Sunday, August 31, 2014

August 18, 2014

Paysandú is so awesome! Every week it just seems to be getting better and better! This past week went great!

On Tuesday we had zone capacitation where we learned a lot about being obedient, to make sacrifices, and to consecrate ourselves more to the obra. And that night I went on divisiones with Elder Gamarra. He is from my group! We had a great day working in his area and learned a lot from each other. 

Elder Marín and I have been working a lot better together. We started off this change with different levels de animo but now we are on the same page. We are getting rid of all the beliefs that we had about our area and are starting all new. We took on the mentality that we are opening area. The entire attitude has changed in our companionship and we have been seeing miracles. We found 3 new families to teach this past week!! aaahhhh! We are so happy. 

One we found when we went out with the bishop to work in our area. We were looking for a family in a part of our area so we just started asking around. It was the familia Rodriguez, a name super common. But we just knocking doors and people would kind of guide us to where it was. We knocked one house and a lady came out and we asked her and she said that her husband was Rodriguez. So we started talking about the gospel and the family out in front of her gate. And then we asked if we could pass by and share a little bit more. She started talking about how she only had one room in her house and that there was no place to sit, etc. and then our bishop just goes "what do you mean there is no where to sit? There are two chairs out in front of your house right there. That is more than sufficient. We don’t come for your house, we come to save your soul." no joke. Those were his exact words. And then she goes, "seguro? pasen" (okay come in). So there we were sitting in front of her house at 830 at night with 6 people and 3 chairs. Me and my comp went half and half with our chair, bishop had his own, and she had her own with her children. Turns out that her daughter was baptized a few years back. She was going to church with her husband and stopped after they moved. We had such a great lesson and set up to go back this coming week. When we got up, I almost fell right over because my entire right leg was asleep ha-ha. But it was well worth it. 

Then the other night we went out and found another family where the 2 of the kids got baptized and the rest of the family no. the whole family was going to church and then they just stopped. we don’t really know why but when we went back to the house the missionaries before kept a great area book and found out that they were waiting to get married, and that was 8 months ago so they should be married already! The mom in the lesson was sharing her testimony of what the elders had taught before. Aaaahh it was so awesome! 

Then we found Santiago and his family! We were teaching in the house of a member the past week and their son (Santiago) was in the lesson. We talked about faith and repentance and he really liked it so he invited us to go to his house and teach his family as well! We went this past week and have set up to go back on tomorrow!! 

This week has honestly been the best week I have had in Paysandú. And it all changed with our attitude. Once we changed it, repented, and went out to work with all we have, our area is showing us that there is so much to do! Everyone we are teaching right now is progressing. We are finding new people. The members are excited to get out to work. 

Everything is changing! We are so stoked on life right now. Working harder than ever and seeing the blessings. 

My spiritual thought for this week comes from President Spencer W. Kimball--

“I remind you … that regardless of your present age, you are building your life; … it can be full of joy and happiness, or it can be full of misery. It all depends upon you and your attitudes, for your altitude, or the height you climb, is dependent upon your attitude or your response to situations”

I have such a testimony of this. And it got a lot bigger this past week working in Ombú. Every thing starts and ends with your desire and your attitude. We have overcome so many difficulties in our area this past week just by changing our attitude. I encourage you all to try it. If life seems to be going rough, take a minute and take a look at your attitude. I promise you that it will change! 

I know that the church is true. I know that Christ lives. He knows us personally and loves each and every one of us. If we give over to Him our weaknesses, He will make them strong! Give your best and leave the rest up to Him. 

Lets all try a little bit harder to be a little bit better this week! 

Get out there and share your testimony!!!

I love you all so much!

UN abrazo grande, 

Elder Staffieri

Las Fotos:
Choripan y omnibus.
Lunch pails that a member gave us with dinner from national y uruguay.
Elder marín y yo en our room
The missionaries of Ombú : Elder Marin y yo, hernama Risco y hermana Silva
Sending in the logros
The paysandu grafiti
Lunch with the apartment y young.

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