just feel like a kid, but I'm pretty sure I had the BEST BIRTHDAY
EVER! I didn't think my birthday would be a big deal out here on the
mission, but I had an awesome day! So first, Hna DeBry had a whole
plan with the Sisters that live across from us-- she left our back door
unlocked so when I fell asleep she texted the Sisters and they came in
and decorated our whole apartment while we were sleeping! They are so
sneaky! Then we (our district) all went to Guapos for lunch, They make
great papusas, but I got the chicken tacos this time. God was really
pouring out the blessings that day because by some miracle, our dinner
appointment canceled and my favorite family called and invited us to
come over instead! They got me a cake and balloons and made
decorations! They are soooo sweet!
Other than that the week was pretty normal, we have some AWESOME
investigators! We are teaching some cool families and we have one girl
on date! Her mom is a member, and she loves the church, but she just
hasn't gotten baptized. She said she wants to be baptized on her 15th
birthday (which is in September)!!! we are working so hard. Also, we
had zone conference this week, and it was President and Sister
Huntsman's first one! They did a great job.
work hard, play hard
Hispanic fact of the week:
Many of the people I have met do not simply
say "wow", they add a G so it sounds like "gwow!" I love it!
Something I learned this week:
One think that came up a few times this week was the topic of raising a family. In this world with values all over the place and Satan's influence stronger than ever, how can you raise righteous children? The gospel is the only answer. Hna DeBry and I were talking about it, and we decided that really the only way you can raise righteous children is with love and the gospel. We also were talking about how there really is kind of like a guide book for raising children, it's the Book of Mormon! One of the councillors in our Ward gave a talk and shared a story about how his family was having scripture study together and read a story in the Friend. Later his kids started getting for bed on their own accord without being
asked and without complaint. He asked why they were doing that and
they answered that they wanted to be like the kids that were in the
story they heard. He then read a scripture but changed some of the
words to apply it to parenting. Alma 31:5 "and now, as the [studying
of the scriptures as a family] had a great tendency to lead the
[children] to do that which was just (and obey their parents), yea it
had a more powerful effect upon the minds of he [children] than
[yelling and punishment], or anything else, which had happened unto
them...". The Book of Mormon is awesome, it's even a parenting guide
Until next week,
I thought I'd miss having Ashley's 20th birthday, but I think it ended up being really special for her to have during her mission! Even more special. She got a visit first thing in the morning from one of my best childhood friends, Diane, who delivered Ashley a final surprise birthday treat (after all the packages I sent earlier.) Ashley tells the rest of the story in her email about her day! So glad she had a great one!
Ashley sent a couple photos of the jersey's the missionaries received (check out the "photos" page) --so cool-- looks like Ashley got to choose her number--as it is the same as her Lacrosse goalie #11!
I also love the idea that The Book of Mormon is also a "parenting guide book!" It's definitely that, and so much more! It's a Life and Eternal Life guide book!
Ashley also loves her companion Hermana Debry, and it sounds like they are getting along very well. Hna Debry also sent me a very sweet letter in the mail. I can't wait to meet all of Ashley's mission companions in the future! They are all such wonderful young women and have played a small but special part in Ashley's life, and thus, in ours!