Monday, December 28, 2015
|and after caroling. A little wet but so happy :)|
|and my stocking stuff!! thanks parentals!|
|Christmas Crack thanks steph!!|
|awesome knitted socks! thanks parentals and lady from the ward|
|grey sweater wahoo! thanks mommy and daddy|
|awesome sign from TY TY! i love it!|
|another sweater! thanks parents!|
|apron and potato masher from Bringhurst family|
|thanks Peterson's for the cute shirt, pics, candy, fudge, mug and aweome drawings!!|
|really cute sweater from Liddiard's!! thanks!! :)|
|and cute new outfit from the parentals! :)|
|and letters from the fam!!!! what a cool gift!! :) i cant wait to open them!|
|homemade necklace from Momma! thanks!!!|
|skpe selfie with the fam!!!! :)|
Monday, December 21, 2015
|I rearranged a bit|
|Last district pic of last transfer on Tuesday|
|One of our less actives has this creepy yet awesome skeleton in her house haha|
|Decorating Christmas cookies with the Mata familiy!|
|Decorating Christmas cookies with the Mata familiy!|
|Our new comp Hermana Web on the right she has been out 2 transfers longer than me. shes cool|
|Hermana Bringhurst and I on giant chairs!!! Look we totally match with our polka dot skirts and white shirts, we are pretty cool! :)|
|I have been upgraded to back seat!! wahoo so much space i love it! :)|
Wahooooo its almost Christmas! I never thought i would see Christmas, but here it is! I love this time of year! I love being a missionary! I love my wonderful family and friends there back home! And i love my Georgia Family here!!! :) This week has been fantastic! Me and Hermana Brinhurst enjoyed our 2 days of being in not a trio, but actually it was rather awkward. When she was in the shower or in the bathroom and i was all alone i felt so weird because there wasn't anyone there with me. ahh it felt weird and like something was missing haha. We got a new companion her name is Hermana Webb and she has been out for 9 ish months i think. She is white. She awesome and we are glad to have her with us in the Chamblee area!
Anyway so then yesterday during gospel principles class and it was the Elders turn to teach so Elders Cruz asked if there were any volunteers but no one raised their hand so then he just called on one of the members and then all of the sudden our investigator stood up, and said "voy a ententar" "im going to try" he is the shyest guy ever!! HE SAID THE PRAYER!!! in front of the whole entire class!!!! what a cool experience!! It is cool to see that my companion was so in tune and was able to promise that blessing and we got to see it fulfilled the very next day! The spirit is cool!!
Now i just want to talk for just a second on how much i love my Georgia family! I really do. I the people here, i love our branch i love our investigators i love the random people we meet in Walmart parking lots, i love them all. They make being away from my eternal family easier. I love it here. I love being a missionary. I love Jesus Christ. And i know that God and Jesus Christ love me and love each and every one of us. I love Christmas time.
We are so blessed to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. "Away in a manger, no crib for his bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head; The stars in the heavens looked down where he lay,The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay. Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay Close by me forever, and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in thy tender care, And fit us for heaven, to live with thee there. The cattle are lowing, the poor baby wakes; But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes. I love thee, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh." I love my Savior. I love you all so much! i Cant wait to talk to yall in just 4 days on skpe!! What a blessing that is to us all! Stay close to Jesus and he will always stay close to us. till Friday!!all my love and prayers always,
Monday, December 14, 2015
Transfer news!!! are you ready?!....well today Hermana Meneses (our greeny) is flying out to Ecuador to her mission (Our mission President and his wife are taking us out to lunch and then taking her to the airport)..... and we got a call from the APs saying that me and Hermana Bringhurst are staying here in Chamblee!!!!!!!....but wait there's more...and we are getting Hermana Webb(one of the other spanish sisters). yay for trios!!! haha! After this next transfer i will have spent half my mission in a trio. Haha its so funny! The Lord must really like trios, or i just havent learned what im supposed to learn yet! We are excited though! Hermana Webb will be welcoming greatly here in Chamblee! The work continues, 3X3!! :) Hey the Godhead is one powerful trio, so we will be too!
1. "Let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven." 3 nephi 12:16 We are all lights, we need not hide it under a bushel like he teaches us but shine forth unto all people. I love this invitation the Savior gives to us.
2."love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you." i have learned and am still continuing to love those that maybe on a daily bases wrong us. I have found that instead of letting "our hearts get stir up in anger, one against the other" because that is not "his doctrine" 3 nephi 11:30 but to just say a simple prayer for those people and the Lord will bless you and you will find yourself loving your enemies. What an amazing principle the Savior gives to us to love one another, as he has loved us.
|Planning Last Night!|
|Best Comps Ever!!|
|Planning Last night!|
Monday, December 7, 2015
I hope you are all doing super great! I am doing great like always, there isn't anything great i could be doing right now! Wow i love this time of year. This week has been great! Not a lot happened, but still stuff happened! We have been receiving referrals like crazy and we have been contacting them all so that has been super fun! gotta love those referrals!!!
|My Awesome District!|
We had to move Hector's date back because of his work schedule, but that is ok because the important thing is that he will be more prepared and less rushed. So his date is now for the 19th. So we are excited for that! Also Fermin is so cool! We taught him again last night with the Mata family and he is just so prepared! This gospel is amazing!!!
