Monday, February 19, 2018

February 19, 2018

February 19, 2018. It's P-day Again!

¡Hola Familia! 

It hasn't been to long since I last emailed, haha, so I don't h
ave too much to add:)
Saturday we started working on figuring out how to transfer our paper records to the phone, it is going to be a long process, but a great help and facilitator of the work.
Sunday was fun, we had ward conference and we were asked to speak to the youth for 20ish minutes and help then find ways they can share the gospel in their spheres of influence. Haha, we did a role play of how you can mention church when your nonmembers friends ask about your weekend, it was fun. That night we had a meal appointment with a member who's YES son is LA, and we shared a message about family history work around a fire pit they had bought for Christmas. It was awesome! 
We had dinner with the Williams on Saturday night which was awesome! They are so fun to talk with, I am excited for them to come to church hopefully soon. They have family in town from Utah this week, so hopefully they can be a good influence on them, we don't know all the details. 
So yeah, that's about It! Haha, it's weird because we just had Pday 2 days ago, but it's fun. I know that this work really is important and that we can each pray for opportunities in our own life to help people grow closer to God and on day accept the fullness of the Gospel of His Son Jesus Christ. I invite all of you to do so! I love you, and I know from personal experience that turning outward and serving someone else lightens our own burdens. That's just how it works!  
Have a great week!
Hermana Stokes

February 16, 2018

Temple Trip.... SmartPhones. February 16, 2018

Hola Familia!

   Hey Everyone, how are you doing?
   This past week has been really good, we went to the temple this morning, and it was amazing!!!! I LOVE the temple, and am so glad for that rule change with President and Sister Garns. So earlier this week, we visited our part-member less active family the Williams we have been trying to work with, but haven't had an actual lesson or anything with them yet. We visited them Tuesday night with the primary president again, but this time, with 5 activity day girls who brought Valentine's Day cards and presents for their two daughters, one 9 (Reese, not baptized) and the other 3(Olive, and she has QUITE the personality haha). It was really fun! Then, our assistant ward mission leader and one of the stake high councilmen visited with them Thursday night, which we didn't know about until after, but that, too, went really well!!! Our assistant WML told us that they hadn't even brought up church before the dad mentioned wanting to come back!!! We are SO excited, and the mom texted us last night inviting us over for dinner tonight! I have such a good feeling about them, I love them so much, and I've been praying so hard that we could figure out why they haven't been responding as well as we had hoped to us staying in contact with them and what was holding them back from church when they clearly want more good friends here in Florida, but here is the evidence of that work! It just took a little longer than we had thought, but God's timing is PERFECT! We still have a lot to do, I am just really excited that we are finally seeing some forward momentum, haha. 
   We were asked to substitute Seminary this morning, and the lesson was on Helaman 8-9, where Nephi had just taught the people in Zarahemla about Repentance and now the wicked judges are persecuting him. One of the principles the lesson highlighted was how we need to support our prophets and how that truly blesses our lives, which I thought was really important. It got me thinking about how we are focusing so much more on teaching from General Conference addresses, and valuing that form of modern scripture more. We truly are so blessed to have a modern-day prophet and apostles, and thought their counsel and guidance is not accepted by the rest of the world, I know it to be true council given from God, and the His Spirit helps us understand the warnings and guidance they give us! 

   Zone conference was amazing! We had a member from the Stuart stake come and speak to us on the power of the word of God and as well on missionary work, and he shared an experience from his mission where he baptized an amazing young man, and then the punchline hit---that man's son is currently serving in our mission, and he called him up to the pulpit and that moment was absolutely beautiful for them and for all of us privileged enough to witness it! They were both in tears, it was SO COOL!!!!  This truly is God's work, and He does work in mysterious ways, but I know those ways are the best ways, and that our leaders are truly inspired to send us to our specific missions, and in every other facet of their work!!! 
   I Don't remember if I wrote about this or not, but last P-Day (like 10 days ago, haha) we went to the beach and got ice cream! We also puffed hair luau flowers for service at Flamingo Gardens, which was fun, haha. Either way, the past week and a half has been great, I love you all, the church is true!!!!
Hermana Stokes ​

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February 5, 2018. 15 Months :)

Technology is COMING!!! February 5, 2018

Hola Familia!

Hey everyone!!! I love you all and hope you had a great week! My new companion is Sister Wingert, she has been out 10 months and is from Payette, Idaho! She is an English missionary, so I haven't served around her before, but we are going to have so much fun this transfer, I am excited! Pines is going to be great! :)

So, we are finally getting technology in the mission! I am excited, but a little nervous. I know it is a great resource and tool for missionary work, and I am excited to see how the work progresses with it! We have to read all of the training information on Safeguards for Technology, and I was reading the white handbook section not in my physical copy of the white handbook but online) on mobile devices, and I love the last paragraph when it says:
"Be accountable to the Lord and to your mission leaders
for both what you do with technology and how you do
it. The attitude you have toward the use of digital tools
in fulfilling your ministry is “a reflection of your love
toward your Heavenly Father and His Son and your
respect for the priesthood” (Preach My Gospel, 151)."
I love that last sentence, and I know that Heavenly Father knows what He is doing, and that being able to use the advance technology of our day and age with help further His work in our mission and across the world! We will be finding out more about it next week at Zone Conference, so I am looking forward to that! 
We had a Zone Lunch on Saturday, which was really fun and helped us get to know each other better, a lot of missionaries transferred and white washed out, so it was great! We brought our own food, and we bought Chick-Fil-A which is always tasty! So funny, so Sister Wingert is allergic to coconut and chocolate, and both are fairly recent allergies, and so she forgot and ordered herself a chocolate shake! She soon realized she couldn't drink most of it, so she gave it to an elder, haha, he was happy. 
I love you all so much, have an amazing week!!!!

Love, Hermana Stokes

January 30, 2018