Monday, June 27, 2016

Week 46 Feliz Cumpleaños to me! June 27, 2016

Zona Algorrobos aka Champions!
Well needless to say I am sitting here at the Internet cafe feeling like I'm back in high school during soccer season. SO SORE!!! Today was the finals for the Semi annual Copa Piura and I played my heart out (more like ran up and down while the crazy Latins did their crazy moves.) It was a blast!!! and we walked away with the trophy!
How cool is President Rasmussen!!??
Yesterday Hna Olenka was having a rough day. When I saw her at church she ran and hugged me and cried for a good 5 minutes. Olenka is such a strong member of the church but struggles to see her own family members become weaker and weaker. She asked at the last second if we would give the lesson in gospel principles so of course we agreed!

at the beginning of class
me: "So can I get a volunteer to read the... hmm lets see...first 6 pages?
No one really understood the joke except for my wonderful wing woman Hna Sandison... so happy to have her.

Fellow Utahans, remember those modesty- promoting skirt-extenders (slips with chunks of fabric or lace lining) sold at mall kiosks? Well Sister Sandison, who's a tall one, decided that her own lace-lined slip had just about the same function. Both of us were always slightly confused at how much the ladies in the ward would go out of their way to quickly and discretely notify Sister Sandison that her slip was showing... Just this week we discovered that for Peruvians, it's a sign that you're in search of a boyfriend rather than covering up that extra inch of the knee. If Sister Sandison shows up to the states with someone short, dark, and semi-handsome, you will now know why.
Trying to find referrals out in the boonies of our area
Felipe was able to get the priesthood yesterday! How cool to think he could be heading out on a mission a year from now. Sayuri (his little sister) has been a tough one. Each time we have previously brought up baptism she has turned it down and expressed that she doesn't feel like she has enough faith. She has so much faith! She has a testimony of Joseph Smith, President Monson, the church, Jesus Christ and is keeping all of the commandments. Hna Sandison and I had been praying really hard to help her and we finally made a break through! Surprisingly the majority of investigators don't have problems with the doctrine, it's more of a social issue. So we made sure to ask social directed questions and finally discovered her problem. We read 2 Nephi 31 and then Sayuri told us that she feels that it's a sin to get baptized for a second time. It was so awesome to have Hna Sandison there to share her own experience of getting baptized for the second time in the LDS church. Immediately after Sayuri said, "OK can I get baptized on Saturday?"

We saw a miracle this week! On the night of my birthday, one of Pierre's friends came over to his house. He tried to get Pierre to drink with him. Pierre continually said "no" but became a little bit more discouraged as his friend was very persistent. In that same moment I called him to invite him to my bday party/FHE. His friend left and as he sat there alone in his house he felt the spirit come over him. He knew that Heavenly Father was looking out for him and helping him prepare to be baptized. How awesome!
I'M TWENTY YEARS OLD! That's right, 2 decades. Can you believe it? I have to admit spending a birthday as a missionary was something extra special. It was a fun day but the best party was ending it eating brownies with President and Sister Rasmussen. As I have just officially entered into the most crucial, stressful, and determinate decade of my entire life, I couldn't pass down the opportunity to ask for advice from two of the most amazing and inspired individuals. Even though I want to stash away my special advice and keep it all to myself, it applies to everyone.

My "20" Advice:

Hermana Rasmussen- "On the mission you are learning a pattern of righteous living. Reading your scriptures, praying morning and night, attending church, etc. Don't leave that pattern. If I had to water down my advice to just one thing I would say: Read the Book of Mormon every single day. No matter how small it may be. You will never fall away."

President Rasmussen- "Follow the guidance of the Spirit. On the mission you learn how to recognize and follow the spirit. Continue that throughout your live." When I asked him how the spirit speaks to him he said, "Usually through thought. A thought will come to mind that didn't originate from me. There are certain times where I am more receptive to the spirit; In the mornings, at the temple, and even in really boring church meetings. Always strive to live worthy and be around those who also have the Spirit."

Hermana Sandison- "Always surround yourself with people who lift you up not those who you feel like you are constantly trying to help. Those that make you want to be better... so basically just be my friend forever" (;

There you have it! I feel so blessed when I look back on these past 20 años de vida, and what an adventure it has been full of ups and downs, insides and outs, mountains and valleys, far away places and home, family and friends, and lots and lots of learning and growing moments. I know the church is true and I don't think there is a single better way to start a new decade than in the service of God and my fellow men err...Peruvians..

