Monday, August 18, 2014

Breathing in the Last Few Smells of the Jungle Rain

Hey Fam!
Wow what a week. Well remember me telling you guys that we had 5 baptisms this last week, and that there wasn´t any problems but that I was waiting for the problems to come because there is ALWAYS problems when it comes to baptisms? Well them came. Haha We found out that ??? and drank coffee 2 days before her last interview for baptism. Lame! So we told her that she had to wait another week to get baptized. However she was planning on getting baptized with her sister ????, but ????  didn´t drink the coffee and was allowed to get baptized this last Saturday. So we asked ????  if she wanted to ahead and follow with the plans and get baptized Saturday the 16th or if she wanted to wait for her sister and get baptized on the 23rd.  She told us she wanted to wait to get baptized with her sister. If was a really beautiful moment with them, there was a lot of sisterly love between the two of them. So this week we were able to baptize 3 souls and ???? and ???? will be getting baptized this coming Saturday. Woot! Things are going so well in the mission. 

This Sunday it rained like crazy!!! My comp and I were about and about visiting less actives when the storm hit. We ran for cover and waited out the rain under someone´s front porch. (totally normal here) I took a couple deep breaths of the smell of the jungle rain while we watched the little kids splash around in the mud. A large lump formed in my throat as I thought to myself that this might be one of the last times that I get to have an experience like this. I love my mission so much. Peru´s jungle has become my home for a year and a half. I love these people and I love helping them come unto Christ. 

I´m enjoying the time that I have here left in the mission. Thank you all so much for all your love and support. Thank you for all your prayers.
Con mucho amor, Hermana Price   

Monday, August 4, 2014

Look at my Eyes - Not My Ears!

Wow! I had the CRAZIEST week of my whole mission. I don’t even know where to start. First of all my comp and I didn´t get transferred (we both knew we were going to get transferred) HOWEVER… my comp got called as another sister leader with me! So now all the comps of the sister leaders are now sister leaders as well. It´s awesome!!! I think I was happier than she was when we found out. It´s going to help me out a ton. Because now I have someone to help share the load. 

Also this week we´ve had two sick sisters in the hospital. They both entered the clinic Tuesday the 29th and were finally released to go home Saturday the 2nd in the morning. So when we have sick sisters in the doctor’s office what happens is we have to go and be with them. So my comp and I were running in and out of the clinic ALL week. Finally when we both got to go home and shower and rest a bit we got a call from the Zone Leaders saying we had to go and pick up this new sister and she was going to stay with us for a couple of days So we went to the mission home to pick her up. She was so cute and SO stressed. Oh, I remember those days well - she was like a mini me. She is from Morgan. And guess what dad, she knew Scott Summers! She said it was really sad for the whole town when he died.

However once we got here all settled on the plane to Pucallpa, we get another call saying that the sister leaders from Moyobamba will be staying at our house with us for the conference. Let´s see…. Four girls and two mattresses, what are we to do… So let´s just say my comp and I were a little tried this week.

Finally Sunday rolled around and we did a Blitz with the ward to go visit less active members. It was really fun, but here´s a little side story. We went to this less active house and we started talking with XXXX. XXXX is about 50 something and works on the river shipping goods back and forth. I asked him why he hasn´t been coming to church the last couple of years and he openly told me that he had fallen into drinking beer again with his friends. He knows that he shouldn´t drink,  but he said just can´t tell his friends no. He was a really sweet man and super honest with us which was nice. But while he was telling me all this, he wasn't looking at my eyes……. he was looking at my EAR!!!! Hahahaha! Bryan! Do you remember how you would always look at my ear and it would bother me so bad!! Haha It reminded me of you. 

Love you guys. I´m glad this crazy week is over. See you all in 35 days!
Love, Hermana Price

Monday, July 28, 2014

On Cloud Nine!

Hey fam!
Well… guess who is starting her last transfer…. Hermana Price is!!!! Woot! I feel like I´m on cloud nine! Things are going GREAT here in the mission. J This week has been nuts! So whenever one of the sisters get sick I have to go to the doctor’s office with them, so I got a call from the zone leaders saying that Hna. XXX (she is from Texas) is sick. That was Thursday afternoon so I spent all of Thursday, all of FridaySaturday AND Sunday until 8 at night. I feel like all the nurses and doctors that work there are my friends. Haha I even got the doctor to read a couple of verses in the book of Mormon! And I gave the nurse a “Proclamation to the Word” pamphlet because she is having problems with her boyfriend (who is also the father of her child) haha It was actually really fun to be in the clinic all that time with hermana XXX, she is an awesome sister, it was nice to have all that time to talk to her and get to know her more. Then, 2 other sisters showed up while I was there sick with stomach aches, so them Sister Gomez showed up to help us out. So it was pretty much a little party in the doctor’s office all day. J

