Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Final Countdown!

Hellooooo family!!!!

Wow, what a RIDE these last few weeks have been!! But I have learned a TON.
Almost two weeks ago, my companion, Hermana Landazuri got really sick. Her stomach hurt really bad and just wouldn' t go away. So we've been in and out of health clinics and back and forth from Trujillo for so long. We haven't been out to really teach in so long and our poor area was in bad shape. BUT, just as the Lord gives us challenges, he will ALWAYS give us the power and strength we need to overcome them. And he will bless us for our efforts. 
For example. My companion FINALLY felt good enough to leave the room for a bit on Saturday. As the day went by, the Lord guided us to a member who told us of a new family who had just moved in on their block. The wife sells food outside her door and so we started talking to her and she wanted us to come in and meet her family!! So we went in and met her 4 kids. Kenny (11 years old), Elena (8), Milena (6) and Juan (3). And the best part is that THEY ARE MARRIED!! Her and her husband! Sandra and Juan are their names. We taught them about prayer really fast because they had to go somewhere, but they want us to come back!! After so many trials and harships, it was such an AMAZING blessing from Heavenly Father :()
BUT it doesn't stop there!! We go to church on Sunday and Eric, our investigator, showed up on his own and stayed the whole 3 hours and he loved it!! They talked about temples and family history work in Priesthood class, and when he came out he was so ready to make an acount in familysearch.org and everything. So AWESOME.
So For my scripture today, I want to share one of my most favorites. I think I've shared it a few times, but its just that good :) Its D&C 58:2-4 
 For verily I say unto you, blessed is he that keepeth my commandments, whether in life or in death; and he that isfaithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven.
 Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.
 For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand.
I know that it is SOOOOO TRUE! So keep going, even if the way seems dark and unmanagable. The blessings WILL come :)
Love you all!!!
Hermana Stephenson

Pics: Yeserday we had a p-day in the mission home with ALL the sisters in the mission!! I got to see all my old companions (Hermana Hielo, Lindblom, Cladas, and Opdaul) and have just a blast :)

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