We had a fun family history night with the Villa Union Relief Society here in Cuzco. These are some of the pictures of the great Latter-Saint members in that ward.
|One of many great young Latter-day Saint families in Cuzco.|
|This little girl followed her mother to the Relief Society Activity so we were able to get a mother-daughter picture.|
Off to Quillabamba for Family History
This is one of the hardest places to get to in the Mission, but the district asked us to come and help with a Family History Fair, so here we are on another very long Ampay bus ride. Luckily we had this 6 year-old girl and her toy chicken to entertain us until she fell asleep. She was adorable, and very talkative. She told us about the 20 chickens she has at home and how she was going to Quillabamaba to visit her uncle who has coconut trees, but the coconuts would not be ripe yet. That chicken is a plastic toy chicken that honks when you squeeze it. You can tell these children have an agriculture background when their favorite toy is a plastic honking chicken.
|Quillabamba has the most interesting and beautiful flowers and plants.|
|These leaves fold up like flowers.|
|A couple of men in the park. The one below was pretty beat up. You can't see the dog but he looks like he had a few fights too. Alcoholism is a huge problem here, and it just breaks my heart to see how it affects the lives of so many Peruvian men.|
|Band playing for a funeral.|
We had a Fast meeting while in Quillabamaba and one brother bore testimony about how he was blessed with a new job that paid him the whooping amount of $6.25 a day. He was so happy and so grateful to Heavenly Father for all of his blessings.
|More interesting construction going on.|
|More beautiful flowers.|
|Ice cream anyone? Check out the speaker on top.|
Back on the bus again after three days in Quillabamaba.
The family history fair was a great success thanks to all the people from the district that came to teach each other. Our main responsibility was to recover and open accounts. There were others there teaching indexing and other things. For once we were not in charge, just helping. We had consultants from each of the branches there to help. Of course, familysearch became overloaded and there was a lot of waiting turns for the few computers that could get familysearch, but everyone was patient and a lot was accomplished.
The best part for me was when the District Presidents came to us and we entered their accounts and found they each had a European line, one Spanish and the other Italian. We were able to go back hundreds of years and found over 200 ordinances for each person. One of the presidents is hard of hearing and with my limited Spanish it was challenging, but he is very smart and watched me carefully clean up duplicates and add more records, I think he might be able to do it himself now. He had interviews that he was doing while in the building, but every minute he had between other responsibilities, he would find me and we would look for more ancestors. He was so happy, he had tears streaming down his cheeks as the ordinances just keep popping up. He was telling me a little about his Italian side of the family that had immigrated to Peru. you could tell how much he loved them. The other President must tie into a Royal Spanish line because his went further back than either Lyle or I's lines. Both Presidents were surprised and so, so happy to find their family. Especially when we started the President, with the Italian line, with only he and his mother on his tree.
|Colorful buildings are everywhere. This is a restaurant with an apartment on top.|
|This is where some of the food is cooked at the only bus stop between Cuzco and Quillabamba.|
|Another interesting plant at the bus stop. This is a cactus.|
|Eating a snack while waiting for the bus to leave.|
General Conference with the English-speaking missionaries.
|Standing and singing the hymns.|