Although I served my mission in Chiclayo, which is up north, I developed such a love for the Peruvian people. I am so incredibly grateful that the Lord saw it fit to put yet another temple in my beautiful country of Perú. I still am anxiously waiting for the construction of the Trujillo temple, and I know it will be such a blessing to my friends living in Chiclayo and Piura. Likewise, the temple in Arequipa will be such a blessing to missionaries and other members that have to travel so far to attend the Lima temple.
BUT...that's not all.
President Monson just announced that the minimum missionary age has been lowered. Elders can now leave at 18, and sisters can leave at 19!!! Which means, my sister, who turns 19 in March, could very easily leave on a mission next summer (if, in fact, that turns out to be the course she decides to take with her life). I do know that she will be thinking about it. This is going to provide so many wonderful opportunities for so many people. My mission changed my life. It shaped how I think, how I love, how I learn. I will be forever grateful for the chance that I had to serve a mission, and would love it if my sister also got that experience, if that is in God's plan for her. And just think...in maybe two years, we could have another picture like this...
Except Laura would have the name tag, and the look of 2 days without sleep :)