Monday, April 11, 2016

There is Sunshine in my Soul Today! And Everyday!

Hello! Hello! Hello!
What a week!  I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am just so happy and loving life as a missionary!  We had such an incredible week.  I love being able to watch the Lord do his work!  Really I am so blessed.

Flor and Rogelio:
We had an amazing lesson with them this week with our Branch President.  We went in there with a huge plan to talk about apostasy and the restoration, but the spirit completely redirected us into something even better that they needed in that moment.  I LOVE THE SPIRIT!!!!!  What would we do without the spirit?  probably just cry haha.  Seriously though, the spirit is amazing in guiding, directing, and teaching what Heavenly Father wants taught to his children.  The lesson was super cool for us because we felt the spirit so clear in our thought that came to us, and every aspect of that lesson was the spirit.  We ended up talking about the Book of Mormon.  We asked them if they did what we asked and prayed about it, and they both did.  We discussed alot about the spirit and the feeling they feel when we come or when they were at church, and for the first time it made them actually think and recognize how the spirit had been working in each of them.  The best was when we asked Flor how she liked church and she responded, "Well i liked it enough to go next Sunday!" in her cute spunky voice.  Oh we love Flor and Rogelio, and so does their Heavenly Father.  They came to church the second week in a row!!!!  It was wonderful and they loved it and the branch!!  So whenever we invite people to do something they always respond "si Dios queire" (if God wants)....and we always respond "Dios siempre queire!!" (God always wants!)  and so one of the members said to Flor and Rogelio when they were leaving on Sunday "we hope we can see you again next week." and Flor was like "si Dios queire.....y el va a querer." (if God wants....and he's going to want!" hahahaha that was a wonderful moment!!  Oh we love them!!!!!!
Quick Funny Stories!

Juice: We teach this really old lady named Maria (go figure) and it has seriously taken us 5 visits to finish teaching the Restoration because she LOVES to talk and tell us her same story every time, bless her cute soul.  so we decided to just watch the Restoration video because then she could just listen.  So we put the video in and before we started we invited her to listen and not talk but just listen.  We were trying so hard not to laugh and at her cute lil comments that had nothing to do with the movie, well some did, she thought the lil deer were really cute haha!  Then right after the first vision, the climax of the whole video where you just cant help but cry and feel the spirit, she turns to us and says"queren jugito?" (do you want juice?) hahah oh we love Maria!!
The ancient 800: so we went to a members with a few members over for dinner house right after we visited maria and telling them about how cute Maria is and some other miracles that had happened that day and then the member asked how old Maria was and i very quickly responded " tiene come ochocientos." (800 years old.) oh boy.....i definitely meant to say "like 80."  then right after that we were talking about how one of the ladies in the ward Hermana Ayala we went and taught her friend and there are two Ayalas, the mom and the daughter.  they asked which one and i said "la hermana antigua." (the ancient hermana).....i guess ancient is not a good word to use as old....oh i felt so bad but it definitely a good laugh everyone and lesson learned for Hermana Stewart.

The Lurdes Miracle!:
So this week we have been doing a whole lot of tracking.  So on Friday we walked 4 miles down the Bufford highway to Plaza Fiesta, a big Hispanic mall to go tracking there.  We didn't have much success but gave out a pass along card.  and on the way back we were walking and there was this lady waiting at the bus stop and the spirit told us we needed to talk to her, so we started talking and she was so nice.  Her name was Lurdes, and we gave her our number and then we got hers.  Then we walked away, we accidentally made her miss her bus cus we were talking with her.  oops haha but she will be grateful for that one day!  So we were a bit bummed that we didn't get her address cus sometimes the numbers dont work that they give us.  We were just hoping to somehow find out where she lives, but its Bufford Highway, that is like finding a needle in a haystack!  Ok so on Saturday we had a RM sister come out with us, and since we are a trio we did lil miny splits throughout the day.  so toward the end of the day we had an appointment with Esteban and investigator and nephew of a less active old lady.  So we decided for this split sister Bringhurst and i went to the lesson and we dropped Sister cuevas and Mckayla off an an department complex near by to visit some former's.  We dropped them off and i jokingly said "wouldn't that be funny if you found Lurdes?!"  we all just laughed because that would be so unlikely.  So after the lesson we went and picked the sisters up, and they came running into the car with huge grins on their faces yelling "we found her, we found her!"  sure enough they found Lurdes.  What a miracle!  She told them that we were welcome to come any time after 8.  What are the chances.  The Lord put her in our path for a reason and he helped us find her. SOOO COOL!!!!!!

8 months of being Companions:
Sister Bringhurst and i have been companions for 8 months tomorrow.  The mission office senior missionaries told us that we have the record for being companions the longest in the Georgia Atlanta Mission.  HAHA i sure do love Sister Bringhurst!  She truly is my companion, friend, and sister!  
Well my wonderful family, i bid you farewell until next week!  I would love to leave you with the worlds of a sunshiny song

"There is sunshine in my soul today, More glorious and bright Than glows in any earthly sky, For Jesus is my light.  Oh, there's sunshine, blessed sunshine When the peaceful happy moments roll. When Jesus shows his smiling face, There is sunshine in the soul"  I hope that you all have a sunshiny week.  That is my hope and prayer always!  I love you all so much!  There is sunshine in our soul today!
Hermana Stewart
p.s. 27 days til we get to see each others faces!!!!!!

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