Tuesday, May 27, 2014

All You Need is Faith, Trust and a Little Bit of Prayer!

Hi Family!

So sorry that I couldn`t write you last week, I was pretty sick!! It turns out I had Rubella...who in the heck gets Rubella...I do!! I was stuck in the house for a whole week, which was fine for the first few days when I felt like dying, but on the 5th day I was feeling a lot better and anxious to get out of the house. I think I watched "The Best 2 Years" like 5 times! I`m feeling back to normal now and ready to work...I just never want Rubella ever again!! The Lord is watching out for me and I know I could have been a lot sicker than I was, so for that I am grateful!

As I was becoming sicker, our ward mission leader came and gave me a blessing. In the blessing he blessed me with the strength to not let this shake my faith. Which I was a little confused about...it wasn`t fun being sick, but I wasn`t bitter about it. But as I had a whole week to just sit and think, Satan got into my head, and we had a pretty good fight!! There were times where I felt so inadequate, so small and I questioned why I was here. It was pretty rough to tell you the truth. But this week I found strength and I only became closer to my Heavenly Father and Savior. I don`t think I have ever prayed so hard in my whole life. I felt like Enos as I had a wrestle before God, and kneeled before my maker day and night. I can`t think of time in my life when I have ever felt that low and worthless. But as I felt these feelings, I was able to come closer to my Savior. I was able to see my weakness and his strength. I was able to see that I didn`t have to feel this pain, if I would only humble myself and give it over to Christ he will willingly take the pain away. And I did just that, and I don`t think I`ve ever felt so perfectly happy. One day the pain left and the hole that was hurting me was filled with love and feelings of adequacy. How I love my Savior and the love he has for each and every one of us! Hardships are always turned into blessings. I didn`t let this sickness tear down my faith, it only built it stronger. My roots are just a little bit deeper and a little bit stronger. When you are struggling, humble yourselves and give your pain, your sorrows, your burden to him. He will willingly take it and fill the hole with love, with feelings of peace. Trust in your Savior, trust in him enough to give him everything and you will feel like a new person!!

I love you all and pray for you everyday! Thank you all for the birthday wishes, I`m celebrating my birthday by walking in the hot sun all day...wooooooo!!! ha Have a good week everyone!!

Con Mucho Amor,
Hermana Pasley

P.S. Congrats Cluff Family!! Little Jayden is so precious!! Give him a big kiss for me, I can`t wait to meet that little guy!

Us at Diana`s Baptism...sorry I never sent you those photos!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It`s a Perfect Day...Nothing`s Standing in My Way!!


It was so good to see your faces yesterday and to be able to actually chat with you guys! I was so glad to see that you are all doing well and it seems that nothing has changed!! Thank you so much for your support and love for me on this mission! I can feel your love each and everyday and I hope you know that my love for you guys is growing more and more everyday! Keep being strong and keep the faith, okay?

So this last Saturday we has our baptism with Diana! It was such a beautiful baptism. We have a few setbacks with her and were worried she may not be able to get baptized this last week due to some problems shes had in the past. But everything was worked out and her baptism went as scheduled. Her setbacks only made her stronger. That`s how amazing she is! She let her trials build her testimony and we could all feel how strong her testimony was as she bore it after her baptism. Her testimony was simple and short, but the spirit was strong and no one could deny that she was ready for her baptism! Oh my word, it was such a beautiful baptism! It`s moments like these in the mission, that reassure you that this church is true! Later that night it poured for about an hour. The sound of rain and the cool breeze was a perfect ending to a perfect day! (we topped it off with Dairy Queen, which made it even better)

I love my mission!! I know that this church is true. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God and that through him we have all of the priesthood keys on the earth once more. I encourage you all to get on you knees and pray for a knowledge that these things are true. If you`ve already received an answer, ask for another one. It can only strengthen your testimony. Once you receive an answer and have felt that these things are true...you`re unstoppable!! This church can bring so much happiness to your life! Just have a little faith and you`ll know what I`m talking about! I love you all and pray for you each and every day!

Con Muchisisisisisimo Amor,
Hermana Pasley

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

We Do Not Doubt Our Mothers Knew It.

Family...long time no see!!

