Week 23: Hernandarias Paraguay

“Get thee hence satan” – Jesus Christ

Hello folks! another GREAT week here in Hernandarias!:) This email wont be TOO long, because I don’t have much time!:) But this week I finally decided to not care what my companion says and took a different approach to our companionship, which by that I mean… I WORKED HIM TO DEATH, I DROPPED CANE ON ANY RULE BREAKING, I was very stern, and he was mad at me more than 90% of the week, but we made a lot of progress, and I feel that he will be a better missionary because of it! One thing I have learned from Elder Eddenfield that has helped me a lot, is don’t let his disobedience ruin yours, and that I can’t be afraid to drop cane and be the bad guy!

Elder Nielsen and Santa

Everyone always told me “You will make life long friends on the mission and what not” and I was like ya right, I will be with people who aren’t named Brink, Zac, Connan, Jace, Mike, Paden! but then I met Dallen Eddenfield, and he has become a brother to me! We push each other to be better everyday in everything! I love that dude!

Anyways we had some cool experiences with less actives this week! So first off when ya buy a coke here it comes in a glass bottle most of the time, and so I took that and cleaned it and bought candies and wrote a number on them! each number correlated to a gospel principle, and then played spin the bottle, and whoever it landed on dumped out a candy, and then had to share about that topic such as (first vision, Book of Mormon, why we are here, and things like that) just simple things, and it was shocking to see that these people who had been members for over 10, 20, 30 years couldn’t answer, so then I do my favorite thing and whip out the bible and drop a little cane by using the words of Christ, which actually resulted in 3 less actives at church which always feels good to see some fruits from your labors!I learned that not only obedience, but willing happy obedience is the key! YOU WILL RECIEVE BLESSINGS! Obedience is a huge thing for my Mom as well, which also reminds me what I need to do here to become the best missionary I can be!

Elder Mahoney, Elder Nielsen, Elder Eddenfield

ALSO one day we went to the area of some other elders to try and find a map of our city, and it rained so so so hard we couldn’t leave! we were walking in water up to our knees! it was NUTZ! No taxis or anyone would drive, so we were stuck there which was fun! I was with Elder Merrill who has one less transfer than I, and we just talked and reminisced about our lives before!

Elder Nielsen and Elder Eddenfield

SPIRTUAL THOUGHT WHOOOOHOOOO!
GET THEE HENCE SATAN – Matthew 4:10! What I have learned as a missionary is something I wish I would have learned sooner, but everyone thinks missionaries aren’t tempted they’re perfect yaddayadayada, but we are, a lot, and my new favorite thing to say is “Get thee hence satan” and I just yell it! and no one has a clue what I am saying bc I live in Paraguay like 2 minutes from the brazil border, and it truly works folks, when in doubt get satan out! also.. DON’T DO STUPID THINGS!

Okay that is all I love you all and hope y’all had a great week, also in the words of Elder Eddenfield, WOOOOOW (in a very sincere happy voice), my sister is going to have a baby soon.

Me and the homie Dallen Eddenfield straight postin, boi!:)

Me and the homie Dallen Eddenfield straight postin, boi!:)

 

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Week 22: Hernandarias Paraguay

I AM MORE THAN A MISSIONARY… I AM A HIPSTERNARY… LOL

This week weeennnntttt by supa fast! Tuesday was super duper rainy, and so that just makes it so much harder to have success, and what not, but we did meet with some investigators, and that’s always a good time. I love teaching people, its just so entertaining, some of the questions and things people say kill me.

 

Elder Eddenfield, Sister La Pierre, President La Pierre, Elder Nielsen

Elder Eddenfield, Sister La Pierre, President La Pierre, Elder Nielsen

Anyways so on Wednesday we had a Zone Conference, which means that president and the AP´s were there, which no one really cares about the AP´s, but when president speaks its just pure inspiration flowing out of a mouth. You can literally ask him any question about anything, and he will tell you exactly what scripture, verse, and what word number to start on, and it will be exactly right no matter what. He is mind blowngly smart. So we have this one investigator who has over 10 church attendances, she is 16, and her dad doesn’t wanna give her permission to be baptized, but I asked president and he said we could email her mom who is in Spain, and is a member, for her permission! So that will be AWESOME if it all works out all right!

