3 months ya! Can you believe it? Because I can't. There have been so many experiences packed into the last 3 months that it is like a blur. This is going to go by so fast!
To start off, I experienced my first real rainstorm this week. It was so loud, with thunder and lightening like a strobe light. We were all awake at 4:30 am because it was SO loud! It was gorgeous though, and for the rest of the week, it has been nice, cloudy, and less hot, with plenty of mesquitoes to make it perfect.:)
Another awesome thing is that we lost our only progressing investigator. Why is this awesome? Because we fasted on Saturday and Sunday to be able to discern the true desires of our investigators, and that is what happened. Her name is Miguela, she is 17 years old and has 2 kids. Crazy right? We haven't been sure from the beginning about her desires...Does she want to be baptized or does she want welfare? On Tuesday we changed her baptismal date to the 22nd because she hadn't attended church, and on Saturday she dumped us, because she needed to work. Apparently she needed help before the 22nd. It made us sad, but now we know of her true desires. That same day, we found 2 new families that are of oro. We contacted a lady, who told us to come back (OTRO DIA! is my least favorite phrase of all time). So we went, taught another lesson, returned, and then a random girl told us that the same lady who had rejected us wanted to talk with us, and we had an excellent lesson with her and her husband. Our goal is to take advantage of this and really help them to progress and make covenants.
I honestly believe that fasting is one of the best ways to be more sensitive to the Spirit. We found lots of new people, and we are hoping to be able to work with them to get them to church.
We taught a girl named Synthia on Sunday with a returned missionary from our ward, Wendy Sanabria. The cool part about this thing is that they are both studying English and business administration and are in the same year at the university, so they were able to bond. We also had the parents of Synthia with us in the lesson, both of which are hard core Catholics. We taught the Restoration and halfway though the dad had a question about the different bibles. We had already read in our bibles during the lesson, and theirs was WAY different then ours. However, Synthia asked a question about the statues and images of the virgen Mary (here in Paraguay, almost every house has a statue of the virgen mary and some sort of altar thing).She wasn't sure if it was something that was right or not. Right off the bat, her parents began to say, oh it says in the bible that it is okay and we believe in the bible because it is of Jesus and stuff like that. So, we read in Exodus to help ease their minds. hehe;) Little do they know that the Bible of every single decent Christian church explicitly says, in the 10 commandments received through Moses, that statues and idols are insults to the Lord. It was even more purete because in the spanish bible, it uses the word imagens, which just happened to be the word that Synthia had used when she asked us. Awkward. So the parents were like, well, it isn't true, it is a mistake...we just rolled our eyes. But Synthia understood, which is what we wanted!
em...que màs. Nothing really, just working hard and trying to live up to the standard of the Lord. I am beginning to feel really inadequate, in that how on earth am I going to be able to convey the importance of the gospel of Jesus Christ to these people who couldn't care less? Then I think, well, it isn't me who is conveying it, it is the Spirit. And THAT, ladies and gentleman, is how missionary work is. Everything is through the Spirit.
I love you all, and I hope that you always remember that you have your Savior right next to you, helping you through those things for which He has already suffered. Alma 7: 11-13. Whenever you feel alone, like no one on the planet can help you, remember that He is there and that it is His purpose and His glory is to help you achieve and fulfill your purpose as a loved child of God.
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