Hello family :)
What an up and down week. But it ended on a wonderful note!
Monday - After emailing we went to Lancaster and went grocery shopping and then just sat at the church. It was actually super boring. I painted my nails! haha that was the most fun I had. And I got letters from Becca and Mamo, which made me supper happy :) We then had a lesson with Heven and Promise, which went really well. We taught the Restoration and Promise had a lot of questions and seemed skeptical, but we invited her to read and pray about the BOM by the next week. Heven is still doing wonderful. We are just working on getting them to church…any suggestions? We have called, texted, had members go pick them up, etc. etc.
Tuesday - Normal day, the weather has been really cold, and really cold meaning 60's...people I'm turning into a WIMP! I'm going to come home and not survive Minnesota or Idaho or Utah winters. We had a lesson set up with a lady named Nancy, which has been really hard to contact. We got a return appointment for today, but then she went home sick from work so she had to cancel, which is a bummer, so as of now we are dropping her and letting her come to us when she is ready. Later we had a lesson with Tommy and Becca and they are wonderful! We taught them about Family History, Temples, and Enduring to the End. I shared how Farfar loves to do family history and then I take the names he has found and I complete the ordinances for him. They are excited to go to the temple and do their own family names. Their baptism is coming up so soon! And next week we will be going over the baptismal questions and having their interviews.
Wednesday - So guess what!! Hermana Dodge and I are officially apart of the Boron Easter Parade Committee! haha and I'm not kidding! We went to a meeting this morning and talked about what we can help with, and the jobs they want us to have. They seemed so excited to have us there and that we are willing to help. There was a pastor there from the bible church in Boron and he didn't seem very enthused we were there…haha oh well! And of course we are going to use this has a finding and teaching opportunity. We went and contacted a lady named Donna Fort and her grandchildren who live with her and she let us right in and we taught half the restoration and they are so nice and we are excited for them and are hoping to invite them to church next week and invite them to be baptized. We then had our lesson with a Spanish lady teaching her English, and guess what she fed us for dessert--- (I’m sure you could guess by the title) RICE PUDDING, which in Spanish is called arroz con leche. All those years of not liking it and eating it for Christmas Eve prepared me for this because I actually enjoyed it and didn't gag…haha. Then at night we had a lesson with Heven and Promise, but Promise couldn't be there, but I guess she read 7 CHAPTERS in the BOM, which both Hermana Dodge and I's jaws were on the ground. We were so surprised, but excited to hear that! This lesson was kinda tough. We just watched the Restoration DVD but Heven's son kept turning OFF the video!! UGH! It was so frustrating, but we got through it!
(These are all from the Red Rock hike I did today.)
Thursday - I woke up with a super sore throat, which sucks, so I took some Claritin because I guess this dry heat and wind can irritate your sinus and throat and allergies (which I don’t have) but you can get here ugh, but my throat still hurts so I’ve just been sucking on a lot of cough drops. We then had one appointment with a Spanish lady this morning that got cancelled, so we just stayed out in Boron because we had another appointment 2 hours later. So as we were doing companion study in the car we were talking about listening to the spirit and asking inspired questions, and I began to cry. I've been struggling hard with this because I'm listening to the spirit but I'm not listening enough, and I'm realizing that I don't trust the Lord as much as I should and it makes me sad because I want to and I need to, and the spirit sort of slapped me in the face and I know the things that I need to work on. I've had down moments, but this one was more of an uplifting - "things Hermana Aase needs to do to become the missionary the Lord wants and needs her to be". After that the day was good. We started and finished weekly planning, and then made dinner for ourselves for the first time! It felt nice…haha.
Friday - We had a zone meeting that was really good. It was centered on obedience, diligence and accountability and then loving our investigators. When we love our investigators we will know how to help them come unto Christ, instead of just missionaries telling them what to do and when to do it by. After we came back into town, we contacted some referrals. No one answered, but that's okay! We left cards and are planning to go back in the next week.
Saturday- CONFERENCE!! It was so great!! It was different being a missionary and watching conference than being just a regular girl watching conference. And boy had 6 months gone by fast. Only 6 months ago I was sitting in conference and had just gotten my call, and now I'm a missionary serving in my first area, and before we know it, it'll be October again and I’ll be half way done with my mission! Both sessions were wonderful and I just took way too many notes. One of my favorite talks was by Pres. Eyring, and he was talking directly toward our investigators (which unfortunately none came :(...), but I couldn't help but think about them the entire time. I also loved Elder Holland’s talk about standing up and defending our beliefs. As missionaries we do that all day everyday, but I think it will become more necessary in the world, and that sometimes "we may have to stand alone".
Sunday- CONFERENCE round 2, which was still as amazing as Saturday's!! One of my favorite talks was from Pres. Uchtdorf , and when he was talking about having a firm anchor in the gospel. When we have an anchor in the Lord and his gospel and storms hit us, we will be less likely to capsize. This is what we are teaching our investigators. Being members of the church doesn't give you an advantage and power to avoid trials, but it does give you a safe guard that can always be there for you no matter what. After conference we ran over to Donna Fort, but she had to run some places so we couldn't teach her, but we are not giving up! And then we headed over to our dinner appointment with the Martz, which Brother Martz’s dad is in the temple Presidency for the LA temple. And we had dinner with him and his wife too. It was pretty sweet!! And we got to talk to him and ask him some questions.
Monday- PDAY again, and we only have one more until we have transfers. Transfer calls come on Saturday and Hermana Dodge and I are really, really hoping stay together!! So by next Monday I’ll let you know what the verdict is! Transfers are April 15. Later today we are going to hike Red Rock, so I will be sending pictures after we get back.
Thank you all for your support and love. I can definitely feel it out here in the middle of the Mojave desert. I love and miss you all!! :) And I’ll hear from you next week!
Prayer list: Heven and Promise, Tommy and Becca, and Donna
Love, Hermana Aase