To start off, we found 2 atheists this week, which is really weird, because the majority of the people in Paraguay claim to be Catholic. In my personal opinion, there is no such thing as a real atheist, because as we began to talk to them, we found one that believes in Satan, which is ridiculous because if Satan exists, so does God, and the other one was an inactive that was born in the church, but after her father commited suicide, she stopped believing in a loving God, which is reasonable, and we had a wonderful discussion about the tender mercies of the Lord, and how, every day, there is something, however small, that the Lord has given us. Her husband isn't a member, and we look forward to working with him in the future.
We focused a lot more on following up on investigators and street contacts this week, and it paid off. We found Juana, a lady who lives in the chuchiest (fanciest) house that I have ever set foot in here in Paraguay. I was totally out of my element:) We talked about how faith is so important and how, through the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can become worthy to be in His presence again and be an eternal family. Hermana Francani did the baptismal invitation, I was so proud of her:)
Another miracle was that we found Paula again. She was the lady who asked what she needed to do to be baptized, and set her own baptismal date, and then we never found her again. We passed by late last night and found her:) We shared a quick message on hope through the atonement. We will have a lesson with a recent convert who was a drunk before she was baptized on Wednesday, so that she knows that there is still hope for her son, who is trying to get rid of his drug addiction.
We were also able to meet with a family that was going to be baptized almost two years ago, but because of something that happened with the bishop and some other members, they decided not to, and since I arrived here in Palma Loma, we have been trying to meet with them, and finally they let us in on Friday.
Something interesting about all of these little miracles was that they all took place after a REALLY long day, and most of the time during the day is the hardest time. I have really seen this week that when we work hard throughout the day, and when we have enough faith, Heavenly Father will give us blessings. We talked with all of these people when we could have done something else that maybe wasn't as wise of a use of time, but we have seen the tender mercies of the Lord, like it says in 1 Nefi 20, that the Lord will shed His tender mercies on all of the people who have the faith sufficient to put in Him.
I know that the Lord loves us, and I know that He wants us to be able to achieve our full, divine potential. I know that it is hard, and sometimes, it can be the last thing we want to do, but it is in these moments when we have to exercise our faith in Him and His ability to perform miracles. I love you all so much, and hope you have a good week!
|My "Hija", Hermana Francani|