Another short little story of this week, so we´re teaching this lady and her kids, she kids are members and she wants to get baptized SO bad but the missionaries never could baptize her before because she still lived with her husband. The don´t actually live together. They live in the same house but her beats her and the kids, and they don´t even really talk to each other, but we have to follow the mission rules and we can´t baptize her while she is still living with this guy. So we decided to help her find a house to move into. Tuesday we visited her and told her we would fast with her, and help her look for a house, Saturday in the afternoon we started the fast, and of course ended the fast the next day on Sunday. Of course I was in the clinic but just after I said amen to end my fast, my comp called me and told me that Hna. XXX found a house and they are going to move in Monday morning!!! It was so awesome!!! I love moments like that in the mission! So we stopped by after breakfast today to help them out a little today, and they were all smiles and watery eyes. Hermana XXX  will be getting baptized August 9thJ My comp and I are really happy and our testimonies have grown. I know that God listens to our prayers. Thank you for all of your prayers and support that you show for me. J I can´t wait to see you all again!
Love, Hna. Price 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lovin Life

Hey Guys. J
How are you all doin?? Ben and Krystal congrats with the new offspring! She is super cute. J Bry sent me a pic and maybe it´s because she has a little hat on but, I figured she would have a lot more hair! ;) She is adorable, and I love her name Ellie, it just fits. J Sooooooooooon I will be home and will be able to meet her. Then while we are all at the airport Elise´s water is going to break and we are all going to go to the hospital! How´s that for a family party!? Oh how I miss all of you, I can´t wait to come home and spend time with all of you guys, Benny Boy, Krystal, Tammy, (I want to go visit Uncle John for sure) Joshy, Abi, Jer, Bridger, Code Man, Grampa, Grandma Clark, Auntie and Latu, Sarah and Spencer, Corinne and Clarence, uncle brent aunt Kristene… am I forgetting someone? Oh ya… Y algien muy gapo y alto… haha but yeah, enough with the trunky talk. ;)

Things are going great here in Iquitos. I´m still getting use to all my duties as a Hermana leader but it´s actually really fun to be able to help the sisters in the mission, I have three little gringas in my zone and its nice get give them some words of advice and encouragement. It takes me back to when I started the mission. They are all so worried about the food and the hygiene here in the jungle. They have all these questions about how the numbers work here in the mission and if their hair is going to be healthier here in the jungle. J I love them. 

Well just a quick little story, Sunday I realized how far out in the middle of no where I really am. Yet again there was a group of people from the states doing humanitarian work in my area. Whenever I see a white person in my area I´m probably just as shocked as the natives here, I forget how far away I am from the world. Anyways…. My lovely Zone leaders are telling me to get off now… Dang. Haha well I will talk with you guys next week! LOVE YOU ALLLLLLLLL!!!!    

Monday, July 7, 2014

Crazy Girl with Twitchy Eye

Hey peeps!
How is everyone doing! I would put a question mark and a smiley face but this keyboard isn’t working so bear with me. But this week has been CRAZY! Frist off I had my first Zone Conference for the leaders in the mission. Funny story… I didn’t know when the meeting was so Wednesday morning rolls around and about 815 when the elders remember to call me, they told me that the conference was starting and I had about 10 minutes to get there…. Thanks elders! So I scrambled for all my stuff, fixed my hair the best I could and then rushed out the door. I arrived late and walked into the conference room while they were talking about how many baptisms we had in June. When I got to my seat the zone leaders sarcastically said, Please sister Price at least try to be on time next time! Haha

So this week Ive just been busy doing my daily missionary chores. Also I have been visiting the sisters in my zone and the second zone that I am in charge of. In other words… Im super busy!!!! And SUPER stressed!!!! Im so stressed that my right eye keeps twitching haha… I probably look like a crazy girl or a chicken with its head cut off. Haha

Speaking of time… I don’t have a ton of time to write you guys, but just know that Im happy and taking it day by day. Im trying to remember to breath and stay calm and just remember that Prices can do hard things. I will write you guys a better letter next week. There isn’t much time because one of the elders walked by my computer and tripped on the cords and shut off the power of my computer. Haha But I love you guys a ton! Talk to you next week.
Hermana Price    

Monday, June 30, 2014

Yuca is not Yucka and Chicken Bigger than My Face!

