Sister Ashley Wilson

Nebraska Omaha Mission

11027 Martha St

Omaha, NE 68144

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hey Family!!:) How was your week?? I hope Dad had the best birthday week ever!!! and didn't get too many gray hairs ;) Well life here is AMAZING. Wow I just love this area, my comp, and the people here SOO much. Heavenly Father really is spoiling me!!! I am so beyond grateful!! I don't have much time this week so I will try and share as much as I can!:) We had a couple awesome things happen this week!:) So we have been tryin to find through our former investigators in the area book and have seen a lot of success from it lately!! We have 3 new progressing investigators from it now!!! They are just more prepared this time!!! Its so cool how God just leads you to those who are prepared for the gospel:) He truly is in every phase of this work, because it is HIS work:) We also have been getting SOOO many referrals from the members!!! its CRAZY. The YSA IS GREAT!! They all are constantly calling us sayin "Hey I invited a friend to church, can you introduce yourselves and come to my place and teach them the gospel?" haha sundays ARE jam packed full because of the 2 different wards we attend and all the meetings and all the member present lessons!!! its a miracle!!:) The members here are fantastic examples of member missionaries:) They do all the finding, all we do is show up and teach the gospel:) And the best part is, these people are so much more prepared to hear the gospel because they have a solid friend to help them along the way. The members bear powerful testimony and you can just see how much it affects them to hear their friends testimony:) All we do is simply share the gospel, the members do the actual work:) Well things are honestly going sooo soo great!!! I am happier then ever:) We see so many miracles everyday, and the work is really hastening!! But one miracle I would like to share with you guys this week is what happened earlier this week. So me and Sister L were drivin to go and try a former investigator...we were both distracted by tryin to find the address that we took a right at a light and there was a car coming and we didn't see it. Sister L slammed on the brakes. Time felt like it completely froze. The car should've hit us cuz we completely slammed on the brakes but the next thing we realized was we were in the parked on the side of the road. We both looked at each other super confused cuz Sister Lutz had slammed on the brakes and we just didn't realize how the heck we got to the side of the road?.....we both thought we were delusional and just were super confused and weirded out so we continued on finding the former investigators. That night me and Sister L got into a super deep conversation after we said our prayers that night. We had both really prayed deeply about repenting fully about little things and being completely clean so that the Lord could work through us more effectively because we would be a pure and clean vessel. Afterwards we were discussing different ideas and thoughts we had received during our prayers when this huge overwhelming spirit filled the room. We both sat there in silence and holy cow I have never felt a feeling that strong before. I knew without a single doubt Jared was there. Then Sister Lutz said, "Sister Wilson, Jared protected us from that car tonight. I know that." We both were so confused and the whole situation made no sense....but in that moment, because we had completely purified ourselves before the Lord, the Lord allowed us to have a clear perspective and receive powerful revelation to us. I learned a lot of other amazing things that night....and it just really helped me have a powerful testimony of repenting daily so that the Lord can work through us more powerfully. I know if we make an effort to repent daily, that answers to our prayers will come. That we will be able to be an effective tool in the Lords hands, and that we will see miracles in our lives. Anyways sorry this is kinda a continuation of what I said last week, but hey we learn by repetition right?:) Also, sorry I didn't say much else!! I have no time this week! but I just want each of you to know I love you so much and you are each constantly in my prayers!!!! Thanks for all you do!!:) Love, Sister Wilson:)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hey family!!!:) How was your week?? I hope it was good!!! This week was really good for us!!! We had many exchanges with Sisters! 