Mi ultimo correo. And do you wanna know the truth? I'm a wreck. I can't even bear it. I can't! I've been pretty emotional this week, but that's normal, right? In case you didn't know......I LOVE MISSIONARY WORK so basically I HAVE LOVED MY MISSION. Honestly, I can't stand to leave it behind. These have been hard days. But they have been the very happiest! Luckily I get to take with me the lessons learned, the heart changed, and the conversion started. I am sooooo blessed, it's crazy. 

Amados Hermanos Mios, I know that God lives. I am a witness of His power and His miracles. He answers prayers. He answers mine. He loves me and all of His children. My merciful Heavenly Father has accepted my imperfect offering. Through wrestles on my knees and through the Atoning power of Jesus Christ, He made my efforts ENOUGH. 

I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God's kingdom on the earth today. A living, loving, unchanging God directs His church today through a living prophet. Because of the revelation Thomas S. Monson received in October 2012, I am here today! We need not be afraid in this scary world when we can follow him!

I know that the young prophet Joseph restored the truth and was indeed called of God! I feel it every time I teach it. It's a strong, unforgettable, indescribable feeling. It's the Holy Ghost! I have that same feeling every time I read the Book of Mormon. I LOVE THE BOOK OF MORMON. It has truly become a delight to me. Like chowing down on an In-N-Out double double animal style, only BETTER! The Lord speaks to me in that book. And through that book I have come to know my Savior.

Jesus Christ lives!!!!!!! Just as He carried Nephi and his family across the sea, as He carried Alma and the sons of Mosiah to those prepared to accept the word, and as He carried the 2000 stripling warriors through the battle to safety, He carried me to the end. On my mission I have come to know Him who went forth suffering pains and afflictions of every kind just to know how to succor, comfort and carry me. My mission has been hard... but I never felt like it was too much. He never let me feel it.... too much. He was always there. I stand all amazed. Confused at His grace. I love Him. And my Heavenly Father. And my mission. And Peru. And my converts. And all of you. 

Hasta pronto.... MUY PRONTO

Les amoooooo muchisimooooo

Hermana Rasmussen (todavia)

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AuthorDanny Rasmussen

December 7, 2015

WOWZA

I have learned so much this week. It can't come to an end. IT JUST CAN'T. It hit me again yesterday in sacrament meeting. My life is about to change completely again. I'm happy here! I'm helping people! I'm learning more than I could have ever imagined! I can't bear to think that all these experiences are going to stop. Some days my body tells me I can't take one more step, and some days I feel like I have so much more to do! I just have to remember that I'll keep learning and progressing even after this experience. This is just the beginning. 

Leadership conference of the Peru Chiclayo Mission.

Leadership conference of the Peru Chiclayo Mission.

This week I learned more about Jesus Christ. It was amazing. Go figure. As missionaries we go through EVERYTHING with the investigators, converts, and less actives. Ups, downs, all arounds. We are with them as they take a step of faith, as they doubt, as they fall, as they try again, as they reject it, as they are tempted, as they make bad choices, as they suffer consequences, as they succeed, and as they are blessed. IT IS QUITE THE ROLLERCOASTER. 

I won't go into detail but suffice it to say, I had quite the rollercoaster week. There was one moment when we walked out of the home of one sister that I burst into tears. It was one of those moments of pure heartache... sorrow... saddness. I could not understand. She had reached the tree. She had tasted the fruit. I know. I was with her. I love her. How could it be that she didn't want what we had to offer her now? After all we had been through FOR HER! As I expressed all of these feelings to my calm and collected angel of a companion, she said to me... Do you know how many people Christ died for that didn't accept His sacrifice? Yet was it in vain?

Her words cut deep. I love Hermana Guillen. I love the mission. I love my Savior... Asombro me da, de verdad. Hay que aceptarlo. 

Just livin' the life and counting the blessings! 

UNTIL NEXT WEEK- I STILL HAVE ONE MORE DON'T WORRY!

#quemiedo 

HNA RAS

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AuthorDanny Rasmussen

November 30, 2015

HELLOOO!

So I dont have much to report on this week...

Because there are only 4 sister leaders in the mission now we have been doing lots of intercambios! And have been contacting up a STORM! Also inviting many of the CONTACTS to be baptized. We had one lady point at us and laugh out loud and say "HA! chistosa eres!".... it took everything in me not to burst out laughing.... hahahahaha I love because a missionary. I'M GONNA MISS THIS.

I also had my first "I-really-dont-have-much-time-left-freak-out" but it all was totally fine, my comp, Hna Guillen is basically a therapist! Now I'm feeling a lot more tranquila. My ponderizing scripture this week: 3 Nephi 13:34. 

Love you all! 

#hanacidounsalvador

#asaviorisborn 

Enjoy this brief, inspiring message at:

https://www.mormon.org/spa/navidad?cid=HP_SU_11-29-2015_dMIS_fSPC_xLIDyL1-A_

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AuthorDanny Rasmussen

November 23, 2015

BUENOS DIAS A TODOS!!!!

