Another Week in the Interesting City of Encarnacion

Monday, June 22, 2015

Another Week in the interesting city of Encarnacion,

This week we`ve been working with a really cute family of three. Fermina and her to kids Maria de Mar and Martin. They haven`t come to church yet, but they really love the book of mormon and are reading it like crazy, especially the two kids. Maria is 16 and everytime we talk to her she`s just so excited to learn about everything, and you can just see it in her eyes- you can always tell when people are really interested and she is one of them. Plus, Martin is only 11 and he already read the first 50pgs of the book of mormon in like two days, that`s like never happened before with any of my investigators. I`m just so happy for them and I hope that I will be able to watch them continue and progress.
I also had a cool expierence with three ladies from London this week. So we were on an hour bus ride heading to Obligado to meet up with my companion because we were doing divisions again this week, and will on the bus these three ladies walked onto the bus and they were talking in English, so I started up a conversation and they started telling me about how they were on a 5 month vacation backpacking through Paraguay and other parts of South America. Then we got into a conversation about missionaries which lead them to want to know more and I was able to share all about the restoration with them which was super cool (although it was super wiered trying to teach them about it in English. I like didn`t know how to teach it in english. How am I supposed to talk about God in english? Haha, it was just weird), but anyway, then I got off the bus and before I left I tried giving them a book of mormon…which they wouldn`t except…but, that`s ok I still thought it went really well(not to mention I only had the book of mormon in spanish which they wouldn`t have been able to read anyway, although I didn`t think about that in the moment). But still it was cool, but it also reminded me that I love people in pargauy, the people from London were super cool, but there is just something really special about the people here that I love so much.
In other news, as of right now our branch in Encarnacion as two sets of missionaries, us and the Elders, which has been good and while our area is pretty big, it hasn`t felt like it because we also have buses in our area which didn`t exist in Pilar. But anyway, this week is the last week of the transfer and my companion will be going home so it`s a sure thing that I will be getting a new companion. But, to make it bigger, both of the Elders in our branch are also going home, and instead of sending in two new Elders into the area toreplace the others, my mission president informed me that he`s not putting in more elders but instead the whole area is going to be ours…So, I have one week to meet all of the people the Elders are teaching so that I can take over their investigators when their gone, plus that means our area is going to be ten times bigger and I know absolutlely nothing about their area and our maps might as well not exist, so this next transfer should be interesting. Plus it`s kind of sad because if he`s pulling them out, it`s probably because our area hasn`t been progressing very much…but it`s ok, I`m sure that things will work out.
Anyway, talk to you all next week.
Hermana Marvian
P.S Problems sending pictures again…sorry.

Went to the Ruins this Week

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hey Everybody,

So this week has been pretty good. We`ve been working super hard and contacting alot of people this week. We`ve also been working with a lot of less-actives this week, trying to help them come back to church, while also asking for references of people we might teach. To be honest it`s been pretty tough in this area down here in the big city. I`m pretty sure I`ve talked to more people in the last couple of weeks then I have in the entire 4 and a half months I was in Pilar, yet I feel like we never have any progressing investigators…but, it`s still been pretty good and I still feel like I`ve helped alot of people this week, even if they all say they`re catholic and don`t want to talk to us. In fact we did have one experience the other day where we felt like we needed to work in one of our areas that we don`t usually go in very much, but the other day we decided to try to contact and find people to teach. So as we went about, clapping at doors, we came across this one lady that as soon as we started talking to her she just broke down and started crying…I still don`t know what exactly happened with her, but we just talked to her for a while and told her how much God loved her and how everything was going to be ok. I`m not sure what happened with her after that, but I do think that God is always guiding his missionaries to people that need them, or the people are guided to the missionaries. It`s true that it`s been hard in this area to get people coming to church and keeping commitments, but if nothing else we can still help people because after all being a missionary also means taking upon the name of Christ, literally, and that means helping people whereever we go, even if that just means listening, or making someone laugh.

Other than that, I was able to go on divisions again this week which went super awesome. I got to work with a new missionary that just got here a couple of weeks ago and it was super fun. She doesn`t speak that much spanish and times have been difficult for her, but it was great to be able to spend the day with her and encourage her, help her, and also learn alot from her. I forgot how much passion new missionaries have, and even though the language is hard for them, the spirit is always stronger in the lessons, because they have to rely more on God to help them. Sometimes I forget what that`s like, but working with Hermana Nilson this week really reminded me of that.

