Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cooking for pets

Well another wonderful week in Ytororo, Paraguay. Lets see, what happened this week....

So earlier this week I was reading in Ether 7. And as I came to verse 5, I realized something. The Book of Mormon is full of examples of prophecies coming true. I know, this is kind of an obvious statement, but it just hit me in a way that it never had before. This last time reading through the Book of Mormon, I keep noticing that it often says things like "y asi se cumplieron las palabras del profeta Samuel/Alma y Amulek/Nefi/los profetas" etc. etc. (rough translation-- and that`s how the words of the prophets (Nephi, etc.) came to pass). And it says it a lot. So I started thinking about how that is really a testimony that prophets know what they are talking about. Because they really receive revelation from God, and they are always right. Sometimes we try to reason away or justify our disobedience, but if we look at what the prophets say, we`ve just got to accept the fact that wickedness never was happiness. Its clear, black and white. And also the other way. Sometimes we feel that we are doing everything right, so where are the blessings we`ve been promised? We`ve just gotta be patient and remember, every prophecy, every promise from God, every scripture, will come true, whether now or further down the road, in the way we expected or in one even better, they will come to pass. What the prophet says, goes.

So there`s the spiritual thought for the week. Now to the funny part. So we have a goal in the mission to start eating lunch with different members every week, because here in Paraguay they`ve kinda gotten used to having the same people eat with us every week (Flia. Gonzalez on Tuesdays, Flia. Baez every Friday, Flia. Duarte on Thursday, etc.) So we eat with the same 5 families every week. And, well, that is not really an efficient way to take the whole strength of the house (see my letter from January 12/ DyC 101:55-57). So that`s been what we`ve been doing lately- looking for the less active families and eating lunch with them (because there are only about 5 active families in any given area). And then helping their family members get baptized. It`s actually working out fairly well. Anyway, to the funny part. When they were telling us to do this, to help motivate us to do it or something, they also made the point that if we eat with a family only once a month instead of once a week, we`ll also get better meals, instead of whatever they happen to have in the pantry (a.k.a. tallarin- noodles with meat.) So last week we were joking about that, and i was saying how we should get more lunches with other people so we stop getting fed as if we were just the dogs (because they are so used to us coming every week that sometimes they just give us our food and then go clean their house or something while we eat). Then that day we went and ate lunch (tallarin), and then the member gave my leftovers to the pets- dogs, ducks, and chickens. So we really do eat the same as the pets here. (then again people do actually cook FOR their pets here- cheaper than buying pet food). So, spent a lot more time on that story than I was planning.. haha what can ya do?

And other funny thing. Yesterday, as me and my comp were walking to church with a recient convert and some investigators I realized, this transfer is the transfer of the kids (el cambio de los niƱos). Our two baptisms this change were 9 and 11 years old, the two baptisms we`ve got planned are 10 and 12 years old, the 5 investigators we`ve had in church this change are all between 9 and 12 years old. and most of our current investigators and between 9 and 14 years old. This has never happened before. haha but its really fun because kids are just so willing and eager to follow Christ and to learn about him, and it`s really fun to teach them, so I guess it`s fine! (and most of these children are members of Part-member families that we are trying to reactivate)

Well that`s it for this week.

Love you!! See you soon!!
Love, Hermana Urie

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