Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2/24/14 Pics!

Annoucement for Dallon and Nikki! 
Marilins Baptism!! 
Pajamie time..with our cooool peru pants!! 
My comp and I in the plaza de armas!

2/24/2014 Email

From: Camille Weller [mailto:camille.weller@myldsmail.net]
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 10:02 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley;

 First off Congrats to Chris and Amy!!! looks like the house will be full of babies when i get home(: i love it!!

Well monday we played soccer with another zone and i had a little thought as we played.. at first i was playing defense... just kind of chillin in the back and not really doing much... then as the time went by i decided i wanted to really play.. so instead of waiting for the ball to come to me.. i went after the ball and started to play as hard as i could.. when i did that i realized i was playing pretty good! the elders started to pass to me and we were killing it, then after about five minutes of this it was time to leave... i was so sad because i had just started to get the hang of it and actually play... as we left i started to relate that experience to life and to my mission.. i dont want to get to the last month or transfer and then start to work as hard as i can... i know that if i did that i would feel like i did when we had to quit playing soccer.. like if i would have played that way the whole time it would have been so much better. Sometimes i think we wait for the ball to come to us in life instead of going after it! We should be positive.. hard working.. and always go after the things we want in life and do those things we know will help us to become better people.... theres a little bit of my thoughts from monday(: 

So much happend this week with Hna Marilin. She was doing so good and had her interview planned for wednesday.. then she didnt show up and when we went to visit her she wouldnt talk to us and then she turned her phone off.. so we pretty much gave up on her and decided that if she wanted to be baptized she would talk to us... then thursday i got some letters from hna jacobson to hand out here in Graficos and one of them was to her... so we decided to go drop it off.. when we went there her daughter answered the door and said that they were praying that we would come... Marilin was crying and told us that she basically has nothing... her store is getting shut down.. shes losing her house shes building and has no money... she told us about a dream she had and then said that she wanted to be baptized.... we kind of just looked at her for a minute when she said that and then said.. are you sure?? haha she started smiling and said that no matter what she wanted to be baptized.. she knew it was the right thing to do and she is ready to start her new life. .. man i  just adore this woman.. she works so hard to provide for her 2 daughters..alone.. and has been through so much.. i also thought alot about how she truly had to be humbled before she would turn to the lord... thats a good lesson to learn.. we shouldnt wait to have to be humbled before we turn to the Lord and do his will. Her baptism was amazing.. she has such a desire to do whats right and to change her life... and im so excited to see what happens with her in the future. (:

This week were planning everything for hna nancy and German! theyre going to be married and then nancy and her two daughters are going to get baptized! should be a busy and fun week(:

Since were planning a wedding weve been talking with them and thinking a lot about the importance of marraige. in sacrament one of the members gave a talk about marraige.. and how Satan tempted adam and eve when they were seperated... and how important it is to always be together.. to be a team.. to work as one and to always be on the same page as spouses.. im not married but i know that this is true.. 

"As a hasband and wife are each drawn to the Lord, as they learn to serve and cherish one another, as they share life experiences adn grow together and become one, as they are blessed through the uniting of their distinctive natures, they begin to realize the fulfillment that our Heavenly Father desires for His childresn. ultimate happiness, which is the very object fo teh Fathers plan, is recieved through the making and honoring of eternal marraige covenants." a quote i found by Elder David Bednar that i love!

The family of the couple we live with has been here for a week.. their kids all come to stay with them for a week each year... one week a year is how many times they get together!! That makes me so greatfull that our family gets together so often and i know that truly it is worth all the work that goes into it (mostly from grandma(: ) so keep it up family!! there is nothing more important!!

Well this week i have an anouncement to make for October of this year......... youll have to look at the pictures to see what is is but its something im very very excited about!!!! (:

i know that this church is true... that our heavenly father loves us and knows our needs!!

