Why a mission?

The gospel is the most beautiful thing in the world. I know it's all true, and this knowledge has given me all the wonderful things of this life. I can't wait to share this knowledge with others.

Monday, April 8, 2013

April 8th Update

General Conference!
I sure was pretty giddy to watch conference. And to watch it English :) I think General Conference Weekend is right up there with Christmas time for me. I LOVE CONFERENCE. I'm crazy about it. I love the perspective that it gives me. I love that Heavenly Father really does want to give us the specific answers that we need to recieve from Him. I sure know that He really knows us, and wants to support us. As we make room to have spiritual experiences in our lives, we are choosing to be lead by the Lord to become the people we need to be. Who He needs us to be, to continue accomplishing His purposes.
And His pathways always lead to happiness!!
We had some serious up and downs with Clara, Luis, Jorge, and Johanna. Clara and Luis are going to get married so Clara can get baptized, and Jorge and Johanna are married. And they all live in the same apartment. Jorge and Johanna have been kind of luke warm about everything, while Clara has been really excited. We promised them that all the doubts that they had could be answered by conference. And then they didn't come Saturday! We went there in the night, and they were acting silly. Clara was saying she really wasn't going to get baptized on the 20th, but just was getting married. And then Jorge and Johanna were basically saying "no" to a baptism in the near future. They came to conference on Sunday, and it got a little better . Clara is back on for the 20th! And, I think Jorge and Johanna are really starting to try to develop their faith. You could pray for them. They need it :)
FLOOOOOR! She is still A+ wonderful. She is such a crazy wonderful woman. After the first session on Sunday, she came up to us and gave us a big long hug. (Which usually people don't give long hugs. Or real hugs. I've stressed a couple people out here when I've tried to give a hug.) And she was crying, and said "Thank you. I don't have any doubts, now. Thank you for helping me find the truth." Talk about a beautiful experience. She's going to be baptized on the 20th, too.
I'm training again! Hermana Gomez is off to my old sector! To be with the entranee of Hermana Quiroga, my old comp! Weird, right? I'm going to go pick up my new comp in Concepcion tonight.
Still working hard! Still learning how to make Christ more centered in my life.
I love you all, and pray for you. I hope you are all well!
Hermana Lovell
PS Okay all my friends! Why don't ya all just get married while I am gone!!!! Ha ha. I wish I could be there to party it up with you, but, we'll just have to wait a little while. I expect many a good time with blind dating all the friends of your spouses. Just kidding. Kinda. Congratulations, Celeste, Courtney, and Natalie!
PPS Did you guys know you can write me now? I LOVE getting letters still, but you can write me at ashley.lovell@myldsmail.net, too. Celeste, Court, and Natalie! Write me so I can tell you congratulations for reals and have your addresses. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

April 1st Update

Hey folks!
Here we are Conti. It's starting to get a little cold, here. We've got some pretty misty days because of how close we are to the ocean. 

Did you all enjoy Easter!? I actually love Easter. I love to really feel like I know my Savior, and He is watching out for me. I know He is. And I know the more we try to become like Him, we can strengthen our relationship with Him. Our Brother. 


Read or listen to this talk. I think it is so incredible. I think a lot of times we can be frustrated because our righteous desires are not fulfilled. That is has got to be because of our imperfections, our lack of faith, that we don't receive them. But it's more than that. We can have all the faith in the world, but we need to have faith in the right things. We cannot have conditional faith. We all have situations that are difficult, when we don't understand why we can't have the good and righteous things that we are trying to accomplish with everything we have. But if we can be as the Savior, to have the faith to drink the bitter cup, and "shrink not" we will not have to fear. It's okay if we aren't giddy or just absolutely excited to go through the trials of our lives, but as we have the faith to put our faith in the will of the Lord, and not the desires of our own lives, we will be able to find a peace that we can not find otherwise. 

I love you! Keep praying. Have the best day ever! Wherever in the world you are.

Hermana Lovell