Trujillo Peru North Mission

Trujillo Peru North Mission
Amos de la Viña

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

As we finish our last day presiding over the Trujillo North Mission,
Our hearts and minds are filled with thoughts of joy, love, concern, prayer, hope 
and maybe a little uncertainty.
Could we have done more?  Perhaps.
Did we do everything we felt prompted to do?  Yes.
Did we meet and love some of the most wonderful people? Yes
Missionaries, Stake Presidents and their wives, members of the wards, branches,
and the Mission Presidencies and their wives whom we served with. 
Could we have loved the missionaries more?  No.

It was like being parents to 618 to the most wonderful young adults, every day.
Worrying about them, leading them and most importantly, loving them.
It doesn't matter if they are still in the mission or have returned home, we think about them every day.

Could we have worked harder?  
I don't think so, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Charla Fogeneras, proselyting, training missionaries at Multi Zone Conferences, 5 Week Meetings, Interviews, Training New Trainers, Training New Missionaries, leading, guiding and walking beside them each day.  Reading 172-276 letters every week and answering them.  Speaking in 48 Stake Conferences, 14 District Conferences, and 8 Branch Conferences, and various Wards and Branches on our "weekends free."
We loved the Christmas and Easter Programs.
Everything we did was with the focus of inviting people to find Jesus Christ in their lives. 
We experienced holding missionaries whose parents, grandparents,
or other close family and friends passed away.
We were held and supported by them when our grandson, Tyler, passed away.
 We watched a temple be built, and helped to put together chandeliers for the temple,
with our dear friends the Fenn's.
We served with our sisters for the Trujillo Temple open house.
We rejoiced with Elder Uchtdorf at the Cultural Celebration for the temple.
We set up a new mission, Trujillo Peru South, and welcomed our dear friends, President and Sister Rios.
We have enjoyed sharing wonderful missionaries with them.


We toured the mission, and had training meetings with  2 Apostles 
and other General Authorities of the Church.
Our children and grandchildren visited and shared our mission experience
and our missionaries with us.
For our missionaries, it was a chance to meet and love our family.
We are thankful for the sacrifices our family made,
so we could serve without worries from home.
Stefany and Scott came first, we visited the Sierra, ran with Alpaca, and ate the best Peruvian food!
Brian and Tiffany came with their 4 children.  They loved
visiting La Hermalinda, Chicama, and the Huacas de La Liberated.
Kim and Arnie, AJ and Riley came next, loving every minute of their trip,
especially the Paseo de Caballos.
Jenny and Conor were next, they were here for the Trujillo Temple Open House,
and loved being with the missionaries.
Becky and JJ arrived with their five children right after the temple opened.
What fun it was to visit the beach, the Sierra, Ruins and the people we had come to love.
We also went to the temple together to perform baptisms for family members who passed before having the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.

...and of course, I have enjoyed keeping up the Blog, so missionaries,
returned missionaries, parents, grandparents and friends around the world could share in 
this great mission experience.
We have had regular visits on the blog from people from 89 countries,
we presently have about 1500 views each week.
Thank you to all who have loved and prayed for our missionaries.
To those of you who are not members of our Church, we welcome you to learn more, ask someone
in your city, how to find our missionaries, they are ready to teach your about our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Please come, listen, it will bring you great joy to follow the Savior of the World. 
We are thankful for a call from the Lord.
Thanks to all who prayed for us, we felt the strength of the Lord with us every day.
We love you all,
This has been the greatest calling of our lives.