Monday, May 4, 2015

Last Letter Home

May 4, 2015

Ok, first things first, I had a wonderful week.  It went by really fast, but all the members were great.  They fed us a lot, because everyone just wants to feed me because I´m leaving Paraguay.

So mom, food I´ve missed would be vegetables, lots of vegetables like a big huge salad!  I did finally,have a weird food experience.  I guess every missionary needs one of those lunches where they want to feed the food to the dog when they aren´t looking.  I almost managed to go my whole mission without having one of those, but Friday this sweet, sweet recent convert lady, I just love her so much (She´s the one who taught be sing in Guarani), she made us Milanesa de Mondongo for lunch.  So Milanesa is fried meat basically, and it´s actually really good when it´s chicken or steak, but Mondongo is like the weird insides of the cow, like it´s intestines or something.  It´s yellow and stringy and smells just like you would think.  (Hermana Line says it looking octopus)  Ya, so we have all heard that when done right,  Milanesa de Mondongo is really good, but we do not share that opinion, but we ate it and we survived. 

Monday we had a district activity; we went and played Badminton which was fun and different.  We also passed by for that reference we got last week from Mario.  The coolest people ever!!  
I´m so sad that I have to leave them.  Graciela and Antony are the best.  They are a brother and a sister and they older.  Graciela is super sweet and Antony is like the coolest guy every.  He is a pilot and he´s super smart.  He always says that he´ll teach us science and we´ll teach him the gospel, but he is pretty golden.  The first time we explained the book of Mormon he said, "Jesus Christ came to the Americas? I had no idea" And he´s been reading every since and loves it.  When we taught the Word of Wisdom he was drinking Coffee and he said, "At least I only drank a little bit" And then dumped it out.  The only down side is that he lives in Bolivia, but he wants to move back to Paraguay.  They couldn´t come to church because it rained really, really hard (like nobody came to church), but I just know that they will progress in the gospel.  Antony is already asking for double of what we give him so he can teach his friends and coworkers.  

Other than that it was a pretty normal week.  I am sad about leaving.  It still doesn´t feel real, like it hasn´t hit me yet.  Basically tomorrow is my last day, because Wednesday is our day with President where we go to lunch and the Temple and my plane  leaves Thursday afternoon (not excited for 20 hours of plane flights).  I have learned so much on my mission and I wouldn´t have changed this experience for anything else in the world.  Maybe my Spanish isn’t so good or I wasn´t the perfect teacher, but I have a much clearer view of the atonement and how to use it in my life.  I know what kind of member I want to be for the rest of my life.  I learned to have more charity and love for others, to share the gospel with everyone, to help the missionaries at every opportunity   and to just strive to be more like my Savior.  This scripture that I read this week describes it best:

Ether 12:27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

And that is so true.  I may have a lot of weaknesses, but through the atonement of our Redeemer those things can become strong.  We can be a better missionary, daughter, sister, mother, father, brother, son, ward member, person, because that is part of His plan!  Don´t ever feel worthless or hopeless because Christ wouldn´t have done what he did for a hopeless case.  He sees what we can´t.  He knows our whole potential.  Trust him!! 

I love you all so much and I´m so grateful for your support on my mission! Love you and I´ll see you on Friday.  Have a wonderful week! 

Hermana Amy Pamela Lindsay

Monday, January 26, 2015

Time is Flying Fast

January 26, 2015

Oi, bom dia pais! Eu me chama Irma Lindsay. Eu sou dos estados unidos. eu estou na Paraguay
(translation:  Hi, good morning parents.  My name is Hermana Lindsay, I am from the United States and I am in Paraguay)  Ya, this my Portuguese for you.  Hermana Ramos is teaching the ward every Wednesday. It´s kind of fun, but it´s weird learning a different language from a language that I’ve learned, especially because it’s so similar to Spanish)

This week actually flew by for me.  I´m not exactly sure how I like how fast time is passing.  In just two more weeks we have changes and I´m definitely not ready to leave San Lorenzo or Hermana Jarman!  By far, this is one of my favorite areas.  I love the members here and the investigators, so I´m just going to enjoy all the time I have here. 

