Friday, December 26, 2014

Semana 48 en 9 de Octubre (December 22nd, 2014)

Feliz navidad! Feliz Navidad! Feliz Navidad, Prospero año y felicidad!
Wow so I've got a lot to update you guys from the last two weeks, and lots of photos.  I went to migrations in Lima last week, still workin' on the visa,  but I got to go to the temple---little slice of Heaven on Earth right there.
This week we had our missionary Christmas devotional and it was awesome! We talked a lot about how to truly live the spirit of Christmas and become more Christ-like. As a mission we are starting a new project of self evaluation, we have these cool new self-evaluation cards that we get to do every week to help us improve and emulate all of the Christ like attributes. The training was fun and President treated us to a delicious steak dinner---best I've eaten in a year!
Last night all of the missionaries in Iquitos wen the the Plaza de Armas and we sang Christmas hymns and then afterwards we went and contacted all the people that came to watch, it was fun!
We're pretty sad because it looks like our Brazilian investigators won't be getting baptized with us....They're actually not getting married at all, they are going to separate which means that Maria and Brenda will actually be going back to Brazil. We're sad about it but they have progressed so much and have such strong little testimonies, and we're happy to pass them off to the missionaries there in Manaos, Brazil!  I for sure wouldn't normally encourage that a family break up, but truly I think it is for the best and I am so happy that they will be taking one step closer to salvation there in Manaos.
Other GREAT news! We are teaching some ladies named Karen and Clara. They were a contact from a few weeks ago that were incredibly prepared to receive the gospel.  Just 3 days before we contacted them,  The husband of Clara had died in a work accident and it was just the moment that she needed us to speak to her. Her heart was softened in that moment and now she is so so excited, coming to church and praying and reading the book of Mormon, and preparing for baptism on January 10th!  We are also teaching her daughter Karen and her granddaughter amy. They are straight up angels, I tell ya. Love them SOOO much!  Unfortunately, as is far to common here in Iquitos, her husband wants nothing to do with the missionaries. But this week Karen was struggling with something and decided to open up the Book of Mormon to a random page and right where she opened to she received an answer of comfort from the Lord. She shared it with us and told us that it was the answer to her prayers and she knows that the Book of Mormon and the church are true and is ready to be baptized with her two kids.  I was SOOO happy, walked out of that lesson on cloud 9. Now to help that husband of hers want to get married!! Let's go.
Anyway, looks like I'm gonna be passing my second Christmas in my mission here in my area in the Belèn District of Iquitos---which means ''Bethlehem'' in spanish--sounds pretty Christmassy to me! Can't wait to see those pretty little faces on Christmas day!

Hermana Benyo


Navidad en Belèn!

. Our District Leader gave us a christmas challenge to contact people with the coolest Christmas tree, share the gift video with them and take a picture in front of the Christmas tree. Whoever in the district finds the coolest tree wins.  I think we're winning, and on top of it the owner of this pink tree came to church on Sunday! oh yeah!

Me and Hermana Burrell at our yummy Christmas dinner (well, lunch)

 Workin' hard! We did service this week as a zone in a really cochina (dirty) house, it was so gross and we found the skeleton of a dead cat in the back...gross!!

That's me with a chicken on a dog...

That's me and a turkey

This actually happened...contacting clowns

Me and my favorite Brazilian babes

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Semana 46 in 9 de Octubre (December 8th, 2014)

Hey everybody!
Just another week in the life and it was a HOT one. It feels like satan's oven down here.
On thursday we had the monthly Mission Leadership council and that was fun! Got to see my best friend Hermana Talbert after 8 MONTHS!! Finally got transferred to Iquitos, reunited and it feels so good. We are going full on the new Christmas iniciative 'He is the Gift' and sharing the video and cards with everyone and there dog. I fully recommend it if you want to get into the REAL Christmas spirit, watch it here:  
Finally got my birthday package, woohoo!! Thanks mom!
Started freaking out this week about how fast time is going, can't believe I only have 4 transfers left, and Hermana Burrell only 2. Gotta make 'em count!!!
This week our favorite Brasilian ladies Brenda and Maria came. They are so awesome and so excited and want so much to get baptized, still waiting on the news about marriage papers.
Well I don't have much to talk about so here's a ton of photos to make up for it, as the time passes I get worse and worse at this whole writing home thing.  But just know that I am happy to be here serving the Lord and those around me!
Hermana Benyo

