Monday, August 14, 2017

Translate this: This is a part of what I sent to Presidente -

esta semana, nuestro testimonio del ayuno aumento. la semana pasada fuimos a visitar una familia menos activa que tiene un nieto que no es miembro, solamente porque su papa no le gusta la iglesia. la familia quiere que el niño se bautice pero el papa siempre niega que vaya. entonces, hablamos con el niño, marvin, y le preguntamos si el quiere bautizarse y su respruesta es que si. entonces el viernes antes del domingo de ayuno, les enseñamos acerca del ayuno, que si ellos ayunaran por el, iban a ver el milagro. entonces, ese domingo ellos llegaron a la capilla eso fue otro milagro. 

les visitamos esta semana pero solo la abuela y la tia estaban y el resto de la familia esta trabajando. pero este domingo la familia entera llego a la iglesia y marvin (el niño) estaba con ellos. hable con la tia y ella me conto que habian ayunado y que estaban orando mucho que el niño pudiera llegar a la iglesia. la familia tambien llego con el hijo que es menos activo y su novia que no es miembro. vimos muchos milagros esta semana que no solamente aumentaron nuestros testimonios sino los testimonios de una familia que tiene gran potencial.

This week, our fasting testimony increased. Last week we went to visit a less active family that has a non-member grandson just because his dad does not like the church. The family wants the child to be baptized but the father always denies that he is going. Then we talk to the child, Marvin, and we ask him if he wants to be baptized and his answer is yes.  Then on the Friday before Sunday of fasting, we taught them about fasting, that if they fasted for it, they would see the miracle. Then, that Sunday they arrived at the chapel that was another miracle.
We visited them this week but only the grandmother and the aunt were there and the rest of the family was working. But this Sunday the whole family came to church and Marvin (the boy) was with them. I talked to the aunt and she told me that they had fasted and that they were praying that the child could reach the church. The family also arrived with the son who is less active and his girlfriend who is not a member.   We saw many miracles this week that not only increased our testimonies but the testimonies of a family that has great potential.

This week was good. I am so glad that you are all well there! I hope that everyone is reading their scriptures this week!

A note to the Primary!!!!

Thank you so much for the fun package! I loved reading your notes and all the pictures and I am so happy that you are all sharing the gospel! You are all such lucky and blessed kids to have the gospel in your lives. The truth is that this is a huge blessing and that there are a lot of people and a lot of kids whose families don’t know that they can be together forever. They don’t know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is restored and that it can bless their lives. You all can help them to be happy by inviting them to church and to activities and by being their friends!

I love the gospel and I know that it is true! I know that this is the true church and that we can be together with our families forever. 

Hna Ashton

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I can’t believe that it’s Monday again.

On Thursday we went to the activity that they always do for the vacations in August. It is mission wide so there are investigatores, recent converts, members and less actives all there to learn about the temple and about the church. The most special part was seeing Tony and Gladis there. They are two of our converts from Jucuapa. They were really happy to see us and we were soo happy to see them! They have really changed from who they were when we met them and who they are now. That is the miracle of repentance. we can change. 

I love you all sooooo much and I hope that you are all reading the Book of Mormon. That is the one piece of advice that I will never stop giving.  Do not stop reading it. And when you get to the end, start over. Always pray to be able to know if it is true. I know that it is because I’ve read it and I’ve prayed. So you can too.

I love you!!!

Hna Ashton

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hey this week there are changes in the mission... but I’m not going anywhere! Ahhhhhhhhh I’m going to kill Hna Salguero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is going to be our 4th change together!!! I was actually packing my stuff last night because I was sure that they were going to separate us! 

But today they called us while we were cleaning the house and told us that neither of us would be leaving the area! I’m probs going to be in Chaparrastique a total of 4 changes because after this change, Hna Salguero goes home and I will have to teach the other Hna that comes to our area.

