Greetings again from Pilar,
Wow, it has been a crazy week, but it´s been an interesting adventure. So my travel to Argentina was an interesting experience. I left the mtc Monday morning and arrived in Posadas, Argentina on Tuesday night. We took our plane from Salt Lake to Georgia, which only ended up being 3 hours, and everthing was going smoothly until we were about to board the plane from Georgia to the capital of Buenos Aires and we found out that one of the Elders in my traveling group left his passport in his carry on bag which we ended up checking instead of taking it on the plane, however with the rush of everything, he forgot to take it out so he didn´t have it to board the plane. Anyways, to make a long story short, I was instructed to take the rest of our goup and leave him behind, so we left him behinded with pretty much nothing. It was really sad but we had no choice, but all is well now, he ended up coming on a different plane later. Secondly, when we arrived in Buenos Aires everyone in the airport ended up having to wait four hours for our bags because something about problems with the rain, I still don´t fully understand. But because of this we were an hour late to our plane to Posadas, but luckily the plane was running really late to so we were still able to get on, what a miracle. However, when we got to Posadas, it turned out that they lost our lugage, it got left behind at the airport. Luckily they flew it in the next morning with the next flight, but still…it was interesting. So that was my plane adventure.
So after we arrived Tuesday evening we had to stay at the mission home for a couple of days to work on more visa paperwork and take care of other business. So thursday afternoon I was finally assigned to my new mission compainion, her name is Hermana Garcia and she is absolutley amazing. She is a great teacher, has a strong testimony, and trys super hard to serve and help our investigators and me. I coul´t ask for a better companion. She is from Mexico and speaks a little bit of English that she has learned from other companions on the mission. So it´s been interesting with how we try to communicate with each other, its kind of fun. Surpirsingly to me, I can actually understand alot more then I thought I would.
So anyway, my first area is actually in Pilar Paraguay! It is a beautiful place, super green. I´ll try to send pictures next time becuase my camera died earlier this week and I haven´t been able to take many. So my Mission President told me that Pilar is one of if not the hottest spot in the entire mission. So far, I believe him. Haha I´ve never sweated so much, been sunburned so much, and had this many mosquito bites in my life. But it´s all good, part of missionary work. It will pay off. What I do love about Pilar is the people. They are so kind and so humble. I love them already and I don´t even know them very well yet. Most of them live in very humble circumstances, but they try to do their best.
It´s been super diffuclt to understand the people however. The accent is very hard to understand. Plus spanish isn´t the only main language here. Most of the people also speak alot of guarani which is a tribal language unique to Paraguay. Half the time I´m not sure if they are speaking spanish or guarani. During lessons I usually can understand my companion when we teach but when an investigator says something, I´m totaly lost. It´s super difficult but I have learned something this week. Even though that it´s hard to speak spanish, the language of the spirit is universal. Even if all I can do is share my testimony and the truths that I know and allow the spirit to testify to people´s hearts, that´s all that matters. Most of the time when people look back at their experiences they remember more of what they felt then what was said. Things have been hard, it´s been hard being in a different culture, dealing with new circumstances, talking to random strangers every day, and learning the language. However, I have faith that God will help me do his work. We will always have difficult circumstances in this life, but when we put God first and trust in him, that´s when we make it possible for him to help us.
I love all of you guys,
Happy New Year! It’s 2015! I can’t believe it. This year has been crazy, and I’m sure this year will be even crazier:) Anyway, this week has been really great. Thanks for all of the Christmas wishes and support that you guys have been giving me. I love all of you guys. It’s crazy, I’ve only got 12 more days at the MTC and I can’t believe it. I still don’t know if I’ll be going to Argentina on time, but we shall see.
So on Christmas day we were able here from Russel M. Nelson of the quorum of the twelve apostles and it was so great, he was such an awesome speaker. He spoke a lot about some of the key principles that we teach as missionaries and it was super cool hearing an apostle share doctrine and his testimony with us. Also, on Sunday David Archuleta came to the MTC and talked about his mission experiences in Chile and sung several songs for us, it was amazing. He is such a great singer. I think that’s what I’m going to miss the most about the MTC, all the great speakers and also the great missionaries I’ve been able to work with.
Besides that this week has been pretty normal, same old same old. It’s absolutely freezing outside, but I love it. I’ve had way too much fun playing in the snow with my district. Also,this week is the last week I get to teach some of the investigators I’ve been working with, and it’s sad to have to say goodbye. It’s amazing how much can be said even when my Spanish is hard to understand. Haha, but this week we also got to teach someone from Mexico through Skype and it was awesome. Except it’s ten times harder to teach through technology, instead of in-person, so hopefully she understood us ok:) I’m sure it was good…
Lastly, this week we had another talk about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the power it has to change us. This was especially good, since the new year is finally hear. None of us are perfect, and we all have weaknesses and make mistakes, but as we trust in God, through Christ we can change our lives for the better. I really liked this. I have so many things that I’d like to do better, as we all do. But it’s comforting to know that we don’t have to do it alone. We are never alone. This year is going to be great! I can’t wait for everything to come, both the good and the bad because I know that throughout it all we can grow and learn from our experiences. I love all of you guys so much and hope that you are all doing well. Make good choices:)