Monday, March 31, 2014
Hey everyone! Happy week! I have so much to say and hope i can remember all that i have to say. First of all i left my first area (Itaugua) and am now in an area called Molino! With...........ANOTHER PERUVIAN! Hermana taboada! It was really hard to leave Itaugua. haha all the member surprised me with a huge party. It was very unexpected and i may or may not have cried alot. Haha lets talk about that part a little bit.... So i got to a members house thinking we were going to have family home evening and a ton of members were there and my 3 recent converts... with a ton of food.. and they even ordered a cake that said "we love you." In english. haha We got there and ate and then they all started to say good bye... and that was really hard. They all told me how they feel like im part of their family. The bishops wife pointed at bishop lucas and said "He didnt get emotional when i told him i was pregnant.. but he got emotional when he found out you were leaving" It made me feel so loved and grateful. Then the hermana marcelina... who only speaks guarani started talking to me and saying a bunch of stuff that i didnt understand... and she began to cry alot. and hugged me and told me thankyou. Honestly.... It was one of those times when i didnt understand one word she was saying but i could just feel the love that she had in her heart and in her words. Afterwords the bishop translated for me and i wrote it down. She said thankyou for guiding me to find god. Thankyou for loving me and teaching me how to talk to god. I dont want you to leave because You are my best friend... But i will never forget the light that you were in my life. So i cried alot then.... and then at the end my best friend rodrigo ( the second counselor in the bishopric) shoved my face in the cake. ( pictures to come next week.) I am going to miss itaugua but i am super happy to be here in my new area!!!! MOLINO!!! Its an area SUPER purete. Now lets talk about that. So the second day i got here, two member heard that i am a fan of jokes... asi que... they played a big joke on me. A joke that made me cry. haha embarrassing i know... So friday was ward night and my comp said we had to go becasue a member named Linda had a reference for us, her boyfriend. So we get there and she starts telling us how she wants us to talk to her boyfriend and how she wants him to join the church but that he drink and smokes and he is a little messed up in the head. But i just said dont worry, we will do all that we can to talk to him. So i started talking to him and he jsut tore me apart. Lets just say he told me alot of mean things. haha i oculdnt believe all that he was saying to me and i didnt know why my comp AND the elders werent helping me at all. they were all just staring at me. Seriously i have never heard such mean things said to me in my entire life. He just did a very good job of making me feel really bad. So after he made me feel like a piece of poop i "had to go to the bathroom" And i just cried. haha Then when we got home my comp was like, hermana hunt i feel really bad.. i have to tel you something. And she told me that it was a joke. and they are like the most active members in the ward. And i was pretty mad. haha ill be honest.. i was more just relieved to know that there really wasnt someone i had to teach that hated my guts. So the next day when i saw them they said welcome to molino. haha and thats what happend! i will most definately get them back. I just honestly am so happy. Everyday I get more happy to be here and more sad to go home. My time here is going by so fast i cant even believe it. I feel like everytime someone asks me how much time i have left in the mission i add another month on to my time. Its pretty sad. I love the people more and more every day as well as this beautiful gospel. I am so thankful to be here in molino and to help them with their ward. There is alot of work to do in this area... The ward struggles a little bit but we are stoked to be here to help. I already LOVE the members here. There is one family that speaks some wacko tribal language called chamacoco.... its a pretty sick language and i will learn it. Soon. I hope. But the dad was explaining a bunch of stuff about this tribe in the chaco and what the do... and they showed us all these ancient pictures from the chaco... ugh it was so cool. The grandpa lives with them and doesnt speak a lick of spanish... he is pure indian... they said that he is very spiritual and on certain days he paints his face and dresses up and dances in the backyard for like a ritual.. That reminded me of the time grandma mabel played medicine woman. Thats hilarious. There is also a recent convert family that just got baptized and the dad is ridiculous. I cant believe how much he knows and how much he wants to learn. His testimony is so strong....I didnt know him before his baptism but my comp says that he made a huge change. And i like to say he is the next bishop for this ward... he could turn things around here in molino. Its awesoem to see how the gospel turns people into leaders. One thing i have learned is that... we dont need a title to be a leader. We need to be a leader with, or with out the title. We are children of God. What better leadership title can we have?? I am so happy to have the chance to be here in paraguay, to meet so many great people and to try my best to serve them. The truth is, is that i love being here. I am SO grateful to have this gospel in my life. How blessed are we to be a part of such a beautiful work? am i right or am i right??? haha welllll folks thats just about it. Have a great week! talk to you later! remember... give your references to the missionaries! peace and love.
Yeah! Holy moly! It is sooo pretty! Mom, how are you?! have you gotten my letter yet?! I got your package and I LOVED it! I also got the letter from grandma and read it with my companions! haha I love you guys so much! Thankyou thankyou THANKYOU for my package!
