Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"One of the coolest experiences of my life!" 2/7/11

Hey Everybody!!!!!

Sounds like everyone is doing really well back in the US.  Also sounds like the ward is killing it in the missionary work department.. Well done.  And since Dad can wear my jeans now it sounds like he is hitting the gym hard.  ¨Workin on his fitness¨  That is great that the Packers won the Super Bowl because now Brett Farve can finally really retire.

Ok so about this week.  Things were awesome this week I had one of the coolest experiences of my life and I get to experience it again this Thursday.  So last Thursday we went to a place called Santa Clara.  It is a little town closer to Pedro Juan.  We went with some guys form Pedro Juan and they wanted us to come because my comp speaks Guarani e´te (really good).  So here is how the trip went down. We went on a collectivo to the Santa Clara road.  Then we met up with the other elders where we hopped in a taxi that drove us for about an hour and a half on an all dirt and rock road while driving past a lot of farms and little usual Paraguayan houses.  We stopped and parked the taxi.  Then we walked for about two hours through THICK JUNGLE!!! Like I mean really thick like what you see in the movies like in Preditor, that's the jungle I was walking through.  We crossed rivers saw tarantulas the size of my whole hand and used a machete to get through most of the stuff.  After the two hours of hiking we reached an INDIAN TRIBE!! Sooo sickkkk!!  They are pitted in the back of this jungle in the middle of nowhere with mountains and hills surrounding them.  They speak only Guarani and had a little girl that wanted to be baptized.  After meeting the tribe and the chief, we sat and sang songs in Guarani and Spanish and had a baptismal service.  Then we walked down to the river and Elder Hill baptized Cynthia.  It was such a cool baptism because these people barely ever get to hear the gospel and they love it when they can.  It was so cool, when we walked by the first house that family followed and then the next and the next until the whole tribe was following us to the chief's house.  By the way they don´t where like feathers or anything, but they live in these little houses with straw roofs and sticks for the walls.  It was an amazing experience and the spirit was so strong when we were all singing the songs and when Cynthia was baptized.

That was really the highlight of the week, but we had a good fast and testimony meeting with 12 people there.  I love it though, I love this rama (ward) and our Branch President is really trying hard to do his best at being president.  He really wants to learn and do his best. He is just really uneducated.  He can´t really read, so he can´t study his scriptures and he doesn`t know Spanish very well so he has to teach in Guarani.  But it is ok, we are working with him.  Also something cool that we are doing with Adilson.  He is a 21 year old guy who breaks the law of chastity like every week and drinks and basically does it all.  So we are going to take him to the top of one of the mountains here and bare our testimonies with him as well as bluntly tell him that unless he changes his ways he is doing exactly what satan wants him to.  Well, we are working hard and it is going well.  I love it here and I love being a missionary.  Love you all very much and am so grateful for all you do for me, especially Mom and Dad.  Thanks for everything.

Elder Pearson

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