Send letters or packages to:

Ryan James LaFaye Tel 595 21-601-392
Paraguay Asuncion Mission Mission office phone
2881 Del Maestro c/Caballero
Barrio Herrera

Monday, April 29, 2013

My younger brother entering the MTC this week


I cant believe this week has come.. Randy is entering the MTC, and my trainer Elder Schone gave his farewell testimony in his last consejo de lideres. I'm probably entering my last month in Ybate. Time flyyyyyys by.
It was a good/interesting week. In my mission I have learned that I have a lot of patience with investigators.. sometimes this is good, and sometimes bad. This week it turned out good. We have been teaching Derlis for about 2 months, he has a problem with crack, and many times fails to read his assigned chapter in the BoM. I'm sure many would have dropped him by now, but por suerte we didn't give up. He came to church this week for the first time, in a suit jacket and all. He stood out in the Sunday class of gospel principles like a genius. He made an analogy of the story of Naaman y Eliseo (a movie from the old testament we watched with him last week) connecting it with tithing, leaving me and the class astounded. The teacher replied "I hope you get baptized soon so you can stand and teach the class while I sit and listen." I have to say watching that movie was revelation. To heal his leprosy, Naaman simply had to dunk himself 7 times in the river. Naaman (war leader) was expecting the prophet to do something miraculous, but rather gave him a simple task to do. What impacted Derlis is when a soldier asked Naaman, if the prophet told you to do something extremely hard (like climb a high mountain or other difficult task) and you would be healed, would you not do it? Applying this to Derlis, he would do anything to break his addiction to crack if he knew it would heal him. He just needed to have the faith and attend church on Sundays to prepare for baptism, and he came!!!
Okay I love you all. Randy you are going to be a stud missionary cherá. Always be humble with lots of energy to baptize. Learn as much as you can, but make it fun. The MTC will pass by super fast. Make it the funnest month of your life. If you are not having fun, your doing something wrong. Have fun by studying hard with your comp, have fun by practicing teaching each other, have fun by baptizing. Te amo hermano,

Elder LaFaye

Monday, April 22, 2013

Election Day in Paraguay

Hola que tal cómo está?

Randy!! I'm super excited for you bro. Do you know how long you will be in the MTC? I heard it was cut down to a month for foreign languages. You just have to love every minute in there. You will remember that first day forever.

Well, yesterday was the weirdest day of my mission. It was elections day in Paraguay. Horacio Cartes v.s Efrain Allegra. Cartes won as president. He is a well known drug lord in South America and owns the biggest cigarette factory in the country (which by the way was in my last area, Hernandarias.) A great guy to have as president of your country. Anyways, election days are pretty crazy down here so president Agazzani told all the missionaries to stay inside all day, except for church. We didn't know what to do with ourselves, after deep cleaning the place for 2 hours, we spent the day playing uno, watching church movies and planning for the zone. Torture.

We have some great investigators right now. Pascual has 2 friends and his uncle that are preparing for the 11th to be baptized. A while ago we found Claudio in the street, we thought he was a little crazy so we didn't go by his house. He is a huge fan of Bob Marley kind of guy. After running into him a few more times he found us walking by his house so he came out and invited us in. Funny how God is so persistent. We taught him the Restoration and surprisingly he understood it perfectly. 2 days later we passed by to see how his reading went in the Book of Mormon. his reply "i read, i prayed, and received an answer. The next day I faced a big challenge which reinforced my answer." He talks super fast, it's as if his head is set on fast forward, he thinks a few steps ahead of the rest of us. From what his parents tell us he is really good at thinking 7 steps ahead but forgets to do steps 3 and 4. He is in his late 20´s, I really think this guy would be a super genius if he was sent to a good high school and college. It's hard to describe his personality, but it's a lot like those TV show sales men. He can make anything look good. The second time we met him in the street I wrote down his number but my pen ran out of ink, he pulled out his pen and showed me all the different uses of a pen. I didn't know how useful it could be. Okay, enough about him... what else...

Painting a house with Companion Elder Garcia
My comp Elder Garcia is a stud. It's weird being with a Latino at first, often when he asks me a question while I'm doing something else, I answer him in English without realizing. He just stares at me like I'm dumb, haha.

Well got to go. Randy anything you want to know or what to bring email me before next Monday. Not sure if I told you already, but sí o sí read this talk before going in. "The 4th missionary"

les quiero mucho!

Elder LaFaye