A spiritual note: for Monday, I went shopping at Louisitos (basically the Paraguayn version of Walmart) and got some food for the upcoming week. When we were finished, we were waiting for the collectivo when a different bus stopped at a red light right in front of us in the street. I saw a little boy leaning his head out the window. His lips were chapped and he didn’t look very happy. I looked down at my groceries and I saw a bag of rolls near the top. I felt prompted to give him one. I started untying the bag as fast as I could, and as the light turned green, I was able to hand the boy the roll. As I did, I asked if he was hungry. The bus began to accelerate away and I heard the boy say, "gracias!"
It felt so good! I don’t know when he ate last, or if he was even hungry, but I was prompted to give it to him and I did.
Tuesday we went to the hospital because my companion’s knee has been bothering him again. The doctor said he needed to rest for a week. So I have spent just about all my time since then in the house studying. I have learned a lot, but it has been hard being inside instead of out there teaching God’s children about the gospel message.
Tuesday evening we were able to get gas finally, and in order to buy it I had to travel to the gas company on the back of hermano Caballeros moto! It was so fun to cruise along the roads. We now have a tank of gas that fuels our stove, and I can cook now! that was definitely a blessing, because I have been getting pretty sick of sandwiches every day for dinner.
Wednesday I just spent the entire day studying.
Thursday I went on divisions with Elder Granados and it was really nice. We taught 5 lessons and met up with Cynthia Martinez, the daughter of one of the menus activos in our ward. She is a member too, but she hasn’t attended church in years. We taught here about the restoration, and I taught a decent part of the lesson. At the end of the lesson, she actually said the closing prayer. It was a great lesson. Late that afternoon, we met up at the house and got ready to leave for a meeting with the ward mission leader. When we tried to leave house, the padlock on the front gate wouldn’t open! All four of us tried for a good 5 or 6 minutes, but to no avail. The two other elders left and Elder Hatfield and I (he is the district leader) decided to try one more time. I said to him "watch this" and folded my arms and said a quick little prayer in my head, asking the Lord to open the gate so we can fulfill our mission duty and repot to the ward mission leader. After the prayer Elder Hatfield asked, "do you have faith?" I stuck the key in to the lock and said, "oh yea i do, watch!" and within 5 seconds the lock popped open. Lesson learned: prayer works, and faith is powerful.
Friday I gave some service at the Bishop’s house doing some yard work, and it was awesome! I got super sweaty, and even developed my first missionary blister! It hurts like a righteous pain and I love it.
Saturday was more study.
Sunday the only thing i have to report is that Hermana Martinez came to church finally! She is the sweetest old lady, she can’t hear very well, and she is missing most of her teeth. But she has such a loving spirit that is overflowing. She brought her three little granddaughters with her too, which was nice.
Overall, I have had a really good week, and I am progressing very well with the Spanish. Sunday Elder Paredes and I taught gospel Doctrine and I was complimented on my Spanish. I am in 2 Nephi, chapter 9 in El Libro de Mormon (I heard if you read the entire book of Mormon in your assigned foreign language, you will be fluent at the end). My goal is to finish it by January.
I love you all, and know that I benefit from your prayers every day. I love this gospel and the opportunity I have to serve. Until next week!
Dallin was pretty excited to note he had 2 month "under his belt."