So I have ANOTHER new comp! Her name is Hermana Guillen from Equador. She ROCKS. She is from my group but because she only was in the CCM for two weeks, she leaves NEXT transfer. LOVE HER.

Sarita and Paul had to travel randomly so they will not be getting baptized in these weeks.... coming soooon. But not too soon. We shall see! It's not quite a priority for them right now... they are waiting for it to be convenient for them. They'll make it one day.

The four Hermana Leaders in the mission.

The four Hermana Leaders in the mission.

I've been thinking a lot about one of my FAVORITE scripture stories. MOSES AND THE BRASS SERPENT. Numbers 21:5-9 tells us what happens....

In the New Testament we learn a little more of the meaning behind this story.... John 3:14-15....

And of course in the Book of Mormon is where we learn to APPLY it! 

In 1 Nephi 17:41, it explains that thanks to the fall of Adam and Eve, we have all been bitten by fiery snakes. But a loving Heavenly Father provided a way to be saved from the pain of those bites and to be healed. All it required was that we LOOK! For some, that was just too easy... and what happened? They perished. For pride, laziness, or maybe inconvenience... 

I love the question posed to us in Alma 33: 19-21.... In spanish it translates to, "would you not look immediately???" This story applies to my investigators. It definitely applies to me. And it applies to you! Ponder on it. Pray about it. Why do we not believe?? Why NOT look? Why NOT study daily the scriptures? Why NOT pray always to a loving Father? Why NOT attend church and go to the temple to find refuge and peace? The blessings are so great, Christ has saved us all if we will just turn our heads and peek! 

I have been studying the gospel art lately. I LOVE THIS PAINTING. And another insight I had from examining it was the need for a prophet. Our loving Heavenly Father has given us PROPHETS to POINT us to Christ. They give us the instructions to be saved. Who do you want to be in this picture? I personally would love to be one of the few who looked and lived. 

LOOK AND LIVE, PEOPLE! The Lord loves you and all of His children! And I love you all too. 

CHAO CHAO FOR NOW

Hermana Rasmussen

Hermana Rapunzel!

Hermana Rapunzel!

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AuthorDanny Rasmussen

November 16, 2015

FAMILIA!!!!

We have hd quite the week. Hermana Nelson went home on Monday and my comp for the week has been Hermana Liontop! I thought she was gonna be a mini-missionary, but not exactly! She's a real missionary. She's actually from here in Chiclayo, though! Kinda confusing but basically she went on a mission to Ecuador for six months, got sick, and had to come home, get treatment, and is now waiting for a few results in order to go back to Ecuador. So! On Monday she got re-set apart and is my comp this week. She'll be here in this mission until she gets her results... BUT! She has transfers now and I'll be getting a new compainon tomorrow. Hopefully my last!!!!

This week was a good one. We have been working a ton with Paul and Sarita! They are just so wonderful. They are definitely the wealthiest and most educated family I have ever taught in my mission so it's a little different, but it's great! A few months ago the sisters found them while knocking doors (which is incredible because knocking doors in this nice part of town is SUPER difficult). They taught them everything and pretty soon they both and strong personal testimonies of this as the Lord's church on earth. So why were they not baptized way back when with the other sisters?? Well, because they weren't married. And last week THEY GOT HITCHED! YAYAYA! So really the hard part was already over when I got here. I just get to help with the fun part. They have two daughters, a 19 year old and a 14 year old but unfortunately, neither want anything to do with us or the church. But we have faith that they'll come around with the strong example of their parents! They also have a newborn baby boy that Sarita is super excited about raising in the church so he can be a missionary, too, someday! She's the cutest. Their fecha is the 28th of November. I know they can make it. Prayers for them!!!

I am so dang blessed. There was a little scare this week when President Williams told me that he was thinking of transferring me to La Victoria again for these last four weeks to fill an Hermana Leader spot, and I wanted to cry! But I told him that I would go and I would do and I would be so happy to, knowing that it was the Lord's will for me. But... he didn't transfer me. HALLELUJAH! I'll be finishing up this wondrous adventure of a mission here in Chiclayo Central. Happy day!

I love the Lord, I love His work, I love literally wearing His name (Mosiah 5:12), I love being a missionary. Sorry everyone at home, this is the best kind of life.

Living it up while I can.

LOVE YOU ALL.

Hna Rasmussen

Posted
AuthorDanny Rasmussen

November 9, 2015

Not much to report this week! Just pretty TRUNK-ILA! I've killed another one of my companions. That makes 4. Just call me the mass murderer! Transfers aren't until next week so I'll be with a mini missionary for this week and then next week I'll get my next comp! It is literally impossible for me to kill another without killing myself first, that's the good news! CRAZY HOW FAST IT'S GOING!!! The work is slowing down a little.... keep praying for Sarita and Paul!! We are still hoping they can make it. They were married this week so that's a step in the right direction! I'm just so grateful and happy! LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!! CHAUUUUUUUUUUUU

Hna Ras

With investigators

With investigators

Spa time!

Spa time!

