Wednesday, October 22, 2014

10-20-2014 pictures

 Castle
 Castle
 Meet you in the CourtYard
 I knew I put the Cannon Ball SomeWhere
Me, Elder Mason and my trainer Elder Frederickson

10-20-2014

Got a new companion. Check
Sent my trainer Home. Check
Gave my first District meeting. Check
Seeing Miracles everyday. Check Check Check

Oh man if only you could have been here to see them all. So we had some lessons fall through so we started talking with people and a man came up to us and said that he was a member at first i was like what no way, and i said really. He was like ya i was baptised almost a year ago in manchester. He had been at our building but was not able to find any contact for us so he just continued on his way and when he rounded a corner in the city there we were walking towards him.
It was a miracle his family are not members and they live here while he lives in england so that he can work on his english. He invited us over for dinner and it was awesome.

When we went over it was wonderful food and we met his son and he said with us his conversion story and everything. We asked if there was anything we could do for him and he said, ya come next week for dinner and meet my wife, because she had been at work.

We made some banana bread and went over to dropped it off on sunday and we met his wife and she asked us some questions and we introduced ourselves and it was awesome.

They invisted us over for lunch on tuesday so that will be great. It is amazing how the Lord works his mighty miracles even if they don't seem so big at first.

We had a man come up to us today and ask when our english class is because he had been working with the english class in Nitra and now he lives here.

I love it here we literally see miracles every day and it is amazing how the Lord gets his work going.

I have been learning that Everything the Lord asks us to do is for our growth. If we didnt need to grow to become like him he wouldnt have sent us to the earth. His plan is perfect every piece ready and every part exact. No unhallowed hand can stop this work, and he wont give up on us. nows our chance to do our part go to the work tag or not talk to a friend share the work, love the people around you because they are children of God as well. :)

remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you will be closer to heaven anyways

s laskou,

Starší asay

19-13-2014 DL

So HELLO EVERYONE FROM TRENčíN

I am the only persone that stays in trenčín this transfer and it is quite interesting. There are two sisters coming replacing the other two sisters that are going home and one of the new sisters is golden from the MTC so it will be good.

My Companions name is Elder Mason and he is awesome he came to the mission the transfer after me and so i am the oldest missionary, mission wise, in trenčín.

I am amazed at how much peace i can feel from it though. I am usually stressed about this kind of thing but if there is one thing that i have started to understand out here it is that the Lord does not ask us to do something we can not do. He always will give us the help that we need :) The Lord loves us all and he helps us all.

We got to watch conference this last week and I loved it. Even though i may not of understood it all i did understand that prophets are from God and that Thomas S Monson is a Prophet called of God and that God hears prayers because when i was about to give up on understanding i pleaded for help and i started to understand what the Lord wanted me to understand, was it everything no but it was exactly what i needed to understand and so i know that the Lord has a plan and a way to do these things he asks of us.

We had a great singing display where we got to invite one of the sisters investigators to sing with us the first and last songs he know so he sang them with us it was so awesome i loved it.

I know the Lord loves us and trusts us to do what he asks of us and i love him and know he has a plan for us.

may this letter find you in Peace and health.

remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you will be closer to heaven anyways

s laskou

Starší Asay :)

10-6-2014

Year mark and Halušky, so good.

It has been a great week we were able to teach 10 lessons. We had some lessons on plan but we werent able to teach because the people either didnt come or they had to change it but this week we have some stuff and the branch is putting on a party for the other missionaries that are all going home this next week so that will be fun and we are doing yoga again all in all it will be a good week.

This last week was good. sunday we got to watch the general womens broadcast in slovak for church everyone watched it and it was great. I started to understand more then last time and i am now way excited for this next weekend it will be amazing.

My thought today is about the scriptures and about studying them. I give my witness that God still gives us revelation and that through scriptures he guides us and helps us know what we need to do. This morning as i was studying a talk i felt a peace come over me, one that came with the knowledge that this Gospel is the way for the best life here on earth. I have seen how drugs can ruin someones life and other things as well and i am so glad that i have been able to live the way that i have. I am not perfect nor will i be here on this earth, but in the life to come and yes it will come and yes we will be judged by Christ and yes it will be a great but dreadful day, i know that i can be made perfect through the saviors blood after i have done all i can to become as close to perfect as i can. And you can as well dont give up on him because he will never give up on you.

Remember that when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you dont have to suffer or be alone because you will be closer to heaven anyways.

s laskou

Starsi Asay

9-29-2014 pictures

 Here we are Ja and Starsi Frederickson
 I found a Treasure box
 With the greatest of Treasures
 There is a castle and the clock tower and a costola

Members son makes swords and stuff like that. Unguard Sisters

9-29-2014

My oh my oh my do you know what this week is... my year mark. on October 2nd 2013 i entered the MTC in Provo, Utah. Time is slipping away....

Anyways this week the sisters in our area had a baptism and we had two investigators come to it. It was amazing and i think that it will really help them in their progression. I am so excited for the sisters and this man he is so great i am glad that he found the church.

We had a great training in Kosice and it was awesome. Kosice is beautiful and it was great to be able to see all the missionaries again. The downer i left my umbrella there so i have to wait till next training to get it.

We are meeting with some cool people
Other Good news Today marks Colby's 11th birthday and Wednesday is Dylan's 13th birthday holy crap haaaaaaaaaaaaaaappy Birthday to you happy birthday to you happy birthday Dear Both of you Happy Birthday to you.

