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!!!!!
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.”


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

the past 3 weeks…SATANAS ES BASURA

Sorry I’ve been mia for a little bit…its just been literally insane, we’re super busy always and I feel like a hardly have try to write!! But transferred happened this past week, and Hermana Anderson and I still together #dreamteam

Its been really, really great here in Los Jardines. It’s the promised land. The members are SO WONDERFUL with the work and really do love and help our investigators. We had a young adult activity last Monday in the house of some members with our investigador…I hadn’t laughed that hard in a while. At one point while we were sharing a spiritual thought, the dad of the family just goes on a rant and finished by saying SATANAS ES BASURA (satan is trash) and then he just gets up and leaves the room. That’s my new life motto.

Other fun things that have happened….

there was a sewer overflowing in the street for a week.  They fixed it but it still smells like sewer junk…

Also we have had some super AMAZING MARAVILLOSA experience with finding SUPER prepared people. One girl started crying when we shared lesson one, and then when we came back she had read THE ENTIRE PAMPHLET (that never happens) and part of the Book of Mormon!!!!!! We were ecstatic. Also one of our amazing investigators named Yissel said she knows Joseph Smith was a prophet, and then this past Sunday she came to church with her entire family. I could have cried of joy.

Also my comp and I are organizing a choir for when Elder Cook (oh yeah did i mention that THE Elder Cook, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ) is coming the MISSION SANTIAGO!!!!! Anyway we’ve spent the past week auditioning people over the phone that’s been really exciting and hilarious.  (This is mom speaking here: I also will tell you that Emily has been asked to conduct this choir and she is super excited about it…can you tell?!)

Basically the mission IS THE BEST THING EVER and I wish I could be a missionary my whole life (if i could also see my fam ….love you guys). Even though we are attacked often by the adversity, like always in life, we see miracles everyday. I have a stronger testimony of Jesus Christ, I feel the power of his atoning sacrifice more than I ever had. I love being His servant, I know I am imperfect but that is the miracle, He is still able to bring about His great and eternal purposes through us, the weak and young of the world. How I love this gospel and the Lord! I challenge all of you who are reading this letter (all 5 of you:) ) to look OUTWARD and not INWARD because that is where true joy is found.

love you all,

hna stephens

elder vasquez’s b-day

my desk

mcdonalds with the hermanas

elder morfin DIED

batidas 🙂

general conference…we hear the voice of the Lord!!!

what a wonderful weekend of general conference we were blessed to enjoy! I felt the spirit very strongly, especially during the first hour. These are just feelings that are hard to explain…so everyone go watch it for yourseves!!!! lds.org

I feel so blessed to be here in the mission, to see miracles everyday! I know the Lord loves us and wants us to be happy, which is why he gave us his gospel!!
love you all,
ps i lucky enough to eat the closest thing to east coast pizza that i could get

talk to everyone!!!!!!!


para que sepan I survived hurricane maria and we are all doing ok here in the mission. There was a lot of wind and rain but we just stayed hunkered down in the house and waited it out. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for other people here, there are some people who lost everything. Please keep everyone down here in your prayers.
But besides all of the rain, everything is going super well down here. These past two weeks have been full of miracles, but I want to talk about one miracle in particular. We had a zone conference like a week ago with Elder Fortuna of the 70, and I learned a lot about how we need to talk to everyone!! So one way we started doing that was in the Rutas! (rutas are these cars that drive on a rute…you can just hope in one and get out when you want.  Because we are in Santiago and our area is huge, we use rutas a lot). Before in rutas I would just sit back and enjoy the ride. Now, we contact!  Some cool things have happened because of it:
1. Hna Anderson contacted a member in another ward- lol
2. I contacted a guy who is an investigator of the elders in our ward- lol
3. We contacted a ruta driver that the elders in our ward had already contacted- lol
B ut all joking aside, miracles have happened! The elders contacted this lady named Laura in a ruta who lives in our areas. We were able to find her in her house yesterday and she was super amazing, funny, and had almost gotten baptized as a kid!! Her life could change because the Elders were not afraid to open their mouths.  Also, I have been really growing as a missionary.  I have been learning that a lot of people are really open to talk about religion (well most…I contacted a guy this week that told me that all religions are businesses…but then some guy in the back started defending God and it was super cool).  A lot of times we have fear to open our mouths and talk to people because we are not sure if they will reject us or start hating on the Mormons, but really most people are super nice and willing to talk! Whenever we feel scared to open our mouths, that’s Satan trying to stop the work.  An amazing member here, Patricia this week asked her friend to listen to us and her friend accepted everything and told Patricia that she loves the Book of Mormon. We never know who will accept and who won’t if we don’t open our mouths and ask!
I know the Lord knows us and he blesses us when we obey him. I love the mission so much; it is the best decision I have ever made, and everyday I pray to be worthy of the sacred calling I hold.
Hna Stephens
zone conference,
Vicky got baptized!! This awesome haitan dude who is trying to teach mecreol and has an awesome testimony
proselytizing in a hurricane no big deal

Los Jardines

Hey everyone,

Big changes this week! I got a HUGE surprise last monday, I found out that I would be taken out of Bonao, even though I was only half done training Hna Schroeder. And I was sent to Santiago again, but this time in an area called Los Jardines. And Im an hermana leader, or in english, a sister training leader. I was super surprised and sad to leave Bonao, because Bonao had become my home. I love those people so much, and felt comfortable there. But the Lord wants us to grow and change, and so whenever we start to feel comfortable, He puts us in a different position to help us learn. I can already feel that I have learned so much, but I know there is still so much that I need to improve on. I´ll excited to see what happens this transfer.
My comps name is Hna Anderson, and she is super cool. We both went to BYU at the same time…but didnt know each other. She´s super sweet and knows how to harmonize and loves musical theatre.
i love the mission, especially when times get tough, because I know im learning. I just love having the chance to give everything to the Lord everyday. There is no better feeling than sharing the gospel. Its like giving out free cake everyday, but way WAY better. Sometimes people dont want the cake, but that´s okay cause i know there will always be someone more than happy to recieve it.  But the gospel is better than cake…it is a fruit more pure than everything that is pure and whiter than anything white…. (Alma 32) it is PURE JOY
I love this work and I love my Savior who i serve. I hope and pray that I can work to merit the trust He has shown in me.
Hna Stephens

we get really sunburned on the way to see Divino Niño

So this week our zone hiked up to see a really huge statue of Baby Jesus and the view from the top way absolutely amazing.  It was all these mountains and this little town called Constanza.  It was wonderful to be up in the mountains again,  it reminded me a lot of Utah.  But we all got very, very sunburned and car sick.

This week, like always, we have had so many little miracles happen…including finding new investigators and starting to teach old ones again and deciding to put GOALS we have for a lot of our investigators.  Not just like casual, like you should read the Book of Mormon goals, but real solid goal that they can measure.  And we have seen the results!!! People are beginning to progress even faster and really making changing in lives.  I love these people so much and urg, I could stay here forever.
Keep setting goals people, and working to achieve them.  I know that the Lord helps us out when we act!!!
Today I was thinking about my time in Bonao and I really just feel like everything has been so divinely inspired. I know the Lord knows me and these people and I am so grateful for the blessings he has poured out upon us here!!!