Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This article came from the church news, and ldschurchgrowth. This new mission 
will make 10 missions for Peru.  

Peru Chiclayo Mission
Becoming Peru's tenth mission, the Peru Chiclayo Mission will be organized from 
the Peru Piura and Peru Trujillo Missions. The new mission will include the two 
Peruvian regions of Lambayeque and Cajamarca with a combined population of 2.5 
million. The realigned Peru Piura Mission will retain the regions of Piura and 
Tumbes with a combined population of 1.9 million and the realigned Peru Trujillo 
Mission will retain the regions of Ancash and La Libertad with a combined 
population of 2.7 million. The Peru Piura Mission was once headquartered in 
Chiclayo and was known as the Peru Chiclayo Mission until relocated to Piura in 
the 2000s. The new Peru Chiclayo Mission will have eight stakes and the 
realigned Peru Piura Mission will have five stakes and two districts and the 
Peru Trujillo Mission will have 10 stakes and four districts.
Notwithstanding the large number of full-time missions administering Peru's 
population of 30 million, dozens of cities between 10,000 and 30,000 remain 
unreached by the LDS Church and many are located in northern Peru in areas 
affected by the mission realignment. Several previously unreached cities now 
have groups and full-time missionaries assigned (such as Morropon, Tambo Grande, 
Huamachuco, and Huarauaos) and additional cities will likely open to missionary 
work as additional mission resources are allocated to the soon-to-be three 
missions (such as Bambamarca, Chota, Cutervo, La Arena, and Tambo Grande). 
Peru's native full-time missionary force more than exceeds the number of 
full-time LDS missionaries stationed in Peru, which has likely contributed to 
the announcement of an additional mission. As the number of Peruvian Latter-day 
Saints serving missions continue to rise, we may see additional missions 
organized in Peru in locations such as Huancayo, Ica, and Iquitos. 

South America Northwest Area
Peru Chiclayo
The Peru Chiclayo Mission is being created by dividing the Peru Piura and Peru 
Trujillo missions on the Pacific coast of that nation, making a total of 10 
missions in Peru.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Hey everyone! 
This week went really well for us!! We're going to have a baptism this Wednesday because of General Conference this week. Also, the next week Peru is going to have elections so we have to have the baptism this week which is better. His name is Jheyson and he is 14 years old. We are teaching quite a few people right now but they are not progressing very much. We are teaching a lot of young people in this area. One girl named Isabel that is a maid for a family who are members. She is from Chepen which is where I had my first baptism and is 5 minutes away from Guadalupe!!! We talked a little bit about Guadalupe and how glad we are thats it's not as hot here and there aren't any mosquitoes. Also we're teaching one family that the parents aren't married but they have plans to get married either this week or the next, so we hope that they take the time to go and fill out their paperwork.
 The miracle that happened this week was that we went to a grocery store and I found Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew!!!!! I bought 20 dollars worth.........for now!!! haha Today for dinner I'm going to drink some because my pensionista has a fridge for her restaurant. My pensionista is Hermana Balvina. She is about 55 or 60 years old and she cooks really well. She had cancer of the throat a few years ago but I don't know any more than that, if she still has cancer or if she is better. She has one son on a mission and one more son that is a returned missionary that is really nice and also works in her restaurant. She also has one daughter that lives in her house with her family and she has one granddaughter that is 3 years old named Norelys. 
We didn't do anything for President's birthday but I know it was last Friday. He now is 50 years old but he looks like he is 40.
 It's still a little hot here in Trujillo but it's starting to cool down and fall is almost going to start. It was really windy yesterday and it was really nice.
 I can't believe the people from Guadalupe found me on Facebook. Elizabeth is the daughter of Roman that I baptized the last change. Anita is my convert and she is an english teacher and she is really active in the church. Jardelith is an investigator that we were teaching that is 13 years old. She didn't get baptized while I was there but is going to church. What you can tell Elder Samayoa is to call the family of Gladis Revilla and help them accept to be baptized, and you should ask Anita to tell me how Elder Santiago is doing and if anyone got baptized. 
Well I gotta go but I'll write next week.
 Con CariƱo, 
Elder Wilkinson 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

One of the many decisions a missionary has to make...haha

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A very special baptism!!
Elder Wilkinson and Brother Roman Quiroz
Elder Wilkinson, Brother Quiroz, Elder Santiago
Elder Rivera, Elder Wilkinson, Brother Quiroz,
 Elder Santiagoa, Elder Calta
Many special baptisms!
Let the celebrating begin!!
Flour and eggs are a great peruvian tradition!!
Elder Wilkinson, Elder Santiago...Elyzabeth Quiroz
Tyler writing in the flour...
Elder Santiago!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hey everybody there was a problem with the computer and giving numbers to president so I have about 8 minutes to write you I think. This week went by alright. Yes my area is a lot more well off financially. I haven't taught anybody yet that is really poor and it is a lot more high class than Guadalupe. I feel a bit more like I'm in the US now. I am close to the mission home but I don't know how far.
 I'm in the Zone Primavera (spring) haha so it was kinda ironic that spring is starting there and I just got changed to the zone (spring). 
My pensionista is nice and  her food is really, really good. We had her birthday party yesterday and we ate shishkabobs, mmmmm yummy!!
 I haven't received a package for a while so I hope that it is in the office and they didn't send it to Guadalupe. 
This week we had a lot of contacts and we had a lot of people attend church. There are a lot of young men in the ward that can go with us to our lessons to help be prepared for their missions so we are receiving a lot of help.
 I can't believe that the school year is almost over, it didn't start until after I left!!!!
 Well other than that I don't have much to say I don't have time to remember what I want to say so I'm sorry if I forgot something. I hope you are well and have a great week.
 I love you guys and don't forget to write!!!!
 Elder Wilkinson

