Monday, March 28, 2016

The Holy Week

First of all, I want to start off my letter with a little tribute to the missionaries out in France that have been injured in this recent terrorist attack. I know Elder Wells and my companion knows Elder Empey. I feel that even though things like this happens, many people will be strengthened by the testimony of those missionaries. Things happen and the only way to accept it is to keep going. I don't know much about what has happened, but I hear that many people have been touched by the testimony of those Elders. I know that every missionary around the world, and the members of our church and other churches will be praying for them. Together we can unite as children of God and be firm in the faith. I feel that the attack was planned during this Easter week. Maybe some of the reasons behind the date of this attack was to disrupt some of the faith, because  this week we remember our Savior Jesus Christ.  I know that He is ours Savior and that He has suffered these things for all. He will be with the missionaries, others that were attacked and everyone that has been affected some way in this attack. I know that our God loves us. And that's why He sent his only begotten son to us. So that through him, all mankind may be saved. My heart goes out to all the families that have lost a loved one or have been affected directly from this brutal attack. Viva la France!! (That's long live France in french. My comp is so cool that he speaks french too!)

But aside from that, This week has been a good week! Here, in Latin America, they celebrate the week of Christ. Not just His ressurection. But I feel that here, there is more emphasis on the day Friday. The day that Christ was crucified. The Catholic tradition here is that we should avoid walking, talking loudly or doing anything that requires effort. So Friday was a pretty hard day. We just were walking though the streets and the whole world was dead. And then Sunday, It was just a normal day, they were playing soccer, drinking, and just doing stupid stuff. It didn't really make much sense to me.

We had a good week this week. We found a few new investigators. One is named Rufina. We found her on Wednesday. We had an incredible lesson with her on the power of the Atonement and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was so powerful. She is Catholic and had a little bit of trouble understanding that she needed to be baptized again, because she was baptized as a child. But she was very very friendly and she promised to search the scriptures and pray to know what she needed to do. So that was very exciting. We also found another investigator named Luz. We shared the same thing. The Atonement and the Gospel Of Jesus Christ. But she seemed to accept it more easily that little kids didn't need to be baptized. It's very interesting to see that you can teach the same thing and people react a little bit differently each time! Its so weird but that's why I love the Gospel! I just makes sense!

Haha but this week has been an incredible week for me. So much focus on the atonement of our Savior.  I have felt the love of our Savior so much this week. It has been a special week to really be able to teach and testify of His name. Í love being a missionary for Him. I love that everyday, I am able to put on a plaque that has His name next to mine. A plaque that helps others to recognize me as a representative of our Savior. I love him with all my heart. and I will serve Him with all that I have. I know that He loves and understand each and everyone of us and that we can, with Him, overcome all the trials and pains of life. I love my Savior and I know that he loves me!

With all my love from Paraguay,

Elder Jared

Ps Dad, Left my camera at home so pics next week Sorry😥😥

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