Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 9, 2015

Hey Everyone,

This week was a good one.  We didn't have as much success as I would have liked but we are still working hard.

The investigators are good.  It is always hard to get them to come to church when there is rain because even the members don't go when it is raining.  It was tough because it has been pretty ugly weather this week.  I sometimes feel like the weather is working against us.

My companion is good.  We get a along well so not much to complain about.  He's a good guy and I am training him well.  Training is coming to an end.  December 2nd are transfers and he will no longer be the new guy in the mission field.

Each week we teach gospel principles.  It's for new members and I teach it alone most of the time since my companion is still working on his spanish.  He is getting a lot better though.  It's a good class and I have learned how to teach a class so it has been a good experience for me.

I got the package you all sent and Allan and Marco say thank you.  For Christmas I am in need of deodorant and 2 long sleeved shirts.  I sent my shirts to be taken in and the cut off the sleeves.  Other than that I don't really need anything.  Maybe a new pair of black shorts for p-day.  I only have one pair and could probably use another pair.  I don't think it is possible but I would love a Dr. Pepper haha oh and maybe some wheat thins, I miss those a lot.  Other than that I am great.

I'm glad all is well with everyone at home.  I was in Asunción today because my companion had to fill out some papers for his visa.  I forgot to grab my camera when we left.  The computers here are bad as well so I probably wouldn't have been able to send them anyway.  I will do my  best for next week.

I hadn't heard of the new church announcement.  Don't worry about what people are saying, that is something I have learned especially being here.  It seems like everyone is against us so we need to be strong and remember God is always with us.  Especially when we are going through hard times.  Helaman 5:12 is a scripture I love a lot that I think will help you.  We have to build our house upon the rock of Christ and be strong.  Remember the wise man built his house upon the rock and the foolish man build his house upon the sand and the rain washed it away.  Stay faithful and know I am always praying for you every morning and night.

I love you

Elder Heugly

Sunday, November 8, 2015

November 2, 2015

Hello Everyone, 

I am really short on time this week so I am going to make this short so I can send some pictures.  

All is well with me. My rash is getting better little by little.  

We had a baptism this week and it was awesome.  Her name is Norma and I mentioned her in my last letter.  It was a great day.  

Allan and his family are doing great.  His Mom added Mom on Facebook.  She said she wants to know everything that I do after the mission. :) hahaha

Everything is going great with my companion.  He is doing an amazing job.  I should get the package tomorrow.  My zone leaders told me they have it.  Thanks for sending it, I can't wait to see what is inside and give the scriptures and ties to Allan and Marco.

I am so sorry this is so short this week.  We are really short on time today and I really want to send pictures so Mom knows I am alive. :) 

I love you all

Love Elder Heugly 

 Allan and Me with the Vargas Family

 Norma's Baptism

Norma's Baptism...what a great day :) 

Rashes and New Investigators...

Hey Everyone,

Things are going good here.  This past week has been a great one.  We were able to  find so many new investigators, it was incredible.

We focused this past week a lot on finding people.  We visited members asking them for people we could visit and we had a lot of success with that.  We were able to find 15 people to teach this week.

We have a baptism this coming Saturday.  The sister we are baptizing rejected the missionaries for almost 5 years.  Her daughter's were just baptized recently and now she has decided it is her turn.  It was a real testimony builder that there are people waiting for me to find them.

My favorite experience this week was giving a talk in church.  My companion gave his first talk and said the gospel is like chocolate milk.  It's delicious and everyone wants it so we need to invite others to try it.  It was pretty funny.  We give talks every 4th sunday and this week we both talked about mission work.  We actually give a lot of talks and we also teach a class every Sunday.

I am excited I wasn't transferred.  I think I will finish up training and then I will end up being moved but we will see.  Transfers are no fun even though I know they need to happen.  They don't tell you until super late and then we head out early in the morning. It makes saying Goodbye hard to do. :(

My rash is slowly getting better little by little.  The Dr. said it was an allergic reaction but isn't quite sure what to.  He said I have to watch what I touch and eat and don't do anything out of the normal.  UMMMM I'm in Paraguay!?! HAHAHA  Besides that everything is good here with me.

I love you all and hope you are all doing well

Elder Heugly

Monday, October 26, 2015

October 19, 2015

Hey Everyone,

So I have a nice rash all over my chest and legs and it stinks, but what can you do?  It's pretty itchy so I will be heading to the Dr. this week.  It's pretty far away and taking the bus isn't fun.  Don't worry though I will be just fine.  The church pays for me to see the Dr. but not for the travel and medicine.

Besides my rash this week was good.  Hard to top last week but it still was a great week.  We have 2 more baptisms set for the 31st and so that is exciting.

Church yesterday was good. It was the primary program so that is always fun to see.  The kids here are pretty naughty and love to cause trouble so it made the program pretty interesting.

There is no Halloween here but they do celebrate the day of the dead.  It's not the same as Halloween at all.

This week Allan was made our ward mission leader.  It is really awesome and I know he will do an amazing job!

The hardest thing so far on my mission has been learning the language.  At the beginning of the mission it was rough and definitely hard to not understand what people were saying.  I am so grateful I can say now that I can speak it perfectly. :)

When I feel the spirit the strongest is when we are testifying of our savior and the truthfulness of the gospel and the investigator feels the spirit as well.  Nothing better than this.

My favorite scripture is Alma 29:9  "I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it.  I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.

I hope you are all doing well.  I love you all!
I will keep you posted on my rash, maybe Mom was right about having a worm. hahaha

Elder Heugly

October 12, 2015

Hey Everyone,

This past weekend was very busy and was definitely one I won't be able to forget.  It was incredible. Having 6 baptisms all in one day was a life changer.  I baptized Lia and Jazmina and My companion baptized Sol and Magali and then Allan baptized his brother Esteban and Marco baptized Stella.  It was an amazing experience to be apart of and made for one awesome picture.  It was an experience I will never forget!!

