Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to Pilar!!

haha the titles not what you think keep reading :)

your pictures are so pretty! do you switch between your two name tags or is the one just for fun? 
thanks! I switch between the two but then always end up pointing to my tag and saying the church´s name in spanish and realize it says it in guarani, which like no one reads hahaha. all the missionary have the tags in guarani mostly cause theyre fun

So do you still get to learn more Guarani in Encarnacion, or that was only applicable in Pilar?
Theres way less of it here in Encarnacion, i think because it´s more of a city. but we can still say some things and people understand!
So I´m mad because I had some good pics to send you guys but the computer won´t open my card file because it says it has too many viruses. Which is concerning in many ways. wah!! my pictures! I will praise the day when Im not using a sketchy argentinian or paraguayan cyber as a computer. wanna stick my mac in my birthday package?
One of the pics I was gonna send is of me and my new zone leader, Elder Ollerton. Because JULIE FLENDERS FROM SATURDAYS WARRIOR IS HIS MOM!!!!!!! I DIED when he told me and then the rest of our zone lunch sang Dear John and various other selections. A sister in my zone said "I´m so glad you know the songs as much as I do because my companion )another American) thought I was sooo weird when I knew all of them. hahaha. Anyway, imagine a picture of me really excited next to an Elder awkwardly standing there. Best Tuesday discovery ever. 

Also, can you guys send me more family history? You can consider it a way of getting in touch with your family history and hastening the work!! :) 

In other news, this week we found out this week that we´re the HLC´s in charge of Pilar!!! So we get to go back and help out the new sisters get adjusted to Pilar and see some of our friends again! We´re excited and we´ll leave tomorrow probably to go down and do divisions with them until Thursday. (it´s six hours away so we´re staying for extra long to take advantage of it) It´s especially fun for me because Hermana Trillo´s companion is a sweet new American so I get to get to know her and be her friend and help her out! She called me last week and was like "is it normal to not understand ANYTHING your first day!" and I was like "sister... yes. you´re ok. don´t worry." So we´ll be off to Pilar yay!
Also, I think it´s funny that little Isaac (Amanda's nephew) is like basically on tour. How bout he finishes the rounds with Paraguay?

And I´m so glad to hear that girls camp and scout camp went well!! Mostly that dad survived scout camp, that was good news :) and that everyone left with all their fingers still attached. (at least that you told me :)
This week was actually pretty hard for us here, we felt like Satan was working way harder against us than normal. Like nothing went the way we wanted it too. Something always happened so we couldn´t work the way we wanted too. Plus our area is gigantic now that the other pair of hermanas left so we just walk and walk and walk. 

Friday night was the low point of the week for me. I was physically exhausted, emotionally spent, and spiritually numb. We were walking in the street and I was so close to crying, which hadn´t happened since the beginnings in Virasoro haha. Then right then I remembered that right then all my dear and lovely Morrisville young women and leaders would be sitting around a campfire sharing their testimonies and singing Walk Tall together. So I decided to join in and sing along from Paraguay, hope that was ok and that my testimony and love for all of you somehow made it across the way.
Right now I have a prayer deep within my heart,
A prayer for each of you there is a special part.
That you remember who you are and Him who lives above.
Please seek for Him and live His way; you’ll feel His love.
Walk tall, you’re a daughter, a child of God.
Be strong—please remember who you are.
Try to understand, You’re part of His great plan.
He’s closer than you know—reach up, He’ll take your hand.

Long before the time you can remember,
Our Father held you in His arms so tender.
Those loving arms released you as He sent you down to earth.
He said, “My child, I love you. Don’t forget your great worth.”

This life on earth we knew would not be easy.
At times we lose our way—His plan we may not see.
But please remember always—please—that you are not alone.
He’ll take your hand. He loves you! He will guide you home.
So I walked along and sang that in the street and felt a little better. God is closer than we know. I love you all and pray for you constantly. Know that I´m happy here in Paraguay and that the Lord is watching over all of you, and me too!
Hermana Rawlins :)

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