Monday, September 21, 2015

Catching Collectivos....435 miles walked in Paraguay

This week was really awesome, and very hot. This week, for church, we went to a small group in our branch called Naranjajai. It is about 25 miles away from our house. The office elders were in our area so they drove us there on their way back to Asuncion. But we had to catch a collectivo on the way back! So sitting in the middle of nowhere basically, on the side of the road under a small thing of shade, we waited. It seemed like we were waiting forever just for a car to pass by. I checked my watch and noticed how long it had been. Almost 8 minutes. The time was going by so slow haha. Then a van was driving and flashing his lights while coming up the road. I turned to my companion and said, "Paraguayan technology. Those lights don't work that's funny." Well then he passed and we realized it was small collectivo (a bus) and he was intenionally flashing his lights to see if we needed a ride but we did not move so he kept on going. I immediately started laughing at how dumb we were. So we waited about 30 more minutes and finally another bus came by and we got on that one. After the first one passed though, I became worried because one of the office elders told me how he waited 8 hours for a bus to pass by one sunday while he was in our area...Luckily we didn't wait that long though!

This week, we taught a new investigator of ours 3 times. The first lesson was amazing. We taught the Restoration of the Gospel. At the end of the lesson, she knew this was the path the God wanted for her. (The lesson before she did not know if God existed.) On Friday we planned on teaching the Plan of Salvation, but were prompted to talk about the Holy Ghost with her. She wanted to know how to receive an answer because at that point she thought it had to be through a dream (many people receive answers to their prayers through simple dreams, from what I have noticed and heard, and it is amazing to see that!). We talked to her that God will also answer her prayers through the Holy Ghost and through her thoughts and feelings. We set a baptism date with her in October. Yesterday, we met with her again and she confirmed that she wants to be baptized and knows this is the true church and right path from God. 

I love seeing the change in faith from the people here. In one week, she went from not believing in God to knowing that he exists and has a plan for her. I love being able to help people recognize their Heavenly Father in their life. I know that I am not the actual teacher, but that we learn through the Holy Ghost-through our feelings and thoughts. I love helping others recognize and learn how our Heavenly Father answers our prayers. I chanllenge you all, if you have a question about God, or about anything-ask in prayer to your Heavenly Father and seek for the feelings of peace and joy that the Holy Ghost will bring!
Love you all!
Elder Zaugg

1. Naranjajai
2. helped dig a well this week ha

Step STATS!!
monday- 26524   14.6
tuesday- 19886   11.0
wed-       21623   11.9
thursday-24417   13.4
friday-    13161    7.2
sat-       21824    12.0
sunday- 12980    7.1

totals-140,415 steps 77.2miles

 Service Project...Painting the Fence at the School....Missionaries and Members working together

 A book that he remembers us reading when he was little.....Funny he found it at the school and that he definitely needs to get in the TUB!

 Package that Danielle sent him with his favorite protein!  She knows the way to his heart!!!!
 The branch that he visited.  The church is built on the back of a member's home.

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