3 of our sisters in our stewardship are goin home this week!!! :( soo sad:( But that was really great learning from so many sisters who are so experienced and know what they are doin!!! Also we were able to teach Insitute, FHE, sacrament talks, missionary prep, and sunday school lessons! Goshhhh haha soo nerve wracking. Heavenly Father must know this is a huge weakness I have so he keeps givin me oppurtutnies to become better. I am grateful for it!! but doesn't mean its all roses and butterflies all the time...:) Well on one of the exchanges I went with one of the new missionaires and we went knockin tryin to find a bunch of former investigators. Oh wowww one of the longest days yet. Ha we kept getting rejection after rejection. Seriously allll the day long. But we laughed and laughed cuz "Staying postitive" was the goal of the exchange. Soooo Heavenly Father really helped us work hard to achieve that goal!!:) and for the most part....we had a lot of fun!!:) It was quite hilarious how not liked we were:) BUT at one house....there was this man outside workin on his truck, so we asked him if this lady we were lookin for was home. He ended up sayin that she was his next door neighbor but said that his wife was a Mormon at one point.....and had just stopped years and years ago. We ended up talkin to him, and he said we should come back and tell him more and hes sure his wife would love to see us!!!! We found a lost sheep!!soooo that made the whole day worth it:) Another cool thing was Sister L and I went to go contact a referral we got from someone in the Family ward. We had tried this referral 900 times and no one had ever answered. We had 10 mins left in the night and were really tempted to just go in a little early....but we didn't and decided to just go see if she was home. We went over there and this guy opened the door. We asked if this girl lived there and he said no, he just moved in, she had moved. We ended up talkin to him, gave him a BOM, and talked a lot about our beleifs. He was really interested. He is in his 20's and has been away for college and felt like he needed to find out more about his relationship with God. He thanked us so much for comin!! :) Miralces for exact obedience. A miracle can happen even in 10 mins!!! :) Well I have learned a whole ton this week! Holy cow! but I guess what I have just really been noticing is how important it is to know how special each and everyone one of us is. I don't think anyone really realizes how much they mean to Heavenly Father and just how much He loves us. We been dealin with a lot of people who really are strugglin with their self worth. Its so sad all the mistakes and things that come from that. If we really understood how much potential we each have, and just how forgiving and merciful and loving God is, we would be able to see our potential so much clearer. I really really want to strive more and more each day to help others feel Gods love through me. I know that even though it is such a small and simple thing, it really can mean the world to someone. It can make a huge difference in the long run in someones life. Everyone just wants to feel loved and appreciated, and if you can help someone feel that way, you are changing lives. I truly want to be God's hands, His instrument, and the most important thing God wants us, His children to know, is just how special we each are. Another thing I really learned a lot about is what Joy truly is. Joy in Hebrew means "eternal progression". I love that. So when we feel ourselves learning and coming closer to God and learning more of His ways, that is when we feel true JOY. I want to constantly feel JOY not fake therefore, I just need to strive to do Gods will always:) an acronym for the word Joy is, J is for Jesus O is for others and Y is for yourself. So if we always put Jesus first in our lives, then others, then ourselves.....that is when we will feel joy. That is when we can know of a surety we are progressing and reaching the potential that Heavenly Father wants us to have. Who doesn't want Joy in their life?? haha but for some reason we make up false concepts of what Joy is in our heads. But it really is that simple. Make Christ your first priority and all else will fall into place. :) Well enough of me talkin so dang much!!! Sorry bout it!! but I love you all soo much and......HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLD MAN!!!!!!:) Dang.....Dad....yer an old man.;) I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! have a wonderful birthday week!!! and Mom I hope you had the best birthday week last week!!!!:) Haha I love you guys so much!!!! Talk to ya next week!:) Love, Sister Wilson:) Download

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hey Family!!! How was your week?? ITS MOMS BIRTHDAY WEEK! haha soo sad I am missin that;) Boys, you know what that HAVE to do everything she says or else youll hear her say, "But its my birthday week..." ALLLLL WEEEK! haha ohhhh I miss you mommy!! I hope you have the BEST birthday week EVER!!!!!:) Well this week was SOO good!!! We were able to go to Grand Island and do some exchanges with some of our sisters down there and we gave a training in Grand Island's zone training. Then we traveled to North Platte where we did more exchanges with sisters and then trained in their zone training.....Ha I got really sick during that training and had to make up a roleplay for everyone to do and then ran to the bathroom...haha I was able to finish the training and no one knew I was sick till afterwards!!! haha whew...barely pulled it off!!!:) I was sick the rest of the day though....even though we were on exchanges....ha made for quite a long week!! We then finally came back to our area and had more sisters come to our area for exchanges....I still wasn't feelin the greatest sooo it was definitely a LONG hard week but man we saw SOOO many miracles:)
