Sisters from Chimbote sing
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Here are a few of the video clips from the Programa Navidad in the Plaza de Armas in Trujillo Peru.
Directing a 230 voice choir was a real treat.
Dad Marler, thanks for the baton...
Becky Lund, thanks for playing the piano for "The Lord is My Shepherd"
Thanks to Elder Wengert and Elder Perez for accompanying several of the numbers
and a special thanks to Sister Allred, our pianist for all rehearsals and for most of the musical numbers
Sister Allred you are "Lo Maximo!"
Below we have some of our musical numbers, first the entire choir singing
"The Little Drummer Boy"
This is Elder Dennis on the Drum
Sisters from Chimbote sing
Elder Caro Singing "O Holy Night"
Sister Downs and Sister Gonzalez Singing "O Come All Ye Faithful"
and Elder Winterton singing "The Lord's Prayer"
Elders from Casma Sing En la Judea, en Tierra de Dios
Sisters Worlton, Calle, Connors, Estrada, Wayman, Paiva, Gonzales, Boody, Portillo and Bedoya sing a lovely rendition of "Angels we have Heard on High"
A Drum Line, with trash cans, yes, we had more than one "little drummer"
As I convert files and upload them to the internet, you will be able to watch more of the program. Some numbers were not filmed and we are waiting for folks to offer their video for our use.
If you have a musical number on video, please let me know.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Mission Trujillo had a little Christmas Party on Christmas Day.
There was a talent show by the missionaries
spiritual thoughts by President and Sister Marler and a beautiful testimony meeting.
It was a perfect Christmas Day.
there are two sets of pictures here, one from Trujillo and the other from Chimbote.
First the talents of Trujillo
|Hermana Gonzalez and Hermana Grow (with a little help from friends) created this beautiful back drop for the Christmas Program...8feet X 8 feet, it is beautiful|
|Sister Gonzales organized the talent show in Trujillo, she and Sister Downs were the emcees|
|Sister Grow sang "Joseph's Song" from the Forgotten Carols|
|Elder Haake on the violin accompanies Elder Diaz, Rotolo and Smith|
|A little break dance from Hermana Smith|
|Sister Wayman and Sister Paiva sang a lovely song in English|
|Sister Palacio played a piano solo|
|Sister Palacio, Elder Kaelin and Elder Wood dream of a White Chistmas|
|"snow" being blown around the room|
|Sister Evans played a lovely arrangement of Ave Maria|
|An original arrangement on the piano by Hermana Allred|
|Elder Boekweg, Elder Smith and Elder Tway...cute number|
|Finale by the Marler's|
Here is the Chimbote talent show...fun day.
|President showing the Christmas Video...now if we could just figure out how to reformat for the blog!!!!|
|Sister Mathis, Sister Pocco and Sister Huayman perform|
|Emcee Elder Dow...terrific job|
|Elder Astill, Elder Dow, Elder Cuevas and Elder Calvas ...hilarious|
|Hermana Huayman and Hermana Pocco|
|Hermana Ore and Hermana Mathis|
|Don't ask about this skit...Elder Dennis and Elder Caro...freeze frame|
|Chimbote Peru...oh my!|
|Elder Perez and Elder Cunningham|
|And following the festivities we followed a Nelson family tradition...birthday cake to help celebrate Jesus' birthday|
(by the way, Nelson, that is my family)
|Hermana Bedoya and Hermana Semorile|
|Elder Alfaro enjoying the festivities|
|Elder DeLaCruz, Elder Rodriguez, Sister Bedoya and Sister Allred (oops this is Trujillo)|
I will say that Christmas in the Trujillo Mission is not the same as being home, in front of the fireplace on a warm winter day, with all the grandkids, and all the food.
That being said, our Christmas was wonderful. We spent Christmas Eve with the office elders.
We visited some families in two nearby wards and brought home-made cookies and sang Christmas Carols. It was such a wonderful blessing to enter these humble homes and share a little Christmas joy.
As the scripture says, "do ye this unto the least of these my brethren, ye do it unto me"
I feel like this Christmas was truly a gift to the Savior.
Christmas Day and the days around Christmas were wonderful for our missionaries. Everyone called home and talked with their family. This is the best Christmas gift ever for a missionary. I remember as a mother of a missionary, it is also the best day ever for a mom of a missionary.
Some of our office missionaries made calls and skyped from the mission home.
Here is Elder Leon with his sister
Elder Castillo awaiting a call from his dad
Elder Hernandez talking to his family
and...Elder Smith posing with the entire Smith Family
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Our program in the Plaza de Armas was wonderful.
We used traditional Christmas music and used music and the spoke word
to tell the story of Jesus Christ, the events surrounding his birth
as well as his love and sacrifice for us.
This is right before we started, I'm not sure why everyone is looking backwards…was there a Papa Noel sighting?
Now we had a very interesting 2 days…let me share
|I am not sure what this is about, it is the first time EVER these two have been shy!|
First things first. The Christmas Show was to be divided into 2 days…Friday and Saturday…the same program, but one day performed by the Chimbote areas and the other day by the Trujillo Zones.
On Thursday we learned there was going to be a strike and that the center of Trujillo would be blocked off for cars…no taxi's, busses, nothing…so we cancelled Friday's show and 230 missionaries arrive by noon on Saturday.
so the missionaries came,
|…and all 227 practice the music for hours|
|Did I mention they kept coming, and coming.|
|It was wonderful having all of our missionaries together for the first time ever!!!!!|
|so before we took some photos...|
|One thing I have learned, missionaries love, love, love pictures|
|So Elder Endicott, where is your companion????|
|this young man was selling fire works in the Plaza…and kept popping in and out of the pictures…so we had him pose with us...|
|Hermana Allred, our accompanist, joins Esperanza for a photo bomb!|
Esperanza zone +1…yes that is right there are now 4 sisters in Esperanza!
|and the show began with Elder Boekweg and Elder Smith singing some of E. Boekwegs original numbers|
|Then Elder Zacharias did some breakdancing|
|Hermano Reno ran our sound and preformed some pan flute numbers for us|
|and the missionaries clapped along with the music|
|Sister Downs and Sister Lasike sang Melikilikimaka|
|Elder Pacheco wrote and read a poem about the Savior, it was beautiful|
|and Papa Noel showed up for the last song|
|Then the missionaries met with their friends in the audience|
|Papa Noel, you are losing your beard!|
|Alexis thanks, we love you|
|Here is the crowd that came to hear the program…wow!|
|Yes everyone, Santa does know where Peru is!!!!!!|
|President and Sister Marler with Assistant Elder Smith|
|Elder Garcia and Elder Rittcher pose with the Marler's|
|Posing with some of the Elders|
|…and then some of the Hermanas|
So after the show the Chimbote missionaries were rushed to the Chapel near-by to get on the bus for the return trip…but the bus broke down and they waited...
|and at 1:30 am, they gave up and 20 sisters came to the mission home and the Elder's went to a hotel.|
They arrived at 2:00am, tire and worn out, so they found beds, blankets, and a carpeted floor.
|Had a great breakfast of homemade pancakes...|
|Thanks Elders for the eggs, without you there would be no breakfast|