Sunday, January 29, 2017

Okay everyone I probably start off every email like this but I am not
lying to you when I say that this week was AMAZING! Seriously so full
of miracles and I have just been so happy and seriously so so grateful
for all the things that I am experiencing and all the people I am
meeting here in Virginia.

So first of all. Joaquin got baptized!! Woohooo!! It was an amazing
service, the spirit was so strong and tons of people came. TONS! He
gave his testimony at the end and it was amazing to hear. He talked
about the change that he has seen in his family since they have
started meeting with the missionaries and going to church. He talked
about how before that he never wanted to go home because he didn't
like how it felt there and it didn't feel like a family. He then
talked about how now everything is different! He loves going home and
spening time with his family, there is a different feel in the home,
and they do family prayers together! Seriously a complete 180 with
what I have seen with this family! It is insane. So happy for Joaquin.
He has SOO much faith, it's unbelievable.

Another amazing thing we did this week, is we had a lesson in the
mission home with President Smith and Sister Smith! Ya you heard me!
So so crazy! He offered because he already knew Joaquin and he wanted
to meet the family and it was amazing. The spirit was so strong and it
was a super fun night and the family loved it! I love how involved
President Smith is in the lives of us missionaries. It is seriously
amazing! Miracles were seen that night!

We had the oppurtunity this week as two zones to sing at our Stake
Presidents mothers funeral. Really really sad his mother was amazing
and one of the most Christlike people I have ever met and the stake
president is the same. All the missionaries love serving in this stake
because he puts such an emphasis on missionary work. Every week we do
our own mini cordination with the ZL, and the STLs and ZLs in the
other zone. He asks us about people at church and ways that he can
help. He knows a ton of the investigators too! It really is amazing!
But the funeral was beautiful and she was so loved. The missionaries
sang the EFY  medly and they spirit was so so strong.

The month of December I am really trying to understand the Atonement
more. The Atonement is really the only way that we get better. This
week we got roomates and I'm not going to lie becuase some other
sisters had bed bugs in their house so we had to give them our study
room, my closet, my bathroom and becuase the desks were in their room
those too and we thought that would be easiest anyway. Well to be
honest at first I was like wait wait wait I do not want to give up
those things. But then I realized how selfishly I was thinking, I went
into the room and knelt down and prayed. I prayed for forgiveness and
I prayed that I would be able to change. I just want to tell you all
that even though that might seem like a small things, I did feel a
change and I am so so grateful for the Atonement in my life and the
chance that it gives me to get better and to become more like Christ.

Love,

Hermana Stewart