Monday, January 23, 2017

Mon., 1/23/2017 (Juan de Salazar)

Its been a lot better of a week! Everyone that's served a mission probably has had one of those weeks with your companion that are kinda hard to go through! It seemed like we just couldn't agree on anything and a lot of different stuff was happening. Well last week was like that but this week has been a lot better. Tuesday we had a division and I worked with Elder Tapia. Our air conditioner this whole time is one of those old 80's ones that really only pumps in air from outside, and it was really not air conditioning anything. But we got a new air conditioner Wednesday! It was great, goes down to 17 celcius so we aren't complaining. Of course 17 is really cold for here, and today we had it on 27 or 30 celcius because we don't need to waste power and 30 is cold compared to outside. The only problem is that we got out and worked for a couple hours and got a call from our landlord... her sliding door couldn't open all the way! So we had to go back and talk it over, then thursdaythey came back again and moved it to another side of our room. There is still a big hole where they had put it but we're in Paraguay so its fine hahaha. Elder Passos's companion is from Paraguay so we're all learning a bit here and there. He's serving here for a couple weeks til he can go off to his mission in Peru. Saturday we had a service project with them in their area of the ward, and it started off as cutting grass with Machetes and a sickle. After an hour or 2 the grass area of this woma's lawn was in the sun, and Paraguayans as a rule don't work in their yards in the sun, so we go behind her house and it was bushes and trees, basically wilderness. She said everything goes so we started cutting down everything that the machetes can cut down, which was basically everything. The banana trees are the best cause they go down after one chop. Plus they have bananas. We finished and went home, then went to our lunch. After lunch was one of the best days we have had. One of our less actives, Euclides, smokes, but decided to quit, so we set some goals and such with him. He is a very tough person to convince to do something like quitting smoking. We then went to another person that we were going to have a lesson with,but she wasn't home. We were pretty bummed but we were closer to one of our other areas where we had an appointment to meet an investigator later, and we felt like we should go visit her. We walked over really quickly to her house, and she was outside. We were planning on teaching the plan of salvation, and when we went up to her she told us she was waiting for a colectivo because her niece(I think) just died. We asked if we could have a short lesson with her since we were already planning on teaching about that subject, and she said we could talk til the colectivo comes. We shared a short message, and she definitely felt the spirit. There were some pretty big clouds coming in, and once again we felt we should go to another house. This other house was way out of the way of everything, and it was about to drop buckets on us outside, but as they say here, ¡egual no mas! When the holy spirit guides, you gotta follow. We booked it over to Julios, and the rain started right as we were walking up. The wind was really strong too, and we were glad to get there. A minute or 2 later a kid runs up to Julio and says something in guarani, and everyone in the house left and ran up the street. We followed, and a woman's roof had flown off of her house, leaving everything exposed and destroying her fence. Paraguayans being scared of rain, they all stood under a covering(half the neighborhood being there hahaha) while Elder Tesucun and I helped 2 men take apart the roof and such in the pouring rain. We helped til there wasn't anything more to do, then went back to Julios. Turns out he was busy then but we were guided by the Lord to where we needed to be. Elder Tesucun said we need to go to that area in a few days and try talking to some new people. We then went home early because we were completely soaked and dirty, and I've been sick since tuesday so I don't want to get worse. It was a good day. Yesterday was also pretty good. I found out that Elder Bridge(my first companion) and his first companion in Juan de Salazar were the first ones there after the area being closed for a while, so that's partly why the work here is kind of slow. Today for Pday we played some soccer at the chapel then went to Limpio for lunch and getting groceries and such.

Another thing I forgot to tell yall is my big language mistake. Everyone that serves a mission in a foreign country has one of these. It was a couple weeks back but I forgot to tell you all. The word for jersey here is remera, and a very similar word to remera is ramera, which means prostitute. All confident in my spanish, I said that this monday or another monday we should go get jerseys (except it came out as prostitutes hahaha).

Well that's the week, I hope everyone is doing well! Also if possible send pictures, its nice to see how everyone's doing! And for those reading the blog I accept all emails! (matthew.olson@myldsmail.net)

1 the new whip(car)
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2 mismo
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3 After the service project(ft. Elder Echague (pronounced EE-chog-way) from Concepcion Paraguay
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4 Elder Echague and I after playing soccer.
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5 The new air conditioning unit. That's 30 Celcius and yes it is cold for us here hahaha
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6 The old air conditioner
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7 After saturday's rain. We were lucky to be on high ground because there was some flooding in Asubcion and probably parts of our area.
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That's all for the week!

Los amo,

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