Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter!

All the Sisters Easter Eggs!

Dear Family!
   Glad to hear you all had a great Easter. Your Easter eggs definitely put ours to shame haha, but hey we did what we could with what was available :) We had a really great zone conference this past week where we talked about the Book of Mormon and of course got to talk about Easter as well. Great messages from the Rahlfs for us. And to make that day even better, I got to see my twin here in the mission- Sister Miller! It was such a happy reunion!
     So I'll update you on some of these people that we are teaching- we were asking brother Jobert about his Book of Mormon reading this past week and he told us that his very favorite chapter he has read so far in the Book of Mormon has been Jacob 5- the Olive Tree Allegory. He even told us that that is what we need to share with everyone we teach so that they will understand and want to join the church haha. I guess it really just clicked and made sense to him. As he explained it to us he compared him and his family to the wild branches before, and how he feels blessed because the servants went down to labor in the vineyard and as a result they are being taught and nourished and are no more corrupted, and now instead are bringing forth good fruit. I wish you could see this family and know completely their story and all of the changes that are happening in their lives. When I first met him he would always ask question after question for us, which he now tells us was because he was just trying to test us to see if we could answer his questions. But then he explained to us how one question my companion asked him a while back really got him thinking. She asked him something along the lines of- when you get to the end of your life and are brought to stand before God, what good will we be able to tell him that we've done with our time we were given. He told us this past week that at that time (months ago) he couldn't think of anything that he'd be able to say about what good he had done. I now see just how much the gospel blesses lives. They will be a strong family in the church. I am continually inspired by their excitement about this gospel and about their desire to share it with everyone. They are inviting everyone to listen, and we are fining lots of new investigators through them. Another similar thing is happening in another one of our areas, San Pedro. We've got a great investigator our there who also brings new people for us to teach each time we come and visit. 
    My companion and I are feeling very blessed. We love these people that we are teaching and we find ourselves constantly talking about them and thinking about them, especially as we are reading from the Book of Mormon. We have now made it to 3 Nephi in our power read of the Book of Mormon. Over all I have to say one of my favorite things I am getting out of the Book of Mormon this time around is noticing how much the word REMEMBER is used. It is over and over, and it really is crucial!. Great things happen to these people, miracles, and signs are given, but if they are not quick to remember it benefits them nothing! We must be diligent in remembering the Lord day to day, not just when times are tough, but literally every day. He loves us and wants us to know that and receive the blessings he has in store, we just need to remember. Remember his commandments, remember the blessings we have been given, remember and hold firm to our testimonies of the Book of Mormon and of our Savior, and always remember who we are as sons and daughters of God. I LOVE the Book of Mormon, I love this gospel. I know that it is true. I am so happy and blessed getting to be here sharing this with others. 
   I love each of you and hope you can each find your own ways to share this with others. Hope you have a great week! Love and miss you all!
- Sister Stabs
Sister Miller and Sister Stabenow

Sister Stabenow and Sister Grande former companions :)

Sister Broqueza and Sister Stabenow

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