Time Flies When You’re Preaching, Teaching & Having Fun!

Don’t let the sun and smiles deceive you. We’re freezing!

Hi everyone,

Can you believe that time is flying by so fast?? It’s crazy!!

I never liked January because Christmas was over, so I felt like winter should be too. That was a pretty okay mindset in California, but I’m having to adjust it a little now. From what people are telling me, we’re not going to have spring until sometime in May. So I guess I’ll just have to get used to it:)

It’s almost the end of the transfer and it’s so weird! People say that when you’re on a mission, the days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days. It is SO TRUE.

P1010949Guess what? Our investigator T who we were able to talk to after over a month? We had another lesson with her and brought a calendar and asked her when she wanted to be baptized, and as soon as we showed it to her she pointed to February 13th and said, “Can it be this day?” super excited and we were like, “Of course!!” The only thing with her is that stuff ALWAYS gets in the way of meeting with her. She tries so hard to meet with us, but then something always happens. Like one time her phone actually broke and we hadn’t texted her the address yet of where we were meeting and so we couldn’t meet and now she’s trying to get a new phone. So yeah opposition in all things. But she is so amazing and so excited to be baptized!! So it will all work out in the end:)

We went to  mutual with one of our young women investigators, and we made journals!! One of the leaders was doing a tutorial for how to decorate it, but I felt that limited my creative potential, so I made a frog prince instead. (And our investigator had a great time! 🙂 )

We’re trying to work a lot with the youth in the ward because we’re teaching a few teenagers. It’s really cool! We’re actually teaching seminary for a day this week and I’m super excited:) One of our investigators (J) came to mutual this week and it was really fun!

We’ve been sharing the talk by Elder Jefferey R. Holland “And None Were with Him” with a lot of people.

He talks about how when Jesus went through the Atonement, it was really lonely. Judas betrayed Him, Peter denied Him. His people, who He only wanted to help and save, rejected Him.

“The Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.

Off-roading, yess!

“And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him.” (Mosiah 4:5, 9)

And in the end, not even Heavenly Father could be with Him. Elder Holland says, “I speak of those final moments for which Jesus must have been prepared intellectually and physically but which He may not have fully anticipated emotionally and spiritually—that concluding descent into the paralyzing despair of divine withdrawal when He cries in ultimate loneliness, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?'”

We see deer and antelope quite often

As missionaries, we hear a lot of people’s problems. And one that a lot of people have is that they feel that they’re alone. But Jesus felt alone too.  Elder Holland continued: “This perfect Son who had never spoken ill nor done wrong nor touched an unclean thing had to know how the rest of humankind—us, all of us—would feel.” And because of that, He does understand. He knows. He has felt all that we feel. And He is always there to help us know that we are children of Heavenly Father, Christ’s brothers and sisters, and that we are loved.

I am so grateful for my brother and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Elder Holland concluded, “May we stand by Jesus Christ ‘at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in, even until death,’ for surely that is how He stood by us when it was unto death and when He had to stand entirely and utterly alone.” I am going to stand by Christ. I love Him so much!

IMG_0185I hope you all have a wonderful week of remembering the Savior:)

Sister Stratford


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