Tuesday, September 18, 2012


September 14th '12
Hey ya'll It me Allie again :) Heres Ashleys second letter...

Hola Mi Familia!!
Como estan!? Estoy muy emocionado a trabajar por Dios. This week has gone by, at first, really slow. Then after Sunday it picked back up. My companions are both going to NYC with me along with 2 Elders in our district, Elder Kerr and Elder Meek both from Mesa, Arizona. 4 Elders are headed to Columbia in 2 weeks Elder Perfect from San Diego, he's only been a member for a year and is suuuuper nice. Elder Sawyer from Washington. Elder Black from Washington, he is helping us all work on our patience. and Elder Duncan from Spanish Fork. Then there is Elder Johnson from Ceader City who is going to Tampa, Florida. It has been pretty good here. The food started out good but has sadly gone down hill. As well has our waistlines and ance. I don't know what it is but I am getting ready for change. Thank you so much mom for all the laundry stuff!! Lets just say its been a week and a day since I've been able to wash clothes.
We have been teaching an investegator (fake) about the gospel. His name is Hugo and his wife and daughter already attend church. We talked with him about the plan of salvation and what not but our second to last meeting with him was very bad. We didn't plan as well and the spirit wasn't there with us. Mind you we have been speaking spanish for 4 days at this point. But yesterday we had a lesson with him and, HE'S GETTING BAPTIZED! We set the date for 10 Octubre and we are going back tonight to talk more about the sacrament, the sabbath day and baptism. It is super awesome to think that in the future, my spanish will be better, and that this will be real. That I will be able to bring a real soul unto Christ. I can't wait! seriously, our teacher Hermana Wetzel is so awesome. she served in Guatemala and really has us look deep into doctrine and ourselves. She has a picture of the Mannhattan temple in our class and everytime I look at it I just think, I'm not just bringing these people to the waters of baptism, it is much more than that. Baptism is just the first step in the amazing plan our heavenly father has for us. sorry grammer has gone out the window because I only have 12 minutes left.
Thank you Allie for the yummy rolls!! They really hit the spot on a day when I was feeling low.
I was so excited to read the post from Sister Jones in NYC! That will be super fun for P-days!
It is really weird that I am just in Provo. But it is so amazing the spirit that is brought here. Our Elders have been having a hard time with keeping focused during study time and the topics of conversation between them have gotten really out of hand. We have a teacher, Hermano Welch and he talked to us about how the first CCM, en espanol, was the school of the prophets. The PROPHETS went there to learn. Second was the Kirtland temple. Third, was the CCM. There have been a few different ones but they all have the same purpose. and all have the same sacredness. so we should treat them with respect.
Allie, yes, I stole your alarm clock...but I'm not using it so I'll get that right back to you.
I hope all is well! I love you guys a lot!!! Being here has really opened my eyes to all of the sacrafices that have been made in my behalf and I just want to thank all of you!! Make sure that you guys are praying as a family and having family night! It is so important to keep the simplest rules! For when we obey, we are blessed.
I LOVE YOU GUYS! Everything is really great! I miss you but I know that this is where I am supposed to be.
ask me any questions you have and I will answer them! too much happens to be able to remember it all then read my journal to find it!!
I love you!
Hermana Lancaster

Look out MTC, Sister Lancaster is in the house!

September 9th '12

Hello fans of Ashely! It's me the less cool sister Allison. I'm going to be updating her blog for ya'll. So here we go! This was Ashley's first letter home to us written on her first day at the MTC.

!Hola mi Familia! 

I survived my first day! And lucky for us our P-day is on Thursday but, we won't get it till next week which means no laundry or email till next week. Also this means we go to the temple. I am in a trio. Sister Richardson, the girl I met on Fbook is one of my companions as well as Sister Peterson who is from North Ogden. we get along really well! On Friday we have our first meeting with our investigator. We have to speak Spanish so mostly we are just writing down what we want to say to get it in our brains.

We are the only sisters in our district. The branch presidents wife is SUPER nice. So is the president. She was excited to see us because they had been without girls for a while. The boys in our district look like they're 12. Which is good. 4 are going to Columbia, 1 to NY with us and 3 to Florida.

People said the food was bad but it's actually not bad at all! Which could be a bad thing. But early morning classes start next week! They have yoga, palates, kickboxing. I am just afraid to workout hard at 6 am then have to stay awake and alert all day. I really don't feel homesick at all! I will probably be writing you with homesickness soon though!
Spanish is going very well actually. I am remembering things from high school thanks to the spirit. Today we had a great workshop about being the channel for the spirit to travel though to help, and invite the investigator to come unto Christ. It really isn't about us at all. Its about the Spirit and the investigators.

Tell dad I had biscuits and gravy this morning! YUM! Last night we had mock investigators with a class of about 30. In the first we said a prayer and the spirit was really present. In the second, we could not get the investigator to really understand because we were like forcing it down his throat. He was a baptist so when we tried to redefine Christianity he felt attacked. It didn't end well. In the third, t was an old Japanese man who was so funny! He kept prodding us to sing so we finally sang " I am a child of god" The spirit totally came and it was awesome! It was good to see good and bad examples. And lets just say the teacher was french and looked like Zac Effron.. SO HOT! Ha ok I know I'm not supposed to say that..

I know its only my first "day" but things are great. I really am excited for what the future has to bring!
Cheer loud for Springville and the Cougs!

I love you guys so much and so thankful for the sacrifices you are making for me!!

"Jesus es me luz, y no temere"

Love Hermana Lancaster