Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Steffani is now in Muncie, Indiana :)


This week has been really great! I don't have anytime to write.. but I will try to send some photos home, because they have 1,000 words to them. I am getting transferred.. :( I am really sad because I seriously have loved Kentucky sooo much! I think I might cry.. but you never know I could love my next area even more(: The Lord will take me where I am meant to be either way. Well I hope all of you have a fantabulous week! 
Love always,
Sister Steffani Stokes

Monday, October 20, 2014

This has been a grand O' week! I have been just loving it down here in Kentucky, I am getting really nervous for transfers, because I really don't want to leave this area.. but I know I will be wherever I am needed. Man! Who would have EVER thought that I would like Kentucky so much?! Not me! Lol. It is definitely not what I had previously assumed it would be like! Haha. There are normal people aside the crazies(: But I think that is probably everywhere, or maybe I am just used to it cause I am from Las Vegas.. Hahaha.
So as you coulds have guessed.. GABBY GOT BAPTIZED AND CONFIRMED THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!! I am just sooo excited for her! She has changed so much! I am truly blessed to have been able to teach her and take part in her conversion. The spirit was so strong at her baptism. I just love her so much! And now she is planning on coming out with us to other lessons we teach other investigators all the time! And she told us she plans on serving a mission, and she already plans on doing her moms proxy work in a year! She is just what this ward needed. She has literally woken up the ward with her energy! The ward I think is going to help us out more, because Gabby helped them realize that there are people out there like her looking in the darkness for the light each of us members carry with us everyday. We are so blessed to be members of this church. I didn't realize this until my mission. For anyone reading this I commit you to prayerfully seek out someone to share the gospel with this week and involve the missionaries. It will be you so much joy, I promise! Because It has literally brought me more joy then I thought possible. Try it.
Oh and Sunday after Gabby was confirmed a member, Sister Holm,Sister Mandy Clark, and I all sang in sacrament meeting! We sang Savior Redeemer of My Soul, and the spirit was so strong. I am not going to lie, I was super nervous getting up there because I have never sang with that few of people in sacrament meeting before. However after my solo at the beginning I started feeling better and better. I know that was because of the role of the spirit as our comforter. The spirit comforted me up there, and I was able to sing my best without a shaky voice. I just love the spirit.
Guess what?? I went to the Temple on Friday!! It was so good! The Temple really is the closest place we can get to God. Every single question I had while I was in the Temple was answered almost immediatly. I just loved the temple, it really was a place of refreshing/renewal for me. Well for the next 6 months until I can go again.(:
Well love you all have a great week!
Love Always,
Sister Steffani Stokes<3

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

 had a cool bon-fire service thing this week
 Beautiful fall in Kentucky

Good morning everyone!

I didn't get to write yesterday because we had a sisters conference. It was so good, so much revo! I love my mission President so much, he is such a powerful speaker and has the spirit with him so strong! I just wanted to say good luck to Benson and Kaylin! You two will be amazing missionaries!! Go change the world! (: 

Yesterday at church Gabby bore her testimony! It was so powerful, and most of the ward looked like they were in tears! Afterwards everyone was coming up to her and hugging her and giving her handshakes and told her just how much her testimony touched their hearts! I was just watching this happen and my joy was over the brim! The whole ward is now reaching out to our investigator, and that is exactly what she needed! It was just really powerful, and a spiritual experience I will never forget. I just love Gabby, she is going to make such a difference in the world. She is getting baptized this weekend! This will be my first baptism!! I am so glad it will be her too! She expressed to us as well that she really wants to serve a mission too! Gods work is definitely hastening, and I am so grateful I get the privilege to be a tool in His great hand! 

Not much time to write today, but have a great week!

Love always,
Sister Steffani Stokes

Monday, October 6, 2014

 beautiful(: Ohio river
 Thelmas over run yard
 Elder Bell really into the lawn mowing job.. haha

 taking down thelma.. opps
 took Thelma down..

 look at the placement of the mailbox.. only in Kentucky
Carved pumpkins today for a Sisters fun day in the Zone! 
:D mines moroni and sis Holm SLC temple
 riding Thelmas deer

Hey hey!
I first wanted to say thank you so much for the letters/packages this week everyone! It really does mean a lot when I get those, it just reminds me that I am supported at home, and it helps me carry on through the good and bad days(:
Conference was sooo Great! I loved Elder Hollands, Uchtdorfs, and Elder Bednars the best. But all in all, they were all great! Man, it went by so fast! Its so sad that we have to wait 6 months to hear them speak to all of us again.. I feel like as a missionary you just crave knowledge. You can never get enough. When I went home, I feel like that urge went away a little bit sadly. But it has come back again! Feast upon the words of Christ, because they truly testify of what we need to do in life to find the most joy and happiness. Even if you can't find the words that give you a how to, just the way you feel after reading scriptures is joy and happiness! Love the book. Read the book. Live the book.
This week me and Sister Holm were making some copies of a paper we needed. When she goes,"Listen to this beat!" So I listen to the beat the printer is making while copying multiple copies.. it was totally beat boxing to us! Haha! So we start full out dancing in the church Library! Haha. It was sooo fun. So we ended up asking others if they needed copies of this paper, and they did! I have never been more excited to copy stuff for other people. So instead of jamming the printer, we called dancing to the beat of the printer the "Printer Jam!" Haha. Then some other sisters joined our Jam(:

This week We taught Gabby a few times again. This week was extra special though, because a miracle happened. We were able to teach her about the Plan of Salvation on Wednesday right in the middle of interviews with our President. Btw interviews with President were great! Anyways, A few hours later Gabby texted us and told us that her mom had just passed away. I am not saying it was a miracle her mom passed away, but a miracle that we could teach her about the Plan of Salvation before her mom left. I know that knowing the Plan of happiness that God has prepared for all of us helped Gabby through this hard time. She knows where her mom is and that she will be able to see her again. If we had even met her a day later than we did, then she wouldnt know this plan, because we have literally been teaching her almost everyday. I just love Gabby. She is so strong. She has come such a far way from where she was before. Her light is increasing, and I am truly blessed to be able to teach her.
Well this week has truly been so great! I love hearing from all of you, and I love the work. Work is truly the answer to all my problems. I feel like anything but work would help, but giving the work everything I have has been the answer every single time! So work hard, see the blessings, and feel the joy. Love ya!

Love always,
Sister Steffani Stokes