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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Email to Family and Friends

Friends and Family,

First off Merry Christmas to everyone!! What a wonderful time of the year to be with the family and make memories. Thanks to everyone who has been emailing me or sending me letters I seriously appreciate it so much!! You don't understand how good it feels to know that I have all of you guys at home thinking about me and praying for me so thanks it is greatly appreciated here. 

I just wanted to send this quick email to you all to remind you of the reason that we celebrate this special holiday. It is great to receive and even better to give but the reason that we celebrate Christmas is to remember our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I hope you all share the same love that I do for our Savior. I have such a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and really of His love for each and every one of us. He lived His entire life to establish a gospel for us so that we can learn of how to return to Him after this life and then He suffered and died for us to provide for us the means to overcome this death and truly obtain perfection. What am amazing gift. We can truly reach perfection through Christ and His Atonement for us. Everyone, this is why we celebrate Christmas. We celebrate to remember our Lord, Savior, Example, and Older Brother Jesus Christ. So I invite each and every one of you to put the gifts to the side and to be with your family, to maybe skip one Christmas party and read the Christmas Story (Luke 2), and after all of this to really just sit back and feel His love. 

I love each and every one of you so much because every single one of you has made a great impact on my life in one way or another. I really wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for all of you and for that I am eternally grateful. So to end once again I invite all of you to join me in remembering the life our our Savior during this Christmas season. We are all here in this life for a reason and that reason is Him. So remember Him, love Him, and I promise you all that if you put all of your thoughts and actions in Christ this will be one of the most unforgettable Christmases you will every have!!

I love you all sooooooooo much and wish you all a Merry Christmas!!

¡Feliz Navidad!

Elder Asher Dean Wilson

Mission Peru, Piura

Monday. December 22. 20014-Week 20

Elder Wilson & Elder Buenning
Mi Familia

Ok I’m sorry to say this but this is going to be a short one because I’m gonna talk to you all in 3 days and I need to send a butt load of emails today. Hearing that Aaron came over this week is possibly one of the best things I have heard on my mission. I love that kid so dang much and I hope he knows it. I am gonna give him the biggest hug after my mission haha once a bro always a bro and if you’re reading this Aaron I pray for you every day bro!! Ok for skype I will be calling this Thursday, Christmas, at 12 in the afternoon so at about 11 or 1130 for you guys. I am so excited to hear from you and I got all of your skype info so I am ready to go!! 

This week we had a multi zona conference con Presidente Rowley. It was seriously so amazing and I know with all my heart that he is truly an inspired man of God. We talked about the Plan of Salvation and our ability to have eternal families and live for eternity with our Father in Heaven and then we talked all about Navidad. Really I want you guys to remember that Christmas is not for receiving or even giving but it is for remembering our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and being with family. Our families are so important it’s crazy!! There is seriously nothing more important in this whole world than the family. So this Christmas it is my personal invitation to everyone to make time for your family and don’t focus on the gifts. Take time to remember nuestro Salvador Jesucristo y su sacrificio por cada uno de nosotros. So ya we did a lot of other stuff at conference and it was awesome. We also received a cell phone this week so now I can call you guys every day!!!!!!! hahahahahaha;) No but really this is going to make life so much easier because now we can call to make sure everyone will be home for our citas and we can call hermana Rebeca and the other missionaries and zone leaders and all of that good stuff. Still just out here working my dang butt of trying to share this gospel with every person I see because seriously every single day my testimony grows more and more!! I don’t know what I want to do with my life after this mission but I know it’s going to be something that allows me to always be sharing this gospel because it is by far the most important thing in my life. It puts sports to shame and that is seriously saying something, but don’t worry I will be playing sports for BYU after my mission haha. 

Ok that’s all for this week but I love you all so much!! Just remember that we are here in this life for one reason and it is because our loving Savior Jesus Christ gave His life for us. We have this amazing time of the year to remember Him and share His message with the world. Have no fear and know that the Lord will be with you if you are doing His work. I love you all so much and I will talk to you in 3 days!!!!!!!!

Much Love 

Elder Wilson

Elder Mulford, Elder Antonio, Elder Wilson

24 hour power outage

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday. December 15. 2014-Week 19

Asher forgot his camera today, so no new pictures. This one was taken one year ago-December 2013.
Mi Familia

Como están? Yo espero que ustedes son feliz sin problemas. Ok I’m not gonna write any more in spanish because it’s pointless because you won’t understand it haha. Well we went to the beach today so that was pretty awesome. I love our new zona so when we all get to go to the beach and chill that’s a good day for me haha. I was talking to another missionary from Utah today and he and I were thinking how crazy different it is here during Christmas than in the freezing North West haha. 

Ok so for skype. I will be skyping you guys Christmas day!! I should be calling in on the skype around 1 or 2 in the afternoon but I will let you know for sure later this week or next week. Now listen this is the most important thing!! You guys need to make me a skype account and send me all the information and all of your information so I can call you. You will also need to have a microphone so we can talk. Usually laptops have microphones. I can’t wait to see all of your faces!! Also I want troy Vance’s email please. Tate I’m so sorry about your knee bro. This is so hard having an injury as an athlete but don’t get your head down. Keep pressing forward and praying to be healed and Tate trust me through your faith you will be healthy in a very short time. I am praying for you every day buddy. 