Love you all thank you so much for your support, love, and prayers!!! Hurrah hurrah hurrah for Isreal!!! (:


Hermana Weller (: 


2/17/14 Pictures!

Everyone at the Baptism! 
We got a Cell Phone!!! 
Our new friend(: 
Our pensionista with her plaque on!!
(:we love her. 
Pretty view in our area! 
The daughter of our pensionista!!

2/17/14 Email!

From: Camille Weller [mailto:camille.weller@myldsmail.net]
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 9:54 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley;
Subject: Charidad y amor(:


Well another crazy week here in Graficos! We´ve been getting everything ready for the wedding of our investigators and still have to get some papers so it might have to wait until the next week but either way were hopefull everything will work out! We had Ians baptism on saturday and it went perfect! There was a ton of his friends there and one of his friends from the ward baptized him, (his first baptism) which was such a tender moment to watch(: His mom also came and were hoping she will let us teach her and her other daughter too(: We met with antonio this week and got some bad news.. his wife doesnt want him to have anything to do with us or the church and told him he had to choose between the mormons or her...so theres not much we can do but pray for him and hope that she will soften her heart.. still makes us sad because he was one of our favorites and is so awesome!! in his prayer before we left he prayed that heavenly father would help his wife to understand so that he could learn more... sometimes we just have to remember that Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of his children and that as misionaries were just here to be instraments in his hands. We did get some good news too this week... we got cell phones!!!! well one per area! before we would carry around a huge land lineish phone haha but now it will be easier to call our investigators and for them to call us! The whole mission got them and were all happy campers(: Aside from all that were just working hard and trying to do our best.. i talked in church yesterday and talked about the pure love of christ and about charity in honor of Valentines day(: If we truly understand the love that our savior has for us and gives us constantly.. our desire to show that love to others will grow.. i cant think of a better way to show our love than to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all those around us. To be good examples.. to Give service to others and truly look for the good in every one we come in contact with. Heres some scriptures i used..


Moroni 7: 47 But acharity is the pure blove of Christ, and it endurethcforever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

Either 12: 34 And now I know that this alove which thou hast had for the children of men is charity; wherefore, except men shall have charity they cannot inherit that place which thou hast prepared in the mansions of thy Father.


The pure love of christ is Charity... something that one of my leaders taught us in the MTC is that we should pray for charity everyday.. its one of the things we should strive to have as one of our personal attributes. 

well i love you all and hope that all is well up there!!!! (: 


Hermana Weller

2/10/14 Pictures

Tuesday night celebration with Hna Robinson
and the familia Gameros! 
21 in Peru!!! 
All of us at the service project! 
After math of the egg and flour bath(: 
Us with the Familia Gameros...
well the kids at least(: 
Birthday Party!! 
Fernandos Baptism 
Jaquelyns Baptism!!

2/10/14 Email!

From: Camille Weller [mailto:camille.weller@myldsmail.net]
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 9:35 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley;
Subject: 21 IN PERU(:


what a crazy long, amazing week!!!.. hey im 21!!! whooooooo!! ive got to say that this week and my birthday was probably the best ive had yet! I wish i could have spent it with my family and friends but i truly felt like i had my family here and felt the love of all those around me! 

Tuesday we found out that our district leader and our zone leader were both getting emergency transfered to become zone leader and asistent to the president... it was so sad, they were both the 2 that me and my companion looked up to the most but hey, i guess they were needed somewhere else! President came to tell us and to talk to us and afterwards they surprised me with a cake for my birthday which made things a little better(: And of course they did the whole take a little bite.. and then they shove the cake in your face.. gotta love peru(: After that we had divisions with our sister training leaders and i got to stay in my area with hna robinson, we had such a fun, spiritual day and i loved learning from her and learning what i can  improve on! We ended the day with the Gameros family, a family that one of the sons is a member but the rest of the family no... not yet(: they seriously treat us like family, when we got there they had made all sorts of snacks and cake and they sang to me and everything.. i just love them and hope they will accept the gospel into their family soon(: 