Loving Peruvian mangos

Loving Peruvian mangos

Camille's entire zone!

Camille's entire zone!

Camille trained Hermana Johnson, and Hermana Johnson trained the sister on the right. #ProudGrandmother :)

Camille trained Hermana Johnson, and Hermana Johnson trained the sister on the right. #ProudGrandmother :)

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AuthorDanny Rasmussen

November 2, 2015

Buenos Dias!

It has sure been a marvelous halloween weekend here in Chiclayo!

Hermana Flor and her little daughter Nikolle were baptized on Saturday. It was an incredible experience, the meeting was BEAUTIFUL and the spirit was so dang strong. It was perfect. They're perfect.

So a little more background on sweet Flor... she went to church for the first time when she was 15 and has been to MANY different wards as she's moved around Northern Peru since then. She has had the missionary lessons many times but was never really interested in changing her way of life. A few years ago her oldest daughter Kayssi was baptized but she still wasn't interested. Within the last few months ONCE AGAIN the Lord extended His merciful hand to her one more time to be able to accept or reject His message. She had several baptismal dates before I arrived here in the area but they all fell through. When I arrived the sisters had actually stopped visiting her. They could never find her, she didn't progress or keep commitments, etc. BUT! My first day here, Hermana Nelson, being prompted by the spirit 100%, said, "let's go try this one lady I have visited before, but if it doesn't go well, I'm totally find not coming back here." Well... we found her in a moment of need, we invited her to make the necessary changes in her life, and she committed to do it.

Alma the younger taught us that we all "must be born again, yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming His sons and daughters; and thus becoming new creatures," (Moses 27:25-26).

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Never in my mission have I seen a change quite as drastic as that of Flor. Surely she was "redeemed from the gall of bitterness and bonds of iniquity" she was "in the darkest abyss, but now (she) beholds the marvelous light of God" (Moses 27:29).

There was a new light in her eyes the moment she stepped out of her baptismal interview, an even brighter light as she stood to bear her testimony at the baptism, and we could ALL behold that "marvelous light of God" in her when she received the Holy Ghost. She is a new person now. She is still beautiful, sassy, classy Flor, but with a changed heart. She has become as HER child, Nikolle, "submissive, meek, humble, patient, and full of love," (Moses 3:19).

Flor and Nikolle are great examples to me. I'm still working on my own change of heart, it's definitely a process. One day I'll be a changed, NEW creature like them and my Savior. ALl is possible thanks to HIs outstretched arms of mercy. SO grateful that He let me be changed by helping them be baptized. I love them. And all of you. And my Savior.

HASTA LA PROXIMA SEMANA!

Hna Ras

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AuthorDanny Rasmussen

October 26, 2015

HELLO!!!!!

NOt much to report this week so I don't have a long letter. We had a couple more intercambios with some great sisters and I ahve been studying the scriptures like CRAZY!!! I LOVE THE SCRIPTURES. Here's one of my faves about exactly that topic: Alma 37:45. LOVE YOU ALL AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK! 

Hna Rasmussen

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AuthorDanny Rasmussen

From October 19, 2015

This week was FANTASTIC! Between our multizone conference with Elder Uceda of the Seventy, leadership council with Elder Uceda, intercambios, and investigators that actually want to hear from us, we have been very busy!

On Wednesday we had our multizone meeting (actually with the whole mission) and we were blessed to hear from the inspiring Elder Uceda and his wife! It was SOO INCREDIBLE. In all honesty, he is one SCARY general authority, but you can tell he just has the sweetest heart. Even while he is calling you to repentance :) The main topics of the day were obedience and becoming a persuasive teacher. It was wonderful! Especially wonderful because now in our mission of 140ish missionaries, about 90 have three months or left. Crazy, huh?? I would have loved to get much of his counsel early on in my own mission, but that's okay! I've still got a couple months to grow and learn and better myself! And the rest of my life for that matter. That's the best news of all!

Wednesday night we had a special conference with Elder Uceda and ALL the ward council members from all over Chiclayo! There was a special sprit of unity there between the members and the missionaries and I learned SO much.

On Thursday we were so blessed as to have ANOTHER conference with Elder Uceda and the mission leadership. This was the cherry on top. :) He reinforced obedience and teaching skills but the most amazing point he made was actually about scripture study! He took scripture and pulled it, pushed it, stretched it, and tugged it until he found out everything possible from that scripture. HE studied the background, the speaker, paused, re-read, defined words, reflected on personal experiences, asked questions, questioned what he already thought he knew, identified simple doctrines, found daily examples and comparisons, etc. WOW. He drew a chess board on the white board in front and asked how many squares we saw. 8x8... 64! WRONG, he said. He then showed us the four in the corner, or what about the big one around all the little squares? We soon found out there were really 204. He explained that the scriptures are designed to hide, just like that. SO we must really SEARCH to discover the hidden squares to receive personal revelation. My studies have been 100% changed. I love the gspel and all that I still have to learn.

