Monday, May 26, 2014

Tiernas Misericordias


Well, this week was a rollercoaster, if I do say so myself. First of all, let me just give the good news first, WE HAD TWO BAPTISMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CRISTINA Y KARI SE BAUTIZARON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such a miracle.

At the beginning of the week, we weren´t sure if they were actually going to get baptized or not. They're both overage, but their parents still said they wanted to give their permission if they live in their house, which I respect. I´m sure you, mom and dad, would want to know what I´d be doing, and still have to give your consent. So I was doubting a little, but I studied every day in my personal study to know how to help the parents come to understand the importance of baptism and the truthfulness of the church. My compañera and I even did prácticas con los líderes de zona to practice what we would do to help them. Thursday came around and we were sick of hearing, "No, we haven´t talked to our hijas yet, we´ll gave the answer tomorrow." So we said, no, today is the day. They are going to give permiso and God is going to change their hearts miraculously. That day, we get a call from Cristina saying she had talked to her parents that morning, and that they wanted to talk to us to let us know their decision. We were feeling a little uncertain, but we went to talk to them. At first, the mom wasn´t took excited to give permiso, but as the dad was talking, he came to say that he felt that it was a good decision for his daughters and that if they wanted to get baptized, él les apoya completamente. WHAAAAAAT????????!!!!!!!!! We were so excited! And right in that moment, the Spirit came in and testified that what he had just concluded was right and good and true! It was incredible!! He wrote a note to his daughter that said, "Cris, te amo. Está bien que se bauticen. Todos vamos a prepararnos como ustedes." So sweet!!!!!!!!!!! Their family doesn´t talk much because the parents work a lot, but this has truly brought their family close together. The baptism was beautiful, and we had the help of many miembros.

Then Sunday came along..........all was good and nice and tranquilo, and we were excited to have the confirmación. We went to the house of the Familia Puma to make sure they were awake, which they were, and then we left to go pass by for other people who were planning on going to church. Then we went back to their house at about 8:45, ready to head out and go to church. We knocked, we called, we yelled, and they didn´t come out. Finally Kari came outside for a second to try and open the door, but when she went back in to get the keys, she didn´t come out. We waited and prayed and waited and prayed some more for about 45 minutes, wondering what God´s will was in all of this. It turned out that the mom had gotten angry that morning at some little thing and didn´t want anyone in the family to go to church. Satan works sooooooo hard to stop us from reaching our potencial and making sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father! He knows they´re sooooo important, that he will do whatever it takes to keep us from making them and having the spirit with us. Evenutally, with a lot of faith, they came out, and the whole family, minus the mom came with us to church. They got confirmed and it was beautiful. It was a battle, but we won. Well, God won. And He always wins. And will win forever.

Happy Memorial Day, and a rabbit rabbit on Sunday. Also, dad, both our baptisms have your birthday, but one was born in 1994, and the other 1995. Also, isn´t it weird that the last futbol mundial lwas when Will was on his mission? And now the next one is happening when Parker and I are both on ours. Cool.

Parker, I had all those EXACT same feelings/thoughts when I started the mission. It was so fun to read your email and reflect on my first few weeks here. At least you don´t have to wash your clothes by hand....or do you? Also, where the heck in Brazil is Juiz de Fora?? Everyone asks me, but I have no idea.

This lady cut up a whole chicken right in front of us this week. My comp was enjoying it...mas o menos.

This is the true church!!!!!!!!! Go to church and renew your baptismal coventants!! The spirit will tell you all things what ye should do!!!!!! 2 Nefi 32:5

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

Hermana Ayer

P.S. Mas amor...for all of you.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Domingo de Milagros


Well, I don´t have much time to write this week because I had to print out a talk for a lady we´re teaching, but I´ll make this short, sweet, and to the point.

First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FUTURE ÑAÑA!!! I hope the 21st is an awesome day!!

Second of all, this week was a week of miracles!!!!!! Guess how many investigators we had in church?? Guess! THIRTEEN!!!!!!!!!!!! 13!!!!!!!!!!! It was a miracle! La familia Puma all went!!!!!! Well, except for one of their daughters because she had to do practicas because she´s going to be a nurse. It was such a miracle! The whole family loved it, and I was so grateful to be able to see them all their! Now the parents just have to be excited and ready to change and accept the restored Gospel, as well!

This week, I cut my compañera´s hair. It was so fun! The first time I´ve cut someone else´s hair. And it actually turned out pretty well! She was pleasently was I.

On Friday, we went on a hike. It didn´t mean to be a hike, but we went to visit a menos activa family, and it turns out that they don´t have an actual road to their house, just a random path that goes past corn, animals, other houses, barbed wire, dogs, etc. It was quite exciting, and it was lucky that the family wasn´t there when we got to the top, because it de repente started raining, and we had to get down pretty quick, or else we would have been mud sliding down. When we got at the bottom, though, we ran into a woman who needed us right when she saw us! Her son has been missing, and she´s lost almost all hope of finding him. I know that the restored gospel can help her, so we shared scriptures of aliento and love. And we gave her a book of mormon. There was a noteable change in her countenance at the end of our encounter. THe gospel changes lives.