One miracle we had was a couple nights ago we were meetin L our YSA branch mission leader at Wendy's. He was just comin from wrestling and had to grab his phone charger at his apartment so he texted and said he would be late. We decided to go into Wendy's and pulled out our scriptures and started readin em. After we had been readin for about 15 mins....this guy came up to us and asked if we were studyin the bible...we ended up tellin him about the book of Mormon and that we are missionaires. He asked if he could pray with we all held hands in the middle of Wendy's and prayed together. He prayed and it was a beautiful was so sweet. Afterwards we gave him a Book of Mormon and he said he has really been tryin to learn more about how he can come closer to God and would love to learn the message we have to share! His friend came over too and we gave him A book of Mormon as well and got a return appointment for the next day.:) The next day we gave him a tour of the church and had a lesson in our church with a member from our ward. HOLY COW it went amazing!!! We ended up teachin the Plan of Salvation and at the end of the lesson, he said, "Wow....I have studied all these different religions...learned all these different perspectives and in my head I have come up with what I believed was true...then you explained this and layed it all out in front of me so 2 seconds...and that's exactly what I had come up with to believe is true. This is true. I know it. can you please teach me more???" HA SOOO COOL!!! So we have another appointment set up with them in a couple of days:) That experience made me think that that if me and my comp would've just sat in Wendy's and relaxed...we wouldn't have been able to see that miracle!! If we are just constantly tryin to improve ourselves and work towards progressing in our lives...that God will bless us for doing so:) Joy in Hebrew means "eternal progression". I find that very interesting. I have noticed that when I truly am tryin to improve my self and progress in my life..even if its just small steps of improvement....that I am the most happy. :)
Welllllll another cool thing!!! Is E...(the girl who got baptized last week) brought her nonmember cousin to church on sunday and we talked with her and gave her a bom and have a return appointment with her!! she now wants to take the lessons with us!!! haha E was sooo surprised by her!!!:) SOOO cool! E is already a missionary and she has been baptized a week!! Shes got such a powerful testimony of this gospel:) its amazing to hear! shes sooo special!!:) Well wow oh wow missions are amazing. I just never ever want to leave.. (sorry Mom and dad......I want to see you sooo bad.....but how about you just come here?:)) but really I am sooo happy here!!! I love the opportunities my Heavenly Father has given me to learn and grow:) I really feel like I have expanded my knowledge of the gospel and most importantly strengthened my testimony of this gospel. The closer I come to my Heavenly Father...the more I realize my potential. And it truly is just the best feeling in the world:) If we are ever down on ourselves and havin a bad day....pray to see yourself as your Father In heaven does....and I promise you will feel better. Hes helped me see myself more clearly when I am struggling. :) I've learned a lot this week about decisions and how I can ensure that I am making the best decisions possible. There was talk this conference from Elder Carlos A Godoy of the Seventy called, "The Lord has a plan for us" In it he talks about 3 principles that we can learn to help us feel confident we have made the right decision. The first.....we need to consider our options with an open mind. Understanding who we are, why we are here, and what the Lord expects from us in this life will help give us the broader vision we need. The 2nd...We need to be prepared for the challenges that will come. Are we willing to pay the price for our decisions? Are we prepared to leave our comfort zones to reach a better place? We are not here in this life just to waste our time, grow old, and die. God wants us to grow and achieve our potential. and the 3rd...We need to share this vision with the people we love. "It is very likely that when we take a certain path, the people we love will be affected, and some will even share with us the results of this choice. Ideally, they should be able to see what we see and share our same convictions. This is not always possible, but when it occurs, the journey is much easier."
