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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Week 6!!!!! (Week 6 in Paraguay!!!)

Familia Y Amigas,

WOW WOW WOW!!! (haha) What a week! This week has literally been AMAZING!!! First of all, we had two baptisms! Marly and Gustavo. They are siblings and are both really close to my age! Marly is 18, and she is the best! It's literally a miracle that they got baptized together, because Marly actually lives outside of our area. We had to jump through a whole lot of hoops to get her cleared to be baptized with her brother. The clearance had to go through the Mission President. There are other reasons why she had to get baptized here, but the point is, we said a lot of prayers, and Heavenly Father answered them!  

Answers to prayers were kind of the theme of this past week. We had a lot of experiences with answers to prayers this week, and I'm going to share a few of them. That one was the first. The second one is kind of silly. (haha) We had to go to the Mission Home this week to take my TRAINING TEST! Funny story. All of you think that I'm not in school, well joke's on you! (haha) I had to take my training test this week...anyways, we were leaving our apartment and we were LATE!!! It's an hour ride by bus to the mission home, and the thing about Paraguay is sometimes you can wait for a bus for 20 or 30 minutes. We said our prayers before we left, hurriedly, and in the prayer I specifically asked that we would catch our bus quickly. So, we left and were walking to the bus stop, and Hermana Cheney saw our bus at the stoplight in front of us...LITERALLY RAN TO THE BUS AND WALKED RIGHT ON IT!!!! (haha) When we sat down, Hermana Cheney leaned over and said... "Well your prayer worked..." (haha) It was the coolest experience ever!

Speaking of buses, funny story... We were on the bus another time this week and had to get off, so I walked to the front of the bus like we always do, and waited for the bus driver to stop... We were in the left lane and there was another bus in the right lane, stopped, so he slowed down a lot right next to this bus to wait... I was confused so I started to take a few steps closer to the door. He was yelling at us in rapid Spanish "Espere espere espere!!!" I thought he was telling us to get off, so I jumped, off of the bus, in moving traffic! (hahahah) Hermana Cheney just about died! It was the greatest thing ever! Apparently "espere" means WAIT! We had a good laugh about that one...

Back to the prayer miracles... I also lost my plaque this week in the calles (streets) of Paraguay at like 8:45 pm... Let me tell you nothing makes you more nervous as a missionary than to lose your plaque! It's like losing a drivers license or something! And, we were supposed to be home at 9. Needless to say, we didn't exactly have time to look for my plaque, but we walked around for a few minutes and tried to find it anyways. Finally Hermana Cheney decided we should say a prayer, and I kid you not, 30 seconds later we found it, MILAGROS!!!! (MIRACLE!!!) (haha) Heavenly Father listens and answers ALL of our Prayers. 

And last, but not least, the greatest prayer milagro (miracle) of all!!! ARE YOU READY? HERMANO (BROTHER) FLOR MADE IT THROUGH THE ENTIRE WEEKEND WITHOUT DRINKING!!!!!!!!!!! Whooooooooooh! He is a completely different person! After conference on Saturday, we went to visit them real fast, and we were so nervous. Saturdays are his bad days. Before he started listening to us he would drink like 25 cans of beer a day. We were praying SO HARD FOR HIM THIS WEEK. I kid you not, I have never prayed so hard for something in my life. Anyways, we were so nervous to visit them but we rounded the corner to their house and knocked, and when we saw him he was completely sober! He's told us he's only going to drink leche (milk) from now on! HOW AWESOME! They are going to get married and baptized this Saturday! I am so happy and so excited! He's changed his life so much, and his family's so much happier! Let me just tell you, the Atonement is for everyone! Anyone can change their life! Thank you all for your prayers for him this week, I know they helped! Keep praying for him to keep it up this week, and the weeks to come!  

Anyways, there's a lot more that happened this week, but I don't have time to tell you all of the stuff... I love you all! Have a good week!  


Hermana Amby Austin

PS Aliza Ann!!! I ran into Sarah Tomco last week in Asuncion! (haha) She says hello! Also, I think she'll be home soon, right? Either way it was way awesome to see someone from home!

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