Bekah was true to her word, and her last email was in Spanish. I ran it through Google translate and this is what it popped out. It’s not a perfect translation, as you can tell she talks about cigars and I don’t think she meant to! But we’re close! Here it is….
In honor of my dear Paraguay and all the wonderful people I’ve met in this time, I write today in Castilian and I hope everything goes well with Google Translate. Maybe use a little Guarani well. A michimi. 😉
First, thank you all for your testimony cigars. If there’s anything I’ve learned, is that a witness actually has a lot of power in our lives. It’s wonderful to share a testimony with others. In truth, it is a testimony to share. So my testimony has grown incredibly in the year and a half. So thank you for sharing what is of more value in their lives. It gave me much encouragement to keep working strong in these last days.
How quickly time passes! Like it was yesterday, I remember when my plane arrived at the airport. I was so nervous, but with much encouragement to serve the people here in Paraguay. During my time here, God has commanded me to many places where I have learned a lot from those who are our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. In each area, I learned more about them and the things that bring us closer to our goal of eternal life.
In Mariano Roque Alonso, learned of prayer-of how we actually talk to God and He really listens.
In Villa Hayes, experienced the ennobling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
In Loma Pyta, I realized that faith in Christ is a process of trust, act, and strengthen.
In Piribebuy, felt more strongly that God is our Heavenly Father literally and as their children, each has great potential.
In Streams and Estuaries, I saw literally every day that God is a God of Miracles.
In fact, it amazes me that a person can learn so much in such a short time. I feel like a different person, and I will be forever grateful for the moments we’ve been through, the people I’ve met, and the change that has taken place in my heart. My time here has changed me. As I prepare to leave here, I feel my heart is staying here. I’ll never be the same person. As I reflect on this year and a half I’ve spent, comes to mind my version of Mosiah 18:30.
¨ And now it came to pass that all this was done in Paraguay, yes, by the river Paraguay, on the Paraguay river immediately Chaco, yes, the Cordillera de Paraguay, the river Paraguay, the Chaco of Paraguay, how beautiful are to my eyes because here I come to the knowledge of my Redeemer, yea, and will sing praises forever. ¨
I testify with all the security of my heart that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer. He is the only way. We have to stand firm because it made Him And give us the strength we need each day. This is His work. Do not leave us alone if we are working on it with all we are. May we continue to be true and faithful for ever is my earnest prayer.
I leave an invitation, which let in English because I want to be very clear.
Here´s the invitation: testify. You have all testified to me with all your heart. Now find someone else who is seeking the truth and strength. Maybe it´s a less active member. Maybe it´s a friend that has questions. Maybe it´s somebody that you just met in the street. But find someone. And let your testimony have an effect in their lives. As they taught us in conference, even one simple line of heartfelt testimony can set into motion the conversion process for someone. You all have such powerful testimonies. And I know that as you share it with someone this week, you will feel your own being strengthened. I´ve been a witness to that time and time again. So… will you do it? I´m gonna ask how it went on Thursday, so I hope and pray that you are all blessed with an opportunity to testify before then. If you´re looking, you´ll find it. 🙂
Los quiero muchísimo. Gracias por todo su apoyo y amor durante este tiempo. Que pasen bien estos días hasta vernos. Vayanse a bendecir una vida hoy. 🙂