We have met with some cool people and i really hope that they understand soon that this is the Gospel of Christ and that he wants them to return.

My thought is will goals this week. We set goals to accomplish things. When we are specific and have a plan of how to reach them, we can take it to the Lord and ask for help. He wants us to be happy and successful and if you want to understand that make some relistic goals this week and ask for his help.

I know that God is our heavenly father and he loves us so please remember

That when life gets to hard to stand, kneel you will be closer to heaven anyways.

s laskou

Starší Asay

9-22-2014

This week in a nut shell Music and District conferences and Chocolate.

Well we had two concerts this week one here and one in žilina because here we combined and do concerts with all 8 missionaries instead of just 4 it makes it a lot better. We did heroes and mine was Joseph Smith. It turned out great and I have really learned how much music can help reach the hearts of everyone. Some may not like to talk one on one about God or even come to church but music is something that can bring people that don't seem alike at all together. It is a way to bear testimony so many will listen.

We had district conference in Czech and it is no wonder that slovak missionaries learn slovak and czech because half the things we use are in czech, that's okay though because i am able to understand a little bit and we have the Kniha Mormonova so we have all we need

I have had a lot of chocolate this last week I made treats for the concert and instead of cinnamon in all of them i put hot chocolate mix in the middle and then melted some chocolate over and they turned out wonderful.

I started the Dishes after the refreshments of the concert and all the ladies in my branch started saying that my wife is going to love me if i do them for her. Well i still have quite some time before i need to even think about that. However, everyone in my district goes home after this transfer october 13th so they will get some advice at their final interview. None of them are ready or want to go home yet so if ever i bring it up they remind me that i am almost down to a year left so it will be coming back at me.

We went serve tracting and ran into a family that has met the missionaries before, we talked with them and they weren't to interested in our message yet but they speak English and they want to come to the course and invite all of the mom's students, she teaches English as well. so hopefully our English class will be getting a lot bigger this week.

Well hope all is well and that everyone is enjoying having school back in and work and all

remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel you will be closer to heaven anyways.

s laskou

Starší Asay

9-15-2014

Man this last week was great.

The thing is we didnt get to teach a lot but me worked hard and when my companion and i looked back on it we both felt like we worked hard and really tried our best.

We had a lot of lessons on plan but most of them fell through, some we were able to call and resetup with so that will be good.

I gave a talk on personal revelation this last week and i was stubbling all over the place. when sacrament was over though a member came up to me and told be that even when i didnt say the right word or case something correctly she still understood and she still felt the spirit. I love the members here they always know what to say and when to say it. My understanding has gotten a lot better since i have been out here and now it seems like sometimes i cant really remember if the conversations i had were in slovak or english.

The Lord has shown me so much while i have been out here and has given me so much more then i could ever repay i am just really glad that he doesnt ask us to repay it just to live worthy and do our best so that we can return to him some day.

We had one meeting with a man at 8 30 at night and we had to run home to make it by 9 30 good thing i had lost a little weight or it might have killed me, yet another example of how the lord provides a way for us to do what he asks. The lesson went great and this man is wonderful he said he would really think about baptism and that he would call us the next day and set up another meeting. He hasnt called us yet but we will call him in a couple days if he hasnt. He had family coming into town so he may have forgotten.

anyways, i know that the Lord provides a way and i know that he will always help us. We must remember that we can not expect to be perfect now, nor in this life, but we have all eternity to progress if we do what we need to here on earth and follow christs example. if you havent read becoming perfect in Christ from the July lehona i would recommend it. It really helped me thanks Mom for recommending to me.

anyways i love you all hope all is going well and want you to remember

when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you will be closer to heaven anyways.

s laskou,

Starší Asay

9-8-2014

To start it all i off i want to thank all those who are in my ward. To all those who were at my families home helping with the flood i want to thank you. Thank you for being willing to help, thank you for protecting my family and helping them when they needed it, and thank you for being an answer to prayers. I can not thank you enough.

This week was awesome. I got to go on an exchange with the Zone leader in bratislava, it was great to be able to work with him and he taught me a lot and helped me see a lot.

 We had a lesson with our investigator that is super prepared and he was way open to everything. He is trying his best to memorize all the names in the book of mormon and the dates and everything. We talked about Joseph Smith and when we said "when he was a young boy in the year 1..." I started to stumble over my words and he goes on september 22 1823, ( which is when the angel moroni appeared to him,) we were shocked because the only reason we remembered what he was talking about was because that morning we had been wondering when that was so we looked in the Book of Mormon and remembered it. so basically he is way prepared, he hasnt been to church yet but we will teach him why that is important next time i believe.

We also have an investigator that we are reading the book of mormon with, we all read a chapter a day and then we give him a call and talk with him about it that night. we just read the title page and the introduction today and we will call him tonight. we will read the witnesses testimony tomorrow and josephs the day after so this is going to be great.

I know that reading the word of God really does help us. By doing so we gain a strength, we gain energy from heaven, and we gain heavenly protection. It does not matter how many times you have read it you will always find something new, always learn something if you try. I know we can overcome anything if we trust in God and do the little things every day, pray, read our scriptures, go to church, obey the commandments, visit the temple. There is more spiritual strength offered to us then we know, so please take advantage of it as much as you can and please don't ever say you are to busy to do what the lord asks, because if you are to busy to read the scriptures or pray then you are far more busy then the Lord ever intended for you to be

remember when life gets to hard for you to stand, kneel you will be closer to heaven anyways.

s laskou
Starší Asay

9-01-2014

I am writing this letter with a new sense of relaxation.

