Monday, January 19, 2015


Hi family and friends.(:

Malo Lelei! Fefe Hake?  Ofa Tu!!

yeah. im fluent in tongan now. hahaha.  Had 3 exchanges this week! two in tongan land.  with sister pulu, from tonga, then sister kaufana, from tonga. super fun.(:  They are both learning english here in the mission, its so cool to see people learn english. we had a lot of fun.

I'm going to apologize right now, I have like no time today.  because of the annoying monday holiday... which the only purpose of this holiday is to close all the libraries... a lot of missionaries are waiting to use the chapels computers, so i will just go as fast as i can with this.(: sorry if you dont get a good reply today.

This week was so great! I forgot to tell you, last week we had MLC, mission leadership council, and it was so cool! I think that is one of the best parts of being sister training leader.

Also, went to a birthday party for a members child, they hired a taco man. the best ever. i decided im just gonna hire a taco man for every party i have from now on. i love real tacos, im sorry that hardly any of you have had them. they really are amazing.(:

Okay so now the good part. wanna here a miracle!?  We are teaching this one family, robert sandy and aidan.  sandy is less active coming back, aidan is the son.  they both come to church every week. robert is not a member and we have been teaching him.. but we have been focusing on sandy because he doesnt want to be pressured.. he isn't even sure if god is real.  so during the lessons he doesnt say much, he just sits there and absorbs.  every week he drives his family to church and drops them off, then comes back later.. well this week we walked in the church building.. guess who is sitting by his family? ROBERT. oh my goodness i have never smiled so big.  i dont know what got him to church but it wasnt us.  it was a miracle.  Ahhh happiest moment of the day for sure.

Another miracle... ARMANDO. okay have i told you about armando yet?  he is deathly shy.  hes our investigator and its hard becase he reads and comes to church and prays.. but he wont talk. he wont tell us his feelings or anything. so we never know what to do. well on friday we had an amazing lesson with him... HE TALKED. and now only did he talk, but he talked for like 10 minutes straight telling us his life story!!!! i know its hard to understand, but it was a miracle. i was in shock, and so happy. i know that this is a step to progressing towards baptism.(:

also.. a funny story with that.... okay. so we are teaching armando in the park. im sitting next to a tree at the table. all of the sudden i hear russtling in the bushes, like an animal is running.  I think its a dog and dont think much of it. but then i hear the gasps from my companion and the member we had with us, candelaria.  I turn to see a huge disgusting RACOON running straight towards me. scariest thing of my life. but actually it just ran right next to me and climbed the tree like it was no big deal.  I HAD NO IDEA RACOONS COULD CLIMB. the funniest part was hearing candelaria go "mapache" in this terrified gasp. shes like 80 so yeah you can imagine that. oh my. yeah. so that was a fun end to our lesson. oh and it gets better. we are all freaked out and armando goes "oh you are scared?  we eat those in my country, guatemala." hahahahaha i died laughing. yeah not only does he talk now, but hes funny. yeah. anyway. it was pretty hilarious. i hate racoons. or mapaches in spanish. they are everywhere. 

Anyway, that was my week! I love you all so much! have a great day.(:  

picture 1-- a latino man was pruning roses and told us we could have these. ha we were excited. SO PRETTY my favorite colors.(:

picture 2-- me eating tongan food for the first time.(:

picture 3--sister pulu and her food.(:

also, ive met like 10 people from fiji in the past two weeks. what? haha i have the coolest mission.(:

transfer calls this week! hermana corbitt is going home.. so we will see what happens!

Hermana Stokes

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