So, we have been trying to find people because really, after we baptized Pabla, we didn't really have many people progressing. So, we have been clappin' houses like our job is to go to houses and clap our hands outside of them. Like that. ANYWAY, we were out one evening and we came up to this house. A man was outside with his daughter and their neighbor. We started talking to him and asked him what he was doing. He said that he was cooking, so obviously we asked what he was cooking. He told us he was cooking carpincho, which is the same thing as a capibara. Anyway, we hadn't heard of people eating it before (apparently it's super common) so we were kinda surprised! He was telling us how it really was carpincho and then he invited us to come over and eat later that night haha! Our response...MAS VALE QUÉ SÍ! You know it! So, long story short, we returned later that night, a little to their surprise because they didn't think we actually would come back ha. We ate with Sosa, the guy who was cooking, and two of his friends. His friends were a little awkward at first, but they warmed up to us and we were all talking and laughing for an hour or so. The meat was straight up incredible, too! These guys were telling us how they are hunters and eat carpincho, yacaré, lion (like a mountain lion I guess...or puma...they said lion) and a bunch of other stuff. THEN they asked us if we like fishing and if we wanted to go with them. we said we didn't know if we could, but that we would love to go haha. All of this on the first night that we met them! I would normally be a little more cautious, but the people here are seriously so friendly and nice that stuff like this happens regularly. So, cool, random carpincho dinner with people we didn't know. Next.
The ZLs pay the hermana's rent to this guy that works right by our pension. When we were in his office, he had this stuffed yacaré. I asked where I could get one or how much one would cost. He said he didn't know, but he would ask the guy who owned it. When the ZLs returned to his office, the owner was there and he just straight up gave it to them hahaha. So now we have a stuffed yacaré in our pension!!
We had a great baptismal service. We had 8 baptisms in our zone and 1 for the ward. There were a ton of people and it was really spiritual. We brought one of our old investigators, Ramon Ayala. He basically just wants to try to speak English with us and talk deep doctrine. He is a Seventh Day Adventist. Anyway, he came and he was singing all the hymns and stuff. When we sang "Nearer My God to Thee," he was asking me if it was that song was on the movie Titanic hahaha. I didn't know that it was, but apparently some people are playing it on their violins in the movie. Anyway, super awesome baptismal service and our zone is well on our way to reaching our goal!
Our two new investigators that we are really excited about are Sara Vallejo and Jorge Villalba. Sara was a reference from some of the hermanas in our zone. She doesn't really know anything about God, but she believes in Him and is suuuuuper golden. She loves it when we come over to teach her and her kids and she accepted the baptismal date. Super excited about her!
Then we have Jorge. One day, during our contacting spree, I decided to clap a rich house. This big shirtless guy with some good facial hair came out and talked to us. He invited us in to sit and talk. He was actually 21, but he looks 35 haha. The house is his parents, but he lives there. He played on a professional soccer team in Paraguay. He is suuuuper nice and loves talking to us. Him and his family believe in God but they don't have a religion. We actually had lunch at their house yesterday after church haha. We were going to make mashed potatoes for them, but they didn't think we were coming so they used the potatoes for something else. Anyway, we had an awesome lunch with them and talked a lot. They attend a church pretty consistently and have a lot of faith. We gave Jorge a Book of Mormon and a Restoration pamphlet. He said it was really interesting that the authority had been restored to the earth as well as the church of Jesus Christ. We feel like they are ready to learn about the Gospel. It'll probably take some time and a lot of work, but they are suuuch a nice family and are really humble. Anyway, those are our two iluminados right now.
I think that's pretty much it...no near death experiences this week haha. Anyway, thank you all for your love and prayers. I know that I am here for a reason and that the Lord has a plan for all of us. I have been really happy this week and I think that's in direct correlation to the fact that we have been teaching a lot of lessons and working hard. I know that serving the Lord is the way to eternal joy and peace. I can't explain why walking around in the heat and dust makes me happy, but I feel such happiness when I know I am doing my best to serve the Lord and the people here in Clorinda. That's it for this week. Peace and blessings to all, and to all a good week.
A duck eating the fleas and other bugs off of a dog.
Eating carpincho with some friendly strangers!