Como están? Estoy muy bien and feliz, gracias a mi Padre Celestial! No mucho por esta semana, pero vamos a empezar con conferencia que tuvimos esta semana..
So this week we had a zone conference. And President dropped cain a little bit.. This past month he told us the number of baptisms we had in the mission and it wasn't a good number. We congratulate and are happy for the people that were baptized of course but we could just see the look in president's face.. sadness. That we didn't bring more to the waters of baptism. He told us that he didn't know what it was. Why we didn't as a mission bring the people that are ready to baptism, the first wonderful covenant with our Heavenly Father. He asked us if we weren't being obedient.. He didn't know. But it just made us all think as missionaries, are we doing everything we can to be exactly obedient? So that we can receive the blessings that Heavenly Father has for his children in Paraguay. I know that this doesn't just apply for the missionaries. Are we all being obedient so that we can receive the blessings of the savior? Are we being obedient so that we can bless other people's lives? It's a constant fight, but I know that is the most important commandment from God. We can become like Christ by being obedient, with exactidud!
This week we saw a miracle. And I was so happy to be a witness of it :) Although it would be considered pretty typical for other people, it was a miracle for us, me and my companion. We have a recent convert in our area that hasn't been to church in months. He has many temptations and struggles a bit with those things. And so he hasn't been active in the church. This past week we decided to make it one of our focuses to visit with him, especially with a member to help us. We visited with him 2times this week. In the beginning we had doubts, should we even try to visit with him even though we think he wont progress? Well, that right there is a problem. I didn’t have the faith in the beginning. But then we worked with him a bit, taught him and guess who showed up to church this Sunday for the first time in forever? Antonio! Ahh we were so happy to see him! I testify that after baptism, its not the end. Its just the beginning. And although enduring to the end is the hardest part, that is when we receive the most blessings and grow the most. We have to work with him and help him along this path of righteousness but if it means that his life will be forever blessed and his future family, I am here to help him and be happy, truly happy!
Something that I have learned while being here is focusing on the people and the things that they love and their culture. The people here love their language of Guarani. And so this week me and my companion have been learning a little bit of Gaurani during language study. When we asked a question in Guarani, the people are instantly engaged and talk to us. Its incredible how much the people are willing to listen when they have confidence in us. When we are interested in their culture, they love to talk about it and it makes it so much easier to talk to them about the gospel and invite them to act, to change. So that has been something really fun this week, to learn the crazy difficult language of Guarani!
Well, not too much more for this week, but I am seeing every little blessing that Heavenly Father is giving me and I can say that I am truly happy. Because I know that He loves me and He loves his children here. And I am so happy to be here serving Him and his children!
I hope you all have a wonderful week! Love you all!
Con mucho amor, Hermana Liesel Wiscombe