Hello Everyone from your best friend down here in Paraguay!
week was nuts!! We worked so hard, saw a ton a ton of success but also
quite a few hard trials! We started out this week with P-day going to
the beach and playing some football. It felt great to get out there and
do something American for the first time in a year!! After P-day we
went back and tried to clean our apartment which has become impossible.
The apartment is just determined to be an old run down, fall apart
piece of poop!! It's all good though. Tuesday came around and we found
a less active member who had recently moved to Ita Paso, and had been
praying to have the church put back into her life!! The first door of
the week that we clapped was an answer to a prayer!! We also found a
ton of new people this week, and a lot of them were super cool!! The
best part is a lot of them were guys which means potential Priesthood!!
We had especially powerful experiences that I want to share with our
progressing investigator Romina. We passed by on Tuesday with a member
who is awesome. Hermana Cabrera is the perfect person to help us out
with Romina. We decided to teach Romina about the Law of Chasity. She
is 19 years old, not married, with a 3 month old daughter and she lives
with her Boyfriend. As you can see, we were a little nervous as to how
the talk would go. We began to talk, and it was such an awesome
discussion!!!! The Spirit was strong and testified of the truth of what
we were saying. It was vital to teach with the Spirit especially on a
touchy subject. Romina accepted everything and agreed that these
principles were something she wanted to see her daughter live when she
grows up and something that she is going to talk to her boyfriend
about. We were excited and relieved!! What a first day of the week!!
Then the very next day decided to walk to an outlying neighborhood and
contact. We contacted a house and there we met Cecilia. She is 84 years
old and can barely move she has had so many operations on her body. She
is probably about 4`11 and is just the most awesome little lady!! She
talked about how hard her life has been since her husband died and about
all the pain she is in. It was super sad, but at the same time it's an
awesome feeling to know that we have just the thing to help her! We
explained what the Priesthood is and how we have the power to give
people blessings, then we explained a little about blessings. We asked
her if she would like one and ever so slowly we made our way back in
side her tiny house. She sat down and asked me to give the blessing.
One of the blessings I am seeing a lot of now is that as I become more
and more in tune with the Spirit, God gives me more chances to exercise
my Priesthood. We gave her a blessing, and as bad as I wanted to tell
her that her body would feel better the only thing the Spirit prompted
me to tell her was to be patient in trials and have faith that the Lord
knew her. It was a very sobering lesson on doing the Lords will and not
my own. After the blessing, I felt spiritually exhausted, I was even
sweating. I think the blessing actually took a lot out of me! Cecilia
looked up at me and with the most sincere look in her eyes said
Gracias. I almost cried (ya ya i know laugh it up). This week was one
full of the Spirit!! What a blessing!! Also something (pretty sure it
was a spider) bit me and my whole hand swelled up. Then the next day I
didn't get out of bed, I felt so sick. It was nice to relax and just let
my hand heal. I am fine now.
Well all is well in Zion!! I am loving my mission and realizing that I have less than a year left is a huge motivator!
Please continue to pray for us down here we need it!! Love you all and thanks for everything!!