Tuesday, June 17, 2014

6/16/2014 Pictures!!!

Swedish fish..best day ever! 
Homemade chocolate chip cookies..YUM! 

Our first Baptism in Chivay! 

Victors Big Day! 
Beautiful White Morning! 
My cutest l ittle friend...love him!!! 
Cheering Junior on! 
Making the games with an audia 
Cutting the Alpaca meat..Yum... 
Learning how to make aji de gallina, yum!! 
Chillin in the streets of Yanque! 
On our way to Yanque!

6/16/2014 Email

From: Camille Weller [mailto:camille.weller@myldsmail.net]
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2014 11:43 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley;

Subject: Feliz Dia De Padre!

First things first, happy fathers day to all those padres out there, and all those future padres as well (: Yesterday was kind of cool because we got to focus on the most important father we have which is our Heavenly Father. I feel lucky and blessed to be able to serve Him in this time and to become closer to Him as well. Well this week was probably the most interesting week ive had so far, things just keep getting better! haha i should have been more carefull when i told Hna Stone on monday that nothing super exciting has happened to us in a while.. careful what you wish for. haha 

Monday we had our FHE with the branch, one of the investigators offered to have it at her house and it ended up only having one room so we all just piled in there and had a good time(: fifteen people in one room.. felt like a big family!
Tuesday we had district meeting and i had to teach a little lesson about charity. That one always seems to bite me in the butt. I used President Monsons talk "love- the essence of the gospel" from last conference and i learned so much(ill probably share some quotes in a minute). Charity is sometimes really hard but if we turn to the Savior to help us develop this attribute it will come little by little. This is what preach my gospel says about it..
"Charity is a gift from God. The prophet Mormon said that we should “pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that [we] may be filled with this love” (Moroni 7:48). As you follow this counsel and strive to do righteous works, your love for all people will increase, especially those among whom you labor. You will come to feel a sincere concern for the eternal welfare and happiness of other people. You will see them as children of God with the potential of becoming like our Heavenly Father, and you will labor in their behalf. You will avoid negative feelings such as anger, envy, lust, or covetousness. You will avoid judging others, criticizing them, or saying negative things about them. You will try to understand them and their points of view. You will be patient with them and try to help them when they are struggling or discouraged. Charity, like faith, leads to action. You will develop charity as you look for opportunities to serve others and give of yourself."

Anyways thats somthing me and my companion are working on right now! and i still remember a challenge we recieved in the MTC to pray for charity every single day of our lives.. i truly think that has helped me in my mission to pray for that and to remember how important charity is.

Wednesday we went to a nearby town called YANQUE, one of our favorites(: we went and had lunch with a member that lives there but usually is in arequipa! She made us aji de gallina.. probably my favorite peruvian dish... so yummy! Her and her husband are so awesome! Her husband has really bad perkinsons disease but still goes to church every week. Such a cool example of enduring to the end and giving all we can to the gospel. That night we had mutual and were supposed to have the youth learn how to make a dinner but they all ended up going to a talent show that a school had so me and Hna stone learned how to make a peruvian alpaca lasagna thing..  then they all came later and ate and hung out... i guess thats better than not showing up! were moving forward people haha

Thursday we had weekly planning, always a good time, and then did a service project for one of our investigators.. well theres actually 2 but there twins so its kind of like one.. anyways their opening up probably the nicest appartment building here in chivay so we helped them paint and clean and got to feel like we were back in the states for a couple hours. then it was back to the real world of chivay.. we visitied Brendas dad Angel to see if he had softened his heart at all and basically he just kept asking a bunch of pointless questions like did we come from God or apes, and if Jesus had a family and kids, and why people are black and all sorts of off the wall questions but somehow we taught him the whole restoration and were hoping that he learned something.. at the end we asked Hna Brenda to share what she thought and the first thing she said was "i want to be baptized. " then her dad immediately resonded "with time" and then found an excuse to leave and thats where were at..were kind of frusterated because she is so awesome and ready to be baptized but were just trying to be patient and trust in the Lord and in His timing. 

Friday was the craziest day ever! first off in the morning my companion got pretty much robbed 50 soles.. that was a fun time trying to tell the lady that she gave her the wrong change... anyways that was a good lesson on patience.. im telling ya.. dont pray for charity or patience if you dont want to be faced with the experiences that will help you gain that.. haha

then we had our big game night that was AWESOME we had a ton of little kids and youth that came and so we split it into 2 parts, the first hour was for the kids and then after that was for the youth and adults. we had a ping pong tournament.. me and hna stone almost won.. then we had a bunch of minute to win it sort of games, everyone was so into it it was a blast. Then that night we had a pretty intense experience which i cant really share but nothing happened to us missionaries we just had to help out some members with some stuff.. all which made for a night of practically no sleep. but then came...

