Monday, July 13, 2015

I left my heart in San Francisco......

So as you can see.. I left.. or I'm leaving.. my heart in San Francisco.  Meaning I am being transferred.  Ahhhh so many feelings.  But I know it is good, I think I am ready to leave. (:  I have been in the El Camino ward for 9 months now.  I think they are sick of me.  But I am so grateful to have spent half my mission on the San Francisco peninsula.  I love it so much here.  I am being transferred to the other side.. like the way other side.. meaning the edge of the mission!!! I am going to brentwood.  And guess who my companion is!?!??!?! HERMANA HILTON!!!!!! We are being put back together!!!!! Oh my goodness I am so excited about that part!!!!!!!! But yeah, I will be in the Brentwood 1st ward.  It is an English ward... with a Spanish group.  I don't know how that will be yet. I will let you know.  I'm honestly really scared to be in an English ward again.  Plus, we are the only missionaries in the ward, and I've never had that.  So that will be weird.  But I am trusting God, I know that this is part of his plan.  I am really excited.  But the thing is... its HOT THERE. LIKE DEATH HOT. it's over 100 all the time.  I may melt.  But it's okay, God knows what I can handle!(:

This week was really great!!! We had MLC with President Frandsen! It was cool.  There are already so many differences.  Not too many, you can just tell that they are different people.  But yeah it's crazy!!! It is a really cool experience that I am so grateful to have.

The only other things I really have to talk about is goodbyes.  So I found out Saturday morning that I was leaving because President called me.  It was really nice to know early so I could have an extra day to say goodbyes.  When I told Sergio, he cried.  Oh man it was so sad! Angel was really upset as well and said he will just move to Brentwood. (:  haha I love them.  Everyone was sad, but people understand.  The ward loves me, but they know I am needed somewhere else now.  They all made me promise to go back and visit though. (:  which I will! ah I love them so much.

Okay the only other thing I have to talk about is JOSE.  Thank you so much for all your prayers for him!!!! they are working!!!! please continue, even though I am leaving the area.

So Saturday we had the most amazing lesson with him!!!!!! oh my goodness.  So we taught about missionary work. it was awesome.  the story about Abinadi blew him away.  He was really impressed and I could tell that he really is converted to the book of Mormon.  So after we finished the lesson he asked us a question. He said "is it really necessary to be baptized in order to be a member?  because I've been baptized before.. but I really want to be a member."  So we spent about 30 minutes teaching about the authority.  finally, I had the impression to show him DyC 22... even though it's really harsh.  So we showed it to him and he read it and it looked like something just clicked.  He looked up and went ooohhhh. Then I just started testifying.  I don't even know what came out of my mouth, the spirit was fully guiding me and my companion.  Then after we both testified I felt really impressed to end the lesson right there.  And what came out of my mouth kind of surprised me.  Because again, it was the spirit talking.  But we asked Jose if we could all kneel and have him pray and ask God if the church is true.  We did.  And it was a long prayer.  He asked with all of his heart what God wants him to do right now.  Jose, Angel, Sergio, and Hna Molina were all crying by the end of the prayer.  We all sat there for a second just feeling the spirit.  The spirit was so strong.  I felt impressed to ask Jose what he felt that God wanted him to do.  Jose said "he wants me to get baptized."  So we asked when and he said his birthday.  So he has a baptismal date for August 31st!!!! And I know it's really going to happen.  He truly is becoming converted.  He knows this church is true.  It was the most amazing lesson I had in my life.  AHH I am soo grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of Jose's conversion.  Please continue praying for him and his baptismal date. 

Okay that is it! I love you all and I know this church is true. (: 

Hermana Stokes

TONS of pictures today.  this is my district!!! Half of us are getting transferred. 

1. sisters at MLC!

2. I saw sister cefalo!!!

3. Doris and Gilberto. (:

1. You can finally see Jose!! haha he's the one on the right.

2&3. throw back to the last MLC with President Meredith.  This is the whole crew. (:  Almost everyone is changed now though.

so this is sister cammans and sister astilla!

also its my zone from with President Frandsen! so you can see what he looks like. kind of an awkward picture.. oh well. he's 6'5". super awesome. i love his wife. (: they are from highland, so super close. Sister Frandsen calls me her little Lehite(: hahaha i love it.

Also, I forgot to say that with transfers, I am still a Sister Training Leader.  So I am still on mission leadership council, so I still get to see Hna Housley!(: I am just covering the Antioch and Concord zone now. (:  So yes, I am closer to concord. still forever far away though hahaha. and when I was in concord, I was in the Walnut Creek zone. just so there's no confusion. (:

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