Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring time, New iPads, and Easter!

Dear family,

So this week has been great! First because the weather is so beautiful and you can actually feel spring is here! Yeah! And spring time brings Japanese Cherry Blossoms and happy Dendo! :) so happy to be here again for this time of year! I am so excited for his next month! I personally believe it is the best time of year to Dendo in Japan, because everyone is happy to be outside in the spring weather looking at the blossoms. :) And to top it all off it is Easter! Have you all seen the new "Because He Lives" video?? If not go watch it! That is the center of Dendo this week! It is my favorite way to share about Jesus Christ. He does live and because He lives we have hope, joy, love, and everything else that is good in the life's! It is a good time to be alive.

So this week we got new iPads! Yay! They are way nice. But I am so grateful for the opportunity I have and have had so far to create good habits on my mission using technology. I know they will bless me for the rest of my life. We just keep getting to learn more and more about how to use technology in better ways. :) I am so grateful and excited for this 'restart' they are giving the missionaries to learn now how to use technology in the right way. :) The lord really does trust and love his missionaries and all of His children.

Yesterday we had a great day at church! The spirit was so strong. I had the opportunity to speak in church about answers to prayers. I had prayed so much for that talk and I felt my prayer being answered as I spoke. The spirit really took over. It felt really good. Having the spirit work through you to touch other people is a very special experience. I know we can have it happen everyday if we are striving to always do the Lords will. :) God will use us bless other people.

Sorry this one is kind of short today. :) For some reason I don't feel like I have much to say. :) Yet I have tons... :) Oh well. :)
I love you!!! :) Thank you for you prayers and love!


Sorry a little blurry... But this is my zone! Best Zone ever!! :) really though. I love these people!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Preparing us for forever!

Dear family,

I have learned so much this week! We had Elder Nelson and Elder Evans come to our mission this week and talk about iPads! Guess what we are getting new iPads! :) haha I get a new iPad for the last transfer of my mission... Lucky right? Haha :) But I guess this past year the iPads we have been using were just test iPads and now we will be getting the new ones. :) But during the conference the many focus was on why they are now using iPads and helping us truly understand the reason for these recent changes. The reasons for the iPads is not just for "hastening the work" and giving us the latest technology to use, but it is preparing missionaries for the rest of their lives to learn now to use technology in the right way. To start now, to reset, and set good habits that we can use for the rest of ours lives as we use technology. It was so amazing! I just felt this overwhelming joy. They are doing all the can to help us prepare to fight against Satan. They are truly creating the armies of Helaman. It was a great conference. :)
And did you Know Elder Nelson is 90 years old?? He is so full of light and truth.

We had a some great lessons this week but a highlight one was after the conference on Wed. (Wednesday was just the best day ever...) :) We taught our investigated about prayer and she told us that she believed in Jesus Christ and that he was her savior. It was a great moment. The Spirit was so strong and guided that lesson so much. :)

Thursday we had zone conference. Best zone conference ever!! All the missionaries leaving in the next transfers bore their testimonies. It was a weird feeling to be up there, but it was a good feeling. I felt a lot of change and could see the changes that have happened in myself over my mission. I am so grateful for the power of the atonement in our lives to change us. God truly does take ordinary people, and helps them to do and become extraordinary. The gospel can change us if we allow it to. :) We must make that choice. That choice is worth making. :)

I know this church is true and I will be faithful to it for the rest of my life.

I love you all so much!
Thanks for your support!


Past companions..... All blonde...haha :) sorry the picture is blurry. :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Let the Holy Spirit guide. :)

Monday, March 9, 2015

'You may rescue, you may save.'

Dearest family,

Why didn't I take Spanish? This is a questions I have asked myself quite frequently these past few transfers. Who would have thought that you would come to Japan and wish you spoke Spanish....or Portuguese.
Haha :) This past Sunday my companion and I sat on either side of the two recent converts here in the Atsugi Ward and used google translate to translate the meeting into Spanish for Onelia 姉妹 and Portuguese for
Adriana 姉妹. Usually there is a Ward member there who speaks Spanish and can translate for them, but he had to leave earlier yesterday so we used are resources. Yay Google translate! Haha even if it is a funny translation. 笑 :) but I love Spanish and I have a new life goal to learn it. That and Chinese! :) one day I want to serve a mission in
China! We had a Chinese Ward member in my last Ward that said in her home Ward in China there are 5 baptisms a week and that is just from the members introducing their friends to the church! Amazing right! Power of member missionary work! It is the way to dendo! :)

Anyway... We have had another great week in Atsugi! We had a lot of our appointments this week canceled. Which is kind of sad, but we made the most of what we could do and tried our best. That is really all we
can do. Things happen and all we can do it move forward and pray harder. :)

