Paraguay - Asunción Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Monday, May 9, 2011
Wow! We had a pretty good weekend. I am sure the highlight was Sunday with the phone call. We didn´t get around to talking about all that much, but it sure was nice to hear some voices from home. I couldn´t hear the other Elder Watson all that great, but now I know what he felt like back at Christmas. Sounds like you all had a fun week! Tech toys... I am sure Dad is a happy camper with all that fun stuff. Sounds like everything is going great there! :)
We did end up having a better night afterwards than what I would have thought... the rain stopped about 5 minutes after leaving the house. One of our investigators did accept a baptismal date for the 4th of June. So right now we have baptisms for the 14th, 21st, and the 4th. Do work! We are working hard here with the members, strengthening their testimonies of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The language is proving to be a tough issue, especially with some of the members that do not understand any Spanish whatsoever. But the other members are willing to help us, so we are moving along... surely and diligently. We also found a member from the United States who is part of the Peace Corp and is working way out in the boonies. We are working so he can come to church with us soon, and enjoy the blessings of taking the sacrament! He´s from the Westwood area in California, and we try to talk with him once in a while. Paraguay is filled with interesting situations. Just about every single situation that could be. Haha. Life is good. I love being a missionary. I love sharing the Gospel. I know this is true. I know the Lord loves each and every one of us. I know that Heavenly Father listens to our prayers. If we are willing to do what the Lord wants, He will guide us according to His sacred plan. We can choose to work with Him! Never think that you are too far away from receiving the blessings of our loving Heavenly Father! If you have too, make small goals and progress each day and week! For example, we are working with some members, making goals with them so they can prepare to go to the temple. We are starting out reading the scriptures 5 minutes every day. Remember by small and simple things the Lord brings great things to come pass. (Alma 37:6, 7 ?, also Alma 32:34 ? ) Making even the smallest of steps towards the light will move us away from the dark. I love what my mission president shared with us last week about Charity. Charity really is a key in life! Without it, we can´t feel the Lord´s love in our lives. With it, we will be obedient; we will be united with our fellow brethren, and we will be guided by the Lord. Without charity we cannot enter into the kingdom of our Father in Heaven (Ether 12:24). Remember the end of the law is that we have love that comes from a pure heart! (1 Timothy 1:5). Christ taught that the first great two commandments are first that we love our Father in Heaven and second that we love our neighbor as ourselves. If we can really have this love, I promise we will see the change in our lives. I promise that you feel closer to the Savior and that He will be able to mold you into an instrument in His hands. I love being a missionary and sharing the love that I feel from the Savior. I feel my Savior´s love in my life, and I know that through the work I am doing, I am helping all those around me to be able to receive the blessings of this in their lives. I am of myself nothing, for I am a creation in the Maker´s hands, but with His help and guidance, I can do all things that He requires of me.
I truly do love you all! Keep working hard! Remember that the Lord provides a way so that we may keep the commandments and walk in His path. There is no other name given other than that of Jesus Christ by which we may be saved. We must follow His teachings if we hope to be healed through His atoning sacrifice. Pray always, and faint not, that the devil may not steal you into his wily paths. Stay alert, avoid the natural man, and come unto Christ and the loving arms He extends to each and every one of us!