First things first, our investigator Ashley is getting baptized next week!!! Yay! Her mom is a member and she recently came here from El Salvador, so her mom wanted us to teach her. We gave her a baptismal date to think and pray about, and this week she told us that when she prayed about the baptismal date, she waited silently for a few minutes after her prayer and got the answer that she would be ready to be baptized that day! We are so excited for her. Ashley is only 12, but she is so smart.
One thing that I have come to realize on my mission is the truth of the scripture found in Matthew 18: 3-4,
"And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little achildren, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
Ashley is not a little child, but I have met so many children and youth that have understood and loved the gospel that we teach, and that are willing and want to follow the example of Jesus Christ. I am blown away at the spirituality that I have seen in young people, and my goal, as the scripture says, is to become more like them. Jesus loves the children, and now I know why.
Sacrament meeting was an amazing experience for me this week. As I reflected on the Savior and the gospel, I couldn't help but be filled with happiness as I looked around and saw so many people's lives that had been touched and changed by the gospel. The majority of Hispanic wards usually tend to be converts, so it was amazing to reflect on just how much the gospel has helped so many people in this Ward. To think of people who lived a worldly life before but are now passing the sacrament in white shirts, or a family that have fallen away from the gospel but are returning and now the dad is worthy to baptize his son , or members that take the next step forward in the gospel and strengthen their relationship as a family and with God and have a deeper testimony. It reminds me of the talk that President Uchtdorf gave this last conference, entitled 'It Works Wonderfully'. For these people, the gospel works wonderfully for them, their lives have been "immeasurably enriched by the restored gospel of Jesus Christ".
I love being a missionary with all its ups and downs, I love seeing the gospel work in the lives of others, I love helping others come back, progress, or start to have the gospel work in their lives, I love seeing the gospel work in my own life. We continue to see miracles over here, and meet many people who are interested in learning about the gospel. I love you all and I thank you for your love and support.
Ponderize scripture of the week: Mosiah 28:3
"Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any should should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble."
Ashley would love emails and letters for Christmas.
Hermana Ashley Peabody
12012 Waterside View Dr #14
Reston, Va 20194
She is loving her new companion, Hermana Pettit and they are working hard. This will be our first Thanksgiving and Christmas without Ashley, but she could not be in a better place or doing a better work! I love missionaries--especially this one!