Sister Ashlyn Brooke Unbedacht

Sister Ashlyn Brooke Unbedacht

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February 21st, 2016 - Trials Make Us Stronger

My dear family,

This week was a hard week. Monday night we had an activity in Iguatu which turned into a going away party for me. I absolutely love the people in Iguatu. I've had a hard time adjusting to my new location because Iguatu literally became my home. I'm so grateful for all the people there. I made friendships that I will never forget. 

I am now in Messejana, Fortaleza. My area is called Castelo. I'm close to where they played soccer in the world cup! This area is so different, but I love the members! My companion is Sister Costa. She has 1 month on the mission and I will finish her training. Sister Costa is from Arcre, or the Amazons. We are in a ward here, which is nice! We have a church building to meet at, something we didn't have in iguatu. I live with two other Brasilians, one from Arcre as well and the other from São Paulo. We live in a apartment complex that is in my area. 

This first week being here has had its ups and downs, but the only thing I can say is that I'm so grateful for our Savior. As I was reading in Mosiah 24 this morning, I learned how the Lord won't just take away our trials, but he will give us the strength that we need to continue during our trials. I'm so grateful for this. I have fallen to my knees many times this past week just asking Heavenly Father to give me strength to continue and each time he is there for me to lift me up and help me continue.

I know that many things are happening right now at home, and I can't imagine how you all are feeling. Just know that I love you all and never forget that our Heavenly Father loves us ALL. Trials are here to make us stronger. In Mosiah 24 it talks about how after they continued with patience and faith in their trials the Lord lead them out of bondage. As we are patient and have trust in the Lord he will do the same thing for us.

I'm so grateful for the Gospel. I'm so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who sent His son to die for me. I'm so grateful for Christ and the pains that he felt for me so that I don't have to carry the load. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Love you All!
Sister Unbedacht 

ps. To all the people in Iguatu reading this.. I love you all! 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

February 15, 2016 - Transfer Day!

My Dear Family and Friends,

Today I don't have much to say, but that I'm so grateful for my time here. My time has come to a close here in Iguatu. After 7 months I will leave and serve in Messejana, Fortaleza. I'm so excited to be serving in Fortaleza! 

I felt so happy that my time here in Iguatu ended with the Baptism of Diego. We have been working with him for a long time and I'm so happy that I got to see him be baptized.

The things I have learned in Iguatu are things that will stay with me forever. I love being a missionary!! These past 7 months have been some of the hardest months of my life, but I honestly can say that I have never gone to bed feeling sad or discouraged. I never thought that I would pass what I experienced, but yet these past 7 months have mold me into the person that I have been wanting to be. I have grown so much here and I'm so happy! For many years I was looking for something to fill the hole that I had in my life, a mission has filled the hole. I have come to love serving. I have come to love learning about our Savior.

I am so grateful for the people in Iguatu. They will be in my heart forever. The gospel is wonderful! Never stop living it!

I love you all and I will give a better update the next week!

With much love,

Sister Unbedacht 

Monday, February 8, 2016

February 8th, 2016 - One Year!!


One year ago today I had my farewell and I was so nervous to speak in sacrament meeting, but I spoke and then 3 days later I said goodbye to all the people I love so dearly to serve the Lord for 18 months.

I can't believe that I've been out on my mission for one year! It has been the best, yet hardest year of my life. I have learned so much and my testimony has been strengthened. I'm a different person than I was a year ago. 

This week was a great week! We worked very very hard to have the baptism of Bruno! Bruno is 20 years old and is an amazing person! Bruno has taught me so much! It was so cool to be able to be a part of his conversion and I know that he will continue to help the church here in Iguatu. I learned once again this week that with faith and work we can experience miracles. I've written a lot about miracles these past three weeks, it's because before my mission I heard of so many miracles that happened for other people and I was always waiting for my own miracles. This past month I have seen miracle after miracle! 

This week I have an invite for everyone who reads this email, FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I have 6 months left of my mission and so this invite will last for 6 months. I want to invite all of you to start the Book of Mormon today and read in 6 months. For some of you this will be very easy, but for others you will have to put in some effort. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know it's the word of God. I also know that we can become closer to our Savior by reading the Book of Mormon. I know that each one of you will see a change in your lives as you read the Book of Mormon. I would also like those who start over to send updates at times the things that they are learning. I will also be doing this, so you aren't alone:) 

I love you all so much! I'm so grateful to be here in Iguatu serving a mission. My mission has brought the greatest joys and has helped me become a better person. Serving the Lord is the best thing that we can do!

Have a wonderful week!

Sister Unbedacht 

Monday, February 1, 2016

February 1st, 2016 - More Miracles in Iguatu!

Hello Family!

I'm so happy to be serving in the Brasil Fortaleza Leste mission! I love it here! My faith is growing each day as I'm working in the vineyard of the Lord.

I'm so grateful to have President Fusco as my mission president. He's an inspired man. At the beginning of the week he had us call him. He told us that he was proud of our work and that we needed to have more baptisms this week. We have people that are preparing for baptism, but all were seeming to be a little scared and not feeling very prepared. We prayed more than ever and focused on having a baptism of one of these children of God. At the beginning of the week, nothing was going right. On Saturday night we experienced a huge miracle! Leticia, a young woman, has been going to church for 7 months, but her mom didn't want to sign for her to be baptized. Leticia was taught by other missionaries, but then they passed her to us to continue to teach and to help her. At times we saw her mom and we would just talk a little with her each time about random things. Saturday night we were in the right place at the right time and we ended up talking with the mom of Leticia. We explained to her the importance of baptism and her mom finally signed to let her be baptized. On Sunday she was baptized! It was such a beautiful thing to watch!

I'm so grateful for the miracles I am experiencing. I love the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 8:10, Remember that without faith you can do nothing; therefore ask in faith. I know that when we ask God in faith, something that is righteous, we will receive. 

My mission is really helping me grow in my life. I don't know if any of you remember, but I always had a lot of fear when it came to giving talks in church. I would always read the talk that I wrote out and I was always so nervous. Yesterday I gave a talk in church and I didn't have to write anything down. I just spoke what I felt the spirit telling me. I spoke about reverence and that it brings revelation. The thing we need to desire most in our life is the spirit. We need to receive revelation to strengthen our testimonies. Never let anything happen to stop you from feeling the spirit. It's the greatest gift of all!

I love you all and I'm so grateful for your prayers and support.


Sister Unebdacht