Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Heavenly Father Loves Us and Wants to Hear From Us!

Another week gone by here in Portland and it is just so crazy how fast the mission time flies. Granted at times its super slow but when you look back you have been gone for 6 months and only have a year left to help people everyday all day. I love being a missionary. Seriously the best calling ever, and it is pretty cool to be able to literally wear the name of Christ everyday. This week has been pretty awesome, we had exchanges so that was great. I went to another area to be with Sister Koener and then Sister Michaud stayed here and the other STL came to be with her. It was a lot of fun. We met some pretty great people and this lady gave us like a ton of cards...so now i can write with these fantastic native american wolf cards. So legit. It was really nice to have a change of scenery but I am glad to be back in Columbia River talking to the people that I know and love. 
We have had some really great miracles this week. Debbie decided to be baptized on the 29th, it would have been this weekend but we didn't have enough time to get her all of the lessons taught before her interview. But she is awesome. She brings her grandson with her to church and he just LOVES primary. At the end of sacrament meeting he was so scared that he was late for class that he almost ran out of the chapel. They even gave him an assignment for next week. She is doing great as well and told us in her lesson that she knows it is all true and has since the beginning. It is amazing how this gospel truly blesses people. She is going to have her kids come to her baptism so we are praying that that opens up another missionary opportunity so they can all be sealed together. 
Gladys is also doing great and is hungering after the gospel. She wants more and more to read so we are trying to find her cool talks and we are giving her an ensign this week. She just is so committed to everything and feels at peace when she reads from the scriptures and prays about it. She was reading from the gospel principles manual and it talked about praying in the morning and at night. She said that she never did that so as soon as she read it she started doing it. Just little things make such a huge difference, and sometimes I feel like I take for granted the wonderful knowledge that we have. 
Everyone else is doing good, we are worried about a few because they have been slacking on their commitments and church attendance. Which is so huge! We HAVE to go to church. It is so so so important. Jeffery has canceled his lessons like all transfer and we have only met with him twice as a companionship. So we haven't dropped him yet but we haven't quite figured out what we are going to do yet. We keep praying for him though. It is all about desire, if the desire isn't there, we literally talk until we are blue in the face but it won't change them. Real intent man, its real. Also the pacific islanders are MIA, we dropped them because they never kept their appointments and then never answered our phone calls or texts. 
We had zone meeting this week which was awesome and we learned about the doctrine of Christ which is faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the holy ghost, and enduring to the end. It was pretty awesome. We talked a lot about how we need to be converted in order to help others be converted. Sister Michaud and I have been teaching a lot about CPR lately. Church - Pray - Read. Those three things allow us to build our foundation on Christ and help us hold to the rod when the mist of darkness come - and they will come. So many people loose their way when they forget the small things. The thing that has really changed me since I have been here is that - CPR - and doing it daily. The scriptures are amazing and I just LOVE them. But for real. And heavenly father loves us and wants to hear from us. The God of the universe wants us to pray to him. Wow. Blows my mind man. But its real. And he is real and he loves us so very very much. 
We also had a lot of laughs this week - like usual, our district leader bought us a 10 lb Hermiston watermelon...he told us to go to the relief society room one day and there it was just sitting there in all of its glory. It was amazing. We are so blessed to have awesome mission leadership. And to answer your question mother, President Taylor has been out 2 years so he will go home around when i do. So hopefully I only have him for my mission president. Cause lets be real, he is the best one ever. We also met with another crazy man this week. He had some interesting ideas about the world and about Christ. He thought he was part of the galaxy police and they are going to show themselves within the next few years. So that was fun. We aren't going back over there again. We also had an awesome lesson with a Jewish man on his doorstep about prophets. We are hopefully going to be seeing him this week. And I got to have jimmy johns for lunch while on exchanges, so that was basically the best thing ever. 
Well I hope you all have a wonderful week and remember in whom you have trusted! 
Sister Stephens 

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