On Friday, I had possibly the greatest intercambio of my whole mission! I was with a wonderful sister from Chile, Hermana Valdebenito. We just had miracle after miracle. We were both in awe. SO many experiences to share but I will just say that the spirit buided us 100% of the way. We found about 5 new investigators for them and always seemed to end up exactly where the Lord wanted us to be. I love being a missionary.

Now the work. We have one investigator named Flor who is a single mom. Her 15 year old daughter is a less active and she's been listening to the missionaries for YEARS! She has set several baptismal dates but Satan always seems to interfere! This time she's gonna do it. She and her 9 year old are DYING to be baptized and have a date for the 31st. HALLOWEEN! Prayers for her.

We are also teaching a family. Sarita and Paul. The sisters found them a few months ago and they have been progressing just wonderfully! They are a little hard to find but they have a wedding date for the 6th of November and the baptismal date for the 14th. I just love them. I JUST LOVE THE LORD! I never could have imagined so much mercy and so many blessings for us right now. Alma 26:12. 

Love you all,

Hermana Ras

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AuthorDanny Rasmussen
POSSIBLY THE GREATEST WEEK OF MY WHOLE MISSION. #cloud9 #blessed

After the wonderful and memorable transfer meeting on Tuesday I now find myself in.,... DRUM ROLL PLEASE....

ESTACA CHICLAYO CENTRAL , BARRIO CENTRAL!

I am  right smack in the middle of the city in Chiclayo. Who knew that existed here?? Talk about a new wave of CULTURE SHOCK. The bright lights, busy (and PAVED) streets, and tall buildings make me feel like I'm in Time Square! It's fun to be in the center of the city where we can buy things like peanut butter or tortillas if we are really craving it, but the REAL reason this has been the greatest week ever is because WE HAVE INVESTIGATORS HERE. We are HELPING PEOPLE. That is all I have ever wanted. To help people accept the restored gospel and come unto their Savior. Since coming down from Cajamarca, that has been a real trial. In both Lambayeque and La Victoria, we did little teaching, a lot of walking, and we had a LOT of rejection. They were tough. I know The Lord put me there for specific reasons and I loved both of those areas, but I am soooooo grateful to be here. In my Book of Mormon study this morning I learned about Aaron. He's the man. 

Alma 21:13-17

13 Nevertheless, Aaron and a certain number of his brethren were taken and cast into prison...

 14 And those who were cast into prison suffered many things....

 15 And they went forth again to declare the word, and thus they were delivered for the first time out of prison;and thus they had suffered.

16 And they went forth whithersoever they were led by the Spirit of the Lord (and sent by their mission president), preaching the word of God in every synagogue of the Amalekites, or in every assembly of the Lamanites where they could be admitted.

 17 And it came to pass that the Lord began to bless them, insomuch that they brought many to the knowledge of the truth.

I love Aaron and all of the sons of Mosiah. They suffered SOOO MUCH, but nevertheless, THEY WENT FORTH AGAIN! And what happened? The Lord eventually blessed them with success. 

I'm not saying that in my other area, I was ever thrown into prison or that I suffered half of what Aaron and his brethern suffered.  I'm also not saying that this new area is ALL butterflies and rainbows and baptisms.... but sometimes that's how it feels!!!! We are teaching wonderful investigator families that want to follow the Savior.... We have rock solid recent converts who are the best missionaries around... We have ward members and leaders who are giving their all to the work or Salvation.... we really CAN'T LOSE. I could not ask the Lord for a more perfect place to wrap up these last months of my mission. I am so blessed.

If with nothing else, the Lord has blessed me this week with a renewed enthusiasm for the work. Genuinely, there is no place I would rather be! I love being a missionary. I love teaching. I love contacting. I love walking for heaven's sake! And I love the Lord because He consecrates our trials and efforts for our good. 

Until next weeeeeek! LOVE YOU ALL! CHAOCITO

Hermana Ras

P.S.: my comp is Hermana Nelson from American Fork, Utah!! SHE IS AMAZING. We had mutual friends from BYUI. But guess what..... she will be my 4th kill. Goes home in November.... NOOOOOOOOO #callmethemurderer 

**no new photos this week**

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AuthorAshley Ysasaga

Well I guess I didn't have the right to the revelation about the three new apostles after all... I got all three wrong!! But that's okay. I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER! Elder Stevenson came to our mission with Bednar in August and he and his amazing wife spoke to us. They are so down to earth and incredible. I just can't wait to hear more from them!! They will be perfect. 

This remarkable weekend has left me somewhat speechless! Too many faves. I have a new resolve to become EVEN MORE like my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love learning of Him. It's my favorite thing to do. I love Him and revere Him. I know that through His atonement, we can be transformed if we let Him transform us! I know that that is the ONLY way to reach the mind blowing potential he has for each of us, We need to be better tomorrow than we are today. Rough times are up ahead, but by following the refining whispers of the Holy Ghost and putting every ounce of our trust in Him, all things will work out for our good. God's ways are higher than our ways. I love that because my ways are not very high at all.... I'm so happy and blessed to be a part of God's living church and army in THIS time! 