Hey Family!
Well Im going on week three here in Iquitos and my time here is
getting better. Ive been able to get to know my comp a little more as
well as my area. My area is SO small its the smallest area Ive ever
had. My comp and I can walk around the whole area in about 10 minutes.
She has more time in the area than I do and she tries not to get too
frustrated about how small it is but its hard not too lose patience
with finding new people when you feel like you have knocked on every
door. But with all that said, we are doing good. We have found some
awesome families and we are doing our best so that these families can
progress. This week Gaby and her two kids came to church with us.
Saturday night we passed by their house to remind them, but when we
got there we found a HUGE party. Gaby is Mrs. Social butterfly and she
was having a massive BBQ with all her family, friends and neighbors.
They had balloons and a live band playing. Usually the people here
throw big BBQ parties to help pay the bills. They sell food and beer
and people come by the bucket loads to party. So while we were there
we bought a plate of food. 12 soles a plate!!! Super pricey! But
that’s ok it was for a good cause. ;) The plate of food had a piece of
chicken bigger than my face and yuca. Mmmmmm I love yuca. It’s like a
potato but different, and of course the spicy creams… makes my mouth
water just thinkin about it.  But Sunday morning rolled around and
the family was up and doing their daily house chores we asked them if
they still wanted to come to chruch and they said “sure! Why not?”
haha I thought for sure they were going to say no because they were up
until three in the morning partying. Crazy people. But I’m glad they
came.  I hope they liked sacrament meeting and weren’t too tired. But
we will be visiting them tonight.
Then Friday night was super special. So we are teaching this awesome
family and Friday night we had an appointment with them. We’ve been
teaching them in a members house because of some problems with Roy’s
mom not wanting us over. Anyways, we get to the house of this member
and there sitting on the curb waiting for us is Robert, Roy and
Durbi’s little 12-year-old son. When he saw us he got a huge smile and
walked up to us. With his book of Mormon, resturation booklet and a
pen in hand ready to learn. He told us that his dad had to work as
well as his mom and that he was there to represent the two of them. He
is so cute and sweet. So we taught him with the cute little member
family.  It was a good night.
Then Sunday night rolled around… it rained and rained and RAINED some
more. My comp and I didn’t have our boot nor our jackets and we were
too lazy to walk all the back to the house and change our clothes, so
we just keep working like normal and we got SUPER wet . Just a normal
day in the jungle.  Actually I think I’m going to miss the rain here.
It’s really refreshing and sometimes it helps wake me up a little. My
comp and I kept splashing around and screaming while we walked. It was
really fun. 
But anyways I’m doing good here in Iquitos I still miss my Moyo but
that’s ok. Change is a good thing and I’m enjoying my new calling and
my new comp. She is super sassy and fun so I’m grateful I have her as
a comp. I hope everyone at home is happy and livin the way they
should.  I’m so excited to see everyone again and get home but I feel
like the Lord has given me my last hill in the mission. My last chance
to give the mission everything I’ve got and work my hardest, and for
that I am thankful.  Thank you all for your love and support.  and
I’ll hear from ya all next week! Con mucho amor, Hermana Price

Monday, June 23, 2014

Coming Full Circle - back in Iquitos!

Welp. It happened. I got my last change in the mission and I am so sad. L Again I am in the huge, busy, noisy Iquitos city. I feel so weird being here retracing my steps from when I first started the mission. But I´m excited and ready to work. J Not only do I have a new area, a new comp, I am also the new sister leader and I´m responsible for 9 sisters, so it looks like I will be staying plenty busy here in Iquitos, which is a blessing. This week has been like any other “first week” with a change. Everything is new and I´m just trying to get to know everyone, and everything. We actually had an AWESOME week this week. We´ve found some pretty amazing families who are prepared to live the gospel, it really cool to see how the Lord guides you to find his children. J
Benny Boy might be interested to know that my comp is from the Dominic Republic and she is AWESOME! It´s been a little different to get use to the way she talks. They talk pretty differently and have all sorts of slang words that I am not familiar with, but it´s alright. J It will get easier with time.

Last night I had a REALLY bad fever. I woke up in the middle of the night shaking! I probably looked like I was possessed by an evil spirit. Haha It was so bad that I had to wake my comp up and ask for her help. :P She gave me her blanket and went and got my socks for me and got me some pills and water to help break the fever. What a great comp. J However I definitely don´t like getting sick in the mission because I don´t have my dad to come baby me. :P Anyways I´m doing a lot better this morning. J I´ll write more next week once I know a little bit more about my area. Thanks for everything!!! I love you all so much! Send some prayers my way I feel pretty nervous about my new calling I hope I can help this sisters. J

Con mucho amor, Sister Aubrey Fay  Price. J  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Daddy's Little Girl

Hey Famy!
How is everyone doing? This week has been crazy!!! Sister Rider is finally on her way home, so this week was filled with helping her get prepared for her trip home. Oh course we had a week long party for her. J We pulled out our mattresses into the front room and slept together for the whole week. But today is transfers and I think we are all hoping for transfers. I think we are all ready for a nice change. Change is so wonderful. So we´ll see what happens. J