If someone wants to translate this, it is part of the letter to president:

yancy esta progresando. ella va a cumplir 9 años esta semana y nos enseño su libro de mormon donde habia leido de la introduccion hasta la mitad del testimonio de jose smith. ella esta poniendo todo su esfuerzo en leer. llego a la iglesia con su libro de mormon y tiene mucho apoyo de su tia y tio. solo su abuela esta haciendo comentarios que ella no debe bautizarse hasta que tiene 13 años como su hermano david pero ella tiene mucho deseo de poder bautizarse.

ayer fuimos a una colonia en busca de una familia menos activa la abuela se llama dinora. y cuando estabamos preguntando por ellos, las personas nos dijeron que vivieron en una casa de la colonia. tocamos alli y entramos solo para encontrarnos en la casa de la persona equivocada que se llama nora. hablamos y descubrimos que son antiguos investigadores super positivos y sacaron su libro de mormon. solo nos dijeron sus preguntas y que la razon que no se bautizaron es que creen en su bautismo. presentamos la restauracion y ellos entendieron la apostasia muy bien, y explicamos el sacerdocio pero no acepto una fecha. pero va a acompañarnos a la iglesia el domingo

(This is Google Translate’s version):

Yancy is making progress. She will turn 9 this week and showed us her book of Mormo

n where she had read from the introduction to the middle of the testimony of Joseph Smith. She is putting all her effort into reading. She comes to the church with her book of Mormon and has a lot of support from her aunt and uncle. Only her grandmother is making comments that she should not be baptized until she is 13 years old as her brother David, but she has a lot of desire to be baptized.

Yesterday we went to a colony in search of a less active family. The grandmother is called Dinora. And when we were asking about them, people told us they lived in a house in the colony. We walked there and went inside only to find ourselves in the house of the wrong person called Nora. We talked and found out that they were formerly super-positive investigators and took out their Book of Mormon. They only told us their questions and that the reason they were not baptized is that they believe in their baptism. We presented the restoration and they understood the apostasy very well, and explained the priesthood but they do not accept a baptismal date. But he is going to accompany us to the church on Sunday.
You won’t be able to put it in google translate because it lacks a lot of tildes but someone who speaks will be able to understand.

Today we went to a place a little bit like Yellowstone where the hot air from the volcano gets released and it is like a sauna and it was really funny because the Elders from Jucuapa were there too and they were trying to cook eggs. Haha it was pretty funny.

We really are sooo happy to still be here in Chaparrastic, but it has been hard to find new investigators in these days. We hope that there are more that will be ready to accept the gospel in their lives. We know that they are out there.

This week I was reading in Helaman at the end when Samuel the Lamanite is teaching from the wall and how the people who listened and  believed went to Nefi who had already taught them. But these people remembered that he had the truth and got baptized. Also when Alma the Younger was called to repentance and that he was in the gall of bitterness  but remembered the words of his father when he taught of Jesus Christ.  The people that we teach right now might not accept the gospel but there will come a time when they will remember what we taught them and know that it is true and will have a change of heart and will be ready to really accept the gospel in their lives

I love you all so much!  Hna Ashton

Monday, July 17, 2017

Joy Ashton
3:27 PM
On Tuesday we had intercambios with the Hnas of the Pacifica, Hna Lopez and Hna Cabrera. They are really fun. Hna Lopez goes home at the end of this change. She is a really great missionary. Now she only has 9 days left.  Ja ja that is crazy. 

Whoa! Brayden comes home so soon! Take a picture of the case with all our plaques. I want to see the four of us together.

On Wednesday we went to the hospitla again for Hna Salguero’s back. She had a mucsle spasm so we got that fixed. 

On Thursday we went to Chinameca and did intercambios there with Hna Ochoa and Hna Garcia. Their area is super, super good. I would like to go there if I have changes. It is super cool and fresh and the people are so nice.  We found a lot of really positive people who will probably go to church and get baptized. It is always so nice to find part member families. 

We are teaching the little sister of David and she is so adorable. She has 8 years and is super smart and loves to go to church. She is now starting to read the Book of Mormon and has friends at church too, which is so great.

That is one of the things that helps most with investigators- when they have a friend at church, who calls them, who reminds them about their commitments, who encourages them and is always there to support them. If you guys see someone new at church, you should go up to them and talk to them and make them your friend. They are children of God who are searching for the truth and it is so big that they are even at church. 