As i have been folding my body in half and twisting and bending in ways i did not know i could, as we studied the ancient art of Yoga this morning with our Branch President. You see he was found during the Yoga class in communistic times here in the Czech/Slovak republics. He has been doing yoga for a very long time and our district decided last week that we wanted to do some yoga with him to impress the history on our minds, and to see what it was like. So we asked him at coordination meeting if he would teach us as a district yoga on our p-day and he said yes. I did not know i could do half the stuff i did like fold myself in half and ya it was crazy.

Anyways, we had a really good week this last week we taught 9 lessons and 4 member lessons and that was with a training in Brno and having to stay two nights in Bratislava, the First because we had to to make it to the training on time, the second because we missed our first train home and didn't have tickets for the bus and so we had to take a later train and stay another night in Bratislava in my old apartment. 

We got to talk with a lot of people and it was a great week this last week the training was awesome. They are always right what i need to hear.

anyways this next week we have an exchange with the zone leaders and i get to be in Bratislava for a full day again. That will be great.

Anyways hope that all is well adn that everyone know that God loves you and that he wants you to be successful even if it may not seem like that at first, he always ALWAYS wants what is best for you.

Remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you will be closer to heaven anyways.

s laskou, 

Starší Asay

Thursday, August 28, 2014

8-25-2014

My week was great, we had another great week of Contacting and we got to serve a member named sister alžbeta (it is the Slovak equivalent for Elisabeth.) She is an 80 or something like that, year old women who rides her bike everywhere and is still going like she is young. All the members here treat each other like a big family always joking with each other and willing to do more then anything to help you out. I Love it Here in Trenčín. We had a great lesson with a man this morning who just wants to find Gods path and follow Jesus Christ. He is reading and praying and hopefully next time he will except a baptismal Date, he is so awesome. Our week was good i left my camera at home so sorry i dont have picture but if you havent watched The Prophet of the Restoration lately I would encourage you to do so it is an amazing film. I would like to end with this,

To whom it may concern,

I Alan Joshua Asay, Stand as a witness that Joseph Smith Junior was called of God as a prophet of the God to restore his church and all that was lost.  in the spring of 1820 knelt before God with a question in mind. He prayed with sincerity and real intent and even though the adversary did try to stop him, God and Jesus Christ appeared to him. I know that through Joseph Smith, God restored the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth because he loves all his children. I know that God has restored the Authority once again to the earth, ya even that Authority that Christ had and gave to his apostles. I know that it is once again on the earth and that I stand as a witness of that in Slovakia. I know the truth through the Holy Ghost and I know that Jesus is the Christ, He will come again and he has just as Elder Holland has pointed out to Joseph Smith many times once in the Grove then in the temple, etc. I know that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, pure and unchanged by man or miss-translation. There is no doubt of this for I have studied it out in my mind and heart and I know that God will reveal this truth to all those that seek to study it out for themselves and find the truth.

If you haven't asked God please ask him. If you haven't read the Book of Mormon please read it. If you haven't found out for yourself, please do so. 

If you have asked please ask for a stronger testimony, you have have read the Book of Mormon, please read it again and again and again you will always learn new things, and if you know for yourself invite others to know as well.

I know that as you do this you will become closer to Christ and your heavenly Father. All burdens can be lifted, and You will feel a desire to help others feel that joy and love that comes from knowing that God loves us enough to give us a living prophet to help guide us and direct us. He loves us and i love you all please always remember that. 

remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you will be closer to heaven anyways.

s laskou,

Starší Asay

8-18-014

AHOJ!!!!!!!

Hello there i hope all is going wonderful because God wants you to be happy in life.

This last week was a lot of finding and a lot of miracles have happened. WE found a family that is open to learning more about the Gospel and not only that but a lot of younger people that are also interested. It is amazing the people that are searching for God.

Something i have really learned this past week is that We can not see inside peoples hearts, we do not know them. There are some that seem extreamly happy and everything but really are looking for God in their life. I have stopped people on the street that i thought wouldnt be interested and then they were and I now realize that we dont know them but God does so we must talk to everyone.

That includes friends. As i write this letter my heart is full of hope that you will understand and feel my love for you as i ask, "Who do you know that needs the Gospel, who do you know that needs help to see God in their life?" We have started a 21 day prayer for some of the less actives and investigators here. We have picked 10 people to pray for morning and Night and as we read the Book of Mormon each day and include them in a fast we have been promised by a general Authority that at least one of them will have interest.

With love and hope i extend this challenge to you. Pray and ask for help to pick some names of people you know, friends you have and those who do not have the light of the gospel or have fallen away from it. Then start in the morning and for 21 days pray each day morning and night, read from the Book of mormon each day and live the best you can and God will direct you to someone on that list for you to invite to take the missionary lessons and or someone to invite back to the fold. it is a promise from one of the 12 apostles. It is from God and he will deliver when we do our part but when we do not our part we have no promise

I love you all and hope that you can see God every day in your life.

Remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel you will be closer to heaven anyways

s laskou

Starsi asay

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pictures 8-11-2014






1.my new/old companion and I 
2.the Castel from the bus station
3. Me and Sister Zizkova the longest slovak member since she was 8 she is now 87 or something like that
4 me, missionaries, 2 member and the to women that are investigators
5 the last nitra district i was in

8-11-2014

Hello to you :)
After another transfer and a great travel, I write to you from the AMAZING city of Trenčín. It has the Biggest Castle I have ever seen and it looms over the whole town. You can see it from almost anywhere. It is Beautiful.
Anyways, We had a great last week of last transfer and had some great first lessons and worked hard all the way through. We tried to meet with Stefan this last sunday but he couldnt and so Elder Utley and his new companion Elder Rassmussen will be giving him a date on wednesday.
Oh ya speaking of new Companions i guess if you would like to know who mine is then i can tell you. However, you may have heard of him before, at least from me, because his name is ... .... ...................... is the suspence just building as i put more dots.................................................................... okay enough of that...... now it is Elder Frederickson, my trainer. I dont know how but the Lord wanted me and him to be together his last transfer. You see he brought me into the mission and i will be kicking him out. Interesting isnt it.
I am really excited though because I get to serve with him again it will be so awesome.
We also have sisters here in Trencin that one of them knows cousin Bonny i believe her name is sister kraul. It will be great.
anyways hope all is good and that you are healthy and safe and praying to the Lord thanking him and asking for his help in all things, then going to work. :)
remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel you will be closer to heaven anyways.
s laskou
Starsi Asay

8-04-2014

hello everybody, 

I hope that all is going well and that everyone is seeing the hand of God in there lives, because HE IS THERE LISTENING.

anyways, This week was rough we didnt get to teach many lessons and we didnt really find very many people but fast sunday was the best one i have ever had. 

Let me Explain. we have about 6 members that come about every other week, and there are two investigators one that has been coming for a while and one that just started coming. We had an investigator say that he was going to come this sunday as well so we should have had including missionaries 13 people at church. guess how many we had 

5 including the missionaries. 

Sister žiškova came and it was just her and us missionaries. five people in a room renewing there covenants with God and bearing testimony of him. It was the best fast and testimony meeting i have ever had. She bore a great testimony of prayer and how she knows God is there, reminder this is our 86 year old been a member since she was 8, member. I also got to hear a great testimony from Elder Clark. He testified of how when two or three are gathered in the name of Christ there shall he be as well. It was amazing. All of us bore testimony in slovak.

our investigator a 16 year old young man named štefan (shtefan) came half way through sunday school as we were talking about the second coming. Because there was no other men besides the missionaries and štefan for priesthood we taught him a lesson. 

It was an amazing lesson about the holy ghost and how to recognize it. This young man is so Elect. He always has great questions and reads and keeps all the commitments, he even commited himself the come to church. We were talking after the lesson and we explained that the feeling of hope that he was getting was the holy ghost and then he was like this is it. we said yes. His response I dont need to see a big angel in front of me or anything like that. this is enough.

As is should be for all. That feeling that comes when you read the Book of Mormon. The peace that you feel whenever you are troubled and ask God for help, that sign is clearer than even an angel would be. That only comes after the trial of our faith though. We learn and grow and God is always there, we cant see him but he is. The question that we need to start with is "will we ignore the call or will we listen and head the call the come follow me and become disiples of Christ?" It is a choice each must make for him or her self but one that will change a life forever. I have made my choice I am a disiple of Jesus Christ my saviour and redeemer. I am not in any way perfect, but because of his atonement I can become as he is, I can learn and grow and even when, because it is a when, i make mistakes i know that i can over come them. As can anyone.

If you havent reviewed this last conference i strongly would like to commit you to do so. The words of living Prophets are the words of the Lord and he wants to help you always.

remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you will be closer to heaven anyways.

s laskou

Starší Asay

7-28-2014

 have been wondering lately what it means to be a concecrated missionary to be truely dedicated to the work and give it your all. What it takes and how can i get there and stay there.
What i have found is that it takes more then just a 2 year commitment of waking up at 630 studying and talking to people, then going to bed at 10 30. It takes more then just changing your behavior. In a talk that our mission president gave us there is a missionary talking to President Callister and in this conversation the young man asked President Callester "'what is it then that you want me to do?' and his respose. 'It is not what i want you to do, it should be what do you want to do?' The young man thought about this for a while, then said, 'You are not asking me to change my behavior you are asking me to change my nature.' He was so right"
-becoming a concesrated missionary. President Callester
To become that which the Lord has asked us to become we need to change our nature. This doesnt only apply to missionary work but the who Gospel of Jesus Christ in all. We are to leave the natural man behind and become what God needs us to be. Because he sees us for so much more then we can see ourselves. We need to give it our all so that when we have given 100% the Lord can give us the rest.
He wont tell us to do anything that we cant. We just need to change our vision on what is possible. In other words, how i like to put it. Gods possibility should be our relistically. God is still a God of miracles and we see those when we start to align our will with his.
These are just some thoughts that i have had these last few weeks and so here they are. I hope everyone is happy and stong.
We had an amazing training this last week all about being specific and simple and it was amazing. I then started reading the Liahona of this last conference with becoming a consecrated missionary in mind and i realised that the start of becoming a consecrated member or missionary or anything really is to accept the call to become a Disiple of Christ. but really it is any amazing honor to take his name upon us at baptism. I am so honored.
I hope that you feel that way to and if you havent been baptised then i hope you concider it. It is so much more then becoming part of this church. It is a way to show God that we are willing to follow his son, Jesus Christ. It is a promise for a new beginning another chance a clean slate, when we are baptised and given the gift of the Holy Ghost we are promised that if we live righteously and according to those covenants then we can progress and become even more like God.
I hope you all know that and review the conference talks often they are amazing. I know God answers prayers. I know he is there and that He loves you and I both. I know that when Joseph Smith went to God and asked in Prayer which church is true, that God and Jesus Christ appeared to him and through Joseph Smith they have restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his true church. God hears you and he will help you
so remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you will be closer to heaven anyways.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
s laskou
Starší Asay