Love you all so much
Con muchisimo amor
Hermana Ingram
Birthday Princess!
When mom sends a package full of birthday decor we just HAD to put it to good use!
Hermana Sandison just reliving her glory days! (;
Her late birthday pics
Some cute members got me a delicious chocolate cake and celebrated at an FHE
Hermana Sandison showing us how to "twist". Rebecca would be so proud!
At the semi annual Copa Piura!
Cute Hermana Apeña is alive and well! (after two rounds of dengue)
We won!! (Probably because we had the elders from Chile and Argentina on our team)
Missionary league
Hermana Spainhower! Oh how I've missed her! 
As we were contacting someone on the street we looked over to find a guy running around and setting fire to all of the garbage piles...good thing houses aren't made of wood!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Week 45 Felipe Got Baptized! June 20, 2016

YAY FELIPE GOT BAPTIZED!!! (They're actually pretty happy people I swear)
Happy Fathers Day Dad!! I love you soooo much! Sure missed you yesterday and I wish I could have been there to give you a big hug and a typical fathers day gift (a tie.) You are the greatest!

A week ago we went and visited Pierre (Samantha's brother.) He has had a goal to get baptized for a while now and just had a baptismal interview with our DL last week. In that interview, the elder helped Pierre to realized that he has a testimony! The change we have been able to see in him is a miracle, he looks so happy. It makes you feel all warm inside when you see that difference in his eyes. Now, he is starting to recognize the spirit and there is nothing better as a missionary!

The other day Olenka invited me over to celebrate my upcoming birthday and I officially got my first cake in the face (and hopefully my last.) When it came her turn, I got her back really bad... you would have thought I was drowning her. After the frosting fight was over, Olenka and I sat in the bathroom waiting for someone to bring us water to wash our face. We both starting blowing frosting out of our noses and it was hysterical! I love Olenka so so much she is such a light!
Olenka is the greatest! She is so kind and always making everyone feel so special! She even shared her birthday with me (: 
She got me first and then I got her back pretty bad...
The first in his family and now we are hoping for a chain reaction from the rest. Note: Peruvian baptisms are literally the most hilarious thing on the mission. For a couple of reasons: 1) They are TERRIFIED of water! 2)They fight the person baptizing them 3) or they end up trying to get fancy and doing a back dive... . As Hna Sandison puts it, "They have a little freak out in the font." Well Felipe actually had to get baptized twice. The first time around he ended up trying to baptize himself before the prayer was over and Alexis had to tell him TRANQUILO (calm down) just so they could get it right. The second time he did a back flop but it counted! There is always so much anticipation waiting for the witnesses to give us the OK (:
The struggle with smiling at the camera...
Felipe's testimony afterward was so amazing. I love his humility and sincere desire to do what is right! When we walked out of the chapel it was a definite "heel click" moment.
We went out to the family for Felipe's first lesson as a recent convert!! YAY
SYDNEY CAME! How fun it is to have some visitors (: Sydney (Hna Sandison's little sister) is the cutest, quirkiest, nicest girl I have ever met! She even brought us gifts (: What a treat! It was so crazy when we sat down in church, introduced her to investigators, and then she asked us, "Whats an investigator?" It made me take a step back and see how much of a bubble I am in! But I really like this bubble! Hermana Sandison and I really feel like we are on a mission high right now and there is nothing better.

Sydney brought us presents!! How sweet! (: Thanks Rebekah and Sydney!

With Sydney and Zuly woohoo!!
Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes it really means a lot!

