All the kids followed Sister Stapp and Sister Valesco!
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Hello! I love you all and hope you are all doing great!
I am having a great week (of course) I am just so so happy to be here as usual :)
We are healthy and happy. I love my companion sister Velasco she is so wonderful and makes me laugh all the time! She just got a toothache today so we are hoping it is not her wisdom teeth. Yikes. Other than that it is great. We are here in Dagupan right now at the church employment resource center. It is nice in here because it is free to use the comp and it is air con! yay!
Anyway this morning we had zone studies and we had a scripture chase it was so fun!
Our zone here in Dagupan is really great :)
This week sister Velasco and I held a special study for the sisters. We talked about having short and powerful lessons. All the sisters in our zone are so great and talented. They are so in tune with the spirit! I love them. Working with the sisters is the best responsibility to have :)
Also this week we had a great lesson with our investigator brother Rodrigo. He has had a hard time praying and asking Heavenly Father if Joseph Smith was a true prophet so last night we decided to invite him to pray during the lesson. We all knelt down and he prayed and asked. We were all quiet afterward just feeling what the spirit was telling us. We were silent for about 10 minutes. We had 2 branch missionaries with us that are preparing to serve missions soon. After being silent I realized that one of the branch missionaries was crying. Afterward we all shared how we felt. The one that was crying said he finally received the answer he had been waiting for. He has been asking and asking since he became a member and he received a sure answer now from the spirit at that time. Bro Rodrigo also said he felt so so happy and that he knew that being baptized was the right thing to do.
I am so grateful for the spirit! We cannot do this work without the spirit!
Also this week me and Sister Velasco were walking trying to find investigators when a few children started to follow us. This is normal I just smile and talk with them . The few turned into ten which turned into over 20!! They formed a parade behind us and were chanting and clapping "Americana! Americana!" over and over! It was so so cute. They were so so cute and were so exited to take a pic with me. I love them so much and I want to hug every one of them!
I am sorry for the short email! I love you all!!!
I am sorry for the short email! I love you all!!!
Tell Lacy I love her! I also got a dearelder from Kelly a while a go. Tell her i love her and I am praying for the success of Iain!
I love you all so much. 1 year can you believe it??? I cannot!
Posted by ~Stappsters~ at 11:49 PM
Monday, July 15, 2013
Kumusta family and friends! I am happy to be able to email you again and share with you my week.
I love hearing from you and about all your trips and experiences. it is so great! This week.well this week started off great because we had zone interviews!! We were so privileged to see our Mission President and Sister Monahan and the Assistants. They all gave great workshops . We each had an interview with president which always is a good experience. president Monahan is so loving and kind and he always gives good tips on improvement. The way he helps us is by letting us think of solutions to problems ourselves. This interview I was expressing to him the hard time me and sis. Valesco are having in finding less actives. and he said, "so you are having trouble finding. Well lets read a scripture in Alma26:27" (you all should read it) we read the verse and that is all he said about it. I realized that no matter how hard the work is, we just have to keep going on and we will be successful . No Effort is wasted!! :)
Also at the interviews the assistants gave a great workshop where they had us each share our testimony and share why we came on a mission. It was so inspiring to hear everyone share and feel the spirit. I shared my testimony that i came on a mission because I know this is the true church of Christ and I know how lives are changed through the gospel. I am so happy to be here and serving the Lord at this time.
We are so happy this week because we have a new investigator named Brother Rudy. we went to his house looking for his less-active son. His son wasn't there so we shared a message with him. He was very receptive and quickly accepted the invitation to attend church. Then yesterday, he was at church!! He looked so happy there and welcomed. Turns out he knows many many members. They were all happy to see him and encouraged him to come back. He said he would come back :) it is so nice when the branch is so loving and welcoming!
Also this week we had a branch activity! We had a family movie night where we watched "The restoration" and "Together forever" We handed out invitations to all the members and out investigators. Out investigator Rodrigo was late he caught the end of "Together Forever" he was late because of work. But we were able to teach him after the movie night and he was happy about that. The members had a great time and ate popcorn and snacks. I am hoping the movie night will be a monthly thing now :)
Well I love you all and I am so happy i am here on my mission.
btw I received your packages!
I love you grandma and grandpa! Your package was perfect. I love you so so much!
I also got a letter form Kate. Is she in London right now?
I got one from Kara! I love you!!
And from Stephen Griffin. Tell him thanks!
Posted by ~Stappsters~ at 11:41 AM
Monday, July 8, 2013
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