Hanna’s prior companion (Hermana Sabir) at a training session. Hanna was teaching as a Sister Training Leader. The missionaries were given mirrors and ask to write something about themselves that was uplifting.
Another of Hanna’s prior companions, Hermana Hunter at the same training class.
Hanna and her current Sister Leader Trainer companion, Hermana Mackey.
Hanna before the training session started (it says “Daughter of a King”)
Hermana Mackey before the training session started.
Hanna and her companion made the daughter of the lady they live with look like Princess Leia from Star Wars.
Hanna and other missionaries on their way to see Elder Bednar (from the Quorum of the Twelve).
Hanna on the 14th floor of a building looking down above Lima, Peru.
I am doing good. I got transferred to the Magdalena stake. My first area in the mission was in this stake and so I am super close to my first area. My area right now actually borders with my first sector. And in my first sector my best friend Hermana Santillana is there. It’s awesome. I get to see her every week!
I’m with a new companion Hermana Mackey. She is from California and is finishing her mission in 5 weeks. She is almost done! She is great and super random and funny. She makes an effort to ask me questions and get to know me so I like that. We are both the Hermana leaders for 10 girls here in the stake. All of them are AWESOME and I already love them all! It’s great to be a leader because I’m trying to take my time to get to know all of them. They are so cool and righteous. I love their spirit. It feels weird to be their leader but I know God does things for a reason. I know there are things I have to do as a leader so I will do it!
Me and my companion are opening a sector because the last 2 sisters that were here both went home because they finished their missions. It’s interesting walking around not knowing where we are going and not knowing the people but we are learning and having fun. Our ward seems great and fun. We share it with 2 other hermanas one from Argentina and one from Utah. They are a blast! So its been a good week and we will see how this one goes.
We are getting ready for a visit from Elder Bednar the apostle! At the end of August he is coming to talk to us and 2 other missions. Woohoo. I am so grateful time and time again for the mission and who it has made me. I feel like a whole new person. refined and with a new purpose for life and of the gospel. I’m so glad I decided to come. I was very sad to leave my old companion and all the people but I think Ï’ve finally gotten used to transfers…they suck but in a good way.
I am going to be a sister trainer leader. I have a transfer. I’m sad to leave my Sister behind to lead our sector and all the people I love in Lince but I know the Lord needs me in another area for these next few months. I have to be an example for all the Hermanas (Sister Missionaries) now. We will see how that goes. I ask that you please pray for me. I am going to need it. I am very nervous.
Cecilia and cesar got confirmed in sacrament meeting yesterday by the bishop. It was great. Their mom came too. We the 4 hermana missionaries and our ward mission leader talked to the Sunday School class about what to do when you see a new face at church. We did a demonstration of what not to do and what you should do- like being welcoming and talking to them and sitting with them in the meeting too. It was fun. After church we went to a members house. she is named Milagros and is one of the missionary´s best friends. We always go to her house to eat food and to relax and she goes on visits with us. She was a missionary for a month too. So yesterday we said goodbye to her.
Hanna, Mom of youth, Cecilia, Cesar, Dad of youth, Hermana Sabir (From State of Washington)
Maria with the Bishop’s dog (Paris). I love that dog. She is my little friend.
July 28th (Peru Anniversary Celebration – Fiestas Patrias) – Young women of her assigned ward in traditional Peru dance attire.
Hermana Hunter (Hanna’s old companion), Renzo and Hanna at his baptism. Reunited once more!
After Renzo’s baptism, he made us fried chicken and french fries in his restaurant/house. Yummy!
Cecilia and Hanna acting silly at Chilli’s Restaurant.
Hermana Sabir and Hanna eating “campfire smores” for the 4th of July. The split a banana and put chocolate chips, marshmallows and peanut butter and wrapped it in tin foil. Heated it up in a pot until everything melted.
Hanna, Hermana Castillo (former companion) and their friend Milagro. This was right before Hermana Castillo went home from her mission.
Cecilia and Cesar got baptized yesterday! Wohooo! The water was freezing and their baptismal clothes were huge on them but they did it! We are so happy and excited for them. Today we are going to visit them and work on their family history so they can go to the temple. It’s exciting stuff.
The mission makes me feel like I accomplish things. When I am in the Lord’s work He blesses me, the people I teach, and you guys. It’s a special feeling. So many blessings. Yesterday I thought about having to leave all the people I love here and I got really sad. It’s going to be hard. I have made lots of friendships as a missionary. God has blessed me and helped me come more out of my comfort zone as a person. Sure I am still shy and like to listen more than talk but He has helped me make friends because of my efforts as a missionary. I feel very loved here. I love the people here and will be sad to leave them.
Cecilia and Cesar´s mom and dad came to their baptism. The mom is less active and the dad isn’t a member. The young women presented a musical number and sang You Are A Light on a Hill by Jenny Phillips. The mom started crying while they sang. It was special. The spirit was strong and touched her heart. It was a great week!