Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Happy Easter

Hey Everybody :)


So it has been such a great week. It seriously flew by! The weather
here has been perfect & we've just been enjoying our time biking:)

We had the biggest miracle this week! So last Sunday we had some
investigators come to church & the sacrament meeting speakers did not
do the best job...haha it was basically an advertisement on & I don't think there was an ounce of doctrine spoken
over the pulpit. So we were kinda like "well our investigators are
probz never coming to church again" (I know we are such doubting
Thomas's) and we went by and visited them this week & they just said how
much they loved church and how they felt the spirit!! & basically our
jaws all dropped to the floor. They ended up coming to church

We had the opportunity to watch the general woman's broadcast this
week & it was amazing as always. They really emphasized the importance
of serving others. I loved what Sister Esplin said, "When we reach out
with love and service, hearts soften and others can feel the love of the

Oh I forgot to say that we are over a Chinese group haha so we got to
go play badminton with the Chinese members! Shout out to Jarod
Ingersoll for teaching me all I know about badminton haha I totally
wrecked the Chinese people lol!

We are still teachin Jose! He had a death in the family this past week
so we were only able to meet with him for like 5 minutes at his door,
but he said he's been reading his Book of Mormon!!! Yay! He said he
has a lot of questions and we are meeting with him this week:)

This week everything kinda hit me that I only have 4 months left being
a missionary! Time is going by way too fast. I am just so grateful for
my mission and the experiences I've had here in Sacramento. I love the
people I've gotten to serve around and the people I've had the
opportunity to teach. Serving a mission was the best decision I've
ever made and i’m grateful for such supportive family & friends. This
week we've been able to talk to so many people about our Savior, Jesus
Christ, to testify that He lives! My relationship with Jesus Christ
has grown so much in these past 14 months. I just love having the
opportunity to bear testimony of Him to literally everyone I meet.
What a privilege it is:)

I hope you all have an amazing week & ALWAYS remember Jesus Christ &
the things He's done for you. CTR❤️ enjoy conference!!!

Love always,
Sister Sobotka

Monday, March 21, 2016

Ants in my Pants!

Hey everybody!

Okay this week so many crazy things have happened!!

So Tuesday morning we got up and found a billion ants in our room!! It
was disgusting! So we had a bit of a teenage girl freak out and screamed
& called the apartment office, but unfortunately the office only
sprays for bugs on Mondays!! That wasn't for 6 more days. So we got
permission to go buy ant spray and had to empty our whole room and spray
it down. It took forever! But we finally killed the ants. You'd think
I was serving in a third world country;) haha just kidding.

On Wednesday we had to take our car to the shop which is super far out
of our area because our "check engine" light came on. So we finally
made it to the shop and the guys told us that it would take 6 hours for
an engine diagnostic! So that we should come back the next day. So we
came back the next day and they said they needed to keep our car over
night!! So we had no ride back to our area so we started walking &
walking & walking. We were about 30 miles away from our area! We
called some members to try and pick us up but no one answered, then we
finally got a hold of some Spanish sister missionaries and they rescued
us haha!

The next day we got a call from the car shop letting us know our car
was ready to pick up...we asked what the heck was wrong with our car and
they said "oh the gas cap wasn't tightened all the way" hahahaha
Sooo yeah we had to leave our car there for 30 hours and pay $95 to tell
us to tighten our gas lid...also yeah that was totally my fault so I'm
actually super embarrassed about that hahaha.

Then on Thursday, nothing exciting happened I don't think.

On Friday I got to have dinner with Sister Hickman (aka Genny)!!! It
was seriously Sooo good to see her. It made me miss her a ton, but I
got to meet her sweet mother.  It was so good to catch up with her!
She brought me an Oklahoma shirt so basically I'm a huge OU fan now
Lolol jk!;)

We had a way cool experience with this less active lady this past
week, she hadn't been to church in like 40 years, we just happened
to stop by and her mom was there who is really sick and she just happened
to ask for a priesthood blessing so we were able to call our ward
mission leader and he went over and gave her a blessing and invited them to
the Easter program that's happening in our stake and they said they
would go! That was way cool that Heavenly Father lead us to go to
her house on that night.

