Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wanderer in a Strange Land

Hello Everyone!!
So it's nuts to thing that this Wednesday I'll have been in Australia for one month.  It has gone by both very fast and very slow!!! Everyday is both hard but easy, good but bad.  It is a bipolar mission for me haha.  Anyways I don't really know what all to say.  

Today is p-day and the 6 sisters in my District we are all going to the beach.  We are only allowed to go to the beach in the winter time so we are going to go now before we can't go anymore.  It will be fun! 

On Saturday we had a ward activity on ancestors.  It got me excited to do family history work! That is my goal for all of you, do family history work! And go to the temple and do the work for them!!! That is such great missionary work.  The members in my ward aren't the best at helping us go meet with investigators so I came up with a huge plan that I call my Project "Jump In" to Missionary Work.  It is an activity for the members that I hope will get them excited. Im going to run it by the other missionaries serving in our ward and the bishop and hopefully we can do it.  My family GET INVOLVED IN THE WORK!! Members are HUGE to the progress of investigators.  Help the missionaries out by offering to go with them.  They would love that.  As much as we love getting feed getting referrals and member present in lessons is the best. So GET INVOLVED and JUMP IN!!

Today has been kind of a rough morning but I am trying to be postive.  One thing that cheered me up is on the way here to the library I saw a punch of really old asians doing some dance and and then all of a sunday BAM out come some swords! It was hilarious.

Yesterday, Sunday, we had 5 investigators at Sacrament meeting it was awesome!  I hope this next week goes well too.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Im an ALIEN....

So this week has been long but fast at the same time.  Today is p-day and we cleaned our flat then had to take the bus to Ermington to get groceries.  One of the members came and picked us up so we wouldn't ahve to take them all on the bus HALLELUJAH! We reallllllyyyy need a car.  We are seriously always late, and you know how I feel about that.  My companion walks really slow to and I am a speed walker so I always have to stop and wait for her to catch up... I need a car ha.  

Well after I am done emailing you all we are going to catch another bus to the church and have a nerf gun war with our district.  They rock and i am excited.  We are supposed to be there now but we wanted to email first.  I hope you are all doing well!  

Anyways God works in small miraculous ways. One of our investigators I was reading the Book of Mormon with to help her.  And I thought I would just ask her what is holding her back.  She told me all her problems and started to cry.  It really touched me.  I realized all she needs to do is pray and really ask god if these things are true, and then listen.  i asked her to do it at the end of the lesson with us and she said she would.  during her prayer it really touched my heart.  She always refers to the BOM as "the mormon bible" and it really erks me but during her prayer she asked heavenly father to help her know if the BOOK of MORMON was true!! She called it the Book of Mormon not "the mormon bible" it made me cry.  I know it sounds silly but really its small steps like that that touch your heart.  Some of our investigators are doing really well. Others it is hard to teach....

Anyways yesterday was a veryyyy interesting day.  we went around town looking for less-actives homes.  We could not find this one so I asked this man who was sitting on his porch.  He had a questionable appearance but I asked anyways and boy were we in for it.  He said that he has visited the sun and that he has been abducted by aliens.  He also said that George Bush is a bad man and that he kidnapped him and put him in a military prison for 5 years.  Then he said that since I have beautiful green eyes that I could be an alien.. I said "no i am for sure a human being" and he said "thats exactly what they'd say..." yeah.... welcome to the kuku train. And the best part is that my compnanion wants to go back next sunday and teach this man.. no way am I going back.  It made for a fun experience though...

Love, Sister Boiteux
                                                                Sisters in the district!!

     Just being silly...

Nerf Wars!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Breaking the Rules.... SHHHH

dear family,
i'm breaking the rules by emailing you right now so shhh ahha.  so sister pea and I had to get on for my twelve week study but we are emailing too. but don't worry illl be on tomorrow as welll around 12:30 or 1 my time. We are going to the temple at 10. I'm super excited to go to the temple. It will be nice to just focus on that.
Anyways this week has been probably the longest week of my life! It has been SO hoard and sometimes if I think about how uch longer I have left I start to despair so I've learned to try and just focus on my investigators. My homesickness is only so bad in the mornings now.  If I survive the mornings I know ill be okay.  Ive really learned and grown so much already the work is HARD but the reward is sweet.
My companion and I are getting along better. Cultural differences were effecting us but we are working on having more patience one with another. 
God has blessed me sooo much! The relief society president and her husband, Br. and Sis. Mackie, are AMAZING!!! They are just this cute young couple and They have the sister missionaries over once a week for dinner I just love them! This past week we they wanted to make me feel at home so we had hamburgers for dinner num num.  Sis. Mackie is actually from West Jordan, her parents still live there.  It's nice to talk to another Utahn.  Their flat was just so cute and comfortable I really felt at peacce and at home there.  Br. Mackie gave me a blessing and to say the least tears were shed hahah.  I'v very very grateful for them!!!
And guess what yesterday at church we were sitting in sacrament meeting and the first counselor stood up and announced that I would be one of the speakers... Yeah thanks for the notice gosh!! I was freaking out and so sis. mackie just told me to bare testimony.  The bishop is trying to communicate with me from his seat on the stand by slowly saying "testimony" ha.  So i  got up and just bore my testimony again, I did last week to so they got to hear form me twice hah. I cried, it was embarrassing! hahah. To say the least I take it day by day and minute by minute out here in the mission field (Matt 6:34)

this work is not meant for the weak.  I don't know how anybody does this without a strong foundation in Christ and a strong testimony.  My testimony is all that keeps me going out here!  And it builds everyday! My faith has never been more tested, honestly! But at the same time its grown ten fold.  For when I am weak then am I strong (Ether 12:27).

