Monday, March 24, 2014

Members and Missionaries

Hey to my family and friends,

This week once again flew by. I swear that i wake up in the morning and before i know it im laying in my bed falling to sleep. But oh well, it means im at least doing something. 

Anyways its great to hear that everything went well with Gem State and that all had a fun time. Im sure that Preston tore up the dance floor and everyone was in awe with his "sweet skills"!

This week we taught one of our investigators named Marta. She has no faith in Christ, in the resurrection, in prayer, or the Holy Ghost. She only believes that there is a god but has the question. If there is a god why is this life so hard and why are there bad people? It is a great people and we are trying to help her understand why. But when we teach we only get one doctrine point in because she starts to question everything because she doesn't have Faith. Well this last week we took a member with us. We watched Finding Faith in Christ and talked a lot about the movie and death. And in the end when we asked if she would pray for an answer she told us "i don't know because i think it will just be me telling myself that its true". In this moment the member started to teach about his conversion and how he had the same questions. He has read tons of books on religion and had the same questions she did. The only difference is that he grew up in the church. But it was amazing to see how she listened to him and believed him easier then us. The people think that missionaries are not m¡normal people so they have a harder time believing them.

Also we had a lesson with another investigator named Javier. Just as we were about to start his friend knocked on the door. Javier invited him and told him who we were and invited him to join us for a pray and a spiritual thought. It was great. He is a golden investigator. His name is Martin and has tons of questions and believes what we say. Once again it was through the help of the member. The member was Brother A that we reactivated  my first month in this sector. Well Martin believed us and told us that he would pray and read the Book of Mormon and would join us for more lessons when we come to visit Javier. 

Its great to see how people reacted to members and to missionaries. I now have a testimony that to have success as a missionary we have to work with the members or nothing is going to happen.

So if you can help the missionaries out because they need it. That was my week.

So love you all and take care!
Elder Ashworth

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Week...I dont even know what week it is!

 This was received on Monday 3/17/14

Dear family and friends,

This week has been crazy. We didn't have lots of time to do the work out in the streets because we were constantly in meetings for the ward or doing service. We have been running around trying do all that we can do and its great. We had the feeling that we didn't do much but when we looked back we realized that we really did do something. And we are ready to hit it again this week.

The only down side to this last week as i  finally got a cold. It is finally fall here so the nights are getting colder. Well, its finally going away since i got it on about Thursday but that's life. We also got to have a lesson with an investigator today after about 4 weeks of not being able to find him. He remembered everything that we taught him and asked about baptism. His only question is,Why do i have to be baptized again? So we will be going over that with him this week if we can find him after his work.

Its getting a little more difficult to find people because they all work every day all day. I'm dead serious. They leave at about 8 in the morning and get home about 8 or 9 at night. Its because they all have to travel to work since we live on the borders of Santiago. But we are still finding and teaching which is good. Other then that i have nothing else for this week.

Sorry this is short but nothing really exciting this week. Love you all and have a great week.


Love , Elder Ashworth

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Family and Friends,

Its great to hear that you are doing well and are enjoying the things that you are doing.

This week i dont have much to talk about except that we were running around like crazy trying to talk with members and inactive members. Because we had a lunch after church this last sunday for the whole ward and the bishop asked us to go and invite everyone that we could and to share the scripture that we chose for the theme of our ward conference in 2 weeks. This last sunday we had the biggest assistance in the ward with 61 people, this included 12 youth. (which is awesome)!! But anyway our scripture for ward conference is Moroni 6:5 and 6. we are using this to hopefully heelp people want to attends church and be reactivated. Thats all that i have for the work this week.

But something really exciting happened at 1:40 in the morning this past Thursday. We had a tremor which was a 5.4 on the rictor scale. I woke up because my entire body was shaking. when it was over i just fell right back to sleep. It was my first tremor that i have felt and it was a pretty big one too. But because of this we now have to have a safety training just to be sure all the missionaries know whet to do in the case of an actual earthquake. So that should be fun.

Then today we went to the Costanera Mall. It is huge!! Its 5 stories tall and right next to it is the tallest bi¡uildsing in south america. There we ate lunch then i ate a cinnabon cinamon roll and it was amazing. Its been over 6 months for a cinnamon roll and it was like heaven. Then we found a LEGO store and, of course like the little boy i am, i bought a lego! But they are really expensive here which is a bummer.

This is all i have for this weeks email. Enjoy your week and have fun. Love you all!

Elder Ashworth


 Me as a flighty missionary 

Also something i forgot in my email. Today this guy was rolling his own cigarettes next to me on the metro.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

One full week!

Dear family and friends,

A long time ago. In a galaxy far, far away...there was a missionary in the sector of El Bosque who had much to talk about. But before he tell the tales of his adventures he had to answer the questions that his dear mother asked him in her email. Because as we all know, an unhappy mom is an unhappy life. So he began by answering the questions concerning his health and companion. He has been healthy his whole mission so far and is enjoying his first latino companion. They, Elder Ashworth and Elder Terra, get along very well and live in a little apartment with two other Elders. And because the mom asked for pictures he will be sure to send them the next week.

Now that the questioning period of his email has been concluded he will begin by telling of his experiences and adventures of this week...(Pretty bad story telling huh?)

But in all seriousness this week has been full of stuff. 

On Monday we went to a family night and when we arrived they asked us to go visit a brother in the ward because he wasn't feeling well. His name is hermano J. We went over and he had been throwing up and was really tired. He asked for us to go get the bishop so we did. when we arrived there was more people in his house then when we left. Well be went upstairs to his bedroom and with the bishop gave a blessing on the house. Because you could feel that there was something in that house. Then we gave him a blessing. During the blessing it felt like the floor was moving underneath my feet. Then after he threw up some more and the feeling inside of the house was gone. It was like a brand new, bright room. It was my first experience in helping get rid of demons inside of a house and somebody. It was a testimony that the priesthood is real and that there is power in it. Then afterward another elder told me that he arrived before us and gave a blessing of health. During the blessing something grabbed him around the chest and he wasn't able to talk for a little bit. It took all of his strength to give the blessing. It was a crazy day.

Then Tuesday we visited a possible investigator. We visited with her and got to know her. Her name is Patricia. At the end of the visit i shared the scripture Mark 5:36 with her that reads "do not fear, only believe". The scripture hit her hard and the spirit was strong. She has been having a ruff time lately that she started to cry after the scripture. It was the first time that somebody cried from a scripture that i shared. That was also a testimony of powerful the scriptures are in this life.

Wednesday we had successful mutual. we had 2 young men and 5 young women, when two weeks ago we had 0 youth for mutual. we talked and made pizzas and the youth are excited for the next mutual this week.

Thursday we visited an inactive member that we have been visiting for awhile. He finally told us why he is inactive and that we are the first missionaries he has let into his house since he went inactive. I also learned that i was the first missionary to share a spiritual thought with him in over 20 years. He is a great man and prayed for us for the first time too on Thursday.

Saturday was very long. We woke up at 430 in the morning to be at a church house in Pudahuel by 8. Elder Evans of the Seventy talked to us. He talked for 4 hours! It was a great talk. He talked about our purpose as missionaries and that way too many missionaries focus on faith and Baptism and skip Repentance, the gift of the holy ghost, and enduring to the end. He also talked about teaching families and to work on rescuing more then baptisms right now. There are so many inactive members that we can knock doors and 80 percent of them are members that don't remember anything about the church. It was just amazing. He also talked on the doctrine or gospel of Christ in 2 Nephi 31 and 32. It was a very spiritual meeting. In the end he told us why he came in the first place. The twelve and the first presidency asked him to go to Santiago and feel what the missionaries are felling there. That was his assignment. Kind of an odd assignment. But he said that he would return and tell the twelve that there are over 1000 missionaries in the Santiago area who are ready to make the changes necessary to help edify this church.

Sunday i had to teach the Sunday school for the youth again since it is one of my assignments in the ward. we talked about the Atonement. It was a very spiritual class and every youth was thinking at the end of the class about the magnitude of the Atonement. We talked about the pain of the atonement and to try to grasp the pain you need to take the worst pain you have eve felt and multiply it by the amount of people who have ever lived on this earth and will every live on this earth. Then i gave the story ´"The File Room" and you could tell that they had never thought about the atonement before and all them only knew the Atonement as the picture of Christ when he is in the garden of Gethsemane. It was a great class and i look forward to teaching the next class next week more about the atonement. I know that it is real and that if we use it we will be full of joy. If not we will suffer as did Jesus. It was a necessary thing because without it we cannot live with our father in heaven again.

This was my crazy full week! I love you all! Have a great week and look forward to the truth and light so that the shadows of darkness and disappointment fall behind you and you are left with a clear of the path you must take in this life.

Elder Ashworth
Wow! What a week !  - Brianna