HAPPY ANNIVERSARY JUNE 21st

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32nd year of being married!! Who would have imagined that we would spend it in Valparaiso, Chile… we took the day off from working with the books in the cemetery. Spent it out in the city.

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We like Peruvian food. So…we found a nice restaurant to eat at. The electricity only went off once. HA HA….   Brian had some great salmon potato and sauce.

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Yummy chicken and fries.. Tasted great   Oh yeah… and RICE

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We went shopping for sweatshirts… because it gets a bit chilly in the work place. They don’t have central heating. So we get to wear warmer clothes. we found a store that was called Nostalgic. I am guessing it was like a step above Salvation Army… Anyway… I found a nice sweatshirt that says NY Jets on it. So apparently I am a fan of the Jets now. who knew??

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We found a BYU Cougar sweatshirt for Brian…. AND it was his size. What a great find. Both these sweatshirts were about $10….

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Our new awesome Elder from Brazil. We have 2 from Brazil. One from Peru, One from Chile and Argentina. The rest are from USA. What a great new group. For our anniversary…. I made banana chocolate peanut butter brownies. Once they guessed how many years we had been married they got to eat the brownies. They like me because I feed them. I like baking… they like eating… Win – WIN

Hope you all are having a fabulous June….   Life is good here.   It is their winter time.

So far as we can tell winter means a bit colder and some occasional rain.  BUT…. now that we have sweatshirts it’s all good.   Our apt is nice and cozy warm.   I have my supply of hot chocolate and toast.

Hugs to you all.   and thanks again for all the well wishes for our anniversary.

El Matrimonio Allen’s

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Good-Byes and BIG books

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saying goodbye to some of the wonderful sister missionaries. we were all in Santiago. These ladies are awesome. Also… there’s the other “senior” sister…. she works in the mission office. Hermana Gould is wearing the blue scarf. What a great day

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The Santiago Temple. We left at 6am to get there and be ready by 9am. Traffic didn’t get bad until the last half hour. It’s a smaller temple. Still very beautiful on the outside and on the inside. Very peaceful and calm.

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This is our work space. My head was hiding the GIANT book of names. Dated 1901. Hopefully family members who are searching for great grandparents can find them now.

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This is the book. Wanna guess how many pages it has?? Well… 4600 to be exact. And we took a picture of every single page. Took us about 7 days of work. We work about 4-5 hour days.

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another day at the market. we like going to the market to get veggies and fruits and whatever else we can find.  I think I was trying to show us that the roof was gone.    But… oh well… that doesn’t seem to bother anybody.     at this market we went upstairs to see what it was like.  It was a food court of sorts.   Anyone that walked up there was totally mobbed by the people who were trying to convince you to  come and get food at their “restaurant” .    We weren’t hungry so we tried to make a mad dash to run out the back stairs. 

As always… we thank all of you who think of us and pray for us in any manner.   We do love it here.  Especially working with the people both those alive and those who are just a name to us living in BIG books…

Life is good

HUGS

Youth that we LOVE

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Choir practice with the youth… getting ready for Elder and Sister Packer to visit. We practiced first then sang happy birthday and took selfies.  The Sister in the purple jacket heads home June 13.  She has mixed feeling about leaving… I will miss her a lot.   I have gone with her 3 separate times for overnighters (called intercambios)   She is a wonderful missionary.  

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A wonderful lunch with a great family.  They made some yummy fried fish dish.  The sister without the missionary tag on is wheelchair bound. She is 28 and her dream is to visit Utah and go to the Conference Center for General conference.  This family treated us so kindly. They wouldn’t let us ride the buses back home.  They said… “please, don’t take away our blessings”.  So they loaded their daughter in the car and took us home.    

 

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Brian has a little stranger interested in the back of his head. We’re on the Metro headed to Villa Aleman for the conference with the Packers.  The ride to the conference was wonderful, quiet, tranquil, serene.. and it was at 830am.   The trip home was a different story.  Different people just randomly show up on the train and start singing or playing an instrument and they you pay for this “entertainment”.    When we saw the trumpet guy come through…. oh yeah!!  Nothing like a trumpet player on a subway type train.   He actually was pretty good, so we gave him some $$.  The rap singer guys were next.   All they did was make up songs that made fun of everybody they could see on the metro.  For them… no $$.   We were happy to get out of there before they were done “entertaining”  

 

We are happy to be here… Happy to share pictures…. Happy to meet wonderful people and be involved in good things.

Hugs   Elder & hermana Allen