Monday, December 21, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Happy Days

This week was interesting, not much happened that I can remember.  I want to share a miracle... a food miracle. So for the past month, we have been trying to find a new pension because we were getting dropped. :( We looked the whole month and NO ONE wanted to feed us. The problem is that the white missionaries get sick and are really picky so lots of people are scared to pension for us and we're two whities. Also, everyone here works. So literally no one could feed us. Do you know how scary that is???? To realize that in a week if you don't find anyone you'll starve or be very poorly fed. Man I need my food. That was really hard. I cried, I panicked, I worried ... everything.Well, practically two days before the end of our pension, she said she wanted to keep feeding us and that she wanted to bring the food to our house!!! Lo Maximo! That was such a blessing to me.
Our phone still doesn't work... but who's complaining. We have one really amazing investigator. Her name is M... and when we first met her she didn't want to listen and she didn't even really look at us. Now she is so interested and says that she will get baptized once she understands better! Pray for her! I love her so much!
I don't have any pictures :( We met some people in the Plaze and they wanted to take pictures with us and I told them to send me the pictures but they didn't so maybe next week!
I love you all so much 
oh.. ps i dyed my hair... oops

-Hermana Wattles

Monday, December 7, 2015

Juliaca Mía

Where do I start.
This week so many things happened and I told my companion, "remind me to put that in my email". I always say that and then I forget. So, this week, we had probably the most interesting lesson that I have ever had IN MY LIFE. We have been working with a less active almost the whole time that I have been here and their kid who isn't a member. The kid seems really interested, so this week we brought a member their same age to come with us. Bad idea. As we start the lesson, no one can sit still and the spirit really isn't there. We start reading the pamphlet and every once in a while we ask a question to make sure that they understand. Basically, everything that we teach, the less active completely denies and tells her kids that it's not right. All of it really surprised me because I had never heard anyone say those kinds of things before. I won't share too many details but basically every thing we said, she turned around and told her kids that it was wrong and this is how it is. Basically, she has a very futuristic view on how the church works.
Okay so a couple of days ago, I wasn't feeling very well. My stomach hurt so bad and I couldn't control my burps, ahahha. I didn't know what was wrong with me so we ended up going to an investigators house and talking for a while. I told her how I felt and she so very quickly whipped me up some herbal tea and medicine and essential oils and gave me advice. It was so sweet. I never felt so specially treated here before and she did it all without even a second thought. I love her!
This week we were also able to teach the wife of a less active and I can't tell you how amazing it was and how amazing she is. I consider it a mini miracle. When we first met her, she didn't want to hear about anything that had to do with the church and she refused to read or do anything. Now we are teaching her. She reads the pamphlets and listens so openly. Her whole countenance has changed and it is just such a blessing. Pray for her. I know we will be able to see great miracles with her. This week was weird. I can't even share it all.

The picture... I decided to braid my hair without looking and that's what happened. It got caught on another hair that's keeping it up in the air, ahhaha.
-Hermana Wattles

Monday, November 30, 2015

feliz semana... ya hahah this week was an interseting one. I don't remember much that happened but my comp was sick again :(. We had the sister leaders this week and I was with my favorite Hermana Love!!
This week two 20 year old boys got baptized! They weren't our converts but the baptism was so beautiful and it made me so thankful to be here serving the lord. I know that I am supposed to be here and this is where he needs me. I love him with all my heart.
We also went to a little pueblo outside of J because I had never been there and we thought maybe there might be some people who are interested in the gospel. Nope, But we got a picture of me being wind blown.
This week we did have one really great lesson. I was with the sister leader and we went to teach an investigator who at first had been very skeptical and not sure. she didn't listen very much and I don't think she was super interested. With Hermana Love, we taught the restoration and by the end her son and her said that they would pray, come to church, and if they found out that this church was true that they would think about being baptized. That was pretty amazing because that is probably one of the best lessons I have had in a couple weeks. I felt so good and I know that the Lord is with us.
I am so happy to be here and I know that this is where the Lord wants me. Sometimes things are hard and we don't know why but my favorite scripture says to trust in the Lord with all my heart (Proverbs 3:5-6) so that is just what we have to do. I love him and I trust in him 100%.
I know that this church is true and that it really does bless people. I've seen it in the lives of others and in my own life. Heavenly Father really does love us each individually. He knows us. Better than any other person.
I love you all so much and I feel so blessed to have such amazing people that support me in all that I do. I love you.
-Hermana Wattles
half funny moment.... (well at least I thought it was funny)
This week a couple missionary came to do family history and they speak Spanish but not enough to be alone with the people so I was the only available translator. I was running around helping members with their questions, translating, explaining, helping my sick companion and ah everything. Well, I found a little break and I was talking to the recent convert and he was holding some cake. I asked him if I could have some. I was starving. And he just looks at me and tells me to eat it with my hand... so I do... duh. and in that moment, everyone needs my help again and I'm trying to talk and shake hands and help people with cake all over me. ahhaha
Sometimes you just go with it.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Almost Got Kissed

Okay, so it has been a crazy week, ups and downs.. goods and bads... mostly goods but ya know. So this week we had a couple rockin lessons. My favorite was with this man and his family. Long story short, a couple months ago with Hermana M, we were walking down the street and a drunk came up to us (as usual) and starts talking to us with his friend and all of the sudden he starts telling us about how he is a member of the church. (lots of drunks tell us they are members) Then he continues to tell us that he served a mission and that he read the Book of Mormon everyday and he loves it so much. After a while of talking, he tells us his dad's name and we stand there shocked because his dad is the president of sunday school. ... so he is a member... so we end up  telling him that if he really is interested, he should come to church and we can coordinate there. A couple weeks later we see him in the street again, drunk and trying to get us to help him, so we tell him the same thing, to go to church and we'll coordinate there. So a couple weeks ago, out of the corner of my eye, I see him in church. So I go find his dad and ask him if his son had come to church and he looks at me and goes, "Yes, he has come three sundays now and now his wife wants to get baptized and he really wants to reactivate himself into the church." I was thoroughly shocked and so happy. So we make an appointment to go visit with them. We show up and they were all happily waiting for us in their humble home. (usually people forget about appointments) But they were all there just waiting for us. It was such a good lesson and we committed his wife to baptism.
BUT.... the other day we find out they don't live in our ward boundaries. So we can't do anything... the other missionaries get to. That was a sad moment for me.. I know that they will be happy though and that the gospel will really help them.
This whole week has been crazy because we found tons of great people and all of them live in other sectors... It's rough but I'm happy that they can hear the gospel one way or another.
The week we also had a lesson with a man who is a little sick and he can't talk. We had a lesson with someone who can't talk. He understood everything and he seems pretty interested. Count your many blessings.
Good ol funny moment....
I almost got a kiss from a stranger this week.
We were crossing the street (through lots of traffic) and right as I go to cross the street some man on his bicycle leans all the way over (in almost the opposite direction that he was going) and got about and inch away from my face... and that was after I completely dodged it leaning backwards like I was playing limbo.... after he missed he goes "AWHHHH"
Caught me by surprise but it was funny ahahhahah
Also random photo shoots in the street with little high school girls isn't uncommon for us.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Tender Mercies

