Monday, October 16, 2017

Get in the "Zone"!

I have big news that I have been waiting on for quite some time.  We received our call outs yesterday.  I was told that I would be leaving Ephrata and going to Ellicott City, Maryland to be a Zone Leader with Elder Worsham!!!!!! Plus, I will be in a trio with Elder Worsham's trainee. For those of you who don't know, I have served around Elder Worsham for 18 months. Now, we are finally companions! I'm super pumped to be with him! I'm not sure how I will do as a Zone Leader. It's a bigger responsibility than a District Leader. As a District Leader, I was over the missionaries in a District. Now I will be over a few Districts in a Zone. I have a lot more planning and busy work ahead of me. I'm not sure why the Lord calls whom He calls, but I hope I can do what He would have me do.

We had a super awesome week! We found a new investigator, Amy.  She works at the Manor, where we do service and she was very open and liked the message! We even knocked on the door of this lady, Kimberly and accidently scared her half to death. After a few laughs though, she was excited about what we had to share.  We are going back this Friday! It's going to be quite an adventure next transfer, but I'm looking forward to it! I hope you have a good week!
Elder Reed and I did a lot of biking. :( My legs are so sore. 
It was fun though, so that's why I took pictures of it.

We did a service project with most of the Zone helping out at a 5k/10k race!
It was a lot of fun!

We went to good ol' Shady Maple!

A funny shirt that we found.

Me and Elder Reed!

Koi on the side of the building.

Monday, October 9, 2017

God is Aware of Us and Our Needs!

Hello Everyone! This week was a really cool week! We found lots of people to teach. It's been really cool to see the Lord's hand work in our area! For the most part, this week has been a huge blur.  But some of the biggest changes that have happened, would have to be on Sunday. Our current bishop was released and we now have a new bishop! In addition to that, our investigators Pam & Kevin, were able to make it to church this week. It was so neat to see them there and they also had Pam's grandson come, as well! All of them really enjoyed being at church and it was a tender mercy that Kevin made it.
We are slowly building our teaching pool and have been truly finding those who have been prepared. I know that God is aware of us and our needs. The trials we have are meant to help us turn to Him. The mission has been a crazy experience, but I'm grateful for the relationship that I have been able to make with my Father in Heaven. I hope you have a good week!

Mom Note: Elder Ainsworth promises to send pictures next week.  He said it was a super crazy week and he just spaced it.  I may forgive him...later! ;) 

Monday, October 2, 2017

We Were Both Jumping Up and Down As We Left!

Hello Everyone! I hope you enjoyed General Conference! It was amazing to hear and feel of the spirit that they brought.  I know that they have been called of God. One of my favorite quotes from General Conference was from the talk that Elder Anderson gave.  He read a portion of Elder Hales talk. "When we choose to have faith, we are prepared to stand in presence of God." That really stuck out to me, as I have been thinking of how to improve my faith. This week really has been a faith strengthening week.
The work has been hastening! It was such a good week! We have found really cool people all week and the Lord's hand has been truly manifest in this area. We had another really good lesson with Pam and Kevin! We read through 3 Nephi 11, about when the Savior appears to people of Nephi in America.  They both felt spirit and when we extended an invitation to be baptized, they both said yes! It was super cool!!!! We just need to get them to church.
We had another really cool miracle happen last night. We knocked on a door that Elder Reed felt that we needed to knock on.  After a few minutes, no one answered, so we started walking away. We were a good distance away from the house, when we heard someone yell for us. We turned back and found a lady standing in front of the house that we just knocked on. We went back and talked to her and quickly taught her the Restoration.  She started to tear up, as we told her of Joseph Smith's First Vision. We gave her a Book of Mormon and she told us, "Before I go to bed tonight, I'm going to read this book!" We were both jumping up and down as we left! The Lord truly recognizes what we need and as we are patient, He takes care of us in His own way and in His own timing. I hope you have a great week!
Zone Conference Pictures!

President and Sister Christensen

Once again, I saw Elder Worsham!  I have seen him at every zone conference
since I have started the mission!

I saw Elder Fisher, again!

Elder Reed and I loaded this bed full of black walnuts.
It took forever!

We saw this funny sign on a truck!

Monday, September 25, 2017

One of the Most Tender Moments That I Have Had...

Hello Everyone! It's been a sweltering week here in good ol’ Ephrata. The temperature has been in the high 80's and 90's all week! We had a really good week! We saw a lot of people and set up appointments with them for this upcoming week. I'm very excited to start teaching them!
Probably one of the most tender moments that I have had on the mission happened this week. Beginning with the start of my companionship with Elder Reed, we were walking in downtown Ephrata and talked to a homeless lady, Lorene. It was sad to see her like this and during the week when we would see her, we would stop by and chat with her. It was always so fun to see her light up, as we would take the time to talk to her. About 2-3 days ago, we made muffins for a family home evening that we were going to, but they ended up canceling. On the way back, we saw Lorene and decided to give her the muffins! It was such a neat experience to give those to her. I know that as we care for the needy and the afflicted, the Lord will not withhold the heavens from us. Truly, when we are in the service of others, we are in the service of God.
I hope that with General Conference coming up, we will walk a little closer with God and see His children, as He sees them. I know that those men are inspired of God and that their counsel will be of great value to us in our everyday lives. Thank you for your love and support! I hope you have a great week!
Hanging out at our last preparation day!

We took a tour of the Ephrata Cloister that we help out at every week.
It was pretty cool!
It was about this religious group that came over and lived a pretty
interesting lifestyle. It was neat to see all of the old stuff!