Friday, December 30, 2016

Week 15 - Huancayo, Peru (Merry Christmas!)

Hola everyone!

Feliz Navidad! 

This week was tough for lessons because everyone seemed to be so busy with their families or traveling.  Friday morning we got a call from our zone leaders that I would be replacing a hermana to sing in central Huancayo in front of a giant group of people like 500 or more. We went to go to practice that afternoon.  I had to memorize a few songs in spanish, learn parts and then perform that night. It was frightening! I have only sung in public a few times, so I had to do a lot of praying for help haha. Saturday night we also performed at Open Plaza (like a mall) and it was actually way fun!  Afterwards, we got to go to presidents house for Christmas eve dinner!  Christmas day we had church for an hour and then we got to skype!!  

I am so grateful for this Christmas season, and I know that being here on a mission sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ is the best way I really could be spending it.  Even though I was terrified to sing in front of people, I felt a peace as I sang because I know that I was sharing a very important message.

I hope you all had a great Christmas!! Love you all!

Love, Hermana Jensen
my companion, hermana Torres.

Sister Schmid and me.

performing skits on excuses people use to avoid letting us in the door.  haha

Christmas eve dinner at the mission home.

Sister Spitale and me

Dance party skype for me from the family on Christmas day.

Trying to mimick dad's first Christmas photo as a missionary in Switzerland.

Christmas morning (wearing Jamie's skirt and Miriam's scarf)

Sarah's gift - "Olaf"

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Week 14 - Huancayo, Peru

Dear friends and family,

I do not know if I have a ton of time to write, but I do have lots of pictures!!!  I will be sending those. 

This week I went to Lima!  I went with a group of people to get our visas and it was way fun. We stayed in a super nice hotel and ate so much food haha including pizza!  We went to the temple and got to visit the CCM too. It was nice to have a few days to relax.  

Saturday we had two baptisms - one for Mayumi and one for Wendy. They were so amazing. Mayumi finally got permission from her mom and she has been coming to church forever. Hermana Spitale got to come and it was such a special moment to see Mayumi be baptized, something that she has been waiting for for so long. Then Wendy got baptized!  She is such a wonderful person with such a strong testimony, I loved hearing the testimonies of both of them. This week it just really hit me how amazing this work is. And how fun it is! I feel more excited to work and I really do love teaching people about the gospel.  Merry Christmas!

bus ride from Huancayo to Lima

Pizza Hut
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Lima, Peru temple
with CCM President and wife

Fancy hotel with spa

Trip to Lima with Hermana Dymock

 Baptism day for Mayumi

Hermana Spitale and I
Baptism day for Wendy

 Mayumi's (16) baptism

Such a happy day!!
Wendy's baptism (23)


Maria Isabel - our current investigator

Sarah is getting her mission call soon