Monday, August 4, 2014

Coincidences are God's ways of remaining anonymous!

 First off I want to share an experience I JUST had! Seriously like 10 mins ago! So this super sweet guy is sitting next to me and we started to talk to this guy because of Elder Benjamin Cluff's wierd camel shirt he sent me a picture of. He taps me again and asks if the LDS church accepted anyone! So I said yes and I asked him if he was interested in having missionaries over to teach him!
He explained that his family was LDS and they were very hypocritical and used the church so he didn't want to be apart of anything like that. That turned him away from the church. He has been baptised in another religion and he said it was great but the fellowshipping wasn't there and something was missing! I'm just only a tad excited! hahah So he gave me his address and number and told me to have some missionaries call him so he can explain his situation and set up a time to take the lessons! What miracles! There is nothing better than being a missionary and helping people come closer to God, our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ!
SO for the Meridian temple ground breaking, each ward is allowed to let 4 people from the ward go to the actual sight. Everyone else gets to watch it on TV at the stake centers. We have Bro and Sister Martinez going and it's going to be soooo good for them! She  has been through the temple before and he hasn't. We have been working with their family to  get them active in the church again and now they are primary teachers and are preparing to be sealed in the temple for time and eternity! This will be a very special experience for them! Sister Anderson and her son Tommy who got out of  prison a couple months ago and is taking the sacrament again and has his first calling as the ward correstor! Me and Sister Archuleta were so suprised and proud of him when we heard his name and when we saw him take the sacrament again for the frist time in a LONG time! Sister Anderson came up to me after sacrament and gave me a big hug and we both started crying. She told me "You will NEVER know just how much you have helped Tommy! He loved hearing you share messages and bear your testimony!" This meant sooo much to me! So many missionaries are focused on how many people they baptised, for me it's more of how many people I can help on their path back to Heavenly Father! These 2 families mean so much to me and my tetimony has grown sooo much because of them and seing them change and their testimonies grow! I absolutely LOVE this work and this ward that I'm serving in!
    Logan, our recent convert, received the Aronic Priesthood on Sunday and invited us to come participate in this special moment in his life! I absolutely love this kid! I call him kid even tho he is bigger than me. hehehe He has such a strong testimony and NOTHING, not even his parents are going to get in the way from him progressing and learning more about Jesus Christ and the Plan that his Father in Heaven has for him! He leaves tommorow to go back to school in Le Grand, Oregon. we are going to miss him that is for sure! He even asked us if we could go with him to recieve his patriarchal blessing! What a sweetie!
I love you all and I know that if we follow the prophets and the Holly Ghost we will be just fine! :D! My little wisdom for the day! 
<3 Sister Ashley Clawson

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