Tuesday, February 10, 2015

1 Year out and loving every mintue

Good morning my wonderful family and friends!

This past week was a SUPER DUPER good week for a whole bunch of reasons :) So you wanna know why!? Well here we go --

(Hna Lau and I waiting for an investigator to get home)

Monday- We had our normal p-day festivities, sports and emailing and shopping! We then had dinner with the Quinteros family and then had an FHE (well we taught how to do an FHE) with Maria Roman and that was good! She wanted to do them with her family, which her daughter and husband aren't members, so it is a great missionary moment! We then had a wonderful lesson with Pedro! We taught him the Plan of Salvation and seriously, I am so happy when we teach Pedro - He is my PRIDE AND JOY!! I kinda know how it feels to have a child that does good things :) haha. 

Tuesday- Was a bit of a slower day, but it was still good. We did service at the Homeless shelter making bags of groceries. Oh and guess what happened...this lady started to bible bash with us...! Hna Lau and I just looked at each other and were like, "this is not the place or time we wanted to have a bible bash / we aren't going to bash back, that's not what we do," so we tried to answer her questions and then went back to bagging donuts. The rest of that day was full of contacting and no one opening their doors...But then we had dinner with the Rojas family and got to talk about missionary work!

Wednesday- The day started out a lot better! We talked with Nury and got things set up for the branch activity this upcoming Saturday (1/31). We then had a lesson with Rosauara and we brought Hna Arnold with us and they were a perfect match! We talked about faith and baptism and how she can receive the peace she wants through baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost. We then had a lesson with Aida and we had Hna Paty there with us. She was a perfect fit! We taught the restoration and Aida understood all of it and told us that she really wants to learn and read the Book of Mormon. AH! It was such a good lesson. We then ran to dinner with a less active and she fed us yummy pupusas! And then we headed over to the church for the Relief Society activity, sadly it was zumba, so we couldn't dance along, but we watched and talked to the members there! After that, we had a lesson with Patricia (a less active) and made scarves and talked about how she can share the gospel. 

(Hna Usher and I celebrating our 1 year mark!)

Thursday- MY 1 YEAR MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness! I can't believe that I hit my one year mark. That whole day I couldn't wrap my mind around the fact that I have been out a year. Every day after this one I would have been a missionary already! okay okay, enough with my year mark rant! The day was one of the best days ever! We had a lesson with a less active, Esmeralda (Rosemary's mom) and that was great. We read the talk "Yes, Lord I Will Follow Thee" and she enjoyed that! We then ate lunch with another less active Ana Gutierrez, and guess what she fed us...breakfast burritos...with tons of eggs...I just about died haha! But Heavenly Father blessed me that I couldn't taste the eggs...thank heavens! haha. I lasted a year on my mission without eating eggs. I say that is pretty good! We then met our sisters (Hna Usher and Meacham) at gelato and then we had a chiropractor appt. After that we ran to a lesson with Rosemary and we read in the Book of Mormon with her and she told us that she has been praying about a baptismal date and she told us sometime in February! :) We then had dinner with the Morelos family and celebrated Thalia's birthday! They are becoming a lot more comfortable with us!!! After that we had a lesson with Claudia (the new investigator that we found last week) and we talked to her about our purpose as missionaries and she told us that she just wants to learn because she knows that this will help her and her family. After that we ran to Pedro's house and we had a lesson with him and read about the priesthood in D&C 84.

Friday- In the morning we had desayuno (brunch) with Hna Arnold. She fed us tamales, lemon cake, and champurrado (hot chocolate). It was filling for sure! We then headed to district meeting. After that we passed by Miguel's house and guess what -- HE WAS HOME!!! FINALLY!!! We read with him in the Book of Mormon and saw how interested he still is (which he is!) He has just been super busy with work. We had a lesson with Rosaura...that was an alright lesson. Not the direction we wanted it to go, but we got to watch the Restoration DVD and she thought it was good. Hopefully she will pray about our message. She told us she didn't want to be baptized right now, but maybe in the future. Then we planned, since we had no time on Thursday to plan! That night we had a lesson with the Valdez family and talked about family responsibilities. 

Saturday- We had a lesson with Chris in the morning and read Alma 18-19 about the story of King Lamoni and his conversion to the gospel and how we can change our lives around no matter what happened in the past. We then went contacting and started talking to this guy named Juan...he went on for an hour without letting us talk...haha. It was...fun. We then did some more planning and had correlation. 

(Joshua District (Hna Lau, Hna Aase, Elder Johnson, Elder Meacham (on the floor), Elder Warby, Elder Hullinger, Elder Willyerd, and Elder Holt))

Sunday- CHURCH CHURCH CHURCH!! Church was wonderful today! We prayed this morning for Maria Morelos and her family to come to church and at the last minute MARIA walked in! And she stayed for two hours and she liked it a lot! :) we are super happy! We then ate dinner with the Rasch family and then had a lesson with the Alvarez family and that was fun! And then we stopped by the Rodriguez family and shared a quick message about missionary work. 

Well family and friends, I sure do love and miss you all! I hope that you are staying warm! Thank you for all the love and support over the past year. I have loved every minute and am so excited to see what my mission brings for the last 6 months. 

I have a testimony of this gospel, it is true and it has brought me so much comfort and joy. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have come to know that my Savior lives and loves me dearly. I love teaching people and helping them come to know that they have a Heavenly Father that loves them. 

Have a great week!

Love, Hermana Aase

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