Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Belle’s Baptism November 4th, 2017

What a joy to see my sweet Belle making the decision to be baptized and become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints. Today she received the most precious gift of the Holy Ghost and made a sacred promise to always remember our beloved Savior and follow in his footsteps. It truly was a great day full 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Celestial Journey

In October of 1979, the day after we were married in a civil ceremony, my wife, Maria Ondina, and I left our hometown of Arequipa, Peru, near the shores of the Pacific Ocean, to travel to the São Paulo Brazil Temple, on the Atlantic coast, to be sealed. We were the first couple from Arequipa to travel by land to be sealed in the newly dedicated temple—the first built in South America. We had planned to make the round-trip journey in 10 days, but in the end, it took us almost 30 due to a dangerous political climate. I didn’t know how it would work out—all I knew was that I had made a promise to God that after my mission, I would get sealed to a worthy woman. 

Arequipa to Juliaca to Puno

After a nine-hour journey by night, we arrived in Juliaca, Peru. It was Thursday, and we still needed to get stamps in our passports and exit permits so that we could leave the country. The following day was a national holiday, and government offices would be closed for the rest of the weekend, so we arrived in line at the Bank of the Nation that morning to ensure that we would have sufficient time before all offices closed at noon.
When we finally got to the counter at 11:00 a.m., the gentleman expressed concern. “Sorry,” he said. “We don’t process these kinds of documents here. You will have to go to our office in Puno.” We were both surprised and frustrated—Puno was 45 minutes away.

Cochabamba to Santa Cruz

We arrived in Cochabamba amidst more chaos from the revolution. We found a market filled with tents, where a kind fellow Peruvian let us wash up and then store our suitcases while we went to the bus terminal. Using our same plea, we made it standby onto another bus and arrived days later in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, near the Brazilian border. For three mornings, I went to the train station to ask if there would be any departures. The answer was always no. But on the fourth day, news spread that a train would be leaving soon for Brazil.
By this point, we were running out of money. I shared my concerns with my wife, who firmly replied, “Even if we have to arrive by foot or on the back of a donkey, we’re going to make it.” Her reply made me happy. I wasn’t unsettled about money for the rest of the trip because our confidence was placed in our faith.
As we talked, an old lady walked toward us. She stopped in front of my wife and said, “Young lady, wouldn’t you like two tickets for today?” My wife practically ripped the tickets out of her hand. I paid the old woman, and she vanished among the crowd. It took us a few seconds to realize that the Lord and His angels were still by our side.

Santa Cruz to São Paulo

When we finally arrived at the São Paulo Temple thanks to one last ride from a friend we made on the train, the temple lodging was closed. Resigned but happy, we made ourselves comfortable on a couple of benches outside the temple. There it was, just as beautiful as we had dreamed it would be, with the statue of the angel Moroni on top. It was now midnight, and we cried as we hugged, tired and wet from the falling rain. We didn’t feel the dampness, the hunger, or the cold, just an indescribable sense of happiness for being so close to the house of the Lord. We had been obedient, and there was our reward.
While we were basking in that moment, someone tapped me on the shoulder. It was one of my former mission companions, who had been sealed in the temple that day and was returning from dinner with his wife. He let us stay in their apartment that night, and the next day he was a witness to our sealing, performed by the temple president himself. How beautiful it was to see my wife in the celestial room, all dressed in white.
With a loan from my missionary friend and help from the temple president, we made the return trip in less than five days, without any delays—and with only $20 dollars to begin a life with my wife, Maria Ondina, as my eternal companion.

