Sister Ashlyn Brooke Unbedacht

Sister Ashlyn Brooke Unbedacht

Monday, December 21, 2015

December 21st, 2015 - My Heart Is So Full!

Wow! I can't even express how I feel right now. I feel so loved and so happy! This morning I received the best news of my life. Rebecca and Sam, the couple that I was teaching in California were baptized this past week. When I opened the email I just started to cry and I felt a joy so great. I'm so happy for this couple! I love doing this work!

This past week was so great! We went to Fortaleza for our Christmas Devotional. We learned so much and I got to see many friends. It was so amazing! We also got to watch Kung Fu Panda! It was so cool, we related the film to our lives. It was a great moment! If we have a dream, we are in charge to make it happen. 

I want you all to read a talk this week by Elder Nelson, “What will you Choose.” Think of the things that he wrote and apply it to your life. I know it will change your life, like it has changed mine. 

I love you all and I'm so grateful for each one of you. I have felt so much support. Thank you so much! Thank you for your love! I hope that this week is a week full of service and showing our love to the Lord. 

Feliz Natal! Eu amo vocês! 

Sister Unbedacht 

December 14th, 2015 - It's The Most Wonderful Time Of Year!

The Christmas season is getting to me! I'm becoming more and more excited for this day to be here! It will be a WONDERFUL day! A lot of houses have their lights up and in our house we have the Christmas tree and our stockings! I love it! I was in the grocery store last week and I had stop and listen to what music was playing.. It was the Michael Buble Christmas Cd! I was so happy singing the songs as I walked down the aisles. It was wonderful!  I love this time of year! I love being a missionary during this time of year!

This week was full of spiritual experiences. My companion and I are focusing on asking inspired questions, and it's changing our work. When we use the spirit, we will change lives. The spirit is key in this work. 

We see so many miracles take place out here in the mission field. I would like to share a miracle that took place this past week. We are working with a woman in our area and we are trying to help her to stop smoking. She smokes about 15 cigarettes every day. She's now down to 4 and she is so happy! It has been a miracle that we have seen happen in just one week! 

One day this past week we decided to all trade areas and find new investigators. We went to the area of the Elders. It was such a cool experience because many of these people have only seen the Elders, but never Sisters so they all wanted to talk with us to see who we are. 

Sorry for another short email. We will travel to Fortaleza tonight for Christmas conference tomorrow. I'm so excited! I will update you all about it next week!

Have a wonderful time playing in the snow and watching Star Wars! Love you all!

Sister Unbedacht 

Monday, December 7, 2015

December 7th, 2015 - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

I can't believe that Natal (Christmas) is around the corner.  I'm loving all the snow...haha Kidding!  I'm still burning in the sun!  We don't have snow here in Iguatu, but there are tons of Christmas lights.  I cant wait until Christmas.  This holiday isn't very big in Iguatu.  The people here don't celebrate Christmas like we do back home, but as missionaries, we will make it a special day.

This week was a great week because the branch is growing!  We will be moving out of the school where we meet for church and buying a house to meet in.  It's wonderful!  We had the first ward council as well here in Iguatu.   I'm so happy to see this place growing.
Pictured with Sister Nicoli 

This morning I was studying a talk given by President Monson. His talk is called, “Come, All Ye Sons of God.”  It's directed to the men, but I thought it was perfect for everyone.  He gave 4 things that we need to do to be successful:  1. Search the scriptures with diligence.  2. Plan your life with purpose.  3. Teach the truth with testimony.  4. Serve the Lord with Love.  He spoke a lot about missionary work, but said this is for everyone.

Something he said though really touched me.  He said a mission is a family affair.  Through the expanse of continents or oceans may separate, hearts are as one. This is so true!  My family gives the best support!  The more I'm here helping these families, the more I have come to love my own!

Thank you for all the support! You are all amazing!

Love you all!
Sister Unbedacht