Also, this last week we got to go to the Zoo that we found on the other side of the city, it was actually pretty cool. I`m still waiting for the photos that one of the other missionaries is going to send me because I forgot my camera, but when I get them, I`ll send them. I also have those photos of the temple that I still have to send, but…I forgot my cable so I guess I`ll be sending those next week. I also have photos of today too. Today we got to go to the ruins that are about an hour away from here in Trinidad. It was super cool, I love stuff like that and it was cool to learn about the history, and also to get away from the city for awhile. I like my area here, but I miss the tranqulidad of the countryside more. But anyway, I`ll try to send those photos next week too. But I hope everyone is doing well. See you all, next week

Hermana Marvian

Serving the Lord

June 8, 2015

Dear Friends and Family,

Everything is going great here in Encarnacion. This week we`ve been doing alot of contacting, looking for new people to teach. We`ve also started focusing alot more of our time on finding less-active members to visit and working on getting our little branch more involved in the work.
This week I learned that sometimes God has a plan, that`s not our own plan. He is always listening and answering prayers, just not always in the way that we expected. For example, this past sunday we had several investigators that we were hoping to see at church, but none of them showed up. However, two less-active members that we had visited with our branch president and his wife came to church, neither of which I thought would come, so it was super cool. Plus, it just goes to show how important it is to work with members. Sometimes members don`t really notice how important they are to the work. When members help, the work moves forward rapidly, when they don`t it`s a little more difficult. But anyway, it was super great and all the members were super welcoming to our less-actives. Our branch is super great, it`s small but the people are wonderful.
Also, this week we were able to go on divisions with some of the other sisters in Encarnacion and we had a really great experience. Super powerful lessons, the spirit was definitly there and I learned alot. I always love working with different missionaries and seeing how they teach and do things, because everyone is a little different.
But other than that, I`m doing good. It`s starting to finally get cold down here so that should be interesting. And the language is still coming along. Just working hard, trying to help as many people as we can. But, I hope all is well back home and I wish everyone a great week!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Buenos Dias,

Hope everyone has had an awesome week and doing ok. As for me things have been going good. I`m writing a day late because I had to go to Asuncion Paragauy yesturday with several other missionaries to do some visa paperwork so I wasn`t able write yesturday, but I`m here now and everything went really well. My day included a lot of waiting around just to sign a paper and take a picture, but on the bright side we got to visit the temple which was super cool! We didn`t get to go inside, just walk around the grounds, but it was super cool and I`ll have to send pictures next week because the computer I`m using right now isn`t really working out for me. But anyway, it was great. The temple is out of our mission boundries so we aren`t allowed to go in while in our mission which is sad, but it`s ok. It was still really cool.

Also, this week we had a special mission conference with our mission president and President Viñez(quorem of the seventy) come and speak to us about our mission which was super great. They both talked about alot of great things, and I don`t have my notes with me, but I`ll just mention a couple of things. President Viñez talked alot about the atonement and how we need to really help everyone understand the need for repentance and how people want to feel the relief that comes from forgiveness from our mistakes and sins and through Jesus Christ we can do that and feel good and have the strength to overcome the hardships that are in our lives. He also mentioned the importance of `counting our sheep` and how we might not be able to control people`s agency, but we should at least know the status of people, our less-actives and recent converts in particular. Also, our mission president was able to talk to us alot about us as missionaries in particular and the importance of how even if people chose not to listen to us or get baptized, that what we should really focus on is about going about doing good and leaving every person that we talk to more edified then when we first met them. My companion and I actually had an experience with that this week. We ran into someone and started teaching them and it turned out that they had missionaries teaching them alot awhile ago, and while it was clear that she hadn`t accepted everything they said, or what we said, she was telling us about a couple things that she was doing differently that she started after talking with the missionaries(like saying prayers at dinner with her family) and other simple things that had made a difference in her family…And this just made me realize that we really can make a difference in people`s lives even if they don`t accept everything we teach, we can still love them, serve them, and share what we know is true and it will make a difference…We have to realize that the small things always make a difference.

Anyway, as for the work in general this week it`s been going good. We have a couple of really great people that we`ve been working with this week, but we`ve also been rejected alot this week…but that`s ok. My companion and I have alot of faith that there are lots of prepared people here that are waiting for us to find them. I was reading in Ether 12 about faith and how so many miracles were wrought as they demonstrated their faith and confidence in Christ and how it is the same with us, if we show our faith miracles will come, maybe not in the ways that we expect, but they will come.

Con amor,

Hermana Marvian