Monday, January 27, 2014

Package Received!

I haven't been getting to much rain, but there is a lot of lightning.  I slept out under the stars on my roof this week.  I got bit by mosquitos, but it was cool.  I got all the essays done I believe.  I will write them right now.  
I GOT THE WHATCOTT PACKAGE!  THANK YOU so much for the shirts, cards and foodstuffs.  It was great to read all of your great notes!  THANK YOU!  
I am working hard to make every moment count, and I am thankful to have a mom that cares about that - THANKS.
I am going to write my essays now.
Love, Elder Neifert

Thursday, January 16, 2014

ZC and AC

Dear Family,
This week was a good one. We had a zone conference that I didn't know about until the night before, and I had to speak about obedience for about 30 min. I winged it - but it was ok. President McMullen talked about how to open our mouths and talk to people more often. It is a fear that almost every missionary has at the beginning and it haunts them to the very end. Did I talk to everyone I could? Did I find everyone the Lord wanted me to? It is a good question. But if we are truly serving the Lord with all we have...that means we give up everything; including fears, disobedience, homey things, ..... You consecrate yourself. It is something I think everybody needed in the zone.
Elder Haworth is doing good. He has a lot of cool stories about growing up on a ranching farm and firefighting. We are getting along just fine.
WE GOT AIR CONDITIONING ! FINALLY! I had forgotten what it was like to wake up without being all sweaty and gross. Even with 2 fans, it was difficult to sleep comfortably. But now it's all better.

We got a great less active family to come to church finally! Well just the 3 kids. But after 2 months of lessons and prayers - I will take it! We did a fast this last week to find new people who had been prepared as well and we ran into 2 part member families that have been inactive for 4 years. They have 2 daughters that need to be baptized! Hopefully they will be willing to repent and come back.
I found out today that I have lost ................bu bu bu bu bu 17 pounds since I have been here. DANG IT! I guess I will just have to wait for the bean patties to help me get bigger.
I haven't gotten Grandma's package yet. But I am sure by next week it will be here.

Thanks for all of your letters and support and prayers! I am sure that they are being heard.
That's great about the missionary work you all are doing at home!

Elder Neifert

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Open Your Mouth!

Hey family,

There was a long meeting today where President McMullen talked about opening our mouths and not being afraid.  It was awesome.  If you talk to everyone you know about the gospel...its a sign of consecration.  You know you're are giving your all.

 I wanted to write you my 250 word letter (his essay for college applications) about difficult things so this letter might be a little short. Sorry.

I pulled out that money from an ATM.  I didn't spend it.  I have it as back up.  So the card works! Thank you!!

Those three families...Thanks for the prayers!  I will try to do my part so the miracle happens! 

I am good and my companion is good.  I hope all is well with you guys. I am happy to have you guys as family.  and I am happy to be here in Paraguay.

Elder Neifert