To answer your questions, I am good. I know what I am doing at least half the time, which is huge, and I think that I am getting to the point where I am realizing what I have been able to do thanks to the Lord and His help. The parents of one of my converts will be baptized this Saturday in Palma Loma, and Eduardo was just called as the ward secretary and now has the Melchizedek Priesthood. and his stepmom and sister are going to be baptized...life is good. It is interesting to watch the chain of events. Even if we aren't there to witness them, it is awesome to just hear about them and to know that you had a small part in making it happen:)
My goals for the next 3 months are to just keep going, to reach my potential as a missionary and as a servant of God. Every six months I have made new goals and written myself a letter to start the new goals, and 3 months ago I wrote those goals and to finish strong with no regrets:) I love the people of Paraguay and I want them to know it, and that their Heavenly Father also loves them, even more than they can imagine:)
One thing that I am really enjoying at this point of my mission is the new study guide of Preach My Gospel. This last week we have been able to study the atonement as a mission and it has made such a difference in our teaching and our contacts. We made a goal to talk about the atonement in every one of our contacts. Yesterday, we were making visits and we passed a house of a really active member who hadn't gone to church yesterday, and we decided to see why. We entered, and it turns out that last Wednesday a guy with a machete broke into her daughter's house and tried to kill them. We were like "oh my heck", but then we talked about the atonement, and we used the scripture Alma 7:11-12 to kind of explain what we wanted to say. This week of studying just the atonement has really helped me to understand it better, and how it can help us to keep going and keep enduring. We also read a talk by Elder Bednar, called, "The Atonement and Our Journey Of Mortality". Near the end it said something really awesome that I just loved. Something that we can apply to our daily lives. Enjoy, and I highly suggest reading the rest of the talk.
"The Savior has suffered not just for our iniquities but also for the inequality, the unfairness, the pain, the anguish, and the emotional distresses that so frequently beset us. There is no physical pain, no anguish of soul, no suffering of spirit, no infirmity or weakness that you or I ever experience during our mortal journey that the Savior did not experience first. You and I in a moment of weakness may cry out, 'No one understands. No one knows'. No human being, perhaps, knows. But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He felt and bore our burden before we ever did. And because He paid the ultimate price and bore that burden, He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy in so many phases of our life. He can reach out, touch, succor—literally run to us—and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do through relying upon only our own power."
When we feel like no one else understands what we are going through, when we feel like we are 100% alone, we have someone who had to go beneath everything and everyone so that He can lift us up again and give us that push that we need to start up. I love the Atonement, and I love the effects that it has on our lives and on the lives of everyone. It is pretty shweet:) I love you all and hope that you have a good week!!!