Wednesday... BIRTHDAY DAYYYYY i woke up and got to open a card and present hna jacobson sent me... love and miss her so much!! and then we went to meet at the church to end divisions and meet with the elders to go to the service project.. my companion had made a happy birthday sign.. so cute(: then we went to the property of hna marilyn to help her paint and move some rocks! It was a ton of fun and of course i got to have my birthday celebrated the peruvian way... getting eggs smashed on your head and then flour dumped on you.. hahaha but i love it and we all had such a fun time helping her!  then after we went home and showered out all of the egg shells... we went to visit a less active who made us a yummy dinner, then we went and visited antonio, one of our investigators who had bought pop and cake for us, then we went again to the Gameros family who gave us ice cream and candy  then when we got home my companion and our pensionista had planned a big surprise birthday party with the ward and our investigators without me knowing! It was so cute!!! now can you see why i felt so loved?? i have the best companion and ward and friends here in Graficos and they made my birthday so great!! I dont think ill ever forget my 21st birthday her in peru, serving my savior and the prople here in Arequipa(:

Thursday we got good and bad news.. Nancy and her 2 daughters told us they wanted to wait until march to get baptized so their grandparents could be here.. BUT we met with Jaquelyn, who we met on sunday and she told us she wanted to be baptized... that saturday.. (: Her twin and her moved her a couple weeks ago but had been assisting in another city for about 5 months, her twin was baptized before they moved but she wanted to wait til they got her.. what i miracle! Also the mom of Fabricio finally let us in her house to teach her!!! were excited about that(:

Friday we got to help our pensionista Hna Debbie go to the market and buy the food for this month.. that place reminded me that im in peru(: they sell fruit and vegetables in huge boxes and there is sooo much!!!! ill have to take a picture one day! But yeah, we are eating gourmet here, she is such a good cook and knows what we as missionaries like because she was in our shoes,, so no more worrying about food(: now were going to start worrying about me getting fat(: haha

Saturday we had Fernandos baptism! It went really good even though there was hardly anyone there, and his testimony was so good!!! 

Sunday we ended up having Jaquelyns baptism because her mom could only be in town that day but it was awesome!!! we had a ton of the ward there and yeah, it was perfect! (: Then we met with Nancy and her family and they said they didnt want to wait until march.. they want to be baptized this saturday.. but theres just one problem.. we found out their not married.. .so guess what.. im planning another wedding!!!! YAAYYY(: no im actually really excited to help them! were going today to look into everything they need to see if its possible to do it this week or the next! So as you can see were FULL with work here in Graficos and we love it! (: Although at the begining of the week i was feeling way overwhelmed with all the things we have to do.. hna robinson helped me so much and she shared this scripture that i wanted to share with you all..
14 And I will also ease the aburdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand asbwitnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their cafflictions.

 15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord didastrengthen them that they could bear up their bburdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with cpatience to all the will of the Lord.

 16 And it came to pass that so great was their faith and their patience that the voice of the Lord came unto them again, saying: Be of good comfort, for on the morrow I will deliver you out of bondage.

I kept telling myself when this week is over well get a little break.. or when this transfer ends ill get to rest a bit or when i finish my mission life will be easier or when im married ill be able to relax.. but i know that thats not true. We will always have something to be doing or be worried about. we will always have challenges and difficulties that we have to overcome.. we will be tried and tested and tried and tested all throughout our lives to show our faith and confidence in the Lord. THe only way we can feel peace and comfort no matter what comes our way is if we give our burdons to the Savior.. Let him take them from us.. he has already paid the debt.. all we have to do is turn to him... "submit cheerfully and with patience to ALL the will of the Lord. " The only one who can help us when we feel overwhelmed or discouraged is our Heavenly Father and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Turn to him.. Let him help you and be "patient in thy afflictions" He loves us and wants us to be happy and at peace(: heres some parts from the talk " iwill not fail thee, nor forsake thee" by president Thomas S Monson
The history of the Church in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times, is replete with the experiences of those who have struggled and yet who have remained steadfast and of good cheer. The reason? They have made the gospel of Jesus Christ the center of their lives. This is what will pull us through whatever comes our way. We will still experience difficult challenges, but we will be able to face them, to meet them head-on, and to emerge victorious.From the bed of pain, from the pillow wet with tears, we are lifted heavenward by that divine assurance and precious promise: “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”7 Such comfort is priceless.

