Saturday Feb. 6
After we visited Chokawonka we drove to Puno where we stayed the night. When we planned this trip we forgot that it was Carnaval. Carnaval is a big celebration they have every year right before Lent. They have parades of dancers with elaborate costumes and bands in full dress and shiny instruments. It lasts for several days and we arrived right in the middle of it. They decorate the streets with flower petals and confetti. They have balloons on the windows, doors, cars, everywhere - even in the graveyards.
When we arrived back in Puno we set up at the Stake Center and started working. We were so busy with all the people that came that we had 5 computers going non-stop until late at night. It was great because it was a rainy night with Carnavel going on in the background - a great reason not to go out to do family history. There was also a miscommunication and the Elders didn't know until we arrived the day before that we were coming. The Elders and Sisters were awesome. They rounded up all the people they could for us and they helped the people enter in their information and helped me with translation. We are going to have to return to Puno, there is still a lot of people asking for our help, and the missionaries are finding more people all the time. We are trying to get the newly baptized ready to take names to the temple as soon as possible. We have found that when that happens, they are strengthened and stay active. I think it is because they receive help from the family members they have done the Temple work for. Our work is to help the missionaries get their converts and reactivated member to the Temple to do work for their families. We love working with the missionaries.