Pushing Along

MY Family and Friends,

I hope all is well with you all and that everyone is happy! I´m doing just fine here! I´m learning new things everyday and I am so grateful for this opportunity.
 
So this last week we split our area with the other sisters and now my companion and I are only working in Tlalcoligia, a little colony in Tlalpan and the apartments close to where we live. Our area was already small and now its even smaller but its okay! We are going to be working hard for the next 3 weeks of this transfer to find new investigators and to strengthen the ward here. We only have 1 investigator that is progressing. Ahh its kind of frusterating sometimes because we had so many at one point. Anyways, this investigator is actually on the border line of progressing and not because He accepted the invitation to be baptized but didn´t accept the date. His name is Jesus. His girlfriend is a member in the ward, her name is Dalila. (We went to the visitors center at the temple with her and her kids.) Anyways, Jesus is real great and I pray everyday that He can feel of the Savior love and desire for him to enter into his fold.
 
I trust in the Lord and know that He knows better than me. There is a reason why He sent me here to Tlalpan and everyday I strive to work with all my heart to fulfill the purposes of the Lord.  I love this Gospel so very much and I am SO proud to be a representive of my best friend, and our Savior, Jesus Christ. I strive to live each day so that others can see His light through me. 

Some news. Elder Oaks is coming in Febuary 8th and I was asked to sing in the mission choir!! So this wednesday we have practice! I CANNOT WAIT!!! =)

Thank you for the prayers. I feel them help me in everyday. I am so blessed! 
I love you all forever,
Hermana Stef
 
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Line Upon Line

This last week has been…well another week but I´m still going! I am thankful for the prayer and the opportunity that I have to talk with my Father. He helps me so much. I have developed a lot of humility and patience here. I am so grateful for that. Its been kind of interesting with my sweet companion. One-day things are great and the next day…well not so great. But because Heavenly Father helps me more than I can ever begin to tell you all. I can do it.

I don´t fully understand why Heavenly Father called me here to this area, but I do know that I am at least making a difference for my companion. She has opened up and told me things that she hasn´t even told her family. So at least I am a help to her. Our investigators aren´t progressing at all and it is so sad. Last week all our baptismal dates dropped because no one keeps their commitments. Its frustrating but I know I am doing the best I can and that’s enough. 

This morning I was reading in Alma 38 when Alma gives advice to his son Shiblon. He says, trust in the Lord and he will support you in your afflictions, difficulties and troubles. I know this to be true. I know the Lord is very mindful of us all. The Lord is mindful of me. I just have to trust his that he knows what He is doing. 

Yesterday I gave my first talk in Sacrament meeting in Spanish.. It went great because I wrote every word down! ha-ha I will be working on getting better at that. I love you all so much and pray everyday that you are all happy!! 

Hermana Stef

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Hermana Veater and Davies

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Fine Dining!

The Gift of Tongues

Its amazing, the gift of tongues. Each day I speak more and more and can testify more and more of our Dear Savior Jesus Christ. I still am faulting so much in Spanish, but I look at all I do know and its a blessing. The Lord makes it all possible. I just need to continue to have patience, something that has been difficult for me my whole life but I am developing the attribute pretty well here.

 

This last week we got two more sisters in our area. Hermana Garcia and I were the only sisters in our Zone until now. Our area is pretty small and is about to get smaller because they are going to divide it and the new sisters who live with us will take one half and we will take the other. The Lord has a plan for the people in this area and I am so happy that He has blessed me with the opportunity to participate in it.

 

I can´t even begin to express how thankful I am for all the advice that was given to me about getting along with companions. I wont joke around by saying the first month here in Mexico was easy, because it wasn´t. There was a language barrier and because of that I could not express even to my companion half the things I wanted.

 

But because the Lord has never left me and given me the help in every day, slowly my Spanish has gotten much better and because of this I can communicate better with my companion. In the last 2 weeks our relationship has grown so much.

 

We laugh, smile, and talk as friends would. It makes me so happy. I feel like I am myself again! She has been such a blessing to me and I have learned so much. I strive to work hard everyday and share the Light of Christ with all those that we teach. I am learning so many things here in the mission and also from my companion. I will always be grateful to her!

