Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Buenas tardes!

So this week was great and full of miracles! The whole district has
been kinda of struggling. It just seemed like a ton of bad things
happened with our investigators all in the same day. So all of us
decided to do a district fast, so that's just all of the missionaries
in the Spanish branch. So we did the fast and we saw so many miracles!
First we already had a baptism planned for this Saturday, we were
supposed to have 2 but then the other guy, Rogelio(the other Hermanas
investigator) who has been investigating the church before I got here
to this area backed out like 2 days before. But he came to the other
guys baptism, Jose! And the other Hermanas brought him a suit and
towel just in case. The baptism was great!mHis little brother got
baptized one of the first weeks I was here and then Jose was getting
baptized. The spirit was so strong, his brother gave the first prayer
and was crying and then when Jose bore his testimony he was crying as
well. For me it is just so cool to see the change I have seen in those
2 guys. They are completely different! We can all see it and they can
see it as well. It's amazing! So the baptism was over and Rogelio was
like I want to get baptized too! What? Everyone was getting ready to
leave and then all the sudden another baptism was happening! So we
filled up the font and had another baptism right there and then! Such
a miracle though! One of the best days for sure! Plan with faith!

We also found an awesome family. They just barely moved from Guatemala
this past month and we started out just teaching them Spanish but now
they want to know more about the gospel because of course we would
throw in gospel messages every time....hehe... They have had a hard
couple of months and I definitely think they are ready to accept this
message! We are going over there again today so hoping all goes well
with them! Cutest family ever!

Okay people time for the weekly rant! We are so lucky to have the
knowledge that we have, like honestly. And that's one of the most
frustrating things about missionary work you see these people, you
grow to love them so much and you see the potential that they have,
what they can become and how their lives can be completely changed
around for the better if they listen. But many don't. And their lives
don't change and it's just sad to see. I can't even imagine how
Heavenly Father feels!!!! We have everything that we need to be happy
and be with him again for eternity but we ignore it! We spend so much
time worrying about the things of the world that we forget that those
things are the point, there is something so much bigger for us. He's
shown us the way all we have to do is take it. In Matthew 7: 24-25 it

24 ¶Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them,
I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a

I love these scriptures from the bible but then the question comes,
okay I need to build my house upon a rock but what exactly is the
"rock?" And that is when the Book of Mormon comes in! In Helaman 5: 12
it says

12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of
our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your
foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds,
yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his
mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to
drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the
rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation
whereon if men build they cannot fall.

So the rock is Christ! Build your foundation on him in everything that
you do not just in a few things. We have so many promises from God
that we will be prosperous and happy if we do.

I love my mission people! Love it! Best friends are made on missions
which is something I am so grateful for.

Hope all is well! Go to the lake for me!

Hola amigos!

Yes it is true my new mission president, President Smith, invented
funfetti cake. I'm not going to lie I thought that was just about the
coolest thing I had ever heard of haha! But ya the new president came
this week, and he is AWESOME! Honestly we clicked instantly and I am
so pumped for all the new ideas that he is going to bring to the
mission. Such a blessing that he is the new pres!

So I just want to start out in saying that Hispanics are so nice!! We
have been invited to weddings, quinceañeras, birthday party's,
dinners, baptisms, and just about every other thing you can think of
by people that we just barely met! It's so awesome! These people
really are just so humble and giving, they don't have the most out of
everyone but they offer what they have to the people they see. I
really have learned so much from them when it comes to giving and
Christlike love.

We have an investigator named Victoria. She's awesome, I think I might
have talked about her last week. The one who's house is invested with
cockroaches and has a lot of family problems. Well everything was
going great with her and then a couple days ago before one of our
lessons she texted us and telling that she can't meet with us anymore
and that its just too hard. We were so confused so of course we just
showed up at her house and her worry was that every time she gets
close to God something bad happens in her life so she is too worried,
especially about her kids. But we had a really good talk with her.
When investigators have problems or need help I find myself learning a
lot from the situation and also saying things that when I say them or
my companion says them, it teaches me. We had a really good
conversation about how this life is HARD! So hard. But luckily for us
we don't have to do it on our own. And that just really hit me,
obviously I knew that but I need to remember and remind myself all the
time that ya, I can't do this alone, but with Heavenly Father I can.