To be completely honest it's been such a crazy week and not a lot of
cool missionary experiences happened haha but, I have been loving
my mission lately. I can't believe how fast time is going by. The
other day we were driving to the car shop and I was just thinking about
how privileged I am to be serving the Lord, to have such supportive
family & friends. I'm so blessed and I'm so grateful for my mission &
the experiences I'm having. I know I wouldn't have been able to learn
the lessons I've learned here if I didn't decide to serve a mission. I
know this church is true & my testimony has grown so much while I've
been here. I love my Heavenly Father & His Son, Jesus Christ. & I love
being a missionary!!!!

Have a great week & CTR!

Love always,
Sister Sobotka

1. Us at the park doing studies
2. My fav hickmans :)
3. We helped our fav less active member Sis Mackay in her garden & she
gave us these flowers to take home! Cute huh?
4. We played that pie in the face game with Sis Mackay
5. The First 12 Weeks
6. Sister Hickman came to visit


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

You've been punked (weekly email)

(For the past two weeks Ashley didn’t write a group email, here is the latest and greatest from yesterday. She is doing so great and loving her mission)

Hi Family & Friends!

Okay I'll admit I was being lazy last week & didn't send out a weekly
email. Anyway, this here in Elk Grove are going well! I got put into
another trio!! My third trio on my mission. My new companion is Sister
Christoffersen:) she has lived in the same apartment as me for the
past transfer, but her companion got really sick & had to go him last
week so she joined my companionship! Let me just tell you it's been
the biggest tender mercy to have another companion right now! Like I
said, people always hate on tri-panionships, but I love them! The Lord
knows I was made for trios...not sure that that means for my future
marriage...hahaha jkjk

Sister Christoffersen is from Bentonville Arkansas and she is an ASL
missionary so now we cover her Ward as well. So we've been able to go
to a few deaf people's homes and watch her teach them lessons in sign
language & it is so cool! We just sit in complete in silence, but you
can still feel the spirit. It's amazing :)

We are still teaching Jose. He's been sick and out of town, but we had an
incredible lesson with him last night and he's praying about baptism on
April 9! Woohoo!!! I'm not even joking when I say he's the most
prepared person I've ever taught on my mission. He's such a good guy &
will make an amazing member. I'm so grateful for this opportunity we
have to teach him.

Also this super funny thing happened this we were out
visiting some potential investigator but we had the wrong address, but
I was like "oh we probably need to be here for some reason, let's try
this door!" So we knocked on it & this Asian lady answered & she
wasn't interested so we asked if she knew anyone that was. So she
pointed us to a house across the street & said, "there's an old lady
who lives there who might be interested" & we were so excited so we
went & knocked on that door & this black guy answers the door & he's
like "hey ladies I'm just sittin down to dinner" & I said, "oh yeah
sorry for interrupting, we are the missionaries..." Then he cuts me
off & says "no I'm saying do you want to come & join me inside for
dinner?" & my companions looked terrified, but I was like "HECK YEAH!"
Hahaha so he's like "sweet come on in" so we are about to walk in the
PROPERTY" & my companions were like so offended but I was just
laughing so hard! Hahaha yeah that was funny.

We had Zone Confefence this week & it was one of my fav ones. I think
it's because we talked about prayer & The Book of Mormon-the most
basic simple things that we can always do better! Also that one awful
play, "The Book of Mormon" is playing in Sacramento right now so we've
been able to talk to a ton of people about it & the Zone Leaders get
to go to the play & stand outside & hand out copies of the Book of
Mormon after the play & they've been able to hand out over 150 copies
every night!! It's actually quite amazing that even though Satans
working really hard to tear down the church, we can still make the
best outta a bad situation.

Anyway that's about all that's happenin here in good old Sac❤️ there's
a less active lady here who told me that I should like the golden
state warriors so yeah I got a new fav basketball team! Go Warriors :)
lol #NotBandWagon #CaliforniaPride

Love you all! Have a wonderful week & remember how much your Heavenly
Father loves you & wants to hear from you through prayer :) CTR

Love always,
Sister Sobotka

1. Exchanges with Hermana Stevens
2. Zone Conf with my fav Sis Starnes
3. Sac Zone!
4. Sacramento Pride!