Sister Ashley Wilson

Nebraska Omaha Mission

11027 Martha St

Omaha, NE 68144

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hey family!! Hope ya all are doin good!! This week was really really good!! So much fun! So to start the beginning of this week we were able to sing at a country music jam session! haha it was SO fun!! Sue had us and a set of elders all sing, "How great thou art" and a couple of others! It was SOO cool!!! and afterwards a bunch of people came up and were talkin to us! We ended up getting 4 new investigators by the end of that night!! 2 of them were small town country singers themselves!! So sweet!! They ended up takin us to lunch and were goin again this week!!! They are so open to hear about all we do! So cool! Then on Tuesday at Christian needs (The food and clothing pantry we serve at every week) we were able to give one of the ladies we work with a book of Mormon and talk a TON about what we believe. It was awesome! She was soo excited to start readin it! Then that day we had a member from down in Sioux city drive up to Le Mars and take us on team ups all day!!! We saw SO many miracles!!!! We were able to have one of the most amazing lessons with one of our investigators. Its amazing the power of having a member in a lesson does. Her simple testimony touched her heart so much. Just havin another witness bearing the truth goes a long way!! Anyways then we did a lot more service!! Both set of sisters were moving out of their apartments so us and the Elders helped move both of them a lot this week! Then we also went up to Ray's farm. Ray is this super sweet old farmer who lives in the middle of nowhere so we helped him around the farm ALL day on Friday! ahhh it was soo fun! I absolutely loved it! although I have a ton of bruises and scratches from his tractor who about killed me!!! But it was an amazing week with so many miracles!!
Another really cool experience was this girl named M. She is 21 and has had a really rough life. She struggles with anorexia and abuse and all sorts of other things. She is really close to death because of her anorexia and its just a matter of time till her heart gives out on her completely....but her family has taken us in like CRAZY! They invite us to come with them everywhere....its so cool....we have read the book of Mormon with her...shared the plan of salvation with her..and its amazing the strength she finds in it. I just know that this gospel is strengthenin her and helpin her through this hard trial in her life, and I am so grateful for the Lord for allowing me to see the transformation. Its such a testimony builder to me to watch the gospel change someones life. It makes me soo grateful that I have always had it and I just want everyone else to have it as well! I am too lucky!! My testimony of the book of Mormon has strengthened A TON while bein out here on my mission.....I am soo grateful for the peace and comfort you can find whenever you read it. I know it is true with all my heart. I know it is from God. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet and that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christs church once again restored on this earth. This gospel is the most important thing to me in this life...and I am SO grateful to have it. I never want to take it for granted.
One other miracle that happened was F. We were over there teachin her and I read Mosiah 18:8-10 with her about how if you have all these righteous desires then why wouldn't you want to covenant with God and be in his fold? and once I finished readin that to her she stood up and said "Gosh dangit I want to get my butt baptized RIGHT NOW!. Lets GO!" We told her she had to come to church for at least 3 times before she could be and she said, "Well why cant we make church for the next 3 days?? I cant wait that long!!!!!" haha it was awesome!!! She is super super sick though and on oxygen and we don't know how much longer she is gonna make it and how she physically can be we are all fasting and prayin for her and I know it will all work out:) She has the desire, and she says its happenin whether it kills her or not:)
Well sorry this letter is all over the place and probably makin no sense but I gotta go! I just want you all to know that I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers EVERY little prayer. I know that He really isn't far away. Hes right here with us every day, helpin us along. I know that He loves us more than we could ever comprehend....that he understands us better than we could ever understand ourselves. He knows how to make us happier than we could ever who better to turn our lives over too? I know that He can make more of us than we could ever make on our own. So just give yourself to the Lord and I promise you that your lives will become happier and better than you could ever imagine. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have had to be on a mission. Its amazing how you think you are givin up so much to serve Him, when in reality, He just blesses you more and more and you become even more in debt to him. I love and miss you all!! and just know ya all are in my prayers every day! Love, Sista Wilson!:)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hey family!!! I hope all of ya had a great week and a wonderful Easter!!!:) This week was amazing!! We did 18 hours of service and also were able to teach TONS of lessons!!! It was awesome! I dont know how we had enough hours in the day to do that! But we were tryin our absolute hardest and so miracles happened:) But guess what......WE FINALLY HAD AN INVESTIGATOR come to church! haha it was awesome!! Us and the Elders moved F and A from Le Mars to Sioux city all this week and because of that service we met 3 new potential investigators and 1 of them came to church! We are tryin for the other 2! :) Service really brings miracles. Peoples hearts are changed and softened when you just take the time to serve and love them. They are a lot more willing to listen to what we have to share. So I want to thank the Johnsons for doin this service for Amanda and Alexis this week! I know that because we took the time to do a ton of service...we were blessed with many lessons and miracles. And I bet you that Amanda and Alexis were helpin us out on the other side:)
So as part of our service....we were able to go and build a house! We tore carpet out and walls again and all sorts of work:) I am pretty sure I wanna help build my house one day! Its a lot of fun to do construction!!!:) Forget Dental assistin.....i wanna do man jobs! haha everyone teases me that I'm their "handy man" and if they need man jobs done...they have me do them:) Haha:) but yea many miracles happened this week! We have members in Sioux City volunteering to come up to Le Mars and go on team ups with us! Its amazing!! We need soo many more member missionaries and the members that come out with us mean the world to us! What better work to be doing then the Lords? I am so grateful they take the time out of their busy lives to go and share their testimony to others:) I need to make sure that when I go home....(yes I live in Utah so thats a lil bit different situation) but I can at least just strengthen those around me by sharing my testimony.