3-24-14 Dear Mom I wish i could just call you write now and tell you EVERYTHING. haha Ugh. Anyways, First question. Do i need anything? The truth is, i think im good! Thats the honest truth. I realized that as a missionary the only important thing to me right now is my shoes and they´re doing great. haha i dont know why i was so worried before my mission. hahaha Sencond thing.... its like an answer to my prayers that your checking my account because i had to take out money because someone stole my card.. (Not my personal card my missionary card.) So i had to pull out a little money. But no money got stolen becasue they dont know my pin. Idiots. 2 question, The oils.... Lets just say that as much as my testimony grows in the gospel it grows in the oils also... I have such a testimony of the oils.. I use them ALL the time. and they help WITH EVERYTHING. I am out of lavender. I would LOVE one of those.
3-24-14 Hey familiy! This week was great! Like always. Lets just say we had a spiritual blast. Lets catch up on just a few things.... 1. Hermana Braunersrither had lice in her hair for 4 (or more) months. So i spent 4 (or more) hours trying to get it out. Mission accomplished. She is clean. We found two HUGE lice bugs and taped them in a journal. Pictures to come. 2. Last sunday we had 9 investigators in church!!!!!!! It was AWESOME! haha 3. the climate here changed in one day. One day i was dying of heat and the next day it turned cold and now its winter. What in the world. 4. I went on a division with hermana braunersrither and went pee in the jungle because we couldnt find a bathroom. I had to air dry. Its all good. 5. we have been teaching our recent convert to pray for 6 months.... he still doesnt know how. "Heavenly father, we thank thee ask thee our daily bread and jesus has power in his name, amen." but its even more funny in spanish. 6. I am probably leaving my area and im SUPER sad. haha This is home for me.. and all the people here are my family. Bishop, his counselors and i are like best friends. Lets talk about the three of them. First, They are like 3 chets They make fun of me SO much. Out of church, during church, during the announcements in church, in meetings, at lunch, Everywhere... they make fun of me.. 7. i am so grateful to be here in paraguay! basically i love being a missionary! Its so awesome... i want to do it for the rest of my life... im getting a litle obsessed... its alright though. 8. Sorry myletters are always so laaame. Alot of cool things happen but i just cant remember all of them. anyways i love you all i love this gospel.... have a great week. Bye.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
My dearest mother. I want to just say hello... How are you? I miss you and i love you. Not a day goes by that i dont pray to my heavenly father to watch over you. Things here are so good. I seriously am so happy. I mean i am serving the lord!!! I decided that i want to be a seminary teacher when i get back. The thing is, is that i just NEVER want to stop my mission. haha its going by WAY to fast. This is a decision that will help me for a life time. You have been one of the biggest blessings god has ever given me. I thank my father in heaven for sending me a mother like you. Dont ever forget your worth. You are worth more than you will ever know. God sent you to me.. to strengthen me and be there when i need you the most. I love you and am so thankful for your love and prayers., tell gma and gpa that i love them so... have a great week!
Hey! How is it going? hope everything is going fantastic where you guys are. Im doing awesome! Like always, things are great here in paraguay! I learned alot like ALWAYS. I learned that a companionship should be just like the bible and the book of mormon. They should compliment each other. I told my companion that and then we started to argue about who was the book of mormon. I won. Also i realized that i want to be a seminary teacher when i grow up. President Whipple, put a good word in for me. The second counselor in my ward who reminds me of nick.... has a 1 year old baby. She drank a really bad bacteria and she is having alot of seizures. (Hope i spelled that right) If you guys could keep her in your prayers that would be great. Also... we have an investigator that has a date to be baptized on the 22! Pray hard for him that he will keep on progressing! Changes are comin up and i have just been a little scared. haha I have been in the same area for almost 6 months so i definately feel like this is my home and all the people are my family. I hope i can stay one more change but if not im so ready to do whatever else the lord has got lined up. Who knows what that is.. The guy is pretty crazy... i never know what he has lined up. haha I just trust him and go with it. This week we found this cool old lady that doesnt have any teeth and doesnt speak a lick of spanish righ well.... i dont know a lot of guarani. I know a phrase here and there. Lie. I only know 1 phrase and its, Ya ha tu pa o pe... which means lets go to church. i guess its a pretty good phrase to know because the lady started crackin up.. Then through out the lesson with her family she kept saying it to me.. .like 7 times. and as she would say this... she would hit me with her sweat rag. hahaha it was hilarious. She was like mabel but i couldnt communicate with her. THis week i learned alot about the atonement, the priesthood. and our house has been having an argument about when exactly dinosaurs were taken form the earth. I am definitely winning this one. Anyways! Im doing great! and im ready for winter here. like seriously im so hot. and tan. haha suckers.... lacy and taralee. im tan and your not. okay well i love you all! i am so grateful for the love and support! I am so grateful for all the prayers that your sending my way! it always is a huge strength for me! i know this gospel is true! I love it, so i share it. I know that the priesthood is the authority of god given to man to act in his name. I know that the book of mormon IS the word of god and i dont have a single doubt in my heart. I love it so i share it. Thats a good phrase i think ill start using it. Its got a ring to it! bye! see you next week!
