Monday, December 5, 2016

blessings from Heaven!


Do you remember last week when I said that we had a district miracle and all of us found a new investigator? Well, they have all dropped us.. haha. I am a firm believer that Heavenly Father sometimes gives a miracle just for the moment when we really need it. But because of our desire to work hard we have really been able to see more miracles and the fruits that come from working hard! 
We have really been praying to find people who could be baptised in December. We went through our former investigators from the area and tried by some of them. One lady met missionaries over 20 years ago and she absolutely loves the church and we will be able to teach her this coming week. Another man we met on the street has met with missionaries before as well and loves them! We are also seeing him this week. It has just been amazing to see Heavenly Father's hand in our work. 
One of the families in our ward called the Nappers gave us a referral this week. It is amazing because we have been prayerfully helping them become more involved in missionary work and to invite their friends to activities and church. Sister Melgarejo and I stopped by the referral, her name is Carmen (she is even from Spain!! such a blessing for Sister Mel!) and we were able to teach her the first lesson and she invited us to come back to learn more! She even said that she feels like this is the right time to learn more. She said the Nappers have been such a great example to her and her family and she wants to be more like them. We testified that it is because of their faith in Jesus Christ. 
We have really been blessed this week!I am so grateful for the power of prayer and fasting. I have seen the blessings that come from both of those things this week. We will continue to pray and fast for these 'ones' we have been lead to find. And we will keep working hard to find more of Heavenly Father's children to teach. 
One of my goals recently is to work on developing the girt of charity. I know this is something that I can really help me to feel more love and compassion for people I talk to and help me have a stronger desire to serve those around me. 
Because Christmas is just around the corner I have a Christmas challenge for each family! So for me, one of the greatest gifts I have ever received is the Book of Mormon. I know that because of that book we can know that God is there and He loves us. I challenge each family to write their testimonies in a Book of Mormon and wrap it up and prayerfully decide who you want to give it to for Christmas! I know that it is the best gift you can give and someone can receive! Let me know how it goes :)

I love you all so much!!! Enjoy all the beautiful snow and fun Christmasy things! But don't forget to remember the reason for the season!!


Sister Stevens xxx

We got help help decorate a tree for a member family.  But it was the saddest night.  She had just separated from her husband, she has 3 young kids and the their little boy who is almost 2 has cancer and had not been doing well.  She asked us to come help because she was moving.  About 20 minutes after we left he passed away.  She told us a couple days later that is was such a blessing to have us there that night.  We all just cried when we found out.  So sad, but she is so strong and she is grateful he isn't suffering anymore.  She wants us to sing at his funeral this week.  This will be the 3rd funeral I've been to since being on my mission.

Dinner at the missionary house with our district and 2 recent converts

lol last Pday my back was hurting too bad...