Monday, February 13, 2012

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

alright well due to some circumstanzes outside our control, i again
have poco tempo... mom knows why. she got her own little letter.

anyway i can sum up the highlights of the week in one word: LUIGI. yes
his name is luigi. we had his first lesson last tuesday, then again on
saturday then he came to church we saw him again on tuesday and we are
seeing him tomorrow and setting his bapt date. i want to do it on
march 7th cuz that's my half birthday and i am being transfered on the
8th... but we are going to let him choose. yesterday's lesson was
wonderful. his prayer was beautiful, and the thing is, he has already
been prepared for this. we thaught him the plan of salvation and told
him that at one point everyone has chosen Jesus Christ but most people
have forgotten who they are. one of the purposes of this life is to
remember who we are. we told him that all the steps to achieving
celestial glory have been revealed and that we can teach him them! it
was awesome. then when he prayed he thanked God that he had met some
people that would help him remember who he is!!!! how cute!!!

ok quick review of this week: last thursday: we met a family doing
house after everyone cancelled our appts. we talked to the dad at the
door for like 20 minutes then he introduced us to  his wife and then
we left a prayer on their home. his name was emiliano and her name was
angela. it was interesting because it always seems like i have to get
down to the bottom bottom depth of the pit of despair, and then a
miracle happens.

 last friday we taught daniele the word of wisdom. let's just say we
need to review. hahaha

saturday we saw luigi and talked about death because his friend had
just passed away on thursday so he had lots of questions.

sunday was fast sunday. i bore my testimony. i was feeling kind of sad
that it is so hard for people to come to church. we had two people in
church. that's ok but i really was let down. so bore my testimony
using D&C 101:32 which says that someday ALL THINGS will be revealed.
like WHY is it so hard to come to church? i will understand someday
hahaha BUT luigi was there, and he loved it and he hung out for 1/2
hour after too :)

monday was soooo much fun. we got to take an 1.5 hour bus ride in a
snow storm to aqcuaviva to see the costanzo family. it was FREEZING
(obviously) anyway we were supposed to have an appoinitment with
daniele after we got back, but due to the weather we were going to
have to cancel the appt. so i went into the bathroom to make a sneak
phone call. daniele FLIPPED out when in told him that we were in
aqcuaviva. he said "SIETE MATTE!!!!!!!" = you guys are MAD!!!!! he
said he was going to strangle us if we made it back alive. he said we
needed to call him when we got home OR ELSE. anyway we were fine. i
actually quite enjoyed it. cuz i didnt have to drive in it. hahaha but
it was better than walking around outside in the rain. but we did call
daniele when we got home and he was all worried, WAY worse than mom.
hahaha

yesterday was a good day all around. a few days ago i had thought that
we needed to go to loseto (where the bishop lives) on tuesday morning.
don't know why. still don't know why. it was snowing. we just walked
to an inactive's house, rang the bell, they weren't home, so we went
to the bishop's. his wife made us lunch, and then we talked about
missions. it was awesome. we read a very interesting passage of
scripture that i had read that morning in D&C 84. it says that when
christ comes we will all sing a new song, and the words are written in
the section!!! super cool. anyway so we read that and we asked
ourselves who will compose the music? i personally thing mack wilberg
will.... but who knows. slla mongelli said the angels.

anyway i got gma's letter with the story of george blazier THANK
YOU!!!! because i have been asked to make a pubblic appearance and
speak at a presentaion about the church about the pioneers!! so i will
be talking about my ancestors! italians LOVE this stuff. anyway thanks
for everything. anziano pedreira is fine ps. i saw the pictures of the
new house. i cant accept this!!! its ok im dealing with it. and that i
am going to have 2.5 nephews (or a niece!!) when i get back, even
though i left with 00000. ok i love you all!!!

all my love
sorella ashman

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

its raining...miracles and rain



alright well i have like no time left cuz i had to deal with some
stuff so im just going to touch the highlights....
daniele felline is the best person i have ever known in my life. he is
reading the BOM and he is planning to read it again. yesterday we had
a really long lesson in which he just opened it up. he talked all
about his wife who died of cancer about two years ago and i was crying
really hard. we talked about aunt janelle and the pictures that you
sent me right before she passed away and how it wasnt even the death
that was hard, but seeing them suffer. it was a POWERFUL lesson.
last saturday we had a show down with one of our investigators who
worships himself. his wife has been a member for like 30 years and he
has never been baptized. he has come to church 3 times in a row. i
told him that his happiness is incomplete. its wonderful that he is so
happy with himself, but he is putting his trust in the arm of flesh
which cannot last. we invited him to have more. i told him that if he
has even a tiny seed of desire to know, that's enough! we believe in
him, God believes in him.
sunday night we went to a mass in LATIN!!!! it was soooo cool. mom, i
would probably like to go again if you are interested in that kind of
stuff when you come. it would be a really awesome cultural experience.
yesterday angelo, a new convert, told me he loves me!! it was so cute.
he thinks the world is going to end when i get transfered. haha
yesterday was a very interesting day, starting with that HUGE lesson
with daniele, then that evening we did splits and i went with maria
pia and fllo curci to this association of retired archeologists. there
was this couple there who was super interested and last night and this
morning the husband texted us!!! NO ONE EVER CALLS US!! its so
wonderful. i feel really good about them!! but its soooo sad because i
am going to be transfered soon (in a month hahah)! ahhhh not talking
about it not talking about it.....

alright to end today i would like to bear my testimony. when i was 16
i was suffering a lot from low self esteem (no one know this story by
the way), since i was so fat and my best friend got all the guys that i
liked. anyway it was just a hard time for me. anyway i was pretty
depressed for a long time. and one day i finally said "what is wrong
with me?? why am i so sad??" so i serached on lds.org happiness and i
found this talk gratitude: a path to happiness
http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/04/gratitude-a-path-to-happiness?lang=eng&query=happiness+gratitude+path
and it changed my life. i had never thought that i was so unhappy
because i was being ungrateful. mom and dad had told me repeatedly
that i was so ungrateful that i just expected things to be handed to
me, but i didnt believe them. then i realized it was true. i vowed
that i would start being more grateful. i have changed a lot from that
time, and i believe that i am much more grateful, but if i ever lack
in my gratitude, let me just say the two most important words in the
english language according to pres monson:
THANK YOU.
that goes to everyone, friends, family, leaders, teachers, prophets,
temple workers and especially Heavenly Father. i don't know why He
called me. i don't know why it had to happen now here in this way, but
i know that this was in His plan for me, especailly when it wasnt in
mine, and i am grateful. i think He was probably just watching and
laughing as i made my plans to travel the world. He had something
better in mind. this morning i read D&C 78:19 And he who receiveth all
things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of
this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.

all the things of this earth shall be added unto him even an hundred
fold, yea, more. then i say THANK YOU!!! i love you all and i am
grateful for the impact you have had on my life.

all my love
sorella ashman

pictures: i got my hair did, and my comp got cute glasses and i made
an awesome floor plan. bye!!