This week was good and sorta hard. We seriously work our flippin butts off here. I refuse to stop working until I get home and even then I will continue to bring others unto Christ every day because that is my true calling in life. So ya we work and work and we are just seeing little to no progress. I am doing everything possible to help them. Praying, studying, teaching with love, visiting them multiple times every week and sometimes multiple times a day, fasting for them and just trying to help them understand the importance of church and living all the commandments but they don’t seem to get it. I am living in basically a second or third world country so I understand that work is so important but everyone here refuses to go to church for 3 hours because of work. I have taught them all about the blessings of the church and how blessed they will be for going I have testified of how it has blessed my life and they still just won’t go. I am just gonna keep working even harder and trust that the Lord will help them because he loves them. The rest of the week has been good.

The funniest part of my week was we actually got a toilet seat this week and Elder Antonio was having a party!! He was saying that he was going to spend hours on the toilet every day now haha I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

The best part of my week was when we had citas con los jóvenes de nuestro bario. We had lecciones with Genaro, Anderson, Fransisco and Ronnie all day and it was so amazing!! The oldest one of them is 14 so they don’t know too much about the gospel but wow they have amazing testimonios!! For example one of our investigators was sorta zoning out of a leccion but them Genaro bore his testimony and this guy completely changed his perspective on our message. He started listening and asking questions and invited us back to teach him again. This just reminded me it’s not always all about doctrine and your knowledge, the thing that changes peoples lives and brings the spirit is your testimony. Testimonies have such power so share them!!

Tate I have an invitation for you. Aside from your daily scripture study I want you to read preach my gospel for 20 minutes every day. You could read that thing 20 times before I get home and I promise you that you will always learn something new. It is so important to prepare for your mission before you get here and that’s exactly what this book is for!! Also make sure to read all the scriptures and side notes!! 

So that’s all for this week!! I can’t believe Christmas is so soon and I get to talk to you all!! And that I basically have 5 months on my mision!! Where has the time gone!! Just know I love you all so much and I am praying for you. I am working hard here and I don’t have any problems so don’t worry about me. Ok well I’ll talk to you next week. The church is so true!! I live it, I love it, I know it!!

Much love

Elder Wilson

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday. December 8. 2014-Week 18

Wearing my tie that Jaja made me.

Mi familia!!

How’s everyone doing?? I am glad to hear that you decorated the house for Christmas!! I miss that so freakin much it’s crazy!! Christmas is my favorite time of the year because of the amazing spirit of unity that comes into a family no matter the circumstances. As missionaries we are so focused on helping people remember the true meaning of Christmas right now. That it’s not for parties, presents, or here in Peru drinking haha buts it’s truly to remember our Savior. His birth, His life, and finally His death and sacrifice for us. Wow what an amazing time of the year!

Well Tater this sucks. I know exactly how you feel because this was my situation last year. It’s gonna be a really hard time for you but it’s gonna be an even harder time for your team so make sure you are always at every single practice and that you are still being a strong leader for every single one of them. I’ll be praying for you buddy. Tell Dad to have fun and be safe in Chicago and you guys all be safe while he is gone. 

So this was a good week. Elder Antonio and I have been working our flippin butts off all day every day to bring these Peruanos unto Christ. It is harder than you would think because they are all Evangélicos and Testigos de Jehova (Jehovah witnesses). I have learned so dang much about the Bible to prove my points to them biblically but I have also learned that it is always important to back things up with the Book of Mormon too so they can feel its power.

A little fun fact for yall, we have a ton of freaking scorpions in our area right now its sorta crazy haha.

I met my new district this week. Elder Russell, Elder Moses and Elder Orellana are all gone so now we have Elder Ochante from Peru and Elder Ropoza our new district leader from Utah. They are all pretty cool guys and we should have a good strong district for this cambio. My calling for this cambio is the maestro de ingles or English teacher haha. I just learned spanish and now I’m teaching a bunch of crazy latinos english every week haha gotta love the mission. We’re going to focus on Christmas hymns and stories this month!! We didn’t have church yesterday because of votaciones for the new presidente of the Zarumilla Tumbes area. It was crazy so many people and riots and parties haha it was really easy to contact new familias though and that’s what we did all day. A man named chino flores won the election. I don’t know anything about him but the people here are happy so it’s all good with me haha. The worst part of my week was last night when one of our investigators gave us back his book of mormon and said we couldn’t teach him anymore. He is super Evangélico but he was learning and progressing and really started to believe in our message but his pastor came and told him that we are of the devil. He told us he didn’t believe his pastor but to keep the peace in his home we had to stop the visits. I have never prayed so hard in my life than I did last night for hermano Jesús. I prayed until I couldn’t pray anymore and I know that we need to go back to him. We are not going to give up on him for as long as I am here because he knows the church is true!! And if I find his pastor in the streets I’m gonna go Elder Holland all over his butt!! That’s about it for this week just still working hard and loving the mission. 

