gone by so slow and so fast, it's weird.
LOTS happened this week, so I will give the most exciting news
first... The first day I was telling you about that we had to walk in
the snow we met a girl Haidy while we were shoveling her driveway, she
is 17 years old. We have been meeting with her ever since, she is
awesome! Our first lesson we got to know her and she said that
religion has totally changed her life, and she loves God. She goes to
a different church, but she let us meet with her anyway. The second
visit with her we taught the restoration of the gospel. When we told
her that we have a loving prophet today just like in the Bible, her
mind was blown! She ate it all up, she loves it and wants to know
more. Our second visit we finished teaching the restoration and asked
her if she wanted to be baptized on the 28th, she hesitated and said
she has always been nervous to be baptized, but she understood that we
have the proper authority to baptize, so she said yes!!! She told us
that she felt like she had to say yes and that when she did, a wave
went through her body. We obviously told her that it was the Holy
Ghost testifying to her that she was making the right decision. She
said she always feels something when we come over, I'm so glad that
the Holy Ghost is a perfect teacher even when we are not. Anyway, our
next visit we taught her about the plan of salvation and she loved
everything, her mind was blown again! She is so prepared, we asked her
all the baptismal questions that apply to her so far and she answered
yes to all of them so fast. However we took her to church with us and
she didn't really like it...she said the sermons were good but that it
was boring. She is used to worshiping loud and standing up and singing
loud in her church, she is super invested in her church. But I believe
that she will see the importance of church and be willing to give up
her "fun church". Also her mom was not too happy about her choice to
get baptized, so we will see what happens. (PS she speaks English, so
I can actually talk to her)
Next, I had my first day where we had two dinners in a row, that was a
crazy experience, I almost died! Our first dinner was so good, I
(mostly) love eating all this native food, the only problem was they
were huge servings!!! Literally every side we had could have been a
whole meal on its own! Now, the (next) dinner is where it gets bad. We
went to a less active home and they fed us fried chicken and rice (H
Moberly has a thing with bones, so that was a little tricky for her.)
it wasn't too bad until we noticed all of the nasty cockroach-type
bugs crawling all over the table and house!!! Once the lady left to
get something, we quickly dumped our food into the trash. It was so
gross. Also later H Moberly told me the forks we used were taken out
of the dirty dishwasher, rinsed under some water, and then given to
us. Ya, so that was fun.
I got to have an interview with president Riggs this week, it was
awesome! He is so funny and the best! I don't know how he can have so
much love for so many missionaries! He told me about how he usually
feels the spirit and an experience he had with feeling the spirit
while reading the BOM because I told him I was working on trying to
feel the spirit and have it help me know what to do/say. I'm sad he
is leaving soon. Oh also, he is letting H Moberly go through the
temple with one of her converts Rolondo this Wednesday for his first
time, so H Evans and I are going on splits with the sister trainers.
We would have been able to go on splits together, but we don't know
enough Spanish to be effective, haha.
We had a lot of people we invited to go to church show up this week,
including Ashley and her cute kids! She is super inactive but we
finally got her to go! It is so great to have people come to church! I
wish everyone understood how important the gospel is!
We also talked with a young member of the church that told us the
story of how her 18 month old son died when he fell on his head. She
told us that it is super hard but that she knows she will get the
raise him in heaven and that he is in a better place. She told us that
he didn't need to go through this life like we do because he was so
much better that her. Her testimony was amazing, especially about the
plan of salvation. She is so much stronger than I think I would be in
that situation. We always learn about the plan of salvation and we can
have a testimony of it, but until we experience a part of it in our
own life's do we really understand the weight of it and how perfect
God's plan is. The good news is that she and her husband are expecting
another baby soon! I love these people, they are so humble and kind.
I can see myself VERY slowly using more Spanish. And I know that I
will eventually we able to speak the language and I will eventually be
able to teach. Slow and steady wins the race right?
There are so many people I would like to tell you about, but I just
don't have enough time!!
Love you all! Do all you can to help the missionaries, if you have
time go to lessons with them!
Well, she had a great week! So glad. She's still hiking through lots of snow and entitled the photo above, "snow day!" She is mostly fine with the snow since she's used to it from Park City, but she said Hermana Moberly, from California, is still having a rough time with it. (But Hermana Moberly goes with the flow and is a great companion and trainer for Ashley!) She got to hold the "Golden Plates" this week--60 pounds of replica plates! (The bishop of the Sudley Ward is behind her in that photo!) She loves her mission President, President Riggs, and will be sad to see him leave when the new President, President David Huntsman, arrives in July. Ashley received her package from Mom this week and one from her Aunt Jennifer! She loved them! Aunt "Fer's" pillowcase with the "oh that ye embark" service theme (thus the cute whales) even matches Ashley's bedding a little! Until next week...