Monday, February 23, 2015

February 23, 2015

Hi everyone,

My week last week was good.  We had another baptism this week and things are going well.

Sorry for the confusion about who my companion is.  He is from Honduras and he has been serving in Paraguay for a year and 3 months.  He is awesome and we get along really well.  The Elder from Bolivia has been here less time than I have and he is the one who used to kiss the pictures. ;) My companion is the one who had his heart broken from a Dear John from his girlfriend. :(

Church yesterday was great.  We brought some investigators to church.  We also had ward council and are planning a really cool activity for the ward to help out with mission work.  We are really excited about this.

Our investigators are good.  We found a really neat family and they said they have always wanted to go into the church and see how it is.  They have accepted to be baptized in 2 weeks as a family so please pray that everything goes well.

I do a lot of "divisiones".  This is where I get to go to other parts of our area because my companion is the district leader.  A lot of the time I get to work with the other companions in my district.  It's a great way to get to know other parts of the mission and get to know other Elders.  Tomorrow I get to be in another area.

Today we will be going back to visit with the little girls so pray for them.  We are going to try again today to get their father's permission to let them be baptized.  Wish me luck and keep me in mind.  We will be heading there around 2:30.

I'm slowly coming out of my shell.  I like my shell but it's slowly peeling away.  I definitely feel more comfortable.  We are always going up to random people all the time so helps. :)

Neat story this week.  It is the story about how we found the family I mentioned earlier.  We had plans to go to my companions side of the area because we switch off every other day.  When we left our house I had the strongest feeling we needed to go to my area.  I had a feeling we needed to visit an area that we have gone to before but haven't had much luck.  There was one house I hadn't visited yet and I had the strongest feeling we needed to go there.  We decided to go there and it just so happens the family was sitting outside together.  We taught them about faith in Christ and baptism and they were so happy to hear from us. They are the family that has accepted to be baptized in 2 weeks.  It was the greatest feeling.  Always follow the spirit.

A mission is hard.  There are days where I would love to take a day off and sleep.  Most days we leave in the heat and walk around just to be rejected. But then we find those people that do want to listen and it makes it all the hard work worth it.

I can hardly believe that this week will make it 6 months that I have been gone.  It's so awesome but sad at the same time.  I love my mission even though it gets hard at times.  I know I shouldn't be anywhere else.  I love it and will be so sad to leave when the time comes.

I love you all
Thanks for keeping me in your prayers.
Elder Heugly

 Our baptism of Irma this week

 Me sleeping.  My companion took this...he thinks he is so funny :)

My companion Elder Guerra and me 

Monday, February 16, 2015

New Companion Elder Guerra from Honduras

Hey everyone, 

How is it going?  A lot has happened since I last wrote you.  2 big events have taken placed.  Ana was baptized on Saturday and I have a new companion.  

He is from Honduras and his name is Elder Guerra. He was in the other companionship that was living in the house with me and Elder Diaz.  We are still in Yaguarón but right now we are the only missionaries here.  We have all of it and we have a lot to do now with such a big area to ourselves.  We get a long really well since we already knew each other and lived together so it hasn't been much of a change.  This is the first time this week I have had to use English so sorry it it is bad. ;)

We now have the house all to ourselves.  There used to be four of us and now it is just the two of us so we have our own everything...own fridge, own bed (he used to share a bunk bed with his other companion) 

We have a whole bunch of new investigators but I barely know them right now.  I will let you know more about them as I get to know them better.  

The girls didn't come to church this week.  Not sure what happened.  I haven't been able to visit them in a while but I will let you know next week if anything changes.  

The baptism of Ana was really nice.  It only took me one try this time. ;)  She was terrified of the water but all went well and she was confirmed yesterday in church.  Ana was my first ever investigator and it was so nice to be able to baptize her.  I wasn't sure I was going to be able to with transfers.  

Ryan told me about Elder Evans.  So sad. Hopefully he gets feeling better and gets back out there.  

Thanks for thinking of my birthday already.  Garments and ties would be great.  I told Dad about a scripture case I really could use.  Anything else would be awesome.  Maybe some scripture markers and pens.  Gum of course is always nice and whatever treats, chocolate and gummies like the blue sharks with the white bottoms, anything really.  Can't believe I am almost 19.  

Tell Mom not to worry.  This wasn't my 1st transfer.  I  am on my 5th right now.  It wasn't scary...LOL...tell her to give me some credit. Hahahaha

Love you all a lot.  Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. 


 My Old District 
 My Old District being CRAZY! 
 Ana's Baptism 
(Loving the dog in the picture and could Elder Heugly's pants be any bigger on him?!? He is seriously melting out there) ;)
Present left in my notebook from my companion Elder Guerra 

February 9, 2015

Hi everyone.  Things are great here in Asunción.  My investigator Ana (the single mom) came to church with us on Sunday and is going to be baptized this Saturday.  She is awesome. 

Still no luck with the girls.  Their Dad is still causing a lot of problems.  I am just being patient and pray that one day he will allow them to be baptized.  We are just going to give him his space.  

The week has been good.  Not too much has happened except for yesterday.  A drunk man came up to us (which happens all of the time here) and was following us around and wouldn't leave us alone.  He turned out to be a member and told us his whole story.  He isn't active right now but said he wanted to quit drinking and go to church.  He then told us he wanted to live with us and become a missionary. We couldn't take him with us because he was so drunk and would have scared everyone.  He tried following us for a while and wouldn't leave us alone.  We ended up having to call our district leader and what not and get instructions on what we should do. We ended up having to run and ditch him which we felt bad about.  People are always drinking here there are a lot of drunk people wandering around.  They can get kind of crazy.  

Other than that not much has happened.  We have transfers this Wednesday at like 3 in the morning.  I will for sure be getting a new companion since I have been with Elder Diaz since the beginning.  I think I will end up staying in my area but who knows.  For sure Elder Diaz will be leaving since he has been in the area for a long time.  I am thinking that they will transfer Elder Guerra from Honduras and leave Elder Justiano to stay here with me but I have no clue.  Guess I will find out in a couple of days.  Should be exciting.

The new mission president looks like a good guy.  Hopefully he is a great as Elder Agazzani.  I guess we will find out in a few months.  

The weather just keeps getting hotter but I guess it is better than the rain so I will survive.  Send some cold weather my way. 

Dad told me about his promotion.  I didn't understand it too well but it sounds exciting.  What's this I hear about Sammie and a boy?  If she starts acting up just do what they do here and pull a stick from a tree and smack her. ;) I'm not kidding they do that here and it keeps these kids in line.  They are terrified of the stick.  Tell Bridger he is just too smart! How do you teach yourself to read?  That's just crazy!  

Tell everyone I love and miss them all so much

Love Drew (Elder Heugly) 

 Ana my first investigator and her family
 Ana and her family...same picture just with her house in the background.  Her house she lived in when we met her was destroyed by a storm.
 My zone
Me and the family Olmedo from my branch

Better late than never...

A couple of weeks ago this gem showed up in the mailbox.  A little past due but it was like Christmas all over again.  It is a picture of President and Hermana Agazzani.  It was taken the day Drew arrived to the mission home.  President Agazzani will be there until July 2015 and they will return home and President and Hermana Wilson from Uruguay will replace them.  Drew has loved President Agazzani and his family.