Saturday! we had our first baptism as a companionship here in Chivay!! Victor finally got baptized and insisted on doing it at 6:30 in the morning... you gotta do what ya gotta do right??? It actually turned out really cool! Him and Edith one of the elders investigators both got baptized and we did it at the hot springs pools here so the water was super hot for them.. the only downside was the three people swimming in the pool... awkward. But besides that we had quite the beautiful white morning (: It was so cool because you can just see the new light that has come into his eyes. I love that about the gospel, it brings a new joy and happiness to people that most of the time they didnt know they were missing. I just love this Gospel!  Afterwards we went and made breakfast.. Egg, hotdog, mayonese sandwiches... gotta love peru! (: Then we had the movie night at the church and made chocolate chip cookies... best idea ever!! tasted like home(:

Sunday was a good day, like all sundays(: Victor and Edith got confirmed at church and then we got to teach primary again... definately learning patience there (: then our branch counsel was awesome! we talked about a bunch of callings that are going to be filled this week and we all just got even more excited to watch this little branch get more stabalized. We also had a mirace to our prayers about priesthood here, a random guy came to church today.. come to find out he had moved away a couple years ago but just moved back and is already ordained an Elder and is awesome! Miracles do happen(:

This week went by so fast.. it seems like each day goes by faster and faster. Ive been reading and studying the book Jesus the Christ and this week couldnt put it down.. every spare minute i had i picked it up, i got to read about the crusifixion and resurection and everything inbetween.. i have loved reading this book and this part made me love it even more.. i felt like i was there.. like i saw the whole thing and it has given me such an apreciation, even more than i had, for the sacrifice he made for us.. for all that he went through and experienced.. i cant even explain how greatful i am for his love for us.. the love that i feel each and everyday not only the love He has for me but the love that he has for each one of heavenly fathers children. i think it was cool that i read both that and studied charity because i think they go hand in hand. our Savior was the perfect example of Charity and love, and if we truly love him we will try to show that same love and charity to our fellow brothers and sisters. Here are some of my favorite parts of President Monsons talk.. sorry if theres a lot but its all so good! (:

We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey. Likewise, we cannot fully love our fellowmen if we do not love God, the Father of us all. The Apostle John tells us, “This commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”3 We are all spirit children of our Heavenly Father and, as such, are brothers and sisters. As we keep this truth in mind, loving all of God’s children will become easier.

Actually, love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our Exemplar. His life was a legacy of love. The sick He healed; the downtrodden He lifted; the sinner He saved. At the end the angry mob took His life. And yet there rings from Golgotha’s hill the words: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”4—a crowning expression in mortality of compassion and love.

There are many attributes which are manifestations of love, such as kindness, patience, selflessness, understanding, and forgiveness. In all our associations, these and other such attributes will help make evident the love in our hearts.

Every day of our lives we are given opportunities to show love and kindness to those around us. Said President Spencer W. Kimball: “We must remember that those mortals we meet in parking lots, offices, elevators, and elsewhere are that portion of mankind God has given us to love and to serve. It will do us little good to speak of the general brotherhood of mankind if we cannot regard those who are all around us as our brothers and sisters.”6

To my mind come the words of the scripture: “Charity is the pure love of Christ, … and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.”8

Brothers and sisters, some of our greatest opportunities to demonstrate our love will be within the walls of our own homes. Love should be the very heart of family life, and yet sometimes it is not. There can be too much impatience, too much arguing, too many fights, too many tears. Lamented President Gordon B. Hinckley: “Why is it that the [ones] we love [most] become so frequently the targets of our harsh words? Why is it that [we] sometimes speak as if with daggers that cut to the quick?”9 The answers to these questions may be different for each of us, and yet the bottom line is that the reasons do not matter. If we would keep the commandment to love one another, we must treat each other with kindness and respect.

Of course there will be times when discipline needs to be meted out. Let us remember, however, the counsel found in the Doctrine and Covenants—namely, that when it is necessary for us to reprove another, we afterward show forth an increase of love.10

I would hope that we would strive always to be considerate and to be sensitive to the thoughts and feelings and circumstances of those around us. Let us not demean or belittle. Rather, let us be compassionate and encouraging. We must be careful that we do not destroy another person’s confidence through careless words or actions.

Forgiveness should go hand in hand with love. In our families, as well as with our friends, there can be hurt feelings and disagreements. Again, it doesn’t really matter how small the issue was. It cannot and should not be left to canker, to fester, and ultimately to destroy. Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals.

Love is expressed in many recognizable ways: a smile, a wave, a kind comment, a compliment. Other expressions may be more subtle, such as showing interest in another’s activities, teaching a principle with kindness and patience, visiting one who is ill or homebound. These words and actions and many others can communicate love.