Funny quote, my zone leader this week said in our Reunion de Distrito, "When I think of humility, one scripture always comes to mind. 1 Nephi 4:31."

I love you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hermana Ayer

P.S. Alma 13:27-29
Alma 26:12,16,35-37
Alma 29:9.10,13-17


The first picture is a llama sweater I bought last Monday.  It´s so cozy!!!!!!

The second is my zone here in Cuenca...well, it was my zone.  3 missionaries got transferred since then.

The third is my compañera´s and my planeamiento semanal.  So fun.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!


I can´t believe it was just AYER that I talked to all you AYERs! It seems like time has flown faster than ever. I don´t want my life to go by as fast as these past few months have...and how fast the next few months will go. Christian, I am so proud you´re keeping up the family Mother´s/Father´s Day talk tradition. It´s a good tradition. They probably always call on one of us to talk because we have such good parents and they want the speakers to say uplifting things that help everyone to be as good a parent as one of ours. Happy Mother´s Day, Mom!!!!!!! Thanks for being the best mom ever, and for letting me serve a mission, and for letting me grow up with the Gospel, and for teaching me correct principles and letting me govern myself...I hope that´s gone alright for all of us. haha Just know how much I love you!!

This week, a recent convert found a menos activo from Peru who´s living with a lady who´s not a member of the church. The problem is that they´re not married, but they went to church on Sunday and absolutely loved it! I hope they can figure out their life and live the Law of Chastity!! 4 Nefi 1:10-11

I also met a man from NH on Friday! He was wearing a Southern New Hampshire University sweatshirt, and I had to stop and talk to him. He wipped out the cigaretts right when we went to talk, but he seemed fairly normal...besides the fact that he has a girlfriend who doesn´t speak English and he doesn´t speak Spanish...oh, and his girlfriend is LDS! Kind of a funny combo.

El Presidente Torres put a lot of emphasis this week on the importance of our albedrío. Our decisions not only affect ourselves, but EVERYONE around us! It´s such a great and important gift, but we have to use it wisely.

Maria came with us to visit a family and her testimony was so strong! She said the closing prayer on Sunday and it was beautiful! She went to the temple on Saturday and wants to be a temple worker!! Ahhh!! She´s awesome!

The familia Puma´s daughters are getting baptized this Saturday! They´re so excited! Pray for them!!

That´s all I have time for, but I was so happy to meet you yesterday, Stephanie! Thanks for being a great addition to our family!! I love you!! Parker, rock Brasil!!!!!!!!!!!


Hermana Ayer

P.S. I love you!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Upsies and Downsies


Just so you are all aware, I might shoot this keyboard from being so annoying and
hard to type on. Shoot, might not be appropriate, so I´ll just keep doing what I´m doing, which is type has hard as my fingers possibly can.

Getting that aggression out of the way, I´ll get on to say, that I CAN'T BELIEVE PARKER IS IN BRASIL!!!!!!!!!!! It´s so nice to finally get to tell people that he´s there and not have to explain the whole visa-waiting thing, because believe it or not, it´s kind of a hard concept for people here. I also can´t express how much joy it gives me to say that William is engaged!! I just get happier and happier every day that Will and Stephanie are going to make this step in their lives. It´s even better that I´m going to be there! Also, I want to wish you all a Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Not a holidaiy here in Ecuador, but my companion and I are still celebrating it up and eatingth e candy I got in my package! (Thanks, padres! It finally came!)

 AAaaaaaand............HAPPY MOTHERS´ DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can´t believe time has already passed for me to be speaking to you again! Timeflies and I can´t wait to be able to hear your voices and express my testimony in words in vez de writing, becausethis is rather dificult right about now. English and keyboard issues.....THe church is still true, though!

This week, we had a baptism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maria is an extremely blessed and prepared daughter of God. Her baptism was beautiful, and the chico who baptized her is a recent convert and was so excited to baptize. The water was cold, but they still feltth e warmth of the Spirit. She bore her testimony in her servicio bautismal, andt he Spriit was so strong! She said that she wants to be an instrument in God´s hands to help all His children know the truth and that she wants to be una persona útil en la Iglesia!! She's also going to the temple this Saturday with the ward! So great!! :)

The familia Puma has been doing really great. Yesterday, they all came to church with nice Sunday attire! The children are 20, 19, 15, and 14. They have another younger sister who´s 9 and tyhey live with both their parents, but they´re a little bit more duro. Their cousins are members. THey love church so much! In Relief Society, we talked about For the Strength of Youth, and when we visitedthem inthe afternoon, they asked usa bout modesty and music because they have desires to change!! The oldest daughter also had a piercing under her lip, and she took it out on Sunday!

My companion and I seriuosly have been so blessed to be teaching these people. Keep praying for Laura that her heart can be softened andth at she can readthe Book of Mormon. Pray that we can alsofind newpeople to teach!!

I love you all so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The church is true! Christ leads it! He LIVES and LOVES us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hermana Ayer

P.S. I guess, I'll just leave the rest for Sunday.