It’s so crazy that I have like 130 days in my mission!! The time is going so dang fast!! I will seriously be home before you guys know it!! I hope you all have an amazing week and you are all safe happy and healthy!! Perry tell Wishes thanks for being a great example this year!! I love you all so dang much!!

Much Love 

Elder Asher Dean Wilson    

My new companion is freakin awesome!! He is from Bolivia and is 26 years old. He only has 9 months on his mission because he was a recent convert. We get along awesome!! Like we’ve been friends for a long time haha and communication is not a problem with anyone any more. I seriously speak Spanish now mom haha crazy right!! He speaks absolutely no English.
We get to skype and I think on the 26th but I’m not totally sure yet. We are going to talk to a bunch of members this week to lock down a place and a time for sure but heck ya you get to see my face for Christmas!!
I got both of the packages this week and they are so awesome so thanks!! But ya I already opened them hahaha. I couldn’t wait. I loved all of the cards so much!! They all made me sorta home sick but also gave me a ton more determination to work harder!! 

3 jobs here.... Work in fruit fields, work driving motos, or work in the markets of Aguas Verdes ohhh and freakin tons of people work in construction and a few are fisherman.
My favorite person here in Zarumilla is a little kid named Genaro. He's 14 years old and he's a member of our ward. He goes on visits with us all the time and really just loves to hang out with us. He's built like Tater, long and skinny. I help him with working out because he wants to get big and play for the Peruano national team. He sorta acts like Tate too, quiet but once you know him, he's crazy!! He's a Peruano version of Tate. I think that's why I like him so much. He's awesome.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday. December 1. 2014-Week 17

The last reunion de distrito ‏

Mi Familia!!!

What a flippin crazy week it has been!! We have been working our butts of and changing lives in the process. This mission is such an amazing blessing in my life it’s amazing!! 

I am so glad that you guys had an awesome time at Joe and Mandys!! I miss them so dang much and honestly Thanksgiving sucks here because it doesn’t exist haha so I’ll take a rain check on the Thanksgiving with the fam in 2 years haha. Black Friday shopping haha I’m not sure if I miss it or not but I still wish I could have been there with you guys fighting off hoards of crazy moms screaming, "Where are the towels" hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love hearing that you guys are doing so good it just reassures me that this mission is the real deal and what I’m doing is the work of the Lord because it’s not just blessing my life but the lives of the people that I love. 

So this week was an eventful one. We worked our normal work this week and met a new investigadora named Antonela. She was literally asking us to baptise her at the end of her first leccion with us!! So we have a date to baptise her for the 20th of this month (talk about the best early Christmas present ever!!!) and we set it all out so she knows exactly what she needs to do to achieve her goal of baptism. I love feeling the spirit more than anything else in the world and let me tell you the spirit flows out of this lady. She is a single mom trying to live the right life and be an example to her 2 kids and she is about to enter into a covenant that will help her with this goal. I love this church because it helps people become happy and waaaaaaaaaaay better off than before because they can receive so many blessings!! Now on the other hand there was a huge party in our area and one of our investigators had to be carried home because she was so dang drunk she couldn’t walk......... I think we’re gonna have to focus on the word of wisdom a little more with her hahaha. We had a sports night this week at the church and I think it’s gonna turn into a every Friday night kind of thing because it turned out awesome!! We have so many inactive kids in our ward and they all showed up to play and listen to a short message. It’s the little stuff that can change lives always remember the power of fun haha. I kicked some Peruano butt in soccer to by the way hahahaha.

So now for the big news......................I have a new companion!!! Elder Orellana is officially gone. He left to Piura this morning and I now am companions with Elder Antonio. He is awesome and way different than Elder Orellana so it should be a good change. He is from Bolivia and is 25 years old!! What the heck I am such a baby!! So I’ll give you a better update on him next week because I don’t know too much about him right now but he seems awesome and is ready to teach this gospel by my side so he checks off on my list haha. Also he was a convert when he was 20ish and he left his work, schooling and everything else high and dry because he knows that this work is perfect, how awesome is that!! So also Elder Russell and Elder Moses are gone to so were gonna have some big changes in the district but I don’t know any of them yet because they haven’t showed up haha. Well that’s all for this week.

So I love and miss you guys so much and I hope your all doing awesome. I’m doing great so don’t worry one bit about me. I am here and working hard for our Lord and Savior so I will be protected and I know that all of you will be protected to. I love this work with all my heart because I know that it’s true. I know that this church is true more than I know anything else in my life. I have seen its power and I am a missionary for this reason. To help people feel this power and become happy. I love you all and hope you have a good.....great......amazing week. Mom I love you so much!! You’ll always be my number 1 girl!! Love you all!! 

Elder Wilson

P.S- Only 3 weeks until Christmas!!!!

It’s hotter than frickin heck!! I’m not even kidding I’ve never felt anything like this haha
I am working out every single morning and running here and there when we can  
Edgar is doing great he is still progressing towards baptism!!!! 

Heck ya we eat hamburgers but they’re weak sauce little Peruano hamburgers hahaha

Elder Antonio My New Compañero!! ‏ 

Helping Elvis

Peruano fight club in the back yard of one of our members!!!!!!!!!!!!!