This week... what a week. You know, I have learned that as a missionary.. and a person, we will always pass through rough times. Sometimes we wonder why. Sometimes we wonder, where is God through all of this? How am I supposed to do this in the circumstances I am in. We ask so many questions and we honestly just suffer. I have learned that that is the way of life. It happens to the best of us. But more importantly, I have learned that the Lord is always with us whether we realize it or not. He is aware of us. He knows us personally. When we pass through difficulties, I really believe that if we can do it with the right attitude, that we will come out physically and spiritually stronger. I know that. I have felt it and experienced it. I like the story of the refiners fire and how the peice of metal needs to pass through intense heat and pressure. We are like that metal and although it is super hot and uncomfortable and sometimes we may not be able to see the benefits to all of the torture, the metal (or us) comes out to be a beautiful masterpiece. Sometimes I feel the heat here. Sometimes I feel like things have just gotten so hard. But in the end I have ALWAYS come out stronger learning a very valuable lesson. It is all because our Heavenly Father loves us celestially and eternally. I know it and I feel it in my life.
When I am going through a hard time, I feel his love most through his tender mercies and oh boy have a received tons of tender mercies this week!!! Just to name a couple: My pension made us brownies yesterday, mmmmmmh, this morning we ran out of flour for the pancakes and I put bread crumbs in them and they tasted fine, a less active talks to us like her best friends and gives us cake and hot chocolate, none of our appointments fall saturday, Hermana M writes me today, I find a chocolate covered almond sitting in my bag when I'm super hungry. Okay so Heavenly Father blesses me with tender mercies through food... food is good. hahah but I just feel so blessed that the Lord is aware of the little things in my life. I really feel like he is aware of me personally... I know he is aware of me. I know he is aware of you. He loves you. I KNOW IT!!! This week not much happened... but stay posted. I'm sure there will be more next week!!! haha
I love you all so much and I hope you all have a very merry week!
-Hermana Wattles

Sorry I didn't take a picture this week so here is one of my sweet comp and I in plaza de armas

Monday, November 9, 2015

HELLLOOO people that I love oh so much! For one reason or another, I feel especially grateful to write you all this week. This week has been a marvelous one and everyday I am learning more and more from the Lord! Last week was changes (or tansfers as you gringos call it ahah) I got called to train AGAIN!! I feel super blessed for this calling and I know that the Lord will help me through it because it's hard work!! I went to Cusco for a couple days to pick up my new companion, Hermana F.. and bring her back to the wonderful J..!! It was super fun! I also had to say goodbye to Hermana M. She'll be greatly missed, I love her to death!!
This week we got to teach lots of less active members and help them understand some of the Gospel principles. It was such a sweet blessing to meet with them because this sunday many of them came! I was so super happy and I feel so blessed to be a missionary.
These days it has been raining a lot... everyday it rains and a big ol storm is brewin here in the Peru Cusco Mission but it's all good because today I bought like 20 top ramen instant noodles! (food storage of a missionary) haaa.
I think the funniest thing that happened this week was when I was in cusco with my new companion and we were contacting people in the plaza. Some teenager came up to us to try and sell us Machu Picchu tickets so we decided to contact him. In that moment, I was eating some chocolate covered almonds and he looked at me and asked if he could have one, so I gave him one. He looks at us with his chocolate and asks us if we wanted to share the tiny little chocolate as he pointed to his mouth. ahahha clásico.
This week has been a really good week but I look forward to some more really rewarding weeks! I love you all so much!!!
-Hermana Wattles

Monday, November 2, 2015

Evil Dog

This week was a good one as always, could possibly be the last time that I am with Hermana M, so crazy!! This week we were with Hermana B and we got to go to all our appointments with her. We went to one of our appointments and after, she tried to feed a dog a cookie and he ran at her and took a bite out of her leg. She was a little trooper. We got into the moto and she looks at me and goes, Hermana Wattles, I think that dog bit me. We look at her leg and it is dripping blood. We ended up having to go to the hospital the next day and they stitched her up. The funniest thing is that she looks at us after and says, SO WORTH IT!! WE GOT 4 NEW INVESTIGATORS. hahah she has such a good attitude! I love her so much!
We also had some good lessons and taught some good stuff. I am so happy to be here in this mission and I am so thankful for all my blessings.
I hope all of you are all well and that you have a great week!!!
Time flies so fast and I can't believe it.
I love you!
-Hermana Wattles

Monday, October 26, 2015

Well, this week was an amazing week. I think I start all of my emails like this, ahhaha. I'm sorry. Everyday is just amazing! We had lots of lessons and met with so many people! Everyone in J.. is just so amazing and when I have a change one day, I will be very sad. 
This week, we taught two really amazing lessons in specific that were just so powerful and amazing. The first was with a less active member who is going through a really hard time. Her husband and her are both less actives and don't come to church. She is sort of the support for the family in the midst of hard situations. We have been trying to help her to go to church the whole time Hermana M and I have been together and it just never works out. In the lesson, she told us some of her doubts and we promised her very strongly that if she would pay her tithing and go to church, those doubts would be resolved. In that moment, the spirit was so strong and she accepted.
The next lesson was with one of our investigators who is progressing so well and always comes with so many questions and doubts. The second time we taught her, she told us that she already feels like these things are true and that she would like to continue learning more. Our last lesson with her we gave her a baptism date and tried to answer all of the questions that she had. She is so amazing and so sincere. She just comes ready with questions and with the hope that we will have the answers. Her desire is so strong and the will is there. She wants to understand the Gospel all at once and is so ready to obey the commandments and follow a Christ centered life. I love her to death. We brought her to stake conference this sunday and introduced her to some of the members and she already knew so many of them. It was such a blessing to me that she could see the love that the church offers and listen to an apostle of God.
I feel so blessed to know the people that I know and have the experiences that I have. I love this Gospel and the people in it. My hope is that the happiness it brings can make it to each and every one of you! I love you all so much!
Funny Stuff??
1.Batman: So last night we were walking home at 8:30pm and it was raining so everyone had ponchos and rain coats and we were about to cross the street but there were a bunch of cars. We look up and a motorcycle zooms by with a man driving it. This man was wearing all black, a black poncho that flowed in the wind right behind him and a dark black hat. He looked like batman. You had to be there, latin batman in J.. guys.