Puno to La Paz to Cochabamba

After struggling to find a taxi, we made it to the office in Puno by 1:30 p.m. The doors were already closed. I knocked the iron doorknockers together as hard as I could. A very upset man opened the door and asked, “What do you want?” I said a silent, fervent prayer and looked this stranger in the eyes. “Sir,” I said, “I’m a Mormon, I’m going to get married in the temple in São Paulo, Brazil, and you can help me.” His hostile attitude changed. “I’m so sorry, sir,” he said, “but everything closed over an hour ago, and almost everyone has already left.” I responded, “Let me in and let my God help me find what I’m seeking.” He let me in.
After finding the manager, Rosa, I explained our situation. She politely responded, “Those forms are processed by three different employees, and I think everyone has left.” But all three men were still there, and she enlisted them to stay late to help me.
The first man asked me for forms I didn’t have. “You’re supposed to have gone to the Ministry of Economy, bought six forms, and brought them here for processing,” he explained. “You have to wait until Monday.”
I froze—I couldn’t believe it! Again I said a silent prayer. “Sir,” I said, “I’m Mormon, and I am going to the temple in São Paulo, Brazil, to be married. And you can help me.” He no longer seemed to be in a hurry. He looked in every drawer and finally located the longed-for forms. The next clerk quickly checked them and stamped our passports.
At the next window, as I paid the exit tax in U.S. dollars, the cashier seemed to take great pleasure in saying, “I’m sorry. See this sign?” A sign on the wall read, “Dollars not accepted.” Our plan was about to fail—there was nothing I could do.
“Take the payment,” I heard Rosa say from behind us. The cashier accepted the money and gave me the documents. We were on our way!
Heading into downtown La Paz, Bolivia, it was getting dark when rocks began hitting our bus. Through the windows we could see angry people in the streets, throwing rocks and putting up barriers to stop the traffic. Our bus continued moving swiftly to the center of town. That night was the start of a revolution in Bolivia.
We got off the bus and began looking for a hotel. The only one we could find was very expensive, but after repeating my explanation to a good man who worked there, he boarded us in the hotel’s cleaning supply room very cheaply. He placed a mattress on the floor and gave us blankets to protect us from the cold and the sounds of gunfire that echoed outside all night.
We left early the next morning, frightened and hurried. On our way to the bus stop, we saw soldiers supported by tanks firing rifles at those protesting the revolution.
Fuel was beginning to run scarce, and instead of three bus departures a day as usual, only one was being announced. The seats had sold out days in advance. I found the manager and said the words I had used with everyone else: “Sir, we are Mormons, and we are going to the temple to get married. And you can help us.” He asked, “Where do you need to go?” “Cochabamba, sir.” He opened a drawer and pulled out two tickets. I could see there were no more. “Hurry up,” he said, “the bus is about to leave.” Our suitcases seemed weightless, and our feet barely touched the ground—in our hands we held that day’s blessing.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Quinoa Cakes with Tuna

I was so glad I made this delicious Quinoa cakes for dinner my kids loved it!! Quinoa it's such a great source of protein and the best part it comes from Peru 🇵🇪. Growing up my mom used to make quinoa all the time, she will add Quinoa in all the soups, drinks and mash potatoes. Quinoa it's so delicious and good for you.                                                                                                                      Ingredients: 2 cups of cooked Quinoa ( prefer cold not wet Quinoa) , 2 eggs, 2 cans of tuna fish without the juice, 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, salt and pepper,                                                                        Preparation: mix all ingredients together. It's easier if you use your hands to mix and make the cakes the size of a baseball. In a frying pan have some olive oil ready and when oil is medium hot start frying your cakes two minutes in each side. You can serve your Quinoa cakes with sparragus that I previously cooked in the oven with some olive oil salt and pepper. I also have some Mahi Mahi grilled with salt, pepper and fresh Dill.                         

Guide me and walk beside me

President Gordon B. Hinckley “My plea--and I wish I were more eloquent in voicing it--is a plea to save the children. Too many of them walk with pain and fear, in loneliness and despair. Children need sunlight. They need happiness. They need love and nurture. They need kindness and refreshment and affection. Every home, regardless of the cost of the house, can provide an environment of love which will be an environment of salvation.” The Proclamation of the Family says ‘Children are an heritage of the Lord’ (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens. … Husbands and wives--mothers and fathers--will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these. obligations.”Parents have the responsibility to recognize the divine in their children and to teach them to live righteously and choose good (see D&C 68:25).
Each spirit child of God is unique. Each spirit enters a mortal body, also unique in its genetic composition. Consequently, each child exhibits individual interests, talents, personality, desires, and abilities. Parents, siblings, and others also influence each developing child. Step 1. Parents must be wise in how they respond to their children. Brigham Young encouraged parents to “study their [children’s] dispositions and their temperaments, and deal with them accordingly.”                              Principles for Successful Parenting

The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve gave nine principles to guide fathers and mothers in their parenting responsibilities: “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” Parents can teach and apply these principles in many ways.
    Faith. Parents should teach children to have faith in Jesus Christ and use their growing faith in gospel principles to govern their personal lives (see Matthew 17:20; Hebrews 11:6; 3 Nephi 18:20; D&C 68:25).