Yesterday was such an amazing day! Sundays are always so great. I love being able to go to church and partake of the sacrament and recharge my battery. And i loved hearing the testimonies like always. We had a lady from Louisiana visit our Branch and she didn't know that it was in Spanish haha, but it was cool because me and my trainy Hermana Meneses took turns translating the testimonies for her. Wow translating is super hard. My brain does not think that fast. After one lady that spoke really fast, i left it to her to continue translating, it was fun to try though! The cool thing is that at the end of sacrament meeting the lady was just in tears! It was a testimony builder to us all of how the spirit is the same no matter what language! It was cool! then we went to primary like usual to help with the music and i think singing time is one of my most favorite things! It always has been! i love being able to sing to the little primary songs and do the little actions to the songs with those precious children of God in the Spanish language! I think i cry every time we go to primary! I just love hearing children sing! They are so cute! It just is such a testimony builder to me to see how much they know and hearing them sing these beautiful songs! Even though they have alots of energy, the spirit is always so strong! Then we had a stake Nativity activity yesterday and that was so beautiful!! It was so much fun and we had lots of awesome people from our branch come and then we got to watch the Christmas devotional! It was so good!
So we had a mission wide conference call and the APs asked our companionship to sing the opening song on the mission call. that was really scary! That was definitely way out of my comfort zone, but this whole mission is teaching me to get out of my comfort zone! It was good though!
I want yall to know how much i love you. i love my savior, and i love being a missionary! I love this time of year! I love the true meaning of Christmas! I know that this chuch is true and that Christ gave us the greatest gift we could ever have! We can return and live with him, our Father in Heaven and our familias for ever! I know that the Book of Mormon is true and i love what it teaches us. "and we talk of christ, we rejoice in Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." 2 nephi 25:26 I know my savior lives. he lived a perfect life. He is our perfect example. He paid the ultimite price for our sins. "Joy to the World, the Lord is come." I love you all! Spread a little joy to this world as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Until next week
Monday, November 30, 2015
|Fermin and us at church yesterday!! look!! he's totally wearing a tie!!|
Hello family!!!! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving! We sure did here in Chamblee, Georgia! So we did have a dinner appointment scheduled but then they realized they signed up on Thanksgiving so we rescheduled with that familia. but Hermana Bringhurst's mommy supplied us with a very nice Thanksgiving meal! Thank you momma Bringhurst! So we ate turkey(precooked from the deli), potatoes and gravy, veggies, rolls, stuffing, cookie salad, spinach con cheese, chips, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and lots of other good stuff im probably missing!! Just like home, but without the fam. But we got 2 hours for dinner so we had so much fun cooking together as a companionship and eating together in our little kitchen! it was so perfect!!! :) what an amazing day! and we spent the whole dinner going around in a circle telling one another what we are thankful for! and just like the south there was alot of "amen" and "amen to that" going on! I have never said amen so much in my life! its so funny the things you pick up from different cultures!ok so much happened this week!!! ahhhhh one of the best weeks ever!!! I love being a missionary, especially during the
holidays! People seem to just be so much nicer its so great! ok many miracles to share!
|First pickle in over 6 months!|
|Making Mashed Potatoes!|
Monday, November 23, 2015
Buenos Dias!!!!Wow i litterally cant believe its already and its thanksgiving this week!! yay what an amazing time of the year. There is so much to be thankful for! I am thankful for my wonderful family! I love you all so much! I am so thakful to be a missionary in Atlanta Georgia!! I am thankful for coats and heaters and sweaters and sunshine! It is freazing here!!! After living in Idaho for 19 years and living through hard cold winters, i have officially lost all rights of making fun of people who would think it was freazing cold at tempatures in the 40's. brrrrrrrrr!!!