2.Tengo Poder "I have power": So we were teaching a less active this week and she is HILARIOUS!!! She always lets us in, gives us chocolate and at the end, drives us home in her car. SHE HAS A CAR. No one has cars here. So we get in her car and tell her that we have another appointment to go to thats super uphill. This hill is so steep that when I walk up it, I slip down. I can't. (one time a car tried to drive up it and half way up the car gives out and slides back down) It's a pretty good hill. So anyways, we get to the bottom of the hill and tell her that she can just drop us off at the bottom because it's impossible. She turns the corner and slams on the gas peddle and says, "TENGO PODER" (I have power) and we start luggin up the hill. I could not stop laughing!!! We made it! Haha, she's pretty cool.

3.Sardines: First off, hate fish. and I ate a can of sardines... I don't think I've ever even opened a can of sardines.
Dont ask me why I did it.
For a picture? I don't know.

Hahaha, well, there's my week. I love you all so much and hope you all have a good week! Happy Halloween!!! Send me pictures! I love you all so much!

Hermana Emily Wattles 

Monday, October 19, 2015


Week 0238957029 
That's a lie.. I actually don't know how many weeks I've been here, hahah, but this week has been good and every day is a blast here. This week we had a lesson with a woman that lives near our pension and she hasn't been progressing very well so we decided to be very up front with her and have her make a decision as to whether baptism was a goal of hers. She told us that it was, so we invited her to come to church. (Church is a very hard thing for the people here. The biggest work day in J is Sunday and everyone works) We promised her that if she would come, that she would receive more income than she has before. It was super powerful and spiritual. As I made the promise, I really recognized and felt so thankful for the power and authority that we have as missionaries. This calling is so sacred and this is definitely the Lord's work.
Also this week, we went to an appointment at 7:30 at night so it was a little late and they never showed up so we started building a rock tower because we couldn't contact people or anything at that time of night. It got pretty tall... Picture attatched. But then a member came as we were building it and he gave us the weirdest look, hahahha, you kind of turn into a kid when you don't have a phone, car, anything and you just have to wait.
This week we were walking down the street and a lady popped out and asked us to take a picture with us and her little child.. so there's that picture.
What else?
Had a couple drunks shout at us, shush us in the street, and get down on his knees and take his hat off. Nothin too crazy.
Also, I gave a talk in church. That was fun.
The solo thing in sacrament meeting is starting to become a normal thing hahha.
Fun Stuff. Love you all!!!!
Se cuiden siempreeeee
-Hermana Wattles

Monday, October 12, 2015


Okay, so this week was CRAZYY! crazy good! Wednessday we had conference with President and it was so fun. He is such an inspired man and the words that he speaks to us, I know they are of God! That conference was also super fun because we went to Puno!!! the best place ever! On saturday, our ward had an activity called "platos tipicos", typical plates, and Hermana M and I were the judges... Oh man, by the end, I felt like an oompa loompa!!! It was great! We tried so many tasty peruvian dishes and most of them had quinua in them so that was a plus!

This week we had the most humbling experience ever.. but really. When we sat down to do weekly planning we started talking about why nothing is going our way and why so many bad things were happening like not having a phone, not having pension, having crazy music blasted every night as we're trying to sleep, baptism dates fall like nothing, and many more things and we came to the realization that this was a huge humbling experience and we hadn't learned yet. We got on our knees and asked forgiveness and tried to correct the things we were doing wrong and complain less. I feel like we have been blessed so much more and the people with whom we are working are receiving those blessing too!

One of those amazing blessings is a young girl that we received as a reference and her lessons couldn't be going more smoothly. She reads, prays, meets with us, and really desires to know and she is getting her answer. She wasn't able to come to church yesterday but I KNOW that this Gospel is changing her life and that she knows that it is true! I love her to death already and I feel so blessed to know her. Often times we find investigators and they want to know more but it just never turns out as easy as you think it will. But I guess nothing in life was meant to be easy. Especially finding truth. Satan really works so hard on us. It's just a testimony to me that the harder he's working on me it must mean that I'm doing something right! I feel so thankful for where I am at and the things that God is allowing me to learn. I feel so overwhelmed that I have such amazing friends and family that think about me, pray about me and write me. I love you all! I pray for you all and I hope that the happiness of the Gospel can enter into your lives and maybe even touch the life of another!
Funny Moment:
Numero 1- Sang a solo in sacrament... practically. So Hermana M always plays the piano and yesterday, she started playing and NOONE started singing except me! I sang the whole first verse and still no one joined in. I call that a SOLO because everyone could hear me and they still chose not to sing hahahha. I don't sing very well but when in Peru.. who cares.
Numero 2- Today we went to Sillustani and we asked this Columbian couple to take a picture of us and after we started talking to them. We started talking and they asked us where we lived and I said " Jxx no ma" and they laughed and told me I had a peruvian accent. It was funny because I had no idea!

