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Piura
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We are disciples of Jesus Christ called to serve in the Peru Piura Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Peru Piura Mission Journal

This is the mission journal of Dan and Shauna Rasmussen and their missionary service in the Peru Piura Mission for the LDS (Mormon) Church. 

Three Observations

Daniel Rasmussen

Lots of rain

Lots of rain

So this is the deal. It does not rain in Northern Peru. The prior Mission President indicated that he had seen it sprinkle about 3 times in 3 years. As a result, this part of Peru is NOT prepared for rain. The drainage systems are woefully inadequate. The paved streets are not built to sustain much water. The homes are often constructed of water permeable materials. And then..... IT RAINED. And rained. And rained. The streets flooded. Houses were swept away. Roads became obstacle courses as potholes developed that were larger than some cars. And the worst part, the sewers backed up into the streets everywhere. Can I just say, disgusting. I was able to remain uncontaminated myself, but my missionaries.... What do servants of the Lord do when the  floods come? They roll up their sleeves (and sometimes their pants), they open their hearts and they go forth to serve. They wade into the brown waters and do the dirty work that is so needed. They haul people's belongings from one compromised structure to a less compromised structure. They help others to schlepp 'mud' (a euphemism) and water out of homes. Some of the missionaries actually re-build houses for people. My amazing munecos did not think of themselves, but rather 'poured' themselves into the service of their fellowmen. It is just as well that I was unaware of everything that was happening until after the fact. I may have freaked out. But now that it is all said and done, I am one proud Mama Osa! 

There are no better people on the planet than the people of Peru. All of our associations with them have been wonderful. We have made new friends who have opened their homes and their hearts to us. I am especially impressed with the natural spirituality of the Peruvians. They speak easily about their belief in Jesus Christ. They do not hesitate to share the Good News. I will be a better person for having known them.

This whole Mormon mission gig is one of the most miraculous occurrences that I have ever witnessed. It could not happen in 400+ missions around the world without the hand of the Lord. The logistics of moving 73,000 missionaries around the globe, arranging for their accommodations, and providing some basic training are staggering. And that is just the beginning of the miracle. These amazing souls not only volunteer to serve a mission for from 18 to 24 months, but most of them, with the help of their parents, financially provide for themselves. How does this happen? It happens because the Lord's hand is in this work. I witness the miracles every day. My heart is full witnessing the change in my darling missionaries as they arrive with willing hearts, serve wholeheartedly, and complete their missions with Christ's name written on their hearts. Mission accomplished.

Chao for now.



#YolandaIsEverything #PiuraVida

A service day (before it rained)

A service day (before it rained)

Their enthusiasm knows no bounds.

Their enthusiasm knows no bounds.

December came one day and was gone the next!

Daniel Rasmussen

Hand made Christmas ornaments from the elders and sisters!

Hand made Christmas ornaments from the elders and sisters!

December came one day and was gone the next!  Chronologically:

-We had five Christmas parties in five days in the mission home. Each party had between 40 and 45 missionaries in attendance, started at noon and ended at nine. We played silly games, ate a big lunch including banana splits, had a devotional with Christmas music and testimonies (and the Christmas videos featured on this website), watched the traditional “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and finished with hot chocolate and pastries. By the way, the missionaries LOVED that old black and white movie. We showed it in Spanish in one room and English in another. They were riveted the entire time…. Laughed, cried and cheered. It was an exhausting week, but I loved every minute of it. YOLANDA. I would be in a straight jacket curled up in a corner if not for Saint Yolanda.

Highlight: Each of the missionaries made an ornament (which included their picture) for me. They are spectacular! I hung them around the living room and enjoyed them all through the holidays. I will love them forever…. The ornaments and the missionaries!

-Transfers were next. This bitter/sweet event is becoming increasingly bitter. We said goodbye to some fabulous missionaries. It was especially difficult for me to see Elder Soto go home. He was our Assistant for six months. He was a great missionary, good friend, and terrific translator. Yes, saying goodbye can be bitter. But there is no time to mourn because the new ones arrive the next morning…. .and thus, the sweet.

-Camille. That is all. My Christmas was complete. We hired a driver to take me to Chiclayo to retrieve Camille after she completed her mission. I spent the next ten days following her around! She is perfect and I am so grateful that she is mine.

-Leadership Counsel was the next event. I loved having Camille participate in that meeting. We love showing off our missionaries to our family and showing off our family to the missionaries.

- Christmas Day was a typically funny day in Piura. To start with, we had no electricity. Thankfully, we do have a generator. It sounds a bit like a threshing machine. (Honestly, I have never heard a threshing machine, but I imagine that a threshing machine would sound a lot like our generator.) Unfortunately, the generator does not bring electricity to our air conditioners. It is summer in Piura (the City of Eternal Heat). I want to complain here, but if any of my missionaries were to read this, they would not feel at all sorry for me. They spend their entire missions without enjoying air conditioning. So I shall hold my tongue. The other modern appliance that the generator does not supply is the oven. Thankfully, the internet provided suggestions on how to cook a turkey on the stovetop. We ultimately enjoyed a delicious Christmas feast with sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce. (Thanks to Tina and other wonderful friends from home who sent spices and ingredients for our feast.) The office elders joined us for Christmas dinner.

-Camille left for home the day after Christmas. ‘Tis sad but true. She spent a few days in California with the family and then left for Provo/BYU. I still sort of follow her around by texting every day.

-What a blessed time of year. What a joy it is to celebrate the birth and life of our Savior Jesus Christ while serving a mission. How sweet it is to connect with loved ones far and near. Happy New Year everyone!

We  let everyone join in our reindeer games.

We  let everyone join in our reindeer games.

Everyone enjoyed the Christmas spirit, eating flamed broiled chicken, fries, and ice cold Inca Cola on a warm summer day.

Everyone enjoyed the Christmas spirit, eating flamed broiled chicken, fries, and ice cold Inca Cola on a warm summer day.

It is a wonderful life!

It is a wonderful life!

Reunited . . . for about ten days.  But at least now there are texts and FaceTime.

Reunited . . . for about ten days.  But at least now there are texts and FaceTime.

Turkey dinner on Christmas Day!

Turkey dinner on Christmas Day!