Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hot Weather in the City!

Hello everyone!! this past week as been so awesome!! 

On Thursday we had our first real lesson with Juana. She has been going to church in Mexico for a while but moved to New York a few years ago and didn't go to church. Also, she was never baptized. We honestly thought that she was just a less active then she told us she had never been baptized and wanted to. So we went over to her house and talked with her. Turns out, she had a dream where the Lord said to her "busca la roca" or in english "find the rock" HOW LEGIT! we were like, ohhh well let's read this scripture here in Helaman 5:12. She loved it. We asked her when she wanted to be baptized and she said Sunday! I was all for it! But then we stepped back and realized she needs a little bit more nourishment before Sunday...3 days away. :) She is so awesome! 

On Saturday we went to the temple with our youth to do baptisms for the dead. We didn't know that they were planning on us coming because it was a little bit crazy. I am not going to lie, props to the behind the scene workers of the temple. I felt so energized while I was doing it though. I was just handing out towels and mopping up water but really I felt the spirit so strongly! On Monday at district meeting we talked about it with our Senior couple who work in the temple every Thursday. Sister McNairy talked about how even the people who do laundry, hand out towels, or scan in names are progressing the work of our Savior! I loved that! Props to my Grandma and Grandpa Strong who are serving as temple missionaries in the London England Temple!

IT IS SO HOT HERE! I honestly didn't think it was going to be so super hot here. But it is so hot and so humid! We have sweat just dripping off our faces all day long. It is good because everyone is sweating and not just us but, hey, it is so hot. 

This past week we had the awesome opportunity to watch a leadership broadcast!! It was awesome! I invite all of you to watch it because EVERY MEMBER A MISSIONARY! 

Legit I am so excited! I love technology and this past week have found quite a few opportunities to share the gospel through and mormon messages. :) They are SO AWESOME! 

I hope you all have an amazing week!! 

Love, Hermana Lancaster

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!

I don't have much time!! But, just a quick letter to let you know:
Ash in the Bronx 
All of the missionaries got to go to a Yankee's game!
(I think Ashley has a new favorite team to add to her collection of favorite teams)

I love you all so much!! This past week has flown by!

We went to the temple last week and I was able to do sealings for the first time! It was such an amazing experience! We even got to do some in Spanish!

We continue to work hard with menos activos and are really enjoying seeing all their faces at church on Sunday! 

We have been working really hard on being courageous and sharing our testimony often so that the Spirit can testify to the people here. It is really amazing what courage and faith can do!! 

Yesterday we ran into a man who, was very contrary to our church and our beliefs. He offered to say a prayer for us and said, "help them find the right, they want to understand." When he was praying I felt so overwhelmed with the Spirit testifying to me that I am in the right and that this is the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. The fullness of the gospel is restored and we have it!! IT IS FREAKING AMAZING! 

Juana moved to the DR today! We helped her move.

I invite you all to pray to know if this is the true church. I promise you that as you do this, you will receive an answer...time after time after time. God loves us. I LOVE THIS GOSPEL!! I love my mission! I am so so so thankful for this amazing opportunity to learn and grow and become converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Thank you all for your support, love, and prayers. I love you all so so so much. 

Have an amazing week! 

Our district with our old ward mission leader Fernando

Musclessssss giving oooout

love, Hermana Lancaster

Monday, June 17, 2013

Happy Father's Day!!

DADDY! I am at the apple store, and i am writing you on the Mac Air. so nice.Well I 
love you and miss you a lot! I hope you have a great week! you rock! mucho mucho amor!! 

Love, ashley 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

9 Months Ago

9 months ago today, I embarked on a journey that would end up not only changing my life, but the lives of people here in New York City. And I am sad to say that in 9 months I will be leaving them, but happy to say I will be returning to my family. 

Time has flown. SO SO fast. I feel like it was yesterday that I was in the MTC. Yesterday that I arrived in New York City. That I arrived in the Bronx. IT IS SO INSANE! I must say I love the work. I love serving the Lord and talking about him and studying about him and just learning more about him and his love for me. 

I invite you all, young and old, to look for opportunities to share the gospel. It can be the tiniest things that can make the biggest differences.

Change lives. :) 

It has been hot here in the Bronx. A lot different than Utah that is for sure! I am so happy to be serving here though, and I know that this is where the Lord needs me to be. :) 

We are continuing to work with less active members and right now we have an investigator who is "golden." Her name is Wendy and she is planning on getting baptized on her birthday, August 17. We are trying to see if the Lord has an earlier date in store for her. We just know that, in these months, Satan can work on her and lead her away. Prayers for her would be wonderful! 

I hope you all have an amazing week! We are going to the Yankee's baseball game today! 200 missionaries will be there!! It's gunna be crazy! I am so excited!! 

I love you all so so much! Make sure to watch out for blessings from the Lord and give thanks. 

Love youuuuu!!! 


Hermana Lancaster

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

NY, NY North Mission Blog

Here is a link to Ashley's official mission blog. Some fun pictures to see.