1. Us and Elder and Sister Mayne right before they went home to the old USA!
2. Birthday package!!! Thanks mom!
3. Me and my girl Hermana Talbert after way too long
4. Her name is Almendra
5. Cute puppy!!
6. The English room for the Christmas Devotional last night--Too many gringos packed in a tiny hot,hot room. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Semana 45 in 9 de Octubre (December 1st, 2014)

Happy December!
This week we had zone conference!!! Woohoo!!
Zone conference is basically my own little spiritually charged General Conference. As a mission our new technique to find new investigators is almost exclusively through the less active members and recent converts, We've already been doing it but we now are going to focus more on it, I think it is really truly inspired and is going to strengthen the 9 de Octubre ward as well as all of the mission. It was a good conference and got me pumped up.
We are teaching an AWESOME sister named Maria. She is Brasilan, From Manaus, Brasil, just a couple days up the river.  She speaks spanish as a second language so I guess me and Hna Burrell can kind of relate to her with that one. She is so awesome, a reference from the Elders who had stopped teaching her when she traveled to Brazil for a month,  and ever since she got back she had been praying that the missionaries would come by the house as a sign to know if the church is true. So then we showed up and she was a little cold at first but it didn't take long for us to see how truly special she is. She is one of those people that is VERY in tune with the spirit and recognizes answers that come from the lord. In various lessons with her she has told us that she feels the spirit testifying to her heart that this church is true. She and her daughter came to church on sunday and I was blown away by the efforts of the members. So many people came up to her to say hi and ask her about herself and welcome her, the young women pulled her 14 year old daughter into the class and we saw her walking out with like 4 or 5 friends already. Afterwards, maria told us that she felt the spirit very strongly in church and felt a TON of love, that only after one sunday she already feels like she has a family there at church. I am honestly so proud of the members in my ward right now, they are coming leaps and bounds!!  Maria is honestly SO SO prepared. The only problem is that she has a husband who she has a lot of problems with. We just started teaching him so we will see how it goes. And also, she is from brazil and will only be able to get married once she has her visa. But we have a lot of faith, she is so ready and wanting to be baptized but I know that the lord will provide a way for her papers to work out. I was talking to my companion about that one scripture in 1 Nefi where Nefi is being mocked by his brothers that he doesn't know how to build a boat. And he just kind of responds, excuse my scriptural paraphrasing, "For real? If god has power to do all the miracles that he has done in this world, dont you think he can figure out how to teach me to build a lousy boat?" So thats kind of my quote for the week, if God has power to do all miracles don't you think we can figure out some lousy visa/marriage papers? I've got faith.
Being a missionary is great as always and goes too fast!  

With love,
Hermana Benyo

Photos this week:
1. Zona 9 de Octubre!!!
2. That is not chocolate. That is the remains of a freaky spider I killed.
3. Me and my compi Hna Burrell
4. Me and the cutest mexican lady in the zone, Hna Rodriguez
5. Us and the Hermanas
6. Our district at the Elder's baptism. Best district EVER!

Semana 44 in 9 de Octubre (November 24th, 2014)

Hey everybody!