GOD SPEAKS TO US THROUGH HIS PROPHETS TODAY: Hazlos CASO, dang it!

Quick update on me: They closed my area and my comp went home. This week ill have a new comp and a new area! WOOOO 2 TRANSFERS LETS GO. Stoked to be here. Ready to conquer the Lord's next assignment for me. Love you all!

Until next week!

hna ras

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AuthorAshley Ysasaga

ATTENTION ALL WOMEN ages 8-108 who did NOT tune into the Women's Conference this past Saturday: I have a great scripture for YOU!

Mosiah 26:30....

The good news is, YOU CAN REPENT NOW AND WATCH IT HERE....

I sure was humbled in this sweet meeting. Among the many lessons I learned from things spoken and UNspoken:

--No matter how life (or the mission goes), we should REJOICE to know that it is the Lords will for us. How awesome is that?

--The scriptures, prayer, the temple, the gospel... THAT is real life. THAT is the real thing. So when I go back to "real life" after the mission, it won't be such a change because now I know what "real life" is all about. Jacob 4:13

--To be ready to enter the Kingdom of God, we don't have to be perfect! We just need to repent every day. 

--I am the most blessed person I know and have absolutely NO reason not to be 100% happy every single day. The mission is hard sometimes. But happiness isn't in circumstances. It's in the HEART!

God lives and speaks to His prophets TODAY. That is my very favorite truth to share with people every day in the street. Some ignore us and walk away, some get defensive, some want to fight, but some truly take the time to listen and have the desire to know if it could be true (these usually dont live in our area :P). But anywho, I AM SOOOO GRATEFUL to know this truth for myself. I treasure that knowledge. I am absolutely GIDDY for this special historical conference weekend where 3 new Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be called. 

Since the women's conference, I have done some repenting and changing to be more fit for the kingdom, and I invite you all to do the same! Make sure you have all got prayerful questions ready for this weekend!! #LDSCONF #QUEEMOCION #PINSANDNEEDLES #IHAVEMYGUESSESFORAPOSTLES

SO BUCKLE UP!! The Lord wants to to speak to YOU this very weekend.

Much love,

Hermana Ras

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AuthorAshley Ysasaga

Hola Hola! Como estan todos?

We have had quite the roller coaster week here in the good old barrio Union. It's been one of those mission-changing, perspective-changing, heart-changing weeks. It was filled with ups and downs and all-arounds, but really I just want to talk about one special family.

Once upon a time about two months ago, my companion and I had an appointment fall through on the very edge of our area but for whatever the reason, something brought us to the very opposite side of our area to knock doors (that something was the spirit, by the way). The first door we knocked was this special house. Juana answered. She let us in and told us that she had seen us in the park that day contacting and hoped that we would find our way to her house. She was an old investigator, loved the church, had read the entire Book of Mormon, had children and other family members that were members (less actives), but had never been baptized herself. She told us of her desires to be baptized and change the bad habits of her life so that she could once again be close to God (golden, right?). Well over the last couple of months, she has had several baptismal dates, but nothing has stuck.

Great success we HAVE had, however, in this home has been in reactivating and rescuing her 27 year old niece, Jessica. SHE. IS. INCREDIBLE. But just wait, there are about 30 more people that live in this special, tiny, makeshift home. Many have been in and out of prison, many are alcoholics, and the majority don't want to listen to the great message of the gospel, but there are a group of 6 or 7 little children that are present for every lesson. Now, in our mission, we don't teach, work with, or baptize anyone under the age of 18. We search for families. But fortunately, working with Jessica and Juana makes this a family. How, Saulo (12), Sebastian (9), Jeffrey (9), Angel (8), Marjori (6), Nancy (5), and  couple even littler, are attentive and listening in every lesson. In this house, we can't match these children up to parents. They're pretty much on their own. But that is why they just treasure the gospel so much. These kids are at church every Sunday now 15 minutes early. They read every pamphlet we leave. They are even starting the Book of Mormon! They each pray several times a day. They pray together. They love when we come for family home evenings with all of them to play games and teach each other! They may not be able to get baptized at this point, but they really are doing everything and more that the Father asks of them.

I have never had a stronger testimony that the gospel blesses families. This kind of love has never before been present in this home and these kids are eating it up! I love them as I do my own nieces and nephews. I love them as I know Heavenly Father loves them. As we sing hymns and talk of Christ, their lives have been changed, and so has mine.

OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. <3  Matthew 19:14

Until next week...

HNA R

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Camille asked that we also share her companion's letter home to add additional perspective and detail. 

From Hermana Kennedy:

The brickwalls painted baby blue surround the plastic stools placed in a semi-circle facing a full sized bed that will lay 3 persons as soon as we finish our lesson and let them sleep. Juana and her son, Saulo, and her nephew of 9 years old listen. The small cutouts of the ´plan of salvation´ allow us to engage the little boys along with the grown-ups as we teach them. We place one more cutout down on the bed that we use as a table in attempts to continue teaching. We are interrumpted by a scream. The bedroom door is shut, but it was as if the sceram was right behind me. The 9 year old sitting on the bed in front of me closes his eyes. The woman screams for him again. This time he answers her. He shuts the door behind him. Tears fill our eyes as we hear the voice verbally destroy that precious little boy. Minutes pass and he comes back into the room. He listens. We pick up where we left off to allow the Spirit to slow his racing heart. As we finish he offers to say the closing prayer. He has a smile on his face, that only Christ himself could relate to. He closes his eyes. I close mine. I listen. He utters these words:

Please change my parents. Please. Please change them. Please help them to stop drinking. Please. 