Just because things are going well does not mean that we should not from time to time consider whether there might be something better, we should ask ourselves.... If we continue to live as we are living, will all the promised blessings of the Lord be fulfilled? Is there something more I could be doing to just be a little better? I know there is always room for improvement...and when we make the decision to change even the little things to bring us closer to Heavenly Father...we will find even more joy waiting:) Well sorry there was like 5 billion different ideas in there...but hey take what you want from this email:) haha go read that talk!! its amazing!! that whole paragraph was from that talk:) Well I loveyou all sooo much and have a great week!!! mom....have the best birthday week EVER!!! I LOVE YOU!!! Love, Sister Wilson:)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello Family!!!:) Happy New Years!!!:) I hope you all had fun...and partied hard. In the Mormon kind of way. But crazy to think its 2015 now....where does the time go?? crazy!! Well this week was an amazing week full of miracles!! haha I feel like I say that every week, but ITS true!!! Doesn't mean its easy....ha there are definitely some hard times...full of trials, but in the end those trials become a blessing/ basically life is just always good:) HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK! E got baptized!!!!:) Ahh it was SOO amazing. She had her nonmember family all there! such a cool experience for them!!:) She is 20 years old and has become our best friend. She is so solid in the gospel and couldn't wait to be baptized. Its so crazy because 6 months ago...she never would believe she would be here. She was in a dark place in life, and had lost all hope. but then those darn missionaires came knockin...;) they getcha! and now the gospel has worked in her and she is a completely different person! its so great to see how happy she is!!! She has such a light about her.....and I just love to see this change in peoples lives. It is Such a testimony builder to me that this is Christs true church, and if you allow Him into your heart...He can create healing, He can create happiness, and He can create miracles:)
Another really cool thing that happened last night was with our investigator S. (ohhh I love her soo much!) Her and D only speak Spanish sooo its real hard to teach them. haha but last night we had Brother V, our ward mission leader, come with us and HOLY COW it was soo powerful. So we taught her the restoration. We would teach part of the lesson then brother V would translate it. He would also testify and say things that came to him. It was amazing because all 3 of us worked completely in unity. And the amazing thing and Sister L understood EVERY single word bein said in Spanish. When Brother V was testifying to her about what we said.....we understood it perfectly as if it was being said in English. The spirit was sooo strong in that room. We all felt it. At one point we really really felt prompted to share the first vision in Joseph Smiths words but she wouldn't understand it if we said it.....we started prayin in our heads for Brother V to feel prompted to say it. The second me and Sister L closed our prayer....he started sayin it in Spanish. We understood every word and WOW the spirit was almost tangible in that room. Towards the end of the lesson we then asked her that when she came to know of the truthfulness of our message if she would follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized. She said "Oh si si si. I want it to be true, I am looking for the truth, and this feels soo good and I will do what the Lord wants me to do. That's all I want to do." It was truly a miracle. The church is true. amen. Gosh I just love being a missionary more than anything in the world. This is truly such a blessing in my life to be able to have the opportunity to do this. I am learning more than I ever thought I would, and my testimony just gets stronger and stronger every day. I know without a doubt this Church is Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ's church. Their hands are in every part of this work. Theres no way it couldnt be. I am so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ. What I have come to know more about on my mission is just how much the Savior loves us. I have come to understand a little better just how much the Atonement covers, and just how much the Atonement means. I have never felt so inadequate, so weak, and so helpless as I have on my mission. You really come to know your weaknesses and shortcomings...and just when you think you have finally conquered one.....a million more open up to your view. But oh how grateful I am for that. I know that despite all my many weaknesses and shortcomings... one day I can be made perfected through Christ. I know that perfection takes a lifetime. That's kinda the whole reason we are here;) We are commanded to endure to the end. That reminds us that eternal growth often involves both time and process. It doesn't just happen overnight. Even though I just want to be perfect now!!!! But I know that as I choose to daily access Christ's Atonement, that everyday I can come closer to Him, and come closer to becoming perfected :) Theres a talk by Elder Gerrit W Gong from the Seventy called "Becoming Perfect In Christ" Holy cow its amazing. READ IT. But he talks about how understanding the Saviors freely given atoning love can free us from self imposed, incorrect, and unrealistic expectations of what perfection is. I think that is soo true for me. I notice that I try so hard to be perfect. I want to do everything right and just make my Heavenly Father proud of me! But what I need to understand is that Heavenly Father is proud of me....and loves me sooo much...despite my weaknesses. I just need to understand that I just gotta do my best...and Christ will help me with the rest. That's perfection. One last thing that I have really come to know is that if we truly begin to understand the nature of God, truly get to know our Heavenly Father, then we will be able to trust in His love for us more. When we understand just how merciful, just how forgiving, just how trustworthy, and all the other MANY PERFECT attributes He has, then we will understand His love. But our human minds cant comprehend how perfect He truly is...and that's why we cant comprehend just how much He loves us. But I promise you as you continue to learn more about your Heavenly Father then you will also learn just how much you mean and how much He loves you...... and that in turn....can change everything. Once you finally see your potential.....that will change and affect every decision and choice you make. So I just really invite all of you to get to know your Heavenly Father on a personal level....really know his attributes...and I promise it will change your life. it has changed mine...and continues to still change me. I love you all so much!!!!! have a wonderful week!!!:) Love, Sister Wilson:)