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pictures 7-21-2014 From Nitra

my birthday cake was halušky

the joy when your breadstick recipe can make cinnimon roles

Hello :)

A Piece of the Castle we went to today

7-21-2014

This letter is to you from Nitra, Slovakia.

and to follow up on last week the lesson got moved to Tuesday but it was a good one that i got to teach with Elder Clark another Elder in Nitra because my companion got sick. He has been conjested all week and has still been pushing through the pain to work.

Something that i forgot to tell you last week was that i was in the newspaper here in Nitra. We put an article about families in the paper and had a picture of me and Elder Brousseau talking to a girl that comes to Game night and English. 

This week we had the Zone leaders come and go on Exchange with us and it was cool to be able to work with Elder Ringger again. We got some numbers and we taught to lessons, one of which was a women that set up to meet again today but had to cancel. Thats okay though because we found a family today that we get to call and go visit sometime. 

We taught a great lesson to a kid that had a brother who has been to temple square and this kid met with us and asked all kinda of questions and he is so cool and he wants to meet again but he has to get his parents permission first so i hope he gets it.

Tomorrow we have a training and we get to go to bratislava so that will be fun.

Well i better go so hope you enjoy your day and remember that God wants in order that you are happy.

remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel you will be closer to heaven.

s laskou,

Starší Asay

7-14-2014

So this week we are short on time because we went on a vylet (little trip) with the Group leader here in Nitra. We went and saw some castle ruins that were way cool. I will send pictures next week hopefully if i remember.

Anyways, We had a great week we met with some awesome people that are actually quite close to the truth. They have a lot of the same views. There are some really prepared people here i am just trying to figure out how to teach them all that we have.

This week all the days started off feeling warm and humid but then it would rain and it would be great. it has been in the 80 degree range but clouds are wonderful things. However this week we are supposed to get into the 90s. i know that thats nothing compared to where you all are but hey it is dry there.

We have quite a few lessons on plan already for this next week. I am excited to get going. It will be good. I hope i can tell you all about them next week.

Well hope this finds you well sorry it is not really all that informative but i have to write my mission president still and have to be done by 5 so that we can do our weekly shopping and teach a lesson at 6 so i got to go.

I hope you always remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel you will be closer to heaven anyways.

s laskou,
Starší Asay

Thursday, July 10, 2014

7-7-2014

This week i am at a lost for words. i dont know what to say. My week was way to fast. We had an amazing lesson with a girl about who God is. She almost went to church but then her mom had planned something before so we figured out the night before that she wouldnt be able to go. so that was a bummer.

However, we had an investigator that came to church which was great. We went to her home after wards and she said that she loved it, that it was beautiful and she felt such a peace. She also told me that I have a beautiful voice, she heard me singing because i am the chorister, and that ive got the rythem in me, so that made me smile. The downer is that she also really tried to get us to drink the coffee that we told her we couldnt drink before she started to make it and she just kept going, set it down next to us, and then kept talking to us. at the end she was like you didnt drink your coffee that i made you and me companion goes we told you we wouldnt and she said yes i know. It sounds to me like she was testing us. I think we past.

we also have been planning a concert for everyone in Nitra to come to we just got a place to do it and a day. Our mission president is coming to play his violin to Saviour Redeemer of my soul. my companion is singing a couple numbers and we are all wanting to sing prayer of the children. i dont know what else we are going to sing but it is going to be awesome and it is going to be About CHRIST so it will be amazing.

We had a full day of contacting 6 hours and by the last hour my companion was starting to get down on himself. I had been feeling the wait of 6 hours of contacting and having people tell us they were in a hurry and the wet jacket i had on because about an hour and a half of it was in the rain, but a phrase came to mind just before he started to voice his thoughts. we had an hour left, had been speaking in slovak most if not all the 6 hours, and he was like why are we not getting anything today, we got one number this morning and then nothing? I then told him to "prestan," which means stop in slovak, and that "we still have an hour left and God is still a God of Miracles." we stopped a girl right after that talked to her for a little bit and gave her a card, we didnt get her number or another meeting with her, but we tried and kept going for the rest of the hour.

Sometimes life is hard, the people we are around or the situations that we are in seems to be completely against us. But thats just it, it is moments when it seems like no one is on our team that we realize Christ is there ready to recieve the ball. When we have done all that we can, pushed through till it seems like our end, thats when we need to depend on our faith in christ to make it through. When our bows brake are we going to be like Lamen, Lemuel and all the others and murmur against God? Or will we be like nephi, get up, make a bow and arrow, and pray asking God where should i go and do? if we are like the others we still have the problem and we push God away. When we are like Nephi, we except the situation, know God has a plan, get to work to solve the problem, and ask God for help, knowing we cant do it on our own, bring us closer to God. 1 Nephi 16

I know that life can be hard, but it doesnt always have to be "impossible." In fact it never has to be impossible.

