Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Last Day at the CCM
Elder Riders parents traveled to Argentina to pick up his older sister, Hermana Rider, who was just finishing her mission. They were able to travel to the Peru CCM so that Hermana Rider could say "Hello - Goodbye" to Elder Rider before he heads into the field. We were so fortunate that Sister Rider sent these photos from her phone yesterday while she was there.
Here was her note
I was able to visit the CCM today - the day before these Elders begin their work in earnest. You should be proud of them. They are excited and ready to go and teach people the gospel. What a great experience to be amongst them!
Elder Paolacci & Elder Rider
I am positive that the Lord sends these young Elders to serve in the right place at the right time.I know now without a shadow of doubt that Dylan was to go Peru. He is exactly where the Lord needs him to be. I am certain that was decided long before. Dylan has developed friendships that will truly last a lifetime.I am often reminded of Saturdays Warrior when I see the relationships that have been developed here and I wonder, if these young men have been together before. Dylan may be acting silly in the above picture. But I know that emotions are tender and they are very anxious to get out into the field. But they truly are sad that they will not be together.
We were able to send a small package with the Rider's to give to Dylan. It has another memory card, a bottle of calcium, probiotics and Advantage Liquid Concentrate (we had heard from other missionary moms this will help and keep them healthy and not get stomach issues - so we were willing to try)
This morning at 6 am they traveled to the mission office with President and Sister Leyva. They will spend the day there and today be given the mission assignments and either this evening or tomorrow morning they will travel to their new area and meet their new companions. No more English from here on out except when he emails home.
Juan Augusto Leyva, 47, Peru Lima East Mission; California Ward, Trujillo Peru Central Stake; counselor in the Peru Trujillo Mission presidency; former stake president and counselor, bishop, high councilor and missionary in the Peru Arequipa Mission. Regional manager of LDS Employment Resource Services. Born in Chepen, La Libertad, Peru, to Arturo Leyva Sanchez and Olga Petita Ponce Solano de Leyva. Married Luisa Rita Yturbe Gutierrez, five children.
A stake Young Women president, Sister Leyva is a former ward Relief Society and Primary president, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, Relief Society teacher and seminary teacher. Born in Trujillo, Peru, to Segundo Julio Yturbe Leon and Teresa Gutierrez Flores de Yturbe.
I am positive that he will be in good hands
Here are a few different maps I have found of Peru and the different mission areas. Dylan is serving in the PERU LIMA EAST MISSION (Este)
My heart is full this morning. I am truly grateful for Dylan and his dedication and his service to serve our Heavenly Father and the people of Peru. As he has expressed in so many letters home, he has never been happier. It is the hardest work he has ever done and he misses us, but he would not trade this experience for anything. How amazing it is to always feel the spirit so strong and to know that you are doing the Lords work. He has grown and learned so much in the 9 weeks he has been out. He truly feels a love for the Spanish language and the people of Peru. I know that our Heavenly Father will continue to watch over and bless them.
We are anxious to hear how things go - but we may not hear until his p-day next week.