Also, are you all doing your family home evenings? Do they edify? Are they fun? Does everyone look forward to them? Are you inviting non-members? If not, start to do these things. I am pretty sure that as descendants of Ephraim, it is not so much a choice as it is a responsibility.  Missionary work is not just for us with tags. It is something that we have to do in every minute. We can talk to anyone and everyone about the gospel. Just open your mouth.

I also found in the house a new testament where one side of the page is in Spanish and the other side is in English. It isn’t published by the church but it is super nice because if I come to a word I don’t know, I learn it. it also doesn’t weigh as much as the complete Holy Bible. I have marked almost all the scriptures from the first three lessons in their coordinating colors blue, orange and green and made tabs to that it is easy to find all the references depending on what we teach, like prophets and dispensations, or the importance of the laying on of hands, etc. I am very proud of it. :)

I am so happy with our new President and his wife!  They are so loving and kind.  They care a lot about us and have a lot of plans to help us reach our potential. One of their goals is that instead of our goals for baptism every month, we are going to put goals for every week. Hey, que trabajar! (Hey, what’s work)!

I have to say that my testimony of the restoration is a lot stonger nowdays than it was before. The apostasy was real. This is the church of Jesus Christ on earth again with all the bases that Jesus established. 

The church is true! This is the way. 

Have a good week!

Love,  Hna Ashton

Monday, July 3, 2017

This week was fun! It has been raining a ton here and we got drenched. But not just a little bit. We got home and we were going to change but surprise, we didn’t have any clean clothes because the stuff that we washed was set out to dry...

But we broke out the root beer that we found at Walmart and the ice cream and made root beer floats!!!!!!! They were super delish. A taste of USA USA USA!

FELIZ INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!!!! Blow up some fireworks for me!!!! And eat a lot of watermelon!

We have been eating more fruits here lately because we are fat. We are also doing exercise in the mornings like a good missionary should and it has been really good. We have been a little more conscious of the fact that our clothes are slightly smaller. We are not the problem. The clothes are the problem. 

So I want to extend the same invitation to you all. That starting now, we all do AT LEAST half an hour of exercise every day  because as slightly chubby people, we tend to get chubbier and I want to have a team to motivate me. 

Will you do it with me? Exercise!!!!!!! Yes! And eat more veggies and fruits. Today we ate a whole papaya because they say that it helps people lose weight haha because it sends you to the bathroom... haha! I testify of that!  Haha.

But tony, from p90x is motivating us with his "I hate it, but I love it!" 

But this is because our bodies are the temples of our spirits. It needs to be pristine to welcome the Holy Ghost. 

There is also the need to be spiritually fit. How do we do that? Read. Pray. Go to church. Those are the things that we have to do… the exercise part. But what is the nutrition part? The nutrition part is to put what we learn in accion (action). Reject anything that degrades us spiritually. Be our own agents. (Use our free agency wisely).

You can do it!  And so can I! 

I love you alllllllll!!!!
Hna Ashton

Monday, June 26, 2017

This week was pretty exciting and also full of events! I am soooooooo good!!!! Don’t worry. It is like I didn’t even get sick! Hahahaha

On Monday we cleaned the house and did all the p-day stuff that we had to. Then we went to the family home evening, ate with a family and talked with all the Hermanas (Sister missionaries). A successful Monday!

Then on Tuesday we got up and studied and killed it in our estudios.  We were ready to convert the world.  Then we went to lunch and it was full of onions and rice and I wasn’t really hungry for lunch but we have to eat everything. So I ate it.  Then we went to work. I told my companion that I didn’t feel too good so we weren’t running around the place. We went to the meeting with the leader missional and divided our area with the elders so the borders are defined. I was there and every minute I felt a little more sick and a little more and a little more until Hermana Salguero looked at me in shock and asked if I was ok because I was very pale (surprise). The elders looked at me in shock too with horror on their faces. Then they gave me a blessing and we got up to go. 

We got out of the house and were walking down the street a little ways and I started to throw up. The family of the lider missional (ward mission leader) was there watching, and the elders were watching.  I straightened up and kept walking and we contacted some people and I was there testifying and I got panicky because I felt sick again. We finished quickly and we got back to the street and I puked everything out… right there in front of the people. And then we walked more and contacted some more investigators again and they seem pretty positive. 