Dale Carnegie, a well-known American author and lecturer, believed that each person has within himself or herself the “power to increase the sum total of [the] world’s happiness … by giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged.” Said he, “Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”12

May we begin now, this very day, to express love to all of God’s children, whether they be our family members, our friends, mere acquaintances, or total strangers. As we arise each morning, let us determine to respond with love and kindness to whatever might come our way.

Well he says it better than i ever could... i know that being kind and loving is very important and that a lot of our brothers and sisters that we pass by everyday need words of encouragment and love.. as a missionary that is what we do all day long.. but as sons and daughters of God and part of this big heavenly family it is our duty to help our brothers and sisters on this sometimes trying journey. I love this Gospel, and i love my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ, the best way i can show that is through service and charity to others. So my challenge this week to you all is to pray each day for charity and to look for oportunities to show it (: 

Have an amazing week!!!! 


Hermana Weller

6/9/2014 Pictures!

Our matching T-shirts, lo que pasa en chivay..
se queda en chivay (: 
Movie night! 
The whole crew! 
The twins and their cute matching outfits!

A group of kids with their new sweaters! 
Who knew I was a professional French Fry maker?? 
Matching striped skirts, whats up! 
All the ladies from RS chattin away (: 
Daughter to the left, grandaughter to the right (: 
Reunited with my hija! 
Slumber party!

Monday, June 9, 2014

6/9/14 Email

From: Camille Weller [mailto:camille.weller@myldsmail.net]
Sent: Monday, June 09, 2014 10:49 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley;
Subject: Luz trae Luz (:

This week felt like the shortest week of my life! Maybe because we went to arequipa or because we were jammed pack with activities but it sure flew by! (: Well monday we had a FHE again and it turned out soo good. We had lots of members and investigators show up and me and hna stone gave a lesson about putting on the armor of God which the kids all loved and then we played some fun games. Its cool because most of them are the only members in their families or only a few are so having family home evening with all the non members is kind of hard, its nice for them to have the oportunity to do it with our little branch family. 

Tuesday we were off to Arequipa, we got some things done we needed to, had a yummy  lunch and then met up with a big group of high school kids that were here for a service trip from misouri and got to help them with some translating here and there, it was cool to see how far our spanish has come and how we really can speak another language... cool moment. haha then that night we got to eat at TGI fridays with our district and zone leaders... man that was the best meal ive had in a while. Good ol american food.. never gets old. Then we had a sleep over with Hna Bazan and Hna Flora and got to catch up and just talk for a while, it was cool to see my "daughter" be a "mom" haha kids... they grow up to fast (:

Wednesday we had our zone conference and it was exactly what i needed to hear. We talked a lot about obedience and the blessings that come from it and also about just having a possitive attitude. President Zobrist even came at the end and talked to us about Either 12:4.. one of the questions he asked was "What are the anchors in your life? " loved that. Some other things i wanted to share from my notes are.....

Focus on what you CAN change and not on things that are out of your control. 

Obedience brings blessings... everytime.. disobedience brings negative consequenses.. everytime. 

Your attitude is contagious.. possitive or negative. 

What comes out of your mission is what you put into it. (can be the same with life.. what comes out of your life.. is what you put into it. )

If your always doing good, there wont be time to be disobedient or to sin. 

Darkness brings darkness... Light brings light. 

The Lord is perfect.. his ways are perfect.. therefore his results are perfect. 

Anyways it was a good conference, then again they all are(: plus when we were down in arequipa i got the package mom sent me!!!! full of the best treats ever!! there goes the diet... haha and with national triube bands cd for missionaries.... which is SOOO GOOD. i think we´ve listened to it everyday since. 

After the bus ride home wednesday night we finally got back to work on thursday. We had weekly planning and then planned out all of the activities we had planned for the week with the elders. I have so much respect for all the leaders back home.. planning and making all those activites happen isnt as easy as it looks! We had mutual that night but had one kid show up so we just ended up watching mormon messages instead of the service race we had planned... better luck next week eh? 

Friday we had our big branch activity, BBQ night (: that one was actually a success! we had about 40 people there and there was just all sorts of fun. Hamburgers, hotdogs, homemade french fries made by yours truly, the youth were all playing ping pong, the moms and adults just chatting away, and then all the kids were playing hide and seek. It was awesome! 

Saturday we got a suprise call from some of the RS presidency and they told us they were coming up with big bags of clothes to hand out to the poor kids here. IT turned out to be such a cool experience. They announced it on the radio and we went around to some of the poorer areas and knocked doors to let people know, they litterally dropped whatever they were doing to go get their kids free clothes.. it was so fun to see them get new sweaters and clothes and see the smiles on their faces. We even got some new investigators and some came that night to the movie night we had. 