Love you all so much!!
-Hermana Wattles


Monday, October 5, 2015

Oh What a Beautiful Life

Helllloooo. These pdays come and go like seconds in the real world. Hahah, the real world... this mission is realer than any life I have ever lived. I am so thankful for all of the many blessing that I have and the wonderful opportunity that it is to grow spiritually so much. I really am, and the Gospel has taken such an impact on my life, an impact that can never be taken or destroyed. I have this testimony that is growing every minute that I exercise my faith in the Lord and demonstrate love to the people around me.
This week was a marvelous week and I couldn't feel more blessed to be here in J, Peru. My absolute favorite thing that happened this week was actually the saturday of Conference. Last week we actually didn't know that it was conference weekend and so we booked a bunch of citas right on top of conference..... One of them fell right between the two sessions and so we decided to keep it. On conference day, all of the missionaries started talking about where they were going to eat for luch and all of their free time. We started to get worried because we wanted to eat and have free time but we had this appointment of a new investigator and we didn't know what to do. We came to the conclusion that we still needed to go and that it was more important to meet with this girl than go to lunch. So, we ran to the other church building and met up with her. Let me tell you, that was just an amazing lesson. The spirit was so strong and we felt the love of God for her burn in our hearts. We could feel her desire to learn and the curiosity that stood out so much stronger than that of all of our other investigators. It was truly miraculous. At the end of the lesson, we invited her to be baptized. Once she came to the knowledge that these truths and principles were true, she quickly accepted. That was such a blessing to me and I know that the Lord is concecrating our efforts. I love this work and I know that the Lord's hand is in it. I know that sometimes we hit low points in life where we can not really see the benefit of it all but I can testify that all things happen for a reason and nothing passes without God, our Heavenly Father taking note of it. I know he loves us and that in our toughest roughest moments is where we truly learn the absolute most. I am growing. I am learning. The Lord is shaping me through everything I am doing and passing through. I know that the rest of my mission is going to be hard but I've made it half way. Actually the Lord has pushed me this half way and I know he won't give up on me now. I love him. I rejoice that he is my Savior. He is your Savior and loves you. I wish you all an amazing week filled with lots of smile and laughter. Enjoy the life you have. It's short. 
I love you with all of my heart.
Funny Story of the week:
First of all when Hermana M first got here, we were sitting in the bus and talking about food. She asked me what's something different here. I told her Chicken foot soup. She looked at me and told me,"you can't eat chicken feet" "yes you can" I
said.... and last week we ate it. :) Good ol chicken foot soup.

-Hermana Wattles

conference pics
We don't have a phone this week so ... so many pay phones

Monday, September 28, 2015

Stomach in My Stomach

This week was a good one! I am always wanting to get on the internet and just overload with all of the funny things that happened that week. Ya, just gotta live life to the fullest ya know? The most precious thing that happened this week is a new convert ... well of 8 months that we go to visit every once in a while. We went to visit her this week and she told us that her best friend was going to be marriend that week. ( she has been talking about this since I came to Jxxx) and that she wasn't going to go. Super shocked, we asked why and she told us that her health kept her from going and that her poor feet hurt way too bad to even walk to a taxi to take her. We were deeply saddened for her and only wanted her to go. We told her that we would gladly take her to the wedding and try our best to take her in comfort so that she could see her friend be married. As we said that, her I eyes just lit up! She got so happy! Satuday comes and we go to her house and Loida decides that she doesn't want to go. I was so sad. She was in so much pain and it kept her from being able to move much and she didn't think she could suffer it. So we went to the wedding and took a video of the whole thing! We came back to show her all of the videos and I don't think I have ever seen her happier! It was a tender experience. 
This week we went to a less actives house and she asked us if we wanted soup. We hungrily accepted, of course, and she stared us down as we ate a bite. After our first bite, she tells us that the noodles inside are actually the insides/ pieces of a cow stomach. New plate. Never had that before. It'll take some getting used to... but I'm sure it'll be great.
Other picture I've attached... It's a little cold in Jxxxx (at night) but during the day it's hot so we always carry our jackets around. Once the cold hits, I get that jacket on so fast! Usually, it just goes on like that. ( big booty bag )
Also this week was a big ol party in plaza and there were people in a huge parade. We had to cross the street in front of everyone and they all started staring at us so I told my companion we should just keep walking and wave like princesses because they're all lookin at us anyway, ahahha it was fun. Okay! Last thing that I just have to say!!!! I have forgotten to say it for a good three weeks now. YOU DONT NEED REFRIGERATORS FOR JELLO. I love jello! So how cool? you just mix it all up and leave it out all night and tadaaaa! thats how cold it is, hahahaha.
Wow, what an adventure is this little mission. I feel so blessed to have the experiences that I have and to meet the people that I meet. I am so thankful to my Father in Heaven who has granted me with so many blessings. I only hope that I can serve to the best of my ability so that I can stand blameless before God and Christ. I love this work. It is the work of God. The work of salvation. I know that my Redeemer lives and loves us to. I testify of these things.

I love you all so much!
tengan una buena semana!
-Hermana Wattles

Monday, September 21, 2015

This is going to be a short and sweet email because this keyboard is really irritating me right now. This week was really amazing, kind of hard but still amazing! I mean we've gotta look for the positivity in our lives. If we sit here and sulk on all of the bad things in life, how are we going to feel? SAD duh! 
We gave a date to Michelle. She is super cute and she told us that she already knew the church was true and she just accepted so quickly, what a little miracle? I love her! This mission is such a wonderful experience and I want to rejoice everyday that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ and I am his representative. This week I have been thinking a lot lately on how I can better be a representative of the Lord and it makes me really reflect on the covenant of baptism. We promise to take on his name. How do we do that? We need to emulate him, be like him. Do what he would do. and when we don't, we repent. I am trying to think of Christ more and more every day and when I don't I repent and change my thoughts. I love this Gospel so much and I know its true. I know that Heavenly Father blesses his children and that he is always watching over us. I love all of you so much!
-Hermana Wattles
Something funny? Well, it rained like a beast the other day and that happened to be the day that I forgot my jacket... look at me. And then we had an appointment but the roads were full of puddles the size of lakes and mud EVERYWHERE and I was wearing flats. I'm starting to realize how smart I am. But I think I can be a little smarter... by the end, we were trudging through the mud and soaking wet. It didn't even phase us that we were walking straight through the humongous puddles in....  flats... oh well, it was funny. At the end of the day, I was so cold that I couldn't feel my hands and we couldn't open our door because the feeling in our hands was just not there.
hahah love you all so much!!
ps no picture... my sd card got eaten by the computer....  :(

got the sd card out, yeah, here's her pic:

Monday, September 14, 2015

So this week was a little roller coaster. I have so much fun everyday but at the same time ya gotta have those little down hill rough times right?? This week was a little rougher than normal. So much happened and some of it was just not pleasant. I came out of all of this leaning something wonderful and making it all worth it. I'm sure we all know that trials make us stronger, but they really do. I think the times when I have grown the most on the mission is when I have passed through something really hard. We have so much potential as children of God and I think that Heavenly Father just wants to stretch us to that potential sometimes. He knows what we can be and what can help us to be that person and he just stretches us. I know that if we endure our trials with a good attitude and a knowledge that we can only come out stronger, Heavenly Father will bless us even more. I have learned so much and I am so thankful for every experience that I have had. This life is so short and we can only be happy right?
This week we also invited a sweet woman to be baptized and at first she was a little unsure but once we helped her understand the blessings that come and how important it is to be baptized, she accepted! I was so happy and overjoyed! I know that this church is true and that the gospel blesses families. I know that one day we will all stand before our Savior and we will not deny the Gospel. I love this wonderful oportunity to serve and to be a dicsiple of Christ. I know this church is true with all my heart and I know that the Lord blesses the hearts of the weak. I know that my redeemer lives and I know that He loves me too!
Today we hiked up to the Cristo Blanco and I really liked this picture of this cool gold thingamajiger.
I fell again this week but I'm getting more sly with it to the point where I fall but I'm up before my companion even knows I fell. It's a weekly thing. I'll come home with two very large scars on both of my knees. CHEVERE! 
Love you all! I tried to think of a funny story for this week but I can't really think... mind block... guess I'm not funny.. clasico
-Hermana Wattles


Monday, September 7, 2015

WOW what a week. I'm telling you that every week just gets better and better, and faster and faster, and then before you know it you're almost half way done whatttt... Anyways this week was amazing and kind of... well difficult at the same time. We had so many people fail on us and lots of walking around because we don't have very much money to take busses. Pretty much every night we went to bead DEAD but ya know what? It is sooo worth it! We prayed long and hard to complete with the standards of that week and that if we would be obedient and work our hardest that we could meet all of our goals and guess what??? TENDER MERCIES! We did!! Remember Hernan who's going to get married to Kathy (Our penionistas daughter)? Well we put a date on them so that Hernan could get baptized! What an amazing feeling to help others come unto Christ. It is my ultimate pride and joy here when I can help just one person to receive the joy that I have in my life everyday. This mission is a wonderful blessing in my life and I am seeing miracles everyday. I wish I could share all of them with you!! 
Funny story of the week.
I was contacting someone in their store and mid conversation, Hermana M started contacting this old man in the street. By the time I was done and she was done, I asked her what his name was and she told me Edi Berto and that he wanted us to come to his house because he was a member and that he needed help. So the next day we pass by his house and some old woman yells QUIEN? (who?) and my companion yelled EDI BERTO! and then she told us to leave her alone and to never come to her house so I yelled NO ESTAMOS AQUI PARA USTED (we're not here for you, we're here for Edi berto) and she yelled something else and we left. A little later, a woman on the side of the street told us that no one named Edi Berto lives there but we probably meant Giermo... hahahah so embarrassing. Life of a white girl in Peru.. not understanding their names.
Anyways, I am so happy here and everyday is an adventure. I love my mission but more than all I love these people. Pray for them! They are all so amazing!
Heres a picture of me and my gorgeous companion.
and then one of me in good old Jxxx <3
love ya'll -- os amo
Hermana Wattles


Monday, August 31, 2015

Wow, what an amazing week this was! We had a lot of lessons with members and investigators and My love for these people is growning every second of the day. I love the mission and everyday is a new breathtaking experience that I get to experience with my best friend. This week we had ward mission night and the funniest thing happened... (well it was actually a little scary, haha) We were about to go to the church and we stopped at a store to contact the lady in the store. I decided that I wanted to buy juice but they only had a gigantic juice for like the size of three families and I kept asking her how much it was and she wasn't paying attention so there was a man behind us and he looks at me and he goes, "I'll buy it what do you want I'll buy you whatever you want" and we just looked at him and told him we were fine but he persisted. He continued to invite us out for dinner and to spend time with him for the night and so we told him that we had an activity in the church and that if he wanted to come, he was more than welcome. So he bought us the juice and walked with us to the church. For a while, he talked to the Elders but once they had to leave, he started asking us to go to dinner with him. He was super nice! But just kept asking and we kept telling him no we have to stay in the activity. He really didn't understand and kept calling us guapas (The girl version of handsome). Finally he gave up and went to say goodbye to us but he totally went in for a kiss. I put my hand on him and said " WOAH ASI NO MAS ESTA BIEN" it freaked me out but he was super nice hahah. of a ginga in Juliaca.... and we did contact him! super nice!
At the end of the night we went to go say goodbye to our pensions daughter and her boyfriend. They've been through a rough past and her boyfriend is slowly listening and coming to church and making some huge changes in his life. When we went to say bye they both looked at us and told us,"we have some big news... We're going to get married."  We were esstatic! We freaked out and ran out the church and went and bought half of a chicken and ate it all up because we were so happy. We also took lots of pictures of how happy we were! They are the best and if you were here you'd understand how amazing a marriage is..... Not very many people get married here. Wow happy day.
I love the mission so much and I am so happy to be here with Hermana Morris!! We are laughing in every moment and our quotes are crazy up the wall funny!!!! We also try to translate every single one of the american sayings that there are!
This work is so amazing and I know that the Lord's hand is in all of it. Be obedient, Love, Serve, and live everyday like it's your last and just smile and laugh it all off. Life was never meant to be gloomy. I love all of you and I hope you have an amazing week. Dont forget to smile a little more!!!!
Les Quiero muchoooo