We know that there are times when we will experience heartbreaking sorrow, when we will grieve, and when we may be tested to our limits. However, such difficulties allow us to change for the better, to rebuild our lives in the way our Heavenly Father teaches us, and to become something different from what we were—better than we were, more understanding than we were, more empathetic than we were, with stronger testimonies than we had before.
This should be our purpose—to persevere and endure, yes, but also to become more spiritually refined as we make our way through sunshine and sorrow. Were it not for challenges to overcome and problems to solve, we would remain much as we are, with little or no progress toward our goal of eternal life. The poet expressed much the same thought in these words:
Good timber does not grow with ease,

The stronger wind, the stronger trees.

The further sky, the greater length.

The more the storm, the more the strength.

By sun and cold, by rain and snow,

In trees and men good timbers grow.8

Only the Master knows the depths of our trials, our pain, and our suffering. He alone offers us eternal peace in times of adversity. He alone touches our tortured souls with His comforting words:“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”9Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, He is with us. He has promised that this will never change.My brothers and sisters, may we have a commitment to our Heavenly Father that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives. We should not need to experience difficulties for us to remember Him, and we should not be driven to humility before giving Him our faith and trust.May we ever strive to be close to our Heavenly Father. To do so, we must pray to Him and listen to Him every day. We truly need Him every hour, whether they be hours of sunshine or of rain. May His promise ever be our watchword: “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”10With all the strength of my soul, I testify that God lives and loves us, that His Only Begotten Son lived and died for us, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ is that penetrating light which shines through the darkness of our lives. 

 Love you all so much!! thank you for all of the birthday wishes and for all of your prayers!! HAppy valentines day on Friday for all of you lovers!! Also happy Bday on Saturday Jacy! someone smash an egg on her head for me(: 
Que Tengan una semana Marvillosaaaaaaa(:

Hermana Weller(:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

2/3/2014 PICS

When they tell me something isnt spicy...
and then laugh because it is and Im white 
My little friend I met at the park...so cute!! 
us with one of our favorite members!! Nadia..
shes so great!! 
Wierd fruit here in Peru!! they call it snot fruit..
well in spanish its mocos..(: Yummmm 
Fabricos Baptism!! 

2/3/2014 Email

From: Camille Weller [mailto:camille.weller@myldsmail.net]
Sent: Monday, February 03, 2014 9:35 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley;
Subject: Existen Los Milagros (:


What an amazing and emotional week! First off i want to share a scripture i found earlier this week that i absolutely love. If i could share it with everyone i know and care about i would! Its Alma 13:27-29

 27 And now, my brethren, I awish from the inmost part of my heart, yea, with great banxiety even unto pain, that ye would hearken unto my words, and cast off your sins, and notcprocrastinate the day of your repentance;

 28 But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and awatch and pray continually, that ye may not be btempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be cled by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, dmeek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering;

 29 aHaving faith on the Lord; having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life; having the blove of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his crest.

