to write about it all!!
- Today we went to D.C. and saw one of the original Books of Mormon at
the Library of Congress, and then we went to the Botanical Gardens. We
also ate at a place called Good Stuff that has burgers and shakes and a
billion different sauces to dip your fries in. It was amazing! D.C. Is
awesome, we seriously have THE COOLEST mission!
- We had a total of 4 Thanksgiving dinners this week! On Thanksgiving
Day we ate with some members with a REALLY NICE house--it's crazy
insane! They are very into gold and art and fancy things.
- After Thanksgiving, we set up our small Christmas tree, and now that
Christmas has officially begun, we sing Christmas hymns in church and
in comp study. Also, almost everything we eat is either pumpkin or
- HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK: ASHLEY'S BAPTISM!!! It was pretty good! Lots
of people from the Ward came to support Ashley and Christopher (the
Elders’ investigator,) and the room was full! Hna DeBry and Elder Ruis
Skyped in--that was an adventure. The youth sang a special musical
number and it was a very spiritual baptism. Ashley was glowing!
- Sunday was the Fireside for new and returning members, so both Ashley
and Christopher gave their testimonies, they rocked it! Also the
missionaries that go home this transfer gave their testimonies, and it
is always so sad to say goodbye :(
This week has been amazing, and I have learned that really none of
this is about me. I am only a tool in God’s hands to bring to pass His
perfect plan. Sometimes things don't happen the way I think they
should, people don't do the things that will help them progress, and
sometimes really great things happen and people decide to come closer
to Christ. However, all of it is part of God’s plan, good and bad. I
learned that no matter what happens, I need to just do my best to be a
good servant and trust that all will work out in the end.
Love you all,
I loved hearing all about Ashley's week and the sweet baptism of little Ashley! I also loved all the great photos that were sent this week (check out the photos section.)
What a special, wonderful, amazing, and forever life changing experience Ashley's mission has been--and even though she says it well--that it's not about her, and she's just a tool in God's perfect plan, it's amazing how God can bless us for our service and how Ashley really does benefit so much from her service for God! Bonus--her family benefits as well! Love it!!