Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017































August 15, 2017

Hola Familia!

So much happened this last week, its crazy! We had Zone Conference last wednesday, and it was AMAZING!!! I love Pres. and Sister Garns, and guess what.....

WE GET TO GO TO THE TEMPLE AS A ZONE TWICE A YEAR!!!!!!  I am so excited! We did family history for an hour yesterday (an hour a month) and I finally found some names to take!!!! I an so pumped! There is nothing quite like the Spirit of Elijah, I highly recommend it!!

So funny story, we came home last week to find a little gecko on the wall above the door to the bathroom, so we had fun trying to shoo him out the front door, ha. He jumped on the ground and started running more inside, and we screamed, but Sister Colton to the rescue with our handy dandy little blue clipboard! We named him Titan. Titan the Gecko :)

Also, we had Transfers!!!! Sister Colton is TRAINING!!!! She will be staying in Cape Coral, and I will be going.... Back to MIAMI!!!! I am going to the area of Country Walk and will be with Sister Harris! She is on her 5th transfer, I believe! It is Bi-Lingual, but I am so excited to be immersed back in Spanish! And we get to keep all the people we meet! Unless they are YSA, ha, which one day I will serve in :) I've heard its fun, haha.

Something so amazing happened when we told our Rescue Brother Owen Hogel. Do you guys remember him? Huge Miracle, but he sent us a text (mainly to me) explaining how my testimony during his first sacrament meeting really touched him and helped him to stay after he wanted to leave. I didn't even remember it!!! So cool! I'll send a picture of the text, its so cool! God really does place us exactly where we need to be, and we speak HIS words when we have His spirit with us! Being a missionary is so miraculous!!!!!

Something that stood out to me during personal study was in the latter chapters of 2 Nephi, where Nephi talks about how some people will view the Gospel "as a thing of naught," some won't beleive there is a Hell, or believe in anything, and then the really scary one is how the devil pacifies the children of men, that they will believe that no matter what they do or what is happening in the world, that they are and will be fine. Nephi describes it as "and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell." What stands out to me is that he leads them "carefully." We see this abundantly today, that so many people have no idea that the life they are living is already so far away from God and His commandments, and how truly important it is for them to live obedient and faith-filled lives. This is Salvation! That is was is so amazing about us as missionaries, we are the ones that God has sent to rescue His people from a fate they have not even comprehended. We are here to Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts!!!

I love you all so much, and this will be my last though, haha. So a while back I was given the commitment from my STL to write down my definition of Peace and share it with someone that day. This is what I wrote down, " What does Peace mean to me? Peace is calm, like the eye in a storm. Even with the waves tossing , rain pouring, and lightning cracking around you, you can always find peace and safety as you center your life on Christ---The Eye in Every Storm."

I love you all, so very much!!!
Love,
Hermana Stokes

At our double Zone Activity, we did minute to win it games, and there was a pudding eating contest where your comp fed you pudding... lets just say we failed, haha. Entirely.​

Monday, August 7, 2017

August 7, 2017










August 7, 2017

Hola Familia! 

This has been another eventful and fun week! I've decided I will never understand how fast time flies by! I hope everyone's week was amazing, and if it wasn't, look for the tender mercies the Lord sent your way to help you know that He is aware of you and what you are going through, and His love and strength He offers freely to all of us!

So, District Training on tuesday ended with a roar! Haha, we had finished and Sister Colton and I had a picture we wanted to chow our Zone Leader, Elder Rackam. It was a picture of a liquor store with the title "Rack 'Em" and it was so funny! He goes home in just over a week (He dies in a week, though we are discouraged from using that kind of mission slang anymore), and was sad that he couldn't out that picture on one of his planners. So, here comes the best part. Elder Condor, our District leader, goes, "Well, most people only get famous after the die!" Hahahaha, everyone died, and it was so funny, and straight to the heart, too, because of course it is not fun having to leave your mission. Ah, man, Sister Colton and I had tears in our eyes, we laughed so hard, haha. 

Cool Knocking Miracle:
So we were knocking, and this one little apartment/house had a door farther down the sidewalk on the side of the building, so we go and knock it, and hear someone softly say "come in" and we looked at each other and were like "what?" No one just tells you to come in if you are knocking on there front door, haha. So we knock again and the same thing happens, but its kind of weird, so we though about going, but then we heard "It's Open," and I look at Sister Colton and shrug, kinda like "why not" and go right in! Haha. We find this cute old latin lady with one tooth in a wheelchair who hasn't been able to walk in years, all by her lonesome. We talk with her for a bit and I say the prayer (Spanish, she didn't actually know any english!) and I just felt so much love for this sweet lady. She knows who her Savior is and that He is always with her. She has to nurses check on her and feed her etc each day, but that's about it for company. I am so grateful we stayed and headed the prompting to open that door and to help her feel God's love, and that she was valued and appreciated to at least two more people in the world. It is such a simple thing, just going by to see someone, even for just a few minutes. You never know how that extra helping hand will change someone's heart. Pass the kindness on, and it will come back to you!

So, remember our Investigator Ayman? Well, our ward clerk had ordered a Book of Mormon for him in Arabic, and though we had lost contact with him, just this morning(his off day is Monday) we went over and dropped it off for him, and his wife's sister answered the door. She was nice, and we gave her the Arabic Book of Mormon, one in English, and a Bible that Ayman's wife Jessica had wanted. The sister knew who Mormons were and was really nice, so who knows? Maybe we will get a text or a call so to come back and teach all three of them! We got some pictures with the book before we gave it away, its really cool! 

Transfers are next week, I cannot believe this transfer is already almost over! That's how it goes with 5 week transfers, I guess, especially after following a 7 week transfer, haha.  I will probably stay, not sure though. Whatever happens, I know it will be God's will, and I know there are things I still need to learn here in Cape Coral. It hasn't been the easiest finding wise (Latins are usually more open to the Gospel and other people..) but i have already learned and grown so much! There is nothing quite like teaching a lesson in your own language! Ha, I love it, and am grateful for the people that I meet everyday who I can practice my Spanish on! We have run into quite a few, and it is cool to see how I am probably also in this area to contact all these latins who, if both the sisters working in this area were only english, wouldn't be given the chance to fully accept the Gospel because they wouldn't understand! It's a blessing, and I love it, ha. 

Have an amazing week everyone, and know that I love you soo much! Prayers are headed your way, too, so keep on going! I love you!

Love, 
Hermana Stokes

A dead frog Sister Colton is mailing home...
Scripture study in the Car!
Our water bottle collection... 
9 Months!
Our tree tasting avocado.. yum..not!