Wednesday, August 9, 2017

8/7/17--Working hard or hardly working

Well to be honest I am going to become slacker Miss slacker these next couple of weeks on my weekly emails so I apologize now if they aren't terribly exciting or interesting or super uper short or if they are only pictures. 😁 Anyways this week was pretty awesome! We had a hard working week and we are working on consistence now.....

So last week we had district meeting and we talked about how we could be better at talking to everyone and I came up with the idea that every time we used our metro card we pull out a card to pass along to someone. Well let me tell you it worked great Wednesday and Thursday when we did it!! Wednesday we worked our tails off all day long and found SEVEN new people who want to learn more! What the heck! We went to Kansas and back though just going all over town looking people up
or talking on the bus or train. Doing service. I am telling you when we got home Wednesday night we were beyond exhausted! We were wiped out! Good thing we are still living!

Thursday we had another hard working day just talking to everyone everywhere. We worked super hard! Then guilt trip of all guilt trips. We went to go pick up food from a member who us sisters call mama because she buys us food and feeds us all the time and more. So we go ver and we are super excited! Then she looks at us with a straight face and goes "mis hijas se olvidaron acerca del cumpleaños de su mama ayer" or English she said "my daughter forgot about their mothers birthday yesterday." Boy I sure have never felt so bad in a long time. We forgot her birthday! We felt down right terrible! Uhhh! No worry we made it up to her and heart attacked her and it made her super happy! Phew saved by the power of paper hearts! We had as well heart attacked another member who her friend had died this past week and both her and this member told us that they put the hearts in their bedroom! So cute! I feel loved!

Then the other funny moment was Saturday night. So we had bought me some makeup that way I look nice when I go to the temple and home. So when we got home we practiced so that we could do it the next day at church. We had music playing and just having fun! Hermana Jofre started straightening her hair for church. I went to go pause the music on my iPad and saw that he sister training leaders were calling. So we picked up the phone and we were like hi how are you? The first thing they said was are you alive? It turns out that our district leader was worried because we hadn't given our daily number reports and thought that something was up. So we texted them and the Zone leaders to let everyone know that we were ok!

This week we did a study on the atonement and how we can draw the power of Jesus Christ into our lives. And a line from a talk stood out to me. It is from the talk "Drawing the power of Jesus Christ in Our Lives" by Elder Nelson in the April 2017 general Conference and he says; "The more we know about the Savior’s ministry and mission--the more we understand His doctrine and what He did for us--the more we know that He can provide the power that we need for our lives."

I have come to see on my mission the more we learn about who Christ is and what he did for other people we can come to see what he can do for us personally and we learn how to become more like him. I know this is Christ's church here on this earth! I know the Savior loves all of us!  I hope y'all have a great week! I love y'all!

Con Amor
Hermana Ashford

Not many pictures this week😕
Picture 1: 1$1.50 scoops at Baskin Robbins
Picture 2: me trying to be cool with my new hat 😎
Picture 3: the other day our water was yellow than brown how strange right?
Pictures 4-5: make up test trails
Picture 6-7: Ready for church!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

7/31/17--We're half way there! Livin' on a Prayer

May I just say, everyday we live on a prayer. But the half way part is because this transfer is half way finished and I am starting to freak out just a little bit!! Ahhhh! Anyways this week was a pretty good week! We had a lot going on and sometimes I feel like we were running in circles. Monday we had a pretty cool district activity. Because it was raining all day Monday we hung out at the church and played some get to know you games and then some of the games that I have like tenzi and spy it. It was so much fun! We just laughed and had some good old fashion fun! It was pretty sweet!

Then Tuesday was another crazy day like always! We had district meeting which was weird because we did role plays where Hermana Jofre and I sat out and we played the members. Then the elder's basically had to get a referral from us. Oh man it was so weird to hear the elders call me by my first name. I was like we are sinning, it is Sister Ashford to you and you misters and to everyone else forever and always! Uhhhhh.... So yeah I played Kelsey and they were trying to help me find a way to share the gospel with someone and it was pretty helpful. It helped me come up with some ways to ask people to give me there friends. Jk they do the missionary work and we sit along to enjoy the ride and help them along the way. As well, we saw my favorite people that night! This less active that I told you about last week who is my age and is amazing, well she is still pretty much amazing! She is really learning how to live the gospel each day and enjoy it in her life! Pretty awesome!

