Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hello family and friends! This week absolutely flew by! I think it was
because I wasn't even really in my area most of the time because I was
always on exchanges... but hey it was fun! The first exchange I went on was
with sister warren and she is loads of fun! But we had an amazing miracle
that night! The elders called us and told us that they has a "free baptism"
for us. They went on to explain that this guy who was a member had called
them wanting to set up an appointment for his girlfriend that wanted to be
baptized! So we went over that night and they were sooo sweet! I would
describe them as cool Mormon hippies. The lady just sat in her cool
circular chair with her legs crossed and the Book of Mormon in her lap.
Basically she told us that she bows it all true she just wants to get the
missionary lessons so she can be baptized and get sealed with her husband
and kids. So that was a miracle!

Also a cool thing that happened this week was with one of our investigators
yessica. She's a new that we found this week and we went in and started
teaching her about the Joseph smith and what not and when we got to the
part about the Book of Mormon we looked down and her little one year old
son was holding a Book of Mormon! Haha what?! We were like "that's what we
are talking about!" It was so cool and crazy! She said that she had never
seen the book before in her life. Talk about signs from God! She's awesome
and we've taught her a couple times since!

This area is still awesome and we are still teaching A TON! So it has been
super fun! I was also finally able to go to church on Sunday and meet more
of the members of the ward. We also taught relief society so that was even
a better way to get to know the members. Also there are so many stray cats
everywhere here. It's creepy and I still don't like cats...

Last night we had a really cool experience with Rosalina and Daniel. We did
a thing where we all thought of a question that we had and then opened the
Book of Mormon to a random page and read a couple verses to try to get an
answer. We all did it and all of our questions were answered and they loved
it! We talked about it after and how we all learned that honestly whatever
question you have can be found in the scriptures. And that's something I
never understood before my mission but it really is so true! It really
helped them (and me) really see the importance of the scriptures in
everything that we do.

Well that's all from me sorry it's kinda scattered! Have a wonderful week!

So I got transferred to a place called Chesterfield! My new companion is named Hermana Howard, she is from California and is a spiritual giant! I feel very safe around her because guess what? Before her mission she did shot put and javelin at UNLV and she might be going to the olympics! So she's basically the coolest person ever.

This area is happening! It's probably the busiest one in the mission. There are tons of Hispanic and tons of work to do! I love it but it has been hard to get to know the area because there is just so much to do! We are literally always teaching people! It's awesome.

This week we saw a ton of miracles and there were a lot of people planning on going to church but unfortunately it got cancelled because of the storm. But it's okay because next week they will come!

 For this transfer our mission is focusing on unity. And one thing that has been really sticking out to me is just being happy for the triumphs of others. Jeffrey R. Holland talked about in one of his talks how we don't have to "drink a jar of pickle juice" every time someone else has a good day. So in other words if someone has a great day or does something wonderfully that shouldn't have a negative effect on us. We are all children of God and we are all part of the same plan. We need to rejoice in each other's triumphs because I know God rejoices in our triumphs.

Love you all and I hope you have an amazing week!

Well first off so I am getting transferred:( Sad to leave Henrico but also excited for a change! This week has also been kind of an interesting week because we had some crazy things happen that made us have to stay inside for a day and also my comp got sick and we had to stay inside and also we had to stay inside for a big chunk of the day New Year's Eve.... so not a ton happened! But it was still a good week!

I decided I wanted to share a little miracle story that happened a couple weeks ago that I never shared. So me and Hermana Fischbeck went to chick Fil a during dinner hour one time to use the wifi, we were just sitting there and this guy kept staring at us.... a little while later he came up and he said, "I didn't even need to see your name tags I knew when you walked in here that you were Mormon missionaries. I still remember the names of the elders that taught me 30 years ago and I want to pay for your dinner" and then he just put a 20 on the table. I was like, "are you a member??" He's not but he then talked about how those elders he had met with had really helped him in a difficult time and that he was never going to forget how he felt when he went to church and met with them. Wow! He went on to say he didn't really know why he had stopped meeting with them but he said maybe is the time to start again with his family(he's now married with a little boy). So we referred him over to the elders and he is meeting with them!

It was just a really cool little miracle that we randomly went into chick Fil a one day for like 5 minutes and ran into this man who still remembered the missionaries from a long long time ago. We might not have recognized the fact that we went to chick Fil a as a spiritual prompting but I know that there was a reason that we were led there. That is something I have really been thinking about this week is following spiritual promptings, its a cool gift that we have been given the Holy Ghost, but just like any other skill we have to practice it and work hard to know how to be able to follow it. I'm still working on it but I know I've gotten a ton better. I've seen how the lord guides this work and guides His missionaries, so I know it's true.  The Lord loves His missionaries and takes care of them.
15 And it shall be given thee from the time thou shalt go, until the time thou shalt return, what thou shalt do. (D&C 28:15)


Hermana Stewart!

1- the district minus the other hermanas
2-Love my Venezolanas, I'm going to miss them
3- my favorite kids!
4- Leticias birthday!