This week was awesome as always!
For my birthday on Monday all the missionaries from Secada and 9 de octubre went to the stake Presidents house. We ate barbecued alligator and played soccer, that was pretty fun.
We were pretty focused all this week on finding new investigators and families to teach. We have for sure been seeing the fruits of our labors in reactivation and have several families coming back to church. We're just being very patient waiting to find investigator families that will progress. Our area is very small and it seems like literally every person here has been taught at least once by the missionaries which leads us to some more creative finding techniques!
It has been HOT HOT HOT!!! Like I thought I was used to hot, but for real I am telling you I was dying this week. And this is gonna sound really weird and dont judge me, but the jungle makes you smell B.A.D. Like not your normal kind of bad. Like a really weird smell. There is no getting around it, there is no perfume or deoderent strong enough to hide it. And EVERYONE smells weird. But you know at least we all smell like really weird sourdough bread together. So there-s your probably didnt want to know fact for the day!
Hermana Burrell and I are really trying to keep our batteries going strong and give this area our all. Weve been fasting and praying for the ennabling strength to do it because sometimes I feel like such an old lady. Having lessons every half hour all day long really is exhausting and really cant be done with out some extra heaven sent help. But there is no better kind of exhausted than the one I feel when Im practically falling asleep on my face during nightly planning, sign of a good day well spent. Full Chamba!
This week I was studying and reflecting a lot on our physical bodies here on the Earth.  Part of the Plan of Salvacion was that we were to come here to the Earth to receive a physical body and pass through human experiences. When we found this out we rejoiced, so happy to finally receive one of the greatest things we had never had, a physical body.  It is so sad to me how astute Satan is to make so many people hate one of the most precious gifts God has given us, our bodies.  It truly is a temple, a kind gift or present from our loving Heavenly Father. One thing I realized for the first thing in my life this week is that I am not my body. I am my soul, who is dwelling inside this temple that was given to me. Only I am responsible of how it is cared for and I am the one who must love it and take care of its needs.  Its like a gardener who cares for the little plants, giving them sunlight and water so that they can grow and develop. When we put crap in our bodies, it would be like watering a plant with gasoline, our overeating is like pouring 10 gallons of water on a poor little flower.  We really must come to fall in love with the physical bodies that God has given them and care for them like a loving gardener.  If we hate our bodies, that is like telling your mom you absolutely hate the brand new BMW she just bought you. Its silly and rude.  I may not love the way I have cared for my body, or what a year of greasy rice and carbs has done to it, but I sure am grateful for it and love it a whole lot.  My perspective was changed a lot and I think we should all love and care for our bodies a little bit better than we have been.
I love you all and hope you have a great, spirit filled week!

Hermana Benyo

1. Me and my district buddies
2. Us in front of some weird post apocalyptic looking olympic rings outside of the stake presidents house
3. A freaky bug we saw
4.  Barbecued alligator, YUM!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Semana 43 in 9 de Octubre (November 17th, 2014)

This week was AWESOME because I got to be in a gringa trio!!! It was seriously the funnest thing ever. We got a new sister named Hermana T. She stayed with us for the week temporarily, but she's leaving today to go to her new area so we're pretty sad about that. Seriously love her so much, we're basically best friends already the three of us.  Also this week was mine AND Hermana Burrell's birthday so that was exciting too!!  
We are teaching a lovely family called Familia Papa, or as me and my companion like to say "Potato Family" (Warning: my sense of humor has gotten a lot lamer since my mission).  They are so sweet and inactivated basically immediately after they got baptized but they were so happy to receive us and expressed their desires to reactivate so we're gonna be workin pretty hard with them. The dad has problems with alcohol so he's gonna need a lot of support, but the mom told us that she had a dream about a big white lit up building where she felt that she should enter with her husband to married religiously. It was super cool and we taught her about eternal marriage and the temple and invited them to prepare to go to the temple as a family and be sealed for time and all eternity!! I just love helping families, and they came to church on sunday!!
On Saturday we did a really fun Tristake service activity with all of the members and missionaries in was super fun!!  We painted and cleaned up trash and cut the lawn with machetes. That is like my favorite and definitely the most inefficient thing ever. But there we were just like our whole zone of 20 missionaries and also President Gomez just hackin away at the grass with machetes.
One thing I learned this week is that sometimes we try to compartmentalize ourselves into little boxes and throw labels on things and say that we either are or aren't patient or kind or spiritual or successful and that honestly is insanity. I honestly think we need to just stop saying that we are anything because in certain situations the lord gives us certain qualities and characteristics and in others he doesn't. Maybe in some circumstances I'm a hard worker but in others I'm totally lazy! Or maybe in one campanionship I have a lot of patience but withj someone else I really have to learn patience. It's really cool how God gives and takes our spiritual gifts as we need them, or as He needs us to use them.  it really is a testament to how we are just tools in the hands of the Lord.  So I'm gonna stop over analyzing myself and deciding if I'm successful or not successful, spiritual or not spiritual, patient or not patient and just have peace in my life. We're all children of a Heavenly Father and that's all that we will ever need to be.

