One of the greatest blessings of living and working in Santiago is how many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live there. We were members of the Recoleta Oriente Ward in the Zapadores Stake, one of over 20 stakes in Santiago. Oh how we loved going to Church and other activities with these wonderful brothers and sisters who delight in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
There were four Missionaries in our ward and we were able to feed them quite regularly. Here we had them over with Lalo and Kirby for Thanksgiving Dinner.
Our ward and Stake Relief Societies were fantastic! This was an activity celebrating Self Reliance and food and customs from neighboring nations.
They go above and beyond when it comes to making sure we all have a wonderful time.
I was asked to participate in a traditional Peruvian Dance. We practiced for a couple of weeks and had so much fun!
Unfortunately, the video won't upload.. but check out the goodie table!
Darryl and I also participated in the Zapadores Stake Choir. This was Stake Conference in March, just a few days before we left to return to the United States.
With sweet sister Scarlett and my dear friend Sister Marisol.
Sister Marisol and I
This is Esther's Grandmother, so I just always called her "Hermana Abuela".
And wonderful Leslie, our Choir director...
Leslie's Mom was our Stake Relief Society President, Rosita Miller. (No, she doesn't speak English.)
Darryl and I also had the opportunity to participate in a couple of firesides. This was a Marriage fireside at the stake center. They asked Darryl and I to sing a duet and speak a little on Marriage.
These are the people from our ward, Recoleta Oriente, who attended.
Darryl and I will Hermana Miller. She would always tell me, "Cindy, I love you"!
With the Stake Relief Society Presidency.
After the program, as we were taking down chairs and tables and cleaning up, someone decided to have a little bit of fun with the decorations.
Yeah... they decided we needed to get "married"...Haha!
The last Saturday in March was our Stake Relief Society "Games". Our Stake President, Emilio Diaz, addressed us, and then it was time for fun and games!
I was a proud member of the Narajitas! (Little Orange team)
Brother David Pizzaro... Oh what would we do without you?
As we travel around the globe for work, knowing that the church is always there with members to welcome us in and nurture us in the gospel is one of the greatest blessings of all