Sunday, July 13, 2014

... well that is awesome!‏

7 July 2014

Well let's see... This picture attached is a picture of Andrea and her daughter Monse and her new baby, Allison Victoria... :) (We couldn't actually see the picture.)
So mom and dad... You did such a good job naming your duaghter... they stole it! ;) Really I still can't believe she named her daughter that. Now I have to go back to visit so that I can meet her! 
Anyway... I want to inform you all that you need to be fully ready to accept me no matter how much weight I've gained... But to defend myself, I just have to tell you what we ate yesterday... we accidentally had 2 lunches... so we ate beans and rice, and then beef and more rice and mandyoka which is like potato... and then a very big portion of noodles in a weird sauce and bread. And then for dinner we ate mashed potatoes and gravy and more beef with a different weird sauce and a fruit pizza type thing... in case you are wondering my never throwing up in Paraguay strike was broken... and no this is not normal food. These people cook very well... and they cook A LOT!
This week was exciting because a teen (he is 19 or 20ish but the Spanish word for him doesn't work in English... #2ndlanguageproblems) That I found in Juan de Salazar and worked with him and taught him some of the lessons got baptized! I was a little sad that I wasn't there but I am so happy that he finally made the decision to follow Jesus and make covenants with Heavenly Father! I pray he can stay focused on the important things of life and stay active! 
We had an exciting week here too with lots of menos activos (it was a MIRACLE that they came) and investigators who came to church and new ones that we are finding. I love it when we are teaching someone and they didn't understand anything and then the light comes on and they understand everything! It is an amazing work we are a part of and I LOVE watching the Lord work miracles through me! I love the Lord and I love the miracle He is working in the lives of so many, especially me!
I hope you guys know I love you all! And I hope you can take the time to look for and give thanks for the miracles and blessings that the Lord is working in your lives! Bendiciones!
Hna Lutz!

Happy as always!‏

30 June 2014

Well I wanna say that I'm sorry if I don't personally email you guys... This cyber is not that great... but I'll do what I can. 
I just want you guys to know that I'm so excited that almost all of you guys will be together this week! I hope I am missed, ;) but I agree with mom and dad that I am where I am supposed to be. I sometimes miss you guys... and then I think of how little time I have left and I just throw myself back into the work and I forget about everything!
These pictures are from a hike that we did last p-day... It is called cerro KoƬ... It was really like an ant hill but because Paraguay is so flat you have a pretty good view from the top! :) Also this is Hna Hunt. My new comp! She is awesome! We spend most of the nights walking home in the empty streets laughing really hard because I'm funny and she is funny and well Paraguay is funny! ;)
We have really solid investigators here! One couple is Elda and Mamedi. They are Chamacoco. I don't even think you guys would belive it if you heard them talk. It is so different from Guarani... I can't wait until you guys hear the videos that I will take of the both languages... because they are amazing! I love it! They are really awesome though. They have to get married so before I got here they gave them the promise to pray to set a date for their wedding and baptism... We asked them if they prayed and she said that she did... and that they were thinking about the NEXT WEEKEND! It was crazy! So we told them... well to prep us all... how about the 19th of July... and they accepted!!!! They are SO great! 
Also we went over to their house the other night and I saw something really weird hanging from their ceiling but I just thought it was cloths... When we got inside... I realized it was meat... like they were making beef jerky... just there in their house... which is their living room and kitchen and sleeping room... They only have a one room house... but it is a pretty good sized one room house... anyway we were a little blown away... but they are still amazing!
Also we have an investigator that is the "husband" to a menos activa... i say "husband" because they too have to get married... They don't even know if they want to get married... but this last Saturday we were doing home evening with them (we painted prayer rocks... It was adorable! Their 2 girls did it and then Richard and Dominga. Richard took his time and made like a sunflower and it said orar and it was so cute the whole night! I love seeing them do things as a family!) and 2 lessons ago they asked us what he had to do to get baptized.... :O We were shocked... We said well you have to get married... They are adorable... we are working with them... The whole family is progressing so well!
I love the ward here! It is a ward ward but it is struggling with attendance... We only had 70 at church on Sunday. It is true that it was a cold day but still.... we are working on it! We did 7 menos activos and 3 investigators there though! :)
The members here are amazing! It is the first area that I am in that EVERYONE feeds us! Thursday we had 8 lessons and 5 of them gave us food... you don't have to worry about me starving but me coming home really fat is a possibility... you only Paraguay once... ;) I really love the members here! They are amazing! There are a lot of family problems and I don't know if there is a single family that all of them in the family are fully active but we are working on it! ;)
I think the theme for the week is we are working on it! :) I hope you all enjoy your week and vacation time and family and sun! Yesterday was the first time in like 3 days we saw the sun! 
Have a GREAT week! SMILE!!

