Hello Parents --
How are you doing? I am doing just fine this nice day. ;) It is a super hot day in Paraguay, and it's crazy that I sweat so much. But ya this week was good.
Ana didn't come to church this week, which kind of concerns me because I know baptism is something that she wants, but it's typical from Paraguay that once you start to get serious about something you kind of start to freak out a little bit. I love this country so much, but it isn't the most "commitment friendly" which is kind of hard as a missionary. But I have faith. I know it will all work out. Ana will have to come to church again before we can baptize her, because that's the last thing we would want, is that she gets baptized and then goes stright menos activo (less active) which happens a lot in paraguay. It's really sad that so many people we baptize go inactive, it makes it super hard as missionaries to do what we need to do.
So this week we had our zone meeting for the month of December which was good. President McMullin is worried about our zone and the fact that we aren't getting many ideas about baptism, and so he talked to us a lot about things we can do better in this area. It was very helpful and he is very inspired. I am really excited to start implementing the things President taught to us.
One thing that they changed in zone meeting is that now we don't render numbers, we just render our assistencia and our baptisms. Now the numbers are controlled and it will be better, because there were some Elders who were fudging a little on their numbers so they could look better to President McMullin. I am super excited about that and about the changes that are going to be happening in the mission. It is super sad because compared to the other South American missions, our mission is kind of struggling in overall success in baptisms, and also in retention of the people that we have baptized. It's kind of sad. But hopefully that will all improve with all the recent changes in the Mission. I think the changes are good, and believe the mission is progressing in the right way, and I am extremely excited that I am here so that I am able to help the people of Paraguay that I have grown to know and love. :)
I hope all is going well with all of you. There are good things that are happening here. :)
I love y'all so much!