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Monday, May 26, 2014

Lifting for Christ

Howdy family! 
Sorry I wasn't able to get on yesterday. We had a mission conference with our mission president and an area seventy. It was a great conference and was all about gaining the trust of those we work with and how to really focus on our missionary purpose and not be YSA. It was an amazing conference and something our mission really needed.  Below I have included what I wrote to my mission president in my weekly email to him:

I really enjoyed the mission conference. I went with the question "What more can I do for the Lord?" and my question was definitely answered. It made me just itch to go out and work, work, work. Sometimes as missionaries we get in the rut of doing the same thing over and over again and we forget that it is important to set a new goal everyday to improve. If we aren't setting personal goals of improvement all we are doing is digressing. So this week I plan to set a new goal each day on how I can stretch myself to help lift this area. As I was just talking with Sister Clegg so pointed something out to me. Yesterday at the end of conference I stood and said "My companion and I will be an answer to someones prayers". Well when we got back to our area and went to work two people said just that. We went to an older members home to see how we could help and she was extremely frustrated because she could not figure out how to upload the pictures of her ancestors onto familysearch.org we told her we could help and showed her how to do it. She said to us "How did you know  that I needed your help today?" And Sister Clegg replied "We didn't but the Lord did." It was important for her to get her family work updated. Then we went to another members hows to seek referrals and she told us that when she was riding the train home from school she had a missionary opportunity but missed it because she was scared. We gave her some ideas on what she could say next time and helped her faith increase in the power of her testimony. She said "I was praying to know how I could improve in doing missionary work". It was such a miracle filled day. I'm glad that my revelation received from mission conference came true just hours after I received it, and it won't stop there. We will continue to go and answer the prayers of Gods children.

 The area is progressing. We will work to achieve the goal of 5 new investigators a week and 1 baptism per month. I have faith we can do it. I am so grateful for my companion! With every companion that I've had I have had to learn a new Christ-like attribute. The attribute I think I am meant to acquire with Sister Clegg is humility. I'm grateful for this opportunity to learn from her and I hope that she is learning from me to. Our companionship is working more in unity than it has before. We are starting to be more on the same wavelength on what we need to do, the reason being is we are completely focusing on what our investigators need to hear to progress. We always comment on how our planning has been really inspired lately. We visit most people we plan for and the lessons we plan are usually exactly what our investigators, and less actives need to hear. Of course there are moments when everything falls through our we have to quickly change what we teach in a lesson, but for the most part it is pretty spot on. It makes the work much more joyful when I can see that we are doing what the Lord wants us to do. There are moments of disappointment where I am just done with the world but I am grateful for those moments because I can reflect and grow from the bad experiences and more fully enjoy the good. 
I know that this is where I need to be right now in my life. I know that this is our Fathers work and that I am called my a prophet of God to share it with the world. This is not my 18 months but it is completely His. I'm grateful that He will let me give 18 months completely  to Him so that I can learn how to give my life to the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
President you have no idea how much I admire you and Sister Palmer. I am so grateful that the Lord gave you two to our mission for however long you are here. I have learned a lot from your examples on what the Lord expects of me and how I can truly become converted. 
I hope you have a great week! 

Sincerely,
Sister Boiteux

so yes that was my email to him. One other miracle I want to include is that we have an investigator, Marcela, from Chile. She and her family are the cutest thing ever! I just love them! Sister Clegg has been teaching her for over 6 months! She has never known God or anything about him so it has been slow going. Especially with her reading the Book of Mormon and understanding it. So we decided with her that everyday we would send her a scripture of the day from the Book of Mormon. It made us so happy because on Friday we forgot to text her a new scripture and she texted us and said "hey how are you? Do you have my scripture of the day for me?" It made us soooooo happy. Because it showed she is reading them and enjoying them. So we sent her one and continue to do so. It is amazing because just a couple weeks ago she wasn't completely open to us but she has been softened soooo much in just a short time. The Lord is truly amazing in how he does his work. 
Another example. So yesterday we had some time to spare so we went to visit a less active who was busy. So we decided to knock some doors. Behind door number one (which I choose) was a grumpy old lady who said "not now i'm busy. Bye" and shut the door. Then Sister Clegg said "hey lets try that door" pointing across the street. So we went and knocked it. It was this old vietnamese man named Danny. Danny wasn't very interested because he is so busy but he said that he use to listen to two boys from our church over 10 years ago. So 10 years ago Danny was an investigator. We gave him our number and he said he will call us if he ever has people who would want to meet us. Although Danny wasn't interested it was no coincidence that we knocked on the door of a former investigator. They say it takes people 7 times to come in contact with the church before they join it. Our purpose last night was to simply get him up the scale of 7. Seriously I LOVE being an instrument in the Lords hands!
Well I will stop now because I know that this email is super long ha. I love you all heaps! 

xoxo.
Sister Ashley Boiteux







Monday, May 19, 2014

Sticking with Sister Clegg!!!

