So the Elders had asked us to help with a service project Tuesday morning at 7 30 am.. I used to be a morning person but not so much anymore hahahaha. So we get there and there is this huge stump in the ground and it turns out that that was our project. We shoveled away to find which roots we would have to cut and get rid of in order to get this stump out of the ground. This thing took 3 hours to take out! Elder Taylor even broke a pick ax! Don't ask me how, he's just a very strong boy! hahaha So the guy went to go get some blades for his electric saw and I got a hold of the ax and just went to town on one of the roots! I'll have to say I did a pretty good job! hahaha The other Elder couldn't swing it to save his life! hahaha but we finally got that dang stump out!
A couple of weeks ago we helped this girl Krystyn move her stuff into her house. Well, we went back over there After turning the water on at the Hawks house, which is a different story in and of itself ha, she really opened up to us. Her parents had both died this year a couple of months apart from each other and she had given up her job as a cop to help take care of them. She told us about the struggle she has had with her brother being and alcoholic and how much her Faith in God has wavered and how she wants to be the best person she can be and get back on her feet. We were able to share a scripture out of Either with her which really helped. Turns out that she is lesbian, we both guessed that when we first met her but honestly that doesn't matter at all,. She is still a daughter of God and super sweet and really needs the Gospel in her life right now.
Back to the watering thing...So our investigators, the Hawks, moved to Washington and still own the house so they asked us, but really didn't ask us, if we could on occasion water their yard and we have totally forgotten to....I know, shame! So we were going to water it and Sister Cluff, Brother Morgan's daughter, called us in for lunch hahaha She says her hobby is missionaries! She loves having Pday adventures with "her" missionaries and getting to know them So we planned a fun shopping trip for today with her hahaha.
We had a ton of service to do this week. We went over to Ursula's and took so many weeds and plants out of her front yard and the Elders dug a hole to get to the septic tank. and guess what happened? When we were taking some roots out of the ground Elder Taylor broke the shovel... the metal part! And I was smart enough to take a picture this time! haha that is 3 tools this week that he has broken! haha
One of the many lessons I learned this week happened yesterday. So we have a meeting at 7 am so we had to get up at 6 and I was just plain tired and i didn't eat so not a good combo! haha Plus we both got the opportunity to talk in church. I'm going to send the original home for ma to type it up and post it on my blog but anywhos haha all I wanted to do after church was go home and sleep so half of lunch I slept but I didn't sleep very good so I was kinda grumpy and we went to our first lesson and she wasn't there again.....I didn't want to do anything after that but then we went and taught another one of our investigators and that lesson went great then we get outside and the first family was home and we set a baptismal date with Allison for October 11th! So I learned that if we just keep on keepen' on then we will see miracles and tender mercies happen all around us! And yes, the Lord's timing is EVERYTHING!
One last lesson I learned. We have this forever investigator and I don't know how to take her and I don't quite understand her so I really don't like visiting her. I know, Sister Clawson, you're suppose to love everyone! I know, I know. I was just having the hardest time learning how to love her So I have been praying for help and asking Heavenly Father to teach me how to love her and as I reluctantly followed Sister Delahoyde across the street into her house I learned how to love her! It was the best weirdest feeling that just swept over me! God does answer your prayers. It may not be in the time you ask it to happen or the way you want but he does and this experience has strengthened my testimony soooo much!
Something really big and dramatic happened to me this week that I cant share but as I was having a hard time with it and was just needing a big hug from my mommy. I remembered what we use to do when life would just get hard. So me and my companion went to just walk around the temple and let me tell you just even being on the grounds you can feel the love of the Savior so strong and the comfort the Holly Ghost can give everyone of us. I had felt the same way I did when me and my mom would go! What a special sacred experience that I will hold onto for the rest of my life. I know as each of you go to the temple to even just walk around you WILL feel the Love our Savior and Heavenly Father have for you! I invite all who have a recommend to go to the temple! I have realized that I took the temple for granted while I was at home and now I go once every 12 weeks, which is great but way to long in between! I know you will find the answers you are searching for on those grounds and within those walls! I love you all so much and hope and pray the best for ya'll!
<3 Sister Ashley Clawson