Monday, December 26, 2011

Email 12/19/11

     Well I can't believe it's a week away from Christmas.  I hope everyone has some fun plans for it.  I know I'm very excited to call home on Christmas day.  Honestly not a whole lot happened this week for me.  After the two baptisms we had last week, we've just been doing a lot of finding.  We got a couple of great people that we did start teaching though this week.  Jeremiah and Megan were a referral from one of the members.  They just had a child who was born with a back handicap.  I wish I could say what it is but I guarantee I will butcher the spelling.  What I do know is that he won't be able to use his legs because of it.  They are a very nice family though who will benefit so much from the knowledge of the gospel.   We have a few church tours lined up with some potential investigators this week and hopefully they will go well.  Transfer calls were yesterday and I am staying in Chewelah, but Elder Dees is leaving.  My new companions name is Elder Brown and I'll be meeting him on Tuesday.  I'm very excited for this upcoming transfer and I love being a missionary and going out to bear my testimony of this gospel.  I hope all of you have a great Christmas, and I'll talk to you on Christmas.   I love you all
Elder Stacey

Email 12/12/11

   Hello again from Chewelah, we had a great week here.  We had a couple of really great baptisms on Saturday and Sunday.  James and Chris both got baptized and both had a great turnout to them.  Chris Larkin probably had over half the ward attend his.  Not many people were willing to miss that one since he had pretty much been a part of the ward for two years.  But like I said, both of the baptisms were awesome and spiritual.  Because of these baptisms we will have to try to find some new investigators.  We have a few really great potentials that we just need to contact first and I know that there are more out there, we just need to find them.  Other than that, we started a new program called teaching in chapels in our area.  Our zone was the last one in the mission to receive them, but now that we have them I love them.  They have a lot of purposes, but their biggest is to get an investigator to have his or her first lesson in the church where the spirit can be felt stronger.  We spent much of last week taking the members through so they know what it is and how they can help make the chapel tours effective.  Thats about it for this week,  transfers are next week and so if anyone is planning on sending mail that will probably arrive next week then you might like to send it to the mission office until I find out if I'm staying or leaving Chewelah.  Have a great week everyone.
Love,  Elder Stacey

Monday, December 5, 2011

Not a Whole Lot to Say 12/05/11

Hi family.  There isn't a whole lot to say about last week.  I had my first zone conference, which was held in Spokane.  It was a very spiritual experience for me, plus it was nice to go back into civilization for a while.  We didn't have very many lessons this week because of zone conference and also we were at the church pretty much the whole week helping to set up a program they do called "A Night of Nativity".  It is a way neat thing that they have been doing for about six years now where members of the community can display all their various nativities in the church cultural hall.  I was wondering if that is the same kind of thing that the church in Midway has done for a few years as well.  It was very successful and beautifully done.  It is a really great way to invite people into the church and feel the spirit.  Once it was finally set up it lasted friday, saturday, and sunday, ending with the broadcast of the Christmas devotional in the chapel.  In all, there were a little over 200 non members that attended the event.  We even met a few potential investigators while we were there.  This week we have two baptisms, which I am so excited about.  James is getting baptized on Saturday and Chris (I think I've talked about him) is getting baptized on Sunday.  I don't really have a whole lot more to say this week so I'll talk to you again in a week.  
Love you all.
Elder Stacey

Had a Great Thanksgiving 11/28/11

     Hey everyone whats up?  I'm glad to see that everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving morning was kind of depressing for me just because, you know, no family to talk to.  But it didn't last too long.  I had a lot more to be thankful for, especially this year being on a mission.  The Flemings were so nice to invite us over for Thanksgiving dinner.  They had their three Ukrainian kids, obviously, but also their four other children came in from Utah and Idaho as well as a family friend translator and sister Flemings sister and mother.  It was a pretty full house, but it was a lot of fun.  I found out that the Flemings oldest daughter Dana is actually in a couple of divine comedy videos such as provo girls (or whatever that ones called) and the Harry Potter one.  Sounds like Payson was pretty fun as well.  I'm glad to hear that Ryan is considering a mission.  I truly believe what Elder Holland says about a mission being the best thing that a young man can do.  I don't have his email address, and I guess I don't know if you do either, but I would love having my weekly emails sent to Ryan as well as the rest of the family.  And in that package I did not get the pictures of grandpas breakfast, I did get all the ones of the rest of the family pictures though thank you.  The same day I got moms package I also got one from aunt Yvonne, so if you see her anytime soon mom tell her thank you so much, also if she wants you can put her on the email list.  I also received Michelle’s package, hahaha I love it, I can't wait till December now.  This week has been one of the best weeks.  We were able to put James on date for baptism for December 10th and with the other guy Chris Larkin, we should have two baptisms that weekend.  James is the perfect example of the Lord preparing people to hear his gospel.  He has made so many positive changes to his life before we even met him.  Leslie as well has been making progress.  She is still working on quitting smoking.  She is making baby steps, but has improved so much.  She was actually able to come to church yesterday which we were so excited for.  She couldn't come last week because her portable oxygen tank broke, and the week before because she had smoked a cigarette and she was embarrassed to come to church.  We explained to her that week that when something like that happens, church is just the place that you want to go to, because you have so many people who are willing and want to help you.  But she did enjoy church which was good.  We finally got 2 ward missionaries in our ward, Sister Pugh, and Sister Mearl, and they are the best.  They are like member wild cards that are perfect to take to anyones home because they just love and want to help anyone.  Great things are happening in our area and I really hope I get to stay even another transfer.  I don't really know what else to say this week other than I love you all and pray for you.
   Elder Stacey

 P.S.  Oh ya, I remembered one other thing.  Yesterday night we were over watching the Testaments at the Jones and we heard their dogs barking outside, then one of them started yelping.  They've seen some green eye reflections around their property the last couple of days and think its a cougar probably trying to hunt some of their horses.  Once they heard the yelping, all the adults jumped up and grabbed rifles and handguns that were scattered around their kitchen, and hanging by their front door and wherever else they keep their many many guns, and went out hunting for the cougar.  It made my adrenaline start to rush, but it was really cool for some reason too.  That was definitely not an experience I was expecting to have when I received my call to Spokane