Sister Ashlyn Brooke Unbedacht

Sister Ashlyn Brooke Unbedacht

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 16th 2016 - I Love Being A Missionary! I Love The People Here In Brasil!

My dearest Family and friends,

I hope all is well there in the United States! Things are great here in Brasil! This week was a week that I will always remember. The spirit I felt this week exceeds any other week on my mission. I loved that this week I was able to work with Sister Bispo and Sister Cisneros. They are wonderful missionaries.

Starting out the week we had a mission conference. I'm so grateful for the things I learned. I'm so grateful for President Fusco and his inspiring words. He is really focusing on helping us understand why we are here on the mission and how we can have more success. We are to have spiritual experiences every day and really focus on the doctrine of Christ. My companions and I made many goals as companions to help us do these things.
Sister Bispo and Sister Cisneros

This week we had many lessons that were really guided by the spirit. I had lessons like this many times before, but something was different this week. I want to tell a little about Sister Bispo and how she is helping me. Sister Bispo always wanted to serve a mission, but she was taking care of her daughter. When her daughter got married she knew that she needed to serve a mission. Sister Bispo has a light to her that I have never seen. She teaches me things every day and the spirit is so strong when she teaches. I'm so grateful that the Lord decided to let us be companions. When we work together, everything just goes well. Something that I love about Sister Bispo is that we can talk for hours and we are always laughing together. She's a wonderful person!

This week we saw the miracles that happened with two ladies. When we met Lucia and Josefa they both were sad in their lives. With time, we could see the difference the gospel was making in their lives. At their baptism, they both were glowing! I couldn’t believe the change that we saw in them both. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to see the power of the atonement in the lives of these two WONDERFUL woman.

This week was a little crazy because we always had something going on, but something great is that we moved houses! We are now living in a condominium, which is awesome! In our house we have a balcony and one night we decided to sleep outside, so I slept in a hammock! It was awesome!

I'm loving this ward! I love the people here and I am so grateful that I can serve the Lord.
I love you all!

Sister Unbedacht

Thursday, May 12, 2016

May, 9th, 2016 - Focusing On The Lord's Work


I don't have too much to write this week because I talked to you all yesterday. I'm doing well and I am very happy! I'm so glad that everyone at home is doing great and are happy as well! 

This last week Sister Bispo and I worked very hard! We are tired, but more excited than ever to work! I love having a companion that is very spiritual and obedient. Also, Sister Cisneros has been with us a little this week, which has been awesome because she is hilarious! 
Pictured with President Fusco and his wife.

This morning we had another mission counsel. It's a meeting with the mission president and all the leaders of the mission. We talked a lot about staying focused on the mission. Many missionaries are just thinking about home and are getting very distracted. We talked about how our missions are only for this time, so we need to work with all of our heart.

Something else that I loved is how we talked about working for Christ. We are here on the mission to work for Christ. We aren't here to work for the mission president or for our leaders, but for our Savior. We read D&C 11 and how if we have the desires to be successful and we work then we will have the success.

Serving a mission is the greatest thing I have done. My mission has helped me put my life in order and centered on Christ. 

Thank you for your support and emails! I love you all so much! 


Sister Unbedacht

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 2nd, 2016 - Transfer Day!


I'm pleased to announce that I survived another transfer day! Transfer days are crazy here because my companion and I are the Sisters that have to help everyone get to their new areas. I'm writing later than usual because we were running from one place to another helping Sisters. 
Sister Bispo (in the pink shirt) is my new companion

This transfer will be a great transfer! Sister Prock and Sister Romualdo have been transferred and I will stay here. My new companion is Sister Bispo! This is a Sister that I really wanted to serve with. Sister Bispo is a person very special! She is 40 years old and has a daughter that's 20. She isn't married, so she had the opportunity to serve a mission. She's the missionary that has baptized the most people in the whole mission and has the greatest spirit. Before I heard about transfers I had a strong feeling that I would serve with her and now she is my companion. I know that I will learn so much with her and I know she will help the Sisters here that we look after. I know that this transfer will be amazing! This transfer is also the last transfer of President Fusco. The new President, Presidente Leite, will arrive next month. 

This week was a great week but crazy! It started out with a awesome family night! We ate Churrasco (real meat!) and played many games with almost the whole ward. This week was crazy because we had many things happening. We had 2 exchanges with the Sisters, many meetings with people in our ward, service projects, ward activity, and our last interviews with President Fusco. I felt like we didn't have any time to work this past week.

This past week we had an amazing ward activity that we planned. We decided to base it on the plan of Salvation. The people started in a room in the big counsel, as if it was our life before here on earth. Then they had the opportunity to do things on earth. There were many activities to do while on the earth such as basketball, soccer, jump rope, etc. While they were playing these games they had money that they had to trade to play and if they won they gained more money. While this was happening there were people who were looking for service.. a beggar, a woman working and others. If the people stopped and helped out they received something else. After this they passed the other stages of there life such as death, resurrection and then judgement where they had to give the money that they received. The people that showed that they served were welcomed in the Celestial Kingdom while the others went to Terrestrial and Telestial. It was a wonderful activity for them! They understood that here on the earth we need to focus on serving others and being an example of Christ. 
These are the people in my ward.  They are all amazing!

This week I gained a huge testimony of the fast and priesthood blessings.
I started to get sick on Friday and by Sunday I had a huge cold. My nose was running, my throat was very dry and I had a huge headache. I was fasting during this time and so I didn't want to take medicine because I would drink water. I kept fasting and after church it was time to end my fast. I ended my fast and I asked the elders to give me a blessing. After the blessing we went to work. As I worked I saw that I was feeling good enough to work, but not 100%. At night I went to bed still with all the symptoms, but when I woke up in the morning I realized that something was different. I had felt very tired these past 3 weeks and I wasn't sleeping very well, but when I woke up I had a lot of energy and I didn't feel sick at all. I know that God really does help us. I know that he gives us the strength to continue, even when we feel like we can't go another step. I know that the Priesthood is here on the earth and I'm so grateful for it.

I am excited to see what will happen this next week.

I love you all and can't wait to talk to you on Sunday!!!


Sister Unbedacht