This house was rebuilt in the mid-nineteenth century and used as a home for Simon Bolivar, the Peru leader for independence.
July Fourth is always a big event for us now that we celebrate Joe’s birthday along with Independence Day. Well, here in Peru, Independence Day will be the end of the month but the Americans still did a little celebration with Family Home Evening. All the finance employees in the office had a surprise for Joe with a big chocolate cake. We were going to go to the store together to get a cake to share with all our co-workers, but then I heard the secret. When Joe was ready to go to the store, I just admitted I didn’t want to walk all the way to the bakery and it was too late, etc. He was disappointed because that had been our plan and then I just copped out. He was so surprised when he walked into the room full of his friends and I didn’t have anything to do with it.
L to R: Oswaldo Mendoza, Jose Montalvan, Diane and Joe, Carlos Solis and Enrique Montoya
This was our second trip to Trujillo to meet with the AAA's in the Peru North area, Trujillo, Piura, and Chiclayo. Our meeting last year was just two weeks following the dedication of the Trujillo temple. We were so blessed to be able to attend the temple again, one of the most beautiful temples we have ever seen. Our meeting with these dear brethren was a special treat for us. We felt much more comfortable, especially in our ability to communicate with them. Diane's experience and testimony she shared invited the spirit into our meeting. It was great how we were able to talk and counsel together and to understand the audit principles more clearly as they relate to the Lord's sacred funds. It was a very productive meeting. We will see these men again when we meet in Lima for our annual meeting. What a special experience it was to spend our time together. We are so blessed.