"Do you hear the people sing" from Les Miserables.
We changed a few words in the Spanish version
to represent religious freedom.

It is so sweet that all these missionaries from all over the world
can come here and fall in love with 
this country and the people where they serve.

We have a Colombian raising the Peruvian flag
with North Americans, Mexicans, Chileanos etc...
holding him up 
and then our whole choir erupts in cheers with them. 
We all love Peru!

Elder Cornejo was our narrator and oh what a talent he has with that microphone.
Our missionaries cheered the first time they heard him.
He was also over all publicity and printing.
Elder Richards is the only one that I could trust on the computer
with all the background music behind the narrations
and with all the special musical numbers, music to the fireworks
sound effects etc...
He was also the voice and Ho Ho Ho's of Santa.
He is extremely talented.

Here are Elders Castillo and Castillo.
Elder Castillo standing was our drummer specialist.
Elder Castillo (sitting down) was our multi media specialist.
He had the bible videos of the Nativity running behind narration
and then he would freeze them and put up still shots and 
then start the video again.... etc.. It was perfect.
and a lot of hard work.  He also did all of our power points 
for the devotional and videos behind special numbers
and a slide show of all the baptisms put to music 
that ran the whole time we were eating cake
and taking photos.

Elder Mecham helped with all the multi media also and did all the translations
for my talks, any songs, and One Solitary Life which 
Elder Guerrero read with background music.
Elder Guerrero was also in charge of the physical facilities.
He had all the reference tables, materials, buildings, etc...
Poor Elder Mecham is my go to guy for anything and everything.
He never lets me down.
His list is always as long as his arm.
He is over all the missionaries... getting them wherever and 
whenever they need to be somewhere.

No matter which way the camera was facing... 
 all you could see were throngs of people.
 I was getting a little nervous as people were crowding up towards the front
to take pictures.

We want to thank all the members that came and brought their friends
and neighbors.  It was a sight to behold.

 Our reference tables were stationed all over the plaza and 
they were mobbed.
And that's what we wanted.
Look at this view...  People Everywhere.

We finished with the crowd pleasing song...
We are the World... Somos el Mundo
the audience joined in on the last chorus.

We always have Santa come and head out in the crowd 
with our missionaries following him.
They all have bags of candy and are able to talk to the people
Greet them, Invite them, Wish them a Merry Christmas, etc...

This year the show was entitled  "Light of the World"
and in the last line of the show we said...

Ladies and Gentlemen,
in honor and love for our Savior Jesus Christ,
who truly is the Light of the World
We give you now a glorious show of Light.

Then we had a barrage of fireworks 
with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing
the Hallelujah Chorus and Joy to the World.

It was a Spectacular Ending.

Elder Cook and Elder Fackrell were in charge of the white doves,
the fireworks, all the permits and city paper work, 
all the food, and they were performers.
They really did so much more that I can't list what they did.
Thank you to Elder Sandiford my photographer 
and Elder Levos my Videographer.
Videos still to come.
The office elders were also in charge of all the lighting, 
the large screen, the sound systems, the chairs etc... 
The list is long but it was worth it.

2nd Verse same as the First...

We had another beautiful devotional filled 
again with the most amazing stories of conversion
through the Book of Mormon...
I could listen to them all day.
And if there were non members listening to them
they would run to find a Book of Mormon
to see how this Book has changed so many 
lives for the better.

and when it was finished
President Turk said...

"Let them eat cake" 

But before we ate... We thanked our Heavenly Father.
What a privilege it is to be here
serving the people in Peru.

These missionaries are the very best.
They know the difference between numbers and souls.
We are always trying to better ourselves
so that we can help others.

Life is grand and great when you are following
our Savior, Jesus Christ

We can't thank our Office Elders enough for 
all that they have done and will do to keep 
this mission running smoothly.
We have given them the toughest assignments
and we have never heard a negative comment
and we have never been let down.
They have come through with flying colors every single time.

We Love You All!

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Sad News....

We have tried everything
to bring you the program live.

It is not working.
But we are taping the show
and will put it up tomorrow.

Thanks for understanding.

Good Luck to Us!
say a little prayer

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Jam Packed with Excitement!

What a wonderful day we had yesterday...

Our morning devotional was Special...
We talked about the 3 greatest gifts that we have each been given
The Book of Mormon/restored Gospel
The Holy Ghost
The Savior, Jesus Christ.
We had five of our missionaries give their unbelievable 
stories of conversion and love for the Book of Mormon.
Elder Hurley played and sang an original song he wrote
about 2 Nephi 4.

I spoke on the Holy Ghost
We had Oh that I were an Angel
We had Elder Olivares play a medley on the piano
of Sacred Christmas songs.
We had "How can I be" sung by Elder Bulmini
 with a slide show of all our missionaries
President Turk spoke on the Savior.
We had "One Solitary Life" read with music
in the background...

Then we moved to the Cultural Hall.
Our 1800 Celebration was fantastic
We gathered in a circle
We sang "We are as the Army of Helaman"
We had a couple of members share how their lives had been changed
forever because of the missionary work that has taken place this last year.
We knelt and thanked our Heavenly Father for His help
and called upon the powers of Heaven to move us forward with our new goals.
We then ate Cake and took pictures.

They all got their gifts of new ties and scarves for the show.
We went to Lunch and then went to the Institute for our practice.
Our afternoon practice for the show went smoothly
And the Christmas Spectacular Program in the Plaza
was a huge success! 
Fireworks and all.

We will do it all over again on Thursday
with the second half of the mission.

Congratulations to our Missionaries on all their successes.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hermana Bell... Returning with Honor!

In the middle of all the Christmas chaos,
We had to say goodbye to Hermana Bell today.

She was able to be in the mission home with us for lunch and the 
afternoon practice for the show tomorrow night.
So she got to see a lot of it.
Hermana Bell has been an exceptional missionary.
We will miss her like crazy.
And so will her companions and the rest of the Hermanas.

It was very sad watching her board the plane all by herself.
But she will be a beautiful Christmas present 
for her family.

Thank you so much Hermana Bell for your excellent service.
Well done thou good and faithful servant.

We miss you already!