October 30, 2013
My Dearest Familia and Friends,
You guys are seriously the best! As Aubsy would say, "Best Friends Ever!". haha Speaking of my Aubsy, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE CUTEST 16 YEAR OLD EVER! My mind cannot fathom that she's actually 16, now she can date. Poor mom and dad! haha But seriously, our baby is all grown up. This makes me kind of sad. Can't you just make Aubsy and Pressy stop growing. I'm sure by the time I get home Pres will be so so tall! I mean his feet were already bigger than mine before I left!
Alright so updates for the week......
First off, my mission isn't always incredible and happy go lucky Ashy. Trust me, I have had my fair share of hard hard days. No joke, but with that said, we did get to go on a field trip this week to Adam-ondi-ahmen and Far West. It was so cool to see these sites that we always tell people about! The valley of Adam-ondi-ahmen was a lot bigger than I was expecting. They said the church owns about 3,500 acres there! There was such a sweet spirit there. This is where it all began and where it will all end. How cool is that! Far West was really neat too. I'm excited to take you guys to these places next summer because the day we went was super cold (like 40 degrees) and I had a bad cold so I tried to enjoy it the best I could but was a little miserable.
We had an awesome lesson this week with our new investigator Darla (I don't know if I've told you guys about her yet). She was a referral from the elders and we contacted her the week before and then had an actual lesson with her on Sunday. We felt prompted to bring Sis. Gallagher as our team up and I really wasn't sure why. They aren't the same age at all. Sis. Gallagher is probably 20 years older than her and so at first I wanted to bring someone in our ward who was more her age but I kept coming back to her name. As we talked about the atonement with Darla and she opened up to us about the pain she has been dealing with because of the abuse from her ex husband, the spirit told me, "this is why you needed to bring Sis. Gallagher". Before Sis. Gallagher joined the church about 12 years ago, she went through some of the exact same situations Darla was talking about. Oh am I grateful for the spirit that knows exactly what our Father in Heaven's children need. This was such a testimony builder to me that our Heavenly Father knows us, He knows our needs, our fears, He knows everything! So, we have another appointment with her tonight and are hoping to put her on date for baptism. She is super prepared and are very excited about her.
The jail has been quite slow lately. It actually stayed pretty busy almost all throughout October but has slowed down quite a bit in the last week. In the summer we took about 4-5 presentations each shift and then in Sept./Oct. we took about 2-3 and now it's down to about 1-2 presentations each shift. I had such a neat experience in a presentation I took this week though. There was a couple who came in that weren't members of the church. They were kind of familiar with the church but not really. I taught them all about the Restoration and Book of Mormon and took them through the presentation and at the end I gave them a Book of Mormon and some pamphlets and they gave me their number so I can follow up with them next week. They said they want to read a little bit of the Book of Mormon before I send missionaries to them but that they are very open and interested in the message. I felt so blessed to get to take them through and have that experience with them. There is so much power in teaching people about the gospel in the jail. It is already a building dedicated by a prophet where the spirit is always present.
I want you guys to know that I know that Jesus is the Christ, that everyday I have the privilege of putting on my badge with his name over my heart as His representative. I have come to know Him in such a real way here. I know that this is His work that we are a part of and that it is the single most important work to be done here on this earth. There isn't a day that goes by that I do not see Him in this work. I know He lives.
1 Sister Sommer and I at our ward Halloween Party! The lady right next to me is Miss Betty and the other couple is the Keslers. I don't know if I've told you much about this family, but I absolutely adore them! He use to be our ward mission leader and works for Hallmark and she's a ward missionary so we have worked very closely with them. They are on my list of top five favorite families in the Liberty 1st ward! Can't wait for you guys to meet them when we all come back. They are already planning on making Thai Food for us because Bro. Kesler knows I love it and he served his mission in Thailand!
I hate that this is so blurry, but this is the Halloween Party continued! These are some of the young women in our ward and then of course Mercedes looking hot in her McDonalds costume (actually not really her costume, she was headed into work haha). I LOVE THIS WARD! the end.