Well this week was father´s day! HAPPY FATHER´S DAY DAD!!!! I LOVE you so much. This week our little branch had a little party. They asked a couple of men to bare their testimonies about being a dad. Listening to them got me all choked up. I miss my dad so much. Listening to their testimonies made me remember all the things I miss about my Dad, so here we go dad, Here is all the things I miss about you:
1.       Your strong hugs like you never want to let me go
2.       Driving in the car with you, with the windows down singing oldies songs on the radio
3.       Waking up in the morning hearing you sing at the top of your lungs or listening to that one political guy that makes you all worked up about the government.
4.       Walking into the kitchen and catchin you sneak sweets.
5.       Going to the movies with you. I love that everything we get to our seats you say you have to go to the bathroom, and when you come back you always have your arms full of popcorn and soda.
6.       Having our long daddy-daughter talks about boys, school, music, and BYU football
7.       I miss cuddling up with you on the couch while you are watching your boring western movies.
8.       I miss watching your eyes fill with tears when you bare your testimony.
9.       I miss coming home late and seeing you at the kitchen table with all your books spread out, studying your scriptures just because you want to.
10.   I miss your loving voice calling me Sweetie.

These are just some of the things I miss about you. I can´t wait to get home and hug you again. I don´t want to sound too trunky but I do want you to know how much I love you and how much you mean to me, and that I will ALWAYS be your little girl. J Thank you for teaching me by example how to live the gospel. I am so blessed to have too. J I love you dad.

Love, your little girl, Aubydoll. J

PS I took some really cool pictures this week for you, I know you´re going to like them, but the computer I´m on right now isn´t working. Haha :P Story of my mission life. LOVE YOU!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Trials - the Beauty of Life

Hey fam!

How is everyone doing? I´m doing just fine. J This week has been fun. It´s sister Rider´s last P day. We are all pretty sad. It´s been so much fun with her here in Moyobamba. It´s amazing how close you can get to people in such a short amount of time. She was taught me so much with our time together. It will be really sad to see her go. But I´m excited for her. It´s crazy how fast the mission has gone.

Not to get into trunky talk or anything, sometimes I get a Little frustrated in the mission in thinking that I haven´t progressed as much as I have wanted to. However when I get to thinking about it and I look back I can really see how far I have come. I have learned the benefits of hard work and dedication. I have been given trails here in the mission that have made me hit my knees and pray to my Heavenly Father like I never have before. I feel like I have been through it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly. But that is the beauty of life, even when we think we´ve been through it all something new comes up. Some new challenge comes up and we have the opportunity and blessing to fight to overcome those challenges and actually accomplish something! It´s such a blessing to be able to work hard for something and then enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Even though I can see the progress I have gained in the mission I´m perfectly content to continue to progress. I´m thankful our Heavenly Father shows us our weaknesses. As children of God living in a fallen state on earth we don´t live perfectly, BUT we can constantly be repenting perfectly.  That is the gospel of Christ, to have enough faith in the Savoir to constantly be repenting and making ourselves better.
Thank you for all your love and support. I am SO blessed to have you all. Thank you for your examples to me.  LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!
Hermana Price   

Monday, June 2, 2014

Skinny Skirts and Fasting

Hey Family!

Welp… yet again nothing too excited happened this week. But, I´m still just as happy as ever. J I can´t even begin to tell you guys how much I love my branch President and his family. They are the greatest! This week Hna. Elizabeth made me a skirt that is SUPER cute. J She told me I look skinny in it. Haha Yay! for compliments! They are such a great family. This week the Branch president sat my comp and I down with the other elders and asked us if there is anything that he can do better to help us as missionaries. He is such a great leader, it´s such a privilege to work with people like him in the work of the Lord.

Speaking of the work of the Lord, we´re still having problems finding people that are prepared to listen and accept the gospel; however, one spiritual experience I had this week was when we taught Hermana Thalia about fasting
Hermana Thalia is an investigator that we´ve had for a while now. She is SO ready to be baptized and she has been to church 3 times now, but her husband has told us over and over that he isn´t ready to be baptized. So we decided to teach her about the law of the fast. It was an awesome lesson and the Spirit was really strong. She told us that she wants to get baptized, but she wants to get baptized with her husband. 

After we taught her about fasting and why it was important for us to fast, and how we should always fast with a purpose we invited her to fast with the purpose of softening her boyfriend’s heart with the desire to get baptized. 

We have another appointment with them on Tuesday so we will see what will happen. Sorry I don´t have much time left to tell you guys more details. But I LOVE this work. My mission is so awesome and I wouldn´t trade these priceless life lessons for anything. Thank you for all your love and support!