Elder Nielsen, Elder Maxwell?, and Elder Eddenfield at Zone Conference

Elder Nielsen, Elder Maxwell?, and Elder Eddenfield at Zone Conference

We have been working with like a zillion less actives, which can be fun, but also a struggle in its self because you know they know that this church is true, or you know they don’t know who Joseph smith was, and you just wanna kill the missionaries who baptized them. So then it becomes a struggle of how to teach them because you don’t wanna offend them by teaching them something they already know, so then I just resort to dropping cane and giving them all of the lessons super slowly until they ask why I am doing it, then I say because clearly the first time wasn’t good enough so were starting from square one.

Nielsen y Investigator

I was confronted with a lot of anti-mormon material this week, and man am I blessed to have just finished Jesus the Christ and had my bible ready, and man did I bash, those J-Dubs (Jehovah’s Witnesses) aint got nothing! they are just a bunch of psychos, and another asked me about my magic underwear and that they watched videos about it on YouTube, and why in the temple we wear different clothing, and he literally acted all of the sacred ordinances we do in the temple. To this I was heartbroken, the lack of respect of people is so ugly. the only thing that it does for me though is build my testimony, because why would satan try to tear down peoples faith if its not the true faith? Why would he try to pull people away from a church that is not correct? Ever since Christ was on the earth there has been persecution, so while it is in different forms today, we should still expect it to be there, and we should still face it as the savior did, with love, compassion, and patience.

Elder Zuñiga and Elder Nielsen

Elder Zuñiga and Elder Nielsen

I know this church is true with all of my heart and soul and life and body and yeah.. also s/o to Joseph Smith for praying in the sacred grove and seeing a vision. In the words of President LaPierre, “If you have a testimony of the first vision then does anything else really matter? Because if he saw a vision then everything else is true.”

On Sunday I had 2 talks I had one in sacrament about the atonement and I dropped cane so hard about atonement, and then like 8 members scheduled meetings with the branch president, and then I gave a devotional about the first vision! it was awesome!

Sorry I don’t have much time right now, as I am heading to central to chill with my brotha Elda Eddenfield, I will be back on later tho to chat it up and what not. remember when in doubt council out.

I love you all!
Ro hay hu!!
Les Quiero todos!
Elder KingBrayd 🙂

Also follow the council on twitta and insta

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Also follow this link, my comp had to make a video to send to his stake in
Chile, and I was just chilling in the video, and talk a little in the end,
might entertain ya for a minute!:)

Video de Elderes Nielsen y 


Week 21: Hernandarias Paraguay

Mbaraka Ovama (Barack Obama) in guarani means “I already moved the guitar”

Okay folks! so I am gonna start this email off a little bit different this beautiful Monday in Paraguay! I just wanna let the homies (Z,Brink,CWALL,JI,PRhees,DirtyMike) know how grateful I am for their examples in my life. I know for a fact that I would not be where I am now, doing what I am doing right now with out them. They were with me through it all, and honestly they are the MOST solid group of guys you will ever meet in your life. I mean c’mon Zac postin in England with his fresh new suit can always even HOURS away make me smile. Brink in Washington has been with me since 6th grade and literally is a member of my family, and my twin not much more to say. CWall is on some island somewhere and he literally probably is one of the most solid, dedicated and smartest people you will ever meet, there are 3 things that are for sure in this world the sky is blue, the church is true, and Connan is sexy-ZAC, then you got Jace to the Iverson in brazil and he has always been the good example to all of us, I think we could have gotten in a lot more trouble and done a lot more stupid things with out him, and he is supa smart and sees the good in EVERYONE. Then PRhees in Chile and if you ever need a good chill time full of super deep conversations give him a call, or if you wanna spend a little cash he is your man as well, I cant count the times me and him went and just got some good food, or hit up the mall. then Mikey the dirty in Tennessee, me and him did more stupid childish things together in one year than anyone should do in your life. he’s my wingman for sure, and old women love him, and disabled people. So what I am saying here is that each of them have super amazing qualities, and I can only hope, pray, and work my butt off to try to come back from my mission as good as they will. I mean they are my competition for the ladies 😉 no but really I am so so so so blessed to have these guys in my life, council for life. El Consejo por vida. Hebrews 13:1.