Wednesday I think I ran around town and back! We had service in the morning and that was super fun! There was extra help from out of state helping us serve food! As well, at the end of service they always feed us.  This time as we were eating we got into the TV shows that we watched when we were kids. Man we couldn't stop laughing! We talked about little Bill, Dragon Tales, Hey Arnold, Recess, Fairly Odd parents, Ruggrats, Wild Thornberrys, the little rascals, the sandlot, Angels in the Outfield, and so many other movies and shows. Man it was so good to walk down memory lane for a little bit. Then the sad point of my day came when we meet up with Hermana Spencer, now Andrea because it was her last day!:( We met up with her and her mom for ice cream and just talked! I love having someone that knows you so perfectly! We could talk with out even talking! She is amazing and I know she gave her all to her mission! We spent a good 45-60 minutes just talking. Then sadly we had to be on our way. I miss her already! Then we visited a less active and got busy doing missionary work for the night!

Thursday I took this medicine that made my stomach like start to attack me so I spent the morning on my bed reminding myself to breathe and to take everything one step at a time! Then miraculously I made it to interviews. Honestly I think President Reynolds is the sweetest guy ever but so sweet he kind of lies. He told me like three times how awesome I am and that he wishes he had ten of me and that I was staying longer. Now why would he say a thing like that? Little old Sister Ashford does nothing that the Lord gives her the strength to do. I am nothing but the Lord makes me capable to do everything! Anyways after interviews we saw a couple different people and enjoyed the night.

Friday we had exchanges! Yay! I love exchanges! Sometimes it is nice for a moment to do missionary work with out having a list of people you are worrying about. Just for a day you just worry about doing missionary work. Sadly I don't have any stories how we walked around Nigeria and to England and then go back to America like Hermana Jofre and Sister Snow did but none the less it was super fun! Then on Saturday we had an adventure! First we went home then meet up with Sister Peterson the mission nurse to go out to pizza at New York's best pizza place! Aw man that pizza was good! Plus it is always the best to be in companion with my other grandma! I love Sister Peterson!  Then as we were heading back to the bus stop I kind of walked in the wrong direction and we got lost in down town Brooklyn and ended up taking some pictures..... Yeah good thing we have smart phones to get us unlost and found. Then yesterday we took the less active to church again and had 5 hours of church! Yay! Church!

So this past week in the English ward someone was giving a talk and she talked about how we come closer to Christ! What I loved is she said when you get married you don't want to look across the altar at your future spouse and see anger, fear, greed, or obligation. You want to see someone who loves you and wants to show you that love forever! She related that to our relationship with Christ! We shouldn't look at him in anger because we feel he makes our life bad. Or out of fear because we fear the power and wrath of God. Or greed because we just want all that Heavenly Father has to give us which is more important to us than anything else. Or lastly out of obligation because we know it is good to go to church but our heart is far from doing what is right because we do it almost for show. More importantly we most go to church and read our scriptures and be obedient because we love God and we want to show him that we love him everyday and every second. I love Heavenly Father and my Savior! I know they are here for us! I hope y'all have a great week and don't forget the reason why we do everything! Love y'all!

Con Amor
Hermana Ashford

Picture 1: district unity in we all role for the same numbers!
Picture 2: Hermana Spencer❤️️
Picture 3-5: Just taking some selfies along the way:)
Picture 6: the Maldonado Family moved to Connecticut:(
Picture 7: exchanges!
Picture 8-9: pizza with sister Peterson!
Picture 10: Lost in Brooklyn
Picture 11: on the train to church!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

7/24/17--Big Steps

Well first things first I got my IPad back!!!! Do you know how much easier it is to write with a screen 3 times bigger?!! Man it is nice!! Anyways enough about my first world problems. Moving on into how great this week was!!! So not much really happen but I will share bits and pieces about what did happen with a less active we are working with! Because that is where most of my joy comes from this week.

We have a less active we been working with since like my second week here in Bushwick and we had a lesson last Tuesday with her. We talked about our purpose and God's purpose and how they work together. It was a super powerful lesson and I could just feel how much Heavenly Father just loves this girl. She then busted into tears and told us some personal thoughts she had been having so we prayed together for strength. Then we offered if she wanted a priesthood blessing and she  said yes. So come Friday we took the elders over to give her a blessing! Wow God is real and so is the priesthood. The blessing you could tell was exactly what she needed!! So on Sunday we picked her up for church and helped her do the hardest thing she has done in the past year and we took her to church! Y'all don't understand but this was a huge step for her! She basically never let go of my arm she was stuck to me like glue until we dropped her off at home. Man it was a proud missionary moment. Plus the best part was when we were messaging with her last night. She told us how she was learning how to let the Lord into her life. That is what I came onto a mission to do. Help at least one person bring Christ into their life. If that one person was at least me then the rest were just benefits. She means as much to me as all my recent converts. Man I am so happy.