Love, Sister Price   

Thursday, May 15, 2014

My Heaven on Earth

Hey Fam!!
It was SO nice talking to you guys yesterday. J I love seeing your faces and hearing your voices and just overall feeling your warm spirit. You guys are all so much fun! I loved laughing with you guys last night. But now that we´ve talked so much last night I don´t really have a ton to say. Haha 

Just that I love you guys so very much. I´m so blessed to have such a wonderful faithful family. You all have really created a heaven on earth for me and I´m so grateful for a family who lives the gospel and who are keeping God´s commandments. I will be forever grateful for my decision to serve a mission and forever grateful for all your support at home. 

Being here on the mission I´ve learned so much about myself and God´s plan for His children. I now have a better knowledge of how to raise my future family in righteousness and how to build spiritual protection from satan´s powers. I what all of you to know that I know that the church is true, and that we should live the gospel of Christ. I hope that EVERYONE in my family will make it to live with our Heavenly Father again someday and that we will always be able to look at life with spiritual eyes and see the bigger picture. 

Thank you for all your love and support. I miss you and love you. J
Love, Sister Price J     

Monday, May 5, 2014

This Sister is Having WAY too Much Fun!!

Hey fam!
First of all it was WAY nice hearing all your voices last night! It was a surprise for me too that I was able to call. We woke up in the morning and went to church like normal. Then after lunch while we were having our additional study time Sister Rider came home and told us that we could call our families!!! I of course jumped up screaming and did a little gig. I was so happy to talk to you guys! And now I´m looking forward to talking to you guys for mother’s day. Plus it was such a surprise to hear Bryan and Elise´s news about their little baby girl!!! That´s so exciting! And it´s even cooler that by the time I get home she´ll be ready to pop! ;) I can´t wait to get to know Miles again and babysit for you guys!

But as for the missionary work here in moyobamba, it has been slowing by quite a bit. L Which is a little hard on Tenicela and I, but we´re still just trying our best. We´ve had a lot of changes in the mission lately which is kind of exciting and new. Although as a mission we didn´t do every good in the ways of baptisms in the month of April, things are starting to look up. 

Everyone is saying that transfers are going to be crazy this change and we won’t find out if we have a change or not until after internet time. Usually you can feel a change coming on, but I really have no clue whether I will be staying or going, I don´t even really know what I want. The four of us sisters have had a BLAST with our time here in Moyobamba living together, it will be hard if one of us has a change.

Today is my comp´s birthday!!! Last night we waited till she went to bed and we decorated the whole apartment with balloons and streamers and confetti then when I went to sleep too, the other sisters tapped the door off with large poster paper and we had all written on saying Happy Birthday. Then this morning Tenicela and I (my comp) went for our run and when we came back we made a big breakfast (French toast, they love when we make American food) and then we all gave her some gifts and then tonight the two of us will be going over to a members house to have a big party with all the branch members (they love birthday´s here in peru) J I´m excited. 

Things are going great and I am so happy. J Thank you for all your love and support. I pray for you all every day. J Hugs and kisses!
Love, sister Price! J

PS mom. Please tell The Walls congrats on their baby! I´ll write her a letter soon. J     

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hey fam!
WOW! What a conference!! Was that good or what!? I LOVED the talk given by Elder Holland when he spoke about the two sister missionaries and that man who spit his food on them. 

No, I haven´t had anyone spit food at me, however I have had all sorts of people yell and argue with me. I have had a sea of people tell me I´m going to Hell and that I worship the Devil. Sometimes it is really hard for me to hold my tongue, but I loved the way Elder Holland put it - defend the church of Jesus Christ with love, but defend it. It was a wonderful talk. I also loved the talk about the Preach My Gospel manual and how every parent should study it. Seriously guys, Preach My Gospel is SUCH an inspired book as I have been in the mission and come to love this book I have often wondered why I never had read it before, or why the church doesn't teach the youth from this book until they are preparing for a mission. Preach My Gospel goes way further than mission training. This book is for EVERY kind of relationship or stage we are in life. Through Preach My Gospel, we can learn how to better teach and understand people needs and worries in life. I love this book! So I´m going to invite everyone to study Preach My Gospel.

But anyways conference was awesome. It´s always super fun watching conference with all the gringos.  Hopefully you all love conference and learned lots.

Anyways… Nothing too exciting is happening here in Moyo. We don´t have any baptisms coming up but we are finding some new families which is nice. I´m just praying that they can progress and we can set a baptism date with them.