The door slams from the room adjacent to us. Silence falls and the spirit surrounds us. He continues:

Please bless Aunt Juana that she will be at our family home evening tomorrow. Help he go to church this Sunday with us. Help he go to church every Sunday with us. Bless the hermanas and bless my family.

He finished his prayer ´in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.´

Juan 14:14 The Lord will provide for him. 

Matt 19:14 ´Suffer little children to come unto me: for such is the kingdom of heaven.´

He hears our prayers. He loves the children. He protects us in times of worry and doubt. My companion and I are the angels that protect him. Church is his refuge. God is his Savior and he knows he is blessed when he prays. 

I hope you all remember to pray! I LOVE YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH!

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AuthorAshley Ysasaga

Letter from September 14, 2015

HOLA!

Another rough week. Our only investigator sat us down and gave us about a 10 minute thank you, but told us this just wasn't what she wanted or needed in her life right now. She gave us a chocolate pastry and tried to return all the folletos we gave her. As she walked us out, she told us that if there was anything we needed, we could call her. #BESTBREAKUPEVER. But really, zero investigators.

Past companion - Hermana Johnson!

Past companion - Hermana Johnson!

Previous companion - Hermana Wood!

Previous companion - Hermana Wood!

In our search for new ones as we contacted in the street all week, we had the local drunk sing Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" to us, we had a woman stiff-arm us (we think she must play American football), and we had a man legitimately stick his dog on us when we knocked his door. NEVERTHELESS, WE WENT FORTH! (1 Nephi 4:7)

These are the streets of Peru!

These are the streets of Peru!

No worries, we're safe and sound. However, still not having a ton of success in this little corner of the Lord's vineyard. Like last week though, the Lord answered our prayers (He always does). Within the last 45 minutes of our Sunday, we were knocking doors and stumbled upon one little miracle. Her name is Jackie. In our powerful but brief 30 minutes together, she accepted the baptismal date of the 10th of August. Unfortunately, she travels and works a LOT and on weekends, but it's a start. It's a reason to keep going. The Lord needs us here right now. The Lord loves me and is grateful for my service. That, I am sure of! We're just praying Jackie isn't secretly one of the three Nephites like we're pretty sure our less active from last week is.... #NEVERFOUNDAGAIN!

Love you all,

HNA RAS

"My favorite twins in the whole world."

"My favorite twins in the whole world."

"I love these kids just as much as I love my own nieces and nephews," she writes.

"I love these kids just as much as I love my own nieces and nephews," she writes.

"Aunt Camille" in her element! :)

"Aunt Camille" in her element! :)

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AuthorAshley Ysasaga

Letter from September 7, 2015

I don't have too much to say this week.

We have been doing a lot of THIS:

and have been feeling a lot like this:

and getting a reaction sorta like this:

But you know what, the blessings ARE COMING! We know it. On Sundays when we were feeling utterly unwanted and unneeded in our area after a week of almost no teaching and no success, we fasted and prayed for the Lord to show us why we were here in this area. Sunday afternoon, a young, less-active single mom ran up to us and told us she had been looking for missionaries to teach her and help her come back to church. She practically begged us to help her change her life and come to know Christ again. Okay, Heavenly Father... we get it. <3  He loves us.

Until next week!!!!!

Hermana Rasmussen

Three cheers for world peace!

Three cheers for world peace!

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AuthorAshley Ysasaga

Mi Querida Familia <3

It sure has been a glorious weekend! From start to finish it was inspiring. I’m ready to conquer the world and baptize EVERYONE! Too bad we don’t really have investigators… but that will change soon. Everyone has their own mission stories and experiences that make their mission the best, but truly, I am the most blessed missionary I know. The Lord loves me way more than I deserve.

On Saturday morning our mission enjoyed the privilege of a visit from Elder David A. Bednar. Our WHOLE mission was together for the first time EVER. It was marvelous. Elder Bednar came with his wife, plus Elder Soares (president of the Seventy) with his wife, plus Elder Godoy (of the Seventy) with his wife, plus Bishop Stevenson (presiding bishop) with his wife, plus Elder Lezano (area Seventy). Elder Bednar joked that it was probably the first and only session of General Conference ever held in Chiclayo, Peru. HAHA! It was nuts. The meeting was incredible. He made it into an amazing interactive experience and conversation. He asked us questions, he answered questions, he brought an undeniable spirit, and we all left edified and wanting to be better. It was truly an amazing day. Because on Friday they had been in Piura and met my pops there, Sister bender called me up to give me a hug from my mom and she asked me to share with everyone something I learned from my parents. I shared just a couple of thoughts and amazingly wasn’t even nervous with the five general authorities sitting behind me. I also had the great blessing of shaking hands with Elder Bednar. It was seriously amazing to look in his eyes and feel the spirit testify that He was indeed a servant of God.