But are Indian friends came to Japanese class this week and we were able to give them a church tour after. It went really well! We also found out that there is a Book of Mormon in their native language!!!! Yay!!!! Now they can read it and understand it! They said we can study it with them as soon as we have it in their language. Pray that it
comes quickly. Ordering sometimes takes a while. We asked the office and they said plan to wait 3 years..... But we know miracles can happen!! :)

We had Mission Leadership Council this past Thursday and it was amazing. I am always amazed by the leaders in this mission. I am so grateful for President and Sister Wada and all that they do for us. It was an amazing meeting. In preparation for it they asked us to read the talk given by Elder Boyd K. Packer titled, "The Atonement". It is
amazing. In the meeting a group of Elders sang 'Brightly Beams Our Fathers Mercy'. It was amazing. The words to that song have taken on a whole new meaning in my life.

1. Brightly beams our Father’s mercy
From his lighthouse evermore,    
But to us he gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore
2. Dark the night of sin has settled;
Loud the angry billows roar.
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore.
3. Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor,
In the darkness may be lost.
Let the lower lights be burning;
Send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.

There are people in this world that are yearning and searching for the light that the atonement of Jesus Christ can provide in their lives and God has given us the sacred trust to be that lower light for those who are searching. Be the lower light that someone can look to for guidance. We are needed so much more than we think we are. The World needs more light, so we must share our light. I know that Jesus Christ and his Atonement are the source of that light.

In the words of President Tanaka (my favorite old Japanese man) "I love you. I love you. I love you." He is so cute when he says this to all of the missionaries! It is happiness. Haha :) pure happiness and 

Have a great week!!!


厚木!! Atsugi!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Atsugi is Atsui!!!

After the baptism.
Onelia shimai and her nephew. :)

Dear family,

Do you like my pun?? Haha :) You get my pun? If not oh well! Pretty much this new area is on fire with missionary work and I am so excited to serve here!!

This week was transfers and usually transfer week is a little rough...But this week has been the best week of my mission. Hands down. I have never seen so many miracles. But really!! It has been amazing! I left
Hodogaya seeing more miracles then we had seen the whole transfer and came to Atusgi and saw more!! I don't even no where to start and there just isn't enough time to tell you everything. So I will keep it short
and sweet or my hands might hurt. ;)

Tuesday night we taught Tomomi san the first lesson and she committed to be baptized when she knew the church was true. She is amazing and the spirit of that lesson was so powerful!!

Wed. We taught Kaneko san the plan of salvation. This lesson was amazing!!! She has the best questions ever. The spirit guides the questions she asks! Haha :) I love it. Shuto Shimai came as well and was able to powerfully testify to her of the plan of salvation. We set
a baptismal date with her for May 17th!!! Just a few days before I go home. When she realized that, she was so happy! That night at Eikaiwa she came up to me and told me to make sure I came to her baptism. She is totally owning that date. She will have some hard things to overcome to get there. But she wants it and I know the Lord will bless
her so much. :)

Thursday after I had transferred to Atsugi we were walking home for dinner and we met a lady from India. Side note.... My new area is full of people from South America and India... Anyway she told us to come over to her house sometimes. Her husband is Christian and she really wanted to see us again. So Sunday night we were able to go visit them.
We taught them the first lesson and they are coming to church this next Sunday! It was amazing. They are so nice! I love people from India! They are so beautiful and their accents are the best!! They have been looking for a church to go to and are really excited to

Saturday we had a baptism! It was for a lady name Onelia 姉妹. She is from Peru and only speaks a little Japanese. But they are in the process of starting a Spanish/Portuguese branch here in the Fujisawa Stake. I have never felt so much love for someone all at once. She is amazing and has brought so many more miracles into this Ward. The baptismal service was so wonderful and the spirit was so strong. :) It was amazing to speak to her in Japanese. I had to laugh because out of all languages... I can't understand spanish  and she doesn't speak English so we spoke to each other in Japanese..... What?!? Haha :) The
gospel is true.

Sunday at her confirmation was the bigger miracle. The night before we had been calling former investigators and only got a hold of one. She came to church on Sunday and happened to know Onelia shimai! They worked together 6 years ago. She was able to see Onelia shimai confirmed and it was a great experience for her. She too decided that
she wanted to hear our message again. :)

There were so many other miracles and cool experiences that have happened this week I wish I could just share them all... :)

But I will say this. God is guiding this work. The spirit is real and when it touches the heart hearts are changed forever. My heart has been changed and I am so grateful for it. I know that this church IS the true church. God is the head of it and He knows the hearts and
needs of His children. God is good. :)

Have a great week!! I love you!

Love, アシュビー姉妹

Old companions. :) actually two more were there too but they were
still in the temple....

FHE with some Ward members :) all girls!!