Love you all!
Hermana Benyo
1 &2 Hackin' away
2, 3, & 4  Frog we found in service! Sapaso!!
5. Me and my best girls
6. Hermana Burrell's birthday!! woohoo!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Semana 42 in 9 de Octubre (November, 10th, 2014)

Hey everybody!
This week was great!
Went to Lima and got my passport all taken care of. That was super weird because I was by myself the whole time which I havent dont for a good year. I was alone with the male Choffers from Lamoni Tours who work for the church there in Lima. I've gotten to know them pretty well now Cause I've had to go to Lima several times now.  The one that works during the day was named Hermano Elvis and he was cool, he basically just had to drive me around all day and took me to the embassy.  The embassy was super cool and we had to go in and it was the most American thing I've seen in a long time, walked out of there super trunky,was my first time in a while being on 'US soil'  but after 2 hours of waiting I had never been so happy to leave my country.  Then I went and stayed the night with the Hermanas from the Lima East mission, for real they are SO rich compared to Iquitos like their house is basically a palace.  Their mission is super super different that Iquitos because it's all gated communities and you have to buzz to enter or talk to the watchman to knock doors, so I mena I'll stick with Iquitos, but it was cool to see what another mission is like. Also ran into my friend Hermana Heiner from the MTC who is serving in Lima so that was a fun reunion!
Hermana Burrell and I had a baptism this week, our Investigator Laura got baptized, she is awesome and has a great testimony, There was a good turnout also at her baptism
Other than that we are working and trying to be more and more dilligent and have lessons every 30 minutes which is the new goal of the mission. I have found that when we use our time wisely and help as many people as humanly possible in the day we not only have more success but we have the constant companionship of the spirit and we are just plain HAPPY. 
Hermana Burrell's birthday is this week so were gonna celebrate. 
Not much more to say, but hope everything goes good with you guys this week!
This computer is rejecting my camera so I'll send photos of the baptism next week!
Hermana Benyo

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Semana 41 in 9 de Octubre (November, 3rd 2014)

