It´s been another great week. It´s a little difficult changing areas, but I´m getting to know my way around and meeting lots of the members and lots more non members. 🙂 It was pretty crazy- a pretty huge storm came in yesterday and it rained ALL morning. There were some hardcore rivers going on in the streets and it was thundering and lightning..ing… like crazy. I was a little giddy. Except for the fact that almost nobody showed up to church. 🙁 We had 35 people there. Granted, I´m used to a little number after Villa Hayes, but my companion was rocked. It was pretty intense.
We´re seeing miracles every day here. We have a man that we´re teaching that has problems with the word of wisdom. There´s a program put out by the church to help people quit smoking in 8 days. It´s really awesome actually. If the person is diligent, it takes all the nicotine out of the system in a week and the people can quit forever. So we initiated it with our investigator, and guess what? He stopped smoking! So cool! We have another lady that we´re teaching, Delia, who really likes the message. She has wanted to go to church for a while, but her husband wouldn’t let her. Super catholic. But we’ve been praying a lot with her, and we had the opportunity to get to know him a little last week. And he wants to go to church with her to see what it´s like! Oh man, the Lord never ceases to amaze me with how involved He is in our lives. He truly does answer prayers.
One of the speakers in the ward talked yesterday about how the ward is like a hospital. We all have our callings and assignments to help those around us to be spritually stronger. So I thought about that and I tried to think about what we would be in our little ´spiritual hospital´. I decided that we´re spiritual EMT´s. I like my job. 🙂
Sorry it´s so short. Time just flies. But I love you all lots and lots. Have the best week ever! Go bless a life today!
ps. Does Taylor have an email address?
ps again. I don´t know what the full address is for the office… it´s the one on Trinidad? Haha could you maybe send some chapstick too? The blue Chapstick brand. I´m running dangerously low… Thanks! I love you!
Hello from Loma Pyta! We had cambios this last week and I got changed. And I FINALLY left the zone I started in. Haha and I´m RIGHT nextdoor to Mariano Roque Alonso. Haha Maybe someday I´ll get to know more of Paraguay… But things are great. It´s a little different here from Villa Hayes… Okay it´s way different from Villa Hayes. For example: 1. We have a hot water heater in our house, which means that our shower isn´t dangerously electric. Kinda nice to not feel a little bit of an electric current while adjusting the water. 2. We have a couch. Enough said there. 3. The ward is ginormous. 4. The pastry section of the supermarket in front of our house has chocolate covered doughnuts. Yup. I´m happy.
¡Buenas tardes!Fun fact: Paraguay is really hot. There we go, that about sums it up. Holey smokes, it´s incredible to me how fast it got so hot in this last week. But I suppose it could be counted as a blessing- I washed my sheets this morning and they were all dry in 20 minutes. Which is really good because I needed the space on the line… I had to wash lots and lots of clothes…We had a pretty good week. Not a whole lot to report- we´re working a whole lot and finding a lot of people- some super awesome and some.. awesome in other ways. (I can´t say that they´re not awesome altogether. That wouldn´t be fair.) We started teaching a lady, Alba last week, and we got to meet with her husband yesterday. They´re super cool and are super interested. I´m really excited to meet with them again.I´m sorry to hear about your investigator! That´s definitely not fun. I haven´t taught too many people like that. But it really is a bummer when the people let one little thing get in the way of them listening and really trying out for themselves. Because that´s the thing- we can talk and answer questions and doubts, but if they don´t have the desires to really know and for the right reasons, they don´t progress. We actually have an investigator like that right now. We sat down for a lesson and he brought out a big long list of questions- ¨Where does it say in the Bible that tithing is 10%?¨ ¨Why don´t the Hermanas ever say their names?¨ ¨If the Bible says that we shouldn´t worship idols, does that mean that we shouldn´t have a favorite team, thereby honoring or worshipping a specific color?¨ Lots of just bizarre questions. We just straight-up told him that we weren´t going to answer his questions. That those questions weren´t the important ones and that he needed to focus on the real question- if what we teach is really from God or not. It´s interesting and a little sad- you do all you can to teach and testify and put the opportunity out there, but many times, they don´t catch hold of it. But it makes it that much sweeter when you can see somebody reach out with both hands and watch it change them. Yeah, sometimes it´s hard, but I love, love, love this work.Yesterday was super awesome. There was a multi-stake conference for all of Paraguay and Uruguay broadcasted from the Conference Center. We rented a colectivo and went into Mariano for the broadcast. It was great to see all the Mariano members- it made me realize that I miss them! We got the meeting started and they said they didn´t know who was gonna speak, but when it started, we found out that President Monson was presiding! 🙂 I got excited. 🙂 And he was wearing a gray suit. I think that´s the first time that I´ve ever seen that. Anywho, Elder Walter F. Gonzalez from the Presidency of the Seventy conducted the meeting and gave the welcome in Guarani. He spoke about how we can be more converted every day if we pay attention to our feelings- because that´s how the Spirit speaks. After he spoke, Linda S. Reeves from the Relief Society spoke. She talked about how we need to live in love in our families and that the greatest thing a man can do for his family is be a worthy, righteous Priesthood holder. And she said something else that I found pretty cool- She said that she had theprivilege of attending the dedication of a temple in Bolivia and that President Hinckley dedicated it. He testified that Father Lehi and his wife Sariah were very content to see another temple in South America to bless their posterity. Cool stuff! Afterward, Elder Neil L. Anderson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke. He talked a lot about missionary work and the importance of helping the youth prepar to serve missions, and he used some examples of youth in Paraguay and Uruguay. One of the examples was one of the young men in Mariano that just left for his mission in Argentina. So that was kinda fun. He also talked about tithing and how we can do so much more with the 90% and the Lord´s help than we can with the 100% without the Lord´s help. It was a super awesome talk. He and Sister Reeves both spoke in Spanish, which was pretty cool. I was hoping that President Monson would speak in Spanish too, but he spoke in English and they translated over. They probably wanted to make sure that any American accents wouldn´t impede understanding while the prophet spoke… Anywho, he talked about our responsibility to find and rescue the lost batallions. He gave three things that we need to do to be able to go out and rescue our lost brothers and sisters. Number one is to change ourselves, specifically our attitudes, thoughts, and actions. Two: help others reach their goals. Three: Remember that people can change. I loved his talk. It´s something that I want to put into practice this week. I want to pay more attention to how I am- my attitude, thoughts, and actions, and how I can become better in each aspect. I want to focus more on those around me and the people that they can become. And I want to help them grasp the Gospel so that they can become those people. That´s what the gospel is all about- change. And we have to change ourselves first to be able to really understand that. Love it. It made me really excited for General Conference. Counting the days!I love you all and hope that you have a wonderful week! Go bless a life!Abrazos para todos,Hermana Pingel