We got to the house so I could take pepto bismol but we still had appointments so we called a sister to divide with us.  I went to mama Julie´s house and when I got there the Presidencia of the relief society was there. I sat on the couch and I felt sick until I had to run out of the house to throw up again with all of them watching me. I came back in and laid there and I got up again to go to the bathroom because I then had diahrea. Super bad. I was there for a really long time jaja, and mama Julie was scared because I hadn’t come out yet.  She yelled, “Hna ashton?”  Yea?  “Are you ok?”   “Kind of.”  She was scared that I had passed out in the bathroom. 

She called the doctor of the mission because the nurse wasn’t answering and I, at that point, didn’t have anything in my stomach or intestines. She bought suero (serum) so I could get hydrated but it all came up. 

The doctor sent us to the hospital and they stuck an IV in me. But this time I was prepared and it didn’t hurt as bad. The medicine that they give really hurts when it goes into you but in the end it makes everything a lotttttt better. Jaja. That night Hna Salguero was really bored in the hospitla with me and the next morning we got up and I felt so good. I was ready to leave but the doctor said that I had to stay 3 days. I thought that was a joke because the last time I was only there a night and they let me go home with some pills. But I was at the house for a week because the pills were too strong. But this time I felt soo much better and they weren’t going to let me go! But… 

we had visitors and we read a lot of the scriptures and they fed my companion and only gave me liquids and gross food without flavor. But  the zone leaders and district leaders came and the wife of the Bishop and President y Hna Vasquez (her mission president and his wife), and the Pres. de Estaca (Stake President), because he is the doctor. 

They said that I could go early. So we only had to stay one more night but when we woke up on Thursday, the nurse came in and was giving me more antiboitica and changing the iv when I felt my bed move and the tubes of the IV were swinging. I asked if we were having an earthquake and she stopped moving and sure enough we were on the sixth floor of the hospitla and having an eartthquake. I thought that it was sooo cool! haha but seriously, it was better in the bed of the hospitla because it moved more gracefully. This earthquake wasn’t as stong as others though. 

we got out of the hospital in time to go to the multizona (multi-zone meeting) where we saw Presidente and Hna Vasquez for the last time and will receive our new Pres. and wife this coming week. It was nice. We learned about agency.  Elder Bednar is great.

David, our investigator,  is sooooo awesome and is going to get baptized this 8 de julio. !!!!!!!! yeaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!

Last night we had a thunderstorm and it was the coooooooolest ever. In Utah we don’t know what thunder is. But I can tell you that here, it literally shakes the house. I was so scared and so excited at the same time!  When it was sooooooo loud and shook the ground, I could only think of what power angels have because in Alma 36 when Alma explains how the angel shook the earth with the voice of thunder, I understood. sooooooooo cooooooooool and really scary. I understand how it might invite someone to reflect on their life and make them repent. 

But today was really normal.  We got up and cleaned the house and the elders made brownies and now we are going to celebrate the birthday of another Elder.

I love you all and am siempre (always) praying for you!!!! Be gooood. ok?. Live the gospel.  The world will end one of these days and all we have to do is repent. So repent and get over any differences you have with people.   Just love each other. 

I love you all so much!

Monday, June 19, 2017

We didn’t have changes which is really a relief. I was praying really hard for that! We have a lot of people we are teaching here who are progressing so much and they are going to get baptized in this change (primero dios). 

We are still working with Christy and we found out why she has become more turned off to baptism. It is because her catholic aunt was there when we visited and told her not to go to church and told her that Chrsity had already been baptized and how it should only be done one time. She was then confused because the aunt was asking her why she was going to church where she doesn’t belong. When Christy finally opened up to us to tell us what was happening, we were finally able to address the issue. She is now more excited and we need to talk to her dad about the whole situation so that she gets baptized soon. 

David is such a good kid. He spends the weekend with Hna Julie our cook and he is the best kid ever. I hope to have a kid like him someday. Ja Ja.

We are also teaching Jose Luis another kid who is really funny. He is twelve but has so much personality. 

This week we ate a ton of fatty food. A ton. And we are fat, so our goals for this change are to not eat as much greasy food (wish us luck because everything is cooked in oil, and oil, and more oil). 

There isn’t time to write now but I hope that you are all reading your scriptures and being good.

Love, Joy