This week was busy, busy, busy! 
On wednesday we had my first mission leadership council!  It happens at the beginning of every month and all of the zone leaders and sister leaders from Pucallpa, Tarapoto, and Moyobamba fly in, which is super fun to see friends that have been off in other cities in the jungle! There we present our zones results for the month, discuss the challenges and successes and as a council come up with solutions. Then President and the AP's give trainings so it basically lasts all day--it was pretty awesome. On thursday we had a work visit with the sisters from area Secoya, Hermana Rodriguez and Hermana Blackmore. Hermana Burrell went to their area and Hermana Blackmore came to 9 de Octubre with me. She is so so sweet and awesome! I think I got to help her a little bit with some of the challenges she's been facing so it was cool to have my first work visit and help the hermanas and set goals with them also. Later we had to visit the sisters in Secada and the next day we had to take the sisters in San Juan to the clinic, so they've been keeping us pretty busy this week.  
I'm loving loving loving our area, it smells bad and there's literally a river of garbage and yet to me it's the most beautiful place ever.  As far as work goes, were kind of trying to resucitate the area because we recently just split it and there weren't many people being taught on what is now our half, but it definitely has a ton of potential.  Our investigator Laura is getting baptized on Saturday, got postponed for stake conference and she is stoked!  She was telling us yesterday that people were saying bad things to her about the church and so she started having doubts, but then she always grabs her Book of Mormon and the spirit testifies to her that it's true. She is an exscellent lady and extremely prepared.
On Saturday and Sunday we had the 9 de Octubre Stake conference, which was so fun because I got to see everyone I love so much from Las Colinas ward. All the members and my convert families were in church (that's a victory here in Iquitos with the 30% convert retention rate) yay!!! I got to see me and Hermana Centeno's recent converts the Torres Amias Family and Guido and Betsi and the kids. I am filled with so much love for these people, honestly.  When I got there saturday night at the stake center Guido and Betsi were waiting there with the kids and the girls ran up when they saw me and it was so so sweet!! Mi leche!!!!! haha They were super sweet and gave me a stuffed turtle and a really really cute turtle necklace and 'em so much!  That was an awesome 'I love my mission' moment.
So not going to lie, I was starting to feel a bit burnt out.  Coming to a new area always exhausts me I don't know why. Like the thing is I have such huge desires to serve with all my might and I try to but sometimes we try to run a little bit faster than we can. After running on full speed for months and months and months it starts to wear down on you. I talked to Hermana Burrell (who has 14 months so she knows what I'm feeling too) and we were kind of on the same page. We'd been a bit more sluggish the last week walking a bit slower, walking past people without talking to them and it had affected the spirit.  We really got to talking in our conmpanion study and we both simultaneously received the same revelation through the Book of Mormon in our morning studies: Faith, Patience, and Diligence.  Like honestly I was reading the end part of Alma chapter 32 and it kept repeating the words faith patience and dilligence and I thoughbt back to a district leader of mine that would always make me repeat that when I was having a difficult time "Fe, Paciencia, Diligencia" and I would kind of just do it robotically like 'yeah whatever, Elder" but then up until this moment I don't think it ever got through to me. If I don't have faith we aren't going to have miracles, If I'm not dilligent we won't find people to teach, and If I'm not patient I'm gonna burn out. It was excellent for us and now thats our new motto "Fe, Paciencia, Diligencia".  I love the Book of Mormon, it is such a source of revelation, inspiration, and it feeds a weary soul. From that moment we jusat worked to have the spirit and that made all the difference. When we study well in the morning, the spirit accompanies us the rest of the day and we find the energy and power source to do so far beyond our own capacity. We're feelin' good now, ennabling power of the atonement.

Haz lo justo!

Hermana Benyo

1. 9 de Octubre on the river
2. Me and the tree of life
3. Me and the Itaya River
4. At stake conference with converts Guido and Betsi (they gave me the necklace and earrings I'm wearing, they are super cute, love 'em!)
5.  Me and Hermana Burrell at my first monthly mission leadership council

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Semana 40 in 9 de Octubre (October 27th, 2014)

