06 September 2010

Wow!  That is awesome to hear that Kyston got his mission call!! I got a letter from him last week. I was pretty stoked to see a letter from a bro from the states!! I hope everything is going well back home. 95 and sunny, something I really don't miss haha but it is starting to warm up here too. Give a good bye from me to the Lish Family and Katie. I can´t believe she is going all the way to Thailand!

Well another week in the mission and almost at my 6 month mark. Ya Fue mi mission! It 1/4 done already? I can´t believe it but at the same time it seems forever hah. The days are going great this week but it's still a hard time in the area right now. The doors aren't opening up as much as they usually are. We're having the same amounts of lessons but bringing people to church is getting harder and harder. Well the constant rain this week didn´t help that much either because the Argentines are pretty much afraid of rain and don't want to come out but you keep tredging through the mud and something will work out. Yeah my shoes are pretty much destroyed from the mud this week hah.  We have hit the limits of our mission both to the north and to the south. We can cross a street and hit the North Mission and South at the same time. We are trying to find some Paraguyans right now becuase hah they are ballers and are great people but we are looking for everyone! Everyone in the streets or just anyone we come in contact with. You really cannot miss an opportunity to share the gospel with someone. Even if 98% of those you contact you get rejected... that one person that has an effect is the best thing ever.

Even though we had a hard week we had a miracle too. We had the plan for 5 people to be in church but somehow everyone just had something come up or had to work on Sunday. It is so hard to see people that want to come but they seriously have to work on Sundays to provide for their family. It isn´t like the States were you work on Sundays to gain more money to be more comfortable.... these people HAVE to work on Sundays to survive. But at church we had one person show up out of nowhere! She is from Peru and just moved here and knows a family from our ward too. She is loving the church and we already have a lesson with a member planned for this week. She definitely is a chosen one ready for the Gospel. Even though our current investigators are struggling, we are still working hard with them too. Juan Pablo is having no support from his family and they are such a bad example for him because he has to rely on his uncle for everything. If his uncle wants something done, he has to do it.. The uncle is a member too but one of those ¨come for two weeks then be inactive for a couple of months¨. It is so hard to see him want to come but at the same time the example of his uncle and the family are rubbing off because he wants to wait and wait and not really come to church anymore! Ahhh soo lammeee! Lida finally got her job she has been studying for for a long time.  She has the bad schedule because she is new.. So she has to work on Sundays. In time she will be brought into the church... it is just hard because I was there the whole time answering all her questions and teaching her but really it was the Spirit.. In due time she will be a member of the Church. I know it!

Well that's it for the week. Today we had our Zone activity and played futbol, basketball, volleyball and went to Walmart with a couple of the Elders to eat at a McDonalds.   28 Pesos for a double cheeseburger, fries and the puniest 7up drink ever.... hah but it's all good. Time to work hard this week. This might be my last one here in Villa Celina!! I dont know, I´ll get the call this Saturday night. So next pday I will have the news.

Well I have learned so much in the last two weeks about how you just have to keep having confidence in the Lord even if it is a hard time in life. Just keep working through it because like it says in D&C 121, it will be only be for a short moment. I hope everything is going great at home. I love you guys so much and keep being strong in the church, it really is everything! Enjoy the blessings and have fun too!

Disfruta La Vida! Les Amo!

 Love you guys so much, thanks for all the support.

Elder Shepherd

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