Wow... Molino‏

23 June 2014

Well grettings from Molino, Paraguay... I think it is actually Luque, Paraguay but no one really knows... It is all just igual no mas... (whatevsies) One time you asked me mom if it was Broadmoor or S. Nevada... It's the Broadmoor... It is so nice... but the people here are amazing! It is awesome. There is also a tribe of Chamacocos. So there you go... google it... I don't even know if google has any info... but probably... it's google...
I have been asked like 5 times for my eyes... They aren't even that great... but they all like them. I do have pictures of my comp and a hike we did today but my camera is too advanced for this computer... or I don't understand Spanish that well and I have no idea what the problem is... maybe next week...
Anyway... leaving my family in the airport was hard.... but leaving the people of Juan de Salazar was very hard.... but I love Molino... and I'm going back... one of  these days...
A kinda funny story... we were talking to a menos activo family and they got a new parrot... that doesn's talk... and my comp wanted to hold it and so the boy was passing it to her.... and the other boy said its gonna poop on you... and it did... but not on my companion... on my planner... uh.... :) #paraguayproblems.... I love this place... They are actually Chamacoco so they speak Spanish Chamacoco and Guarani... It is insane... I can kinda follow Guarani now but this is all different.... :/ I think it is awesome! They are awesome! And I will learn a basic testimony in this language too!
 I love life! I love the mission! I love helping people and testifying of the one person who really can solve everything! I love it all! I hope that you all are doing good and that you are learning and living as happy as we are! :) SMILE!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

:) CHANGES... duh duh duh!!!!!

16 June 2014

These are the pictures below... I always tell stories about these people but you don't even know what they look like... so here are some...
1 Cintia and her siblings
2 Carmen! and her kids!

This week was fun and hard... We did service a few times... as the pictures tell, and we got to go to a baptism of the Elders with our investigator Carmen... It was so cute she was like writing down all the scriptures so that she could read them later! She also told us big news... HER HUSBAND WANTS TO GET MARRIED... She told us on Tuesday... but now we don't know what is going to happen because Thursday she went to the hospital for like 3 days with her daughter... and now they will have money problems...but we are still praying a TON!
I am a little sad... we have changes... so I won't be here for all that is to come in the area... I will be going to Molina... I think is the name... It's impossible to know for sure over cell phone here but it is in Luque so probably the same stake--- and my comps name is Hna Hunt.... From what I've heard she Rocks... She has like 9-ish months... I'm excited!
We had a really tender experience this week end... yesterday. We have been meeting with a menos activo who has not ever really been too excited for our visits... but yesterday, he was thanking us for coming and giving him hope for continuing on. We got to testify of Jesus Christ and the changes we have seen in our lives for Him and what He means to us... It was powerful! I love testifying of Him! It is my favorite part of the mission!
I know He lives and loves us! I know He can heal and make whole whatever we let Him put His hands on. He is our perfect Savior and Best Friend and Older Brother!
I love Him and for that I am here! We live our lives as representatives of Him!
Love you ALL!
Hna Lutz

