Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dec. 14, 2015

1.... que los cumpla feliz a mama mel!!!!!!! woohoooooooooo getting older and wiser and all the more beautiful hahahahah but..... 

Well im spending christmas in encarn!!! im soooo happy! but this week has been strangely fast... its always that way when changes are coming... BUT PRESIDENT SUPRISED US! soooooooo crazy... ok im sorry im every where!
but lets take it day by day.. hahaha
bueno. Lunes and Martes we were in posadas for consejo. WOW. I love consejo... we had elder salas from the seventy talk to us through skype... about ideas of how to help the mission progress. IT WAS AMAZING... HE TALKED ABOUT ANIMO AND FE! How connected they are! when we have faith we have this vigor for life and for living the gospel or for us missionaries sharing the gospel! but how when we exercise our faith we develop this excitement for everything!  It did get me a little stressed hahahahh but one day one week at a time. my animo and fe wont come all at once!
but wednesday thrusday and friday were awesome work days.. i forgot my old planner sooo i couldnt tell you what we did hahahah its true when people say that the days are long but the weeks are a blur. i seriously dont know exactly what we did other than contacting BECAUSE WE FOUND 7 NUEVOS!!!! and 7 BOMB NUEVOS!!!! im freakin pumped!!!! ahhhhhhhhh ANIMO ES REAL. pero.... saturday we CAROLED as a ZONE!!!!! it was really cool! hahaha we went down to the coastanera and spread a little christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear hahhahahah!!!! but we made posters and sang and i wish that i had taken pictures but i had forgotten my camera... but we had tinsel around our necks and santa claus hats... SOOOOOO lets just say we were a sight to see. hahahah a bunch of greengos.... singing noche de luz a billion times.
SUNDAY...... WAS seriously the biggest rainstorm that i have ever seen. Sunday morning was rough because with soo much rain there was hardly any buses and no way for people to come to church.... it was soo humbling to see people sacrafice sometimes walking without an umbrella all the way to the chruch.. it makes me so grateful that in my small town in utah we never have this obstacle. But anyways it was soooo sad because by 3 it was clear skys and sunny... but god has a plan. anyways! we got to watch the christmas devotional later that afternoon. I LOVED IT.... Making me a little bit homesick looking at all the christmas decorations. but Igual. ahhahaha
but the reason that i didnt write yesterday is because the power was out in the whole city almost the entire day sooo no cybers were open. hgahhahah the life in paraguay! but anyways WE HAD A WEE BIT OF A SURPRISE!!!! yesterday was cambios!!!!!!! but...... president decided that he wasnt going to change people until after the navidad... sooo he only did enough changes to fill in the spots of misisonaries leaving and coming... so in the entire mission there were only about 5 missionaries that changed companions... THE RUMOR IS... that he is going to do a big "emergency change" after the navidad. SOOOOO... WE ARE STAYING!!!! WE will be staying here for the navidad! which will be good.. but im nervous to find out what is going to happen in just soo little time... 2 more weeks... and then we will have another short 4 week transfer! hahhah but its crazy... but it was weird... this is weird... but it will be good! me and hermana woolf are already planning our navidad!!! hahahahhahah IM SOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!

this time of year is seriously the best... we have the chance to reflect so much in our savior. I was reading the conference talk by elder lawrence today.. in spanish it is called que me falta pero i have no idea what it is called in english! but its super good... i was reading that along with alma 56 about the armies of helaman. I really like them... talking about. This talk was about how we all have a something that we lack... that impedes us from progressing and sometimes we have to humble ourselves and ask heavenly father and through the spirit he will tell us! I was connecting that to the story in alma 56... these young men were soo faithful and sooo strong haciendo milagros because they were completely open and willing to change for the lord... they didnt let anything stop them... they were humble and willing to do what the lord asked because they knew that that was the only way to be freed and to be" delievered" The end of the year... christmas... its such a time of reflection! This year this week i am going to find that thing that i can sacrifice for my savior... as i remember his birth and all he did for me! my invitation is for all of you to do the same!!!! pray ask heavenly father and find that thing that we can sacrifice to be a little bit more like our savior and i pray that all of you will be willing to change it! That is the purpose of this life!!! TO CHANGE!!!!!!! to become more like our heavenly father!!!
i love you all have the best week ever!!!
xoxoxox keep the faith and a happy merry christmas
feliz navidad y feliz cumpleanos a mama mel y aunt merilee this friday!!!
xoxoxoxo hermana pitts 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Dec. 7, 2015

HAHAHAHAH I cannot believe that it is december... seriously there are chirstmas lights and arboles de la navidad por todos lados... but there is one thing missing.. SNOW. hhahahha we are here just sweating. hahahah but I love it. WHAT IS UP?? CHE ZU(mom in guarani)...CHE RU.( dad in guarani) ..Mis hermanitas...  family friends... aquatinances... hahahah This week has been seriously AMAZING! 

Its weeks like this where i absolutely love being a missionary! hahahah surprisingly it was another heavy contacting week but i think what made the difference is that we decided to sing christmas carols this week for EVERYONE! We did have some really interesting experiences with some drunks...but igual. hahahahha thats a story for when i return! hahahh but we found 2 amazing nuevos that i am just dying to meet with again. BOTH ARE 19!!!!! I AM 19!!! its perfect! hahahha but seriously... i have never felt a spirit like that before. 

Numero 1.. MARIA! We found her tocando puertas when we had an extra half hour before una charla. anyways... We testified and left. It was seriously such a powerful experience. hahah but she is living alone in encarn and hasnt seen her parents for 8 months... i just thought are we living a double life??? ahhahah she kept telling us howmuch she missed her mom... and i just kept WE ARE THE SAME PERSON! hahahha we are going back tomorrow! 

numero 2- Tamila. Wow.... lets just say that unlike maria we are living complete opposite lives... hahahha she is19 and living with her novio and their son...that is only 2 months old and is seriously the prettiest baby i have ever seen!!!! ahhhhhhhhh but She has never been to a church and never prayed in her life. its amazing... and for here in encarn that is likefinding a needle in a haystack....SOOO RARE!!! someone whose realtionship with our heavenly father is just starting togrow! We are going to return on wednesday! 

Anyways... today and tomorrow we are in posadas for the consejo de los lideres!!! so right now we are in posadas writing! hahahah i miss paraguay. 

One thing that i have been thinking about this how are experiences really shape who we are! Its crazy... like they shape our personalities our outlooks... our opinions. Its crazy! but looking at these 2 new investigators that are the same age and are sooo completely different.They have experiences that have made them the way they are! It is the same for me. MY EXPERIENCES HERE ARE CHANGING ME FOREVER!!!! It soooo crazy tothink backto where i was a year ago...I was getting my mission call!!! and now i am in paraguay! hahahhhh but i have changed... my relationship with my savior is stronger..I understand the importance of listening to the spirit.. and how powerful the book of mormon is. Like seriously we can never stop reading that book. IT IS THE KEY!!!! but i still have a long way to go...a long way until i am like my saviorand i am the type of person that i want to be.BUT ITS OUR EXPERIENCES!!!! This week hermana woolf and i were talking about things that have happened in our lives..learning about who she was completely changed my view ofher! I know that she has been through things that i willnever understand. BUT SHE IS AMAZING!!!! She has so many talents and abilities and experiences that make her the person that she is! I know that heavenly father shapes us through our experiences into the type of people that we need to be! I challenge all of you to look at your experiences your trials that you are experiences andjust can I learn fromthis?? 

I love you all! have the best week ever. 
keep the faith always.

pray like you never have before

xoxoxoxo hermana pitts