Monday, December 14, 2015

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Awesome Sister'! P-Day!
Hi family!!
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!

This week has been a wonderful week!!!!  Something really awesome that happened is that Elder Holland came and did our mission conference on Saturday and we all got to shake his hand!!!!!  SO! awesome!!!!!!  That was definitely quite a privelidge and man is he BOLD!  It was great!!!

1.Tuesday: so on tuesday morning we left the house at 10 am which is really rare for us cus we usually do Language study 10-11 and training for Hermana Meneses 11-12 but we really felt like we should go and try and contact some referals in the morning. sWitching things up!  so parked and got out of the car and we walking and trying to find this one appartment in this huge appartment complex and we saw this guy getting into his van like maybe 20ft ahead of us.  and instantly the spirit told me we needed to go talk to him.  But instantly i got scared....oh Hermana Stewart is such a scardy cat sometimes!  But i knew we had too, but he was unlocking his car and i started walking faster because i didnt want him to get in his car.  But for somereason he was having such a hard time getting his door unlocked (totally the Lord helped his key be sticky or something haha) so finally we made it to him and i just went over and my comps got the Q and we started talking to him.  He was really nice and we only talked to him for just a second cus he said he had to go to work but we gave him a card and he said he would call us....they all say that hah!  anyways so after that happened we were talking as a companionship and Hermana Bringhurst was like, oh i had the same feeling as you, and we were all so glad we went and talked to him.  The cool thing is that we as a companionship were all in tune and thinking the same thing!!  anyway so right after that happened there was two ladies and a little girl walking behind us and we just started talking to them.  We asked them if they were excited for christmas and asking them what they eat on christmas, and threw in a few "how to begin teaching points" from preach my gospel.  And before we knew it we were all the way across the appartment complex and had been walking for about 10 minutes!  Then we asked if we could come and visit her sometime and she said she would love that.  She recieved us so well!!  By now we can tell real good who likes us and who doesnt ha!  so we are meeting with her tomorrow so that was a really good miracle to have!!  We know that we were supposed to leave the appartment at that time and change the order of when we did those other 2 hours of study for a reason!  We really needed to meet these wonderful ladies!  and the Lord definitely puts people in our paths that are ready and prepared to hear about the restored gospel!!

2.A family!!!
So after elder Holland we decided we wanted to go tracking!  We prayed about this one appartment complex if it was the right place and imedietely we all looked at each other and didnt feel good about it.  we prayed really hard on where we needed to go and so we were driving down Buford Hwy and we felt really good about these one appartment complexes.  So we pulled in and went a knocking.  We got a few return appointments with some people and taught the Restoration to this awesome guy and got a return appointment.  And the whole time we were knocking these appartments there was a family in the middle grounds playing soccor a dad and 3 kids.  They kind of kept watching us and the kids would kept saying hola to us.  and then finally when we exhausted the 2 hours of knocking doors we went up to this dad and started talking to him!  He was so nice!!  the kids were so cute!!  so we asked if we could come teach them sometime and he invited us back for the next day (sunday).  So yesterday we went and they were actaully there!!!  We taught the whole family, except the mom(she was cooking, but she was listening :) ) We taught the Restoration, and i know ive said this before but its so true, i never get sick of teaching the Restoration!!  Its such a powerful message!  then we invited the dad to pray after we taught them how to pray and we knelt with them in their little living room as a family and he prayed a good prayer!!  it was the first time he ever prayed and it was so cute and funny because the oldest girl she is 9, in the prayer the dad got really nervous and she started laughing and she like slapped her (not hard haha) and was like dont laugh.  They are the cutest family!!  We are excited to teach them next sunday again!!!!! :) yay for families!!

3.We made it through the Chastity lesson!
We taught our investigotor that is on date for the 26th in the home of one of the families in our branch and the lesson went so great!!!  He accepted to followow the law and he is progressing soo much!!!!!!  He is so excited to get baptized because he knows that this is correct and that Heavenly Father is so proud of him!

Some Funny's:
1. So the other day we went over to a newly married couple in our ward's house to visit them and get to know them and see how they were doing.  The appointment was at 8 in the night and we hadnt planned on eating at their house, and we hadnt eaten like all day so we were so hungry but thats the norm for a missionary, food becomes last prioraty!  there are lives to be saved!!  We were talking to the wife for a few minutes and then her husband gets home off work and walks in with a big ol pizza and it looked and spelt sooo good.  Let me remind you all, We dont get your average jo food you would eat in america.  Rice, bean and tortillas is where it is at here haha.  So we did a little lesson with them and visited with them for a little bit.  And then the wife was like "quieren pizza?" "do you want pizza?" and i guess without a second of hesitation i was like "OK!!" and then they all laughed and i didnt mean to be so quick to answer haha.  We are very polite, and go about this situation in a much better way.  But i havent eaten pizza in ages!!  I just couldnt help myself!  We sat down and me and Hermana Bringhurst just couldnt even hold our excitment in!  it tasted sooo goood!!!  

2.So yall know how me and Dad like our pankakes.  Go big or go home right!  2 Pancakes, penut butter smothered on both.  With two dunky eggs on top and syrup everywhere!  mmmm yummy in my tummy!  so Hermana Bringhurst has always thought i have had weird concoctions (most of which i have learned from you never lead me astray, sure luv ya! ) grill cheese sandwhitch with hot dogs in it, raman noodles with hot dogs in it (most include hot dogs... gotta love the mission life, mission budget, and hot dogs serve for great nutritional value ;) ) and many other including the pancakes with eggs.  Well i have you know that Hermana Bringhurst has officially tried every single one of my "weird concations" always doubting before, but loving it after wardds!!!  So yeah we ate the pankake thing yesterday so that just reminded me haha.
Anyway what a week!  Life is going quite superb!  There is now officially 11 days til Christmas!!  oh my goodness im so excited to see yalls cute faces!!!!  I love this time of the year!  I love learning more about Jesus Christ as i remeber him and testify each and every day that he lives!  He is Jesus the Christ.  He is the light and the life of the world.  In my personal study this morning i was reading in 3 nephi, one of my most favorite books in the Book of Mormon.  He is such an example to each of us and i wanted to share just a few things of what i learned today of his teachings. 

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.

3"but seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all theses things shall be added unto you."  What an amazing reminder of what we should be seeking above all.  Where are our priorities?  I love this invitaion the Savior teaches us to seek to build up his kingdom and all other things will fall into place if we seek this first.  This could be reading our scriptures before doing some other worldly thing that is benefitting or building the kingdom of God.  i love this principle the Savior gives unto us.

4. "all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." 3 nephi 14:12.  We have been taught this since we were young.  Treat others how you want to be treated.  Say to others what we would want said to us.  I absolutely love this teaching of the Savior.  

I am so thankful for the Book of Mormon and that everyday when i open it, i find things that stick out to me that maybe i need to work on to be a little better and these are some of the things i learned this morning, i find guidence daily, and i recieve personal revelation for myself and for this area we are in.  being a represtative of the Savior in quite the privelege.  I have the responsablitly to represent him well, say what he would say if he were here, act as though he would act, do as what he would do, and say what he would say.  Im thankful for my Savior and the example he is to me.  I feel so blessed every day of my life.  He has given us all the greatest gift we could ever have, eternal life.  I love my Savior Jesus Christ so much.  I love you all so much.  have and amazing week and talk to you soon.  and remeber It is the Most Wonderful time of the year!!
Hermana Stewart :)
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