But first off, I want to say a little bit about a meeting we had last week with President McMullin. Me and Hermana Jones had to teach. And it doesn’t get easier or less scary the more times you do it... But it went well. I talked about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and Hermana Jones about Taking upon us the name of Jesus Christ. We also heard from an elder a talk about repentance and then from Hermana McMullin, about being converted, not just having a testimony. Oh my gosh, the spirit was so strong all morning. Each and every one of those topics is so important. I feel the love of God so much. He really does want us back. That’s not only His work and glory, but his desire. He wants more than anything for all of His children to come back into His arms but with a repented heart. Something that Hermana Jones talked about is how we can take upon us the name of Jesus Christ. And so she talked about how taking upon His name means authority. We have the authority or permission from God to act in the name of Jesus Christ. As members, there are 3 things we can do that carry the name of Him. Missionary work, the temple, and the sacrament every Sunday. Each one is so important. So every week when you partake of the sacrament think about the part that says "willing to take upon his name." We should be willing. We need to be involved in these 3 things and Christ will allow us to take upon us His name. So be involved in the missionary work! Help the missionaries and the wards that you are in! Go to the temple regularly and be worthy always to enter! And go to church and let God strengthen you through this sacred ordinance. I know that Heavenly Father loves us. And he has given us everything. And he continues to this day to give us more. It was a really good meeting we had. And I love this work and to be a part here in Paraguay to bring the world (Paraguay) His truth.
So this week has been a bit hard to be honest. Me and Hermana Jones are both new to the area, here in Limpio and so we are trying to find new people that want to listen and accept the message that we have. We are trying to contact everyone and find them that are ready. Its been a bit difficult lately because sometimes we don’t know what more we can say. We try to explain why we are there. Why these people would want to follow what we have to share. And sometimes we just hear the same things over and over. But one thing I have learned or realized this week is that I need to have more patience. Not getting frustrated when person after person rejects us. Just keep going on, with just as much love, if not, more. This work is not easy. But it never was, even for Jesus Christ, a perfect man. Everyday is another opportunity to become more like Him. And I am so grateful for each day to try!
This week we got to go on divisions again with some of the sisters. First I was with Hermana Martin. We had a lesson at the end of the day with a 22 year old. He let us sit down and he was listening but sometimes its hard to see if they are really interested. So we asked him a few questions and afterwards he said, I want you guys to convince me that this is the true church. I had never before heard that while being here. It was really interesting but its awesome seeing when a person really does want to know and follow Jesus Christ.
This week was cold and hot and everything else. The thing about Paraguay winters is that you never know what to wear. In the summer, sì o is its hot. But now, its cold in the morning, we take our coats, then sweat during the day because its so hot and then at night we are freezing. Its pretty unpredictable. But, I guess that makes it more fun right?!
One thing more, I love seeing people change. Or their demeanor (I think that’s the word). Sometimes we contact people and we'll start talking with them and they seem pretty grumpy or they don’t want to listen and then we start talking and being normal (some people are surprised to see that we are just normal people) and then they suddenly change and start being nice to us. The other night we had a lesson with a woman that met with the missionaries before and when we got there, she said "I don’t like your church." So my first thought was, "ok, lets go then." but then we waited and started talking with her a bit and then she let us sit down and have a lesson and we have another appointment with her this week. Its always interesting to see someone change like that. You just have to love everyone. Everybody has their story. Listen and the spirit will guide.
I love this work and I thank you all for the support and prayers! It means the world to me :) I hope you all have a wonderful week! Talk to you soon!
Hermana Liesel Wiscombe