Friday, July 4, 2014

Exchanges Bring Miracles

Good morning family!

I cant believe it is already MONDAY seriously just felt like Monday a couple days ago, but I guess that is what happens when you are busy! But this past week was good and like I said, busy.
Monday- After emailing we went shopping at Target :) WOO HOO! And then wrote letters until our dinner appointment with the Branch President. He and his wife are so funny and nice. We had a group dinner with all the missionaries in the, branch and the Branch mission leader and his wife. We had to leave early for an appointment, but I think they all talked afterwards about the work and those we are teaching and working with. We ate crepes though before we left and they were SO DELICIOUS! haha. She had nutella and all my companions were making fun of me because I had put so much on, and I looked at them and was like "Don't judge, nutella is my weakness!" haha. They all got a pretty good laugh out of it!
Tuesday- We had an appointment with Noelia, an investigator that we found a few weeks ago, but she has not been home every time we go over there, and we have met her kids each time we go over there and they are so nice. Hermana Musig and I want to teach them SO BAD, but the Lord’s timing is not our timing, so we must be patient! We then had exchanges with our STL's and Hermana Christensen came with me to Rancho Vista and we had a blast. We knocked doors for like 3 hours and I have a sick tan line on my feet from it. Oh and we also met a lot of really great people and set return appointment's. The miracle of exchanges was that people ACTUALLY opened their doors to us and we got to talk with them. I did a few door contacts where I introduced ourselves, and tried to speak Spanish. The first few ones I completely messed up. Like for one I said "Hola, Somos misioneras de la Iglesia de los santos de los ultimos dia"...guess what…I FORGOT JESUS CHRIST...opps. hahah. She wasn't too interested. Not sure if that was my fault or not?  And then another door I began to say the same thing but then I caught myself and fixed it. Overall it was a really awesome day. I got to know Hermana Christensen better and speak some Spanish and knock doors. This is the life of a missionary. 
(This one is the four of us. Hermana's Musig, Kalama, Christensen and Me)

(Me and Hermana Christensen)

Wednesday- We tried to visit a few more people before we ended the exchange but they weren't home. After the exchange we finished some studies and ate some lunch and then went out again. We didn't have anybody for dinner so we just came home until we had our lesson with Laura and Railey (less actives). We read in Mosiah with them and talked about prayer, we are hoping they will come to church. They haven't been in a while. 
Thursday- We ACTUALLY had zone conference that morning haha. We talked about some rules that are being enforced and some goals that our whole mission is working on achieving. It was good to see President and Sister Wilson. We don't get to see them very often. After the zone conference we ate some lunch and then began planning. Herman Musig and I made some goals to help us achieve this mission goal, so hopefully it will work out. It is going to take a lot more hard work, trust and faith. 
Friday- We had something wrong with our car so we took it in to pep boys and while we waited we planned some more. But by the time they were done with our car we had sat there for 4 hours. We were so bored and we didn't have anywhere to go, so once we were done there we ran over to the Solano's because we were going to make some cookies with Katherine, but all our time had been taken by pep boys, so we ran home and ate lunch and then ran back to the Solano's and made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies until we had to run to dinner. 
Saturday- For personal study I began writing my talk (aka missionary moment) for Sunday. And then we headed out to do some service with our Branch. We helped them set up and make some of the food for the activity later that day. We then stayed for a little bit at the branch activity and ate lunch and watched all the Elders got soaked by the kids running around with the water hose. haha. Even though the branch is so small, the people are so nice and it is fun to sit around and talk - even if I cant understand anything. We then headed home because we had some things to get done, and then we headed over to the Solano's and helped make, and ate dinner there. 
Sunday- Church was really good. I seriously am a starting to understand more and more each time. Heavenly Father is helping me out with this so much. Yes, at times I still get frustrated because I cant understand everything or communicate, but it is coming. We had speakers from the Stake presidency come and one of them spoke only English and I was so happy to hear English haha. And then after the second speaker it was my turn and I was freaking out…just a tad, BUT it went really well and I think everyone understood me. I shared a couple scriptures and my testimony -- 3 Nephi 18:5-10 (that is the whole chunk) but I read verse 10, where it talks about Christ asking the people to bring all who are sick and afflicted to him so he can heal them, and it is just like us. We are bringing all those who are sick and afflicted to Christ by sharing with them the gospel, but the cool thing that I learned and that I shared with them was that not only are the people who are sick closer to Christ, but the people who bring them in become closer to Christ. Just something that I thought was cool :)
Well family I love and miss you all!
Can't believe I hit my 5month birthday yesterday! Time flies…really flies. 
I look forward to hearing from you next week!
Prayer list- Ashley, Katherine, Lidia, Jose (solano's), Laura, Railey, Dara, Guadalupe, Mimi, Julia, and Gregorio.
Have a wonderful week! :)
Love, Hermana Aase

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