We had such a great week here in the Vancouver third Ward. I'm sure you are all just dying to hear about transfers. So I will be leaving and going to Woodland! It is in the Longview stake and I now cover Woodland 1st and 2nd Ward. And my companion is sister Girot, I have served with her before and she is super awesome so I'm way excited. Except yesterday at church they announced that I was leaving and I bore my testimony for the last time in the 3rd Ward. It was so sad. I love these people so so much. It's been so hard saying goodbye to everyone. But I'm sure I will love Woodland and am excited for the change. It's really close to La Center so I will be back to the boonies :) so that is transfer news. Now for President Taylor news. He was released from the hospital yesterday and his sole purpose is to get better. So for the next month or so we will be having an IFR which is an in field representative that will come and take the ecclesiastical assignments over for president and sister Taylor until president is recovered. Which they are expecting a month or so. So this week we will have a new couple out here to help and guide the wvm. So our week has been great. We have been finding like crazy and it has been so awesome. We had a lesson with our new investigator Courtney. We found her in November and she said to come back after the first of the year so we did. She has belonged to other churches before and just hasn't felt that they were it. So now we are teaching her. We taught her about the restoration and how she can come to know for herself by reading the Book of Mormon. She was so open and excited to learn. The sisters will be going back this week but I will be gone. But she's golden. We also found a family this week. The parents are Nicole and Casey. We saw them New Year's Eve and they said to come back over and we have a few times. We were supposed to have a lesson with them on Saturday but she was sick so we had to reschedule for Tuesday. I don't really know a lot about them but they are good friends with a family in the Ward. So pray it goes well!! We found another family this week as well. Laura and Aaron. We knocked on their door and talked to them about the restoration and the Book of Mormon. We set up a return appointment so that's always good. We continue to work with members in the Ward who need more knowledge and strengthening and that has been really cool. Especially seeing how the Book of Mormon impacts their life. We leave assignments with them to read and it really is changing them. As well as helping them understand more fully the doctrines of Christ, like faith and repentance. Which then helps them to overcome the things they are struggling with. It's pretty cool how the gospel works. It's all for our benefit and learning. Heavenly Father just loves us so so much. Church this week was really great, in sacrament we talked about our purpose in life and in Sunday school we talked about our heavenly family. It was all good and just a great time to feel the spirit. Let's see what else happened this week.....well I cut my hair!! I hadn't done it in a year so it was needed. She took off three inches so it's pretty short but now a lot better. I said I would never get a short missionary hair cut and I did!!! Oh well Haha. Just in time for a new transfer and a new area. I love you all so much and pray for you everyday! Love, Sister Stephens
Sister de Leon!