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

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