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Monday, February 24, 2014

THIS WEEK WAS THE EPITOME OF JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This week was the epitome of JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dan told us that he wants to be baptised on 8 March.
We met with J. and read 2 Nephi 31 together. The spirit was so strong and she wants to be baptised sooner than later....on the 8th of March :)

A.'s baptism was a beautiful dream. She looked like an angel and before the baptism was absolutely giddy with excitement! Nothing could bring her down.
She asked Sister Esslinger and I to speak. I spoke about when Sister Baker and I taught her the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I told Joseph Smith's account of seeing Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, the spirit was so strong it seemed tangible. But at that exact moment of sharing the account, a LOUD, MASSIVE storm began to rage outside. This was a defining lesson for me as I was able to so dramatically witness the clear contrast between darkness and chaos, and peace, warmth and light. My talk was centred on Helaman 5:12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the arock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your bfoundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty cstorm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

Because of Jesus Christ, darkness CANNOT win. Christ is the LIGHT of the world and He eases our burdens, and brings joy, hope and purpose to our souls.

A. was so happy :) She bore her testimony after the baptism on Heavenly Father's love. A. is a woman of so much FAITH. She has a lot of hard things in her life, but trust 100% that Heavenly Father loves her, and will bless her and her family as they are obedient to His commandments.

We had stake conference this week. Wow. Elder Paul Coward of the seventy (from New Zealand) was asked by Elder Ballard to speak to the Narre Warren Stake. Saturday night he invited all members 12+ to attend--missionaries included. WHAT a SPEAKER! Holy goodness!!!!
At one point he had all the missionaries stand up. There were 10 stes of elders and 2 sets of sisters. He called our zone leaders to the podium and asked what our average lesson count as a zone was. When they told him, he asked, could you do more? We all nodded our heads. He then asked if the missionaries in our zone have the skill to teach more lessons, again they told him yes. He then look out at the congregation and boldly and powerfully stated "Now is the time to link arms with the missionaries. Fill these missionaries planners." His entire talk was about how the members must be HASTENING the work of Salvation.

I love this work so much. I'm having such a blast, and I am so happy. Thanks for sending me the glitter, mom. I imagine if I were to explode due to so much joy, it would probably look like that ;)

Love you heaps and heaps. Keep choosing the right!!!

Sister Stevenson



KEEP SMILING! :) xoxoxo

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