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Anyways gettin on with the week! Tuesday was super chill because it rained a lot! so its super hard to do anything because as ya know us as missionaries aren’t allowed to swim, so it makes gettin down the road pretty hard, but the rain here is super cool how fast and hard it comes in, and there is so so so so much lightning!:) we did have a noche de hogar (FHE) with our branch pres which was supposed to start at 630 so we get there at 630 then we ended up watching some TV with him about that pawn shop show in Vegas and he just kept asking me questions about the US and then telling me how he could destroy it:) I do love that guy a lot! so we just sat around drinking Mate (some super weird but super good drink with herbs and hot water, Google it, Paden knows what I am talking about)! But there is also terere which is mate but cold with juice and it is delicious!:)

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Wednesday was also pretty chill! We went out after our studies around 9 and had a little success with some lessons!:) After that my comp wanted to work on his talk/video he is going to send home for his stake conference or something so we were at the Cyber (internet place) for a little and I was doing my research on what team I wanna be (Everyone is Paraguay asks if you’re Olimpia or Cerro, and in Argentina they ask River or Boca) And I am thinking I am Olimpia and River, so there’s that! Its kinda a big decision in my life here as it can make or break relationships! They are nuts with their soccer and I couldn’t love it more. here wearing soccer jerseys is the thing. everyone has a team they like from every division and country and everything! there is ALWAYS a game on, and I love just clapping at someone’s gate and saying “Podemos mirar el partido con ustedes por favor????:) which means can we watch the game with ya? and then they almost always say yes, and I love that you don’t have to ask if there is a game ever. there is always a game. and then I quickly whenever there is a mistake I bring up the atonement and either get a lesson or get kicked out!:) Wednesday night we had Noche De rama which is just family home evening for the branch and we played ping pong. I am proud to say I didn’t lose. the ping pong game is real my friends!:) And then we went to eat some hamburgers (hamburger, egg, ham, and weird cheese) at the place we always go, and there is a girl there who’s mom owns it who LOVES me. like bad. she texts us every night asking if I can take her to America, or saying she loves my eyes or hair or smile. she’s nuts, but the burgers are good. 🙂

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Then on Thursday we did our weekly planning and then did some service at the branch presidents house, and helped him move some rocks and sand for him! while we were waiting for him to get home, there is a little soccer field kinda by his house that we went to and I was able to play soccer for a little bit and that like made my life, until some punk kinds started trying to have beef with me, I was like seriously what are you 12? and then they walked away and stopped trying to have beef! After we went to our burger place and enjoyed us a little soccer, it was Cerro vs. Boca and it was some super super UGLY soccer for what are supposed to be 2 of the best teams in south America! everyone here was supa mad because Boca won 4-1 and 5-1 on aggregate, and I was like yeah its probs bc you guys pushed 9 guys and they got 3 late counterattack goals 3 on 1 with the keeper, I do love watching soccer with people here though! its the fastest way for me to gain some level of respect from them because I actually know what I am talking about!:) After the game we got a call to give a Menos Activo (less active) a blessing of consejo (I cant remember the word in English) and my comp did that. its super hard to give blessings and nerve racking in a different language! we are told to always let a native do it if possible because we don’t know the language too well, but it was still a good experience, whenever you get to lay your hands upon someone’s head in faith knowing the power of god and the grace of Jesuristo is enough to help this person get through whatever they are currently going though is always an awesome experience.

Friday well I will start with Thursday night! HOLY CRAP it was raining so so so hard all night! and the thunder was super strong. I will say the thunder here is different than at home its so much deeper, louder, longer, and more powerful. Its so powerful that it shakes your bed and house, it is impressive. all of Friday was supa stormy! it would stop raining for a good 5 min and then you would hear some thunder and that just makes the clouds wake up or something and then all of a sudden you’re soaked! its super hard to have success in the rain because as I am sure ZD knows in England no one wants to talk to someone who is soaking wet and trying to change their religion, so for that Friday was a little hard in the working side, but nevertheless a good day!:)

Saturday we did some more service for the branch president and I dug like a 10 foot hole for a well, whale, wale, idk, anyways it was so hot, but so so so fun! then we went to the central of hernandarias where some other elders are and there was an activity thing there with like stands from every country and it was super fun!! They had a USA stand and the people in it were just rocking cowboy hats and were supa cool and supa funny!!:)

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Sunday I gave a talk about the holy ghost, and I was the last speaker which meant I had over 35 min to speak to fill, so I just went off in English, and then said how its the same for me when the speak in Guaraní, yet I can still feel the spirit in other languages because of the power of the holy ghost and everyone in the branch was like knocked out of their chairs! its funny how when natives and members get up to speak its supa loud and no one is listening, but the moment an American gets up there, it is SILENT, and everyone is looking at you like you’re an apostle. it is such a neat experience! we have this supa supa pretty 19 year old in our branch and she’s supa cool and all, but she just told me she fell n love with me at first sight, and that she feels like she should marry me, and I was like uhhh..

