Elder Stockard

Elder Stockard
Mexico Cuidad Obregon Mission

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January 16, 2017 - Week 82


Wow, what great news with your eyes. I told dad this, but from the little that I've been able to observe from the process with your eye treatment, it´s been so amazing to see the rapid progress that you've had. What a great testimony builder that God hears and answers our prayers! That makes me so happy to know that you keep receiving great news! And how was the rest of the trip? What a wet winter you all have had, we need to average out the moisture that you guys have received along with the cold weather with the dryness and heat we have had here in these months, lol.

So this week was filled with many great and fun moments. Something that has been so great to see is how excited and motivated the members have been to help us out with our investigators. The work with the members, and really with the investigators, I feel like is way different here in Mexico than it is in the states, but in any case... we´ve really really worked hard with some of the members with us with our progressing investigators and you wouldn't imagine how its changed our relationship with the members, our sensitivity to the spirit, the level of effectiveness with the lessons. So when you get a chance, work with the missionaries in whatever way you can, it will bless your life, their lives, and the investigators!!

One of the many great experiences we had while working with the members this week, happened while we were working with an elderly man in the ward named Brother G. As we finished a lesson with one person, he told us he´s been meaning to visit an old investigator of our that he wanted to check up on after a recent surgery she had. She is a very devout member of the apostolic church, and had no real interest in investigating the church when we previously taught her a couple months ago, but was always very sweet with us. While there, she told us that something had been eating at her for the past few days since she was studying Matthew and read about the commandment that Christ gave to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, something that she hasn't done. We cleared up her doubt on that issue, and she is now reading the BoM, and has committed to be baptized. What a blessing!!

Well, the thing is that many things happen to us every day, some positive, and others challenging. As I studied the life of President Gordon B Hinckley in these weeks, one of his most recognized attributes is his optimism. It´s something I would like to develop more in my life too. “This time, like all times, is a very good time - if we but know what to do with it” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Well, Family, I feel so great here, I really do. Life is good!! And I have a great family back at home whose love and support I feel every single day in my life. I hope you know I pray for your well being every day too!! I love you all so much and hope you all have a great week!! 

Lots of Love!! Ryan 

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