Con mucho amor
Hermana Ingram
Happy Father's Day to President Rasmussen!
Lizet is soooo adorable!! (the bishop's wife) and her baby is just the happiest!
Before and after. We call these Hna Sandison's poop shoes (for the amount of times she has stepped in poop while wearing them) Sydney brought her new ones!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Week 44 Life Changing Field Trip! June 14, 2016

I love Hermana Sandison!
Monday night we went to our Family Home Evening that we had planned. When we showed up, Juan Carlos (investigator) was completely drunk!! When we asked him if he was drunk (borracho) he said "No hermanas!" So of course I thought it would be a brilliant idea to draw a line in the sand and make him walk it. I laughed until I had tears rolling down my face. He was so confident in his ability to walk that line, when in reality, the line was like 6 feet to his right... a little off. Then he kept balancing on one foot in a ninja-like pose while saying, "I can do this" then switching feet, "...and I can do this!" We had to post-pone....
Our postponed Family Home Evening (Juan Carlos was sober)
Hermana Bertha (member) wouldn't smile at the camera!
Tuesday: In just one hour Hermana Sandison was able to eat:
8 turkey sandwiches (on small rolls)
1 bottle of grape juice
1 cup of Jello
1 plate of spaghetti
1 Chicken leg
3 potatoes with sauce
3 pieces of candy
1 cookie
Then she says to me, "Lets start a fast!"
Drinks 1 Liter of fast-preparation water
5 minutes later I find her on the stairs puking... she exceeded her maximum capacity.
The poor thing...We laughed about this ten minutes later so don't worry!
Sunday was amazing!! Hermana Samantha was able to come to church for the very first time! (previously her husband has intentionally kept her from coming) What a miracle! I was able to give a talk about being an example and I shared this story:

A little over a year ago my mom asked me if I would take my little brother and his friends to a concert in Salt lake. So we drove up and all went inside the venue. When the music started, it was completely fine! Nothing derogatory, no profanity, just music. Not long after, the entire environment began to change. It became more and more uncomfortable. After texting my mom back and forth I decided it would be best if we left. So I searched through a crowd for my brother. After finding him and telling him we would be leaving he looked at me with a relieved look on his face. He wasn't comfortable either. Later on we sat in the kitchen and talked about the situation. Harrison told us that in the middle of this concert he made a comment to his friends like, "This is kind of inappropriate." Sadly, one of his friends responded by saying, "Yeah, but this is normal!" Upon hearing that my mom, a little frustrated, said, "Well of course it's normal! Just because something is normal does not mean you have to go along with the majority!"

If you read Thomas S Monson's talk titled "Be An Example and A Light" He talks a lot about the fact that We Are Different. And that will only become more and more true as time keeps moving. To be a Disciple of Christ sets you apart from everyone else! To be a Disciple of Christ makes you different! To be a Disciple of Christ makes you happy! So as our standards skew farther and farther away from "normal" we will be asked to be more and more courageous. That's what Heavenly Father needs, the courageous.
Teaching our little family! Good news! Felipe is getting baptized this Saturday!!!
Yesterday was so FUN! At 4am we woke up and rode a three our tour bus to Canchaque. I said about 6 prayers that the bus wouldn't roll off the side of the cliffs..... You would be amazed at what a giant tour bus can do, it's about the same as any other four-wheeler!
Our tour bus almost ran over the poor cows!
We spent a full day as translators for a Park City based non-profit organization called Hope Alliance. Doctors, Optometrists, and volunteers packed suitcase after suitcase of eye equipment and thousands of pairs of glasses, then trekked it all the way to a remote town in the high mountains of Peru. Pretty cool right? So we helped a little over 300 people get glasses! It was extremely gratifying watching 70 year old people see clearly for the first time in maybe their entire lives. It was like rediscovering the world and their smiles stretched from ear to ear! One lady walked in who had a glass eye in her left eye. I helped her back to get her one working-eye checked, we gave her a pair of glasses, and then she asked me, "Excuse me Hermana do you think they could put a stronger prescription (pointing to her GLASS eye) on this eye?" I just stared at her blankly and thought, "Should I tell her she doesn't actually have an eye there?....hmmm probably not." Ignorance is bliss!
Patiently (or some impatiently) waiting for their eye exam. Some children walked over tow hose just to get an eye exam!
How do you feel with these glasses?
Sooooo happy with her new (used and then donated) glasses! How special!
It really was such a cool experience! It even changed my life just a little bit! (: I met some super awesome fun people that I wish I could have spent a little bit more time with. What was so weird to me was when one of the volunteers asked, "So how long did it take until you felt like you were fluent in Spanish?" I have never thought that before! Being fluent? No way! It reminds me of the Language Learning Analogy:

When first learning a language in a foreign country its as if someone has placed a big cardboard box over your head. You are lost, confused, and completely in the dark. But with time, you begin to recognize a few words. Then you can begin to distinguish between words in a sentence. You learn when to say this, or that. Each time, someone pokes a hole in your cardboard box and just a little bit more light begins to peak in. As time goes on, you get more and more holes poked in and you feel less and less confusion. There are only 6 tenses in English and 14 in Spanish. Complicated. Frankly, I still feel like I have pieces of that cardboard box on my head. Until I learn the last 4 hardest tenses I'm not sure I can say I'm fluent! But yesterday converting English to Spanish and Spanish to English was such a fun experience. It's cool to see how far you can come in such a short amount of time!