we just need to remember when life gets to hard to stand, then we must kneel, because that is what will bring us closer to Heaven anyways.

thank you for everything

s laskou

Starší Asay  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

6-30-2014

Hello again from Nitra and from the little library here.
I hope that all is going great in your life and that you can feel the saviours love every day.
We found some great people this last week and had some really great lessons. I had the chance to go on an exchange with Elder Brousseau who was my MTC Companion and that was way cool. The best part about it was the fact that we had two great talks with this girl that comes to Game night and English. She is way cool and she always has questions for us.
another lesson we had was with some less active members. This family is a young family that has two children that are so cool. the kids speak both English and slovak and they are way cool. As we talked about prayer the spirit got really strong. They havent come back to church yet but as the church grows here and as they see how the members supports one another, they will come back. They are planning on it.
anyways i want to close with something i came up with. I know its kinda of cheese but i was reading the scriptures and these stories came to mind so i wrote this down just a thought what would it have been like to be in there place?
What would it be like?

What would it be like 
one step at a time
to be pushed into the flames
that have taken so many lives 
all because you would not bow 
or forsake what you knew
then to look up and see 
The son of God delivering you
What would it have been like 
to take the first step 
him telling you you can 
then to have the winds grow strong
and start to lose hope
reaching out crying
lord give me your hand
then to look up and see
him standing right there
reaching out
to give you all that he can
what would it be like 
chained up head to foot 
brought before a king
who wants you to deny everything
then to start to testify
to know your end is near
yet feeling a peace having no fear
this is what its like 
to know it's true 
to know that all you do 
is for him 
who has given all to you
This is what it's like
to testify of him
who for us died 
and rose again
This is what it's like
one step at a time 
to see the lives
of those he loves 
to be in his place 
reaching out your hand
telling them they can
all it takes is one step at a time 
to reach out your hand 
to look up, and stand
and know he has a plan.



I hope all is well.
remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you will be closer to heaven anyways.
s laskou
Starší Asay

6-23-2014

oh what a Beautiful Day and what an amazing time to be a servant for the Lord.

I want you to know that i would never change where I am at this point in my life for anywhere else doing anything else.

Let me start with a story. 
We contacted a man by the street the other day and when we stopped him he just said "Do you really think that this is the best thing you could be doing right now?" not understanding i stayed quiet, but Elder Utley said "Yes." Then the man walked away. Right after I asked Elder Utley what the man had said, when he told me i said yes it is the best thing saving souls. However as the week went on i pondered on that question, and i knew that this is the best time and place for me to be, i may never be able to give this much to Heavenly Fathers children again, at least not in this way. 

Then as we were contacting yesterday, we stopped a women, i told her we were from america and that we were here to talk about a book and you know what she said? In perfect inglish she said wow you speak beautiful slovak, and then in slovak go on. We were so taken aback that we just kinda stood there for a second, then we continued and talked with her in English for the next half hour. She wanted to know why we were here and what our message was about, about how are members live if they live thier religion or just go to church and then home. She wanted to know if we were genuine about our religion we talked more and gave her a book of mormon. She said she needed peace and joy in her life and that she feels like she could find it around the people of our church. We told her she can and that if she reads the Book of Mormon then she can feel it as well. She just had a baby and she said she doesnt have time to meet but when she heads back to Ireland in a month or so that she will definatly look us up and go to church. She wanted to give us something and we said if you will read that book and contact missionaries when you get back there that is all we ask. she took the commitment and said that the People of Slovakia need us here. She also said that she wished that she wouldnt have spoken english so she could hear our slovak more, and so we continued in slovak to tell her about our church service and about how she can contact us if she has time to meet. She walked away with a smile and a hope and i walked away knowing that i would rather not be anywhere else doing anything else. 

we had a great training last week with President Teixeira from the 70 and he told us this story of his son and his mission and how when we found out where he was going he looked up the facts on the mission, they only taught about 5 lessons a week. He then made his son promise that they would teach 21 lessons his first week there so that his Dad didnt worry about him on his mission. He told his companion about this promise right as he put his suit cases in the door and they took the next two hour to plan out how they were going to do this. they hung up the car keys and decided to walk everywhere. By the End of the week guess what they did it. so this week we have a goal of 21 lessons to teach to investigators. It is going to take a lot of hard work but it will be so worth it. 

Thank you to those who have sent me there testimonys i love reading them and everytime i do i can feel the spirit and it helps me know of more things to tell these people on the street. so thank you.

I would like to close with a thought. I want you to know that God loves you, he hears you prayers and wants to help you. i want you to know that there are others that dont know that, and they see you, they see how you act different, they see how you are different, and they wonder why. They want to be that happy they want that light that you give off. they want that joy. Missionaries cant do this work alone, it is something that everyone needs to help with. I want you to know that as i send this to you i am talking to YOU. You have been intrusted with the Light of Christ and the Knowledge there of, with a joy and a knowledge that no one else knows. You have spiritual gifts that can make you stronger than you can ever know because they are of God. I want you to know that if you havent read and prayed about the Book of Mormon to see if it is true lately, that you should, that you can and will recieve an answer if you are willing to search for it and find it and act upon it. I know he lives and because he lives you and i will live again too. I hope that this finds you in health. 

please remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you will be closer to heaven anyways.

