Hello dearest family and friends! I hope everyone's week was splendid and filled with blessings from the Lord! I know mine definitely was!
To start off, like I said, this last week we got to go to the temple in Asunción! Oh how I've missed that place! We walked in and from the start, I just could feel how peaceful it was. It was like all my cares for a few hours were taken away and I left stronger, more ready to faces the challenges of everyday. I know that the temple is the House of the Lord. And that in the temple we can make covenants with our Heavenly Father that will be a blessing to us now and in the eternities. Especially having an eternal family. Like I said last week, that is why I am here. The temple is the goal for all the children of God here. He wants us so bad to be able to enter into his house and feel of that peace that we need to go through life. I want to encourage all who read this to make the temple your priority. Whether its getting a recommend, making plans to go, or preparing spiritually, make it a goal to go soon! As a missionary we only get very few opportunities to go. So take advantage of it where ever you are!
So we spent all of Monday and Tuesday traveling to and from the Temple. We got home Tuesday night and crashed, ready to work for the week. This week we had a few good lessons with some investigators that are progressing or starting to. One of them we found contacting a house. Lately me and my companion have been trying to contact more houses (and not just people walking in the streets). So on Friday night as we were leaving our house, we decided to contact a house nearby. We clapped, and a lady came out and welcomed us right on in. She's about 45 and has 4 girls (Her name is Leonice, dont worry its not my mom ;) They are from Brazil and so the mom has a pretty heavy accent and sometimes its hard to understand, but Im sure we are the same way with our american accents. Anyways, she let us in her house and we got to teach her and her youngest daughter, Gabriella. They are both so sweet and understood a lot about what we were telling them about baptism and how they can return to their heavenly Father clean, and together as a family. They both accepted that if they got answers to their prayers they'd be baptized. So we went back for a return appointment yesterday night. It was pouring but she still let us in her house. She gave me and my companion flip flops so that our feet could be a little dry. Thats offically the first lesson I've ever taught in flip flops haha. But it was a good lesson. We taught them about the Restoration and how it can bless their lives as a family. We will continue to visit them in these coming days and weeks to help them progress and understand more!
The week ended on a really good night, being so happy. Not for myself, but for someone else. We are teaching a woman (I forgot if I've written about her) named Yani. She is in a wheelchair (she had to get her foot amputated a few months ago from a bug) and she is passing through some really hard times right now in her life. But one thing that has been amazing to witness is how the members are helping her so much (in areas that we as missionaries cant do much). We had the opportunity to do a service for her on Friday - Mother's day here in Paraguay (cleaning in and outside her house). That day she didnt have any food for her children. but later I found out that a few members from the Branch had taken her some of the food they had had to celebrate for mothers day. To know that she was recieiving help made me so happy! But that's not even all.. This past sunday a member from the branch was able to take her to her son that she hasnt seen for months. We were waiting for the member to come and to take her, and we were all waiting anxiously wondering if they would ever get there. But finally they came and took Hermana Yani to her son. As she got in the car she had told us how she was crying earlier because she didnt think that we would come (we arrived a little late). But then right before leaving, she had this huge smile on her face and I had never seen her so happy. It made me SO happy for her. Ahh it was such a joy to see her so happy about to see her son! I know that the Lord loves Yani so much!!
We are seeing the Lord's hand here a lot lately and we have been so blessed to be able to see what kind of love the Savior has for his children and for us. I know that this is His work and we are only his servants! I love this work and I love my Lord!
I hope you all have a wonderful week and see the wonderful blessings the Lord is giving you every day! Love you all!
Love, Hermana Liesel Wiscombe