Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Our Trip to Huánuco

Our Multi-Zone Conference was held Monday in Huánuco, near the far northern part of our mission, about 5 hour's ride from Tarma. We had to go to San Pedro de Cajas (again!) to pick up Scott's triple combination that he left there the week before. Scott ended up with 5 interviews while we were there, so it was worth the trip. Here's a shot of part of the town and the road that leads out of town toward Huánuco:

On our way out of town, we stopped at Cachipozo, a pair of natural salt wells considered sacred by the locals:

Near Cachipozo is a set of ancient white rock walls:

To get from San Pedro to Huánuco, we had to drive through the rugged Andes Mountains. Notice how high up the farmlands go:

In Huánuco, we stayed at the Grand Hotel in a large, well-decorated room:

There were about 50 missionaries at the Multi-Zone Conference. Our Tarma elders attended the conference. Here are Elder Keel, Elder Santos, Elder Illachura, and Elder Wengren:

On the way home, we saw this large herd of llamas near a lake at an elevation of 15,000 feet above sea level:

We also passed Lake Junín, the largest lake in Perú. It's a famous bird refuge. You can see the Cordillera de la Viuda in the background (click the picture to see a larger view):

The trip was a spiritual treat, not just because we attended a wonderful conference, but also because we were able to give the second missionary discussion to our driver. (We gave him the first discussion on an earlier trip.) He has attended a testimony meeting, one of Beverly's music classes, and the sacrament meeting in San Pedro de Cajas. He accepted our challenge to read the Book of Mormon, pray about it, and be baptized.


Sharon said...

What a marvelous post! Everything about it is just wonderful - the scenery, your beautiful hotel room, those great missionaries, the herd of llamas, your Book of Mormon challenge experience. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Russ said...

Woah! I love the picture you guys have as your blog header now (of you and Mom at Cachipozo).

I hope everything turns out well with your driver.

Eric said...

I am so glad you're able to keep your blog up-to-date. Each time I see it I'm so happy for the adventure you're having. Continue to enjoy your time--but not so much that you decide not to come home!

Douglas and Connie Jones Earl said...

These posts bring back a lot of memories. I do not think I am going to get back up to Huanuco this time. Love the pictures and comments. Connie says to me: why can't you make your blog more interesting like Scott. Got to love that woman.

Anonymous said...

Wow, those are some fantastic pictures of the countryside! How exciting to hear about your missionary experiences--especially the casual conversations that lead to gospel discussions and an interest in your missionary message.