So that was our big like moment but there have been some more fun  moments between all that. On Friday we had Megazone which is always a fun time. I basically participated in almost everything. They asked me to say a prayer, give a talk, and bear my departing testimony. The prayer was simple. The talk I was happy to give because it was about becoming a Preach my Gospel missionary and I just pray that I have become that missionary. As for my departing testimony I just tried super hard not to cry so hard that everyone could understand me. I could just feel that the words I had said really came from my heart and they came from the Holy Ghost because I couldn't tell you what I said.  As well Sister Peterson is leaving on August 14 (she is the mission nurse) which is super sad. She gave her departing testimony and I just cried because she was there for me when I was going home. She just loves me and gives me chocolate when I need it. She took us out to ice cream when the Martinos left she has done so much for me. Then at the end of the Conference I was talking to President Reynolds and he agreed with me that because I came back I need to do another year so that I get a complete straight 18 months. Sorry everyone. Just kidding. He then told Hermana Jofre and me that he was glad he put us together because he could see how hard we were working. Which was good to know that someone noticed our hard work!

Then Saturday was nuts as well. So side comment in the Hispanic  program because they are all converts they think when their 8 year old child is getting baptized that it is the missionaries responsibility to do that baptism...... Well actually it isn't.... Just so you know... But anyways some how Elder Grand and Elder Chay got put in charge of the baptism so we felt bad for them so we helped them out. We spent the day making a program and setting up the church so that everything would be ready. Then the baptism happened and everything went smoothly and we started into the food. In the middle of eating our branch president came up and told us for one of the two kids that got baptized we have to do the record because he is actually nine years old so they can't do it... awkward..... so to make things more awkward we realized that the child didn't have an interview with ether the branch president or our district leader. So yeah we have a lot to do to get everything fixed. Uhhhh.....

I just want to share the talk that I shared in our Mega Zone. It makes this email a little long so sorry.....

"As I serve Him in exact obedience with all my heart might mind and strength I am forever changed." Everyday we repeat this phrase in our mission vision but what does it mean to be forever changed and how do we become forever changed? I believe as we study and apply preach my gospel we become forever changed. To be a Preach my Gospel missionary we must constantly be seeking change  and we must be looking for ways to improve. We didn't only come to teach repentance to others but we must first teach repentance to ourselves.

In the message from the first presidency in preach my gospel it states the purpose of Preach my Gospel is "to help you be a better- prepared, more spiritually mature missionary and a more persuasive teacher." So in other words Preach my Gospel is supposed to help us be prepared, grow spiritually, and become teachers like Christ. As we learn to live Preach my Gospel the goal is to grow in all three of those areas and become forever changed by what we are learning.

A Preach my Gospel missionary is prepared. Preach my Gospel promises us that, "Missionaries who strive to prepare themselves daily and seek to improve regularly will receive direction from the Holy Ghost and see blessings in their lives." So everyday during any of personal, companion, language, 12 weeks, or My Plan missionaries should be diving into Preach my Gospel and seeking ways to improve to become better, that way they can "be given power to teach repentance and baptize converts here in New York."

A Preach my Gospel mission seeks to grow spiritually. It says that, "Effective study during your mission will help you fulfill your purpose as a missionary and strengthen your testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ." To me personally this is the one I have seen take the most effect in my mission as I have strived to become a Preach my Gospel missionary. As I have studied the Christ-like attributes I feel myself wanting to become like Him and understanding who He is and His role in my life. As I have come to live the gospel that is taught in Preach my Gospel I feel myself growing spiritually and becoming a better person "line upon line precept upon precept here a little and
there a little."

Lastly a Preach my Gospel missionary is a persuasive teacher. It states in Chapter 10 that, "Teaching is central to everything you do. You develop Christlike attributes, study the missionary lessons, improve your ability to speak in your mission language, and rely on the Spirit in order to teach with convincing power." What I love about the gospel is that it always comes around full circle. In order to become the best teachers we must be prepared and grow spiritually. We must learn to become better and seek to repent and change.

