Thursday, August 28, 2014

8/25/14 Pictures

Sisters conference in Tacna!

Hermana Robinson! 

All the sisters 
The guest speakers who are all returned missionaires. 
In the Plaze De Armas. 
Pretty view of Chivay in the early morning as we
left for Arequipa. 
I love Arequipa! 
All the sisters. 
Hermana Kelly 
Noche de Hogar with the familia Choque! 
Operation Smile! 
The Doctors from the states that we helped translate for. 

The cool Doctor that let me go in the operating
room with him to watch! 
How many sisters can you fit in a taxi??...Seven. 
Eating at Uros...My meal which consisted of Steak, Alpaca,
and Ostrich all which were really good! 
Sisters conference in Arequipa, at the mission home.

The ballon activity! 
Hermana Zobrist, Love her! 
Hermana Bazan! 
Eating lunch!

8/25/14 Email.

From: Camille Weller []
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 11:09 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley;
Subject: Crazy week.

 Well this was a super crazy fast week, but it was also really spiritual and fun! Well i guess i´ll just go day by day.. Monday we went down to arequipa and got to spend pday there, then we got to go back to graficos, my last area and also Hermana Stones first area and have a family home evening with The Choque family that i worked with when i was there, right after i left the dad, who was the only non-member was baptized, so it was so great to be able to celebrate that with them and to hear how everyone is doing and have a good little lesson. I also got to visit another family that i worked with where only the son wasnt baptized and found out that he also was baptized a little after i left! Just proof that sometimes our job is just to plant the seeds and keep going forward. Tuesday we went to our district meeting in our zone, wierd to remember that district meetings usually have more than four people.. haha anyway it was a super good meeting, we talked about how important the book of mormon is, especially in teaching because it has such a strong spirit to it that is easily felt. Then we had a practice for the musical number and then went to dinner and back to the mission home. Wednesday we had the sisters conference in Arequipa and it turned out to be such a good time, we had president and sister zobrist talk first and they talked about how the most important talents we can have are spiritual talents, then we had 4 guest speakers come who were all returned missionaries and they all were in tears and so were we as they talked about how much they loved thier missions and how they helped them in their lives as wives and mothers. So so cool. Then we had lunch and did an activity where we wrote our testimonies and tied them onto balloons, then we let the balloons go in hope that when it eventually falls, someone will find our testimonies. Just a different way to be able to share our testimonies as missionaries. Then we had everyone write a paragraph about them and why they decided to serve a mission and then we read them and had everyone guess whose story it was, it turned into a really spiritual testimony meeting that i dont think i´ll ever forget. It made me realize how much i love the mission and how much i dont want to leave.. then we ended by giving a little talk about the importance of being sisters and what that really means. Despite all the little things that went wrong i think that it couldnt have gone better... one down, one to go(: Then after the conference we had the opportunity to go and help with "operation smile" here in arequipa, they had some doctors from the US that needed people to translate for them so we got to go help with that for the rest of the night which was super fun, mostly the kids were just checking in so nothing too hard! Made me remember how much i want to go into the medical field.. On thursday we drove down to Tacna with president and the assistants and we sat in on a conference with all the missionaries there about the importance of obedience and then we escaped and went and visited a bunch of people from sister stones old area in tacna, which was super cool. then that night we all went out to dinner and i got to eat some interesting meats... i had a plate with steak, alpaca and ostrich... all which were surprisingly really good! After that we stayed in a hotel and got ready for the sisters conference there the next day. Friday we had the conference, it was a lot more calm than the one in arequipa but it was still really good. Plus i got to see my daughter, Hermana Bazan which was fun(: We all went and ate pizza after and then headed back to arequipa where we were out as soon as we got to the mission home. Saturday we got to go help again with operation smile at the hospital but that time they were doing the actual surgeries. We played with the kids as they arrived to help them not be so nervous and then one of the doctors i got to know on wednesday let me go into the sugery and help out a little bit! i love it way too much!! haha definately going to have to think more about my future... That night we finally made it back home to chivay! por fin. Sunday was our last sunday at church here in chivay and sister stones last sunday in her mission! crazy! It was a good day, brenda and victor both came and sister stone gave a really good talk in sacrament on how those who really want to be better and want to change will feel guilt and sorrow and those who dont wont really feel that or better said pay attention to it. We talked a lot about how some people are just so far off the path and how maybe they dont feel bad about what theyre doing? I think i always knew that what i was doing was wrong when i was a little off the path but i just ignored that feeling.. now i think of guilt as a blessing, it lets me know when im in the wrong and when i have some ammending to do. It helps us to be in line with the will of God and doing the things that will be the best for us in the eternal aspect. It was wierd to be in branch council, talking about all the things that need to be done and to know that we wont be there to help continue out the work of the Lord in this area.. we went out and visited as many people as we could to say goodbye and it was really hard on both of us because we love this branch so much and i cant image not being here to continue to try to help them.. wierd feeling. Today and tomorrow are our last days here and we have so much to do.. we still have to pack up and move out our whole room, say goodbye to everyone and try to do all we can to help the branch in the time we have left. Tomorrow night we are off to arequipa, wednesday theres a practice for the big conference and then thursday we get to hear from an apostle, Elder Anderson. Then stone is off on friday and i found out that i will be companions with Hermana Clemens in paucarpata, a really nice area in arequipa and will be a sister training leader for the last little part of my mission. Im really excited to be able to just keep working and doing the Lords work as long as i can! Something i learned this week was that prayer has a lot of power... when we need help with just about anything, that should be our first go-to. There were some things that happened here in the mission that made some of us sisters sad and worried but through prayer we can be relieved of worries or stress and can be at peace and be able to keep going and moving forward. Plus i dont think Ive ever been as tired as i was this week but i made it through. (: Prayer works people. Dont forget that. Well lm off to a new area, keep praying for our little branch in chivay!! love you all!! 

