Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017

This week was sure another great week! Enjoying every minute since changes are coming up.  We find out this Sunday who has changes.  Actual changes are on Tuesday (kinda freaking out a bit, but whatever happens will be good - what is even crazier is that I only have 4 changes left) OH GOOD NEWSSSSS - I RECIEVED MY PACKAGE!!!! It was such a surprise during District Meeting.  Our Zone leaders went to Asuncion for a conference and  happened to remember that I had a package.  Want to thank you for everything that was in it.  Sure felt loved!  Oh Hermana Pardo wanted to thank you for her Easter Basket and all the treats.  We had Family night with the Gonzalez family and we decorated eggs with them last night with the coloring kit you sent.  Sure was fun for them and me.  They don't have coloring kits here like we do in the states.  
Also, I was able to be apart of Jorge´s 1st Birthday PARTY.  We helped Hector and Vania with the food and everything they needed.  At the end while we were cleaning up we had a huge cake war with the left over cake - was such a good time! 
As for the spiritual side we contacted lots and were introduced to Ana.  She is 26 and has a baby on the way.  We shared the Prince of Peace video with her and talked a little about the Plan of Salvation. She kept wanting to watch the mormon message videos and enjoyed learning more on what we had to share.  We are hoping that we can have another visit with her this week and to meet her husband as well.  He is very Catholic, but hopefully all will go well.  Valentina has a date set to get baptized in June which will be such a blessing. We also contacted the Olazar family.  We shared the video with them and are looking forward to our next visit.  Oh yesterday, we happened to run into the family of Alexandra, who was a contact from the park.  We shared a bit about of the plan that God has for us and the importance of prophets.  One of the Hermanas actually spoke with Elders who were in our area a long time ago.  Rocio has a girl who was so cute and said that I was from Ingles hahaha I had fun teaching her a bit of English.  We helped them learn how to sing Soy Un Hijo de Dios.  The spirit was sure so strong.  Oh Hermana Pardo and I will be singing this week in church! Really excited! We'll be singing Yo se que vive mi senor - I may sing a verse in English - need to practice.  Also a family in our ward is preparing to enter the
Temple! We are helping them..AND from them we have a new investigator! Have a visit this Tuesday.  Sounds like everything is going well back home.  Tell everyone hi.  Hope everyone has a great week!  Our P day has been good - went to shopping china.  oh and about skype we can skype on either saturday or sunday! 


Cake Fight!!

Happy 1st Birthday Jorge!!

Happy Easter!

Nanda dying eggs for the first time!

Monday, April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

Looks like you guys had a great time at Yosemite.  Sure loved the pictures! The boys look so good! Hermana Pardo and I love the Easter eggs that you guys made for us! We are both heathy and were able to have a great working week.  We contacted lots and made sure to share the Prince of Peace cards with everyone that we passed by.  The video sure testifies of our Savior.  This week has been extra special.  I seriously love testifying of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  He lives.  Through Him we can have peace and eternal life.  He made salvation possible.  I know that He loves us.  
We had Zone Conference this week.  The main topic was about the importance of Prophets and how we can be better at explaining what a prophet is and why we need prophets.  We were given a lot of great scripture references.  Working with the members was also a topic that was greatly discussed.  I also had a division with the Hermana Leaders.  I worked with Hermana Santos - it was our last division together since she heads home this change.  Hermana Rollim and Hermana Santos helped us find more people to teach.  This week was also the Birthday of Hermano Ramon.  He turned 77.  We had a great BBQ with him, his family,  ward members, and the missionaries.  The tradition here in Paraguay for Easter is to only eat Chepa and they celebrate 3 days - the day of his death, have a day of rest, and have a day to remember His Resurrection.  Other faiths do some interesting activities for these 3 days. This Easter Sunday was super speical and full of rain.  Hermana Pardo and I taught the YW.  Sure was a great experience.   I hope you guys have another great week! LOVE YOU ALL!

Hermana Alexander

Mosiah 16:8-9 
8  But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.
9  He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened, yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.

Happy Birthday Hermano Ramon!

Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

Motto for this week : I WILL SURVIVE

This week was definitely not a typical working week for Hermana Pardo and I.  We were in our house most of this week, but manged to work some of the days! (blessings)  I ended up having strep (could barley talk and had a nasty cough) and a fever.  Hermana Pardo got sick too! After I started getting better, she got sick.  Then when she got better, I got worse. There were days I felt capable to work (thanks to the blessing of health from Elder Salazar and Elder Encee), so we worked and did what we could without overworking ourselves.  With the minimum days we had we were able to get 4 new investigators and we sure had some amazing lessons.  We even got a baptismal date with one of our new Investigators, Cornelia.  She was a blessing contact.  We contacted all day and found people, but not really people that were super interested -  BUT with faith and diligence we were able to find her - she was our last contact of the day  We have taught her about the Plan of Salvation and the Restoration.   She is 19!  We also ran into Osmar and finally found out where he lives! Still is a bit hard to contact him, because he doesn't have a phone.  We also have a time set to visit one of our new investigators Belen.  Hopefully our first lesson with her will go well. 
This week, Hermana Pardo and I truly recieved the love from the members.  They would stop by to make sure we were okay and even dropped off lunches for us.  We were able to work a bit on thursday, friday, and saturday.  Sunday, I recieved a high fever and could barley move.  President Nunez and Hector (recent convert) came to our house and gave me a blessing.  I seriously am so grateful for the Preisthood.  Through the power of God, I was able to make it to Sacrament Meeting and yes, I bore my Testimony.  Later that day we slept a lot and today we are both heathy! I still have a bit of a cough but we can work and go about our normal schedule.  I know I am heathy thanks to those blessings and through the prayers in my behalf- I truly felt like having Hermana Pardo and I sick, our ward became more united and that it was so great that Hector and President could give me a blessing.  God is truly mysterious.  I am grateful for afflictions and hard times.  
Hermana Pardo and I sure enjoyed our time together! Our days consisted of church movies, dule de leche with bananas and bread, sleep, good long talks (life etc)  Sounds like everyone back home is doing well which makes me so happy! Yosemite will be a good time.  Make sure to take lots of pictures for me :) The boys sure sound busy, which is SO good.  I had no idea that Hermana Evans had a blog! How fun! Wow I feel honored about what they said about the missionaries serving here in PJC.  LES AMO MUCHOOOOOO! HERMANA PARDO wanted me to tell you guys that she says hi. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT SPRING BREAK!

Hermana Alexander

Our week was like this...

Monday, April 3, 2017

April 3, 2017

HEYYYYYYYYYYY first off I just want to say how lucky we are to hear from our Prophet and leaders every April and October! General Conference was AMAZING! I watched all the sessions in Spanish and then watched the very last session in English.  What was neat is that some of the Elders and Hermanas that don´t know much English wanted to watch it in English with us too. It was a good experience for all of us. I will say that watching it in English was a bit of a struggle for me too haha I loved how most of the talks mentioned how we need to have faith and confidence in our Savior and in our Father in Heaven. They sure know what is best.  I also loved how it is very important to have the Holy Ghost with us as well as reading and praying daily and being true examples.  I also loved the talk that was about one of the Elders conversion stories..Elder Costa!  Our investigator Evalyne attended the Saturday Womens session.  
This week was a good working week for Hermana Pardo and I.  Sure working lots to find those who are truly ready - this area is a bit hard.   I will say that conference was the BEST part of this week.  Today for P day we went to waterfalls.  I will send some pictures, was sure a great and fun experience with the missionaries.  I am indeed grateful for this gospel and I am greatful that we have a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson to lead and guide us.  I just love this gospel so much! Hermana Pardo and I are getting along so well! I love her so much! We sure have lots of fun together :)  She said I am the most latina out of her 2 other American comps hahaha love getting the latina card lol I am her 3rd comp. I have a huge cold and sore throat thanks to the change in the weather so thank heavens for medicine and sleep! The kings game pictures are so cute! Love the costumes! Matthew looked very handsome for Whitney's Jr Prom.  Oh tell dad that there is huge political protest but it is mainly in Asuncion, where I am there is no problem! Tell everyone hi and I hope you all have a good week! 

Hermana Alexander