Monday, July 13, 2015

The Last Letter

Dear Family,

I thought this day would never come. My last letter I will write as a missionary. I have a million emotions running through my mind right now, I think my mind has just kind of shut down, from all the emotion...ha its so weird!! I don´t even know where to begin.

So this last Saturday we had Alex´s baptism, and he was so excited! He came like 45 minutes early and couldn´t sit still. He kept getting up and pacing and saying its almost time, its almost time. He was so cute!! It made me so happy to see him happy! It was a really special day for him and for all of the ward members. He´s going to change this ward, I´m sure of it!!

Another miracle I want to share. This last Tuesday we met Ana, who is 16 years old, in the first lesson, we felt the spirit, but SUPER strong!!! She accepted baptism and a date on the FIRST LESSON!!! She had the date for this next Saturday, but she had a change of heart at the baptism of Alex, and she will now be baptised TOMORROW!!! Exactly one week later. She felt the spirit super strong in Alex´s baptism, and after we finished she came up to us and said she wanted to be baptised as soon as possible, because she knew that all of it was true. And the Bishop...who is AWESOME, looks at her and says...well, what do you think about Tuesday, as a going away gift to Hermana Pasley. I literally almost cried!!! So tomorrow, we will have Ana´s baptism as well. God is good!!! And Ana is the miracle we had been praying for!!!!! I love the mission!!!!! I can´t believe that it is all coming to an end.

As I thought of what to write in my last letter home, I wanted to write some powerful poem or some amazing, intricate words that would touch all of your hearts, but if there is one thing I have learned on the mission, is that God keeps it simple. He doesn´t care that I can´t write powerful words, he doesn´t care that I´m not the best at expressing myself. Because he has sent his Son Jesus Christ to make it all up. What I have learned is that is is okay to be weak. We all have weaknesses, we all make mistakes, and we always seem to fall short, but that is where and when we learn to be humble. It is when we learn to trust completely and fully in our Savior. I have learned to lean on him in every moment, to trust in his promise, that weak things shall become strong. I have learned to accept that I´m not the best and I never will be the best. But that I am enough, Christ made me enough through his atoning sacrifice. And how proud I am to be his missionary. How proud I am to bear his name on my chest. How proud I am to walk down the streets and help all I see come to know him. To know that he lives and that he is here with us. How proud I am to be able to work shoulder to shoulder with him, and invite all to come unto him. 

I know that Jesus Christ lives, I know that he is my Savior. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it the one and only true church, it is Christ´s church. I know that I am doing His work. I know He lives.

I love each and everyone of you SO much! I want to thank you all for your support, your prayers and your love. You have no idea how much your love has blessed me and the impact you have had in my life. I cannot express my gratitud, nor my love well enough, but I am truly grateful for each and every one of you! 

I cannot wait to see you all!!! Don´t be scared if you see my crying like baby :) I love you all so much!! ¡Hasta la vista baby!

con muchísimo amor,
Hermana Pasley

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Houston...We have a BAPTISM!!!

Hello Family!

How are we all doing?? Can you believe how fast time is going? Time is FLYING by! The weeks are finishing up way too fast. Its hard to believe that it is all coming to an end. I`m now in the denying stage. Its a weird feeling!

So this last week, we had been praying to find new investigators. To find new people that want to progress and that will help us have success this month! And of course I was praying that I could finish out my mission with a baptism and BOY did he answer my prayer! WE GOT A BAPTISM THIS SATURDAY!!! His name is Alex. He has been an investigator for a couple of months. He has had some hard challenges and suffers from depression. He needed this gospel, but everytime he would feel the spirit come in and give him peace, he would shut his self down and wouldn`t let himself accept that he was loved by his Heavenly Father he wouldn`t allow himself to be at peace. Until Thursday, we had the do or die lesson. If he didn`t except baptism and a date that night, we were going to drop him. We decided to teach him the gospel of Jesus Christ and as we taught him about baptism, a spirit came in so strong as we watched to video of Jesus being baptised. As we finished the video, we invited him to stand in front of the baptismal font and invited him to follow the example of his Savior. Without a doubt he said yes and accepted his date for this week! Finally he let himself feel!! It was a super powerful lesson! We are so excited for him and have seen a great change in him these last few days! He is 10 times happier and seems to have had a burden of some sort lifted off of his shoulders. I am so glad that the Lord has blessed me with this baptism. It has lifted my spirits, as well as Alex`s and many of the ward members! God answers prayers! I know he listens!

The time is passing rapidly and I hope to be able to finish out my mission how the Lord wants me to finish! I love you all and am so grateful for the support that you all have given me through out this year and a half! I love you!!! Until Monday!!

Hermana Pasley