Pre-Mission Pictures

Pre-Mission Pictures

Monday, July 4, 2016

July 4 - Week 5 in Ica, Peru

July 4, 2016 – Week 5 in Ica, Peru

This week was a good, hard week! We started Monday off with the Haucachina! Which is an oasis in the middle of a desert! It was so fun! The hermanas from Pisco came up and we climbed to the top together! Hermana Giler and Hermana Pereyra. And after we finished p-day we taught the familia garcia. They are a family of investigadores. They had tons of questions but the questions were awesome! They were amazing and they just wanted to learn more! And then the rest of the night we were rejected so we just street contacted! 

But then Tuesday we taught a cute little family of investigadores also! The mom is Veronica and her son is 8 and his name is Omar and then she has a little baby girl. They were really interested because she wants to find the happiness and peace in this life. She is really sad right now because her husband cheated on her and then left her. She is the best and wants to learn so much, she said that she just wants to be as happy as we are. It broke my heart but we got to teach so much doctrine to help. Then we taught the Familiy Uchuya that got sealed the other week! We all talked about the temple and eternal marraige and how they felt and it was awesome! And we also taught our recent convert Carlos! Hes the best! He is preparing for his mission so we talked about the Patriarchal blessing and now he is preparing to receive it! Woohoo! 

And then on Wednesday we didn´t have a whole ton of success because no one was home! So we just knocked doors, and street contacted! But then later in the evening we prpared for an activity for Friday with our mission leaders and it was really fun! We got all ready for the people to come on Friday! And then we had a 2 hour long meeting with Bishop on monthly goals and how we are doing and more less active names. So now we have 24 less actives we are working with! Woohoo!

And then Thursday in the morning we had a meeting with the Hermanas de Family History via skype. We talked about how we can improve and how we can better work with our leaders to have more lessons in family history to help people get to the temple! It was good! And then we taught Fernanda our investigadora who is progressing! Woohoo! We taught her the restoration and invited her to baptism and she accepted but didnt accept the date. So hopefully through more knowledge she will accept. She loves reading the book of mormon!! And then we visited a lady in the ward named Carmen and she is an active member! But she is really really sick right now and the doctors dont know what is wrong. Pray for her please. And we received a reference from her so we get to contact another person! Woohoo! And then we also taught hermana Ismena Atala who is a recent convert! She is preparing for the temple and so we taught all about family history and what to do and why we do it and how it helps us and our past and future generations. And it was great!! She´s getting ready for september! 

And then Friday we had divisions and I was with Hermana Russell from Sandy, UT here in Ica! And we taught a little old lady named Norma who honestly is the best. She accepted baptism as well without a date. So we just keep working! We taught the restoration and showed her Thomas S Monson and she said that the organization of the church is just so precise! She´s so cute! And then we had the activity! And it was all about the spirit world after this life and it was really fun but also really spiritual. We had about 25 people show up and it was just the best! 

And then Saturday was a day that we walked, talked, and knocked a lot and just bottom line were rejected everywhere. Very good, very hard. 

And then Sunday we fasted and attended church and it was awesome! We fasted to have success with our investigadores, that they will accept the date and that more people will want to come unto Christ. We also had a lesson with Fernanda about Plan of Salvation and she loved it. And when we were talking about the Celestial Kingdom I think that she realized that she needs to be baptized. It was an awesome lesson full of the spirit. 

Hermana Shylo Lawrence

Haucachina - an oasis in the middle of the desert!

June 27 - More pictures from the Temple

June 27 - Week 4 in Ica, Peru

June 27 – Week 4 in Ica, Peru

I can´t believe that it´s already been a month in Ica and in the mission field! Time is flying by so fast! I never have time so I wrote my letter down and will send it through picture so that way you all can know more about who I am teaching and what we have been working on for the past 4 weeks with getting our converts to the temple! This week was so fast and so fun! We taught a lot, walked a lot, and traveled over 10 hours in total to get to and from the temple with all of our converts. It was a fun week of service (breaking things) and teaching and learning. Enjoy the pictures!

Hermana Shylo Lawrence

Lima, Peru Temple - June 25

2 MONTHS!! June 20 - Week 3 in Ica, Peru

June 20, 2016 letter       Father’s Day 2016

I have tons of pictures to share this week! We went to a zoo that was really ghetto but really cool! My companion and I have been hard at work with the people down here in Ica. We have been working with a family by the name of Familia Uchuya and they are to be sealed this 25 of June and my companion and I get to be in the temple for it! We have also been working a lot with an Hermana by the name of Luzmery who is a rescue, and she just started on her Mission Papers!

Ica is amazing and the people that we are working with are just so kind! My companion and I also gave talks in church this week and that was really scary I will not lie. But I think it went well!

To all of those on this list that are father´s, FELIZ DIA DEL PADRE!

But yes, everything is amazing down here in Ica, and we are dying of heat in the winter time. Every day it is hotter and hotter and we are in the middle of winter!

