Tuesday, September 27, 2016

week 10 and week 8 in MDM- "Miracles, Miracles, Miracles!"

Hey Y'all! So I was really trying to think about what to email about today and I couldn't think of anything huge that happened this week. We did a lot of contacting and were able to meet our goals for those lessons almost everyday! Which is incredible. The hard part about contacting is that a lot of people don't want to listen and those that do are always too busy to schedule an actual appointment. So we get to talk to a lot of people but we don't really ever end up teaching them for more than 3 min. But these are a few of my favorite contacting stories from this week. 
Ok so we were in the Meijer (its like a target) parking lot being super unmotivated and we decided to pray for motivation and listen to our jam which is MOTAB singing "holding hands around the world" we can't figure out why but it seems like every time we listen to that song we just get super excited about missionary work. Right as the song ended we both looked up and this guy in a cowboy hat caught our attention. We jumped out of the good ol Jeep and walked over to him. He saw our smiles and then his eyes went right to our name tags. He told us he knew who we were and would talk to us for a minute. He told us about all the times he has died and come back to life and how he is trying to master the 'bread and fishes table trick', he told us about the 'people who live in the earth' and how they are smarter than all of us 'air breathers'. It took all the strength we could muster to not break out laughing because this man was being dead serious. Well we shared some restored truth with him and he told us that we were good people and that we needed to "Smoke more pot and stay away from boys." He defiantly was following one of those suggestions. haha It was a good experience because it brightened out attitudes and we went into Meijer laughing. 
We saw a couple people who recognized us from the Methodist Church dinners we have been helping out with which is way cool! They come up to us in random places and thank us for helping the community! I can't remember if I ever told you guys about those. Well basically we were in salvation's army and this woman walked up to us and we started talking. It turns out she, Jenifer, is the preacher for the United Methodist in town and they hold community dinners on Wednesdays. We told her about how we are missionaries and how we invite others to come unto Christ and she was like 'Well you should come help out with the dinners, there are a bunch of people who need some hope in their lives there." So we exchanged cards and she calls us all the time about service opportunities and has taught a bunch of sermons about us. Basically she wants us to convert everyone in her church. haha but honestly the dinners have helped us find people and grow relationships with the community which is way rad! 
We met a man in Meijer who was having a off day and asked him why. He told us his wife had just had an emergency appendectomy and I was able to talk to him about when that happened to me and then to dad. He seemed a lot more at peace when he left us and was even smiling when I told him we would pray for him. 
Ok here is the most recent amazing miracle. Right as I was logging on to the library computer nervous to see what this weeks emails would bring our phone started to ring. The number that was calling us wasn't programmed into the phone so I was just going to ignore it. But the Holy Ghost told me to answer it. Well I did as directed and it was a young man named Sebastian. He works at salvation's and we have seen him a handful of times but it wasn't until a couple days ago that we actually talked to him and told him about the Restoration. He didn't seem very interested at the time. But while we were on the phone he told me about how hard it had been for him to dial our number and he couldn't figure out why. He said he wants to meet with us. I almost started crying because here I was thinking none of our contacting had been effective and that there was nothing to email home about, and Sebastian was sitting at home overcoming satan and calling us because he wanted to learn more truth! It was truly an amazing and humbling experience!  
Well I hope your Book of Mormon studies went well this week and that you are all learning all you can! I love hearing about the people you are bringing closer to Christ! Keep up the good work! Remember every member a missionary!!! If miracles can happen in Michigan mircales can happen anywhere! 
Sending All My Love 
Sister Witt  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Loved having your daughter n her companion over for dinner tonight.
Becky Hurst

Monday, September 19, 2016

week 9 and week 7 in MDM- "Chicken Soup to Save Souls"

Hey Y'all! This week was an emotional roller coaster. Tonya dropped us, she said that God just isn't ready to forgive her yet. Which we all know is totally not true. She said there was no way she could ever be baptized because she just can't stop smoking. But then she surprised us by coming to church on Sunday. She only stayed for the 1st hour but hey progress is progress! So we are planning on meeting with her tomorrow to see what she wants to do. 
Eliza has been super sick, her husband Rich said that she was too sick to come to church. So we made her some chicken soup before we went to see her! She was so happy to have us over. She has all these questions about the Book of Mormon. She is really studying it, wanting to learn for herself if it is true. And we just love it! 
I Love the Book of Mormon so much! It is the greatest tool we as members and missionaries have to share the gospel! How incredible is that! All you have to do is read it, really wanting to know if it is from God and you WILL feel the spirit! I love watching Eliza's testimony of this book grow. Watching her truly study it has helped me evaluate my own study. Ask yourself, are you really studying the Book of Mormon every day, looking at it with new eyes, trying to see what the Lord has caused to be written down for us, in this modern day. If you are not I challenge you to. If you are don't think you are off the hook. I want you to prayerfully consider who you can bring closer to Christ each day as you study the Book of Mormon. I know that as you do this you will see miracles! 
Love Sister Witt
sorry this email was kinda short... here is a picture to make up for it

