Monday, March 30, 2015

The Joys of Being a Mother

Well, its official. 6 of my 7 companions on the mission have been greengas! My poor accent! Oh well. There must be a reason for it.
That being said, Im officially a mom in the mission! Haha Hermana Sommers is so awesome. She is from Ohio, and shes into theatre too! Who knew? oh wait god knew. ok well maybe shes a more seriotype theatre person than i am but you know she was an actor what are you going to do. But she has NO FEAR. If i look at her she will literallly just start talking and testifying even if she doesnt understand whats going on. She is a convert and has such a burning desire to share the gospel with EVERYONE! she is so fun and is so loving! She makes me want to do my best all the time. Its been interesting reliving my first few weeks in the country with her, because she helps remind me that this country is a lot different than the states. I am so excited to be with her this transfer and help her adjust to the mission life! Because lets be real, the mtc is NOT mission life. haha
Anyways thats about it for now.. thanks everyone for all your support! love you all!
love herman a ostler

Email before this one - Im having a kid!
Wow this week has been a long one. It went by extremely fast but was very surreal. With the passing of Suhene it started off a bit rough but it has been a great learning experience. It took me out of the normal mission life and made everything seem so surreal. I learned so many things that I couldnt have learned any other way, by living what I am teaching. Children learn by doing right mom? After all of that settled down I got a call from the aps telling me that I am training. WHHHATTTT. Well i finished someones training last transfer but now Im starting it. Straight out of the MTC. ahhhhh,. so crazy. So well see what happens with that. Its crazy to think about how far i have come so far in my mission. Im sitting here in san fernando waiting for the newbes to arrive and it just brings me back to the beginning. Again, surreal. Life just keeps moving on faster and faster. Catch the train and stay on. 

love you all!

hermana ostler

Field Trip: going to despedida

Her last companion, Sister Conrad

Teeter Totter, Peanut Butter

the teeter toter in front of our house. we like to do this during excersize in the morning 
a huge thing of jif peanut butter that a member gave me! ITS FROM THE STATES IM IN FLIPPING HEAVEN!

Waiting for the Trainees

 with my dying step mom of the mission
with my step sister of the mission. we were comps for a day while awaiting our children in tigre haha

again with hermana gomez my sister from spain!
the hermanas awaiting their trainees

Mi Hija

my hija! hermana sommers!

then some with president and his wife

In Loving Memory

Suhene, one of Susan's best friends, passed away on Monday, March 16th. She was 27 years old. Please read about it in the post below.

The Plan of Happiness

Well after the past 24 hours i dont really remember much of what happened this week. Theres not too much to say about it anyways. 
These last 24 hours has made me reflect a lot about the lessons we teach and has really helped strenthen my testimony. One of my best friends down here, suhene, passed away today. We baptized her and her mom back in january. I got a call last night from my companion who is still in the area and surprisingly I already knew what she was going to tell me (due to other things that had happened). Ive been in the hospital all day and in the end they pulled it all and she passed peacefully. Its made me think a lot about the plan of salvation. I really know it is the plan of happiness and that she is in a better place now, even though we have to cancel plans we had made for the future. I guess well just have to do it in the next life. :) Her mom told me that she knew that Suhene is now watching over me in my mission because she loved me and was always concerned about me. That made me really happy. I know that her spirit lives on and I feel so at peace with everything that happened. I am so greatful for the knowledge of the gospel that I have and the hope of seeing her again when we meet at Jesus feet. 
Im going to finish this message now because the power cut last week before i sent it. haha I have had a lot of time to reflect on the Plan of Happiness this past week. I know that it is truly the perfect plan of our heavenly father that we can see our loved ones after this life. I am so happy that i had the opportunity to find her and be with her during this journey and i am at peace about where she is now. I am actually extremely happy for her that she can be doing so much good in the next life. 

hope everything is well with everyone!
hermana ostler

Lead me, Guide me, Walk beside me

Sent March 9th

Ummm soooo straight up i dont have too much to say this week. Haha Its just kinda all a blur. But so is the mission i guess. There have been lots of miracles and lots of funny moments. I feel sometimes like the Lord just wants to see how i react to certain situations and to test my faith on acting on promptings. But i guess if im faithful the good things will come from it! 
It makes me happy because we have a lot of possibilities right now but its also stressful because nothing is set in stone. 
But working on how to work with the spirit is definitely something that i have been trying to work on. Its hard to do but the best always happens when you do! 

Love the work! Love the lord! love you all!

love hermana ostler

Just Feel It.

Sent March 2nd

So it amazes me a lot of the time how big of a difference the gospel or even attending church makes in our investigators lives. They always tell us how good they felt after they go to church and I recently thought wow I wonder why I dont feel like that a lot of the time. I mean i do, but not as much as they do. I was thinking about it and I have come to the conclusion that a lot of the time we go to church because its a habit or we know we should or this that or the other. We focus a lot on the words spoken or even sometimes on other things that dont matter. Maybe if we focused more on having a spiritual experience and even trying to gage where our relationship is with christ it would be a lot more of a spiritually edifying time and we would learn so much more. Its the spirit that helps us learn not our brain. 

So thats my deep thought for the week i guess. Nothing too special happened. We went on divisions had stake conference and other really happy moments. 

hope life is great back home, cause it is down here!

love , hermana ostler