 

Oh and also a few weeks ago I got your dearelder letters and it made me so happy. Keep sending those! I love you all so much.

 

I know this Gospel is true with all my heart. I know that The Book of Mormon is true and can change lives, because it has been and will continue to change mine. I know I haven´t been able to see very many lives of our investigators changed yet, but maybe right now I am planted seeds in their hearts. I know that when we are obedient to the Lord and try our best, that is all we can do and that we just need to trust in the Lord that He has a plan and knows better than we do.

 

Thank you all for being such a support to me. Thank you for your examples. I am so proud to be a Davies and to wear our family name with Christ’s name in every day! 

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Changes :)

January 6, 2014

I am pretty sure there is a song that has those lyrics =) Well I have been here for a transfer already. How quickly the time flies! I am making the most of all the moments here because I know tomorrow I will be home.

Last night our District Leader gave us a call to notify us of the transfer. Hermana Garcia and I will still be companions for this next transfer. But as of tonight we will have 2 other sisters living with us. In the past our area has had only one companionship of missionaries, but the Lord has something planned for the people here. I am excited to be part of this change. Tonight Hermana Garcia and I are going to go get 2 new sisters from the United States to stay with us tonight for their first night, one of them will be staying and the other will meet her companion tomorrow and go somewhere else for the next six weeks.

I am SO excited to have more American sisters in the mission and even more excited that one of them gets to be in the same ward as Hermana Garcia and I. I know all these changes are happening because of the Will of the Lord. The Hermana that will be training the new American is from Argentina, but I don’t know her. My companion isn’t too excited to have them join us but she is trying to be okay with it. I know that I have a new task ahead of me in this next 6 weeks. I will have the opportunity to help the new American sister feel okay being in Mexico. Sometimes I wish I would have had someone to help me in those first few weeks, but it worked out just fine and now I get to be that help for her. Also I will be able to support my companion in her trials and struggles with this change.

I know the Lord will help me as I serve these sisters. I already feel so strongly in my heart the service I need to give. I am excited! I feel a light within me and I know that it is the Light of Christ. I know that there is going to be much work ahead of us in this transfer and without a doubt in my heart, I know the Lord will help us to accomplish whatever it is that He asks of us.

Oh some other exciting news is that Elder Oaks is coming to our Stake!!!! Feb 9th =) How cool!!!! 

My sweet Family and Friends, I know that our Savior lives and loves us so much. I know that He supports us in our trials and makes our load lighter, but only if we ask. We can suffer and suffer for much time, but if we would just remember to ask He is immediately there. Don’t try to do anything alone, that’s just silly. You wont get very far. But if you plead with the Lord to be with you, you can and will have his love and help with whatever it is that you  may be doing. What a sweet blessing that is. I am so thankful for the Gospel in my life and the joy that I have. I am so thankful that everyday I have the opportunity to bare testimony of our Savior and his teachings. Even though my Spanish is still in the process and faulty, that doesn´t stop me from bearing witness of my Brother, Savior and Redeemer every day! He is so Awesome and is my best friend!

I love you all so very much! More than you will ever know!

Share a simple testimony with someone this week!. Pray to know who needs to hear it =) The Lord will be with you!

Hermana Stef

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Being Humble

This week I realized that I can´t always be strong. This is such a great work but it is so hard. After a long week of struggling and praying SO hard everyday for help I decided to ask for a blessing from an Elder in my zone. I am so thankful for Priesthood Power. My heart and soul was comforted by the Lord. I am so blessed and I know that I have Gods help in every day. I was a little embarrassed to ask for a blessing because I felt like I should be stronger than I was, but I am so glad that I asked anyway. The Lord really had been listening to me all week! 

Well some more good news! We had 7 investigators at church yesterday! How wonderful! I hope to continue having success with them. Everything will be just great though if it is the Lords will! I dont worry too much about that because I know that all things happen according to how the Lord wants it and if it means that I am just planting seeds in theirs hearts right now, then so be it. =) 

What a great work we all have in front of us. There is so much for all members of the church to do and together we can all make a difference. 

I love you all so very much! I hope you have a great New Year celebration! Set some good, accomplishable goals for yourselves. I know we will all have a great year with lots of adventures that in just a few months we will be able to share with each other!

Love you forever and ever,

Hermana Davies

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