I know that as we come to live Preach my Gospel and follow the guidelines there in we will see a greater change in ourselves. I know that Preach my Gospel can answer any of the questions you have on how to work harder, how to work with members, how to study, how to find, what to teach and most importantly, to me, how to become like the Savior. I know Him and I know He lives. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Con Amor
Hermana Ashford

Picture 1: baptism
Picture 2: graffiti
Picture 3: Asian graffiti
Picture 4: 17 months

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

7/17/17--Transfers and a Slow Week

Well as my sister Danielle reminded me, I only have 37 magical days left of my mission. I sure hope to make them the most magical days of my life up until this point. I know the next steps and moments will become the best magical moments and experiences of my life. I am surprised at how fast time flies and I am seeing how you really have to make the most of what you got.

So on to the week. Well to be honest, not too many very exciting things happened. I will cover some highlights and keep this kind of short.

So this week was transfers. We got two new elders in our district so it should be exciting. They already seen like pretty cool elders. As well Elder Brown became the assistant to he president. The Elder Brown who was my district leader in the MTC!! Kind of crazy.

As for the work we are just working hard and trying to find new people to teach. We have been working on finding through the less actives that our branch President has asked of us to look up. So in summary we are talking to everyone and taking as many names as we can get. So if you know anyone in Brooklyn that could use a message of Jesus Christ let us know. =)

As for fun stories, one came from last night. First we went over to a member's house and she always makes the missionaries these tacos. They are super good. She has a record for most an elder and a sister have eaten. For some strange reason I had a huge desire to beat the sister's record. So I ate 18 tacos in one sitting. Let me just say I was pretty stuffed by the end. I maybe could have had one or two more but that would have been pushing explosion.

Then this week by Sunday morning we ran out of toilet paper. So by the night time we had two napkins left. So Hermana Jofre walks out and looks at me goes, "Ok we have two napkins one for you and one for me. In case you need to wipe you butt or something." I fell to the floor laughing my head off. It was super funny. Sorry if you don't think this js funny but I found it very funny so I thought I would share.

This week it mainly rained and we worked.  Sorry for the not so exciting week.....

This week as transfers start and this week in the program I am doing for going home we have talked a lot about setting goals and plans. I love what preach my gospel says. It says,

"Goals reflect the desires of our hearts and our vision of what we can accomplish. Through goals and plans, our hopes are transformed into action. Goal setting and planning are acts of faith."

I am learning that as we set good goals ones that are inline with what our Heavenly Father wants to have happen we will always be on the track and becoming better. I know this work is the Lord's and I know my Savior lives. I hope y'all have a great week!!

Ps not many pictures this week

Con Amor
Hermana Ashford

Picture 1: we used real aloe from a plant to put on my sunburn!! So cool!!!
Picture 2: I had a Mamita in honor of Hermana Williams
Picture 3: with mama Hortencia
Picture 4- 5: pictures in the car so we could have something to send home. We are lame.

7/10/17--Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

Well this week has been insane!!!! We haven't stopped moving for days!! Monday was a super slow day and we had some roadblocks but we didn't let that take us down. We were fighters. So we made Balleadas. We have agreed that Balleadas are our comfort food and we may make them too much. But that is alright good food is good food.

Fourth of July!!! Wow what a day!!! We were Busy with a capital B!!!! We went to a member's house early for breakfast and we had bbq chicken. Then we planed a party for one of the elders in on our district who is going home tomorrow. So we planed the food, decorations, and the games. While they heard a nets game and hot dog eating contest on the tv. Then we had district meeting and that was good. We went to a member's house for most of the evening and had hot dogs and enjoyed the beautiful outdoors. We watched fireworks from our roof. Oh man it was a sight to see!!!!! We could see fireworks from every side the front the back the left and the right. Most importantly we saw the Manhattan fireworks. Those were a sight to see. They were shooting off four fireworks at one time so they were in a line. A picture will be below. After not seeing fireworks in like 5 years God truly blessed me with the best seat in all of New York to see soooo many fireworks. Aw man it was awesome.

Wednesday we did an exchange with the sister training leaders. They came to our area to work with us and to help us out. It was an awesome day!!! We talked to 27 people, got like 3 new investigators, one investigator on date for August 12, and found like 2 less active while still having some different lessons. It was an awesome day!!! As well they took us out to ice cream so that was super fun!! I think though my favorite part was Sister Snow who is beautiful by the way and I were talking to these Hispanics, of course and she doesn't know Spanish so she just stood there smiling. So cute. At one point she said something like "I only speak a little Spanish" and this little Hispanic grandpa who I was talking to goes "Ok well, we can get married" however in Spanish. So I died laughing because it was so cute and Sister Snow was like what did he say. So I translated and she laughed and we apologized and said we would see them later. It was super funny!!!!

