Week 1 Caborca Senora Mexico September 21st-25th 2015

Hey Family!!!

This week has been a little bit crazy here in Caborca. It is seriously really really different in terms of weather here from home and Ciudad de Mexico!! The Spirit is strong and I seriously love my companion!! While I have been sick and other stuff going on she has been right by my side helping me with the language and teaching… todo! She truly is a godsend!

We have 3 progressing investigators here… there are many inactivos and menos activos aqui en Caborca. Entonces, we work a lot with trying to reactivate them and visiting them. I love the people here soooo much! They are truly genuine and open hearted. They share their true feelings and when things are tough or they don’t understand they let you know. They are also verrrrrrrryyyyyyy patient with me and learning the language. Which is SUPER nice because I do not know Spanish. Although I feel like I’m slowly understanding the ideas in conversation that my companion has with many people and every once in a while I can chime in with my two cents… however small my thoughts are. I was so excited because 4 of the families that we visited came to church yesterday!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It truly is exciting to see the change of someon’s life just from visiting them day to day and see the little tender mercies from our Savior in our lives. I love this experience. This week I have probably felt the hand of the Savior in my life more than ever before. I am so grateful for Him and His example. He has felt every pain and heartache that each of us has, He knows us personally. Our task is coming to know Him personally.
I am so excited because we have one of our progressing investigators baptismal date coming here really really soon. I hope and pray he will be ready. Pray for Armando!!! Por Favor!!!
Things are well besides this, we bought bicycles last week and mine got a flat the first day. Today however we bought a new tube for the tire because where the airee goes in it had a hole, we will see if it works!!!
Not quite sure what else to write, but one thing I have learned a lot about these past couple weeks has been about faith. It is sooo important to exercise faith. An investigator asked me “how do I obtain faith????” I probably taught this principle in the wrong way, but I think its just a leap. A wish, a hope that whatever we have going on in our lives that it can be taken care of and be perfected through Christ. I’m not quite sure how we can “obtain” faith but I know that we need to start trusting the Lord. We start with prayer. We start with asking questions and searching for answers. We ACT! We will not receive a witness until after we exercise faith (Ether 12:6) if we hope for a miracle without acting we cannot receive answers (Ether 12:12). I am so grateful for this oportunity to serve the Lord and get to love the people here in Sonora! I truly do love this work!
Please prepare yourselves this week for conference! I know it will be the best! Plus, we are receiving 3 new apostoles!! While I am very sad at the three’s passing, I know that the Lord calls people for this particular time. I cannot wait to receive revelation at Conference this week (even though I won’t understand half of it because its in Spanish!)
Thank you for all you do! Keep strong in the faith!
With much love,
Hermana Ashby

First Area: CABORCA

I am in Caborca one of the most hottest missions in the Hermosillo mission which was already known for being muy calor. Caborca MexicoThe plane ride over to Hermosillo was not very long but we got up 10 min before we had to be at recepcion. Me and Hna Neff were in a huge hurry!!! We made it and were off to the airporte. It was so nice to talk to you mom even though it was for a little while and I didn’t quite know what to say. It was so nice to hear your voice. We arrived at Hermosillo and right as you walk off the plane you could feel the humidity because it ws kind of heavy. I know it gets worse but it was a definite change from Ciudad de Mexico! After a little meeting thing I said goodbye to Hermana Neff and then we were off to Caborca where I am now. It was a 5 hour bus ride and we had to pull over to check our bags about 2 hours in. You know all the shampoo and other liquids I had in my bag? They thought all that was alcohol! So that was fun!! We got to Caborca about 7 at night and then planned, studied and then went to bed. Mi companera es Hna. Garcia y she is from Ciudad de Mexico! Since I don’t know very much spanish I am so glad she is my companion because she is very patient with me. This morning we went to 2 wrong places for investagtors houses and were super late to a members house for lunch so we took a taxi who took us to another wrong place. I’m not going to lie I was sooooo tired and sad because it is hot, I don’t speak the language and I don’t know the area. Since we missed lunch with the member we went to a little place that sells tacos and horchata (yummy!) We decided to sit in front of a huge fan which basically airs out all the sweat in one setting because its so big and I am sweating a lot!! It is 104-107 degrees farenheight right now and it was even hotter in Agosto. After we were almost done eating the owner came over to tell me she likes my eyes. (Apparently its really suave to have blue eyes here) anyways we talked to her and gave her a passalong card and pamphlet and our information. She said she would read it so we’ll see what happens but I’m praying something comes out of it. That talk made things so much better!!! Not much has happened besides that. Can’t wait to hear from you all… from now on P-days will be on Mondays.

