Monday, February 21, 2011

Jan 21, 2010

All of the Hermanas Feb 10, 2010

hola familia, I can't believe either that it has already been almost 4 months. I guess I am getting more used to life here in Paraguay. It is actually hard to remember my life before. I can´t remember a lot of things. My brain is filled with all new things, and I guess there isn´t any room for the old stuff.
To answer dad´s questions, the literacy rate varies. Some people can read and others can´t. I have really had to change around how I learned to teach in the mtc because they won´t understand a lot. It has to be really simple. They don´t really like to read. Some will read the book of mormon. We got caught in the rain yesterday while doing a contact and she just told us to come up on her porch out of the rain. so we decided to teach of course. This woman and her friend both said they will read in the book of mormon. we have a list of questions of the soul that are in preach my gospel. a lot of times we ask people if they have interest to find the answer to one of the questions and tell them they can find the answer in the book of mormon. they both wanted to know how their familes can be more united. a lot of people have this question, but they don´t really want to accept the answer because it involves change. they want a quick fix, but someone who is prepared to receive the gospel is ready to make changes. It was funny because when we started explaining a bit about the book of mormon she asked where she can get this bible because bibles are so expensive. she said she wants to read but they are so expensive. we were like, you can have this for free! anyways, I really hope they read and want to learn more when we visit again.
mom, I don´t really know if I need more winter socks. actually, my brown tights are a bad color and ripped in the mtc so I could use some more brown ones. ya I hear it gets cold. we have a space heater in the apt and there are extra blankets, so I think I will be fine. thanks for getting the mormon doctrine, he is going to be way excited. We don´t really do a whole lot of service around here. I asked hna lozano but she said that there isn´t really an opportunity. we want to find some service to do though. we did help the mom of one of the members out by cleaning her house and around her house. she was in an accident and is in recovery and can´t really do anything. it took longer than expected, but was fruitful still because before when we went over to this member´s house and she was there she would hide from us. didn´t want to be around us or listen to a message or anything. but now, she is open to listening and doesn't hide from us anymore. so they are really happy and excited. the ideas you gave are good though. I really want to see what we can do. we have been trying to spread the word that we are starting english classes every wednesday. I hope people will come! I hear it can be a great way to find people.
I think you can just send the skin care. the pads were great, but the skin care will be good. my skin is fine. actually quite manageable.
yes i would love the spanish fhe and some food, nutella would be heaven! the muffins and rice were good. whatever is fine. you know what I like. anything from home.
thanks for the ideas. RECIPES would be great. they really like sweets here. if there is going to be something sweet people will come. maybe we can do the soccer tournament or something and have them bring their friends.
now I have need for more ideas but this time for games we can play for fhe and such!
we are trying to do what we feel is right for this area. it is frustrating becasue we know that numbers are important, and our leaders just ask where are you numbers? but we focused on that and had all these new investigators but nothing. neither of us were happy. we both felt like there was something missing that we weren't doing and we weren´t having success either. so we decided to focus on the members to gain their trust and help them. there are so many families that need help and visits from members, but no one does anything. so we have to visit these families while trying to get the other members to get involved. and everyone lives so far apart, so then we have less numbers and I am just really overwhelmed. I don´t know how to do it all. but we have been praying so hard and feel like we should follow the spirit. ya our numbers are a bit low, but that is because we have to do all the ground work first. we finally felt the spirit and felt good about our work and then get a lecture at night that our numbers are low. it is really frustrating. I called hermana callan this morning in tears. I was praying for direction and felt I should call her. she was so glad I called and helped me a lot. she kind of fills in the role of mom a bit. afterwards she called back and said that while she was reading in the book of mormon she was thinking of me and felt like she should call and tell me to read the chapter she was reading jacob 5. I havent read it yet because I haven't had time, but her words of encouragement helped a lot. anyways, what a blessing that lil tiny moved and is in position for delivery. he and amy have been in my prayers and I know this is a special soul coming into our family. I love you so much amy and hang in there. can´t wait to hear of his arrival all safe and sound!! well, got to go. I love you all so much and miss you more than you can imagine. I know this church is true. I know the book of mormon is true with all my heart.

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