¿Cómo están todos?
So I just heard the tragic story of the sister missionary in Argentina (Resistencia, ¿puede ser?) who passed away from E. Coli. My prayers go out to her family and friends. I cannot imagine dealing with such an experience.
Satan fights very hard against the Lord's children. He would have us fear death. But how fortunate we are! We know that God has a plan for us, and that death is simply part of that plan. Because our Savior Jesus Christ broke the bands of death, we will all be resurrected with perfect, glorified, and immortal bodies. We will all have the opportunity to live forever with our family. What a blessing this is! This knowledge protects us. With faith in Jesus Christ, we are protected from the fiery darts of the inferno. No "shaft in the whirlwind" can have power to destroy us.
I love you all!
Q & A
1. Do you know about how many missionaries are serving in your mission? Are they evenly split between Argentina and Paraguay?
There are about 150 missionaries in the mission, give or take 20 or so. I think they're pretty evenly split between Argentina and Paraguay. Area-wise, the mission is evenly split, so I imagine the missionaries are as well, but I don't really know exact statistics.
2. How many missionaries are from the United States, and how many are native speakers?
I think it's about half and half, or maybe 3:2 (in favor of natives). Again, I don't really know statistics.
3. How many districts are in a zone?
I don't know what the usual is. In our zone we have 2 districts, but one district only has 2 sets of missionaries because they're super far from everyone else.
4. Have you had the opportunity to play piano since coming to Paraguay?
Yes I have. My companion and I switch off accompanying hymns in district meeting, and I've had the opportunity to play a few special musical numbers in district and zone meetings.
5. Do you and your companion teach Gospel Principles every week, or do you trade off with the Elders?
We trade off with the Elders. We also get asked to teach Relief Society often. There was one Sunday when we taught Relief Society and Gospel Principles, and then I gave a talk in Sacrament meeting.
6. What kind of building do you meet in for church? Do more than one branch share the same building?
We meet in a small church building about the same size as the branch in Eureka (or Castaños, if you remember that building). We have our own building for the branch.
7. Does anyone care about basketball over there? (Stephen spent the day figuring out his bracket for March Madness)
Not really, no. No basketball.
8. Do they play any other sports besides soccer over there?
They play a lot of volleyball, and this game called Piki-vole which is a cross between volleyball and soccer. Basically it's volleyball without using your hands and arms. It's really cool to watch, they bounce the ball off their feet, knees, chest, head...