-Hermana Wattles
PS this is a whole cake that we ate in the street because we were just that happy that day! <3
Monday, August 24, 2015
I love the mission. But I hate this keyboard that I am using. The space bar doesn't work.....
anywho... I am feeling so amazing right about now. This mission is amazing, the people are amazing, the things I learn every single day are such a blessing to me. This week was a speedy one. It came and went so fast... like when I eat food... all the sudden it's just gone and I just don't understand how and it makes me so sad. BUTTTT this week was a really good one. A lot of our appointments fell but we also had a lot of good ones! The revelation between me and my companion is on point. We end up studying the same things every day without knowing and we always have the same impressions to go to the same place and talk to the same people. The Lord really knows what he's doing.. let me tell you! We actually found lots of cool people this week that seem super ready and prepared. I love it and it just touches my heart. The first man that we found is the neighbor of our pension and he was outside doing yard work so we went to go talk to him. Finds out that he thought we worshiped Joseph Smith. Once we cleared that one up real quick and told him we worship our Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ is our only Savior and Redeemer, he started asking us so many questions and showed that he was super interested. He says that he is super religous but there are just certain things that he doesn't agree with in his church. The more we talked, the more interested he was. It made me super duper happy. The other really cool one that we talked to was Hugo! We walked passed his store and I stopped. I felt that we needed to go talk to him and turned out that just three days ago, he gave up his old life and started reading the Bible to become a changed person. I really feel like Heavenly Father was preparing him for us. He was super interested in the fact that today we have a living prophet who speaks to us just like Moses, Adam, Abraham and all the others. He was super impressed and I really feel like he's ready and I know that this Gospel will change his life.

Funny moment/ Sad moment of the week: Okay so my mission bag is pretty jank right now and the buckle thingy never stays shut and it always pops open. Super annoying! So one day we were walking down the street away from lunch and it snapped for like the 100th x 99th time that day and I was so irritated that ( without thinking and using my new vocab) I said "AH freaking bolsa yo quiero sofocar alguien!" Maybe it wasn't too funny but the minute it came out of my mouth I couldn´t stop laughing.
Don't have pictures this week so here's one of me and my companion with our matching blankets <3

Hermana Wattles

Monday, August 17, 2015


I THINK I AM THE HAPPIEST MISSIONARY IN THE WHOLE FLIPPING WORLD! Last week I opened my email and I found out that I would be training! Yipeeeee! (Secret: My friend... remember??Hermana M was going to my mission) and I just started praying that I would train. CRAZY! So I found out I would train and I went to Cusco Tuesday for training and we're all sitting in the sacrament room waiting to know who we're going to train and you´ll never guess! (well you probably would guess) IM TRAINING HER! what a tender mercy. Heavenly Father loves me an awful lot to answer those prayers!!!! so BLESSED.
We came back to Jxx on Thursday and started off working! She is such a little worker bee and it makes me soooooo idk jolly (can not think of another word) I am just so pleased with the way my mission has been going! I am so overly blessed. We were able to teach quite a few new people for the time that we had which was super amazing! I know that I am going to learn so much from her! She is so super amazing and I wish you could all get to spend the time with her that I get to spend with her! Talking about my mission with her has made me realize how much I have learned and how much I have changed for the better! The Lord has taught me so many things and everyday on the mission is a learning process! I have begun to understand and learn a lot about how the Lord is shaping and molding us everyday for the better and if we just let him do it, we can come out so much more beautiful.

I am so sorry if my words do not make sense and if they haven't made sense. Recently, speaking in English, I have started to realize that its a little ugly.... so sorry. I don't have too much to say but just remember who y'all are! I love you so much and Heavenly FAther loves you so much more! I can feel his love each and every single day and it motivates me to have more love. Remember Charity is the pure love of Christ... SO GO OUT AND GIVE SOMEONE A HUG!!!

Haha Love love love love you all so much!

-Hermana Wattles

Monday, August 10, 2015

woww estoy muy feliz

Can I start off this email by saying that I'M TRAINING AND I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER!!!!
Anywhoo, this week was a shorter one. My companion was sick for like three days. How sad. I felt so bad because it's her last week in the mission.... she's going to see her family Wednesday, ahhh how crazy! I love her so much! So we didn't work a super bunch this week because she felt pretty bad, but we did get to visit some people! 
We're still in the process of preparing one of our investigators for baptism. She is just AMAZING!!!! Everytime we come, she cries and tells us that she feels the spirit super strong. How amazing!!! So we have her and I love her more and more everytime we visit her. We also went to visit a family this week who haven't been coming to church and let me tell you, THEY ARE MY FAVORITE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD (minus mom and dad heheh) no, but we went to their house and they cooked us steak and we ate streak tacos.... how amazing. I think I might cry as I write this, ahahah ( tender mercies ). After eating the delicious tacos, we had wine without alcohol, ahha ayy the life of a Mormon.  Well, not much happened this week so I'm going to share with you what I learned in studies today, ahahahha sorry I know.
This morning I was reading about the light of Christ and how everything that radiates light is of Christ. Every person has this light and this is how people who are not baptized into the church and don't have the Holy Ghost can feel that peace and happiness when they hear the words of Christ being testified. The light of Christ, directs us to truth and helps us make right decisions. It is often called our conscious. And it's true. It's such an amazing instrument in this work because through it these people can feel Christ's love and find the truth of the Gospel. 
I am so happy to be apart of this Gospel and I am also so thankful for our Savior and what he did for us. I know that if we can all take a portion of our time everyday to remember Him, we will end up a lot happier. I am so happy to be here in Jxx serving these AMAZING people. I have learned so much as I teach.. weird... but it happens, ahhah I am so happy. 
Hermana Wattles

Monday, August 3, 2015

I hope you can see the excitement in my text. So much happened and I feel so blessed to be here as a servant of Jesus Christ, even better a representative. I feel so honored to be able to say that. Any who, this week was amazing because first, we had a baptism Saturday! WHOOHOOO no?? Yuly.. my dear Yuly got baptized. She is so beautiful and so amazing. Her testimony is so strong and I have no doubt that she will be the best member ever. She truly understands the teachigs of Christ and the Gospel. She has bastante faith and I know that nothing can shake her testimony. This whole journey with Yuly has been a testimony to me. I want to be a better person because I saw a girl of 17 years completely change her life in 4 weeks for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She is so strong and so amazing. I wish you could all meet her. Her baptism was also very small and humble, just a few people and a covenant. It showed me that the church isn't all about the parties, get togethers, food, friends, activities or even all the classes. It's about our relationship with Jesus Christ and the covenants that we make with his father. The promises that we make and our relationship with him are what bring us to the celestial kingdom and I know this to be true.
Second thing, we had an appointment with a reference from a member (his cousin). We went to her house and talked for a little while and found out that she is passing through a VERY difficult time and that a while back she had assisted the church and didn't think much of it but when we passed by her house for the first time, she said that all of her worries seemed to pass away for a while. It was amazing. She said she felt a peace and happiness when we were around and she only desired that we could return. She really believed that we could help her to change her life. It was amazing, so we passed by again at the end of the week and talked about faith and repentance and the importance of the Gospel. She told us she felt so amazing and we told her that it was the Holy Ghost and that it was possible to always have that feeling with her. For Ever. She looked so happy and surprised that it was possible and we explained that we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost after baptism and it is a blessing of a constant companion and then we invited her to be baptized for the 29th of August. She happily accepted and came to church yesterday eager to find that feeling again. 
The Holy Ghost is such a powerful thing and it testifies of the truth. It is so true that we can not explain the feelings of the Holy Ghost but all we know is that it is so beautiful and we know it's true. I have a testimony of this Gospel and nothing can ever shake it.
Les amoooooo
-Hermana Wattles

