Friends and Family,
Monday, March 23, 2015
Mbaech`epa (Hello/How are you in guarani- I think that’s spelled right?),
This week has been super great. We had a zone confrence in Encarnacion with our mission President and a couple different zones on the Paraguay side of the mission this past Friday. It was super awesome. We left thrursday night and took the 5 hour bus ride, slept in the church for a couple hours, spent most of the day listening to different awesome messages, and then returned home that night after another slightly long bus ride. Many different things were discussed in the conference, but one thing that really stuck out to me was about humility. President LaPierre talked about how humility was a key factor in success in our mission but also success in life. That it was important to thank God for all that we had and recognize his hand in the work, and recognize that all the great things we have are because of him. This is so true, we are nothing without God, and without his help, our progress in this life is limited. But with our Heavenly Father all things are possible.
I really liked that. And speaking of God`s hand in the work, we saw some cool miracles this week. We had this investigator that we were teaching back in January when I first arrived in Pilar. Her name is Sarah and she is super awesome and for awhile we were teaching her and things were going good, but some of her family members don`t really like the church and she was struggling with this and several other things. To shorten the story, after awhile we sadly decided to stop teaching her. But, anyway, this is the same person I mentioned last week who ended up coming to Catalino`s baptisim. We thought it was just becuase we invited her, but on Monday we went to visit Catalino and it turns out that Sarah was there also. It turns out that they are friends and he had also asked her to come to the baptisim. We ended up teaching both of them and Sarah was alot different then before, much more receptive to our teachings. I don`t know exactly how long, but it turns out that during the time we were teaching Catalino before his baptisim, he was sharing these things with Sarah and slowly softening her heart to be more receptive. It is super cool and really a miracle to me becuase it was during this time that we dropped Sarah that we found Catalino, but it was only after we helped Catalino, that we were able to help Sarah also, and so in this was God had created a plan to help both, and as of now Sarah has a date set for a baptisim in a couple weeks and I`m really excited for her. It`s super cool how God works to prepare people.
Love you guys!
This was last week when we went fishing. Elder Thorpe(From Utah), Elder Adman(From Paraguay), Hermana Garcia(Mexico), and I. I wish I had the pictures of the fish I caught, but it`s on one of the Elder`s cameras but I`ll try to get it.
Here`s another picture of part of the river. Paraguay is really beautiful and I especially love all the green here, much better then the dry desert back home.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
Hello once again,
So this week has been pretty good. The investigator that I`ve been mentioning for awhile came to church again this past Sunday and passed his baptismal interview so everything is set for his baptisim this upcoming Saturday. I`m really excited for him, he is absolutly amazing and has alot of faith. He had an acident many years ago and injured his foot really bad, and so it`s really difficult for him to walk long distances, so we were trying to find another way for him to get to the church, which is about a 25minute walk from his house which isn`t to bad for us, but is very difficult for him. But when we talked with him about it he told us that he wanted to walk and make that small sacrifice for the Lord because it was important to him. How cool is that? I learned alot from him in that small moments. It was super cool.
Besides Catilino, we also had another investigator with baptismal plans for this Saturday, but we had to push back his date because he`s had some set-backs. But it`s ok because I have faith that things will work out for him. We also have several other great people we`ve been working with right now which is great, but we`ve been trying really hard this week to find more solid people to teach and it`s been a bit difficult. But on the bright side we had a couple of less-active members come to church again this week which is super great. Helping to bring people back to the church and strengthening our branch is also a big part of our mission and we`ve had alot more success with that this week. We also were able to help the Relief Society presidency coordinate an activity to help with visiting teaching, because it isn`t really functional in our branch right now, but the activity went really well and I have alot of hopes for this, especially because we really want to strengthen our new converts and less-actives in the branch and visiting teaching is a big part of this. It`s truly an inspired program, that when used can strengthen members spiritually and temporally. Through visiting teaching and home teaching we can make sure that every family and every member has a friend or other person that can help them when needed. Many times when we pray for help, it is through other people that prayers are answered. I hope that we can all find happiness when God is able to bless individuals through us and that we can take confidence in being instruments in the Lord`s hands.
I love you guys and hope things are going well!
P.S. Fun fact of the week about Paragauy, or at least in Pilar. Everyone owns a motorcylce here, and I do me everyone. Many times I will see whole families riding down the steet on one little motorcycle. Dad in the front with a kid in his lap, mom in the back sitting side sadle with a kid in the middle and a baby in the mother`s arms hanging off the side as the family casually drives down the street. It`s very interesting…I`ve seen so many motorcylces, I think that when I return from my mission I`ll have to get one too…just kiding.
March 2, 2015