September 08, 2014

Hey hey hey

Well, this is going to be short.

Transfers have come and gone. And I am staying here in Obligado with Hermana Garcia! Woohoo! We have officially made it one of our companionship goals to get healthy and lose weight this transfer. We walk a lot, but we eat way too much arroz con leche and way too little fruits and veggies. The pounds have added on. It’s fantastic haha. But we know we will feel better and be able to focus more on the work if we are eating right and exercising. God gave us the Word of Wisdom for a reason!

Since it was our last P-day as a zone, we went to a fancy restaurant and ate a buffet! Then we went and played volleyball on the beach, across the water from Argentina. Probably not the greatest idea to eat so much and then go run around in the Paraguayan sun, but igual no mas. It was fun and we enjoyed it.

A HUGE shout out and thank you to the Mahler family! haha I got 3 letters from you this past week when our zone leaders went to Posadas and picked up the snail-mail. I loved reading them and seeing all the pictures!

One thing I have loved about the mission is how much I have learned to love learning and working! There are so many people around me and everyone knows so much, I am so grateful that Heavenly Father has given me this opportunity to learn and grow. Whether it is learning to cook traditional Paraguayan food or the steps to Mexican folkloric dances (Hna Garcia is the best!), I am always learning!

But the greatest learning experiences are always when I am reading the scriptures, sitting in church, or in a discussion with an investigator. The Spirit really does teach and testify when we are ready and willing to learn! God truly grants us knowledge and gives us the energy and help we need to make it through everything we face in life. "let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God." Moroni 9:6

This life is our time to develop our faith, to trust in the Lord, and act in accordance with the knowledge He has granted us. When we do our part, God does the rest. And in the end, and we look back, we realize that God really was doing everything all along and He just let us have the privilege of being the instrument in His hands.

I hope that this makes sense.

I love you all! Have a great week!

Hermana Simmons


Malena progresses, but her Mom has noticed how much Malena is interested, and has become a bit more set in her Catholic traditions. Before she wasn’t so Catholic, but it seems that since she has rejected the lessons she has become even more against having anything to do with us. Which is sad because Malena has so much potential. Hopefully when Malena is older she will remember the missionaries and try to take the lessons again. 

And yes, it took us 6 hours to get to Asuncion! it was long, but it was definitely worth it!

Luckily we haven't had to address anything with same sex marriage yet. But I`m sure it will probably come up sometime in my mission.

Thanks for the email! Love you!
hna simmons

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