Monday, June 9, 2014

:) I love this!‏

9 June 2014

Well I'm just down here in Paraguay... Where the weather is perfect... "not too cold and not too hot. All you need is a light jacket."... anyway... I love this time down here... I hate the humidity... but that comes and goes... We did have the sister from the mission come to clean our house, and she was surprised at all the mold we have... I will not be bringing home any of my clothes... :/
We had 2 really tender moments this week. Probably more but when I sit down to write, 2 stand out. 1 is with Cintia. She is the young women that is 15 who is amazing! She is reading like crazy the Book of Mormon and progressing... in everything but coming to church. We are working on that one... This week she told us that we are literally sisters to her and that she loves meeting with us. She said that if we say we are going to pass by Wednesday she just wants Wednesday to come so that we can come over and meet with her! She says that she just loves us so much because we are teaching her things she never knew before (mom!) and we are helping her get closer to God. She is really doing all of it as she prays and reads but we are here like guides. But I thank Heavenly Father often to be part of her conversion process... because I'm learning SO much from her...
Another one is that Monday last week we had a lesson with a new investigator Janet. We sat down and she just started telling us everything about her past, her family and all the scars she has. She then realized that maybe she had been talking too much and she said "sorry I just feel like I can trust you guys" I asked her why she felt that way and she said "I just feel like I've know you guys for a really long time." I was just hit by that and realized (even more) that God's plan is SO perfect and He loves us SO much! He knows exactly who we need to meet and help and know in our life and even though this 16 year old was born in Luque, Paraguay and I was born in Colorado, He found a way for us to meet so that we could help her come back to Him! He knows that we loved her before we got here... and we promised each other we would help the other one back! (I don't know if that is false doctrine but that is how I feel!) 
Also another one... We have been working a lot with Carmen. Our investigadora who would be baptized but she needs to get married and as of right now... her husband doesn't want to meet with us... so we gave her the commitment to kneel in prayer every night with her 3 kids... She says that now they remind her to do it and that when she says it's time for prayers, they come in and kneel down (even the little one who is 2) and they fold their arms and quietly listen (unless it is too long... then they tell her that that is enough... ;)) I Love how quickly children learn things that are hard sometimes for adults to learn! They are just closer to heaven! 
Well that is all for down here this week... I hope these little stories filled you with warmth... I feel like it is Chicken soup for the soul... but it is kinda cold down here.. that is what they all tell me at least... :)
Love you All SO much!!!

Monday, June 2, 2014

oh what a beautiful week!‏

2 June 2014

WOW this was supposed to be another average week in the mission... That did not happen... IT WAS SO AMAZING!
Thursday we knew that the family Flor were going to go to the temple... and they called us in the morning to see if we were going to go with them... and we didn't even know we were invited... So, we called president... for permission... and he gave it to us!!! It was absolutely perfect!!! They were SO happy! And we were SO happy, and it was perfect! They have 2 little kids as you can see and they were in all white and it was just perfect! AH! I loved it! Most of all I felt like what I'm doing is of worth... I know that it is but sometimes it is just so hard to see the end results... There are few baptisms and I have never seen the baptism to temple process fully so it is sometimes hard. And even though I wasn't here for their baptism... I did see the reactivation process for them and so it was a very special day.
Our investigatos are really good. They are so awesome and we learn something new from them every day!
Also, I bore my testimony in Guadani yesterday... Look out world... I'm practically tri-lingual ;) But I really did and for me it was a really big deal! I was shaking like crazy! No dad, my public speaking skills are still horrible... it's all good!
Love you all SO much!!!

Monday, May 26, 2014

and so it begins...‏

26 May 2014

Everyone ready for Christmas... cause we are! The first day of winter was Wednesday and it got cold Thursday! Like cold... rain south winds cold... if that means anything to any of you... here it means cold!
While bundled up but still tracking our favorite pass time it singing Christmas carols in 2 part harmony... mostly because contacting and lessons are becoming scares... Paraguayans do not like the cold... like at all... but we keep going.
We went from 148 attendance to 45 in church this week... and that is how we roll down here... let's hope this 3 month winter is nice to us... and the missionary work.
We did have an amazing morning Saturday. We found 2 new investigators back to back. We taught the Restoration super powerfully both times and the spirit was so thick! Amazing!
I'm coming to a full realization that the Lord sent me here to save myself! I am a different person I once was, and I thank the Lord everyday for changing me! I Love Paraguay and the people and the lessons I'm learning from them! I hope they will remember me... 
I love you all and am forever grateful for the gospel in my life... our lives! Thanks to generations of faithful people!
Love you all!!!