    Prayer. Children should learn to pray individually and as a family. Children can learn early about the power of prayer (see Enos 1:1–5; Mosiah 27:8–14; Alma 34:17–27; 37:37; 3 Nephi 18:21).

    Repentance. Parents should acknowledge, confess, and forsake sins so that they can enjoy the guiding influence of the Holy Ghost. They can help their children understand and apply these principles in their lives (see Alma 34:33; 3 Nephi 9:22; Moroni 10:32–33; D&C 6:9; 58:42–43).

    Forgiveness. Parents can be an example of forgiveness by forgiving themselves, their spouses, and their children for shortcomings (see Matthew 6:14–15; Ephesians 4:32; Mosiah 26:29–31; D&C 64:8–10).

    Respect. Family members are to learn to respect one another. Parents and children can learn to treat each other with courtesy and tenderness, holding each other in highest esteem (see Mark 9:42; D&C 121:41–46). Parents should try to eliminate critical thoughts and words about each other and about their children.

    Love. Parents are to love their children in the manner described by Paul, Alma, and Mormon--with patience, kindness, gentleness, unselfishness, and humility (see 1 Corinthians 13; Alma 7:23–24; Moroni 7:45–48).

    Compassion. Parents can show compassion for each other and for their children. They should feel sorrow for the adversities experienced by family members and seek to understand and support family members during their difficult times (see Ruth 1:11–17; Zechariah 7:8–10; Luke 15:11–32).

    Work. Family work gives children opportunities to learn to appreciate work and to feel the satisfaction of accomplishment (see D&C 42:42; 58:27–28), especially as parents and children work together. Work should be tailored to the age and abilities of children to foster feelings of success and confidence.

    Wholesome Recreation. Families are strengthened and revitalized when family members join in wholesome, enjoyable activities.

The greatest of these principles is love (see Matthew 22:36–40; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Moroni 7:46). The most important thing parents can do for their children is to love them in a Christlike manner. When children feel and know they are loved, they are more likely to listen to their parents’ teachings, follow their example, and accept their discipline. Love should motivate and guide all parental

The Gospel Standard for Parental Influence.

Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord gave counsel that sets the standard for parental influence:
“No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
“By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile--
“Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;
“That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death” (D&C 121:41–44).

Monday, May 8, 2017

Ryder James 9 months of joy

Este angelito ya cumplió sus nueve meses. No puedo creer que mi Bebito ya cumplió 9 meses. Porque tienen que crecer tan rápido? La semana pasada durante nuestra noche de hogar tuvimos una lección acerca los dones espirituales que recibimos del Padre Celestial. Isaac dijo que Ryder tiene un don espiritual y es de hacernos feliz a todos. Cada vez que tenemos un mal día y  lo miramos sonrreir todos nos sonreímos y nos olvidamos de lo malo. El realmente trae mucha felicidad a nuestra familia.•••••I can't believe my baby Ryder is 9th months old already. Why do they have to grow so fast?! Last week during FHE we had a lesson about how each of us have received special spiritual gifts from Heavenly Father. Isaac said that Ryder has a special gift to make everyone happy. Any time when we are having a hard day and we see Ryder's face we all smile and forget about it. He truly brings so much happiness to our family.
Este pequeñito ya está gateando, sube las grades y come de todo. Salió bien peruanito le encanta la comida bien sasonada y condimentada. Su favorito es papita apretada. Es El Centro de alegría para todos. Sus hermanitos y primitos lo hace reír y ahora que puede mover su cabecita y decir no es un gracioso. También dice mamá, dada y ahí está! Es lo que parece que dice. Estoy disfrutando al máximo este último angelito. Pero siento que se me está creciendo muy rápido. Estoy tan Feliz y agradecida al Padre Celestial por tener un bebe sanito. Esa fue una bendición que me fue dada. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

