Sister Ashlyn Brooke Unbedacht

Sister Ashlyn Brooke Unbedacht

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April 25th, 2016- Another Great Week!!

My dear Family,

Another great week! I'm grateful for all the things I've learned this week and have experienced. This week we had 3 different exchanges with the Sisters, and each one I learned new things. I'm so grateful for all that I'm learning. I feel as if I have grown more this transfer than I have in other transfers. This week we had the baptism of Weverton. He's the cousin of a member. He's young but very smart! He had already gone to church many times, but wasn’t baptized because his father wouldn’t let him. We talked with his dad and he said that now he could. I know that everyone is prepared at different times.
Baptism day of Weverton

I've been studying lately in Helaman. This morning I was reading Helaman 10 and I learned many things! This chapter is small, but really helped me. As Nephi is reflecting on the things that had happened to him the Lord speaks to him. First of all, this shows the importance of pondering the things that we learn. President Fusco always talks about how we need to reflect of all the things we learn after mission conferences and general conference. When we let the spirit work within us we can receive revelation of what we need to work on and improve. As I continued to read I saw that the Lord speaks highly of Nephi and has enough confidence in him to give him all the power to do what he wants to do. I thought a lot about this. The Lord had a lot of confidence in Nephi because Nephi was obedient. He preached the gospel with all his heart and didn’t fear what the people would say. I know that if we are obedient to all the commandments, the Lord will have confidence in us.

A friend of mine wrote me something about a year ago that has stayed with me my whole mission. She said that the Lord loves every one of us, but it is few that he has confidence. She said that the best advice she could give is to be a missionary that the Lord can trust. We can apply this to everyone. The question to ponder today is if you are someone who the Lord trusts. If you don’t feel like he trusts you just know that you can change NOW. I'm so grateful for what I learned today in personal study.
I am now a fan of Ceara!

Another thing that I studied this week that I loved.. Conversion or faith does not come by seeing signs or miracles, but the miracles come AFTER we believe. Joseph Smith said that Miracles are fruits of our faith. This is so true. We decide if we will experience miracles or not. We must believe first and then we will receive the blessings. At times it is hard to believe before we see, but in 1 Nephi we learn that even after seeing, some people have a hard time to believe (Laman and Lemuel). Faith is so important. We must always try to strengthen our faith by acting. If we keep the commandments we are growing in our faith. I know that this is true.

I love you all! I am so grateful for your love and support.  

Have a wonderful week!

Love,

Sister Unbedacht

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April 18th, 2016 - "Forget Yourself and Go To Work!"

My dearest family and friends,

I'm so happy to be here writing another email about my week. The weeks are flying by, it is incredible. Every time I get on the internet to write you guys I have to think of the things that were important during the week to share. I cant share everything because too much happens here each week.
Baptism of Valdez

This week we worked very hard to have the baptisms of Valdez and Eduardo. Valdez is 68 years old. His whole family including wife, children, and grandchildren are members. They have been waiting for years for him to be baptized so that they could be sealed as a family. The missionaries have tried to help him for years, but he has never accepted to be baptized. When I arrived here, Sister Prock and I decided that we needed to teach him about the Plan of Salvation and the temple. The spirit was very strong when we taught him and at the end he accepted to be baptized. He was baptized on Saturday. I think that this baptism was the most amazing baptism I have seen so far on my mission. His whole family was there, and they all bore testimony of the gospel. Everyone in the room was crying as they realized that finally they could all be sealed together forever. As I was listening to each member in the family speak I thought about my own family. I'm so grateful for the plan of salvation and the temple. Valdez was confirmed yesterday.
Baptism of Eduardo

The other baptism we had was Eduardo. Eduardo visited the church for the first time last week. He LOVED church! He is a young man that lives with his grandparents, who are Catholic. Eduardo never liked going to church with them, so he stopped going to church for a long time. As we taught him this last week we could see something change in him. His grandma said that this past week he was more kind and loving and wanted to serve her. This is what the gospel does! The gospel changes us! This is a church of changes and of chances. We have every moment to change and to be better. Eduardo spent his whole week at the church building, learning and playing soccer with the other kids. He was baptized yesterday.

Saturday morning we had the experience to do service. There are members in our area that are taking care of a house that is HUGE. This house was abandoned for years and now the owner is paying this family to stay there to take care of it. The yard of the house is very big and has a lot of weeds. We decided to do a service project with the youth and weed the yard. All of the missionaries in our ward and the youth were there helping out. As some of you know, I hated doing yard work before my mission. I can finally say that I enjoy working in the yard! The only part that I didn’t like is that we found rats and tarantellas. Doing service is so wonderful! Our Savior is the best example of serving one another.
Our Zone

This last week I have had the phrase that President Hinckley´s father said to him.. Forget yourself and GO TO WORK. This past year I've had moments in my mission that I haven’t felt as happy as normal, and I realized that during those moments I wasn’t giving my all to the work. I have come to realize that real happiness comes by working! As we help the Lord we see that we are making a difference in other´s lives and are changing ourselves. Lately, I have been reading the journal entrees that I wrote a year ago. Many times I wrote about how tired I was and how I didn’t know how I was going to keep working this hard for another year. I know that the Lord has given me the strength I have needed to do His work. I love the scripture Ether 12:27. As we give our weaknesses (which can be spiritually or physically) to the Lord, he will give us strength!
Crabs in our house

I love Heavenly Father. I love that he sent us here on the earth to learn. I'm so grateful for Jesus Christ. He really is the best example. I'm so grateful for his example and his love. I'm grateful for the Atonement and that we have the opportunity to change every day. Every day we need to improve. Every day we need to be more like our Savior. I'm so grateful that every day I am strengthening my testimony. I know that the scriptures are true. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet here on the earth today. I know that if we heed to his counsel we will be blessed and prepared to live with God. The world will not improve, but we can improve ourselves. I know that we can live with our families forever! I am so grateful that every day I can be a representative of Christ. It is the greatest honor.

I love you all! I am so grateful for your support and prayers.

Have a wonderful week!

Love,
Sister Unbedacht

Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 11, 2016 - Choices, Obedience and Repentance

Hello Hello!

I never know how to start my emails, so I will just jump right into what happened this last week. Sister Prock and I received another companion, her name is Sister Romualdo and she is from Espirito Santo. We will stay in a trio until the end of the transfer. I'm not really sure why President Fusco decided to put us in a trio, but it is for a reason, so we will just enjoy this time that we have together.

This week we had mission counsel and mission conference. Mission counsel is a meeting that all the leaders in the mission and the mission president have before a conference. We talked about the things that we need to improve on and then President Fusco prayed about the things that he needs to speak about in the conference. The conference was based around three things: Choices, Obedience, and Repentance. Many missionaries are deciding to do things their way and to not be obedient to the rules. This is something that he has focused on for a long time, but the missionaries aren’t moving. President Fusco talked very firmly about how our choices on the mission and after the mission are very important because we will be judged for every choice. It's necessary to be obedient on the mission. If we aren’t obedient then we won't have the spirit. If we don’t have the spirit we will not convert anyone. I think about this for my life after the mission as well. We must obey ALL of the commandments. We cannot pick which commandments we want to follow and let a few of them slide. We listened to many talks from President Monson that talked about keeping the commandments. He has talked a lot about these things.. so it is important that we apply them in our lives!

This week we had two great miracles! Karen and Patrick were baptized! The baptism of Karen was on Wednesday and of Patrick was Saturday. They are both youth that are very strong in the church! They always are at seminary and participating in everything! I'm so grateful for their examples. We are also teaching the family of Patrick. We are focusing on them to be baptized! They are wonderful.

Funny story of the week is what happened before the baptism of Karen. When we arrived at the church before the baptism we saw that the baptismal font was dirty! The drain wasn’t working so we had to do everything by hand. We put buckets in the font and filled them and dumped the water into the toilets in the bathroom. This took about 40 minutes and it was only us 3. Our backs were killing us, but it was worth it! When we were cleaning the font, one of the youth decided it would be funny to dump water on us! We ended up soaking wet because of him! It was a baptism that I will never forget! Haha.

I just want to express my gratitude for the Atonement. I'm so grateful that Christ suffered for us, so he can help us during our trials. We never need to feel alone because of the Savior. I'm so grateful for the blessing of the Atonement and that I can help people receive these blessings. I'm also very grateful for the Temple. This week the people here will travel for 12 hours in the bus to go to the temple in Recife. The people here understand what it means to sacrifice something to go to the house of the Lord. We are so blessed to live in Utah because we have 5 temples that are just 15 minutes away from us! Go to the temple as much as you can! It is such a wonderful place! I'm so grateful for the covenants that we make in the temple. I love the temple!

I am so grateful for you all! I love you all! Have a wonderful week!

Love,
Sister Unbedacht