OH! Funny quick story, so we are teaching this family who has lots of sons. The oldest is named Jorge and he is 22 years old. We always try to teach our investigators with a member so the only person suitable for this job was sister Lit. Sister Lit is 24 and a return sister missionary. She has one of the strongest personalities ever and she is single and the WHOLE world knows she really wants to get married. So we decide to ask her to visit Jorge with us - she agreed and we planned on meeting her at the church right before the appointment. We show up at the church and there is sister Lit in a tight dresses with high heels…. Oh no!….. We told her how good she looked and that she was going to steal Jorge´s heart. She giggled and whipped her hair around and told us that wasn´t her intention…. Yeah RIGHT!. Haha so we walked to Jorge´s house and his mother answers the door and invites us in. It didn´t take long for Lit to shout through the house for Jorge. He came out from the back just expecting to see us, but when he saw Lit his face was priceless. Then we started the lesson and Lit taught everything, she wouldn´t let us get a word in. haha I felt like I was a third wheel on a bad awkward date. Haha! It was SO funny. There are a lot more details but I don´t have time to write them all, but once my comp and I got back to the house we laughed and laughed and laughed. I love my mission. People are so funny sometimes.

Have a good week! The church is true! Go invite someone to church! ;)
Hermana Price! :D    

Monday, March 24, 2014

Burning My Skirt on Purpose!!

Hey Family!!
This week was SO much fun. J First of all this Saturday was Reninger´s baptism. J It was so beautiful. He had a little problem with his work and couldn´t come to church this Sunday and get confirmed so we just did it right after the baptism and it was really spiritual. I sang in Spanish and then in English. It was a lot of fun. J But now it´s back to square one. 

We have had troubles finding new people lately and we don´t have anything lined up for baptism for April so we´ve got to work hard to find someone. We have been teaching a couple families and they all fell through, but we´re staying positive and working hard. J

Today is cambios! (transfers) I don´t think I´m going to have a transfer or my comp or the other sisters, well I hope not. We have SO much fun together and we´re all just best friends. Like for example this Saturday night we had a “sleepover” . We all live together but we pulled out all of our mattresses and slept in the front room. We ordered pizza and made popcorn and ate ice cream (we all had belly aches in the morning, but it was worth it) 

We opened our little party with a prayer (because we are just cute like that) haha Then gave each other little gifts and burned my skirt. We threw the party for a couple of reasons:
  1. Today is transfers and we´re not sure we are going to get a change 
  2. Because Tenicela (my comp) Hna. Quispe (Rider´s comp) finished their 12 week training program which is a big deal in the mission. 
Sister Ryder now has 15 months in the mission and me - I have 1 year!!!! It was a blast! Then to finish off the night we watched the Joseph Smith movie in Spanish (we picked it because it has a little love story with Joseph and Emma) haha J

It was so much fun. J I love the sisters I live with. We all support each other and try to make each laugh when someone is down and we´ve just become a little family. J I love it here and I hope we wont have a change today but we´ll have to see. 

I love you all! I hope you are all happy and enjoying this adventure we call life. J
Love, Sister Price. J
Hugs and kisses! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Challenge: Pray for Missionary Experiences!

Hey fam!
Alright, everyone is just keeps having babies and what not. By the time I get back the family will be so much bigger! I love it. Life is so much fun.

But anyways the work is still going great here in Moyo. This week Reninger had his 2nd interview and will be getting baptized this coming Saturday. I´m way stoked! He´s is awesome. Although he has a problem with his job. He works in a casino and from day one, he has been telling us he wants a new job because he doesn´t feel good working with that kind of crowd. Plus his hours are super weird and sometimes he will work all night and he has stomach problems because of eating during weird hours.

But anyways, for baptism our investigators have to attend church at least 2 times. Reninger had come to church one time and he had to come to church again this Sunday to make his goal for baptism this coming Saturday (I know it´s a little confusing but stay with me, I´m getting somewhere) We went Friday night to verify that he will be able to come to church this Sunday. First off he told us that, “well I have to work from 10 at night until 7 in the morning, I know I´m going to be really tired” which made us a little disappointed and we didn´t really know what to say to him, but then he said, “but if I´m at church I know God will give me energy to be there” YEAH
From seeing all the sin that goes on, sometimes I get a little sad or feel overwhelmed or lose faith that the people here in Moyobamba aren´t going to listen to me, or that they aren´t going to want to change or wont feel the spirit. However Reninger is just another testimony to me that there are people prepared for the gospel. There are people who feel the spirit and have hope for the future. My comp and I are always looking and praying for help to find those people who are prepared for the gospel.

I love this work and I challenge all of you to pray for a missionary experience this week. Something small. :)

I love all of you guys and I hope everyone is happy and enjoying life. :) Don´t forget to spend me pics of all the family stuff! I miss you guys. Hugs and kisses!!!!
Hermana Price

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I Have the Best News and it is that Christ LIVES!

