Monday, July 20, 2015

Stacie's email July 13, 2015

My dear loved ones, 

First off, happy happy birthday to my sweet little Grace Athena!! And happy birthday to Mom and Heather in this coming week! I hope everyone was able to have a great time at the Townley Family Reunion this weekend, I expect lots of pictures, especially of the cute new babies! (Please!!!) 

​Heavenly Father humbles me and reminds me of His role in my life every so often. It amazes me how patient he is with me, despite all of my weaknesses. The other day, for example, I was feeling ​really good about the progress that my investigators are making, and feeling pretty successful about the week in general. On this particular afternoon, I found myself lacking motivation to go find and talk to people because I felt like the work we were doing was already pretty successful, and we had enough people to teach right now anyway. Pretty dense, right? Well, Heavenly Father decided that I needed a little correction and found a very gentle and loving way to remind me that this is His work, not mine (I need several reminders, it seems!). 

We lost our phone. As we were driving, we realized that we needed to check to see if our investigator had called us back, and it was just gone. We tore apart the car. We looked in every possible crack and corner, in every bag, under every rug of that car and it was no where to be found! Then we looked again, and again, and again. We must have looked for 20 minutes for our phone that we were sure was in there with us just a few minutes earlier. 

While we were looking, a lady walked by the car. She was talking on the phone, looking troubled and stressed and angry. I would have kept looking for that phone-we needed to talk to our investigator- but my companion suggested us take a break and talk to the woman, and continue to look for the phone when we finished. As we talked to the woman, Yessenia, we found out that she was in desperate need of some emotional help, and was trying to contact someone, anyone, to listen to her as she cried. She was so grateful that we talked to her about Christ and the healing powers of the Atonement, and gave her some sort of hope in her seemingly hopeless life. She invited us to come to her home to teach her more. 

When we got back to the car after talking to her, we found our phone sitting there in the passenger seat. "We have every reason to rejoice and little reason to fear. If we follow the promptings of the Spirit, we will be safe, whatever the future holds. We will be shown what to do."This quote by Elder Packer is so true. The Lord sees all things, He knows what needs to be done and He knows how to do it. How short-sighted it is when we think we know better than He! There is a lot of room for growth, and I'm grateful for this time I have to serve the Lord and to learn how to listen to the Spirit and act on promptings! 

This week is full. We have been busy, busy, busy planning Hector and Patty's baptism! We are determined to make it so special for them, they are so special to us :) 

My spirit just comes alive when I see the Lord hard at work in the lives of people that I love. What a privilege it is to participate in the work of Salvation! 

Just a side note, Hector was so touched by the song "Grande Eres Tu", or "How Great Thou Art" in English, that he memorized the song on the organ and played it for us the other night. It was so beautiful, and so touching. I'll send pictures next week of the baptism! 

Con todo mi corazón, 

Hermana Townley 

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