I love you all!!!
Con Amor,

Hermana Ashby

The Last Week in the CCM

¡Hola mi familia! ¡Cómo estan?

This last week has flown by so stinking fast!!! We are so ready for the field!! Not necessarily because we know spanish… because WE DON´T but because we are so ready to serve!! Um… I have no idea what has happened this week… we moved buildings which was sad. DSCN0094[1] DSCN0093[1] DSCN0067[1]
We had the most perfect view of the palm trees and noisy parrots which was awesome and at night you could see the sunset hit the houses and it was muy bonita!!! But now our building has a view of another building… however when we get tired and need to take a break, the birds outside go crazy and fly as if they were all in a never ending race twisting and turning and one time even ran into one another. So that´s entertaining! Our schedule is literally the same every day except for Tuesdays because of service projects. I´m sure that if you were all here we´d have loads to talk about but I just can´t really think right now!! We got a new district in the zone last week and they are so much fun!! They are very humble and love talking about the gospel. On fast sunday this week their whole district got up and bore their testimonies in Spanish!!! DSCN0085[1]Some of them speak better Spanish than we do and we leave in less than a week!!! We have been talking a lot about what we´ve learned here en la CCM and its interesting to see what everyone´s thoughts are. DSCN0078[1]After Devos on Sundays and Tuesdays we do a thing called Scripture Roulette where we basically just bounce back and forth between each other with scriptures and thoughts about devotionals and videos. Last night though it was just us and it was so good!!
This week there has been a lot of talk about obedience to the commandments– specifically prayer. There was a devotional on Sunday that was from Élder Richard G. Scott, April 2013 and talked about prayer. When he started saying he was going to talk about prayer I was a little let down because I feel like a lot of times the same things are said; however by the end of the devocional I had 4 pages worth of notes in my journal!! He talked a lot about the 3 ways prayers are answered:
1) You feel peace that your decision is right or receive confirmation of your question
2) You sense a stupor of thought
3) You feel nothing at all, no response
Its kind of funny because as we´ve been teaching people (we taught 6 this week) its been interesting because as we pray to know what we need to talk about sometimes we don´t quite know. Sometimes an investigator or inactive member will say something and we have no idea how to answer them. The day after the devotional with Richard G. Scott we had one of our investigators who is an actual investigator ask about prayer and how she feels her prayers are sometimes not answered or she feels no response as Élder Scott said. We told her what he said in the talk. Sometimes the Lord just wants us to act with faith. While we must go to Him in everything we do, however we still need to act. We cannot sit passively waiting in our lives for an answer because nothing would ever get done! We must act. We have our agency. We must choose righteously and the Lord will bless us. Sometimes we don´t recognize His will vs. our own. We must learn His will and pray for the ability to recognize and act upon it. President David O. McKay said, ” It is true that the answers to our prayers may not always come as direct and at the time, nor in the manner, we anticipate; but they do come, and at a time and in a manner best for the
interests of him who offers supplication.”  We must be humble in our questions and beg for an answer without murmuring of the time period which they are answered in. The Lord will never abandon us, he walked the path alone so we wouldn´t have to.
I´m having mixed feelings about leaving for Hermosillo next Monday… I am not completely comfortable with leaving this little safe haven la CCM but I know that I need to leave. There are people that are waiting to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and have been waiting and searching for a long time. I am so grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow closer to my Savior and of course, get out of my comfort zone!!! AAAAHHHH!!! I hope all is well back at home, I am glad you are receiving blessings!! BE GOOD AND MAKE RIGHT CHOICES!!!
Con amor,
Hermana Ashby
P.S. Go Colton!!! Way to be sleeping in the back of the truck!! (Is it starting to get cold yet??? It´s super hot here!!) I am so glad to here Colton and Michaela are loving searching for gospel truths!!! It really is a lot of fun and here… well you´re weird if you don´t like talking about the gospel. I think I´ve learned that we are supposed to be learning and growing all the time!!! There is no break for the Lord does not take breaks… even on Sunday His work keeps going! And go K-bear for losing so much weight!!! WHOOOOHOOOOO!!!  Just remember to actually eat something with sustenance and the goal is to be healthy not just to lose weight. Aaron I am glad you are enjoying Middle School so much. Hahaha!!! Girls like someone who can take care of them so keep up with the grades and be kind to others always. Also I have a feeling you will be quite the young man when I get back!!!
Mom… how much I miss you!! As I teach another single mother I feel as though I have so much more insight on how hard it has been on you. I used you as an example for how the Atonement can change our lives only if we will allow it to. She has 2 girls and her name is Ana. She seriously reminds me so much of you!! She is my favorite to teach. Thank you for allowing me to serve the Lord in this capacity. Thank you for teaching me to love everyone at such a young age and to love the gospel. I cannot tell you how much it means to me!! How are things with you at work and with… men???  What are things you are worried about that I need to pray for. We are told to pray for our blessings as missionaries to go to our families when they are in need. What can I pray for? How can I help you??

