Here are the highlights:
We had a ward picnic and it was super fun! I
felt like I actually got to relax a little bit (crazy, I know), we had
some good lessons and finally found a less active that we have been
looking for, for forever, and today we had a super cool Hermanas
activity at the mission home. (We were supposed to get jerseys, but
they didn't get here in time, we will be getting them next week)
This next week is going to be a busy one! Tomorrow we have Spanish
forum, Thursday is transfers, Friday is the departing missionary
temple trip, and Saturday the whole mission gets to go to a baseball
game! It's going to be a fun one!
Hispanic fact of the week: I lost track of what I have already said,
so sorry if this one is a repeat... Lots of Hispanics have styrofoam
to go boxes, like a lot of them! So if we ever want to take food with
us back home, they just whip out a to go box. It's pretty nifty, I
might do that in the future.
Something I learned: we got to be in the primary this Sunday, and it
was super fun. The theme was miracles, and how there are still
miracles today. I listened to some of the miracles that a few of the
teachers have seen in their lives, and it was amazing! Sometimes we
are too caught up in everything else to recognize the everyday
miracles that are happening all around us. I am guilty of this, but
now I want to be able to recognize the miracles in my own life,
because I know they must exist.
I feel like I am just starting to realize how hard life can be as a
missionary from meeting people and hearing there stories. I'm also
realizing just how vital the gospel is, literally life saving! I love
God, and I rely on Him everyday to keep me going. I've seen how others
have relied on Him and shown their tremendous faith and have had huge
blessings come, and I've also seen others fall away and the
consequences that follow. The only thing that comes to my mind is to
hold onto the iron rod for dear life, never let go!!!
Ashley loves dogs, so thus the photo she took is the focus today! She mentioned about the photo that a family from her old area brought the puppy to the picnic--no wonder my dog lover had a great week--dogs always brighten Ashley's day!
I love her mention of miracles, because they are special, and generally out of the ordinary blessings our Heavenly Father gives us to help us through life. We all just have to recognize them when they are given!
One of the other photos on the photo page is a large blow up Lego Man--sent for Ashley's brother, Derrick, who had a birthday this past week and loves legos. Ashley got her birthday package already, but says she'll wait to open it!
Until next week, when we get a few more details of her up and coming, busy and eventful week!