s laskou,

starší Asay

6-16-2014

You may be asking your self how is Elder Asay doing?... or maybe not... well i can tell you anyways right?
This week was the first week of my fourth transfer
Monday was great
Tuesday we had our first District meeting as a District and that was good and all about unity.
Wednesday we had some service in the morning and then some planning on how to get people to come to English the next week.
Thursday was the real head start of the week we had a great lesson with oh less active member sister stopkova and she told us about how she does really want to be able to go to the temple, we talked about how covenants fit into the plan of salvation. right after we had Coordination meeting and the new elders got to meet the Group leader here in Nitra. Then we had game night with an investigator and that was good we just have a night that we invite people to come play some games and this investigator who the other Elders are teaching came and we played games and i share some jelly beans with everyone and we had Kofala and then the other elders ended with a great spiritual thought.
Friday we stopped by an investigators how and we were going to have a lesson with her but she talked the whole time and we werent really able to get a full sentence about the gosple in. she then told us about how she started selling cleaning supplies and asked us if we needed any, we told her that we had everything that we needed already, then she was like well you probably want to talk about mormons book hey, and we told her well we have to go but next time we would love to and she said for sure. It was good for my companion to get to know her though and he got to share his family picture with her and everything he is the 7th of 8 children.
Saturday after we got home at 7 to do some calls i went to wash my hands or something and noticed something splashing on my foot... i looked under the sink and the pipe was leaking... so what do we do... we get a bucked and towel and put it under the pipe and call it good until morning. the next morning the towel is soaked completely through and the bucket is only about half way full... long story short we invented a brilliant thing that moved the water from off the wall and into the bucket using tape and some sticky putty stuff that we found in the appartment for hanging up pictures. we called our land lord and he is coming by to look at it today so hope that works out.
Well as you can probably tell this week we had a lot of contacting people on the streets it was really Hot for the first few days i think between 95 and 100 and we were in our dress slacks and white shirts trying to talk to people, but it cooled down about thursday and more people were willing to talk to us. it was weird we had some people that we stopped that were like no no thank you no and they stood there and then were like you are mormons right and we said yes we are and this lady was like thank you but no and she continued on her way. It was way cool that people are starting to realize that we aren't Jehovahs Witnesses and that we are Mormons and that is a big step for the people here in Nitra.

I just have a short thought this week. Something my comp. said this week was very interesting. He told me of this quote or something that was something like this. When you have a problem like a pebble you have to ways of looking at it. You can hold it up to you eye and it becomes all that you see and focus on, you obsesse over it, it becomes all you care about. Well then what should you do? Through it on the ground, because as it hits the ground you my know it is still there and you still deal with it but you can see so much more you can figure out how to deal with it, you can see the bigger picture. so my commitment to you this week it to do that if you have a problem that is in your like right now, take a step back, look at the bigger picture try to figure our a solution and then tell Heavenly Father what the problem is, the solution you have come up with, then ask him if it is right and or if it is not help you figure out another way then go and do. Show the Lord you are willing to do what he needs you to do.
remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel you will be closer to heaven anyways.
s laskou,


Starší Asay

6-9-2014

Hey everyone, 

This last week of the transfer was probably the best one of the whole transfer. We reached our goal of 14 lessons all together including a family home evening with a less active even though her son was kinda everwhere. 

i guess i will start at the beginning 

Monday p day 

had a great lesson on a bench with a lady that when we told her about nefi going across the sea and about Christ coming to the americas her response was WOW that is new and different but i guess i can believe that, and wow okay i will read that is so new and big but i guess i can believe it. 

Tuesday we had our first member lesson of the transfer and we read with a lady and our less active member who taught with us. 

Wednesday we got to teach an investigator that was a forign exchange student in rexburg idaho. She is awesome and willing to go to church in bratislava because it is easier for her to get there on sundays because she about half way between here and bratislava but the times for busses and trains are better to bratislava on weekends

We also had a lecture that we put a lot of time into but unfortunatly no one came. but thats okay because when ever something like that happens you must stay possitive because right around the corner it gets better.

So thursday we had a lesson with our father man, and had an amazing experience in bratislava. There was an event that we dont usually get in america, you see we had the first president of the general primary, general RS and a member of the quarm of the 70 come and talk to all the members in bratislava and investigators that would come and any other members around slovakia that wanted to come. and since there was an investigator from nitra that wanted to go with us we got to go. They were amazing and talked about how stong a invitation can be. I also got a package from my family that night on the 5th. but right before the actual fireside i got to teach with one of the zone leaders who is headed home wednesday. we had a great first lesson about the book of mormon. and she said she might give it a try and set up with them for tuesday. She also visits her parents who live right outside nitra on weekends so they gave her our number so that we could talk when she wanted to and was at her parents home. 

Thursday Well because we missed our train the night before we had to stay in Bratislava with some other missionaries. that morning i woke up and was able to open up a wonderful package from my family for my birthday. i had myself a good carmel cadbery egg and we were off for the station. we took a train from bratislava to our less active member florians house and i was able to talk to a man for a while who at one point in his life translated from slovak to english and back but said he could remember very little, we talked in a mix of both slovak and english mostly english and he warmed up way fast. 

At florians house he gave us lunch and we had a great lesson about spiritual gifts and temples, He is such an amazing man. He is probably one of my biggest heros that I have met out here on my mission. He is so strong and awesome there is really no one else i would have rather spent my birthday with out here. 