Hermana Weller (:

p.s the computer wont upload the pictures so i might try again in a minute. 

8/18/14 Pictures

Saying goodbye to Elder Hulet! 

We finally go so me rain! 
A lost Alpaca that one of the members had
while trying to find its owner. 
Teaching the lost Alpaca(: 
Wierd celebration for the Virgen  Asunta...
lasted 3 days!! 

Active Volcano as our neighbor(: 
Beautiful view as we left our little city this moringin
for the week.

8/18/2014 Email

From: Camille Weller []
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2014 11:15 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley;
Subject: Libro de Mormon!!

 Well this week was a great one!! Most of our time was spent visiting the members and working with them, the other part was spent planning the details of the sisters conferences that are this week and also my companion was writing music for the upcoming conference with Elder Anderson, it is so beautiful! she is too talented i tell you! Well i just wanted to touch on a few of the highlights from this week (:

First off i cant tell you all how much i love all of the members here, we talked with a lot of them about how next week is our last and i dont think ive ever teared up so much in my life. The members here are like little baby birds... We dont want to leave them until theyre ready to fly...But you have to let them go eventually...  In the words of sister stone.. "i dont know how im going to fit all of them in my suitcase" (: Love love love love love the members in Chivay. It will definately be the hardest area to say goodbye to. 

This week was a big holiday week in Chivay. It was the anniversary of Arequipa as well as a celebration for the "Virgen Asunta".... So basically it was a three day non-stop party in the streets of chivay... including parades that go ALL day long... from like 5 in the morning til... all night. haha The best part is that we live on mainstreet so guess where all the parades pass?? thats right, right by our windows haha Oh man it was a great week (: 

THis week i finished reading the Book of Mormon in spanish for the first time all the way through... only took me most of my mission(: But i got to reflect on how cool it is that i read it in another language and it still has the same power and spirit to it. I love that book, no matter what language its in. I felt its power and sacredness every time i read it and i know without a doubt that it is a true book. It is the word of God and teaches us the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If we take time to read it daily we will come to know more about our Savior Jesus Christ and more about his teachings and our life will be filled more abuntantly with the spirit. We also went to read with one of the members on sunday and she was on Moroni 10.. the last chapter.. so we got to read that with her and finish the book together(: She is so amazing.. the second she finished she flipped back to the first page and said "well lets read it again and see if i can learn some more." Shes so awesome.