Sunday was the best day of the week!! We had 35 people at church... a huge jump from the 20 or 25 we usually have! 6 of which were our investigators.. those are the best sundays ever. Me and hna stone took all the kids to primary... and man 9 kids in a small room was really teaching us patience (: props to all the newlyweds that get stuck in nursery (: We talked to Brenda who had told us her dad said she could get baptized this saturday so we had everything planned but she said he changed his mind and is back to the end of june. we could definately use some prayers his way... Coincidentally his name is Angel.. haha Victor is super excited for his baptism, we didnt end up having it on saturday, he still had a few questions but now he is ready so were excited for that this week. 

At church on sunday i gave a talk on obedience and used the talk from Elder Robert D. Hales called "if ye love me, keep my commandments." from last general conference. I think i learned more than what i actually taught or spoke about. One thing that stood out for me is that every week when we take the sacrament, we arent only recieving forgiveness for all the things we did that week if we truly repented but we are also promising that we are going to be obedient and keep His commandments. in the talk it says...

When we are baptized, we “take upon [us] the name of Christ” and enter “into the covenant with God that [we will] be obedient unto the end of [our] lives.”7 Each Sunday we renew that baptismal covenant by partaking of the sacrament and witnessing that we are willing to keep the commandments. We seek forgiveness for any thoughts, feelings, or actions that are not in harmony with our Heavenly Father’s will. As we repent by turning away from disobedience and by beginning to obey again, we show our love for Him.

 Another thing i loved was..

As we live the gospel, we progress in our understanding of obedience. At times we may be tempted to practice what I call “natural man’s obedience,” in which we disobediently reject God’s law in favor of our wisdom or our desires or even popularity. Because this is widely practiced by so many, this perversion of obedience diminishes God’s standards in our culture and in our laws.

At times members may participate in “selective obedience,” claiming to love God and honor God while picking and choosing which of His commandments and teachings—and the teachings and counsel of His prophets—they will fully follow.

Some obey selectively because they cannot perceive all the reasons for a commandment, just as children do not always understand the reasons for their parents’ counsel and rules. But we always know the reason we follow the prophets, for this is the Church of Jesus Christ, and it is the Savior who directs His prophets in all dispensations.

my favorite part is that we ALWAYS know the reason that we should follow the prophets and their teachings... because this IS the Church Of Jesus Chirst and He is the one that leads and directs the prophets and the things that they instruct us to do.. we know the reason why we should be obedient..
Obedience is something every missionary is familiar with.. i dont think any of us ever had soo many rules in our life before becoming a missionary. But because of that we have more oportunities to prove our obedience and to recieve more blessings. I beleive that serving a mission is hard... that its the hardest thing ive ever done, but that because of it i have learned so much and learned that in this time i need more rules... because more rules means more blessings and man do i need those blessings. Obedience is the first law of the Celestial Kingdom.. and as hard as it is we have to learn to understand the importance of it and truly understand the phrase.. "If ye love me, keep my commandments." If we truly love God, we will do our best each day to keep the commandments and be obedient to what the prophets have taught us. We wont be Selective obeyers.. but we will put the love we have for our Maker.. our Father in Heaven before all things, small or big. I know that obedience isnt always easy and that the natural man is always there with reasons of why being disobedient would be better but i know that that is not true.. no matter how much we try to find happiness in disobedience it wont come.... disobeying Gods divine laws will never bring true happiness. i know this from personal experiece. One more part from this awesome talk..

 In choosing whether we will obey, it is always helpful to remember the consequences of our choices. Did Lucifer and his followers understand the consequences of choosing to reject Heavenly Father’s plan? If so, why did they make such a terrible choice? We might ask ourselves a similar question: why do any of us choose to be disobedient when we know the eternal consequences of sin? The scriptures provide an answer: the reason Cain and some of the children of Adam and Eve chose to disobey is because “they loved Satan more than God.

That might sound a little harsh but its the words of the scriptures therefore the words of God... If we love god we will obey.. if we choose to disobey we love satan more than God.

Well i hope that everyone had an amazing week like we did and that this week will be even better! Love you all! Always remember how much you love God and live your life according! (:


Hermana Weller (:

Monday, June 2, 2014

6/2/14 Pictures

Parade outside our window..whatsup! 

Preaching to every creature..? 

Celebrating 14 months in the mission baby!! 
Dinner with the Zone Leaders! 
Making Breakfast! 

Breakfast with the distrcit and zone leaders! 
Our new proselyting outfits! 
Brenda and Carla! 

Dancing the dance of wititi! 
Still dancing! 
Angel and Jessi, Brenda's Parents! 

Can we fit 13 people in a 7 seater van?? We can in Peru! 
Jessica's Baptism! 

Giving my riverside talk 

The new board for the branch that we made! 

In my natural habitat with the lost sheep (: