I can’t believe it’s already Monday again, time flies when you’re a missionary. I cant express my gratitude for all the emails and prayers sent. I wish I had the time to respond to everyone but just know that all your words have meant the world to me! I have felt Heavenly Fathers love so much this week. Of course there are still challenges but we need sorrow to feel joy! We had 3 full days of complete blue sky and sunshine and it was a miracle for England! It was such a blessing from heaven. I even got sunburnt on my cheeks a little! crazy haha.
Last Monday for pday a member took me and Sister Pro to Skipton castle! We got to drive through the English country side and see fields of the greenest grass and so many little lambs! I felt like I was in a movie! The castle was very old but so cool! I’ll send pics. The member is around 70 something and he loves the sisters so much! He always buys us chocolate and other food. He is so sweet, and he gives rides to our investigators and us all the time. I don’t know how we would be missionaries without him.
A is still progressing, we had to move his date back because its tough for him to understand things because English isn’t his first language (we are literally teaching no English people) but he has been keeping his commitments and he can tell a change in his life since he has been meeting with us. It’s so cool to actually witness someone changing because they know what they need to do to become happier. It is such a miracle! We had a member come with us when we taught him and when she was saying the closing prayer A just started crying and at first we were all scared but he said that the prayer made him cry and we explained that was the Holy Ghost. It was such an amazing moment! He knows this is true and I am so happy for him!
haha funny story, we had a tea appointment at the Bishops house (they are the best and they are hilarious) and they had this hole in the floor because they were fixing something and it was like 3 feet deep at least. When we were getting ready to leave we were shaking Bishops hand and one of his legs fell in the hole hahaahah but he got up really fast like nothing happened and then he looks down at his pants and he has a huge rip in them. Oh my gosh we were laughing so hard, you should have seen his wife she couldn’t even breath haha it felt so good to laugh so hard.
One thing I have been studying in preach my gospel this week is the power of a testimony. When you’re a missionary you don’t always know what to say (people think you do, but you really don’t) but when I don’t have anything to say I testify of Christ because that is how you can help people feel the spirit. It is so important to testify because it invites the spirit and you can state with confidence that you know what you have said is true. Testifying is key! I am so grateful for the inspiring words of our Prophets and Apostles and the Book of Mormon especially. I have been studying more prayerfully this week and it has helped me realize how much good is in it! It has so many lessons and so much advice! I admire Joseph Smith so much. Everything he did was for the Lord, not for himself. It is so important that we are following Gods plan for us because he knows us so well! I am so thankful to be apart of the only true church and as a member of it we are commanded to share it with others. So this week, I challenge all of you to reach out to someone who could use the gospel more in their life. You don’t necessarily have to teach them about the restoration or even share a Book of Mormon, just show them that you truly care about them and you want to help them. Get out of yourself and follow Christs example. Ask yourself, what would Christ do? I am thankful that my Heavenly Father has blessed me with this opportunity to learn so much and to become the person he wants me to be. I love this gospel and I love my Heavenly Father, and I love all of you!
Thank you again for all the love and support!
xoxo, Sister Stevens