We had the most amazing lesson in Gospel principles on sunday.. Stone and I got to prepare and teach a lesson on the atonement.. It was such a spiritual lesson, as it should be. The atonement is something that i thought i knew well before i came on a mission but i´ve realized that im just barely scratching the surface of its deap and powerful meaning. Its something i have tried to study and understand more because i know that it is crucial that we understand and also put into practice what the atonement means and what it can do for us in our lives. We both got to share our testimonies on the atonement, repentance, and forgiveness. We shared a example of how each day we wear a back pack.. and every time we sin we have to put a rock into the bag.. if we wait until the night time or until the next day or until sunday to repent and to be forgiven then our bags are going to get pretty heavy.. The Lord has invited us to not procrastinate our repentance... The second that we realize we are in the wrong or that we have made a mistake he gives us the chance, right then and there, to pray (whether it be silently or in a private setting) and to ask for forgiveness and truly make the decision to change and to not repeat the mistake. If we do that with a pure heart and real intent he will forgive us in that very moment.. He will take out the rocks and make our burden lighter. I know that repentance needs to be a part of our every day life. I know that the atonement works. We can be forgiven and we can be free of guilt and shame through the sacrifice and love that our Savior has for us. People can change.. YOU can change. No matter if it is a small or a big matter, change is possible for each and every one of us. God knows our thoughts.. he knows our intents and if they are good he will give us the power we need to move forward and to make the changes we need to in our lives. Dont give up. Heres some parts from the Gospel Principles book....


The Savior atoned for our sins by suffering in Gethsemane and by giving His life on the cross. It is impossible for us to fully understand how He suffered for all of our sins. In the Garden of Gethsemane, the weight of our sins caused Him to feel such agony that He bled from every pore (seeD&C 19:18–19). Later, as He hung upon the cross, Jesus suffered painful death by one of the most cruel methods known to man.

How Jesus loves us, to suffer such spiritual and physical agony for our sake! How great the love of Heavenly Father that He would send His Only Begotten Son to suffer and die for the rest of His children. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Our sins are our spiritual debts. Without Jesus Christ, who is our Savior and Mediator, we would all pay for our sins by suffering spiritual death. But because of Him, if we will keep His terms, which are to repent and keep His commandments, we may return to live with our Heavenly Father.

It is wonderful that Christ has provided us a way to be healed from our sins. He said:“Behold, I have come unto the world … to save the world from sin.“Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved” (3 Nephi 9:21–22).

We are currently in Arequipa, president  gave us permision to come down here so that we can go and visit some of Sister Stones converts. Tomorrow we get to go to our district meeting... (should be interesting since were used to our district meetings being with 4 people in total.. haha) then wednesday we have the sisters conference here in Arequipa, then we head to Tacna, which is about 6 hours away and have the Sisters Conference there on friday, then we head back to Chivay on Saturday. Should be a pretty crazy week but i am so excited. Sister Stone and i are really hoping that we can help make this conference a spiritual experience and that all the sisters can enjoy the time together. I love the mission people. Best days of my life! (: 

love you all!!! 

Hermana Weller (:



Monday, August 11, 2014

8/11/14 Pictures!

Lunch that we made!! I guess I am learning something
about cooking...(: 
Twins, love her!! 
Back to Graficos!! My favorite little store! 
Saying goodbye to Elder maylett!

back again to the streets of Graficos, where both
of us had served!  
Capilla in Graficos!
Card games, alllll night! 
Pajama time! 
Saying goodbye to the Elders who are
headed home! 

Companionship love. 
some cool pictures of the beautiful volcano Misti
and my favorite city of Arequipa, Peru! 

Just wanted to say how much I love and
appreciate our mission President! He is the best,
and is like a dad to all of us. After all that he has to do
and putup with he still has time to just chat with us.
We love you President Zobrist!