SO MUCH happened this week.
So cambios happened and I got changed! I'm back in my old zone 9de Octubre and i could not be more thrilled. Leaving Punchana and my companions was sad, leaving áreas is always sad, but I feel so happy and blessed to be back in my zone. Before I was here in 9 de Octubre in the área Las Colinas and now I'm in the area 9 de Octubre.  Me and my companion are the Sister training leaders for Zone 9 de Octubre and Zone Secada and get THIS: my companion is a gringa. Yeah so my life basically got turned upside down this week but I'm so happy about my new área and companion and also the chance to get to know and serve the sisters, we've got three other companionships of sisters here in 9 de Octubre and 2 more in zone Secada.  My companion hermana Burrell is from Texas/Utah and is super great and helping me learn everything I need to know.  We're going to do work visits this week and I'm excited also to get to do a work visit in my old área!
So 9 de Octubre may be in the same city as Punchana but I assure you that it is a COMPLETELY new world. I didn't get a chance to take pictures this week but it's the coolest área ever. We're right on the river and there's tons of hills and dips and rivets and bridges and Wood houses built on's seriously a laberynth. It's small but there's tons of houses within a really compact área, under bridges etc.  So excited to work here. So here's the crazy part. In this tiny área that is like 8 blocks by 4, there are about 800 baptized members of the church.  The bishop here is so cool fore real, and we're really focusing in and strengthening the members here before we will be able to do anything and I know that if we work this way we will find tons of investigato as well.  The bishop asked us to help him with the President of Relief Society and the Ward Secretary...two callings which I've never had but hey, it's preparing me pretty good for future service in the church. 
I love Iquitos so much---and will always have a special place in my heart for 9 de Octubre and for that I feel like I won the lottery when I got transferred back here.  The Ward attendance is only at about 100 so we'vew got plenty of work to do and for real I am so happy, is it cool if I never come home?

Love you all,
Hermana Benyo

1. Me and my new compi Hermana Burrell (she's SO cool)
2.  A super cool abandoned ship in our área
3.  River so pretty here in 9 de Octubre

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Semana 39 in Punchana (October 20th, 2014)

Well, not much to say this week.
As I mentioned our area got divided this week and we have the part now where we almost never worked so we are scouring this three block wide area for all it's got!  We've found some less active members that we're teaching and basically every hour of the day talking to everyone to find people that need our help.
We are teaching a sister named Sara that was listening to the missionaries 2 or 3 years ago.  Honestly I am so glad we found her because she has lots of challenges and needs the gospel, and I think it helps a lot now that we are Hermanas because before she was listening to Elders. I love listening to people, especial people who have had difficult challenges, and giving them the solution that will truly bless their lives: the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It looks as though our trio is coming to an end. This week we had interviews with Presidente Gomez. I tell ya, I have never walked out of an interview with President Gomez on anything less than cloud 9 and ready to conquer the world. So greatful for him.
Well, it looks like our lovely trio is sadly coming to an end.  Today we find out about changes and one of us is going to leave.  I'll let you know what happens next week!
Short and sweet that's all for now folks, stay safe and try not to catch ebola please!
Hermana Benyo
1. My trio 'n me yesterday at church
2.  This was meant to be a dorky picture that turned our pretty
3. Luana, one of our pensionista's lovely grand daughters
4.  These niñas love to do this every time we try to leave the house
5. We're a happy family.
6. The district...was thinking seriously about cropping me out of this one
7. The zone Punchana

Monday, October 20, 2014

Semana 38 in Punchana (October 13th, 2014)