La Oficina de Papa

En la oficina de Papa! Cada fotografia tiene una historia y esta en especial. Me acuerdo que visitar la oficina de papa era toda una aventura para mi Hermano y yo. Mientras mi papa dictaba clases de Institutos y seminarios, nosotros estabamos explorando los rincones de ese edificio. Los cajones de la secretaria era mi debilidad porque sabia que encontraria unas gomitas que parecia plastilina pero en realidad era borrador para la maquina de escribir, como me encantaba jugar con eso. Hoy encontre esta foto que trae emociones y recuerdos muy dulces al lado de mis queridos padres. Si no me equivoco estos panetones se hicieron para repartir a las familias durante las Navidades. Estabamos muy felices de poder hacerlo como familia. Ver a Mis padres tan jovenes y nosotros tan pequenitos. Ahora me veo yo en las mismas circunstancias con mi propia familia. Me hace refleccionar que la vida pasa muy rapido. Me siento tan agradecida a mi Padre Celestial por la bendicion de tener buenos Padres y de haber crecido en un hogar lleno de amor y servicio. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The most important calling

El llamamiento mas importante es el de ser mamá.                                                                                                      Cuando  acepte el llamamiento de ser mama me olvide que no es un llamamiento fácil y que es un llamamiento divino. Que hay una promesa muy importante que si pongo mi confianza en Dios el me tomaria de la mano y me guiaria. Hoy regreso a trabajar despues de casi 4 meses de estar con mis pequeñitos en casa especialmente mi pequeñito Ryder que tiene 13 semanas. Que bendicion y privilegio es poder servir a  nuestros hijos. Las circunstancias de cada mamá es muy diferente pero tratamos de hacer lo mejor para nuestras familias. Mi Plato esta lleno de responsabilidades la mas importante es con Dios, con mi familia, mis padres, mi llamamiento en la Iglesia y mi trabajo. Hay algo muy importante de esta experiencia terrenal. He podido encontrar respuesta en las escrituras y escuchado el consejo en los  lideres de la Iglesia que me ha ayudado a recordar y seguir adelante no importando los desafios que se vengan. Primero es tener un espiritu de gratitud por las abundantes bendiciones que tenemos.  Una  de las bendiciones mas importantes es el sacrificio de Nuestro Salvador. En Mosiah dice " 17 Y he aquí, os digo estas cosas para que aprendáis sabiduría; para que sepáis que cuando os halláis al servicio de vuestros semejantes, solo estáis al servicio de vuestro Dios. "Podemos empezar a servir a nuestra familia primero. Cuando acepte mi llamamiento de servir en la Iglesia  pense mucho el porque se me daba este llamamiento y no me sentia capaz de poder servir a las hermanas de mi Barrio. Es cuando recibi una bendicion que cuando el Señor te llama por tu nombre para servir el Te calcifica para Servir. Y de esta misma manera me siento al servir a mis hijos con este importante llamamiento de ser mama. El Presidente Mondon nos recuerda la promesa del Señor: “Y quienes os reciban, allí estaré yo también, porque iré delante de vuestra faz. Estaré a vuestra diestra y a vuestra siniestra, y mi Espíritu estará en vuestro corazón, y mis ángeles alrededor de vosotros, para sosteneros” (D. y C. 84:88).  Aveces el título de ser mamá es tan difícil especialmente cuando tienes el peso de tantas responsabilidades. Cuando sientes que tu paciencia se va acabar o cuando hay falta de sueño y estrés por cosas que no tienen importancia. Pero al tratar de encontrar más de estos momentos mágicos, se me derrite el corazón y las lágrimas se me salen de pensar que mi Padre Celestial me ama tanto que me ha confiado cuidar y amar a estos pequeñitos. Que privilegio es ser su mamá y notar más los momentos felices que pasamos juntos y ver con los ojos de un Padre Celestial amoroso realmente quienes son y los dones especiales que poseen y lo que pueden llegar a ser. Como cuando los besos, abrazos y ayuda de los hermanos mayores sobran para baby Ryder, como cuando papá llega del trabajo y es tiempo de jugar a lucha libre o cuando nos arrodillamos en la noche y uno de ellos comparte una dulce oración. Tambien acordarme de la reverencia que Jaredcito pone al pasar la santa cena, o cuando Isaac viene en las noches  a leer un libro a su hermanita que no puede dormir y Belle me dice que suerte tener una mamá Peruana que le cocine rico. Esos son los momentos que debo enfocarme y recordar más a menudo. ••Sometimes what comes with the title of being a mom can be so hard, especially when you carry the weight of so many responsibilities. When you feel that your patience is going to end, when there is lack of sleep, or stress about things that really aren't that important. My ❤️melts to think that my Heavenly Father loves me so much that he has entrusted me to care and love these little ones. What a privilege is to be their mom. I want to notice more of the happy moments that we spend together and to see them with the eyes of a loving #PRINCEofPEACE and see them as who they truly are, see the special gifts they possess, and what they can become. I want to notice more hugs and kisses that they give to baby Ryder or when one of our kids share a sweet prayer. When Belle says how lucky she is to have a Peruvian mom that cooks yummy food. When Jared passes the sacrament or when Isaac comes and read a book to his sister at night. Those are the magical moments that I want to notice the most. 