ANYWAYS I FINISHED 803 pages of Jesus The Christ. Wow! What a book! That grew my testimony times a million! Jesus was the man and a half, and as Connan said `can you look him in the eye and tell him he hasn’t done enough for you?` I know that I cant now for sure! I also invite you to read the attributes of Christ in PMG, especially after reading that I have a new respect, and testimony that Jesus is THE CHRIST. the only begotten of the Father, the God of the old testament. HE IS MY REDEEMER, AND the redeemer of the world.

The church is true, the sky is blue and.. you know the rest.

Week 20: Hernandarias Paraguay

Hello folks! Another week down here in PARAGUAY! This week was pretty good! I have really really focused on loving my companion and I do love the little Chilean! He is super funny, and outgoing and I like that. He also is down to work, which is key.

Meditation

Anyways not a TON happened this week, and I don’t wanna take too much of your reading time, but long story short I LOVE THE RAIN, it rains so so so much here. When it rains missionaries don’t have to work because its considered dangerous, so we just chill and listen to music, and play in the rain some.

IT RAINED A TON HERE! You can't tell super well, but the streets are completely flooded and I am just straight chillin' in the midst of it. I love love love the rain, and it always rains so that's a good agreement!:)

IT RAINED A TON HERE! You can’t tell super well, but the streets are completely flooded and I am just straight chillin’ in the midst of it. I love love love the rain, and it always rains so that’s a good agreement!:)

Also I love the food here. especially Asaditos (refer to picture) which is basically a shishkabob? I dunno if I spelt that right, but its a little stick with meat and one thing they do well here is make mad meat taste GREAT! Which is a miracle for me and my stomach!

kabob

One thing I loved about this week was I would talk to Elder Thomas EVERYNIGHT he legit is one of my brothers now, and was before, but especially now. I haven’t been so happy my whole mission as when I am talking to him, and then on Thursday he calls and says he’s being emergency transferred to Argentina, which sucks for us cause you cant call between the countries… so that was SUPER saddening and put a damper on my whole life! I hope he is doing good in Argentina though! He is super cool and athletic and what not and I think you should follow him on insta @BrenanThomas.

Anyways I am teaching English here which is fun! And also the snake game here is on point. I have girls texting me asking if I will take them to the states and every girl I pass says something. its super entertaining. there is this one girl in our ward who is 19 and I’m telling ya if only she spoke English she would be a keeper, good thing I’m teaching her 😉 lol.. I am also teaching the branch pres how to use a computer. Like simple things like copy and paste. How blessed am I of the knowledge of copy and paste and EVERYTHING on a computer. I have never realized how blessed I am to be from the US of fetching A! It really is the best place ever, and then to be from Utah the best state in the best nation is just like whoa. Anyways that’s about it from me. I love you all.

This is our Branch President. HE IS THE MAN! He is super funny, and way cool. We always argue about if anyone could beat the USA in a war, and he is always calling me with new strategy!

This is our Branch President. HE IS THE MAN! He is super funny, and way cool. We always argue about if anyone could beat the USA in a war, and he is always calling me with new strategy!

I would share some spiritual thought with ya guys, but I know every missionary and their dog is sending one, so ill hold back this week. Instead I will share a dream I had. I now have this uncanny ability to remember my dreams. me and Elder Thomas keep dream journals which is super fun. I will write down random words on my paper when I wake up during the night and then wake up and remember the dream more or less. On the night of Halloween I dreamed about chillin with all of the council and having a party at my house and just chillin, and then me and my dad and dirty mike all went to Costco, and mike at this time was having problems getting rejected by girls (typical mike) and all of these like grandmas were hitting on him and everything (for some reason he is super good with disabled and old people, let your imagination wonder why ;)) and yeah that’s about it.

Remember land of the free and home the brave. Kings do king things.

@BrenanThomas
@KingBrayd