After the meeting we all got together for pizza with all us missionaries and president. It was great fun! But after that is when the fun REALLY began. Hermana Kennedy and I went with President and Sister Williams back to the mission home where I got to see my dear parents.

It went something like this: Luke 15:20. Or maybe a little more like this: Alma 27:16-17. Just like the Jaredites (Ether 6:12), we “shed tears of joy before the Lord because of the multitude of His tender mercies over [us].”

Hermana Kennedy and I spent the afternoon proselytizing and visiting with my mom and Sister Williams. Then we finished off the day with dinner all together. I could not be more blessed.

We had a beautiful stake conference yesterday and Elder Soares came with his wife. I had the chance to talk to him after, and once again, spoke highly of my amazing parents. I feel like Nephi: “I, Hermana Rasmussen, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my Father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my mission, nevertheless, having been HIGHLY FAVORED of the Lord in all my days…”

I know that God lives and loves me more than I deserve. He loves my family. He loves these Peruvians. THAT I am sure of.

Until next week,

HNA RAS

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AuthorDanny Rasmussen

Letter from August 17, 2015

Amados Hermanos mios!

This week I learned that I am not very patient. That is an attribute the Lord is still patiently trying to teach me!

First of all, with my investigators... I think after all of those amazing meetings from last week and the inspiring multizone conference this week, I am just ready to BAPTIZE THE WORLD! I've been a little frustrated with some of our investigators simply for not being ready to be baptized, I think. We never found Patricia and Walter again... Jorge is not quite ready for his baptismal date of the 29th of this month. It appears our forever investiagor might need just a little more time... Nancy and Cesar seemed WONDERFUL all week long in our lessons, but then they didn't come to church. I still have faith that all of these people will make it someday... in the Lord's time. Right now, they just need my love and my PATIENCE!

I have also been learning patience with the members. The thing is, the active members are VERY active and therefore have multiple callings and children and so obviously don't have time for missionary work (a lie from Satan). But we have been praying and fasting to know how to help, love, and serve these wonderful and faithful members even more to help the Lord's work go forward. LOTS OF PATIENCE!!!

Now perhaps praying for patience wasn't the brightest idea I have ever had, but I definitely have a testimony that the Lord answers prayers because He gave my companion and I a very large (YET VERY SMALL) trial of our patience this week (see Exodus 8:17): "all of the dust of the land became LICE throughout the land of [La Victoria]." I love the Lord, His sense of humor and all! I love Peru, the tiny creatures that live in your hair, and all! I also love Hermana Kennedy. We have grown VERY close in this small... large... trial of faith and patience! WE have learned together to be patient as we spent hours this p-day going piece by piece through each other's manes of hair. #TMI #memories #Peru #patience

I am learning patience with everyone around me, with these little creatures on my head, and also with myself. I've had a long way to go but I know the Lord will show patience with me. He always has! As I studied Jacob 5 this week, I was struck by the patience He shows there. He wants to "spare us a LITTLE longer." Jacob 5:50. He's doing His part; we just gotta do ours.

Love you all forever!!

HNA RAS

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AuthorDanny Rasmussen

Letter from August 24th

HOLA HOLA

Guess what?? Today is the start of a new transfer. I really love a new transfer. New goals, new plans, new aspirations, new ambitions, new dreams, new start. I love it. My comp and I don't have transfers from this area, but we are looking at it with NEW EYES! We are excited.

This week was tough. Lots of ups and downs and all arounds but we learned a GREAT lesson... EL DOMINGO LLEGARA.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin taught us:

Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we cannever be put tgether again. We will all have our Fridays.

But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.

All week long we have listened to, "Another day, little mama!"

"I'm busy."

"PLEASE no."

"Any day but today."

"She's not home."

"There's no one home."

"She's showering."

"I would be lying..."

"We already know Christ."

"I'm visiting."

"Go away,"

"No."

...

But you know what?

SUNDAY CAME.

Sunday has always been and still is my favorite day of the week. I love it. This sunday was one of the most glorious of my mission... not because anything amazing happened... it was just glorious. We took the sacrament, we had investigators come, we had a great consejo de barrrio, and the messages at church were just absolutely edifying and perfect for the investigators and less actives that did and did not come. I just want to testify that Sunday rocks. The Lord rose from the dead the third day so that we might, too. He blessed us with the greatest sense of peace yesterday for our work this week. I love Him so much. So if you're having a bad week.... just know that DOMINGO LLEGARA!

Otro dia madrecita!

hna ras

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AuthorDanny Rasmussen

Letter from August 10, 2015

HEY HOME!

Well, this week was one of the greatest of all my mission. It was just incredible! It was one of those weeks that makes you never want the mission to end. All my friends may be headed home soon, but don't even worry. I STILL HAVE TIME!

