February 16, 2015
Greetings Friends and Family,
Greetings from Paraguay once again. So this week has been super awesome. My companion and I have had alot of great experiences this week with our investigators and members. It´s been a crazy busy week, like always, but it´s been pretty great. We had divisions(splits) with our sister training leaders on tuesday. With our training leaders I was able to work with one of the sisters in the morning and then in the afternoon we switched, so we actually had double splits I guess you could say, but it was super great. I learned alot from that experience, and our trainning leaders are awesome.
We also had a great experience with one of our investigators this week. His name is Catilino and we´ve visited him 3 or 4 times teaching him about the gospel and what not. He´s had missionaries visit him before along time ago but he wasn´t that interested at the time. He comes from a strong evangelic background(Everyone here is either Catholic or Evangelic and I do mean everyone, I haven´t met anyone that´s not yet). So anyway, one thing we always try to do is invite people to get baptized right way and so we´ve asked him a couple times actually and he´s been against it. But we visited him on wednesday and started to teach him something totally unrelated, but I guess for the last couple of days he´s been reading more about baptism in the pamphlets we´ve given him and in the Book of Mormon, so out of nowhere he started to ask us a whole bunch of questions. So we asked him again, “Catilino, do you want to be baptized?” “Yes, I think I do” (Or something along those lines). It was super cool. So we´ve been working alot with him and he came to church on Sunday and had a really good experience. So hopefully if all goes well he will be able to be baptized in a couple weeks. It´s super cool also because even though we´ve only been talking to him for a short time, he´s been changing. He´s been happier and just different. That´s my favorite part about missionary work, seeing the changes that come over people.
Besides that, we´ve also been trying to work on helping several inactive members of the church that for some haven´t been to church for a couple of years and it´s been great, not only because we´ve been able to help them, but we´ve also found several of their friends and family to teach at the same time, so it´s been a double win.
Also, we´ve been able to work alot more with our leaders in our branch this week, both in lessons and other ideas and activities for the members here. We have a super great branch presidency here. There are alot of difficulties at times, but they work super hard and are always trying to do what they can for members and nonmembers. I´m grateful for the opportunities I´ve had to work with them.
Overall, this week has been very good. We´ve still had alot of difficulties and set backs as well, but It´s just so cool to see what can happen when we put our trust in God and seek his direction at all times. This work that we are doing is real and can change people´s lives and we can all be apart of it by either helping to share it with others, or first obtaining a witness for ourselves that this gospel is real. Yo se que Dios es nuestro padre celestial y nosotros somos sus hijos y cuando nosotros poner nuestro confianza en Dios y Jesucristo todos los cosas es posible. Jesucristo pude ayudarnos en esta vida y es nuestro Salvador. Y mediante el evangelio de Jesucristo nosotros pude obtener mas felicidad en esta vida.
I love you guys,
P.S I forgot to mention, but I did finally find some monkeys last week in the trees next to the church building. It was super awesome.