Monday, September 21, 2015

Talent Show

Well flip.

This week was nuts. But it was awesome.  To try to explain it I am just going to go day by day, starting with Wednesday (because it was halfway normal up to that point).

Wednesday-we had piano class and a rehearsal with the primary for the talent show, and it went pretty well.  We had assigned a recent convert to find a little sketch theater thing that they could do, and we had the help of Hermana Martinez (who is coming back to church...YAY!!!) with the decorations and the costumes.  We ended our little theater thing with the primary song "Mother I Love You".  It was so cute.  The crazy thing from this day was trying to coordinate everything between teaching appointments and class and all of that fun shtuff.

Thursday-was slightly normal as well, we started the day in a place in our area called Carmen Soler. It is an asentamiento, or in other words, government land lots, and it is the farthest away from us.  A sister who lives there is Hermana Piñanes. She was baptized about 14 years ago, and was sealed with her husband and children about 8 years ago.  Her husband stopped going to church after being sealed, and doesn't want anything to do with the gospel.  But Hermana Piñanes is awesome, she is handicapped and can't walk without the help of crutches and some braces on her legs.  She was inactive for several years, and we, being new, had no idea that she was a member (or that she existed, for that matter).  All of the sudden, one Sunday, she just showed up at church.  The amazing thing about that is that she can't get up into the bus by herself, and the majority of the time doesn't have the money to pay the bus, but she came.  We have been working with her ever since and basically all of the investigators that we have in Carmen Soler are her references, and she is always offering to make visits with us, even though she can't really walk all that well.  It is a huge testimony to me of every member a missionary, even if you can't even walk.  It doesn't matter.

Friday-Another rehearsal for the talent show, a ton of stuff to do.  We had an awesome lesson with Hermana Martinez and her son, Alejandro, who has a date for October 10th.  We have been trying really hard to find the way to help them feel the Spirit again, and we were talking and we showed a picture of Jesus Christ when He will come again.  She looked at the picture and began to cry, and told us that beause of that picture she had made the decision to be baptized.  She had had a dream with that picture, and she had in her arms her baby that had died.  When the missionaries showed her that picture, she knew that she needed to be baptized.  The spirit was so so strong and it was wonderful to see her start to feel that again.

Saturday-loco talent show.  Everything went well, there were a lot of people who came, and we died in bed afterwards we were so tired.  Haha, we did a skit that I had seen when I was at Snow in a talent show of the YSA, where someone is preparing themselves for the day, but there is another person behind them who puts their arms in front, so the arms of the other person are putting on the makeup of the person in the makeup turns out really good looking.  Ya, hard to explain, but it turned out funny.

Sunday-em...this was kind of a disappointment, because there were several people who we are bringing back to church who came, but then out of the blue some other active families decided to travel and whatever, so the attendance went down...we were like WWWWWHHHHHYYYYYY???

Sorry this is so long, but all in all, it was a good week.  I love being a missionary here in Paraguay!!

Hermana Farish

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