DID YOU KNOW THAT I'M HALFWAY THROUGH MY MISSION?? Holy cow, how crazy is that?! They've have been the longest, and at the same time shortest, months of my LIFE. This first half of the mission has been insanely challenging and at times incredibly difficult, but at the same beyond rewarding and something that I will NEVER ever forget. I am in love with this work, and I can't wait to see what the rest of my time here will bring me!
This week was pretty tranquilo'pa. We found a couple (Blanca and Freddy Sanabria, with their little son Freddy David) who just moved into our area right in front of a family of members, and they have immediately accepted the Gospel and are planning to get married and baptised NEXT WEEK! We are super duper stoked. It just goes to show that miracles really do exist, and the Lord puts people in our way that have been truly prepared to hear the message that we have. The only challenge right now is that Freddy speaks more Guaraní than Spanish, and he doesn't know how to read. We're a little at a loss of what commitments to leave with him at the end of the lessons, but HEY! that's why we have district meetings every week!
Also, we're going to have a baptism this week! FINALLY! Our investigator Evelyn (aka crazy, sassy 18-year-old mom who has become one of my besties out here) has been with us for 3-4 months now. She readily accepted the Gospel, but insisted on waiting to get baptised until the 24th of May (don't ask why, you'll just roll your eyes...) and now the time has finally come! Honestly, at this point she might as well already be a member. We have been waiting for this day for a WHILE. I'll make sure to send lots of pictures of her special day next week!
Today for P-day, Hna Escobar and I went to the lakeside tourist town of San Bernardino and goofed off for a couple hours. MOST importantly, we had Burger King for lunch. Nothing reminds me of home more than some good ol' fast food ;) The lake Ypacaraí is very beautiful.... from a distance.... and very contaminated. Ask anyone in town about their lake and they go off on a ten minute ramble on how beautiful and popular it used to be, and how almost nobody goes now. Sad story. BUT we did climb to the top of a hill and get some awesome pics!
TOMORROW WE ARE FINALLY GOING TO THE TEMPLE!!! Geez luis, the whole district is so gosh darn excited! More than anything, I'm just excited to go and finally understand everything in SPANISH!
So that's what's going on down here! I love you guys, and it was so wonderful to see your faces and hear your voices last week.
Con MUCHÍSIMO amor,