We had a huge miracle this week. Eduardo, after two months, will be getting baptized this Saturday! He came to church yesterday, and we had an amazing lesson with him afterwards. He was so prepared, and it was a huge blessing from the Lord that we even found him. Something else that was a blessing was Teli. She is the ex-partner of Eduardo, and she was born into the church, but never really had a testimony. She decided that she didn't want anything to do with the church when her dad, who was a returned missionary and active, committed suicide. We began to talk with her and read the Book of Mormon, and she is now active. It has been such a blessing to be able to work with her and Eduardo. Teli told us yesterday that she has changed so much, as well as Eduardo.
This just adds to my testimony of the Book of Mormon, that it was inspired and that it is a precious gift from our Heavenly Father. I know that He loves us because he gave us the Book of Mormon to help us change our lives and the lives of those who surround us. We began reading it as a mission to help us learn to better use it to help the people we teach. As I read it, the phrase, "The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion," came true!! Elder Neil L. Anderson gave us a promise when he said:
"First, find scriptures in the Book of Mormon that you feel and know are absolutely true. Then share them."
If we have a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon, we can know for certain that all of the other points of doctrine iin the church are true. It is absolutely essential. I was thinking the other day...I have come to depend so much on the book of Mormon, and when I finished it, I was like...Now what?? Read it again, and again, and again. It is something that will never grow old.
My biggest challenge this week was to not work with the "Its the last week of the transfer" mindset. It surprised me a lot how much I struggled with it. But it all worked out, with Eduardo's baptism. I may not even be here, but igual no mas. We find out our transfers tomorrow, but I have no idea what is going to happen. President is kind of unpredictable. One thing that was hard as well was that a lot of people said that I would be the sister training leader, and I was like...um no...it was kind of like...it could happen but I would prefer that it didn't. And I didn't get a call yesterday, so whew, we're in the open.
Speaking of time, can you believe that it has been 11 months? It has gone by SO FAST...Marcus Alton (he's in the south mission) heads home this change...everyone is going home!! Have you seen Susan Hutchins? She should be home by now...this is so nuts.
Anyhoo, I love being a missionary, and Eduardo's baptism makes all of the stuff we have to put up with worth it. I was thinking the other day, I love Paraguay. Its like my type of life now. I am so used to it that I can't imagine it any other way. I didn't ever think that driving, or asphalt roads as a normal thing, or being on time on a regular basis would scare me...whoops.
Apart from that, not much happened, lots of rain, lots of...no se what. We find out transfers tomorrow, so we will see what happens!! I hope that you all have a wonderful week!
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