How was my party that I wasn´t there for? ;) You guys are awesome I miss you guys so much. How was the tasty French dip and strawberry shortcake? Hmmmmmmm. Did Kyle help you make the shortcake? He should´ve because He makes WAY good shortcake. I know this because he made me some last year for Valentine ’s Day, not that I´m trunky or anything… ;) but yep it´s kind of crazy that I have 6 months left in the mission. Time goes by so fast. I can´t believe I´ve been in Moyobamba for 2 transfers now. So crazy. 
I´m still loving it here, but this week was a super crazy week. We´ll just call it "Elder Scott Grow week". So every morning this week we would all go to Rioja and practice our song. Then Friday we went to Tarapoto which is about a 3 hour ride and stayed the night with some of the sisters. Then Saturday we drove back up to moyobamba and then that same night had another training from Elder Grow. Then Sunday we went to Rioja again for our conference. Needless to say, it was a busy week; however, I enjoyed every minute of it! 
Elder Scott Grow is from the 70 and he is awesome. I loved listening to his training's and his wife is SO cute and friendly. I´m pretty sure they made everyone trunky because he kept talking about how much he loves his wife and she kept saying how much she loved him…. It was blissful. Haha, but just being in all those training's made me so excited to keep working! He presented all these new ideas and plans for our little branch. He was so spiritual. I feel so blessed for the chance to work along beside him and listen to his counsel.
When I went to Tarapoto this week, I got to meet all the new white girls in the mission! There are so many that I haven´t met before! They are all so cute and fun. Sister Grow took a picture of all the girls legs because of our bug bites. She got a little choked up and apologized to us which made me tear up a little too. She told us that she is sad to see us like this. 
I know my mission is a little different than most and physically it might be a little more demanding but I wouldn´t have it any other way. I love my mission with all my heart. These people have become my family and if bringing these people the gospel means getting bit by weird unknown bugs, or slipping around in the mud, or walking in the pouring rain, so be it. I have the best news and the best message to share with the people of Peru and it´s that Christ lives. I know that Christ has paid for our sins and has overcome physical death. I love the gospel is true and the church which I represent is the only church which holds the all priesthood keys. I hope everyone has an awesome week! Don’t forget to take some time to go to the temple. You guys are so blessed to have temples so close!

Love, Hermana Price J Hugs and kisses!

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Wedding Planner

How is everyone doing? I´m still doing just fine here in paradise. J Things are going fine and time is flying by fast. This week was awesome! Reninger and Rosa got married this week. The wedding was really beautiful, maybe it was because I designed it… ;) 

So Peruvians are very rich in their culture and weddings can pretty much be the same. Everyone always has the same colors and has their first dance as husband and wife is also to the same song, and there just isn´t too much creativity there… So I just thought we should do something different… At the back of our church there is a really huge mango tree so I talked my comp into having the wedding under the mango tree. We started setting up all the chairs and we started hanging balloons from the tree. We set up this really pretty place for the cake and everything. It looked really good! Everyone was like Wow! Thats really different! I couldn´t tell if the ladies in the relief society liked it but Rosa seemed to like it so that´s all that mattered. J All their friends and family came. It was really fun. J But I was a little bugged with our Elders. 

First of all they came to the wedding in basketball shorts and tee shirts because they had “a service project” planned that they never went to. Then they just sat around and played with the music the whole time. They didn´t even get up and welcome the non member guests. Our Branch president was a little upset too. He actually talked to them this Sunday telling them to step-it-up. 

I remember this lady that came to speak to us in the MTC she said, now sisters if your Zone leaders or your district leaders are 19 going on 12 you can either decide to get upset and impatient with them or you can help them fulfill their calling. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that. 

I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is perfect but His church here on earth is lead by imperfect people. I know it´s so easy to get impatient with the leaders - I have sometimes but if I just remember that I´m just as imperfect as they are it helps me have more patience. Haha

Any who! What´s going on in the good old promised land? I miss you guys so much. Can you believe that I have 6 months left! Not that I´m trunky or anything… ;) No really the work is going great and I am happy. J I´m actually pretty excited for this week. Elder Scott Grow is coming from the 70. He will be giving us training on our ward and branch councils. It will be really good. Then the missionaries here and in Tarapoto will be having a special devotional from him too. Woo! So excited. They also told us that he will be doing personal interviews with us. I hope he picks me! 

Anyways, life is good and the missionary work is coming along just fine. I´m really excited for Reninger´s baptism. J It should be fun. Anyways love you tons and I hope everyone is happy and enjoying this fun, crazy adventure we call life. J
Hugs and kisses! Love, Aubs.   

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Gospel Fixes Families!

J Hey Famy!!