Thursday was an awfully busy day as well. We had finding and planing. Then we helped the member decorate for the surprise farewell party for the Elder. Then we ran to out dinner appointment then ran back to the church and then ran to an appointment. In one sentence that was our day. Little do you know that then the member was mad at me not hermana Jofre that we didn't stay for the party and two the appointment we went to the guy was high so he wasn't paying much attention and then turned us down on a return appointment which was super sad. We talked to the elder's afterwards and they said the party was awesome so yeah.

Then the Friday night we walked out of our appointment and it was pouring rain. The member had one good umbrella so Hermana Jofre took it however she was afraid her shoes would get wrecked so she took off her shoes and walked with only no see socks on. I however had no umbrella so let us say after our like 45 minute walk home I was a little wet from head to toe. There wasn't hardly a dry spot on me.

Saturday was crazy as well. We had a solid lesson in the morning then studies. Then we helped another member with her son's baptism and made the program, sang in It, and I played the piano. Then the elder's walked with us to the train because we both had appointments. One of the elders had said hi how are you to this guy on the street. Well that guy didn't take that very well. He whiped around and was like you don't push your religion on me I am not a Mormon and I don't want to be dont push your religion on me. We laughed afterwards and were like so apparently hi how are you means hi you need to be Mormon. Uhhh some people in the world today.

Sunday was Hermana Jofre's birthday!!!! I surprised her by staying up Saturday night and decorating he apartment. She was super shocked. Then I went around church telling everyone I knew or saw that it was her birthday. Then a member threw her a surprise birthday party!! The Elders were there and it was a ton of fun!!!! She over all loved the day which all I could hope for.

Then today we did a district activity and rented bikes from the city and rode around Brooklyn. It was super fun. Although some points were rough trying to ride in Brooklyn but other points were super fun!!! Overall a great district activity!!!

So this morning I was reading in Alma and I came across this scripture that hit me. It is in Alma 15:16. So to give some background information Alma and Amulek were missionaries in the Book of Mormon and this is one thing that is said about Amulek. It says:

"16 And it came to pass that Alma and Amulek, Amulek having forsaken all his gold, and silver, and his precious things, which were in the land of Ammonihah, for the word of God, he being rejected by those who were once his friends and also by his father and his kindred;"

It hit home to me that Amulek gave up everything for the word of God and to teah it to other people. My only hope is that I can do that full time now and for the rest of my life. I am excited for my last six weeks and to giving all I have into the work. I know the Lors's hand is always in our lives!!! I invite you to ask yourself what more can I give in the word of God and helping others know about It!! I love yall and have a great week!!!

Con Amor
Hermana Ashford

Picture 1: cool street art
Picture 2: alone on the bus
Picture 3: cool view of Manhattan
Pictures 4-7: fourth of July
Pictures 8-11: exchanges
Pictures 12- 14: Hermana Jofre's birthday
Picture 15: bike riding

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

7/3/17--A Week To Go

This week I can't say was a terribly exciting week due to funny stories or anything but through the Lord teaching me many different lessons. So I will share a few of them and any stories that come up through them but I have a feeling this weekly won't be that long.

To start off the week, on Tuesday, I woke up with the worst stomach ache I think I have ever had in my life. I was up at 4 in the morning and couldn't sleep. So we spent almost all of Tuesday in the apartment with me sleeping and my companion studying. It was super sweet that later that night the member who made us dinner made soup to help with my stomach ache.

Wednesday and Thursday we had three dinner appointments. Sometimes I think the members think we never get fed and that we are starving missionaries. On Thursday we had our apartment inspected by the senior couple in charge of housing. We had to help one of them switch out a light bulb by standing on two chairs and a crate. It was a little scary. We also made balleadas by ourselves which was a big accomplishment for me!!

Friday we had service at a senior center helping them serve food. We usually do this service on Wednesday so it was off. Anyways, we did it on Friday because the were celebrating 43 years of being open. It was cute they had a photo booth so we got the district in and took pictures. It was super fun!!

