Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014

so time to kinda tell you how the work is going!! teaching is going great to the investigators we already have but we can not get any new ones to save our lives. its very sad to see how many people wont even open the door. Elder summers and i went knocking on Sunday after church during the football game guess how many houses had nice polite people answer?........................ If you said none you are wrong if you said two you are wrong but if you said one you are correct. curt grimes was the mans name he loves missionaries but he goes to the church he goes to and wont convert cause he has friends at the church and that is the issue ran in to everyday. the people don't seem to be looking doctrines or principals of a church the seem to just follow friends and parents and grandparents.
its funny that's how we all are at some point but we all need to learn what the church means for our selves. although i am not all understanding or all knowing try every day to make my mission worth your time my time and the lords time. I feel i have excepted this calling and have ran with it although i have fell down on my self and have many challenges thrown to me i know through prayer and scripture study i will progress and grow every day. 

This is Stephen's update for the week. Hopefully next week I will have a working computer.
Until next time....

Monday, January 13, 2014

January 13, 2014

So Stephen had his first transfer today, he stayed in the same place but his companion got moved so he now has a new companion/trainer. He is already missing his old companion which makes me giggle since he had a hard time with him but I guess that is a good thing too. His new companion has been out for 18 months about, is from Idaho and he also has red hair.
This last week was a hard week because they didn't have much luck in teaching, he said their numbers were all zeros but he did say there is always next week so he is staying positive.
Today is Stephen's two month mark. It has gone by pretty fast honestly.
He sends his love to everyone.
Until next time.....

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January 8, 2014

Stephen has sent us quite a few letters in the past week. He says he is doing better and is always wearing a huge smile on his face. He says there are a lot of Catholics in his area that are very stuck to their religion so they get the door shut in their faces a lot but he tries to keep his smile and keep going. He says on the really cold days he feels like he is going to die ( yes a bit dramatic) but I am sure he really will live and get used to it at some point. I do know there have been a few days they have not been able to go out because it is way to cold so I am not down playing the cold I just really don't think he is going to die. He did sing in the choir for the ward he is serving in, he had a lot of fun doing it. He did say he isn't sure what they thought since he can't sing but it was a great experience for him. He struggles with his companion a little bit but don't we all struggle with the people we are with constantly here and there?
He did receive his Christmas packages from all of us and he really felt loved by the quilt Janel sewed for him and all of his family and some of his loved ones signed it. He said it was a great gift and really felt the love and support of all of us.
One of his cousins on Harvey's side is serving in Sioux City, Iowa and Stephen saw his name on a roster, he thought that was pretty cool and is hoping to meet him.
He is really growing in his testimony and in his ability to reach out to people. He is happy and doing good.

Until next time....

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January 1, 2014

Well Stephen didn't say too much this week. He is starting to do a bit better with his homesickness. He enjoyed Christmas and all of the gifts he did receive. Still waiting to hear on the package that Janel sent him.
He thanked everyone for their strength and support that we are sending his way.
His mission President and his wife absolutely love Stephen and working with him. They have sent me a couple of messages about how great he is. That makes us all very happy and super proud of him.

Well that is all for this week

Until next time......