Monday, October 16, 2017

 Gator Grill

October 16, 2017

Hola Familia!

Hey everyone! How are you all doing? Florida is great! Sister Chugg and I are working so hard, we have been able to talk to so many people and are seeing those Miracles that we have been waiting for!!!
So, the Sunday after the Hurricane, a woman attended church at the Coral Reef ward. She talked with a member (yes!) and got her phone number. So she lives in our area (yay!) and we called her and texted her and nothing. But on Friday, she got back to us! Her mother is sick and in the hospital, and she got sick from the hospital (a bit of bad luck!) and that's why she hadn't answered us yet, but loved church and wants to be Mormon! I have never had anyone contact me and want to be baptized! It was amazing! It was so funny, too, because this past Sunday she came to the right building, just the wrong time, haha, she went to the ward at 9:00am and we meet at 11:00am, but she was confused because she said she had stayed for 4 hours (!) and had to leave, but she wanted to stay! Not quite sure what happened, haha, but we are going to start teaching her this week! Her name is Emily Clark! She is our little miracle :)
So all last transfer and continuing on into this transfer, we have been trying so hard to meet with a part-member/less-active family, but the appointments always fall through. We went to just stop by Saturday night, and the Dad and his 11 year old unbaptized daughter were home, and the dad said he would come to church. We weren't sure if he really would, though, because his daughter said she had a soccer game, but it turns out, he really did come! The Bishop was able to talk with him after Sacrament and he later told us that we have a plan on bringing them all back to the church!!! We are super excited!!!
Something that really stood out to me in my personal study was that when Alma goes to war with the Nephites against the Amicites, and he faces Amlici on his own, he prays for renewed strength to be able to defeat him, and that his life is spared so that he can bee a tool in the Lord's hands to serve his people. That has never stood out to me so much, because though at this point in Alma's life he has done so much good, he couldn't yet see all of the lives he would one day be able to change because of his desire and willingness to go out and do Missionary Work! The same goes for all of us, we all chose to come and serve a mission, desiring to be a tool in the Lord's hands, and who knows just how many miracles the Lord has planned for us in His work!!!
A quote that Our Mission President has said a few times now that is so amazing:
“Do not worry about getting tired for weariness does not come from over work but from a lack of interest in what you are doing.”
I just love it! Though the work is hard, it is ALWAYS worth it!
I love you all so much, have an amazing week!!!

Hermana Stokes
We wanted to go to this Gator Grill as a district last P-Day and get some "Gator Nug-Nugs" -Elder Thomas, but it was closed, so we took some pictures instead :)

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017