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What is CUY?
a peruvian specialty...guinea pig!!
 This is one of the pensionistas in the Trujillo Mission preparing cuy...

 The face is left on for your eating pleasure!!
The missionaries love to have their pensionistas prepare cuy. 
If in Peru......

The pensionistas in the Trujillo Mission are
 called to cook for the missionaries.
The missionaries give them money, and they purchase and
cook meals for them 2-3 times a day.

Missionaries love their pensionistas...
and they love their missionaries!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tyler's new companion
Elder Del Aguila... from Lima Peru

Hey everyone!!
This week I'm here in my new area Los Cedros(The Cedars). I'm really close to the mission home now and all of the real popular parts of Trujillo are in my area or about 10 minutes away. The Trujillo Mall is in my area, but we aren't allowed to go there unless it is as a zone. Also Papa John's Pizza is in my area, but it's at the mall so we'll have to order it by delivery. haha My companion is Elder Del Aguila(Elder of the Eagle). He is from Lima and is really hyper. He never stops talking haha literally, but he is very nice and is very motivated to work.
 My pensionista this change cooks a lot better food and I'm still gaining weight haha.
 I'm about ten minutes from the beach so I didn"t have any problems when they announced the tsunami, but they temporarily moved the district leaders to another area for the day. Everyone was watching the news and wondering how big the waves were going to be. How bad was it in the US? My companion and I are both new to this area so it's almost like we are opening this area up again. We found a lot of new people and we have a lot more contacts here in Trujillo than we were able to have in Guadalupe.
 The bishop asked us Saturday to give talks in sacrament meeting so we had about half an hour Saturday night to prepare a talk. Everything went good, but it was my first talk in the mission so I was a little worried, but not that much.
Sorry I don't have time to write much this week and nothing really interesting is happening besides that. I'm glad that all the missionaries are okay in Japan and that the missions will be able to help the people. I'm sure they are going to have lots of problems, but also a lot of people will accept the gospel because of the trials that they have had in their lives now.  
I know I haven't written anybody so far in the mission and that's why nobody has really written me, but it would be really nice if somebody could write me a letter. haha Anyways gracias a ustedes and I'll write again next week. I always think of you guys, all my family and friends, and I hope you have a really awesome week.
 Elder Wilkinson 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

According to Sister Turk all of the missionaries in Trujillo are safe and sound!
Immediately after the earthquake in Japan President Turk was contacted, 
 and plans were made to keep the missionaries safe. 
The Lord watches out for his missionaries!!
We are praying for the members and missionaries in Japan!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

One year ago today the mailman brought a wonderful surprise...
Trujillo Peru!!
What a fabulous year it has been...
We love you and miss you
Elder Wilkinson!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Hey everyone how are you? haha
I don't have a lot to say this week because it went by really fast and was really boring. haha It was fun having Elder Santiago in Guadalupe though. Today we have changes but I don't know specifically where I'm going because our leaders haven't told us yet. What I do know is that I'm leaving Guadalupe and going to some part of Trujillo!!! But Trujillo is huge and there is are about 100 missionaries in Trujillo. Elder Santiago is going to stay in Guadalupe and train a new missionary, but we don't know if it is a gringo or a native. haha
I'm going to miss Guadalupe but I'm so glad to leave and serve in other areas.
President went to Guadalupe Saturday to have temple interviews with the members but had to leave for a meeting with other leaders in Trujillo. His 1st Counselor came and spoke to us both Saturday and Sunday. Sorry this keyboard is terrible... but other than that nothing really exciting has happened. 
Elder Santiago is in love with the game Phase 10, so I think I'm going to let him keep it. He also thinks the Dog Dazzer is hilarious and he calls it the mataperro (the dog killer) and always wants to use it.
 I've taken a lot of pictures this change about 160 so I'll be trying to send those soon also.
 I really don't need anything, but if you want to send something you can send another card game that has instructions in spanish if possible. Also all of my replacement blades for my shaver are gone, so if you can send more of those that would be great.
I hope Grandma Lecta is doing okay, Grandma told me she is a little sick. 
I love all you guys and I always think about you. 
I hope you have a great week and I'll write you about  my new area in Trujillo next week.
 Elder Wilkinson