Monday, July 27, 2015

Okay so this week was so long for some reason, well and short.. I´m actually not really sure how to explain it. This week we got the opportunity to hear from Elder Uceda of the 70 (He´s our area president) He is super cool and I learned SO much! I think he sucked all of the spiritual energy out of me. It was all super fun. We had to travel to Puno and I got to see the Quispe family!!! <3 I think I will cry everytime I see them. I love them sooo much! After two days in Puno, we came back to Jxx and returned to normal missionary work. woohooo! We worked super hard and I think we'll have some pretty amazing news next change. We continue to visit with Yuly! SHE IS THE BEST! I love her so much! She had her interview this Saturday and I could not be any happier. She is so amazing and has such a strong testimony already. She is willing to change her life for the Gospel. That's when you know you have a golden convert. During her interview, one of the members asked us if we could teach one of his friends while Yuly was in the interview and of course we said yes! The girl came and we began to teach her our purpose as missionaries. Suddenly, a rush of water came spouting into the baptismal font. After a couple minutes it stopped. Super weird but we continued to teach. About 5-10 minutes later water started spouting out AGAIN! One of the Elders and us went to see if we could stop it. We found a key that stopped it and continued the lesson. A couple minutes later water started to fill the font again. We had no idea what to do because it was off! Anyway, we ended up calling the secretary of our ward to come and drain the font. All of us were joking that someone on the other side was trying to tell this girl to be baptized, hahaha. It was hilarious and I think it's true ahaha. What else could it have been. The water was off! I think she's getting baptized. She has SO many questions and the Gospel can answer everyone of them. In reality, the Gospel can answer every question, just if you let it.
Oh yeah and these lovely photos haha, this morning, we went to the catacumbas in Lampa. It's inside of a Catholic church and you can go under ground and everything. The picture of me is outside of a tumb thing with a bunch of bones inside. It was super amazing. They also have a replica of the statue of Mary carrying Jesus by Michael Angelou. Super beautiful and I want to go back! This country is beautiful and amazing but the thing that makes this experience amazing is this Gospel. The Gospel is beautiful.
Les Amo un muchisimooo!
-Hermana Wattles
Photo of bones

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Changed Heart

Hello Friends and Family, hehe

This week was a good one and more than anything I am learning some beautiful Lessons.

First, I'll update ya'll on these beautiful people here that are progressing, First and foremost, Yuly!!! Yuly is 17 years old and she is so amazing. We've been teaching her since I first arrived in Juliaca. She always has a million and one questions and some things are hard for her to understand, but every time we teach her, something is growing within her heart, I just know it. She has a testimony stronger than mine ever was and her desire to be baptized is so great. Everytime we meet with her, she is really searching to understand the gospel and do what is right. The last lesson, we told her that to show respect to our Savior, she should wear a dress to church and arrive on time (sometimes people wear jeans and come in after the sacrament). And ya know what? She was there before us, wearing a dress! I was ecstatic. She is so amazing and obedient. Y Yuly si esta leindo eso... jeje le amo MUCHO! Everyday, she is teaching me something so important, that it doesn't matter the circumstances, the Lord comes FIRST and we should be willing to do what ever and when ever for him.

After her, we have some families who are pretty amazing and there isn't a lot of progression YET.. but I know it will come!! This picture is of me wearing this protector helmet of one of our investigators. We knocked for like 10 minutes and they never came out so we started looking at their stuff, hahha.  But, I know that these families have something special and the Gospel WILL change their lives!

Something else I have been learning here is that I came on the mission to serve. I told myself that I would completely forget myself so that I could fully serve the Lord. Whenever people said that they were the ones that changed, I never understood and I thought that they needed to focus more on the people because we're not here to change ourselves. But, I have learned a valuable lesson. It is impossible to serve with all of your heart and not come out changed yourself. IMPOSSIBLE. It is amazing how the Lord works. I love him. Service is something very powerful and when we are in the service of our fellow being, we are also in the service of our God and we can not give him more than He can give us. It just doesn't work that way. Service is something very special. Give your hearts to the Lord and he will give you more. I have alot of trust in this and I promise it is true!

I love you all so much!
Thanks to the people who write me, it really warms my heart! ahha

Con Amor,
Hermana Wattles


Monday, July 13, 2015

Six Months


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

What a Blessing

July 6, 2015 - Okay, so this was my first week in my new area and it was SO SO SO Stressful! It is so hard to leave a place that you know so well and get shoved into a brand new place and have to learn the streets, the members, the places to buy things and everything else. SO HARD. But it's coming along. My new companion is from Mexico! I love her so much and I know we are going to do so so amazing together!!!!
This week was good though. There wasn't much work in this area when I came so we made a goal to find new people and that's what we have been doing! It´s amazing how much the Lord will bless you for your efforts. We have really been putting our all into the work and slowly but surely it is paying off. Everyday I am EXHAUSTED but content with all that has happened. We have found so many new people who seem so ready and are already working with people heading towards baptism. I am so thankful for all that the Lord has given me and I know that everything happens for a reason and I am so thankful for that! I love this work so much and I am so thankful to our Savior who is with us every step of the way. I am so thankful for all of my blessings and I pray that all of you can see the blessings in your lives.. because they're there.
I love you all!
-Hermana Wattles