Soy una mamá Peruana

That confidence grows as you come to see that He called you through His servants. My encouragement is to help you know that when you do your part, the Lord adds His power to your efforts.                                                                                                                           Cuando mi hijo Mayor Jared tenía 5 años me dijo "que suerte tener una mama Peruana" porque dices eso le pregunte. El respondió porque cocinas comida  muy rica mamita. En otra ocacion leíamos las escrituras como familia y mi segundo hijo Isaac me pregunto si yo era Lamanita y le respondí que claro que si que era una lamanita hija del Último Jefe Inca! Nos reímos todos pero también  soy una hija de un Padre Celestial amoroso, soy una esposa de un Ironman. Soy muy bendecida por ser su mamá,  Soy una hija de unos Padres muy especiales y fueron dados especialmente para mi. . Cuando me faltaban dos meses para dar a luz a mi cuarto bebe. Recibí un llamamiento muy especial en mi barrio. Mi esposo y yo estábamos sorprendidos, fue una noticia que no los esperábamos. Mi Obispo me indicó que lo pensara y que el entendía mis circunstancias. En ese momento tenia miedo de no poder cumplir con las responsabilidades de este gran llamamiento. Estaba embarazada, tratando de criar y servir a mis hijos mayores y trabajando. . Al llegar a casa con mi esposo lo conversamos y sabia la gran responsabilidad que traería  llamamiento. Lo primero era pedir consejo y preguntar a mi Padre Celestial si era esto lo que tenía que hacer. Dentro de mi corazón algo me decía " como decir NO al Señor" el me ha dado tantas bendiciones en mi vida. Pero mi mente humana me decía  pero tú no eres una persona preparada para este llamamiento te falta mucho, no tienes la experiencia. Al arrodillarme y suplicar en oración a mi Padre pude sentir una gran paz y el miedo se desvaneció. Su respuesta era que el era el que me estaba llamando y  que mientras yo hiciera mi parte el Señor me prometía el hacer la suya. Que su guía estaría para mi. Aveces Satanas nos hace sentir tan poca cosa nos tira al piso mientras Dios nos alienta y nos da su confianza para sobrepasar todo que venga en nuestro camino. Ahora al aceptar este llamamiento aprendí a observar para poder servir y pedir al Padre Celestial para que me guíe a encontrar a esos ángeles que me ayudarían con las responsabilidades que tenía este llamamiento. Poco a poco y  paso a paso lo necesario para servir con amor a esta hermosa organización. Puedo decir que el Señor a tomado mi mano y me ha guiado, ayudado a reconocer los susurros de su santo espíritu , que ha colocado angeles a mi derecha y izquierda y abierta las puertas necesarias para poder servir. El deseo de llevar su obra adelante.                   "I testify that if you are there for the Lord, He will be there for you.7 If you love Him and keep His commandments, you will have His Spirit to be with you and guide you. “Put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good. … By this shall you know, all things … pertaining unto things of righteousness.” Aunque aveces nos sintamos acongojados de tantas pruebas hay que tener Fe es nuestro creador y acordarnos que el nos ha llamado a servir con amor. 

