All’s well that ends well

welp I figure I better write a last email to let you all know that I’m alive and I am coming home this week.  I’m pretty much just in total shock. I’m really not sure how the time has passed so quickly. I know, though, since the beginning it would be like this, like my whole mission was one giant crazy dream. The best dream of my life. really I’m not gonna lie, it’s been hard.  But for that same reason it has been so amazing. I have pushed myself outside of my comfort zone time and time again, putting all my trust in the Lord. and He has helped me to change in ways I never thought possible.

This past week has been crazy weird. It was Semana Santa, so most people went to the beach and to visiting family.  But we did see lots of miracles anyway…we got to find lots of new people and look for old investigators in the area book. aaaaannnnnddd GENERAL CONFERENCE, the highlight of my 6 months. Wow it was so amazing to listen to the prophet’s voice and feel the spirit. Every time I receive spiritual confirmations of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The spirit speaks to my spirit, testifying of Christ and of His redeeming power.
My favorite thing to teach about in lessons is JESUS CHRIST.  I know that He lives. That only He has the power to heal our wounds, our pains, our sins. He is the center of everything we do in the church and the reason we are here. I have seen the changes He makes in the lives of others and in my own life.
I know I haven’t been great about writing in this group email, but I just want all of you to know, if you are reading this, that really the only things that matter in life is our relationship with God and our family and friends. When I came out of the mission, it was like all of the superficial stuff was stripped away and just me, trying with a my heart to be a disciple of Christ. And in that one simple endeavor I have felt more joy than I ever have doing anything else. A joy that lasts. that won’t end when I finish my mission, if I keep doing what I’ve been doing…if I keep my priorities straight. I pray to always to live so I’ll be ready to appear before God one day.
See you all soon,

hna Stephens

 

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I got transferred to Navarrete

The weeks have flown by I have barely had time to breathe!

Like a week or 2 weeks ago, I got transferred to Navarrete, I feel very blessed to be here, the people are humble and faithful and we have already seen so many miracles. I have been learning so much from the people. An awesome guy named Tommy got baptized a week ago, he’s so humble and obedient, he doesn’t know everything but he has the faith to ACT on what he does know!! I have felt so blessed to learn from his quiet obedience. Also my companion, Hna Escoto is the perfect last companion…so patient and filled with the Spirit. There are some times when we are teaching when the spirit just overcomes me and i want to cry, it is so incredible. I live for those moments.
I love the mission and wouldn’t trade my time here for anything. I know this work is true….The LORD loves us!
Hna Stephens
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Dominican winter or a typhoon?

Hello everyone,

It has been raining nonstop for like 4 days and I’m kinda confused. I’ve been sleeping with a sweatshirt, and actually have been COLD!  Well maybe someone could look up weather conditions in Santiago to make sure everything is ok!

jk …it’s just a tropical bipolar island.
But fun things have been happening!!  I played soccer this morning and ate ice cream and lots of people are progressing!  We literally live in El Paraiso (literally its the name of our neighborhood).
I LOVE THE MISSION.  Literally no greater joy than sharing the gospel everyday.
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 Hna Contreras y yo y guacamole

 

The Moment of Truth

Hello World,

I haven’t written anything in like 100 years so today,  I’ll write a little 🙂
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

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.
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