Monday, June 29, 2015

Week 6 of Week 6

Okay so this time is going by way too fast! I have been in Puno for 124 days and I am leaving tomorrow. CRAZY!! At least I am leaving this amazing place with a bang.
This week we have had amazing success and we have met amazing people. I love it here so much and I can not express how blessed I am to be here and to meet all of these amazing people and allow them to change my life. Last week, I mentioned a man that we had invited to an activity not thinking he´d show and then come to find out.. HE DOES! He asked us questions and all that. So this week we decided to pass him to the elders in our area. We felt that he would grow so much more with them and have so much more success. It was a very hard thing to do and it seemed almost impossible, but finally we decided that if it was the right thing to do, then Heavenly Father would bless us... and he has. Heavenly Father works in such marvelous ways. After passing this man to the elders, we have found a whole family of 6 who are ready for baptism, a young girl who wants to get baptized before the first lesson, and another woman who accepted a baptism date the first visit. I never thought that we could meet such amazing people who just seem... READY... It is amazing. I love this work here and I am so blessed to have served in Puno and I can not wait to see where the rest of the mission takes me. I am learning so many things every day and loving this journey more and more. I wish I could share it with you... well I mean more than just these words. Peru is such a beloved country and Heavenly Father has a VERY special place in his heart for these people. I JUST KNOW IT. I hold a very special place in my heart for them too.

I love all of you. You are all bright lights in my life that help me to keep trudging forward. I wish I could perfectly express my love for each one of you because you are all so special to me.

Always remember who you are and remember your worth. Not your worth to the world but your worth to a loving Heavenly Father, a King. I love you all and I pray that you can all share your light with the people around you because when we share our light, the world can be a happier place!

I love you all from the bottom of my heart.

Les Amo y Cuidense

Con Mucho Amor

Hermana Wattles

P.S. This is a picture a sheep thinking about ramming me, and then a couple minutes later... he decided to ram me... like 7 times. It was super scary cuz they have horns and they hit really hard haha.


Monday, June 22, 2015


Hi people.
How are y'all?
This week has been amazing! I have seen so many miracles happen and I have had so many prayers answered this week. I'm not sure if I mentioned my two weeks in Cusco this week but, yeah I have been in Cusco for two weeks out of this six week change. We have found that we are losing investigators and it is becoming harder to help people progress. Last week, as a companionship, we decided that we were going to work super hard these last two weeks. This whole week I have been praying that we could find the people who are ready to hear the gospel and that when we find them that they will be open and willing to listen. Let me first say that it is so hard to find new people. Usually, we contact the coolest people and we think that they will come to church and let us in later on... but usually not. mehh. BUT... this week we have run into the COOLEST people. One day we were heading to an appointment and we were frantically trying to find a woman to bring with us because it was an appointment with a man. We could not find anyone and we were becoming discouraged when all of the sudden we ran into two girls on the street and started talking to them. I decided to ask them if they had time and surprisingly they said yes!!! So we brought them to the house and the man wasn't home so we ended up just teaching them! It was amazing because I feel like all of that happened for a reason so that we could teach those two girls.
The next experience was actually just Saturday. One of our appointments fell so we decided to work through the ward list to find less actives and see if we could teach them. We came across one house and knocked on the door. After a minute or so, a man poked his head out from above the roof. We looked up and then said HOLA!! But then he disappeared. what. a minute or so later, someone comes and opens the door. We ask if the member is home and he tells us, no. We decided we might as well share a contact card with him and invite him to the activity that was going to happen that night. He said he´d come and then started asking us questions about our purpose as missionaries and what we had to offer him. We told him a little and then asked him to come the activity. (Usually when we invite people to activities, no one comes..)
Later that night, the activity ended and we started talking to people. Then, the man came up to us with his pass along card and told us that he really liked the activity. He then asked us what we teach and how it can help him. He asked us what he had to do in return to receive our help and then he asked us how much it costs to be a member of the church. We were so happy to help him with his questions and help him to understand some basic principles of the church. Then he continued to remind us of all of the upcoming activities in the church and when our next appointment with him was. It was so amazing to find someone who I feel is so ready. I am so excited to see how the church can help his life.
We also had other stories but ahhh, I would just take up your whole day writing about them. They were all amazing, I promise.
Heavenly Father blesses us in ways we can never imagine. The power of prayer is so powerful and if our hearts are in the right place he WILL bless us. I testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and that through him we can be saved to live with our Father in Heaven again.
I love you all so much and it is so amazing to know that I have so many people backing me up because sometimes it is REALLY hard. You are what helps me make it through!
I love you all so much!!!
Cuidense y Les Quiero Mucho!!!
-Hermana Wattles
P.S. I really love pollo (chickens)
We like to play with them during studies...

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tomorrow Never Comes

Hiii Friendsss and Familyyyy!!!!
Can I just start off with how this mission is a blast! I'm literally in heaven, I think. Ironic... don't missionaries go to heaven if they die on the mission, haha. I´m kidding but it really is amazing.

Every day is an adventure and my companion and I were talking about how tomorrow really never comese so for this reason, we need to be our best today. Be happy now. Always be learning and stretching. All of our wants, dreams, and goals can start today because tomorrow really never comes. Live in the moment people!

Anyways, this past week I was in Cusco again, ahhh. I had a minor health problem but it's all good now! I am so happy and healthy!
Due to my Cusco trips, work has been slower but not any duller. Every day I am learning more and growning more. We always find new people who are so excited to hear what we say and those times when we don't it is alright because I know that someday they will.

In Cusco, I went on splitz with some other sisters and it was honeslty the time of my life. They are so cute and I am starting to learn that we can learn the greatest things from the people sitting next to us. We just need to open up our hearts and be teachable. Learning is one of the greatest things we can do on this earth and we should never ever pass up an oportunity to learn something new. Every day I'm learning new words, teaching methods, gospel principles, messages that come from the scriptures and other things and also... I am learning that I am going to come home and not know any of the new trends... shoot. It's okay though because I will make my own peruvian trends.... and this mission is so worth it.

Also I am going to add this picture of my favorite little girl in the whole world. She is so pure in heart and willing to give me a hug at every moment in the day. She was baptized a couple weeks ago and she teaches me how to be pure in heart. She is so spunky and cute but just like all other children, she loves the Lord and only has good intentions.
I am learning that I need to become like a child, submissive and meek and humble and all other things.

I am so thankgul for all of my many blessings I have and I KNOW this church is true without a shadow of a doubt.

I love you all!
Con Amor
Hermana Wattles