After we visited another less active member who hasent been to church yet and is new for our area, he is from the czech republic and also doesnt have to much money so he hasnt been to church yet but if this sunday is nice then he said that he is more then willing to bike all the hours to get to Nitra for church so i hope that works out for him. 

there really was no other way i would have liked spending my birthday i gave each of them a cadbery egg and didnt tell them it was my birthday because who knows what they would have done for it. 

we finally got home and it was hot and we were sweating and smelled gross but felt successful. i took a shower opened an open when letter and was suprized to find torn up pieces of streamers attack our table 4 candles and 2 balloon. 

We made hulušky and that was my cake i also had a loooooooooooot of candy so i felt like crap until i went to bed which is always a sign of a candy filled birthday i guess my tolerence for lots of sugar has gone down. oh well. 

the rest of the week was normal but on saterday we got a call from president McConkie about transfers so guess where i am writing you from this time.......... are you ready for it............. Nitraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ya wooooooooooooooo. anyways my new comp. is an elder named Elder Utley, he was in my first area before me, he had left me a little candy bar and note my first night it slovakia. He served a zone leader for my first 2 transfers and he is the best singer in the state of oregon where he is from. He is also the Best slovak speaker that is in the mission so by the end of this transfer i will be able to speak a lot better.

I am also excited that my MTC Comp. is in my district Elder Brousseau not the one from hurricane.

anyways i am really excited for this next transfer i think it will be way great.

well i am leaving with my testimony,

ja viem že boh existuje. viem že on nas miluje. a chce aby sme boli štastnejší. viem že počuje naše modlitby. Posnam že Ježiš Kristus je szn Boží. a pre nas trpel a uzmieril. Cez uymierrenie Ježiša Krista možeme žiť s bohom. Viem že Joseph Smith Bol povolany Bohom. A Prezident Tomas S. Monson je prorok na zemi. Joseph smith videl boha a jeho syna Ježiša krista. Kniha Mormonova je dalšie Svedectvo o Ježišoví Kristoví, A pracuje s bibliou aby svedčili o boha. Boh nam dal Ducha Sväteho aby sme mali pomoc. Bude nas utešiť a nam svedči o Pravde. 
a tento viem.

V Mene Ježiša Krista Amen.

remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you will be closer to heaven anyways.

s laskou 
Starší Asay

6-2-2014

Im on the good computer, so now I can do this ??????????
So if you didnt know the slovak key board is not the same and the english key board so I dont know how to do question marks on that one. but his computer has a swich for an english keyboard so its all good.
Anyways hope this finds you all užanie
This week has been a good one we did a lot of travel this week. We travel between the towns that are in the Nitra area so that we can visit members and investigators. This week we had a surprise trip to Florians which lives the furthest away and then an investigator 45 minutes away the next day and then a member another 45 minutes away on firday. It was really cool though because we got to talk to some guys from spain on the train ride to the member on friday. We talked about the book of mormon and walked through the pictures in front with them ending with the Golden Plates and Moroni and they were like what about the bible, we told them we believe in that as well, and then they asked if Kniha Mormonova was in english and my comp. goes well ya but we dont have a copy with us right now. I was like oh wait I do have one.  and I pulled out my quad. and the guy sitting across from me was shocked then I showed him that it was the bible and the book of mormon in one and he seemed okay after that. I knew there was a reason that I got a quad.
Anyways this week has been a good one we met with that lady that walked up to us and asked about the bible that we are giving away. The copy we gave her, she gave to her daughter and he daughter started reading it and loves it, she then asked for another copy to give her son, and we will be giving her her own copy this next week. It is amazing, there are people out there really looking for the truth and once they find it they want to share it with so many others.
This week is the last week of the transfer and we have on plan to just keep working through it. I really think that we will see an increase in the people we teach and the people that chose to come closer to God. I hope it all works out.
Sorry my thoughts are kind of everywhere this week. With the new trasfer coming up and the fact that I could train this next transfer and all kinds of stuff, which leads into my spiritual thought.
Have you ever been asked to do something hard, maybe long, something that just seems impossible? How about heal the sick, cure the deaf, raise the Dead, take on every single humans sins? I want you to know that God lives, he is with us through the Holy Ghost every day. I want you to know that Christ yes even Jesus Christ lives. He did the impossible, he overcame not only sin but death, He is the light and the living water, he is our saviour. Because of Christ nothing is impossible. I testify that God doesnt give a commandment unless he will provide a way. That when he asks us to do it we can do it. I promise this to you. I know I dont know this language the best or even very well, but you know what I do know is that if This saturday my Mission president called me and said Elder Asay I want you to train the 1 new Elder coming to slovakia this next transfer I will say okay I will do it when do you want me in prague?... and then I will say can I come early to get a blessing from you but thats besides the point. In otherwards I want you know that when we have faith we know that the Lord will provide a way, he doesnt set us up to fail, he loves us to much to do that, and He is always right there like with peter reaching out his hand saying yes of course you can walk on water I am here to help you, just believe and do. 

Prayer works, Miracles happen, and Faith leads to action. I say these things in the name of the man whom I represent, even Jesus Christ, Amen.
Remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel you will be closer to heaven anyways,
s laskou
Starší Asay
P.s. you thought I forgot. I left you a commitment last week, yes you staring at the screen about the go back to last weeks letter and see what it was. :) anyways my commitment was to bear your testimony in church, did you do it, did you share the light you had? if not thats okay there is a reason it is every month, anyways I cant say anything because I didnt ... anyways I still want to hear your testimony I had one friend send hers in and it helped me a lot. I would like to hear yours as well please.