So the first week I got here I told Hna Moberly that I am a follower and not a leader, and this week she told me that I remind her of Peter, the Apostle (wow) because he was a follower too. He was a great person and was happy to follow Christ, but once Christ was gone, he fell right back to his old life, fishing. When Jesus came back, he reprimanded Peter for not being a leader, and in the end we all know that Peter was a fantastic leader. So Hna Moberly said that it is her goal (and now mine) to become consecrated so that even if I don't have a leader to look up to, I can be a leader. And i cant remember where I heard this quote, but it goes something like this..."A good leader doesn't create followers, they create more leaders." so ya, Hna Moberly is awesome.
We had a Power Member Present lesson with the Torres family! They brought their three sons to mutual on wednesday night and while the boys were playing, the whole bishopric, and ward mission leader were with us while we taught them about the plan of salvation! It was so cool and it was perfect for them! We also had plans to visit an investigator, but they weren't there, so we decided to check up on a random potential investigator. We knocked on the door and a man opened, we were talking in the doorway for a little bit when a woman came to see who it was (we had met her before briefly) and she said that she had a dream about us and that in her dream she let us come into the house for a little while. So they let us come in, and long story short we are teaching the whole family now and they are going to teach us how to make tortillas next time we come over! I love hispanic food (mostly). :)
We also visit a less active woman, Hna Deldadillo, and her son Andres. I love them, they are my favorite! She is so funny because she is trying to learn english, so she teaches me spanish and we teach her english. This week I learned, "por que me estas mirando asi?!" or in english "Why are you looking at me like that" haha, we have so much fun!
So for the new transfer, we made some transfer goals. This transfer Hna Moberly and I are going to work on "flooding Sudley B with the Book of Mormon". We are going to give out as many books of Mormon as we can, use it in our teaching more, and we are both going to finish reading it! I'm really excited. We made out plans on Friday and so far we have given out 4!
We went to DC again since it is a new transfer, and we saw all the cherry blossom trees! it was really pretty! I also got to see more of DC, our mission is so cool! Also most of the missionaries in the DC south AND north missions decided to go to DC today, haha we saw sooooooo many missionaries. I love it.
Missions are hard, but they are so great. It is so hard to think about not being a missionary now. I am so blessed to be here right now. I love you!
Can't resist posting this next cute little email conversation between Ashley and her sister, Courtney.
"Oloh. This is Courtney Peabody. What's up?"
"How are you? Will you tell me what a mission is like?"
"It's impossible to know what its like until you do it yourself, but basically it's super fun and you think about other people all the time instead of yourself."
"Thats not specific enough!"
"we wake up, (exercise), study personally for an hour, study for an hour with your companion, study spanish for an hour, eat lunch, visit investigators, members, and less active members, eat dinner, visit more people, go home, plan for the next day, sleep."
"Are the investigators people that have asked about the church and trying to get to know it better or are they people where you go to their house and talk about the gospel to them?"
"sometimes we just knock on people's doors when we know they speak spanish or meet them on the street. we ask if we can come back to teach them."
"Do you walk around the streets every day? Do you (knock) on people's doors every day?"
"we have a few investigators that we spend most of our time on teaching. (we drive) we are always knocking on doors. also we ask (if) they have any friends that would want to hear our message. we try to talk to everybody even though it is super scary."
"Scary. Mommy says to send more photos today. How do you talk to people on the street if you're driving?"
"we park, and while we are walking to the house we are going to, we talk to the people. duh"
"duh. How many people actually stop and talk to you (when) you ask them?"
"I have to go now, but you can email me any time (in) the week and I can read it. I can only write back on Monday. OH, tell mommy that next week our p day will be on Tuesday because we are going to the temple! :) talk to ya later doofwad!"
So.....Believe it or not, those were endearing terms they used between each other. Kind of cute to hear about missionary life in a different fashion from a sister to a sister! I loved reading this conversation, since it was on my email account. :)
Ashley did not send many photos, and Mom had to steal from her companion's blog! She has been notified that more will be due next week!
Ashley got to tour DC the last two weeks in a row and had some great meetings with all the Spanish speaking missionaries!
Ashley's still loving the work, although hard, and is continuing to grow spiritually.