First Week in Encarnacion

Monday, May 25, 2015//

My First Week Serving in Encarnacion!

Hello, everybody. I hope all is going well back in the states. This week has been super great, I love Encarnacion and I`m super excited to be able to meet and teach the people here. My new companion Hermana Nethercott is from Wyoming and this is her last transfer in the mission before she`ll be heading back home, but I`m super excited for the time that we have to work together. She`s super awesome and super hardworking and I have faith that we are going to see alot of miracles this transfer.

As for the branch, I was able to get to know the branch president and his family this past week and they are super great, and do so much for the church. Our branch is really small, but it has alot of potential and I`ve been talking alot with my companion on how we can really work well with members to get the area progressing more, so we will see how our plans work out, but we`ll see. God definitley has a plan for the people here, and I`m happy to be apart of it.

This week we`ve been doing alot of contacting, finding people to teach, but we`ve also been working with some really great people. We are working with Rosi right now who has a couple of kids that are nearly full grown, but she`s been talking with us alot about how she can help her kids make good choices and raise them right. So we`ve been talking to her alot how the gospel of Jesus Christ really blesses families. That through our faith we can learn and grow together in the family, through repentance we can foster more love and unity between members, through baptism we can remember our covenants with God and grow together in one purpose, through the gift of the holy ghost we can always have a guide to help us choose the right, and as we perserver and serve one another we can build happy, strong families. I have a strong testimony that this is true. Only through the gospel of Jesus Christ can we really be truely happy.

On a seperate note, missions are great, there are lots of great spiritual experiences and opportunities to grow personally and to help others grow. But there are also lots of other random things or funny things that always happen too. This week we were teaching this lady in her mid 30s that we`ve been working with for a little while when her drunk father came in and wanted to join in on the lesson. He started telling us about his life story and before we new it him and his other friend pulled out guitars and started serenading us with some type of gospel music. Haha, we escaped as soon as we could, and I think our investigator was a little embarassed for her father, but it was pretty funny. We have another lesson with her later this week so we`ll see how it goes.

But anyway, things are going good here in my new area, I am going to miss Pilar a bit. I`m going to miss walking down the steet and seeing a motorcycle/car pass by and a minute later an old man in a horse pulled wagon trudging along the same steet, or teaching a lesson to a less-active family, but having a hard time hearing them because there are a whole bunch of growling monkies in the background, or the time that I got chased by cows…did I share that story? Anyway, I`m sure that Encarnacion is filled with all kinds of other experiences, and most importantly with lots of opportunities to share the gospel.

Love you all,

Hermana Marvian

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