Mom and dad I want you to know how extremally grateful I am for you!! And dad you were right I do miss your sunday roasts ahah.  My companion has the worst eating habits so its hard for me to eath good healthy food plus that and its ahrd to buy good food on a tight budget, things tht won't go bad fast with just me eating it. The temple was AMAZING! It is a super tiny temple but it was so beautiful.  It was so nice to just feel the cleansing power of the spirit.  The new temple video was not played here.  they probably won't get it for at least a few more months they said.  So that was kind of a bummer ha.  I was bawling like a baby.  Its hard here.  But after we were leaving the assistant matron took sister Pea and I to their lounge area and gave us some homemade cookies she had made for all the temple workers! They were DELICIOUS!! She said the recipe was an Emma Smith recipe so thats pretty rad. 

I love the people here but they drive me nuts sometimes haha.  And like I always say I hate the bus but it is a good way to contact people ha.  today an old lady said we looked like christian girls but we need the holy spirit.  We told her we already had it and she said "no you have to say Holy spirit come to me" she thought that she had the priesthood and that she could just touch our shoulders and we would be filled with the holy spirit... yeah interesting. haha.

ALSO my personal address for now is
Sister Ashley Boiteux
39/19-27 Adderton Rd. 
Telopea 2117
NSW, Australia

Funny of the Week!:
So we are on our way to an appointment and we are stopped by an old Saudia Arabia man we see all the time that just cruises around in his wheel chair.  So anyways as we are standing at the corner he comes up to us with his friend and says to me
"do you have a boyfriend"
me: (i lied) "yes I do"
sis. pea has my back and says "yeah she does and he is waiting for her"
old man: "well you should leave him and come with me.  Marry me." 
us: we look at each other dumbfounded
me: "um no thanks... BYE!!"
then we ran away....
talk about aka akward. hahah

well I love you so so so so much and miss you so much too!!


Sister Boiteux

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Endure til the end!

Life has been really really really hard.  The first three days I was terribly homesick to the point that I almost called President.  I've never prayed more in my entire life than those three days. 

 It is very different here.  The south mission is very poor.  I am in a place called Telopea and I've been told by almost everyone that it is a very dangerous place and I believe it.  It's very dirty and smelly.  I have to ride the public bus and I absouletly detest it, it is horrible.  It smells like bad b.o. mixed with rancid chinese food... eww!  Everyone is pretty much a horder too.  The living conditions aren't anything like back in the states, it's the slums mates.  But out of all that darkness there is light at the end of the tunnel.  God has given me two miracles.  First off I'll start with Doug.  

We were having a difficult day with tracting and meeting with our investigators.  None of them want to work.  We were just walking to our next appointment when we ran into Doug.  He is a old man who just lost his wife to terrible battle of cancer.  As we talked to him tears came to his eyes and leaked down his cheeks as he told us about her.  We told him god loves him and has  plan for him.  He didn't really want to make an appointment because his wife was a devot catholic and he wanted to respect her but he promised to read the Plan of Salvation pamphlet we gave him with our number.  I don't know that he will call but he touched my heart more than he will know.  I felt his wifes presence and gods love for him.  It helped me to step it up and remember my purpose.  The next miracel was at church yesterday.  Gramma and grandpa this is for you and I will send you an additional email as well.  I ran into Elder and Sister (Steven and Nance) Kohlert.  They said they knew you from California.  I bore my testimony at sacrament meeting and afterwards Elder Kohlert came up to me and asked if I knew a George and Shirley Boiteux to which I replied I most certaintly did.  We had a nice chat about you and dad and aunt yvette.  They live in Holliday Utah and will be returning back to the States from their mission at the end of this month.  Elder Kohlert gave me his info to give to you so I will.  It touched my heart and made me cry, I'm crying now too hahah (thats for you Dylan).  God is merciful and knows I am here!
I'm still homesick and miss you so much and I don't know how I will make it through the next 17 months but I will endure.  I just hope it goes by fast.  It is hard work.

My companion is Sister Pea (pronounced pay-a) she is an older sister and is from Tahiti.  She speaks french so has been teaching me some french and I help her with her english.  It is sometimes hard for us to communicate and we get frustrated with the barrier but we love each other.  She is very sweeet.  Ohhh the languages! It is so diverse here we teach so many cultures I can't understand what half of my investigators say.. I just smile and reply uh-huh half the time haha. 
I keep you in my prayers always.  I can't wait till next week to here from you!
Also my mission address is
Australia Sydney South Mission
P.O. Box 456
Mortdale, NSW 2223
love you
Sister Ashley Boiteux

                                                   These are pictures of her apartment! :)

                                                                MTC memories!!