One last thing I would like to share with yall is a scripture I was readin the other day that I really loved. Its in Mosiah 16:7-9. It says, "And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection. But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ. He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death." I love how it says that the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ. I know that to be true. I know that death isn't a sad thing, but it is a beautiful thing because of Christ. Yes, death hurts and is the hardest thing in the world for those who are left behind....but for those who passed away....its the moment they have been waiting for. They get to be picked up by loved ones and taken home to our loving Heavenly Father. :) And I know that we all have ministering angels surrounding each and everyone of us. Once they have passed on....they are more closer than ever. They are right next to us, helpin us, savin us, and loving us when we most need it. So if you ever feel alone, just remember that at that very second you have loved ones that maybe you havent ever even met, sitting right beside you, ready to help. Anyways sorry that was probably sad! ha Just a lot of our investigators and people we work with are dealing with death and so it has been on my mind a lot lately:) On a happier note.....I have the best grandpa IN DA WORLD! haha ya know that "Blue "Easter" Bunny" money you gave me?? I bought all us Sisters and Elders a Blue Bunny ice cream with it!:) haha everyone LOVES you grandpa!! and I love the scarf you gave me grandma!!! Ive already worn it!!!:) It even smells like you:) Its my favorite!!! Thank you soo much!!! Well I better get goin but I just wanted to thank each and everyone of you for all the love and support you give me!! Thanks for the letters you write me! I look forward to letters soo much! So sorry I am horrible at writing people back!!! I love ya all and pray for you every day!!!:) Love Sista Wilson!!!:)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hey family! So this week was real sad.....J passed away. :( We called her and were talkin to her tryin to come and see her at the hospital that night. She said she wasn't feelin good at all but she wanted to talk to us on the phone. So we just chatted with her....made her laugh and tried to distract her from the pain she was in. We then got a call the next morning that she had passed away after we talked to her. It broke my heart. I love her so much.....but I know that Jared now is takin real good care of her. I felt it the instant I found out. I knelt down and prayed so hard that Jared would take over...and I felt so overwhelmingly that He was:) It was cool:) I never thought when I came on a mission that I would get to work literally hand in hand with Jared.....we even share investigators:) So cool:) But this week we were able to go to her wake. (The thing where you get to go see her body and look at all the pictures they have and meet her family.) It was so cool. Her granddaughter B, was there. We had met B a couple times when we would go see J. B is 22. J used to say that I reminded her of B:) But saw me and ran out of the line and started bawling and hugging me. She said that J was wearing the slippers we gave her when she died:) And that when J hung up the phone with us, she couldn't stop talkin about how much she loved us "Sista nuns" (thats what she called us haha) It was sooo sweet....I just hugged and hugged B and cried with her. I felt like J was family to was so weird. Then I asked B if we could start meetin with her and share with her what we were sharin with her grandma. She said she would love that!!!! Then afterwards this lady came up to me (later found out it was J's daughter) and was like, "Are you the sister nun that gave J the slippers??" And I told her yes:) She started cryin and huggin me and said that We were all J ever talked about. She said she litterally thought we were angels until she saw the slippers and knew we were real people:) ha it was soo cool......she thanked and thanked us for the sacrifice we took to be here and knew that we were meant to be here for a reason. She then introduced us to everyone there. It was such an amazing experience. I love J with all my heart and know that she is going to accept the gospel on the other side:) Jared will make sure of it;) I did all I could Jared better step up his part;) haha Well we had so many other cool things happen this week:) F, one of our investigators, has a baptismal date!!!!!!!!!!! May 15th:) HOPEFULLY it will work out!!!! She still has to pray to make sure this date is right for her....but She is SOOO close!!!!! I cannot wait!!! She wants to be baptized before the end of this transfer so that I can for sure be there:) She thinks I'm leavin after this transfer!!!:) I love her!!! Its sooo cool!! so please pray for her!!:) Another cool thing is we have been able to teach a lot of c's grandkids!!! We got to teach all them to pray for the first time!!! Man such an amazing feeling:)