Thursday we had an experience that taught us both that God doesn't work logically and we need to turn to Him for guidance. We were week planning for a recent convert and I thought that she hadn't been taught the commandments again we can just teach those. So we started into planning and about half way through we didn't know what to do. We couldn't put ideas together and we couldn't make anything work. It was the weirdest feeling in the world of wanting to plan but not being able to. So we realized we hadn't turned to God for help so we got on our knees and prayed. Within the next 10ish minutes we redid her plan and got it all the way through and it felt right. This experience really taught me how God knows his children and if we are going to do His work properly we are going to need to turn to Him. I know that to be true with all of my heart! I love y'all have a great week!! Sorry this week wasn't terribly exciting! Next week should be! We have some fun things planned! Love y'all!

Con Amor
Hermana Ashford

Picture 1: day spent in sick
Pictures 2- 4: we went to a member's birthday party so her daughter and I took pictures
Picture 5: making Balleadas
Picture 6: picking up my package
Picture 7: Elder Mott feel asleep in church. Poor guy

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

6/26/17--What if you never went home?

So this week has been a little all over the place and has kept us on our toes. The new phones are still an adjustment. I do find myself missing my iPad and may be counting down the days until we can use both. I am grateful for the chance to be among the Lord's servants that He trusts enough to use the phones. Sometimes I question why He choose Samsungs and not iPhones, but I guess that isn't my choice.

As many of you know we went to the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday last week. What you don't know is that as soon as we were walking off the bridge it started to pour!!!! We meet up with a set of English elders on our way to the subway station. We were soaked from head to toe. It made such a good memory though and I really didn't care about being wet. We took a bunch of pictures. At one point there was a bunch of water falling off the side of one of the buildings and buckets of water were just falling from the roof. One of the elders was like I dare you to go stand under that waterfall. So Hermana Jofre and I jumped at the challenge and said hold our bags we are going in. So that really added to us being wet.

Wednesday we had a meeting for all the newbies and their trainers. My favorite part, like always, was when Sister Peterson, our mission nurse, got up and started talking about nutrition and the food pyramid and what we should be eating. Having sat through this meeting for the third time knew exactly what she was going to say. I started laughing before she got into the funny part. She quickly looked at me and told me to stop laughing. I looked everywhere but at her. I was trying so hard not to laugh. So what she said is, "we need to eat grains, chocolate, protein, chocolate, carbs, chocolate, meat, chocolate, fruits, chocolate, vegetables, chocolate, sweets and fatty foods and chocolate." So as you can see chocolate is very important in your diet. After the meeting we went to talk to her because I just love her. And why wouldn't want to talk to the chocolate queen? She was messing around with me and was like were you laughing I needed to say that with straight face and no thanks to you I almost didn't. I apologized and we just laughed it off. Then she looked at Hermana Jofre and told her that I always make her laugh. Good know someone thinks I am funny!!

Saturday night the elders had a baptism and had asked that I play the piano, which is no problem. However, while they were changing they wanted to just sing hymns until we got done. Uh fun fact about Sister Ashford--sight reading hymns is not a strength of her's. So just keep that in the back of your mind. One person asked to sing Battle Hymn Of The Republic. Uh I really don't know how to play that song. So after a tough introduction and a struggle through the first couple of measures one of the elder's looked back and gave the cut it off signal so I stopped playing and he just looked at me and laughed. As well Hermana Jofre was sitting next to me on the piano bench and she starting laughing. We just laughed as they sung. Afterwards he was like yeah it was better without the piano.

Then as for my spiritual thought for this week we had interviews and my mission President told me to start reflecting more on my mission. He asked me what my favorite section in Preach My Gospel is and said chapter 6 which is the Christlike attributes. He asked me which one and I said faith because that is what I have learned most on my mission. Looking back I see how much faith life and a mission takes. We wake each morning with the faith that God will guide us to those who are ready and have an open mind and heart to he gospel. I love what preach my gospel says about faith it says:

"When you have faith in Christ, you believe in Him as the Son of God, the Only Begotten of the Father in the Flesh. You accept Him as your Savior and Redeemer and follow His teachings. You believe that your sins can be forgiven through His Atonement. Faith in Him means that you trust Him and are confident that He loves you."

I know if we act in faith God will fill in our gaps and make us stronger than we knew we were. Have a great week!!! Love y'all!!!

Con Amor
Hermana Ashford

Pictures 1-5 Brooklyn Bridge
Pictures 6-7 #CityWide
Pictures 8-9 she threw us the key again
Picture 10 the reason for the title of my email
Picture 11 downtown picture
Picture 12 cool graffiti
Pictures 13- 15 that view though
Picture 16 and that is how many months I have served on my mission