Monday, November 4, 2013

Busy Week!

this week has been incredibly busy, i feel like we didnt even have any time to work. monday was pday, tuesday was district meeting (and even when we have district meeting we still have to do the four hours of study a day), wednesday there was a meeting in the mission office, we got back around 4 or 5, proselyted for a couple hours, and went back to the apartment at 7 to study, on thursday, we had daily planning, so didn't leave until around 3, and friday we had zone training, so the only full day we had was saturday.

nevertheless, it was still a pretty cool week. we found multiple people this week who have already had experiences with the church, but arent members, and have started teaching them. one, esteban, was about to be baptized in argentina, but then he moved to paraguay. he's pretty chill, and seems like a solid guy. his older brother smokes and drinks and does drugs and stuff, and it seems as though his brothers bad example has kept him away from those things. he said he was gonna go to church yesterday, but when we stopped by, he was either not there, or not awake.

another, elvis, used to go to church when he was a kid with his mom. i'm not sure if his moms a member or not, but they havent been in a long time. we contacted him and his friend, eligio, and gave them a lesson 1 booklet. we taught them a few days later, and eligio had read it and had questions about joseph smith and stuff, which was super cool, cus it's usually a battle to get people to read all the time, and people almost never act just from a contact. they said they were going to go to church, but that it was a bit early, so they'd come a bit later, but they didnt show up either, which was a shame.

the third, liz, has gone to church twice, but said that the missionaries just wanted her to get baptized (apparently there was a transfer coming up and they wanted her to get baptized before the change), and she told us that she just felt a ton of pressure to get baptized when she really just wanted to learn more first. she was busy this sunday, but she's cool, and hopefully she'll keep progressing.

Maria and jorge didnt come either, even though she promised us they would go with talia and her grandma when we passed by in the morning. she's still reading, but jorge's almost never there and hasn't been doing anything. she shows some desire, but if she never goes to church she's never going to get anywhere.

Glorias similar, she said she read, but when we ask her what she learned, she just says 'muchas cosas' which is the typical paraguayan response. I think my companion put it pretty well when he said 'if you can get a paraguayan to go to church, you can get anyone to go to church. people here often love listening to our message and stuff, but when it comes down to it, they dont want to make any more effort than that.

on to good news though, theres an older woman in our area who had previously lived alone, but is now renting out a room to a young couple, and she brought them to church yesterday, and they stayed for all 3 hours. theyre not married, but they said they'd like to get married, and we're gonna go visit and teach them today.

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