August 2nd 2015 Week 4 in CCM

So going into the mission field and learning all this information kind of feels like that part in Emporers New Groove when they are stuck to that log going down the waterfall… BRING IT ON!! There are a lot of things to remember when preparing to teach and actually teaching someone. When me and Hma. Neff come out of a lesson we’re like “Oh ya!! We forgot to talk about …. and …. and …. and …but the lesson went great!!!” Its kind of funny how much things can change from what you were planning on teaching! Anyways… things here en la CCM are fine as usual!! I am just really glad I’m not outside these walls. There are times like on Saint Days that sirens go on all night and music and everything… it is so loud (and I can pretty much sleep through everything)!!

Learning spanish is interesting… when words and phrases are on flashcards I know them!! However, when it comes to the words coming out when speaking to the Natives here… I know nothing! It makes for some interesting and sometimes redundant lessons! Our schedule has changed this week. We get to everything 20 min earlier!! As well as things changing like service projects and P-day. It’s really interesting!!! We said goodbye to our favorite district in our zone though… so sad. Its insane that in 11 days I will be in Hermosillo… We will be leaving with the Latinos that just came yesterday!!! THAT’S INSANE!!! I am not quite sure if I’m ready for that. We are definitely cracking down on studying. Its kind of weird that we are now the oldest in our district and we’re supposed to know answer to everything… but someone in the district always knows the answer to questions of lessons and language. I don’t really know what else to write?? I think I’m going to be bringing my journal with me though because I can’t really remember everything that’s happened.
Last night Dallin H. Oaks spoke through live broadcast so that was good as well. We had to wait in the auditorium an extra hour because of the time change and it got sooooooo hot. He talked about the importance of the Plan of Salvation… I don’t think I  quite understood the total depth and hand of the Plan of Salvation in the Church. It answers all of the questions that we have…
How is everyone? How are the boys with school? Is Aaron loving all the girls? Whats going on in sus vidas??? Please take pictures… I miss seeing you guys!!
Anyways… that’s my life!!
Love you all miss you all!!
Hermana Ashby