So first off sorry this email is so wack this week. The reason being I dont have much time so I am copying and pasting parts from my weekly email to President Palmer to all of you while adding more ha. So first off I am staying here in Sutherland with Sister Clegg for another 6 weeks which I am absolutely thrilled about. Also we learned that a new new mission president has been assigned to our mission and he will stay for the full 3 months. He is called to be set apart at the first of July. It is President and Sister Beck from Utah. So until they obtain a visa and get here we will continue to have President and Sister Palmer. It is sad they have to leave because they are simply AMAZING! But I know we will love our new mission president just as much. It is hard to have so many new Presidents and their wives because they truly become your mission mom and dad. Anyways....
This week has been a fantastic week for me. I truly am loving serving the Lord and fulfilling my ministry as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Everyday so many miracles occur. One of those miracles was one of our investigators has really injured his knee and we asked him if he'd like a priesthood blessing, to which he quickly replied a sounding YES! When the brethren in the ward went and gave him one his partner texted us as told us that Terry had said he felt really good, really different. It was something we were praying for that he could feel something he could recognise himself as the spirit. We have also had a lot of success in asking for referrals. We have one couple in our ward that is just so excited to help us in the work. We made a return appointment for dinner with them and asked them to pray for the opportunity to invite someone else to come that we can teach during that dinner appointment. They were really excited and eager to accept the challenge. Hopefully they continue to pray for those opportunities. 

The area is progressing. This past week was the best week Sister Clegg and I have had together so far and we hope that it continues to increase. We will work towards that. It is so fun to ask for referrals and to talk to everyone! This past week we went to a little place called Bundeena. In order to get there we had to take a little ferry ride. On the ride we met a cute little Japanese woman who is visiting the country with her husband for his work. While he was at a meeting she was out exploring. We got talking to her. However our conversation was interrupted because we were informed that a dolphin was swimming at the boats front so sister Clegg and I rushed over and we had the BEST spot! The dolphin was swimming along with the ferry at the front and kept rolling over on its belly and just looked so happy down in the crystal clear blue water. It was so cool and soooo beautiful! Sister Clegg was freaking out bcause it was the first dolphin she has seen in the wild. It was pretty legit! Well anyways when we finally arrived at our destination (which is BEAUTIFUL by the way) Junko, the japanese woman, came up to us and she asked us where she could grab a bit to eat. We pointed her to a cafe down the road and than said goodbye. As we started walking away we had the impression to go join her, so we ran back and asked her if we could actually join her for a while. So we got a drink and proceeded to naturally talk with her. She wasnt really religious but she knew a little about a church because when she was younger two elders taught her english. She has also visited Utah for her husbands work. She wasn't super interested but we did get her up the scale of 7. We left her a plan of salvation pamphlet and our number and then said farewell. I hope she will read that pamphlet and start asking questions. She was a very sweet woman. I love little tender mercies like that!
My companion, Sister Clegg, is simply amazing! I love her ability to follow every prompting. She is a powerhouse in this work. I'm very grateful I will be with her for another transfer because I was really worried we'd be split. I still have so much to learn from her and so much I want to do both with our companionship and with our area. We have a lot of potential to do greater things together in this area. It is really exciting! We love our calling as Sister Training Leaders and after every exchange we talk about the things we learned on how we can improve. It is amazing that the Lord places us in these position not to lead but to be lead by the example of others. As we constantly seek to improve and grow closer to Christ those under our authority will see that example. 
I know that this gospel is a gospel of change, and that change comes from service. If we wish to be more like Christ is requires action and hard work and sincere and earnest prayer. The Book of Mormon is the means in which we can learn what we need to work on in our life and how we should act and feel towards our fellow man. The living prophets and apostles are examples that we can follow, along with our various leaders. As I watch them it helps me strive to be and do better too. I know that these 18 months are the foundation of how I need to act when I someday go back to the "bigger mission" I am learning so many new skills and things that will benefit me and my family not only for this life but for far into the eternities. I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity!
Well I think that is all that I really know what to say. I could also tell you about our adventure in cleaning our flat... yeah that was fun. Sister Clegg cleaned out the shower drain and it was the grossest thing I've ever seen in my life..... lets just say that it was A LOT of really old girl hair that had been collecting for hair, along with shampoo and conditioner that got stuck on the way. Yuck! I am cleaning the inside of our oven today which is almost just as gross ha. But it is almost sparkling now. Mom you'd be so pleased ha. I actually really love cleaning! It helps relax me actually becaseu I can just focus on the work at hand. Umm... yup I love being a missionary! Can't believe I've been out 10 months it is nuts! Well love you all have a great week!
Love
Sister Ashley Boiteux