Wow wow wow
I realiza I'm a bit behind the rest of you, but General Conference was AMAZING!!!! Seriously so inspired I loved it! It lifted me up and inspired me like you would not believe. I am so greatful for the restoration of the Gospel and the opportunity to sustain the prophet and apostles and the true revelation that they receive from God.  So many new goals and plans met to tune up and self-evaluate.  I loved the speaker that said we should all learn frequent and joyful repentance because if we're not constantly learning form our mistakes and tuning up to be more obedient, we aren't progressing. 
And to throw the cherry on top of conference weekend, the Area 70 president Elder Uceda was here this weekend and had conferences with all the mission, woard councils, and stake presidencies in Iquitos. It honestly was SUCH a wake up call for everyone here. He  gave us some truly startling statistics:
The church here in Iquitos began in 1967 with a branch of about thirty members. Now in 2014, there are three stakes. However, on record, there are almost TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND baptized members of the church. Of that 25,000 less than 3000 regularly attend church. He said that Iquitos is in red alert  and that EVERYTHING, I mean EVERYTHING about the way we are working has to chang. The retention rates of  new converts are  dangerously low with lots of baptisms  and weak wards. With the number of baptized members there should be about NINE STAKES and we would be in the ranks for a temple. It was truly sobering. Like honestly yeah we know that there are tons and tons of less active members and that retention is a huge problem here but that kind of just hit us in the face. We are so concerned about baptizing baptizing that we don't even notice that  the wards are dying with about 60 to 70 every week and tons of inactive members walking the streets. Like we could keep baptizing but after 20 more years how many inactives are we gonna have if we don't get things in order?
Elder Uceda has proposed that we COMPLETELY and utterly change everything we are doing. He basically   (well, actually literally) called us to repentance and to change our mentality. We should be expecting the mission to change drastically.  He said that Iquitos is completely unlike any other mission in Peru or the area, so we have to work distinctly.  It inspired us a lot to realize the potential that this beautiful paradise Iquitos holds and  also animated the members to get to work with us in activation and retention--the work of salvation because we are in red right now. Truly exci ted to see what's going to happen. We have been in a shared area with the Elders and they told us today that it's now split to accomodate the new changes and it just so happens that the Elders have the side where ALL of our investigators live.  Our first reaction was to complain especially now that our area is like 3 blocks wide, but I know that this is like what Elder Eyring said in his talk, revelation that comes from a 70 and a mission president to help the saints in Iquitos. Maybe our first inclination was to complain but I know that this mandate comes from God and is going to allow us and help us to change our mentality and work in the way the Prophet wants us to.  I love serving in the Church of Jesus Christ and look forward to  continuing in this work throughout my life.
Another (paraphrased) quote I loved from conference ''Let's lose ourselves in rescue efforts of God's lost sheep, and we in turn will be rescued ourselves''

Let us all Press on in the work of the Lord, 

 Hermana Benyo

1. Me and my companions: Hermana Lozano, Cori (a girl in the ward), and hermana Tinta
2. My old companion, Hermana Centeno, reunited in the conference con Elder Uceda

Semana 37 in Punchana (October 6th, 2014)

Hey Everyone!
General Conference was so awesome right? Oh wait....I wouldn't know because I still havent seen it yet. There were elections in Peru on Sunday so church was cancelled and conference got postponed until next week. We went out and proselyted normal, woohoo!!! But I'm excited to see it, no spoilers please :)
This week I was so pleased to see AMAZING progress in Hermana Tinta as she is getting used to the life as a missionary. She mentioned that now she isn't thinking about her family anymore, but rather is focusing on our investigators and that is AWESOME! She seems a lot happier and the mood of our day seems a lot brighter with a stronger spirit.  She and Hermana Lozano are also getting along better, sure there's still some little struggles but we're definitely seeing big victories!
We're teaching a young lady named Glendy who is super excited and committed to be baptized on November 1st.  She went to the baptism of the Elders on Saturday and that got her really excited, we're working with the YSA to help her get to know the ward.  Monica is still really sad that she can't get baptized because her in-laws prohibited them from getting married and is thinking seriously about moving out or separating to be able to live the law of chastity and be baptized. Sure it's not ideal, but it's the best she can do.
We're trying to really get the members excited about missionary work and help them realize how amazing it is to help bring others unto Christ and be an active part in their conversion.  It's something that I want to do so much more actively when I finish my mission!
On P-day we went to every Iquitos missionary's favorite place to spend P-day: Quistococha. We used to go like every month but now that P-days have changed it's a rare treat.  It's like a little jungle zoo with a random beach and lagoon in the middle surrounded by wild jungle...(that's where we held the snake and ate the suri the last times)
Well I hope everything is good and know that I love you all,  and remember to stay anxiously engaged in a good cause!!

Hermana Benyo

1. At Quistococha
2. Me n' the monkeys (look closely)
3. Me and Hermana Lozano on the dock
4. Me and Hermana Linford being normal
5. My name plaque is getting dirty