So sorry I didn`t get a letter out. I actually didn`t have transfers, me and Hna. Aguirre are still together and going strong! The other sisters in our Zone had transfers so we were running around town getting everything ready for the new sisters. One is American and one is from England (the very first English sister missionary in Mexico). Hermana Gonzalez is training Hermana Wright-Mitchell from England and we all have a jolly good time :) But really she`s great and we get along really well. You always dread transfers, but they always turn out so much better than you think! I`m excited to be here in Carmen still because we HAVE A BAPTISM THIS WEEK!! On Saturday we have the baptism of Diana, she came to church on her own, came up to us and asked to be taught...so of course we were more than happy comply. The easiest investigator of my life. She is really good friends with a member and knew that he had something different than her and came to the conclusion it was the church. So here we are 4 weeks later and she`s getting baptized, she told us last night that she received an answer and she knows for sure that this church is true! Ah we`re more than happy! I`m so glad I have one transfer here in Puerto Real.

Some more good news, haven´t eaten any tacos this week, and have lost 4 pounds in one week! Woooo, tacos are so good, but so dangerous!! Its been raining this week, which was such a blessing because the beginning of the week was rough...it just never stops getting hotter here!! I´m sweating off all the tacos I´m eating!

But I want to write this letter to all the women in my life, especially my Mom. I have been studying in Alma this week and as I read about the 2000 stripling warriors I couldn´t help but think of all the missionaries that are out serving right now. We are much like the strippling warriors and we´re accomplishing so much because of the knowledge and love we got from our Mothers. As I read these two verses, I thought of how much I could relate to these warriors.

47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers,that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.

48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their a mothers,saying: We b do not doubt our mothers knew it.

I have never "fought", I had never done much of anything to do with missionary work before the mission, yet I went unfearing, because of the example my mom had set before me. And at times (a lot) I´m scared to go talk to someone because I know I´m not going to get my point across the way I could in English, but a feeling of peace comes over me and I know it is the love of my Heavenly Father, encouraging me to go talk anyway, and it becomes less scary. The love I feel every day from my Heavenly Father is much like the love I have felt from my Mom, Grandmas, Aunts, Friends, and many women in my life. And I know they have that love because they know our Heavenly Father, I do not doubt that my Mom knows it. And because I have been raised with this knowledge and love, I know that I can be delivered from whatever may come my way in mission and I will be spared!

So thank you to all the women in my lives and for the example and love you have shown to me. Us missionaries are conquering this mission with the foundation of the knowledge we received from our Moms. We are all going our unfearing, bearing our family name, to bring souls unto Christ, and we KNOW we will be delivered!! Women are so special in this gospel. We must always remember that as we are living in a world that tells us otherwise. If you are doubting yourself or God, remember something your Mother taught and you will not perish. I love you Mom, Grandma Joan, Grandma Pat, all of my Aunts and cousins, all of my Friends, and any woman I have come into contact with. You have all had a huge impact in my life and I can´t tell you how grateful I am for all you! I hope you all have a wonderful Mothers day and that you know how special you are to our Heavenly Father!

To my family, I can´t wait to see your faces :) xoxo

Con muchisimo amor,

Hermana Pasley

The weirdest, but prettiest flowers!! I thought of you mom, not that you´re weird, but I know that you like flowers and you´re pretty...ha :)

The teeny tiniest baby gatito de mi vida!! (tiniest cat of my life)

The nastiest river of my life...yeah that green stuff is a river. It smells bien feisimo!

I´m so cute...I feel like a princess every time I cross the garbage filled river!!

One more picture of me in front of the beautiful Cathedral here!!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Transfer Day

Hey so we had transfers today and.....I`m staying in Carmen for one more transfer in the same good old ward of Puerto Real!! We are hoping to write more later tonight...it`s been a little crazy today! But know that I am doing well and that I`m loving my mission more and more everyday! Give Bekah a big big hug for me...I literally want to cry for her! I love you and am praying I can talk to you a later tonight. If not, one thing that happened this week was we ate tacos for almost every meal this week and I ate a total of 28 tacos...yeah I`m totally a Mexican now!! :) Okay, pray I get to talk to you later!! Love you all so much!!

Your adoring daughter, Hermana Pasley