Sister Ashley Wilson

Nebraska Omaha Mission

11027 Martha St

Omaha, NE 68144

Monday, December 29, 2014

Hello Family!!!:) MERRY CHRISTMAS!!:) Hope you all had a great Christmas!!!! Thank you soo much for all your letters and packages!!! I LOVE it so much and soo appreciated it!! Thank you!!:) I have the best family and friends EVER!!! Well this week we saw a LOT of Christmas miracles;) on Christmas Eve we were able to go to a members home and spend it with them. They invited some nonmember friends over and so of course....we became friends with them:) SO cool.....causally we all just started talkin and then this lady starts tellin us all this tragic stuff about her 2 siblings dying and how hard it has been on her. So naturally we brought up the plan of salvation and started talkin to her about our beliefs and she LOVED it. We were able to get their number and another appointment to go back and teach them more:) Then on Christmas we had these 2 potential investigators that we play soccer with every week, invite us over to their home that night to have tamales:) They are from Guatemala and ONLY speak Spanish. They seriously don't know ANY English.. Haha so my comp and I went over there worried that we weren't gonna be able to have any communication with them at all. It ended up bein AMAZING. One of my favorite experiences on my mission! I somehow was able to hold a conversation with them the whole night. of course it wasn't grammically correct...BUT we were able to communicate and understand one another!! The spirit seriously helped soooo much!! I felt him giving me words more than I ever have before! After dinner we watched a video in Spanish for them and then we gave them Spanish BOMS and I bore my testimony...EN ESPANOL!!! It was definitely rough....but HEY!! IT worked!! The spirit testified and they took the BOMS and said they would read it.:) At the end we figured out that Diegos phone had a translator app we could use....we tried to use that backfired. darn satan. haha I was tellin them about joseph smith and the phone said, "You are very very gay." hahahah well all laughed...and I told them that definitely WASNT what I was tryin to say. It also swore at them a couple of times and said other not so good things......dang satan!! so we ditched the phone and went back to tryin to rely on the spirit:) Cool experience!:)
Well Sorry I don't have much time but I just wanted to leave you guys with a thought that I learned while reading the general conference talks. So it was in President Eyrings talk about continuing revelation. In it he talked about how Nephi said "I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded." This has always been one of my favorite verses in the scriptures. Here Nephi shows such faith and courage. Well, President Eyring points out that after Nephi says that, that Lehi "was exceedingly glad" and it was because Lehi recognized that Nephi understood it was the Lord that wanted Nephi to do these things, not Lehi. He didn't say, "I will go and do what my father told me to do." Rather he said, "I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded." That shows that Nephi was converted to the Lord. Lehi was the one that told Nephi these things, but Nephi realized it was coming from the Lord, Lehi was just his messenger. That made me think about families. How sometimes our parents "command us" or "tell us" things that we should do. And sometimes us, as kids, do them just because our mom and dad told us too. But then when the real world comes and mom and dad aren't there to "command us" anymore, then we don't do it. But as kids, if we learn that our parents "commands" are actually from the Lord, then obeying will be so much easier. We need to understand that God uses our parents, our leaders, as messengers for him. So when my dad used to tell me that I needed to come home at a certain was because he felt that was the right thing to do. It was because God told him that was the best thing for me. I just wish I would've listened more to what my Dad said. Because what He said was actually from God....and God knew what was best for me. Sorry this is kinda confusing....and I am hope I am makin some sort of sense....haha and I am definitely not sayin that everything parents say is from God;) like when my Dad told me that Mountain Dew is "good for you" and "Golf is like heaven";) hahah but I just do know that leaders God puts in our lives are inspired. He put them there to help guide us back to Him. He speaks through our leaders to us. We just need to have the faith and humility to listen then act. If you feel like something a leader says isn't true or is "ridiculous" then pray and ask God yourself. He will answer you and make sure you stay on the right path. I am grateful for righteous leaders in my life, who have been inspired from God to help me stay on the path that I need to stay on. I am so grateful for my parents and their willingness to always rely on the spirit when they raised me. I know that one day when I have kids, that I will be prayin my guts out everyday to have The Lord give me the words to say. That my words to my children will come across as Gods words, not mine. I love you guys so much and are so grateful for your examples and influence in my life!!! have a great week and know I am prayin for each of you!!:) Love, Sister Wilson:)

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