We also had a great lesson with one of our investigators named Jimmy.
They are an amazing family and we had a great recentish convert (just
like everyone else in the branch) who is probably the most Christlike
person I have ever met. He is this short, quiet, Mexican man with the
biggest testimony and the biggest heart ever. He shared about how he
found the church and how he gained a testimony. He said when he first
met the missionaries and they said the name of the church, "la iglesia
de Jesucristo de los santos de los últimos días" that that really made
an impact on him. As I listened to his story of how he found the
church(I might have cried a little bit during it haha) I thought about
how I would have never met this person or even talked to him if I
wasn't here, like our paths would have NEVER crossed. First of all
because he lives no where near me and second of all that we didn't
even speak the same language, just a ton of differences. But my
mission has really taught me to NEVER judge anyone by any sort of
circumstance that they have in there life; money, house, language,
country, religion.  I literally knock doors and have the most of my
investigators that live in trailer parks. I hadn't even been in a
trailer park before my mission, but now some of my best friends live
there! People are just awesome, and sometimes we have to take
ourselves out of our little bubble to find them.

This week... Wow it's been hard but also so good. The mission makes
you see all your flaws unfortunately and there is always something to
be working on and sometimes it is just so overwhelming. But I'm
learning so much out here, especially with my relationship with
Heavenly Father and who He actually is for me personally. When you are
helping people everyday all day you can't help but find some things
out for your self as well.

Well that's it for this week! Sorry that it is kind of long! I just
want everyone to know that I LOVE this work. I love what I'm doing and
I love the people I'm serving. But most importantly I love Heavenly
Father and Jesus Christ more than anything. Have a wonderful week!


Hermana Stewart

Hola Amigos!!!

Okay I am just going to start out with the best thing I've ever heard any one say. You can find it in the subject line but what he said was "you look like you are from El Salvador."

I cried.

Okay but really that made me so happy to hear! I don't want people to see me as the white girl who speaks spanish! I mean come on! Haha but really that just made me so happy!

Okay moving on from that!

So not much to report on for this week but it was a great week as usual! We did quite a bit of service with translating and moving some members in to different houses and we also helped out at this Olympics event we had with the branch that was super fun! (Pics to come)

Something I really love about being a missionary is all the service opportunities that we get. Especially in a Spanish Branch! I have learned a lot on how we can help the people in the US from Spanish speaking countries! One thing I have really learned is how to teach English class! I love it and I learn new little tricks to help them learn and pronounce things correctly everyday! Service is one of my favorite things to do, especially with translating!

But anyway, it's getting really hot and humid here. The first like 2 months I was here it rained everyday. And now it is so hot and humid! Haha I had never experienced humidity really before! In St. George, ya its hot but its dry, here it is just so humid! And with that, one day we were walking around and tracting and I was dying because it was just so hot. And no one was answering the door and if they did they were just so rude, I was just getting really frustrated. I was getting to where it just didn't seem worth it right then! And then I thought about why I was doing what I was doing. And then I thought about Jesus Christ and what He went through during His mission on earth. He was perfect and people spit on Him and people laughed at Him and people didn't want to listen. But guess what, He also did have people who did listen to Him, and where changed and who never felt the same after. And that's who I am doing this for. Obviously for Jesus Christ and also for the people that are going to be changed because of this message, because I know they are out there! This work is amazing and there is nothing else that I would want to be doing with my life. Someone asked me this week if I was truly happy doing what I was doing. I really thought about that for a second and I said yes! Yes I am happy with what I am doing right now! I absolutely love it, because I know the happiness that it brings to me and I want to share that with every else as well.Sorry for that little rant but I decided whenever I'm feeling that way again, I'm just going to think about the life of the Savior.

Hey a couple of you have asked me for my address so here it is!

8 Ferguson Drive #201
Stafford, VA 22554

Love you all!


Hermana Stewart