But we have 2 investigators with a baptismal date and 4 others who are on their way to baptism as well, who are slowly but surely working to be converted to the gospel and have firm testimonies. We are so blessed to be here and I love the people so much!
Hermana Shylo Lawrence

At the ghetto zoo - Bruce Willis lookin' good!

Real turtles

Up close and personal


Shylo learned to make delicious empanadas!!

June 13 - Week 2 in Ica, Peru

June 13, 2016    Week 2 in Ica

OH MY GOODNESS MOM AND DAD HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND HOPE YOU KNOW I WAS THINKING OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for everything that you have done for me I hope that your day was really good because you are the best and you deserve it! 

The pictures of my zone are from last P-day we had a zone pday and we played sports and games and it was fun! The fireworks happen everyday and they are from the Catholics celebrating the Saints! So crazy?!  The little llama thing is the only llama that I have seen in Peru, disappointing. The food is alfredo that I made for Hermana Zuchel and I and she ate 3 bowls of it haha she didn´t know what to do with herself because it was so good she said haha I love her so much!
Hermana Shylo Lawrence

Tell the family I love them! Love you all to the moon and beyond!
Hermana Shylo Lawrence

Daddy! I love you so very much and I hope that guard has been at least okay! I hope that you all are enjoying your Summer Vacation and are having so much fun! I love you so much and hope that you know that you are always in my prayers! This week was really good! I got to meet an apostle of the Lord! Elder Rasband came to the CCM and the LIma Sur mission traveled to go see him! He shook my hand!!! It was so amazing and his talk was so inspiring! He talked about the reason we are out here and that we have the authority to be here. That we have the authority to preach and baptize. So awesome and so spiritual. It was a good week and yes the homesickness is wearing off with my phrase: WORK HARDER. I love you very much daddy and I hope that you have had the best week(: I love you more than words!!! Love, your little tortilla chip, 
Hermana Lawrence

Last picture from the CCM

Shylo sending us some love from Ica!

Shylo made her companion Pasta Alfredo and she had never tasted anything so delicious before that she ate 3 whole bowls of it!! :)

LOVE Hermana Zuchel and Shylo!

Shylo's only disappointing find of a lama so far in Peru ...

Fireworks from the Day of the Catholics - Shylo said they had them all week long

June 6 - Week 1 in Ica, Peru

June 6, 2016     Week 1 in Ica

Momma! I hope all went well with the dance recital and I hope you told all of the dance girls that I love them and know that they did a good job! I hope that Meisha, Maya, and Oaklee know how much their older sister loves them and how proud I am of them and who they are becoming. This has been a very hard week for me and I just wanted to say that I am very grateful for all of the support that I get from you and from the rest of the family. I hope that everyone is doing well. I have an interesting weekly letter this week I hope you will read it! I love you very much mom! Tell Caiden, Meisha, Maya, and Oaklee that I love them very very much and have missed them a lot this week! And I have missed you too momma! Love, Hermana Lawrence

Hermana Shylo Lawrence

Mi familia!! Hello from Ica Perú! Yes transfers were yesterday and life is so good! Today is P-day and I have a little bit to write! So yesterday I woke up at 4:30 am to get ready to head off to Lima to my mission home! I ate some delicious french toast para desayuno! Y entonces we had another small breakfast from the mission home while we were having all of our in field trainings. We went through a lot of health classes and then went through a couple classes with Presidente y Hermana McGinn and they are so amazing! I love them so much! ALSO I got to meet my new compañera! Her name is Hermana Zuchel y ella es de Chile Concepción. She is absolutely amazing and a guardian angle down here to me. She is so loving, kind, and so patient with my español! She is everything that I have been praying for and more. So yesterday after we left the Mission Home in Lima Hermana Zuchel and I got on a bus for a very short 5 hour bus ride. And I slept the entire time I was so tired because I only got 4 hours of sleep the night before. But I AM FINALLY OUT IN THE MISSION FIELD. And it is so weird! But so amazing! So yeah today is P-day and we had a zone conference and a district meeting but other than that we have been working on reports for family history and have been meeting lots of elders and our stake president. So it has been really good! Go look up pictures of Ica, it is so strange. I am surrounded by tons and tons of sand dunes It is HOT AND SO MUCH DIRT EVERYWHERE. Oh and yes there is only one temperature of water and it is cold. Nice cold showers (they suck) and I get to wash my hands in cold as well. But it´s alright I am finally in the mission field. We get to teach a lesson tonight to a part member family and then we get to do a familiy home evening with a recent convert family también. So it has been really eventful. But one thing that is really cool, I go back to Lima in about a week because Elder Raspband is coming and the Lima Sur and Lima Oeste missions get to go back to the CCM to hear him. But I just watned to let you know that I am sae and that I love you and that I will talk to you in a week when I have more to say(: I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BEYOND. Love, Hermana Shylo Lawrence

Shylo's 1st Companion! Hermana Zuchel from Concepcion, Chile