Monday, January 25, 2016

Investigators and the nice breeze

This week has absolutely blown by! I honestly don't understand how it goes by so fast! But this week was a pretty awesome week. Lots of hard work and finding new people to teach! Its always such a a special joy to be able to find new people to teach, but more of that to come later!!

Last week I told you about how hot it had been, this week seems to have been a tad bit cooler.. Which was really nice. I'm not sure if it really was cooler, but it just seemed like God was protecting us from the heat. It seemed like every time the heat was just getting to the breaking point, a small cool breeze would pass by, or a cloud would block the sun for a minute or two just to give us a little bit of time to cool down. So that really has been wonderful! God Really has protected us here. its been sup super nice.

But you ready to hear about some super awesome investigators we have started teaching this week!! haha I hope so because I'm ready to talk about them!!

The first is named Victor. He is 22 years old and he went to church as a young child and has immediately accepted us when we first talked to him. His aunt is a member from a long time ago and took him to church, but that was a while ago and didn't remember much. So this week we were able to pass by 3 times to talk with him. The first time, we shared the restoration. It was something that he thought was very inter sting. and you could tell that he was so focused on the lesson. He answered our questions perfectly. SO focused and you could tell that the Spirit was working so hard on him. He told us that he really felt different and he loved it when we passed by.He also accepted a baptismal date for the 20th of February. The second lesson we were able to share with him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the need to repent and be Baptized. Victor was baptized as a little child in the Catholic church and had a hard time understanding why he needed to be baptized again. but he promised to pray about it and everything like that. So when we passed by Saturday, the first thing he told us is that he prayed about baptism and he thought that he needed to be baptized again. So amazing. then we had an amazing lesson a bout the Book of Mormon and the importance of it in our religion. He really loved the fact that Christ came to the Americas and he promised to go to church and read. And yesterday he filled his promise. He went to church! He really loved it and said he was going to return Si o si.

The other investigator that we found is named Richard. He is 19 and basically is the same story as victor. We passed by the same number of times, taught the same lessons, felt the same spirit. Although Victor was baptized as a child, Richard wasn't so he was ready to be baptized- He also accepted the same date as victor and went to church. The members were really impressed with Richard because he wasn't afraid to ask questions or to comment on anything. Hes just a intelligent young man that has loved our teachings. His family is also very interested in listening to our message, but we haven/t been able to teach them yet! but this week it will happen!!

I hope that this week has been as good for you guys as it has been fr me!!

love you all}

Elder Jared

Monday, January 18, 2016

The sun and baptisms

Man this week has be hot ho HOT!! It really has been incredibly hot this week. I honestly have no clue how I survived because it was super hot and super humid. killer combo if you ask me! But really there has been someone else helping me through this heat. Members keep saying that we definitely have angles protecting us. Because even the Paraguayans cant stand the heat. Everyone thinks we are crazy because we walk all day in the heat... Haha Crazy missionaries... but man I love it. I know the saying that says "If you cant stand the heat, Get out of the oven" But I'm convinced that Paraguay is a huge oven. The only way to escape is staying inside. but you cant move mountains sitting on your behind. and you cant preach the gospel from the bedroom (well with facebook and internet you can, but I cant ;) so to the oven it is!! Haha so we just plan appointments for time of heat. And we leave the cooler hours for the appointments that might fall. so we survive with the help of angles.

The baptism went very well. it was well attended and there was huge support from the ward. It was amazing. Wensenlada and Rosalva were so happy after their baptism. It was so great!! I love baptisms so much!! Its the best feeling in the world helping people receive a remission from their sins and see them so happy. Its amazing!!

I should be able to send some pics. My Comp has most of the pictures so he will have to send them to me. Ill put them on google drive.

Love you all!! Hope you stay Chilly°!!

Elder Jared

Monday, January 11, 2016

More Changes!

Well this week has been an interesting week. To make things short, The trio no longer exists. Elder Castillo was moved to the office this week. So right now its just Elder Polo and I. If you don't remember, he is from Colombia. A really really pretty city called Cartajena. Its a little island on the north of Colombia. Hes pretty awesome we get along well and we will be working hard together. He has been in Hugito for about 4 months now. And since the trio ended, i've been thinking that I might end my mission here. We will just have to see!!

Other than the Trio ending. There isn't really much to tell you about. It was just a normal week of contacting, teaching lessons (nothing really special happened, but whenever you teach the gospel you just feel great)). sweating in the sun and running from the rain. Just another regular week here in the Paraguay Luque mission (Sometimes I feel that that is the mission I've been assigned to, Just because I haven't really left!!)

WE do have 2 investigators that are going to get baptized. Its a mother and daughter. The mom is named Wendenlada and the daughter is named Rosalvina. They are pretty awesome and have HUGE desires to be baptized. They have been to church the past 3 weeks and love the Book of Mormon. They both know that it is true and have received their answers. So i'm pretty excited for them. So hopefully there will be baptism pictures next week!! Haha

I think I told you about Victor. He also is investigating and has huge desires to be baptized also. He should be baptized next week if everything goes as planned.

I love you all,

Elder Jared

Actividad de Navidad Fotos
These are some pictures from a zone activity we did before Christmas. The first one is me and the mission president's son named Bryant and the second is my district. My sign translates to I love Christ because He is my Savior.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Sucked back in!

Well it seems that Luque just cant get rid of me. This week has been quite a crazy week.... To start, we had special changes. My companion Elder Fermin had to go home due to medical reasons. Just as he was starting to talk to me to. And also some other Elders went home so there were a lot of special changes... So to make things short, I am no longer in Trinidad. President McMullin decided to close the area. so my new area is called Hugito.. and where is it? Its in the same zone that I just came from. So I got sucked back into the Luque warphole. I am in the City called Limpio. Im sure I've told you about Limpio. I've been here for nearly all of my mission. But its a nice ward. The members are willing to work with us a lot. Oh and I am now in a trio. Thats right, three companions together again! Haha I like being in a trio. Its fun and we get a long well. My companions are Elder Polo from Colombia and Elder Castillo from Ecuador. Up so that brings me up to 6 areas and 11 companions. Not that anyone is counting... Haha But I don't know much to report.. We do have some investigators getting ready to be baptized.. I've only taught them once, but they seem pretty cool. One is named Victor who is preparing for the 23rd of January. I don't know much about him but he really wants to get baptized and he goes to church and reads the Book of Mormon. So that's pretty awesome. Another is Rosavalda. She is getting ready for the 16th I think. So that's all I really know. I got changed Thursday so I'm still getting used to the area. I really don't know what else to report, so please respond with questions if you have them!!

Love you all, Elder Jared