Thanks for a great letter of what happened last week in good ´ole Newbury Park. Sounds like you have been really busy! Running from here to there. But it´s better that way, life is more fulfilling. I know that in the mission I feel so much better when I have been busy working in the Lord`s vineyard.
We have had a busy and great week as well. It`s has also been a tiring week since we have been traveling all over the southern half of Paraguay. On Monday, we went to San Ignacio to have interviews with President Callan. It went very well. He is such a spiritual man, I have grown to really love him. Speaking of which, we received an announcement today about the new mission president of my mission. His name is Pedro Agazanni, he is from Córdoba, Argentina and will take over on July 1.So I will have a new mission president for about a month. If you could send some info on him I would be interested to know a little about him.
Then on Monday afternoon we traveled to Encarnación. Elder Shaw and I did divisions with the zone leaders in Encarn on Monday night and on Tuesay we had zone conference. The zone conference was really great. We focused a lot on how to become better teachers and did lots of practices on teaching the message of the Restoration. It really impresses me over and over again how perfect the doctrine of the church is. It is such a blessing to live in a time when the restored gospel is here in the earth. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and that through him the Gospel was restored.
Then on Tuesday afternoon we did a lot of traveling to get back to Pilar that night. Then Wednesday through Sunday we worked hard to make up for the time we missed and get our investigators excited for church.
In the end, we did not have the baptism on Saturday. We passed by on Wednesday and everything was fine, we had the interview scheduled for Friday. Then on Thursday night Gabriela´s mom said that she wants Gabriela to wait and prepare more. The mom is just getting active again, so she has a couple of doubts on if Gabriela is ready for baptism. So we attacked Gabriela and her mom with member visits in these past few days and put a new baptismal date for the 3rd of March. They both attended church yesterday and seem to be excited.
Yesterday in church we had a really great blessing from the Lord. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Rita. She is an investigator that attended church two weeks ago and was progressing very well. She has a testimony of the Book of Mormon and of the church and wants to be baptized. Last week she didn`t make it to church because she moved houses and we didn`t know where she was living. We called her a bunch of times and she never answered so we thought she was avoiding us. We couldn`t find her new house and she wouldn`t answer the phone so we thought we were going to have to drop her. Yesterday morning she texted a member and said that she wanted the member to pick her up for church. So Hermana Suarez (The familia Suarez are my heroes) took her to church and everything is fine. It turns out that Rita traveled to her mom`s house and left her phone because she didn`t have service out there. Now we will continue teaching her and she will continue progressing. The problem there is that she lives with her boyfriend and they aren`t married. We have talked with the boyfriend and he is really not interested and doesn`t want to get married. We will have to continue working there and have lots of faith that the Lord will provide a way.
This past week we continued teaching Lorena as well. Lorena is the girlfriend of a less active member (Alex) and they are living together. Lorena also really likes the church and wants to be baptized. But, it`s the same situation as Rita, the man doesn`t want to get married. So right now we are having a couple of challenges with couples not wanting to get married. Lorena is really great. She learns a little bit slower, but is sincere and is progressing well. Her boyfriend`s brother, John, is a really active member who helps us all the time with the work. Lorena didn`t end up making it to church yesterday because apparently her and Alex had a fight and Lorena left to her mom`s house. We will see what happens there.
So there are a lot of great investigators right now. We just have to tie up the loose ends and help people enter into the waters of baptism. I feel very blessed. Pilar is a great area, Elder Shaw is a fantastic companion, the members are very helpful, and the Lord is blessing us. That about wraps it up, I hope you area all well. I love you!!