Mi pedacito de Cielo

En Agosto 02, 2016 me comverti en mamá por cuarta vez. La llegada de mi pequeño angelito fue un sueño para todos nosotros. No sabíamos si tendriamos un Ryder o una Valentina. Pero lo único que importaria sería que llegara con buena salud. Me puedo acordar que soñé ha este bebe desde hace tiempo y su nombre terrenal ya estaba escogido. Este angelito llegaba en respuesta de muchas oraciones y súplicas a mi Padre Celestial. Mi deseo de tenerlo en mis brazos desde hace mucho tiempo. Un año anterior había perdido un bebe el cual también había soñado y recibido un nombre. No entendía el porque lo tuve que perder, está fue la prueba más grande y dolorosa que he pasado. Pero aún así sabia del inmenso amor de mi Padre Celestial. Sentía paz y amor por parte de mi familia y mi esposo. Cuando supimos que vendría este angelito no quería saber si era varón o mujer pero sabía que traeria mucho amor para todos nosotros. Mi amado esposo me dio una hermosa bendición donde prometía que este bebe sería saludable y me traería ese consuelo que tanto necesitaba. Ryder nació en un hermoso dia de Agosto. Sus hermanitos esperaban muy anciosamente su llegada. La abuelita Carol recibió la llamada donde les decíamos que era un Ryder. Su hermanita esperaba una Valentina pero ella quería asegurarse que preguntara bien si era un niño. La abuela le contesto si es un Ryder tu hermanito. Aunque estaba un poco trizte llegaron al hospital y inmediatamente se enamoraron de su hermanito tanto amor para este nuevo angelito. Que bendecidos hemos sido por tener a un nuevo integrante de la familia. Ryder es un bebe sanity y muy feliz nunca he visto un bebe que sonrria tanto. Su dulce espíritu llena mi hogar de felicidad.
                                                                   When trials come sometimes it's so hard to ask for help. But Heavenly Father knows exactly what we need and the time we need it. He is aware of our needs and he comfort us in ways that we don't understand. He send angels to lift us and sometimes we can be one of those angels on earth. He sends a shoulder of a friend were we can cry, he sends a neighbor with dinner for your family when you didn't have the time to make it. When you can't even take care of yourself he sends someone to take your kids to play, when you feel alone that no one understands what you are going through he sends some one to listen to you, I know just when someone say I love you..it comes from a God. Small simple acts are from God. Never delay a prompting. Every day of our lives we are given opportunities to show love and kindness to those around us. I am grateful to be surrounding by angels and for the power of sincere prayer and Priesthood blessings.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Questions are Good

I had the opportunity and privilege to go with my mother in law to her ward's Relief Society fireside.  The guest speaker was Sister Sherri Dew. I am not going to lie, she is one of my favorite speakers. I look up to her so much. I love her books, personality, and her strong testimony. She brought a special friend with her to the fireside. It was sister Wendy Nelson ( President Russell M. Nelson of the 12th Apostles).
Their talks were so inspiring and uplifting. I enjoyed every single minute of it. Sister Dew does not know that her talk was going to be so perfect for answering many sisters questions and especially my own. How much I need to hear her speak and feel the Spirit testifying to me the true message.

Now her message brings so much peace of whats happening now in the world. Where many of us have so many questions and her message was simple, "Questions are Good." I believe if the questions are sincere and have intent to be good, they are good questions.

A memory came to my mind. When I turned 8 years old I was so excited to get baptized. I don't know why I was so in a hurry to make the important step in my life. Maybe because I grew up in the church and I want to follow my parents example or I really want to fallow the example of the Lord Jesus Christ himself. My dad was out of town for work in an assignment in Bolivia. I knew he was going to take long time to come home. I remember telling my mom that if dad does not come home to baptize me I will make my own arrangements, and I did. I went early in a Sunday morning and I told the bishop's secretary that I need to speak with him. He asked if I had and appointment with the bishop and I said no. He smiled and let me walked into the bishop's office. I told him my urgency that my dad wont be able to baptize me and I had arranged for my grandfather to baptize me.  I asked if he can please give permission to perform the ordinance. My mom was not happy that dad was not going to be there but she finally said yes.

What I felt that day was the most beautiful feeling I ever experienced, that words can not express how wonderful I felt. I don't remember who was in my baptism or what dress I was wearing all I remember is the tender sweet feeling that penetrate my heart and soul. Now I am telling you this because I was only 8 years old and later on my life I have had many questions. But remember questions are GOOD!

Our prophet Joseph Smith had a simple question and the Father and the Son came to answer that specific question. Nefi had a question about the meaning of Lehi's dream and he got more that just an answer from the the Holy Spirit. Growing up as a teenager and even now as an adult I have many hard questions. I been asked by some people that I love questions like these: Is the Church is really true? If the Book of Mormon is really true? Are my beliefs correct? Why do I have to have this trial if I was doing what I suppose to do? Why do I have to experienced the lost of my baby that I had been praying for? Why black people previously couldn't be baptize or be part of the Church? Why the women in the Church can not have the priesthood? Why children of same sex marriages cannot be blessed or baptized? Why in older times the church practice Polygamy?

I have had so many hard questions, but remember QUESTIONS ARE GOOD! Have you ask the Lord in a sincere prayer? Are you willing to ask God in Faith? Are you willing to engage in the wrestle? I have receive answers for some of my own questions but others I haven't yet.  I know that Heavenly Father has his own time to answer those questions. What I cannot deny is the feelings in my heart that I received as 8 year old or when I read for first time the book of Mormon and I asked the Lord in a sincere prayer of its truthfulness. Or when I received a priesthood blessing and the Lord testify to me that I will be healed. Those feeling I can never deny. I love his Church.  I love his restored Gospel.  I know the Book of Mormon is true and testify of his visit here in the Americas.  I know that God speaks today through living prophets. I sustain and love President Monson and the 12th Apostles. I know Heavenly Father loves us and wants us back to live with him. I cannot deny his hand during my life and those sweet tender feelings will not be erased from my heart. Seek for your own answers and most important your own testimony. Seek for revelation in your life and it will lead you to build your faith and knowledge. Satan wants us so bad and he will always try to keep us from Priesthood holders and the truth. No matter what mistakes we have made in our life the Lord loves us and want to forgive us.  We just need to ask. He is a loving Father in Heaven he will answer our questions.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Conferencia General Abril 2014

President Monson (Message of Love)

We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey.

May we begin now, this very day, to express love to all of God’s children, whether they be our family members, our friends, mere acquaintances, or total strangers. As we arise each morning, let us determine to respond with love and kindness to whatever might come our way.

Love is expressed in many recognizable ways: a smile, a wave, a kind comment, a compliment. Other expressions may be more subtle, such as showing interest in another’s activities, teaching a principle with kindness and patience, visiting one who is ill or homebound. These words and actions and many others can communicate love.

Forgiveness should go hand in hand with love. In our families, as well as with our friends, there can be hurt feelings and disagreements. Again, it doesn’t really matter how small the issue was. It cannot and should not be left to canker, to fester, and ultimately to destroy. Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals.

I would hope that we would strive always to be considerate and to be sensitive to the thoughts and feelings and circumstances of those around us. Let us not demean or belittle. Rather, let us be compassionate and encouraging. We must be careful that we do not destroy another person’s confidence through careless words or actions.

some of our greatest opportunities to demonstrate our love will be within the walls of our own homes. Love should be the very heart of family life, and yet sometimes it is not.

“Charity is the pure love of Christ, … and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.”

Every day of our lives we are given opportunities to show love and kindness to those around us. Said President Spencer W. Kimball: “We must remember that those mortals we meet in parking lots, offices, elevators, and elsewhere are that portion of mankind God has given us to love and to serve. It will do us little good to speak of the general brotherhood of mankind if we cannot regard those who are all around us as our brothers and sisters."