|us with President and Sister Foote|
We had exchanges this week with the sister training leaders. So Hermana Bringurst went english speaking with sister Alofipo and sister creech came here with me and Hermana Meneses. That was pretty fun! Sister Creech is Asian and EVERYONE was soo facinated in her haha! they all thought she was so adorable! We had so many amazing miracles happen during exchanges. Here is one of them. So we had 3 refferals that we went to contact in these one appartmenet complexes and after we tried contacting them i decided that while we were in that complex we might as well go and try and contact some potential investigators we have. So we went to this lady Maria's house and kknocked on her door but then she didnt answer. then i saw a door near by that had a bunch of plants by the door and i told them we should go knock on that door. We always knock on doors with lots of plants because that just screams hispanic. You get real good at telling the difference between a spanish house and a english house. So we walked over and Sister Creech was in front and she stops at the door next to the plant door. She just stood in front of that door, and then all of the sudden we heard a little voice speaking spanish and we got so excited!! so we hurried and knocked the door and it was a little family that just had moved from venesuala. They invited us in and we were able to get to know her and teach her a short version of the Restoration. So long story short they have been investigating churches and now they want to start investigating our church. We were so so happy after we got out of that house. The little girls just loved us and they are so adorable. We imedietely drove like a mile down the road to the Elders recent convert family that just got baptized because they are venesualen and they both have two girls and live soo close!! Ledif, the new member mom, just was soo happy and she wanted her number so she could call her and she wants to come over with us when we go back and teach her! Such a cool miracle!! Heavenly Father will litterally place people that are ready right in front of our face! I can testify that perfect obedience and diligence brings miracle!!!! Just like Dory the fish says, "just keep swimming, swimming, swimming, what do we do, we swim!!" I am so thankful for obedience! I am so thankful for awesome members that have so much fire to do missionary work!! Just so thankful!
|Me and Hermana Bringhurst|
So another miracle this week is that this week we have gotten so many refferals its crazy!!! We have been praying so hard to find people to teach that are ready to accept this gospel!! Now we are finding and getting refferals of all these people we dont even know what to do we are just busy and happy!!! There really are people with ready hearts and ready ears to hear this message! One refferal we got from church head quarters her name is Leticia and she is from Mexico but she has lived here for 26 years. but 26 years ago missionary were teaching her in Mexico, but just recently she wants to start going to church and taking the missioanry discussions again so she reffered herself to us! and she has a huge family! when we knocked on her door and told her we were misisoanryies she said "que milagro, pasan adelante," (what a miracle, come in). She receieved us very well and she is now reading the book of mormon with her daughter. We also got another referal of a part member family! Just so much is happening its insane! Theres no time to rest, i love it! I've never slept so good in my life haha!
Zuniga Familia on Exchanges with Sister Creech!
Ok heres a lesson learned on my part this week, and maybe a good laugh for yall. So we were in the car getting ready to pray and go teach a lesson. So Hermana Bringhurst had just taken a big drink of water so her mouth was full of water. Well i made the awful and terrible mistake of making her laugh before she got the chance to swallow. Yep. She spit it on me everywhere! i was soaked with her germs haha. My hair was soaked, my jacket, my face, everything! haha so lesson learned Hermana Stewart, dont make Hermana Bringhurst laugh when she has water in her mouth. Hey siblings, remember that water game we would play when we were younger when we would sit by the kitchen sink and fill our mouths with water and then another person would come in and do some kind of silly act to get the people at the sink to laugh and spit out their water?? Well Hermana Bringhurst would be really fun to play that with ;) oh how i love my companions so much!! I am thankful for wonderful companions who share the same rightous desires and goals, who are always there for one another like sisters, and who know how to make missionary work so much fun (even if they beat me with a pillow ;)...thats a story for ya.).
I am so thankful for this Gospel. I am so thankful for our Savior Jesus Christ and for his Atonement, that through him, and only through him we can be perfected. I am thankful for the Book of Mormon and the blessings we see in our lives as we read it daily. I will never rest the Book of Mormon a day in my life. Its just too good and gives us way too much daily guidence to ever not read it. I am thankful for nature and leaves and trees that make the outside world so pretty even in the midst of all the craziness in this world. I am thankful for our Church leaders and for our prophet Thomas S. Monson who leads and guides this church under the direction of Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the Priestood and the blessings that come of it. I am thankful for the Sacrament and that each and every week we have the opportunity to reflect and renew our covenants with our Heavenly Father. I am thankful for libraries and computers so that i can write and hear from my family ever week. I am thankful that "I have a fam’ly here on earth. They are so good to me. I want to share my life with them through all eternity. Fam’lies can be together forever, Through Heav’nly Father’s plan. I always want to be with my own family, And the Lord has shown me how I can. The Lord has shown me how I can." What a wonderful season of thanksgiving that we get to Celebrate. Blessing are all around us. "that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessing which he doth bestow upon you." Alma 34:28 We have so much to be thankful for. Our lives are wonderful. We have this gospel. We have each other. We have the Savior. We have it so good. How blessed we are. I hope you all enjoy your Thansgiving! I will be thinking about you all and thinking about how blessed i am to have such a wonderful calling, have such a wonderful family,have such a wonderful life. I cant wait to spend next Thankgiving with all yall eating Turkey and Mashed Potatoes, Homeade Rolls, and pie. But this year the beans, rice, and tortillas will definetley be perfect enough! Enjoy this season with a thankful heart. I love you all so much! Until next week.
Carna Sada at a members home last night
|Me just being Hermana Stewart|