The Moment of Truth

Hello World,

I haven’t written anything in like 100 years so today,¬† I’ll write a little ūüôā
I’m here for another month and a half in Los Jardines with Hna Contreras, that means I will spend a full 6 months here. Honestly the Lord knows perfectly what we need, and I am so excited to see what happens this next transfer.¬† I know there is so much more to do and I am excited that the Lord has trust in me another to leave me here for more time.
This week. we had a miracle. A big one. We have been teaching this lady named Livia. We first started teaching her Christmas night, we found her in the house of her sister-in-law, and then she invited us to return and teach her in her house! She is 73, and doesn’t read perfectly but understands everything very well for her age.¬† She is very open to new ideas, and has been reading in the Book of Mormon, she has even come to church twice. But she hadn’t prayed yet to know if it is true. This week, we taught her about the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Spirit was so strong, guiding every word and I knew that Livia felt it too. Then at the end of the lesson, we invited her to follow the example of Christ and to be baptized. She said, “I have prayed and asked God. I felt peace. I KNOW that this is true”.¬†¬†When she spoke those simple words, the Spirit bore a powerful witness; the Spirit taught us the truth.
In the liahona (a church magazine) from this month, there is a quote from a woman who said (something like): “Truth is truth.¬† It doesn’t matter where we are from. That is what should bind us together.”
As missionaries, we work and work and work so that people can learn and feel what is true.  Because like Christ said, the truth will set us free.  And when a moment comes when we can accomplish that purpose, it makes every sacrifice worth it.
I love my Savior. I am so grateful for the gospel he taught, so that if we live it, we can be set free.
Hna Stephens
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12/18/17

This week I think i walked more than 50 miles…not even joking. But we saw a lot of miracles!!! Lisette has received an answer to her prayers and can literally feel the peace that the gospel has brought her! She is coming to church every week and reading and studying and progressing a lot. It is truly remarkable how the Lord prepares the hearts of the people. Lisette had to pass through a really hard trial to be ready to receive the restored gospel. But she has said that God has a purpose behind everything. I have been thinking about that a lot this week. How yes, we have our agency, but if we let the Spirit guide us, the Lord will lead us exactly to where He needs us. He orchestrates even the tiniest details in our lives.

We were walking in the street one day and I was pondering about that, and I felt the Spirit tell me to go contact down a certain dead-end street. For a couple of seconds I reasoned that no, that it was just my feelings, that there is no one there. But then I decided to listen. We turned around and walked down the street. We got the end and i looked at hna Contreras and was just like what do we do know. Then we started talking to these two kids. We asked one to go get his mom so we could talk to her. She came out, we introduced ourselves, and she said I know that church really well. A lot of people in my family are members. It turns out she was just visiting at her sister’s house, but she gave us her number and told us to pass by hers. To me, that was a huge miracle.
God really does know us well, and has a plan for each one of us. He will guide us to where He needs us if we let him. There are no coincidences!
Hna Stephens

Feliz Navidad!

Hello everyone!

Merry Christmas! Everything is great here! It’s been hard because around the holidays, everyone goes on vacation…and doesn’t want to listen to missionaries. BUT despite the trials of the season, we have enjoyed the spirit of Navidad.
Ok I have no time but hope everything is great at home!  Here are some pics from the past month.
hna stephens

Hermana Anderson dies (This is mission terminology meaning her companion is going home and Emily is her last companion)

It’s the last couple of days of Hermana¬†Anderson and we’ve been going big !!!!!!

Today we ate 2 ice creams EACH (Hermana Merrill so you know it was Yogun Fruz in jumbo).
It’s been sad because all good things come to an end….
I have learned so much from the example of Hermana¬†Anderson and we have worked so hard together. We have had so many amazing experiences and seen so many miracles together. But it’s now time for us to go and learn other lessons!
I love it here in Los Jardines. It’s been a lucha but the members here are absolutely amazing and stong and love to share the gospel. We will keep seeing miracles thanks to their hard work and goodness.
This past week we taught an atheist. I was surprised because I didn’t know any lived here! Ok all joking aside it was a really cool lesson and a great experience to testify of God the Father and the Living Christ.
Whenever I start to write I always forget everything that happened this week.
But everyday I am so grateful for the mission and all i learn everyday. I love doing the Lords work, it’s the greatest joy.
Hermana Stephens

a prophet, seer, and revelator

wow what an incredible couple of weeks we have had! We have received a ton of amazing council from our leaders, including direction and council straight from the mouth of Elder Cook. It was an experience beyond words. The choir preformed beautifully (we were very proud). The spirit was amazingly strong, I will never forget what I felt when Elder Cook testified of the Resurrected Savior. I know without a doubt that he is an ordained Apostle of the Lord and a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator. I feel so grateful for the testimony I have receive from the Holy Spirit and for the chance I had to hear the words of the Lord like that. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. There is no greater blessing that being in the service of the Lord.
well, I’m having trouble remembering other things that have happened hahah but I do i have two embarrassing experiences from yesterday. 1. we had taught a class in young women’s and after bearing our testimonies and finishing, i went to go sit down and fell out of my chair. it would have been funny but we were feeling the spirit really strong and it was just awkward ahah 2. we took our investigator to a young single adult broadcast thing that elder cook was giving from Santo Domingo. We started to feel uncomfortable when he started talking about marriage, and then we looked around and it was basically a big group date, plus us and our investigador. lol
everything is wonderful down here. I’m grateful for the trials i have had, i know they are making me stronger! I love the work, and I love the Lord,
until next week
hna stephens

No email this week from Hermana Stephens! But here is a picture that was sent to me from the mission office where she serves as a Sister Training Leader!

So¬†Emily Stephens¬†has been out of touch the last two weeks. Well, last week we briefly exchanged messages (shortest exchange ever) and this was promised…”mom i love you im sorry i have to go!!!!!
I LOVE YOU I AM SO SORRY ILL WRITE AND SEND PICS NEXT WEEK.”
Well yesterday….came and went…nothing. I was a bit worried so I emailed her mission and received this response and picture! “Your daughter was with us in the office yesterday. She is well. We had a great conversation about schooling after the mission. I wish I could provide more info as to why she didn’t write. Just remind her next week how much her letters meant to you. BTW, this pic was from her visit yesterday.”

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This was sent on Wednesday:

Hey mom

im reallly sorry all the internet centers were closed! but dad sent me a pic of you guys outside the temple and you look so great. so happy.
my week has been really great. We have had some miracle lessions with this one member who is amazing. I love the work so much and it has been amazing here. this monday we went shopping and ate mexican food.

ok some things we did this week
we had a meeting with all the leaders of the mission on halloween. It was amazing i learned so much and the spirit was so strong. also my comp and i dressed up…i was her (i wore her nametag and her clothes) and she was me (in my nametag and my clothes). it was really really great
we had another rehersal with the choir and it sounds a lot better. I almost happy with it.
we had an awesome noche del hogar with a member family and their neighbor. The neighbor is super ready for the gospel and awesome and we sang karakoe. IT was super funny.
my comp got sick…sad
we felt the spirit a lot
i ate a frosty at mcdonalds.
okokok i love you talk to you on monday
em