We have a few more baptisms lined up.  Hopefully we will have one this week, and two more the next week.  That´s the plan anyway.  Clearly things happen and get in the way, but we have a lot of faith!! The one girl we found recently is Nelly and she is 13.   She is really cool. She went to church a lot in the past and loved it and had a really good experience.  She didn´t get baptized before because her aunt and cousins are members and the one cousin wasn´t really living up to the standards, and she wasn´t sure if she should get baptized if she couldn´t live up to the standards as well, but she really has good desires to follow Jesus Christ and we helped her to understand, that the church isn´t for perfect people. As long as we strive to do our best and sincerely repent, the Church of Jesus Christ is the right place to do that.  

We have also been working a lot with Catolino and Matias.  They are the father and brother of a recent convert.  Matias is 12 and really loves the church.  Catolino loves it too, but the problem is he isn´t married to his wife.  30 years together with 4 grown children!! But they want to get married they just never got around to getting it done, I guess... ? So hopefully we will be having a wedding/baptism really soon!! 

Nadia is doing really good.  She has 5 younger siblings and every time we go over there it´s an adventure.  This week Angel (he´s 9) tied a hose to a tree and turned it into a jump rope by turning the other end.  So we played jump rope with the kids before we shared.  Never thought a hose would make a good jump rope, but I guess you use what you have right? 

Cristian and Antonela the other two kids that got baptized are doing really well as well.  They have been going to activities with the primary and they are just loving it.  So basically we are pretty happy and content with what is happening in the area and we have a lot of motivation to work even harder this week to find the miracles.  

I´m so blessed in my life to have the Gospel because I learn new things every day.  I´m really learning to understand the atonement on my mission and how you have to forgive everyone.  You can´t control everything that happens to you, but you CAN control how you respond.   I´ve been learning how it really is an act of humility to realize that you are wrong, but the more we use the atonement and recognize our sins the happier we are!! I know that to be true with all of my heart!! I Love this Gospel!! I Love this work!! I Hope you have a wonderful week!! 

Hermana Lindsay

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year

¡¡¡Happy New Year!!!! 

So this week just flew by! There were changes a week ago.  Hermana Jarman is still in her training so we are both still here in San Lorenzo, but the other Hermanas of San Lorenzo changed a bit.  I don´t know if I told you buy Hermana Kimball is here with me in the ward and when her companion left she received two more.  One is Hermana Ramos, she is from Brazil and she is just the cutest thing, always saying hi to everyone, and her other comp is Hermana Thacker!!! That was a really fun surprise.  So now my only three companions that are still in the mission are here with me in San Lorenzo, so we are just having a blast.  Hermana Kimball and Hermana Thacker go home in February though, but these next six weeks will be fun.  

We spent the week just busting our backs trying to get this one family to church.  The one family that was going to drive them, their car broke down and we found out on Saturday.  So we spent a good part of the day running around and making phone calls to all the members in the ward, but we found them a ride and they came to church!!! We had a lot of help.  Really, the spirit is a big part of everything I do.  I´ve never prayed so much before in my life!! Like every second I´m praying about something.  It was just a testimony to me that the adversary can´t win this battle because if we do everything with the Lord´s help, He comes out on top,  Always!!  I´m so grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost.  I have a huge testimony that God answers prayers.  

This week we have a zone conference and our zone will be singing as the choir, so that should be interesting.  Oh and one of the members here surprised us with a daughter that we didn´t know existed.  She had been living with her grandma, but she wasn´t running around in the best of circles. Her mom wanted her to come live with her for awhile.  I´m not sure how we missed the fact that she had another daughter, but Nadia is 13, and not a member and we are starting to teach her this week.

Oh and Mom!! The kids here just LOVED the glow sticks you sent.  This same family has five other little kids and I´m sure they played with them for a good two hours straight.  They are quite the novelty here actually.  They do play a lot with firecrackers and stuff, but a lot of kids have never seen these and the just love them.  

Other than that, all is well with me.  Just happy to start a new year!! Can´t believe it´s 2015 already. 


Hermana Amy Lindsay