Monday, August 1, 2016

¡Feliz Dia de la Amistad!

¡Hola Familia y amigos!

This week has been one of the longest and, at the same time, shortest weeks of my mission. Every day is a new adventure with new obstacles to hurdle, but somehow, when looking back in the week, it passes in a blink.

We've finally, truly, broken into parts of our area that the missionaries haven't been in for months and we found a TON of less-actives. Every other house we find people who, at one time, had made a covenant with our Heavenly Father, but who have fallen into the traps of the world and don't put much importance in God. It makes me sad to see so many people missing out on the blessings that they could have. Something that I've learned in the mission is that obedience isn't so much about just following the rules, but about acting, thinking and growing in agreement with the one who's whole purpose is to help us have eternal happiness. When we disobey, or don't fulfill our promises, we lose so many blessings- so not worth it. (Mosiah 2:21)

Even though we've found many less active members, we have found more people who are interested in learning more about how they can come closer to our Savior. We feel sad for those who choose to move farther from Christ, but it really, truly, makes us so happy to visit and share with those who are ready to make changes and come closer to Him. This upcoming week we have a few people who are preparing to be baptized and we are really doing our best to help them understand the importance and significance of this sacred event.

Friday was also "day of friendship" here in Paraguay- shout out to all my friends! We exchanged small gifts/candies with various members- super cute. Hermana Sanchez also taught me how to make a really yummy ravioli-sauce, bought us Lomitos and runs with me every morning. She's a great friend.

With love sent from Paraguay,

Hermana Carr