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

1 comment:

  1. Good morning, how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because through them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately, it is impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are very small countries with very few population, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this, I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Paraguay? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Paraguay in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Calle Valencia, 39
    28903 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally, I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez