Tuesday, May 20, 2014

We celebrated Paraguay´s Día de Independencia!  It was Wednesday, and President asked my companion, me, and a few other sisters to go to the parade down town to do some contacting and get some good references. We used some giant, fun Mormon.org posters.  I think we had some success.  TONS of people!!! Tons of  chipa and hamburguesas, haha.  It was beautiful though because it was alongside the river!

This week was wonderful.  So many little miracles. We have a tough part of our area called, ¨La Piedad,¨   because La Piedad, a giant catholic church, sits right in the middle and everyone is a member!  ¨Recatolicos¨ we call them, meaning super catholic.   However, I think the area is ready to explode- with investigators that is- because we found 3 new ones over there this week!  Plus that is where Marcelo lives.  By the way, he was not able to get baptized.  oh you guys he has the greatest testimony ever. Si o si he will get baptized.  He turns 18 this coming January.  The ward treats him like a member now, it is THE greatest!  

Speaking of the ward, they are starting to pick up pace. Well after a little probing and expressing to Bishop the importance of these meetings to us, WE FINALLY HAD WARD COUNCIL!! Which, will now be held every second and fourth week of the month at 7 am before church.  Plus people came!  AND we had chipa afterward! What more could you ask for?  Oh and after the branch, all the leaders (presidents and or councelors) gather and we chat for algunos 3 minutos about who didn´t come, we split, and go visit.  I am so stoked!  He announced the goal of the month (well starting yesterday until the 22 of June) to read the First Book of Nephi.  We are going to do family nights everyweek to read parts of First Nephi together and do a really neat activity we have planned at the end.   I am so happy because EVERYONE knows about it now!  Things are going great!

Love you all! Keep being missionaries and remember the Lord´s hand that is constantly stretched out to all of us.  1 Nephi 1:14 And it came to pass that when my father had read and seen many great and marvelous things, he did exclaim many things unto the Lord; such as: Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty! Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy power, and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth; and, because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish! 
and 20:But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.¨ 

I am reading the Book of Mormon again but focusing in ONE thing, the mercies of the Lord and his invitation to Come Unto Him.  It is really neat.  You should all try it.   Pick a topic and highlight things only about this topic.  Makes reading so much more beneficial than just reading to read.  I am seeing it from a different view now.
Wish you all a wonderful week! xoxo

Con cariño,
Hermana Owen 

Our House

With Banana Trees

Mi y Hermana Rios

Stunning Bella Vista

At the parade down town.


Eating one of my favorites Mbeyu

If you want to know how to make this yummy bread here it is...

Mmmbeyu timeagain!!!  Hermana Gimenez taught us today!  She is makes it just right. If you want to try and make it here is the recipe:

1 Kilo of Almirón (this is flour from mandioca, it is really white)  DO NOT USE FLOUR.
1/3 cup oil
2-3 cups milk or more
2/3 cup or more of butter (softened) if you don´t have butter you can substitute with oil
2 tbsp salt (to your liking really)
and... queso!  You can put how ever much you want in.  We put about 1/3 or more of a kilo.

How to:  Mix in order, crumbling it all up in your hands until the flour and everything is moist. It should be a batter at all.  Only like a moist flour.  You want to be able to break it all up (not stick together) but also not to dry. You can also add more milk if it is to dry.  Put a little oil in a pan and pour about 1 1/2 cups of the flour in the pan, then press down on the sides.  Cook about 1 minute on each side.  It is still white in the end, but don´t worry I think it´s cooked!  Enjoy!