Elder Stuart in Zapala!
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Conference in Cipolletti. This is about the 4th time the 3 of us have had the opportunity to see each other, together! Elder Lloyd [Ryan's MTC Companion], Elder Stuart, Elder Bliss [Traveled to Houston and then to Argentina with Ryan]
This week was great! we did exchanges in Cinco Saltos and i got to go with Elder Bliss!!! It was so much fun to be able to be with him again and work with him. We had a great day, We went to this investigator they had, Blas, and we had a really good lesson with him, but the coolest part was that his brother maxamiliano was there in the room too and we invited him to listen and he accepted and he loved it! We were able to put baptismal dates with both of them, so that was awesome! And then, it happened again! We went to teach one of their investigators that already had a date, Raul, and he wasnt there but his brother Ezequiel answered the door and we were able to teach him and he too accepted a date! It is amazing that when we really pay attention to those around us as we teach and we always try and find new people to teach through our investigators the Lord will always bless us. It was a great week! Love you all!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Things are going great here in the mission! We finished the zone conferences this week so that is good! It was great to see how all the missionaries are growing and be able to learn from each and everyone of them by working with them and being with them. We had a really cool experience the other day where it reaffirmed my testimony that the promises of the scriptures are true. I was in exchanges in Zapala with Elder Batres and Elder Rose! (Two ex companions of mine!!) and we had a day that was alright, we didnt find too many people that wanted to talk and didnt open the door a lot. so we decided to take a second to pray and ask the Lord to help us find those that are in need of this message. As we finished we saw a family walking up the hill and we decided to go talk to them. We stopped them and started to talk and they told us that they had already talked with missionaries before and that we could pass by another time. It was amaizng to see that the promises found in the scriptures and preach my gospel are true. if we work with all we have and are diligent and we trust in Him, He will lead us to the success.
Love you all! This is the work of the Lord and i am so greatful to be a part of it :)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
All is going well here in Argentina!!! Happy Mothers day to all! it was great being able to see the family and talk with them :) We finished up the conferencese there in the south so that was great to be able to be down there with them and work along side the missionaries that are there! Pablo is doing great, he is preparing to recieve the priesthood and we are hoping it will be this next week!! Claudia is doing great, getting ready to receive a calling! Things are going great, finding people to teach and baptize! Love this work! Ciao!
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Well this week was really good!! we had to send home 5 missionaries that ended their mission but we got 6 great new missionaries to come and start their mission here! we are super excited for them and excited to see what happens in this next transfer! We are starting with the conferences so that is going to be fun, we are headed first to Esquel and then making our way back to the north. We are super excited to see what we can do in this month of May! Not much to say, its been a super busy few weeks but things are going great! love you all!
Mom Note: They had 55 baptisms in April. The most ever in the mission! He is sure finishing strong!
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Found these pictures posted by President Casariego today.
1-3 Five missionaries went home
4-15 Six new missionaries arrived in the mission. Their trainers are standing behind them in the last group picture.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Well it is transfers week again so my pday is today instead of monday. All is going well!!! .... So i am staying here for a 7th transfer! hahah things are going well and we are super excited. This weekend we have quite a few baptisms planned in the mission, and if they all get confirmed then we will have more baptisms in one month than we ever have had, and by a long way! we are super excited for that because we can see that the Lord really is advancing His work and we are able to see more of our brothers and sisters making covenants with Him :) Things are great, im excited for another transfer here to be able to do what i can to help the Lord in this great work. All is well!!!
ps. Pablo and Claudia are doing super good!!! They are amazing :)
Mom Note: Here is a little excerpt Ryan wrote to me:
I'm super excited to stay for another one (transfer). The mission is going great and it is making me stretch myself everyday. I learn so much with President and it is such a great experience to be here with him. I wont lie, it gets stressful sometimes with all the responsibility and tyring. but it is all worth it. It gives me a bigger chance to serve my Lord and have a bigger influence in his work. and I love that ☺ I doubt I will finish here, but I didnt think I would stay this transfer so you never know! I'm super excited and happy mom ☺ We are baptizing in our area, the mission is baptizing. It took a big trial of faith, and going through the refiners fire these past few months, but it has made me into who I need to be and I am greatful every day for that. I am seeing so many blessings and miracles and I love it.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
This week was super great!!!! Claudia got baptized! She was so prepared and it was amazing to see her baptism :) It is so amazing to see how the gospel really can bring families together and now they have the chance of being together for ever! It was so cool because when she came out of the water she couldnt stop smiling. it was such a gratifying feeling to know that this matrimony now is in the path of the one and only true gospel :) i know that through baptism we can become clean from all of our past mistakes and that it is the way that Christ showed us to do, just like we learn from 2 Nephi 31 If we was perfect and was baptized how much more do we have to be baptized being sinners. He put the example for us and now invites us to follow him. It was an amazing week full of the spirit :)
Have a great week!
Elder Stuart :)
Monday, May 1, 2017
Hello Fam!! :)
This week was incredible!!! We had President Nelson come to our mission this weekend to talk to us! it was an experience that i will never forget, he had such a spirit and power when he talked. It is so true that they are called of God to be His Special Witnesses here on earth :) Something that he and his wife talked a lot about this weekend, being easter weekend, was the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I love the words in Mattew 28 that say "He is not here: for he is risen." I share the feelings that our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, said about these words, that there is nothing more comforting than those words that the Angel spoke to Mary. Because just from our knowledge of the Ressurection, we know that we too will be ressurected, that one day we will have the chance to live eternaly with our families if we follow diligently the Doctrine of Christ. I have a firm testimony that He has Risen and because of that we too will rise in that great day. Something that Sister Nelson taught about those words is that we can apply it to our daily lives. As we repent and apply the cleansing power of the atonement of Jesus Christ, we too can be risen every day to a higher level spiritually. She goes on to explain that as we repent , people will say for example "where is timmy that used to lie all the time?" and we can say "he is not here, for he has risen." As we learn this princple we can know that we can always rise above our trials and defects and because more like our Savior. I know that this has happened with me, through the great power of the Atonment i have been able to rise up to be a better son of my Heavenly Father and that the old me is not here, but i have risen. I have seen it in a lot of the people i have had the chance to see, i am seeing it in Pablo who just got baptized that he is rising, the old him is no longer there, and he is rising up. He even is helping us teach Claudia and prepare her for her baptism this weekend! I hope we can all apply this into our lives, especially during this great time of year that we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I love you all! have a great week, sorry for the long email, haha!Love, Elder Stuart
From Elder Stuart's Mom:
I thought I would forward a bit of my email from Ryan so you get a little more information about this past week!
Hey Mom :)
Happy Easter! I had a wonderful sunday! how was yours?? Thank you! i am super happy for Pablo and Claudia!!! also it is the first time the APs have baptized in like 4 years, so that was pretty cool to do.