and last thing... I heard about the service chain for Amanda and Alexis. I loved that idea... so cool:) This week we did A TON of service :) We got to completely demolish a house!!! It was soo fun!!! We tore down walls and pulled up carpet ALL day on Saturday! We scrubbed floors and built stairs:) We are goin back next week to do it all again:) I have never been so tired in my life! We also were able to serve a couple in our ward with helpin them with office work they needed done for a couple hours:) We also were able to go and help this lady in our ward who is super sick. We cleaned her house and made her dinner:) There is many other service opportunites we have comin up this week and please tell Nikki that I am thinkin of Amanda and Alexis and doin it for them:) All the missionaries I work with love the idea:) We love you Johnson Family!!!!:) Well last thing I wanted to share with all of ya was just a thought I had. I think I tend to think that my testimony isn't a very big thing.....that it definetly doesn't have the power to change lives. I feel as if I am inadequete to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and constantly represent Him, when I am just a 19 year old girl that doesn't know that much. How am I supposed to do the Lord's work and declare a perfect gospel when I dont know it all and Im so imperfect? But I think what I need to learn is that the simple testimony that I do enough. Christ makes it enough. With His spirit as my constant testimony CAN change lives. I can't change lives....but with the spirit, miracles can happen and lives can and will change. So if any of you feel inadequete and feel like you can't be a missionary cuz you dont know enough...then think again! you probably know more than I do!!! Your testimony is enough:) Just ask for the spirit to be with you and help you and I promise that YOU can change lives :) I need to let my simple testimony change me so then I can let it change others lives as well:) Anyways have a wonderful week! I love yall SOO much!!! never forget yall are in my prayers everyday!!!:)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hey family!!!:) Hope all is goin well!! I am so jealous yall in cali!!! Not fair! But I am in beat that. haha but this week was really really cool:) First off, It was transfers!! I am still in Le Mars but I have a new companion! her name is Sister Bertrand! She is from Detroit. She is a visa waiter going to Brazil so my goal is to learn Portugese:) Well I want to share a cool experience that happened earlier this week. So me and Sister K and S went and visited "The Girls" in the "lock up". They are women who have been molested and abused. Its soo sad. We were just talkin to em and then got to talkin about life after death and about trials in our lives. One of them asked, "Why don't God take away our trials? If he loved us so much...why would He allow us to suffer?" We went on to tell her that our trials were chosen individually for each us because God knew that those specific trials were what we needed in this life in order to reach our full potential. In order to be worthy to live in our Heavenly Father's presence. These trials strengthen us and make us into the person we were sent here to become. These trials, would be, and ARE, really hard, but we don't have to go through or face them alone. Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ beg to be there for us. They want to comfort and strengthen us. All we have to do to allow that to happen is simply ask. Just ask. The spirit there got so strong. We knew that Heavenly Father wanted that group of women to know that He was there for them in their trials and never deserted them even though it may have felt like it. We then sung "nearer my God to Thee" and 3 other women walked into the room. The spirit was seriously drawing people in!! We then sung" A Child's Prayer". The spirit was sooo strong. All the women were getting teary eyed. We sung a couple other songs and the room was dead quiet. Afterwards we all sat in silence....then Sister K and I started bearing our testimonies like crazy. We told them how much their Heavenly Father loves them and how special each of them are to him and that He is aware of every trial, sorrow, anything goin on in their life. He is aware of them and wants to comfort them and be there for them. But in order for that to happen they have to allow Him too. It was powerful......I could just FEEL God's love for them. They are so special....We then started talkin about angels. One of them said when she was goin through cancer that an angel came and held her hand..she said" I promise I'm not crazy!!! It really happened! But no one would believe me..." ..she started cryin. I went and held her hand and said she wasn't crazy that an angel DID come and hold her hand. I told her that Heaven isn't far away at all. Its all around us. That Heavenly father sends angels to us in our time of need to comfort us and love us and protect us. I could feel angels all around us in that room. Once again....I could feel Jared. I KNOW he was there that night....holdin my hand. It was a special night I will never ever forget. We all sat in silence, holdin hands for about 20 mins. The spirit was SO SO strong. I could feel heaven. I could feel angels. I could feel Jared:) Then afterwards we were able to hand out a Book of Mormon and they all begged for us to come back! Such a cool experience. Well I don't have much time...sorry I only shared that one experience! Tons of other miracles happened this week as well!! But I just want to share my simple testimony with each of you. I know without a doubt that this church is true. I know that Heavenly Father answers prayers. He has been there for me Every single day out here...helpin me through my struggles. I know that He loves each and every single one of us more than we could ever comprehend. I know He is there in our most trying times, with His arms open just waiting to take the burden on himself. I know we don't ever have to go through any trial alone. He is there to give us the peace and comfort we so desperately need. He is there to make us feel whole. He is there to heal us. I know that with all my heart. I have felt His spirit testify all these things to me and will never deny the feelings I have felt. They are REAL. I know that this gospel is Gods message to all. This church has the fullness of Gods message and all who will just listen can feel for themselves the truthfulness of it. I feel honored to be a missionary, a disciple of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Best decision I have ever made. I love you all so much and hope you have the most amazing week ever!!!:)