Monday, November 16, 2015

World's Largest Open Pit Copper Mine

We took a tour of the world's largest open pit copper mine outside of Calama, Chile. The mine is 5 km long, 3 km wide, and 1 km deep. We's HUGE!!

This little town, Chuquicamata, was once filled with the mining families. Then they learned that exposure to the elements from the open pit mine were creating lots of health issues with the children born and living there. So they moved everyone out and it's now an abandoned town.


This beautiful cathedral is still maintained at the town plaza at Chuquicamata.

This begins the outskirts of the mine. All red trucks are related to the mining industry - the mines and the contractors. And they're all over the place throughout our mission.

These large trucks are humongous!!! The driver is on the top right corner. All drivers drive on the left hand side of the road because these trucks have a 24 meter blind spot.

Can you see the trucks moving along the roads leading up and down into the mine?

This rock has copper all through it.

We had to wear our hard hats even while on the bus! Great trip!!

Alto Hospicio Zone

Our great zone of Alto Hospicio
We love serving with these great elders and rubbing shoulders with them, sharing their love of the gospel, their enthusiasm for missionary work, and their determination to follow the mission rules. We have quite an international Latin group, too!
Front row: Elders Jaramillo/Chile, Camino/Argentina, Lawsons/CO, Palpa/Peru, Masariegos/Guatemala
Middle row:  Elders Jara/Chile, Erickson/UT, Phillips/NV, Barrington/UT, Parpal/Argentina, Duke/CA, Reyes/Nicaragua, and Shill/FL
Back row: Elders Court/UT, Scoffield/UT, Reid/UT, Ercanbrack/UT, Prada/Columbia, Adams/UT

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Flamingos at Salar de Huasco

We spent a P-day driving out to Salar de Huasco, which is up in the mountains toward Bolivia, as we'd been told there are flamingos at the lake. We loved the drive, loved seeing the flamingos, and were treated to seeing llamas and vacuñas and even a little memorial church along the way. To get there we drove to Pozo Almonte and we just love that little town. We included their "downtown" area at the end.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

September 18th - Chile's Independence Day

The Chileans really know how to celebrate and do so for many days. We even decorated our condominium a little bit to join in the festivities.

                         Costumes were the style during the celebrations - and for all ages.

                                We loved the pinwheels on this house!

See all the flags all the way down their street? We loved it!!

This roundabout is at the bottom of the hill we take to get down to Iquique. We loved see all their flags and figure they'll stay up until they start decorating for Christmas. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A couple pictures of our zone in Alto Hospicio
Front row: Elders Solis/Chile, Palpa/Peru, Phillips/NV, the Lawsons, Beltran/ID, Jaramillo/Chile, and Barrington/UT
Back row: Elders Reyes/Nicaragua, Rodriguez/Mexico, Mazariegos/Guatemala, Reid/UT, Walker/UT, Camino/Argentina, Parpal/Argentina, Adams/UT, Prada/Columbia, Ercanbrack/UT, Court/UT, and Joos/UT

 Same group once again.  Transfers are next week and Elder Rodriguez returns home to Mexico.  We'll miss him! We hope the others can stay awhile longer. They're a great group.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Noah's Arc and the children in our district

Wow!  I can't believe it's been a month since I added any pictures here.  Time to repent!

Our district in Alto Hospicio had a district Primary activity last month celebrating Children's Day. They had a skit about Noah's Arc and all the children came dressed as an animal.  One of the sisters there made up their faces and they were all adorable!

Our cultural hall is very small in this building so the chapel is used for larger activities.

                                               Juan and Nidia Hipolito family.            

Friday, August 28, 2015

We finally got a picture of our zone just before transfers.  We just love working with these missionaries and they've found that the work is very, very sweet!  They work hard and they're very happy. It's such a pleasure knowing them. Notice that the Latin elders are from 7 different countries and the Americans from 5 different states!

Back row: Elders Cable/CA, Parpal/Argentina, Solis/Chile, Mariscal/Bolivia, Los Lawson/CO, Joos/UT, Martins/Brazil, Oribe/Argentina, Prada/Columbia
Front row: Elders Medina/Paraguay, Jaramillo/Chile, Wanderley/Brazil, Silva/Argentina, Barrington/UT, Reid/UT, Rodriguez/Mexico, Walker/UT, Phillips/NV, Beltran/ID

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

On July 17th we had a zone conference with 5 zones from Arica, Iquique, and Alto Hospico with Elder Jorge Zeballos and his wife, Carman, along with our mission president, Craig Dalton, and his wife, Sandy. We thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful conference as well as our time with the elders and sisters.  Isn't this a wonderful group to be serving with?  We think so!!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Festival de la Tirana, Church District Activity, Regional Museum in Iquique

                                              FESTIVAL DE LA TIRANA
Last week the very small pueblito of La Tirana - about 550 people live there - had their annual festival commemorating their Virgin del Carmen.  Between 200,000-250,000 people travel there for  the celebrations throughout the week. They have groups of dancers, lots of food is sold, they sleep in tents/sleeping bags, etc. That area is very warm during the day and quite cold at night - typical desert weather in the wintertime. While we didn't go there, we did find these lights at a roundabout in Iquique and wanted to share them.

The building we meet in has been repaired from all the earthquake damage and we're meeting in it again while the other building is now being renovated.  Our district had an Open House last Friday and invited all the members and their friends.  It's a bigger building than the other one so we had plenty of room for everyone.  The missionaries had been asked to provide the games and they did a terrific job!
The members, friends, and investigators all enjoyed themselves!

 The cultural hall is quite small so they always turn the chairs around in the chapel and have their activities with the audience sitting in the chapel. It works out very nicely!
At the end they served sopapillas with a semi-spicy salsa and hot chocolate. Yum!  Elders Cable/CA and Rodriguez/Mexico were busy handing out the drinks. The sister in the red poncho is Andrea Aguirre from Tarapacá branch. The sister in the blue hat is Nidia from Las Américas branch.
Little Joao (John/Juan in Portuguese) Lopez from our branch, Tarapacá, had fun going down the ramp on his little bike.

                                                   THE REGIONAL MUSEUM AT IQUIQUE
At the Regional Museum at Iquique we enjoyed learning about the people who lived in this area thousands of years ago.  They're Amayaran in descent and one of the things they did was when someone died they mummified them - all people, not just the royalties.  With this being the driest desert in the world, they've been able to dig up hundreds of mummies with many, many more still in the ground. The oldest they've been able to find have been between 6,000-5,000 BC.

This one is a mother with her baby.

 Tools used to deform their skulls and some deformed skulls. We have no idea why they did this - for style?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Various hats used by the Amayaran people in ancient times.