March 09, 2015

Happy Monday!

My companion, Hermana Dance, has been feeling pretty sick lately. She has an allergy to gluten, so she can´t eat any of the bread or wheat products that people give us. I, trying to be a supportive companion, have also decided to give up noodles, empanadas, rolls, pizza, tortillas, facturas, cookies, etc... Not too fun, but we are eating a lot more vegetables and fruits at lunches now to help make up those lost calories. Woohoo, health. She has to go in for a surgery this week, so if you could keep her in your prayers that would be great.

Sunday nobody was home, so we walked a lot in search of a discussion. We decided to arrive about an hour early to our one scheduled appointment of the night, in the hopes that she would be home. She was (miracle!) and we were able to talk about the blessings of the temple. She was really interested. Right now she is living with her boyfriend, but lately they have been talking more and more about marriage and baptism, whereas before they were just kind of, well, living together without any commitments. It was beautiful to feel the Spirit testify of eternal families and temple blessings.

We also met a lady this week named Gladys. She told us that a few months ago she found out that her husband has been cheating on her, and he brought his pregnant girlfriend home. Gladys told us that she is no one to judge and knows that holding grudges is not something that Heavenly Father wants us to do. She felt really sad about her husband, but wanted to overcome these feelings of betrayal and anger. So she let her husband AND her husband´s girlfriend AND their new baby live in their house for quite a few months! She says she is really sad about her husbands choices, but now she gets along well with them and she just hopes that one day her husband will come back to her and her kids and repent. So the next time you are angry at someone, just remember there is absolutely no situation that we can´t overcome if we put our mind to it! We never have an excuse to hold grudges or hate other people.

I have been playing the piano for the ward choir the past few weeks, and that has been fun to see everyone learn new songs and hear their progress.

Fun random Paraguayan facts? People will play volleyball or soccer, and the winning team gets a pig or a cow. Lots of times we´ll see a cow tied up next to a soccer field as we are out walking.

Also, there is a game here called pikivoli. It´s volleyball, but you aren´t allowed to use your arms. Mostly just the men play this sport. They use their head, chest, knees, and feet to keep the ball going. it´s super weird to see and looks kind of painful (okay, it looks really painful).

Just thought I´d share this scripture!
Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Have a wonderful week!
Sister Simmons

ps- I ordered a name tag in Guarani! I´ll send you pictures when I can, but it says

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