Things are really good right now.  We are working with a girl named Gloria and another woman named Norma.  Norma is the mother of Sol and Jazmin.  We are finding a lot of new people and I've come to learn that when I am the most obedient I receive the most blessings.

Things are still really good with my companion.  I would say he is well adjusted.  He is really doing great and learning his Spanish quickly.

The dentist was good last week so no worries.  I just had some teeth problems that needed to be fixed.  I think I already know my release date which is so strange.  The papers say I am going home on August 9th.  So strange to already know this and I know it is going to come up on me so quickly.  I really want you to come and get me.  I would love to take you around so you can meet all of the people I love so much.  It will be hard to say goodbye when the time comes.  I really do love the people here and love watching the gospel change their lives.

I will make sure and tell Allan hi from all of you.  If he can't read something he always asks me and I help him translate it.   Allan was able to baptize his younger brother and that was amazing to witness.  it was a real testimony builder for him. That would be so nice of you to send him and Marco a little package.  I know they would really appreciate it.

Thanks for all you do.
I love you all tons,

Elder Heugly

District Activity

Best day of my life! 

 Baptism of Stella, Magali and Lia with Me, Marco and Elder Kandare

 Baptism of Sol and Jazmina with Me and Elder Kandare

Baptism of Esteban with Me, Allan and Elder Kandare 

October 5, 2015

Hello Everyone,

My week was good, really good.  No exciting stories like last week but this week we had conference and I loved it.  I also went to the dentist with some teeth issues. The teeth issues were no fun but because I had to travel to see the dentist we got to eat at Mcdonalds so that was pretty exciting. haha  The door story is going to be hard to beat for sure.  I don't have to pay for the broken door so that is a good, they are just going to leave it as it is.

We are teaching a lot of people right now.  We have 6 baptisms this Saturday.  Yes 6! We are very excited for this.  It will be my companions first time baptizing anyone since he arrived in Paraguay so that is really exciting for him.  The 6 that will be baptized this week are Sol, Jazmin, Esteban, Magali, Lia and Estela.  They are great and we are super excited for them.

Things are going great with my companion.  He is learning really fast and is getting adjusted.  He is a fast learner.  The training is for 12 weeks and so changes would be December 2.  I could go before then but that would be  pretty unlikely.  I don't know if Allan will get his call before but I am hoping I am still here to see him open it.  He still has quite a bit to get done before he can submit his papers.

The mission president is great.  We had interviews about 2 weeks ago and I really like him.  He isn't the same as President Agazzani but still a really nice guy.

Elder Marzano is good.  I see him all the time so it is almost like he is still my companion.  He has a companion from Texas so his companion translates everything for him.  You can just write him in English.  I know he enjoys hearing from you.

Conference was so good this time.  I was able to watch all of the sessions in Spanish because someone had to sit with our investigators.  I learned a lot and loved all of it.  I especially loved the talk on Ponderize.  The scripture I would have you "Ponderize" is 3 Nephi 18:18-21.  It's a little longer but it talks about the importance of prayer in the family.

I also enjoyed the talk in the Saturday afternoon session given on what the spirit can do for us.  If we listen it can tell us everything we need to know.

I loved the picture of the Guarana.  The picture you sent me is the good stuff.  We can't even find that here.  I'm glad you got to try but I can't believe you didn't like it, it's amazing!!

I love you all and hope you have a great week.

Elder Heugly

Me at the Dentist

Pre Conference dinner at Allans house 

Conference with my district 

September 28, 2015

Hey Everyone,

Things are well here, No complaints.  Training is going good and things are good with my companion.  Our investigators are great and things are really progressing with my companion.  We are baptizing a lot.  We had a baptism on Saturday and then on October 10th we have 3 or 4 more and the on the 17th we have 3 more scheduled.  Pretty much things couldn't be better right now.

We have district meetings every Tuesday and then Zone activities and meetings every 2 or 3 months or so.  We only have activities once every change.  I have 6 Elders and 2 Hermanas in my zone and none of them are from the MTC.  Sadly I don't see any of them very much.

We had a very funny story happen at our baptism this last week.  I was the one performing the baptism so I went into the bathroom with Allan to change and we closed the door so nobody would come in. When we went to leave we couldn't get the door open.  We thought that someone was playing a joke on us and had locked the door but it turns out the door was just jammed.  We were stuck in the bathroom for about an hour and a half.  We tried to leave through a window but we couldn't fit and then we thought maybe we could fit through the ceiling but couldn't do that either.  We finally after an hour and a half had to kick the door down. :(  We were able to escape but the door is now broken.  It really was quite hilarious and the sister who was baptized will never forget her baptism day.  I was able to still perform the baptism and everything went well.  I will attach the picture so you can see it. ;)

I am looking forward to General Conference this year.  I will be headed to Nemby for it and will have investigators who will be coming as well.

So sorry for the short email this week.  I am really short on time and really want to send pictures.

All is well here.  Can't complain about all of the success we are having.

I love you all!
Elder Heugly

The Sealing 

Elder Heugly isn't always the greatest at telling us about the pictures but this picture stood out to us the most.  This cute man who was just sealed to his family looks so much like his best friend Ryan.  We have showed the picture to many people, even Ryan himself and everyone agrees.  

Elder Heugly, Elder Kandare and Allan 

Elder Kandare, Linsa and Elder Heugly 

Elder Heugly and the broken door

Linsa after being baptized.  A day she will never forget thanks to Elder Heugly being trapped in the bathroom for 1 1/2 hours ;)