ITS SO GOOD(: I shared it alot this week with some of our investigators and wanted to share it with my family and friends as well. My favorite part is "having the love of God always in your hearts..." if we truly have the love of God in our hearts we will want to be obedient.. we will serve others.. we wont get discoureged our get down on our selves because we know that We have a loving heavenly Father...something i needed to hear later on in the week...that story comes later. (: 

Well Marylin, the mom of Laskmy, committed to a baptismal date finally!! And we have seen such a change in her this week.. she said she wants to be baptized but still has some doubts.. so were going to help her and hopefully all will work out(: Also we are planning to do a service project wednesday for her.. and for my Birthday(: Nancy and her two daughters are getting baptized this saturday along with Fernando. Nancy is so great.. i love her. and i know that her son.. that is on his mission will be so happy when his family is baptized!We met a 14 year old a couple weeks ago and he always comes to church but sneaks out before we can talk to him.. this sunday we caught him and had a lesson with him.. He has a rough life...and it  seems like he got into the wrong croud.. but he told us that he wants to change..that he loves the way he feels when hes at church and that he wants to be like the boys that are his friends in the church.. Im learning more and more how important the examples of the youth are. A bunch of the youth from our ward went to EFY this past week and came back with such a strong spirit, almost all of them got up  and bore their testimonies in sacrament and man.. i dont think i stopped crying the whole hour.. they will all make such good missionaries one day!! 

okay now for my favorite part of the week..monday we ran into a member who said that Fabricio.. a grandson of one of the recent converts in the ward wanted to be baptized and wanted us to meet with him as soon as possible.. so monday night we went and got to know him and taught him.. Hes been coming to church with his grandma for a while know and as we taught him throughout the week we saw just how strong this young boy is. He is 10 years old and his mom wants  nothing to do with the church.. but he told us that he read the book of mormon and knows this is the true church and that he wanted to be baptized saturday... so we made it happen and had his baptism on saturday! It was sad because his WHOLE family went to the beach for the weekend... but he didnt, he told his mom that he wasnt going that he wanted to be baptized.. What a tough little guy!! He seriously amazes me! His baptism was soo awesome.. the spirit was so strong.. especially when he bore his testimony and said that one day he hoped his family too would join the Church of Jesus Christ(:  man miracles exist..

Sunday we were 30 minutes into sacrament meeting and Fabricio hadnt showed up yet to get confirmed... so naturally we were both feeling pretty down..then a member got up and bore his testimony that God loves us and cares about us... something that we hear in testimony meeting all the time but this time i really felt it.. God loves us and knows us.. He will always love us.. and even though we will still pass through hard times that doesnt mean that he doesnt care about us... i was reminded of a quote by Jeffrey R. Holland that i have hung up above my desk ".. in a resurrected, otherwise perfected body, our Lord has chosen to retain for the benefit of his disciples the wounds in his hands and his feel and his sides.. Signs.. if you will, that painful things happen even to the pure and perfect. Signs, if you will, that pain in this world is NOT evidence that God doesnt love you..." Wow.. what a powerful statement. 45 minutes into sacrament meeting Fabricio.. AND his mom walked in.. and they were able to do the confirmation. God loves us, He cares, and difficulties or pain in this life does not mean he doesnt love us... 

Im excited for this week, we have lots of work to do and.. of course i will be turning 21 on wednesday!! Who would of thought that i would be on a mission when i turned 21.. not me(: in celebration of my turning 21 i would like to share my testimony.. i know that our Savior lives, and Loves us and i know that change IS possible.. If we believe in him and his power to help us we can change and over come anything in this life,  and that the only true happiness and inner peace can only be found in the Gospel Of Jesus Christ.. I know that The atonement is real.. and our Heavenly FAther is always willing to forgive us if we will humble ourselves and repent. The book of mormon is the word of God, and Joseph Smith was a true profet of God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is the one and only true church here on this earth.. It is the church of Jesus Christ and he directs it. I love this gospel.. and i love sharing it here with the people of Peru! I pray that each one of you will always remember that you are a son or daughter of God.. He knows you.. he knows your needs, wants, problems, desires, everything.. and he LOVES you. 
Have an amazing week!!! Les Amo!!!!!(: 
Hermana Weller (: