We (the english speaking misisonaries in the area) have
started an english class every Wednesday night, which is pretty fun! The crazy
part about it though is that I have gotten to the point in spanish where I am
not translating everything in my head, it just makes sense, so in that class
sometimes I legitimately have to sit and think whether or not a person just
talked to me in spanish or english. Its the weirdest thing! In this class
though, a little boy and his dad showed up and I had talked to them one day in
a shoe store while my comp was buying shoes. I gave the 10 year old a Book of
Mormon because he said he likes to read. They found out about the class and
came. Turns out he actually has been reading it! And I guess his older sister
is a member. I love seeing the tender mercies of the Lord like that.
Last week, I received a priesthood blessing and seriously,
it was the greatest thing. I know the Lord watches out for each and every one
of us and listens to our prayers. I know the priesthood power is real, and that
God can speak through men for us. I am so grateful for that!!
We had a funnyish encounter in finding a new investigator
haha. We were walking to the bus stop and we were kciking this lime on the
ground acting like 5 year olds haha and we accidently kicked it into this girl
(she just laughed) and we started talking to her and it turns out her entire
family used to come to our chruch but never got baptized. We are going to try
to visit her this week!
Finally, I have learned how hard it is to love the people
here. Not because I cant do it, but because when they are going through hard
times or dont want to progress or wont use the Atonement in their lives, it
hurts. I feel for them, and I just want them to do whats right. I have an even
greater appreciation for Heavenly Father because I am sure He feels the exact
same about every single one of us. He knows whats best but He cant and wont
force us to do the right thing.
Philippians 4:1 and Colossians 2:5. I thought about you all
when I read these scriptures. Love you all :)
So yesterday at church the
bishop of the ward gave an AMAZING talk on faith. Like I felt the Spirit so
much, and I am so grateful for the bishop of this ward. The ward is not a full
ward. Like the bishop has no counselors, only him. There are presidents for
relief society and young womens and primary, but thats pretty much it. We are
trying to help out the leaders to reanimate this ward, but I know it cant be
easy for this ward. But his talk was about how we can never have a testimony of
anything unless we try it, unless we do it. like the word of wisdom or reading
our scriptures. He said that we sometimes are given callings and we wonder if
we can complete them, but the Lord gave it to us, so of course we can. No
matter what happens in life, the Lord knows we can do it.
We have been finding a lot of
investigators who I think have a great potential to progress, which has been a
huge blessing!! I am very excited to see how everything turns out with them all
and to see how they progress :)
I was thinking Hermana Reyes
was going to get changed in the middle of my trainig but shes not and I am SO
Also, there is amember here
who I just love. She comes from a very, very difficult situation but she always
goes out with us to visit people and has the strongest testimony. She is the
person who loves the gospel because she has hope for a better world after this
one. She is amazing and I hope to have faith like hers someday.
Sorry, I forgot to post Ashtins Blog last week. Thought I had, getting old, memory is the second thing to go ... I don't recall what the first thing is. Anyway, I'm posting todays and last weeks.
Wow do I have SO much to say. First could you please send me
some pictures of Carthage jail that I took from my computer? Thanks!!
So the most important thing is that we totally had a miracle
occur this week!!!! So we were fasting for the area that we could find people
who were ready for the gospel because none of our investigators were
progressing. So one night there was a ton of weird lightening. Like sky
lightening every five seconds and it was crazy so I was thinking about how
awesome God is how He can do whatever and I was silently praying and I asked
how I could help Him and find His children and while Im in this thought we pass
a door and I just get the thought...that house. Well its dark and we usually dont
tract when its dark but we decided to anyways and we found a family and they
invited us in. And we talk with them for a bit and they dont go to church but
they have super strong faith which is hard to find here. Everyone is either
evangelical or Catholic. Well after a while we aske if they have questions and
the aunt Kenzie is like yeah..how did you find us? It turns out she had gone to
a baptismal service of our district leaders the other day because her niece
wanted to go in the chapel so they did and they both cried. And she has a
friend in the church so she thought that the missionaries somehow found her and
she had wanted to go to church but she couldnt the next sunday. So anyway we
were both like...woah. No, we just knocked on your door. It was a total miracle
form God! And yeah, I was so grateful that the Lord helped us out in that one.
And the aunt and niece came to church :) My first investigators at church! It
was so great!
On a non spiritual note. There are stores here that get
clothes from the US and they sell them for dirt cheap, like almost brand new so
I am going to look. Like a girl found new Sperrys for $4...I dont even want to
talk about how upsetting that was to find out when I paid what I did haha. But
I know now.
I am so grateful now for my family and friends, like
seriously. They had a holiday hre and I saw everyone with their families and I
am just so grateful that I have so many great supporters who I get to come home
to eventually :)
I cracked my head on this table the other day and it was
bleeding and I had to wear a bandaid to keep in from getting dirty..that was
embarassing and now I am just hoping to not have a scar haha.
LOVE YOU ALL :)
Ash practicing for Miss Indiana/Miss Guatemala, LOL
Ash and her companion
haha okay that was a really awkward beginning. also i found
out yesterday that another one of my awkward talents is that I am awkward when
I am trying to talk on the phone in spanish. I mean we all know that phone
convos can be awk in general but then when its in another language...haha.
Well, that part of my personality hasnt changed.
Yesterday was a super great day. It couldve been bad if we
wouldve let ourselves get down but we didnt! Not a single one of our
investigators showed up to church and one has a baptism date that we now have
to move. And the wards attendance is slowly lowering week by week because they
are all going through hard tiems and there is very little fellowship within the
ward. So we had all of our plans for yesterday but we changed them a little bit
and visited a lady in the ward who is feeling down and it is so good. When I
jsut listen and dont try to translate, i understand so much more! And her
husband died like a long time ago but to hear her talk about him is so sweet
and she really has an eternal perspective that is just awesome. And we gave her
the task of becoming friends with some of the siters in teh ward to animate
this ward. We can do it. We ended up having two lessons with a member and giing
out 5 books of Mormon which we honestly didnt think would happen and it was
great just how the Lord led the day.
We found a couple of girls the otehr day who are so ready
for teh gospel. like after our initial visti we asked wehn we could return and
she said every single day haha. but then seh introduced us to her boyfriend and
has been acting a bit odd so we shall see. but the Lord will prevail, not some
boy of one month haha. Jk. that sounds super bad or sacrilege or
soemthing but I just want whats best for her.