Monday, January 4, 2016

The Engineer (1/4/16)

This week was very interesting and a little hard at first, but it turned out really, really well. 

So I went to the temple to clean on Monday after writing, which was an incredible experience, and helped me take my mind off of all stress or worry. I felt the spirit of the Lord as I pondered all of the artwork and meaning of the rooms, the ordinance room, the celestial room, and the sealing rooms. It was cool to see the office and the different things that go on inside the temple, and I love the House of the Lord.

Tuesday we had splits with Elder Hansen and his companion is San Antonio, which was great. We got to talk a bit in English for a change, which was great. We got to talk some stuff out about the Zone, the District, and even stuff at home. It's always great to get second opinions because nobody is a perfect leader or a perfect person.

We also had a meeting wednesday with the Assistants, which was cool. There were special transfers in our Zone because of some of the things they were doing, which is never great, but we're doing pretty good other than that. We talked about being more like Captain Moroni and submitting ourselves to the Lord. I had a great time, and it's cool to see the mission from a top-down view. 

We also went out with the office guys for like 3 hours on thursday, running around and putting up whiteboards in the pensions, and delivering late packages, one of which was for me! Speaking of the package, Star Wars must be pretty popular over there right now. The Elders are still freaking out about it here. Funny to see that it's fame carries over into Paraguay. Just great to get some photos and the excitement of the new year.

Speaking of the New Year, we had a free day all day, and hung out with the Zone. It was really nice to get to just chill and talk with all the other missionaries. They're actually a quite helpful and kind group of people. I'm making lots of friends here, as their leader, I feel like I'm not doing to shabby either. But of course, it's all in the hands of God.

Okay, so, about the Baptism we had yesterday! We Baptized a man who has been investigating the church for about a year and a half, and it's just such a beautiful and heartbraking story and I don't know how much I'm going to be able to explain it fully. I'll try to make a short synopsis. So Alejandro Montero is a Chemical Engineer that lost about 2,000,000,000,000 Guaranies (that's two billion) in a dirty business thing with a bad company. He owned a farm of Ka'a He'e (stevia in guaranì) and it's all abandoned now and destroyed. He found the missionaries on his way to commit suicide. One of the Elders through the spirit told him that he knew where he was going, and that they had to stop him right there. He then started going to church. 

When he moved to Ñemby a few months ago, he was the first person I visited, along with his live-in girlfirend and their children.  After that also fell apart about a month ago, he stopped coming to church, lost his job at a pizza joint, and basically gave up on everything. The Lord sent someone to go visit him, and he came back. Our mission president interviewed him in another miraculous development, and he was baptized yesterday. Turns out he studied at the same university as President Wilson, and the man that passed by his house and invited him to church as well. Miracles happen every day.

It was an outpouring of the spirit, and something that I desperately needed this week. I felt the love of the Savior so strongly, and everyone was filled with love, faith, and charity. These are the mission experiences that everyone talks about.


Elder Conner James Wilson

                                  We baptized Alejandro! He bore his testimony and it was very strong. 

                                                        Christmas Package from home

                                                      Taken at the Christmas Activity
                                                                                      Elder Page

   A man that has been a member for 60 years his name is Kike 

                                                               Silly Elder Garbett

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