Usually our love will be shown in our day-to-day interactions one with another. All important will be our ability to recognize someone’s need and then to respond. I have always cherished the sentiment expressed in the short poem:
I have wept in the night
For the shortness of sight
That to somebody’s need made me blind;
But I never have yet
Felt a tinge of regret
For being a little too kind.5
There are many attributes which are manifestations of love, such as kindness, patience, selflessness, understanding, and forgiveness. In all our associations, these and other such attributes will help make evident the love in our hearts.
love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our Exemplar. His life was a legacy of love. The sick He healed; the downtrodden He lifted; the sinner He saved. At the end the angry mob took His life. And yet there rings from Golgotha’s hill the words: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”4—a crowning expression in mortality of compassion and love.

Grateful in Any Circumstances

Everyone’s situation is different, and the details of each life are unique. Nevertheless, I have learned that there is something that would take away the bitterness that may come into our lives. There is one thing we can do to make life sweeter, more joyful, even glorious.
We can be grateful!

All of His commandments are given to make blessings available to us. Commandments are opportunities to exercise our agency and to receive blessings. Our loving Heavenly Father knows that choosing to develop a spirit of gratitude will bring us true joy and great happiness.

I’m suggesting that instead of being thankful for things, we focus on being thankful in our circumstances—whatever they may be.

We can choose to be grateful, no matter what.

This type of gratitude transcends whatever is happening around us. It surpasses disappointment, discouragement, and despair. It blooms just as beautifully in the icy landscape of winter as it does in the pleasant warmth of summer.

When we are grateful to God in our circumstances, we can experience gentle peace in the midst of tribulation. In grief, we can still lift up our hearts in praise. In pain, we can glory in Christ’s Atonement. In the cold of bitter sorrow, we can experience the closeness and warmth of heaven’s embrace.

Being grateful in times of distress does not mean that we are pleased with our circumstances. It does mean that through the eyes of faith we look beyond our present-day challenges.

True gratitude is an expression of hope and testimony. It comes from acknowledging that we do not always understand the trials of life but trusting that one day we will.

The more we learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more we realize that endings here in mortality are not endings at all. They are merely interruptions—temporary pauses that one day will seem small compared to the eternal joy awaiting the faithful.
How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

San Valentin

My little ones loving making Valentines boxes
Isaac made the perfect Minecraft Creeper

Glitter hearts for the classmates
my little Belle loves her Bad Minion. So easy to make, all you need a empty can of oatmeal, purple, and black tissue paper and a lid of a can.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


There are three events that I love the most and they are Baby Blessings, Baptism and Weddings. I had the opportunity to help with the baptism of two of my dear friends' kids. As mothers we love to  celebrate these special occasions and let them know how much we love them.  I would like to share some of my ideas that might help you plan for one of these special days.

Here are some of the pictures that I took of my son Isaac for his Baptism invitation. I always love the temple, and even more when taking the little ones to show them that one day they will be able to enter there.
My little "Elder" Wright at the beautiful San Diego Temple. Christopher Isaac

Here are the pictures that I took for Emma, the daughter of a close friend, for her baptism.

I love this beautiful girl and her mama! I am so grateful to live so close to the beautiful Salt Lake temple.
You can always go to http://www.etsy.com/search?q=lds%20baptism%20invitation&order=most_relevant&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US&ref=auto1 for a great Baptism Invite.

Banners are beautiful for any baptism or any special event. I love making those for my kids birthdays as well.
My talented friend Natalia made this amazing CTR cake. maxandnatalia@yahoo.com

 The Book of Mormon Cake made by Cecilia Rea.  You can send her an email and order this cake or choose from many others at cecirea26@yahoo.com
 I love making these cookies "I love to see the Temple" and "Choose the Right." These cookies are great for baptisms. If you would like me to make some, please order two weeks prior to the event at theperuvianmom@outlook.com

Para pedidos de pasteles, bocaditos,  galletas de bautizo o decoraciones mandar un correo electronico a theperuvianmom@outlook.com.