Monday, April 14, 2014



Welp, it´s official. I´m leaving Guayaquil. I´m going from exceedingly hot to exceedingly cold. That doesn´t sound like correct English, but you get what I´m saying. That´s right, folks, I´m headed to Cuenca. I´m leaving my hija to go help train another newbie who has 3 weeks on the mission. I´m really quite sad because I love her and we were teaching such awesome people and the ward is really awesome and it´s just always hard to have cambios. I´m going to open ANOTHER sector in Cuenca. It´ll be fun. This sector has been closed for a little while, so I´ll get to know everyone hopefully moderately quickly. But enough about the future, let´s talk about Ayer.......and what she did this whole last week.

This week, we met a man from Oregon! That was quite an experience. He was staying with a Latino family who we had visited before, and he said he left the U.S. because the economy is bad and it´s an "all about me" society. He was trying to hard to speak Spanish and the family was doing so well at trying to understand him and speak English back. He asked us what our secret was to speaking Spanish and we told him it was the Gift of Tongues. Kinda hard to beat that. But it´s true! When we´re in God´s service, he blesses us with gifts of the Spirit!! I´m so grateful for my calling as a servant of God and that I have the chance to help His children come unto Him.

The only Conference session I took notes from was Sunday morning, but I felt like all those memssages were directed exactly to me. I loved President Uchtdorf´s talk on being grateful IN our circumstances instead of FOR something. That morning, my comp and I were running around all morning for the people who we had invited to go to the Conferencia, and there were a lot of people who weren´t home, or were sleeping, or made excuses, or went to the playa, or whatever. My companion and I were frustrated and tired, and sweaty, and when we got to the Conferencia and heard that talk, I felt like President Uchtdorf was reprimanding me. God knew I needed that talk right then and right there. I´m so grateful for the love and mercy of our Father in Heaven. During the intermediate hymn, one of our investigators had to leave and she wanted us to accompany her to her house. My companion and I AGAIN were frustrated and grumbling, and we got back to listen to Elder Bednar´s talk. It was incredible. Right when we were walking back to the conference, I talked to my companion about the Atonement and how Christ gave everything to save us, and we have to give everything for this short time here in Ecuador. When we got back and heard Elder Bednar´s talk on cargas, it was just for me, yet again. Trials help us grow and progress. They also help us rely more on our Savior, Jesus Christ. And I loved Presidente Monson´s talk on Charity! It´s the center of the gospel! That´s the emphasis my Mission Presidente has made since he got here--CHARITY. We never will regret an opportunity we took to love and serve. Never.

Random thoughts: (1) Last Thursday, I completed 15 years since my baptism! So crazy! (2) Happy Palm Sunday yesterday. All the Catholics were selling ramos to buy. THis week is Semana Santa, and I can´t believe that this Sunday is Easter! I love Easter! (Except for that one rabbit from that Berenstein Bear´s movie we have...but I think he learned to love it.) (3) Women who want the Priesthood...Jacob 4:10...Jacob 6:12 (4) I got your package!!! Thank you so much!!!! My companion loved the pillow case!!!

Well, I don´t have any time left because I have to head out to Cuenca, but I hope you know how much I love you and how true the church is!! It´s the truth and I can never deny that! I love our family and I know the Gospel blesses families! It´s blessed ours so much, and I know it will bless my future family!

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hermana Ayer

P.S. Cambios means I won´t be singing for Elder Uceda anymore. Maybe they´ll do a musical number in Cuenca, but most likely not. At least I still have the music, though, from when we practiced last week.

P.P.S. 2 Nephi 9:52

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