Monday, September 21, 2015

Practice makes progress!

Hi my wonderful family!  

So this week was just super amazing!  Every week is just so amazing!  Like i never would have thought that the mission could get any greater, but im just surprised every single week with the miracles we see and the happiness i feel in my heart.  Sometimes i feel like my heart is going to just blow up because its just so full of happiness!

So our wonderful family (Ana and Edwin and Ayari) got baptized on Saturday!  That was so wonderful!  Everything just went so darn good!  Alot less stressful than our last baptism because this time we actually knew how to fill out the paper work ha!  This family is just amazing and it was such a happy experience!  It was cool because our mission President and his wife even came to suppport this family which was really special.  On Sunday when they recieved the Holy Ghost i was just crying like baby it was so spiritual!  In the blessing for Ayadi (the lil 8 year old) it was the stake Patriarch that actually gave them the Holy Ghost but he stopped in the blessing and pauses for a few seconds and then he said she was going to be a missionary and how she was going to change thousands of lives and be a big influence on the women in the church.  In that moment i couldnt have been any happier to have chosen to come on a mission.  I can't even imagine not meeting this wonderful family and all of the people i have met on my mission so far.  I cant wait to meet more people.  Everyday i get excited to meet more and more people and share with them the happiness that i have and the knowledge that i have.  
We have transfers this Wednesday but we are all staying here in Chamblee, woot woot!!  We are excited about that because we have alot happening here in Chamblee.  We got our investigator Walter on date for October 17, he just needs to actually come to church.  Then we have another investigator called Maria and she is on date for October 24!  And now after Ana and her kids just got baptized our investigator pool is really empty so we are gonna go find some awesome people that are prepared to recieve this amazing gospel this week!!!

A couple days ago while me and my companions were planning for the next day before going to bed, we made a goal to not say one negative thing the whole next day!  We were all super excited to take on this goal!  So then the alarm goes off the next morning....we all failed by 6:31 a.m. haha!  Its amazing like once you starting thinking about it and noticing how much we complain.  So that one of the things we have been working on as a companionship alot more is just being possitive!!  Life just looks so much prettier when you are possitive!  We have been doing super great at this! :)

We went on exchanges this week!  I went english speaking with Sister Lund (one of the Sister training leaders) and both of my companions stayed here in Chamblee with Sister Olsen (the other stl).  It was soo fun!!! But i missed my people and spanish!!  I decided to give the english missionaries a little more slack because they do not speak english in georgia....most of our teaching was us talking to the kids and then the kids translating to the parents.  There is like so many different kinds of people in Georgia its crazy!!  Im so glad i just have to learn spanish!  And peoples accents are so hard to understand they are so thick!  It was such a fun expereience and i learned so much!  We met this lady and she couldnt talk very good and she had super short term memory and we found out she had been tazed back in 2005 and all of her organs shut down.  Sister Lund asked her if she was mad that she got tazed and she said the sweetest answer that made me cry, she said "no i dont get mad anymore.  im just glad to be alive."  We had her write 2 things she learned from our lesson in her Book of Mormon so that she could remember.  I am just so humbled from this experience and to have met this wonderful daughter of our Heavenly Father.  I can wait to see Nicole in Heaven with a perfect body and a perfect mind.    
Its Hermana Gallardos Bday today so we are going to celebrate with some Zaxby's!!  Good ol southern Chicken mmm mmm mmm!!  Im just surprised she didnt choose something Mexican!  Then we are going to hang out with all the sisters in our Zone today so that is exciting!  

We decided to count how many prayers we say in just a normal day.  i thought it was probably like 15 or the end of the night, in just one day we had said 36 prayers!  Praying is awesome!!!
Any ways so life is just dandy as ever here!  I love being a missionary!  I can never say that phase enough!  I know this chruch is true!  i am so thankful for my loving savior who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us.  He loves us so much.  "and the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefor they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it.  yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men."  He loves us so much and he wants us to follow in his footsteps.  He is always here for us and with us.  He suffered it for us because he loves us.  I am so thankful for him.  I am so thankful for my wonderful family too!  I hope you all know how much i love you all.  I love this gospel, and i love being a representavie of Jesus Christ!  All my love and prayers always!
Hermana Stewart

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