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