Monday, September 12, 2016

week 8 and week 6 in MDM- "I need to get married and live, because this life just ain't living"

Hey Y'all! 
Haha I had no idea what to put as the subject of this email so I chose the funniest thing that was said to us this week. "I need to get married and live, because this life just ain't living" was a drunk text we got from a potential investigator this week in the middle of the night. It was super funny!! And when we needed to laugh this week we would just say it to each other.
This week was kinda weird because of Labor day, it threw off our whole groove and we had transfer calls on Saturday so that was crazy as well. Don't worry, Sister Lindsay and I are staying together and staying in Oxford!! I didn't really get to tell you about Tonya last week so here is down low. Tonya's house is crazy. She provides everything for all the people that live there. Right now its her mom, Alice, her uncle George, her 15 year old daughter, Jade, her 24 year old son, Joey, and his boyfriend, Chris. She had like 5 other people living there when I got here but they all left for their own reasons and she has noticed it as a blessing. She loves the gospel I can't seem to figure out why she isn't already baptized. For example, this week we over heard her telling Alice that the reason Alice couldn't baptize her was because 1 she wasn't a man and 2 she wasn't mormon. She told us all about the Joseph Smith story and how she just doesn't understand how any other religion makes sense. We have narrowed her problem down to a lack in motivation. satan is trying really hard to work on her right now because he can see the changes and blessings happening in her life and he doesn't want her to recognize them. I think that is why we have been sent to her, to help her recognize Gods hand in her life. Anyone got a good way to teach that? or have a cool way to help others see it? You know I would love to hear it!!
Ugh I just hate satan! Eliza had a really rough week too. She is depressed about the loss of a loved one. She called us crying on Saturday morning and asked if we could come over. We went over and she just poured her soul out to us and cried. I, of course, cried too. We shared our love for her but more importantly God's love for her. She asked us what she could do to have peace again. Actually she asked what scriptures she should read in the Book of Mormon that could help her. I love that she is relying on God in her time of depression! 
I hope that you all can share Gods love with someone this week! I love you!!
Love Sister Witt

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

week 7 and week 5 in MDM- "Massive Miracles in Michigan"

Hey Y'all I know I have been talking a lot about miracles and how I see them everyday but I want to let you know that you don't have to be in Michigan with a name tag on your shirt to see miracles. You just have to be looking for them. (Ref 2 Nephi 26 or 27 I can't remember which one right now). The miracles we have had this week are honestly so amazing that I don't even know how to put them into words. Last Sunday on our way to teach a less active Sister Lindsay told me that she felt like we need to stop by Eliza's house. Eliza is a Hispanic woman that Sister Lindsay and her comp tracted into couple of transfers back and they were able to teach her a solid finding lesson. They lost contact with her after that. We drove over and her built (like we are talking less than 5% body fat, tall, scary looking, not religious) husband is outside cleaning out the garage. We asked him if she was home and he went to grab her. When she recognized us as missionaries she got the biggest smile on her face. She told us that she was super upset that she lost our card and then her phone broke and she had to get a new number. She said that us coming over again showed that we really do care about her. We set up an appointment to come teach her and gave her a restoration pamphlet. When we went back to teach her on Tuesday she told us that she needed to come to church on Sunday, and that she had been looking for the Book of Mormon. She started shaking the pamphlet and asked us if that was is. It was so cute! We agreed with her about church and gave her a Book of Mormon. She was so excited when we came back on Saturday she showed us her outfit for church and everything! She has decided that she needs to be baptized on October 1st and we are so excited to help her with that goal! 
Our other major miracle is Tonya! The Sisters have been working with Tonya forever. Her son was baptized 2 years ago and she started taking the lessons with him. She has recently been able to see Gods Hand in her life and is willing to make the necessary changes to be baptized on October 8th. I am running out of time but I will tell you all about her next week! 
I hope y'all are able to see miracles this week!
Love Sister Ashlee Evelyn Witt