Monday, March 3, 2014
Hola! How is everyone this week? I heard you finally got some rain! Ive been asking God to send some of the rain we get here your way, grandpa! Dont worry! I heard that the gilbert temple was blessed and that is AWESOME! That makes me so happy! I hope everyone is staying busy and keeping happy this week! Thats what its all about! This week has been a good week! Like always, I am always teaching, praying and laughing... i teach my companion english and she is picking it up pretty fast. She already knows how to say, 1) my companion is flipping awesome. 2) Why dont you take it easy? and 3) son of a gun. I guess you could say she will be fluent in no time. I also have been making up a lot of games lately. For example.. We have to ride the bus alot right? So i thought i would make up some games to play in the busses. But the rule is that you have to contact someone and invite them to church before you can play. The first game is what i like to call, "Buy it and try it" This is what it is... So there is always people selling random stuff. Like chipa, candy, chocolate, homeade goodies,fresh fruit, cookie bars, just about anything you could imagine.. they walk on the busses and say something along these lines, "Chipaaaaaa chipa chipa 2 mil 2 mil 2 mil chipa chipa 2 mil 2 mil 2 mil.. and they kinda sound like the guy at the fair trying to sell the animals. Then you have to buy it, and try it.. we only play it on pdays... actually today was the first day we played it and we ate some nasty chocoloate thing. We also have other games too but i dont want to write about them. Ill tell you guys some other time. This week We got to have a sleep over with hermana buss! I have actually see her 4 days out of this week and it has been GREAT. She is a stud thats all i know. She gets to have all the adventures... like seeing monkeys and stuff.. yeah. Im always jealous but i know my time will come to and she will be stuck in the city. haha No just kidding. I LOVE my area... Speaking of my area... Good ol Itaugua.. I started here and havent left so i have been able to see the progress that the branch i am in has made. When i first got here we had like 60 to 65 people going to church every sunday... And in this past 5 months we have been working so hard. The missionaries and the members. Our Branch president is great, the mission leader knows how to do his job andis willing to help us in any way he can, the members are always willing to help us... So now, i am pleased to announce that we have been keeping a consistent 120 people going to church every sunday AND yesterday at stake conference we were made a WARD!! I wanted to stand up and start yelling like i would at a volleyball game. hahaha ahh man. Im so grateful to be a servent of the lord. i am so happy top see the blessings that the gospel has in the lives of heavenly fathers children. Well folks i am a little bummed to say that we dont have a lot of investigators to talk about this week. But i do have something else that is just equally important. Its about one of the recent converts that we have.. Marcelina Aguilera. I have seen such a big change in her And i would just like to tell you all a few stories about her. marcelina... She is an old lady and the first time i met her i thought she was the most angry person i ever met. Its because she was. She didnt smile... didnt laugh.. didnt look at me.. And that aint no lie. Well as the spirit taught her we saw a HUGE change.. but it was until a month or two ago that i just realized how much The gospel has changed who she is. She is SO happy. Everytime she sees me she jokes around with me. There is this old guy that lives next to her house and she always says that he is my boyfriend. Its hilarious and disgusting all at the same time. She always gives me the biggest hugs and holds my hand just likemy own grandma.. Anyways one of the first lessons that we ever had with her she told us that she couldnt read. So we had her granddaughter read to her ever night. But the other day we walked to her house and when we got there we saw her and she was sitting out side in a chair and she had a book open "reading" the book of mormon. Well she didnt see us for a long time becasue she was really focused on what she was doing.. so i took a picture. And then i got a little closer and realized the book was upside down but she was still trying so hard to read it. Tears filled my eyes as i saw the desire that she had to read and to learn more about the book of mormon. I mean she cant even read. the book was completely upside down. haha But she just was trying to do what the lord asked her to do. This is just one of the MANY stories i have to tell about the change in marceline. But we'll talk about it another day. I hope you all are taking advantage of your reading ability and you all are reading the book of mormon. I mean, i havent ready a lot of books. I have probably read like 12 (maximum) but the book of mormon is definately the most powerful of them all. It is the best of them all... and by for my favorite of them all. I learn from it every time i read it. So get to reading it! i love you all! have a great week and we'll be speaking laaaater! oh ya... now that everyone knows... I would like to point out that i knew lacy was prego before all of you! how does that make you feel? pretty dumb huh...? haha just kidding. but really. okay bye!