Monday, February 1, 2016

Hey there!
I hope everyone had a great week! I sure did. It is SO HOT here. Especially walking around all day. It makes the cold shower at the end of the day feel absolutely amazing! So my companion and I are moving tomorrow! We are very excited because we are living in a garage of a members house right now. Our new room has a view of the ocean and warm water to shower in!
This last week we had interviews with our mission president. He came to Ilo and each one of us was interviewed by him. It was a great experience to get to know him and his wife more! We will be getting a new mission president in July. All I know is that him and his wife are from Salt Lake!
So this last Saturday we had another baptism in our ward! His name is Davis and he´s about 25 years old. The baptism was awesome! Myself, my companion, and the two other Elders serving in our ward sang a song at the baptism too..lets just say we don´t have the best voices in the world haha but it wasn´t terrible either! There´s a husband and wife in our ward, The Rodriguezs, and they speak English! And they are amazing. They´ve helped me become more accustomed to my mission and just getting used to missionary life. Hermano Rodriguez is awesome at the guitar and is an amazing singer. He served his mission in Paraguay! Hermana Rodriguez is the sweetest lady I know! She is so kind and truly cares about us as missionaries! I kind of love them a lot haha. They are both great examples to me!
I´m going to be teaching English classes with the other American speaking missionaries! Every Thursday night. It should be interesting considering my Spanish is still limited haha.
I´ll be going to Arequipa on Wednesday! Me and another American Hermana that came out with me need to do some citizenship information at the mission home, which is in Arequipa. Should be an eventful day!
Our mission is really trying to focus on family history work! I am familiar with this because my ward at home was big on family history work before I left for my mission. We have little books that members can fill out and include information and stories and traditions of their families. I have started filling one out as well! 
I´m so grateful for the gospel in my life. I know that this truly is the Lord´s work and that this church is true! I know that where I am right now is exactly where I need to be. This work is hard, but Christ gave his whole life for me. If he can give his life for me, I can give him my all for 18 months.

Hermana Celardo
today for Pday we went to Moquegua, which is another area in our zone about an hour from Ilo! We went hiking to this waterfall! We´re not allowed to swim as missionaries but we all walked under the waterfall in our clothes haha it was amazing! And it felt great because it was so hot! 

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