Well time is up and last week I made it TEN MONTHS! Woohoo! Can you believe it? Me neither. I miss everyone more and more everyday.

Con mucho amor,
Hermana Ingram
The girls
The cute school kids
What a cool grandma she is! She and her husband brought their two grandkids all the way to Peru to have such an awesome experience.
Lane and her mom from Park City, UT. Such fun people to get to know and work with!
This is 14 year old Sonya! She is from the Bay Area in California, her parents both met at medical school and she aspires to be an Orthopedic Surgeon! I was so amazed by her maturity and intelligence. I loved being able to follow her around as she worked and translate for her!
They fed the Translators a cute little breakfast with a view before the world started, and were completely shocked when we turned down their home-grown, ground and brewed coffee!
Hermana Sandison and the coffee plants! Behind her is the little hospedaje that the doctors stayed in.
I love adventuring with my best comp!
The poor donkey!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Week 43 The Mission Roller Coaster Continues June 6, 2016

This week we visited the family and they made us a cute little lunch. Its pretty amazing when you look around at their circumstances, they have pretty close to nothing! For dessert they gave us a big glass of Jello, THE PEOPLE HERE LOVE JELLO. I don't understand what's so great about Jello? Jello and I are not friends... Well Jacinto left the scene for a bit and unfortunately I did not have an emergency bag on me. But my half empty waterbottle seemed just as good, so... plop! plop! In went my Jello and I escaped Jello free. Hermana Sandison was dying....
My Jello water..ha..ha
In a zone meeting we were talking about how we can make daily contact with our investigators:
*Elder raises hand*

"solo me voy a la casa y toco la puerta y digo.. Hermana tengo hambre!"
"I just go to their house and knock on the door and say... Hermana I'm hungry!"
total face-palm moment... Oooh Elders bless their sweet hearts
We took a risk by taking a photo in the Mercado (market)...If only I could take a picture of the chaos!
Hna Sandison in a tiny little portion of the massive mercado
In a lesson with a less active we were singing the opening hymn... note: Let's be honest.. Peruvians can't sing... Well all of a sudden my singing wing woman, (Hermana Sandison) got lazy or something and went Peruvian on me. So when the verse had ended, I wanted to let her know she needed to get her singing act together so I hit her in the face with the hymn book (don't worry Rick it was soft.)
Then everyone just lost it, we laughed too hard to even continue. In the closing prayer the Hermano said, "Thank you for the good humor that the hermanas bring into my life." Everyone just needs to laugh sometimes. (:

The mission roller coaster continues to go up and down. Jacinto came with us to figure out the marriage requirements on Tuesday. On Wednesday we sat down alone with Jady and she immediately broke down and said that she doesn't want to marry Jacinto, that he is violent, and she isn't getting baptized. We were shocked. We asked for advice from president and he said to continue inviting her to come unto Christ. So we will continue to do that and meanwhile focus on the kids! Last week when we asked Felipe if he wanted to come with us to the baptism he responded. "Well duh! If I'm getting baptized I have to see what its like first!" The best (:
Helping Hermana Patty make Brazilian flags for her missionary
I think the more and more that I am out here, the more I begin to realize... Missionaries do not control what happens. We just have trust that, if we do our very best and have good attitudes, we will come out of this experience being changed. We will become disciples of Christ, whether we have a million converts or none. Like a friend once said, "If convert baptisms were an indication of a missionary's success, Jesus was a spectacularly unsuccessful missionary."

Con amor,
Hermana Ingram
I did Hermana Sandison's pageant makeup for Domingo! "On the left we can see Peru (my face) and on the right, the United States" (;
We saw Jaco! In this picture he informed us that, "Hermanas, ever since our last lesson my seek went really bad!" Ahi esta su señal Jaco!