Tuesday, October 30, 2012
What a week! So last friday we had the wedding of cati and sandro and they decided they wanted to get baptized the same day after their wedding! It was kinda crazy but they did it finally! The missionaries have been teaching them for a year now and so it has been a real accomplishment. I want to testify that satan is real! The night before the wedding/baptism their neighbors house caught on fire!! Cati and sandro´s house was soaked with water but i don´t think the fire got to it...kinda crazy! One of the investigators that we are teaching is super super awesome! Her name is veronica and she is such a good example to me of wanting to learn more always! She is so nice and is so accepting of everything we teach! She really is amazing! She is getting baptized on the 14 of november and I´m super excited for her cause i know she is so ready! Today I was in the city and it´s super nice there so I don´t know what is wrong with parts of our mission haha Anyway i still don´t really know what people are saying except for a little bit in lessons cause they are talking about the gospel and using those words. I definitely need to have more patience with myself. Anyway that is pretty much it for the week just super busy and walking EVERYWHERE! I love you all! ps. you can still use dearelder and just send it my mission instead of the mtc and i get them on tuesday mornings but i don´t know when they print them out. I still prefer dearelder instead of emailing me. i also have not been able to get stamps to send envelopes because the place you buy them at is not in our area so hopefully next week we can get some stamps!
hahaha please don't ever say the subject cause it's incorrect haha It's just an inside joke in our district. So this week has been awesome! General Conference was awesome but I already sent a letter home about that so hopefully you got it. For the devotional on tuesday Elder Bednar came! So cool to be in the presence of an apostle of the Lord! I felt the spirit so strong especially when he bore his testimony at the end. Super powerful! He talked about the importance of general conference and studying the words of the prophets! He told us the way he studied and said his ensigns with the general conference talks are all marked up and "ripped up." He is a super humble man and said he needed to study the words of the prophets as much as anyone else does. He looks for the doctrine, the invitations, and the blessings in each talk and then combines them all to see what the pattern is. Super cool! I have been reading more talks lately and it has definitely helped me grow spiritually. Oh yeah he also said something way powerful about how not knowing what the prophets say is the same as not believing! Yeah we should definitely study the words of the prophets.. A cool experience that I had this week was teaching our investigator pepe yesterday. So my companion and I had our lesson planned out about what we wanted to teach him (enduring to the end) and the night before (tuesday night) i had a dream where my teacher told me specifically to NOT teach pepe "enduring to the end." What? Crazy! So I told hma smith after breakfast so we basically had about 5 minutes before we had to go teach and we had absolutely no idea what we were going to teach. All we knew was we were going to ask him how the reading was that we gave him in the book of mormon and his favorite part.. So we go in to teach him and start with that and asked him if he had any questions and what he was thinking. We ended up finding one of his concerns which was super good and gave us a little direction. It is really hard for me to listen to what my companion is saying and to what pepe is saying when i have no clue what i am saying next but i did my best to just listen. Whenever it came to being my turn I still had no idea what i was going to say but I opened my mouth anyway and somehow something always came out!! D and C 84:85 really works! I can't tell you anything that I said in that lesson but it went super well! My teacher also gave us feedback to teach from the scriptures more and all we did was use the scriptures in that lesson and surprisingly most of what pepe needed to address his concern was in the chapter we gave him! SO GOOD! So I have stopped going to physical therapy because I feel like I am pretty much recovered from headaches! yay! Also it was soooo awesome! Scottie was in the mailroom today eating a subway sandwich and i was chatting with him for a minute. He totally let me eat half of his subway sandwich!!!!! Oh my goodness real food tastes sooo good! I love it! Scottie es el mejor! (scottie is the best) Random story, there is an elder in our district that gets bloody noses all the time so today hermana smith offered to give him some tampons to stop the bleeding.... I think she was kidding but then elder brummel said he would do it, so we gave him some and he did! He is super goofy and interesting haha but it's hilarious. Love you all! Hope you are doing good! Con amor, Hermana Stapley
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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
um soo... wow i am kind of stumped right now on what to say for this week. I feel like it's been crazy! Mostly what i have been doing is trying to be the best example I can be to my district in studying hard and staying on task. I have come to gain a testimony that missionary work is the greatest work on the earth and that satan will do everything he can to try and destroy it. One way is by making missionaries distracted! It is super easy to get distracted and lose focus and what your purpose is. Satan is just waking for us to look his way and if we are not strictly obedient he will take advantage of that. D and C 10:5 pray always that may come off conquerer! daily prayer is super important in our lives and gives us the strength to overcome satan's temptations. Another important thing I have been learning this week is the importance of knowing the doctrine of christ which is being cleansed through christ, fatih, repentance, baptism and enduring to the end. The greatest gift that god gives us is eternal life. what is eternal life? John 17:3 eternal life is knowing the master and and if we don't have a very strong relationship with him now then eternal life won't really be the greatest gift. i know that the lord loves everyone of us and he knows us individually but we have to come to know him and find strength, light, knowledge, and comfort. We should always be studying the savior's life and trying to become more like him. I thought I was doing pretty good with charity and patience but I still have a long ways to go! it is easy to get down on ourselves for all the weaknesses we have but if we are trying our best we have every reason to rejoice and be happy and know that heavenly father will help what we can not do. We must have hope which is like our goal and then once we have hope we need faith which is our plan to reach our goal. We should always be making sure our plans are in accordance to god's will and that we are on the path that he wants us to be on. He will never lead us astray! Okay so my headaches are a lot better! Who would have thought that physical therapy would help that! Apparently I have been putting too much strain on my neck! yeah for studying too hard!! so anyway I'm doing some shock therapy thing and exercises that have been helping so much! i am actually almost on my way to my next appointment! Rachel thank you for that song! it was the best and I seriously want to hear more from you. and seriously write the elder back in my district soon! thanks love you:)