How is everyone doing?? I´m doing just dandy here in Moyobamba (aka the best place in the jungle) It´s actually been pretty cold this week. I love the weather here, but the only bad part is we still have to shower with cold water. When I was in Pucallpa it wasn´t a problem because it would feel so good when you would have a full day of work in the hot sun then come home and take your nice cold refreshing shower but now in Moyobamba we procrastinate our showers because it is SO cold. :P It´s also been raining a ton this week. But that´s ok. J I love walking around in my big black rain boots splashing around in the mud. J

My comp and I are doing so great. J She is one of the best comps I´ve had. She´s been a member for about 2 years and her testimony is SO strong. She is always pushing me to do better and not get complacent about my work. We teach really well together and we get along great. We also share a lot of laughs. J She is 29 though, and she is pretty self-conscience about her age, but I tell her all the time that she doesn´t look 29 at all! And everyone here in the mission always asks for your age, so I gave her my permission to tell people that she is 20 years old. J haha It´s really cute when she says that she is 20 she gets this “I´m telling a little white lie” face. She is awesome and I´m super happy that we get to have another transfer together.

Anyways, we had a baptism this week! It was Jimmy´s baptism this week. J I´m not sure if I have talked about jimmy to you guys but he´s really special to me. He´s 9 years old and his parents aren´t members but his older sister is. He´s pretty funny and he picks up on things quickly. His family have some MAJOR problems but my comp and I keep praying and stopping by his house in hopes to teach his parents. But something cool that happened this week is that his mom came to his baptism. His mom always looks so tired and beat. I can just tell she is so tired of her life. I would be too. They fight all the time in their family and sometimes when we go to their house I get this lump in my throat and tears in my eyes because of the stressful, unloving spirit that is in their home. But she was sitting in the front row for jimmy´s baptism and I watching her give little kisses to her other two little boys and touching them in a nice way. Then tears filled my eyes again but for a different type of spirit that I knew she was feeling. You could just tell the spirit working in her. She was more loving and had a smile on her face.

This is my favorite part about missionary work. When I can see physically the spiritual change in people, every time it brings such pure joy into my heart. I have so much love for the people here - they have stolen my heart. I feel so blessed to help families like jimmy. I know that the church is true and I know that this gospel fixes families. I hope everyone is home enjoying life and putting their families and the Lord first. It´s so easy to get caught up in day to day life, but we have to remember the big picture and remember the purpose of life. I love you all so much. I hope you have a good week. 

Love you all!
Hermana Price     

Monday, February 10, 2014

Scorpion Spiders and BIG FAT BATS - OH MY!!

Hey Fam!!!!
How is everyone going!? I’m doing just fine here in paradise. J I still love it here in Moyobamba in the Belen Branch. Things are really starting to progress. This week was a funny week. It started off SUPER slow. Last P day we went to the caves. It was about an hour and a half bus ride to get there. We went to this little village that is out by the mountains. I’m not kidding you; it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. We took this little hike that had this river with crystal clear water, and there was a family there playing around and swimming. (If I wasn’t in the mission I would have totally joined them, the water looked so refreshing and nice) There was also a little family who were walking the trail. The women had her baby strapped to her back with a blanket while her husband was leading their donkey up the trail. It was something out of a national geographic magazine. The mountains here are so tall and SO green. It was incredibly peaceful there. We were a group of about 16 and all of us were completely silent, there was a reverence there. Here in Peru, there are actually a lot of owls and they make this really cool sound that echoed in the canyon that we were in. Then once we go to the top there was this little hole in the ground. Our little guide pointed and said “here is the cave” It was SO much fun. But I have to tell you… If you have a fear of bugs the caves aren't for you. There were TONS of all sorts of bugs. Bugs that I haven´t even seen before. There were these spider things (a spider is the closest thing I can compare it to) but it had this FAT body with loooooooong skinny legs with these long antlers with too fat pinchers. It was like a scorpion and a spider combined. It was really cool. 

Then, mom you’re just going to love this… There are thousands of bats. BIG fat bats that would swoop down and fly right past your face. It was by far the COOLEST P-day ever. J But to make a long story short, we didn’t get back to our house until 7:30 at night and we are supposed to start our work again at 6. So Monday night we didn’t accomplish much then Tuesday rolled around and NO ONE was home. So we really didn’t get anything accomplished Tuesday either. HOWEVER by the end of the week, things started to pick up again. 

We found another family!!! YAY! They accepted to get married and baptized and they came to our activity that we had this week. They are really great. Also we have been working with the Sanchez family this week. We visited them Saturday night and we invited them to church. They told us that they couldn’t because they had to go work on their farm, Maria, the mom, told us she would really like to go but that they hadn’t done much work this week, and they needed to go. I was super bummed this family has had so much progress. They told us they would go to church if it rained in the morning. Well… we just set new goals as a mission this week, one of them being, to ask our heavenly father for miracles in our prayers. So my companion and I got on our knees Saturday night and asked for rain. We asked for a miracle. When we woke up in the morning it was POURING rain. J I know God not only listens to our prayers but He gives us the desires of our hearts. This Sunday the Sanchez Family came to church for the first time. J I love this work. 

I hope you all have a good week. Remember to pray with a purpose and don’t be afraid to ask for a miracle. J
Love, Your Sister Price. J
Hugs and Kisses!