Tuesday, October 28, 2014



     So... Week of finding! It was miraculous! We worked hard and prayed hard and we found at least one new investigator every day. With a total of 10! We made our goal! It's cool because we normally only find about two every week. The mission found 897! That is more than our goal! Normally we only find about 200 as a mission in a week. So like big jumps here. It really was really cool.
     This week starts a new transfer. We are staying the same. And we are starting the transfer strong. With a ton of investigators, and menos activos that are on the edge of being counted as active. All in all we are pretty excited.
     Oooo! I learned how to roll my R´s this week! I know that I have been here for over 9 months now and I should have learned to at least make the same sounds of the language of the people here, but I didn't learn very fast. I had actually given up on that one. But it was not impossible! I can now say arriba.
     So yeah. Got to go!

I love you all! Have a good week!
Hermana Hannah Ashby

Monday, October 20, 2014

So Close!

Hey folks!
     So like I forgot about the whole everything closes in Spain at 2 oclock rule, so I am going to have to make this quick.
     Tuesday, Hermana Brown came to stay with us for the night because her companion had to go to the mission home for a night. Hna Brown is the one from Benton City. It was a blast. Hey, geuss what! We found an American store! It is super sweet. They sell Reese´s and Rootbeer and Bisquick and Syrup. And like a bunch of other stuff. I have begun to teach my companion America. And she teaches me Italy. Sometimes I even speak to her in English and she relplies in Italian and we just have whole conversations like that to the point that we forget that other people can't understand us. It's pretty weird.
     Yesterday the chapel was full! It was super super exciting! So many people came! We had a ton of menos activos and investigators there. The Elders did too. It is way more than I have seen in my mission.
Then after church we had ward council. This is the first ward council that Cadiz has had in a while and it sort of showed. It lasted almost 3 hours. An entire hour was spent with a conversation about what kind of drink was healthier and less expensive to bring to ward activities. Not a joke. Part of the problem actually is that the missionaries always bring cookies to the ward activities and that is just way too much sugar. Although I am pretty sure that the final decision was go coke or go home. I hope that you can imagine my headache.
     So like less than 5 mintues!
     This week is finding week! We have a goal as a mission to find 888 (o mas)  new investigators this week! That is a LOT. Like more than ever. Hermana Volpe and I are going to find at least 10 for sure. The most that we have found together  in one week is three, so we are expecting miracles. I am seriuosly pumped. This is going to be an awesome week.
Okay, thanks for everything. I love you all!
Hermana Hannah Ashby

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mama Mia!

     This was probably one of the most dramatic weeks of my life.

     Monday, we went to Jerez to play futbol. Woot. Hey geuss what! There is an Elder in Jerez that went to Richland High his freshman year and there's an Hermana that's in San Fernando that is from Benton. Cool, right? The things you learn when you wear your bomber shirt to pday.
     Tuesday morning, the Relief Society president called us to tell us that the mother of one of our inactive members died and she asked us to visit her. Well, we went right away and I was really surprised to see a ward support system. The Bishop and her visiting teacherss were already there. Three cheers for a functioning ward.
     Wednesday, I hit 9 months. Super weird.
     Friday, we had Zone Conference. Then we did intercambios. I went to Jerez again. This intercambio was actually pretty fun because we woke up on Saturday and went and played futbol all morning with members and investigators. Yay for not having to work in somebody else's area.
     Yesterday. Welp last night we went to go visit this member who's mother died. She invited us in and we went and sat down and her nine year old son ran in and sat down next to us and we were talking to them both when we could here yelling in the next room. So the member ran to the next room and the yelling escalated. We sat there trying (and failing) to distract the nine year old. then they all migrated into the kitchen and I didn't really see it all because I was focused on the kid, but the sister of the mom took a knife, and then the mom yelled at us to take her son and run. Hna Volpe says she saw the brother in law trying to strangle somebody. So we did as told and we could here screaming almost until we got to our apartment building. Then we sat down and tried to call the Bishop but he didn't answer. And then we called President because, like, we were stranded with a kid and in a pretty dramatic situation. Then the cousins of this kid came to the park next to where we were at, and a huge group of teenagers gathered around them and they started fighting each other and so then we ran again. It all kind of felt like a big nightmare. President called the Elders and ordered them to jump in a taxi ASAP and come to our rescue. So we went back to our buliding and the mom was sitting there waiting for us, crying. Then the Elders showed up, and they all came up to our apartment (totally not allowed but like the rules were already out the window at this point) and the Elders gave both the kid and the mom blessings. The boy was going through our stuff and he found my robot fish and I gave it to him. Sorry Mom, that was a birthday present from you. Then they all left and we were at peace again.
     So I called President to tell him everything was fine and he didn't have to worry. He told us we aren't allowed to go back to their house at least for the next several weeks, which I am not all that uspet about.
     He also told me that he was just in La Mancha and the second son of the Montes family has started preparing for a mission. He is a little on the older side to be preparing for a mission, so President asked him what made him want to go all of the sudden and he said it was because of the two hermanas. I just started crying. I still feel very emotionally about Peurtollano.
And yeah, that was my week. Good times.
Talk to ya lata
Hermana Hannah Ashby

Monday, October 6, 2014


     So a lot happened this week and I don't have a ton of time to write it all. So bear with me here.
Hannah and her enormous birthday box
     Tuesday, I got a giant package from my mom! We threw a mini birthday party during medio dia. My companion made me pasta and I opened everything--it was great.

"This one really excited me"
     Wednesday I went to the trizone conference in Sevilla. That was cool. I like actually knew people there this time. Like Most of my group from the MTC was there and it was super fun to see them all.
So in Spanish there are two forms to say"you": tú and usted (formal). In the white bible [Missionary handbook] it says to use usted and in the mtc they taught us to use usted but a lot of people get angry here when you speak to them in usted. So it has become our mission culture to use tu. And when I first came to the field everyone made fun of me for using usted so I dropped it quickly and never fully learned. Just lately I have even been perfcting my Vosotros. But at trizone conference President Deere called us all to repentance and told us that we all have to switch to speaking in usted form ASAP with absolutely everyone.
"me and a statue"

What a struggle this week has been.
     I feel like I am starting all over with my Spanish. More often than not I conjugate everything in tu and then add the word usted at the end of my sentences. It is terrible.

"Oraste anoche?.... I MEAN ¿Has orado.... usted?"
Nailed it.

     And this weekend was Conference weekend! I love General Conference!
This time I got to watch everything in English. They set it up in the Relief Society room for us, and all the missionaries in our zone came. It was fun and inspiring and just great. There is nothing like listening to a prophet's voice.
     And that's it. We are going to Jerez today to play frisbee or something I geuss. woot woot.

Until next week!
Hermana Hannah Ashby

"And now I'm a gangsta missionary"


Me and the ocean"