Monday, February 29, 2016

Stacie's email February 29, 2016


Monday, February 15, 2016

Stacie's email February 15, 2016

I'm getting transferred! I was completely shocked when we got calls on Saturday night. Apparently my mission president needs some leadership in the English part of the mission, so I've been called to serve in two English speaking wards in Sierra Vista as a Sister Training Leader. I definitely have been having a lot of bittersweet feelings about not serving in a Spanish area. I'm really not very confident in my teaching skills in English anymore, I feel like it will be kinda a tough adjustment not being able to speak in Spanish with everyone. But the Lord needs me there right? I'm sure whatever is waiting for me over there is exactly what I need to continue growing. It'll be pretty different for me being in that type of leadership position too. I don't feel like I have strong leadership skills, but one of the biggest things that I've learned on my mission so far is that the Lord definitely qualifies those that He calls.  

Maybe I will continue to write down experiences and things like that for recording purposes.  I will continue to send them! 

Thank you for your love and support! Have a blessed week! 

 Love, Hermana Townley 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stacie's email February 1, 2016

Hi everyone!

Well, another week has come and gone. This week was a hard one for me, several ups and downs. In my area, we have so many opportunities every day to meet new people and most of the time they are going through really hard trials. We have an investigator right now who has such great desires to change her life and get back on the right path. However, she has several addictions that she feels she has to go back to as soon as things get hard. Overtime, I have grown to love her so much, and it just breaks my heart to see her suffering for her bad choices. More often than not, I find myself wishing and praying that somehow all of their problems would just magically go away. Sometimes I wish that I could just fix everything for them. It is all in the Lord's hands though. We just have to keep trusting in him and move forward. 

Oftentimes, when my companion and I go out to teach or to contact people, people will just come up to us and start asking questions. It keeps things pretty interesting! I've been thinking a lot this week about how important it is to just let ourselves be seen. We visit this particular trailer park at least once, if not multiple times, a day. Almost every single person in that trailer park recognizes us and knows who we are. The other day, a guy who we had never met named Ernesto contacted us to try to give us water. He told us that he knew we were sent from God because every time we would walk by his house, the spirit would prompt him to offer us water. At that point, his heart was softened and he took genuine interest in the Book of Mormon. It was an obvious tender mercy from God, we hardly did anything to find him! We will teach his whole family this week :) 

Sundays are definitely one of the busiest days of the week. Frequently, members of the ward who were assigned to give a talk or teach a lesson will just not show up; naturally, the missionaries will jump to fill in. This week, my companion and I were asked to give a talk in sacrament meeting. When Hermano Garcia asked me to speak, he told me the topic was "follow the prophet" but that he would let me use the spirit to change the topic as needed. As I studied, I felt the inspiration behind the topic that was already chosen. I felt deep within my heart that there would be people in the congregation who would need to learn about the importance of our modern day prophets. It is so wonderful to know that our church is run by Christ himself through inspired, imperfect leaders. I am so grateful to take part in helping people understand the nature of God's true church.

As always, whoever does the teaching is usually the person who learns the most. As was the case this week. I realized as I prepared the talk that I too needed a strengthened testimony in our modern day prophets. Earlier this week, I was touched by an experience I had as we contacted people on the street that reminded me how unique our church is because of our prophets. As we saw her kids playing with their dog outside, we jumped at the opportunity to teach Maria and her whole family while they had some downtime. As we began teaching a shortened version of the restoration, she was a little standoffish and skeptical. However as soon as we told her that God has again called a prophet to lead and direct his church, her eyes brightened. She began to ask questions and take a real interest in the Book of mormon. Then she asked us to come back and teach her more! Truly that is our unique message to the world; the Lord still speaks to us! By using the words of modern day prophets, scriptures(which are written by prophets), and receiving guidance and personal revelation from the Holy Ghost, we can know God personally and his will for us. What a priceless gift we have!

I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God called to restore the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ back to the earth. I know that God loves us and would not leave us in darkness. Because of his love for us, we have all of the tools and guidance necessary to help us back to our heavenly home. 

Love, Hermana Townley

Monday, February 1, 2016

Stacie's email January 25, 2016

Buenos Dias mis queridos amigos!

Sometimes it is really hard for me to know how to put into words all
of the feelings I have in my heart that I would like to share with you
all. I learn so much every single day, and so much happens in a single
week so it's hard to keep up! I had a great start to the week though
when we went to the temple in Gila Valley, I just love it there!

This week we had a world-wide missionary conference, which reminded me
of the simplicity of the gospel. We discussed basic doctrinal
principles that helped me remember to keep my lessons simple, and to
bear simple but powerful testimony. That, in combination with my
experiences in teaching a specific less active family, I was prompted
to study and learn to apply the power of bearing testimony of basic
gospel truths. As missionaries, one of our top priorities is to help
others remember their baptismal covenants: When we are baptized, we
promise that we will be “Willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea,
and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as
witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places
that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God,
and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have
eternal life.” Or in other words, be charitable and compassionate,
always bear testimony of Jesus Christ (in word and deed), and endure
to the end.

As it applies to my missionary work, I really wanted to focus on and
understand my part of the promises I made to Heavenly Father when I
was 8 years old as well. While studying in the Book of Mormon, I
realized that the examples of Nephi, Abinadi, Alma, Amulek, and the
sons of Mosiah applies to almost every situation I find myself in as a
missionary. They were bold witnesses of Jesus Christ despite the
persecution, ridicules and mockeries. They stood up for what they
believed in and they never backed down or hesitated to open their
mouths to bear simple, but incredibly powerful, testimony. They were
not people-pleasers. These are great examples to me of how I should
remember and actively strive to keep my baptismal covenants.

Bearing testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus
Christ is the most powerful tool we have as missionaries to help
people come unto Christ. I love the counsel given to us by the Lord
himself: “Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not” (D&C

This week my companion and I have been working on bearing witness of
Jesus Christ and the Restored gospel at every door we knock on and to
every person that we talk to. The more I do it, the less fear I have.
There has been a bit of a different feel to our missionary work as we
have done this too; we get more doors slammed in our face, but the
quality of the lessons that we have has gone up. The Spirit is
stronger with us.

I hope this email has inspired each of you to ponder again on the
sacred promises that you made with Heavenly Father when you decided to
be baptized. I strongly encourage each of you to recommit to keeping
your end of the covenant so that the Lord is able to freely shower all
of the many blessings that He has prepared to those who are faithfully
striving to endure to the end.

¡Que Dios les bendiga abundantemente en sus esfuerzos!

Con mucho amor, Hermana Townley