Monday, January 12, 2015

One Who Cries Out in the Wilderness‏

of Simeon Jara Cantero 
(74 Years Old; Yes, I know. Another old guy)

So this week was just about the coolest ever.

On Wednesday I woke up at 3 and  walked the full 34 Km to Guazu Kua with Elder Greene (the other American living with us) for the baptism of Hermano Jara. It was worth it in every way imaginable. I got to baptize Hno Jara in a river! The spirit was extremely strong there and it was an experience I'll never forget. We also got some suuuuuper cool photos. I felt like John the Baptist. Super sweet.
After that, the week was pretty par for the course, lots of contacting, working, teaching, and a trip to Asunción for a Zone Conference. I did have to wake up at 3 AM two nights in a row, but it was super awesome so I didn't even really care.
We also had a Primary activity on Saturday that was really really fun because I love kids and they'r'e always super fun to be around. There was a bouncy house, they painted faces, and ate hot dogs. It was pretty cool.

On Sunday, I participated in the sacrament meeting in Guazu Kua as well. It was my first time blessing the Sacrament in Spanish, which went really well. We held it in the small wooden home of a family in the area. This week really I felt like I was back in the 1800s with the early saints. The spirit was with all of us during the meeting and sang with the spirit and talked with the spirit and ah man it was amazing. Everyone told me that it was always so strong there in the meetings but really I can tell you guys now that that's true. They asked me to share my testimony and during it I choked up a bit. Crazy. After that I used the Instant Snow I got in my Christmas package to show the kids what snow was like. They flipped out and had tons of fun with it. None of them had ever seen snow before. They kept laughing and shouting "ah man it's like in Frozen!" It was really touching. There were about 18 people in attendance.

Also fun fact about my area: There is a leper colony in my area! Don't worry- 1, we aren't allowed go there, 2- Leprosy isn't even contagious. The only reason that everyone thinks it is is because under Mosaic law Leprosy was considered unclean, so they put them in colonies. I really want to go there though... shame. I've heard it's gross, but hey, I'm a disciple of Jesus Christ, ya know? He worked with those guys like, 50% of the time! 

I'll make sure to send you guys some pictures too. Cool week.


Elder Wilson

 leading Hno Jara into the waters of what looks like Willy Wonka's chocolate river, but what is, in fact, river water (not populated with alligators or fat German kids named Augustus.)

 The sacrament table.

The tiny house on the prairie where we have sacrament meeting in Guazu Kua.

 The Guazu Kua Group.

 Santa Wilson giving the children a Snow day in Paraguay.

One of the kids with snow in his hair for the first time in his life (he lives hours from basically any civilization.)

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