We had an amazing "Consejo de Lideres" with Presidente Williams just jam picked with lots of good stuff! My comp and I were asked to speak and we taught a little on creative teaching. Presidente also instructed us on FAITH and on working with members and on how we can have MORE BAPTISMS! It was great. You left that meeting ready to baptize the world, seriously! This week we also had the privilege to teach in two zone conferences because we are in charge of the sisters in both "La Victoria" as well as in "Chiclayo Peru"! That's why last week I got to do exchanges with Hermana Johnson, and this week with Hermana Wood!! I love both of them with all of my heart. #oldcomps #reunited #theLordlovesus

Even with all the meetings and exchanges this week, we actually got to do a good amount of work in our area and see some serious progress. We have been inviting the whole world to be baptized with FE (faith) and with FECHA (a specific date)! Get it... FE-CHA! It has been fantastic. Maybe not everyone wants us to come back, but we are finding the prepared. Some of them really do have the "E" for "escodigas" on their foreheads. It's incredible to see.

We found this one new family of Walter & Patricia. They were investigators years ago but just never got baptized. They are both disabled and in wheel chairs but are the most AMAZING people in the world. Teaching them, I felt like I was in a Mormon Message! ESCOGIOOS! Also we found out one of the most active guys in our ward is actually not even baptized! He is just a super active investigator. All his family was baptized a few years ago but he wasn't. His wife and three daughters are amazing. Anyways, that's JORGE! He should be getting baptized at the end of this month. We also found a family... well... for the first time in a while. Nancy and Cesar. They are great but are not married. Their 14 year old daughter is a recent convert. Nancy is a recently rescued less-active and Cesar and their other little daughter, Laura, are not members yet. FINALLY after a long time of ignoring us, they let us come back. It was a humbling experience. We had taken one approach with them last time that was clearly not what they needed and we had to apologize and show a HECK of a lot of love to them. It worked. They are amazing but I am definitely learning a lot while teaching them... little by little.

The lessons learned on the mission are unlike anything in the world. This week I learned to be humble... I learned that I need more faith... I learned that the Lord is leading His work and is on our team! He wishes us success but we have got to ask for it in FAITH. NO WIMPY PRAYERS! We are having a baptism this month and I know it! (If it's the Lord's will, of course)

HASTA LUEGO

Hermana Rasmussen

P.S. We are in the Union Ward CHOIR no!! It's the funnest and funniest thing ever. Let's just say, Peruvians have other talents... #elcoronuncadejadeser

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AuthorDanny Rasmussen

Letter from August 3, 2015.

Hola Hola!

We have had a super-busy-crazy week! And this next week will be EVEN CRAZIER! First off, we had interviews with President that were simply amazing. Talking with him and sweet Sister Williams is always so inspiring and motivating. It is now officially public knowledge that BEDNAR is coming to our mission at the end of this month! #HOLLA #maybeevenwithMissionPiura <3

Also we found out... we are sister leaders to not only our zone but also to Zona Chiclayo Peru! SO we are in charge of two more companionships of sisters. Guess who... HERMANA JOHNSON and her companion!! And Hermana WOOD and her companion!! Literally so exciting. Two of my old comps. This week I was able to do an exchange with Hermana Johnson in her new area. She is doing soooo well! #hija #proudmama It was way fun to be reunited with her and see her progress. She is a dynamite, as always, and taught me SO much. Also I literally had culture shock when I went to her area. QUE PITUCO! (like, how fancy!). It is probably similar to the neighborhood where my parents are living in Piura. Lots of large houses and rich people with CARS! #miniamerica #luckyducks

My comp and I have been working on loving this area and these people. For a while there we were going REALLY hard on them because we were just so frustrated with no one progressing. We have learned that there is definitely a balance. We can be bold with all the love in the world and people are more likely to progress! In fact, we NEED to be fairly straight-forward to help these people act but if they don't feel our sincere love for them, it is all in vain! WE CANNOT HELP IN THIS WORK WITHOUT LOVE. D&C 12:8. I also love D&C 121:43 (you can see I am loving D&C right now) but it is clearer in Spanish! It explains that the spirit will indicate the right moment to reprove or chasten... but always followed by more love so they can know we are on their team! That we aren't against them. That we want them to succeed.

Welcome to the missionary pride cycle! One day we go out and burn the world and the next, we love 'em. We're working on the balance. :)

I love the mission more than anything. These busy weeks are just so fabulous. We have been working with one investigator, Liliana, a lot but she isn't married and we are still winning over her catholic "husband." She really is wonderful though and knows the gospel is true! They will make it. Poco a poco. We also found a less active last week named Jessica who is my HERO! She is a single mom of two but is changing SO MUCH and is teaching her children with so much love; she is amazing. Little by little the Lord is leading us to the prepared. So grateful to be a part of this work. This coming week my comp & I have been asked to teach in the zone leader / sister leader training meeting, then two zone conferences, and we will have an intercambio (exchange) also in there somewhere. These are exciting times in the Lord's vineyard. LOVE YOU ALL!

Hermana Ras

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