Monday, April 24, 2017


I cant lie I’m really not sure what happened this week but all I know is that we had a Baptism on Friday and it was super fun and crazy!
We were super slammed with all the office stuff we had to do this week so we kinda forgot about the baptism until last minute..... Really, last minute haha.

We woke up Friday morning about 2 hours before the baptism and scrambled to get everything ready and done before hand. Many prayers were offered and the Lord defiantly gave us some miracles that morning! We may have had 6 missionaries filling up the baptismal font with buckets and running around like animals 5 minutes before it started but it all turned out great and so much more spiritual than I imagined it would have been!

And here is a photo of my companion wearing some creepy bear mask a member made him!

con mucho amor!  Elder Stidham

Monday, April 10, 2017

Seeing Miracles Through The Trials

First off I just gotta give a Shout out to the Parkway 9th ward for being THE BEST WARD IN THE WORLD!!!!!! I cannot express how grateful I am to each and every one of you for fasting and praying for me these last months and epically this last week! For those of you who don’t know I have been extremely sick the last few weeks/months. But through the Prayers and Help from a Loving Heavenly Father I have finally began to get better!
One reason I have chosen this title is because I am still fighting these illness. And how I’ve been tried. But I cannot thank my Heavenly Father enough for these trials, I have become so much more in tune to the Spirit and have had to learn to trust in the Lords Timing. This last Saturday we were walking around and Teaching the Gospel like we always do as missionaries, and as many of you know the importance of Working on Saturdays I wanted nothing more than to visit my investigators so that they could be reminded/excited to Attend Church the following day. Anyway it was still early and I just couldn’t take another step, holding back tears I sat down on the curb and Prayed (or more like begged) for Strength to keep on going. My companion sat down at my side and we decided that we needed to go back to the house or Id only get worse... but just then some lady that I have never meet before sat down next to us and said to me in English "You guys are missionaries right? Is there something wrong?" I wasn’t sure if I was more surprised by a stranger sitting down next to me or that she spoke in English.... but after talking to her for a while we learned that she lived in New York for 33 years and that her Daughter got Baptized a few years back. She then told us that she had wanted to get Baptized too but couldn’t because she wasn’t married to her husband. But after her Husband passed away she had to come back to Ecuador and she told us that she wants to be baptized again!!!! I just felt so overpowered by the Spirit confirming me that the Lord really is with me and that sometimes we do have to step back, take a deep breath, and get our feet under us again. 
But wait the story gets better!! She invited us to come back and start teaching her this week! But we recently learned that Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is coming down here this Saturday and Sunday!! We will first have a meeting with him as a mission this Saturday and then he will be coming to my Stake for Easter Sunday!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally meet an Apostle! But also for all my investigators to have the chance to hear his message as well!!!
Love you all so much and pray that you all have a great week!

From Zack to his Mom:I’m feeling all right... kinda getting better kinda getting worse. But I’m happy. I gotta go but I love you!!!

From Zack to his Dad: I keep going back and forth on getting better and worse.... like every time Chikungunya gets better, Gastritis gets worse and vise versa.... but I’m happy and I have learned to trust in Gods Timing! I have felt the wards prayers so much this week. I wasn’t sure why but something was different about this week... I was equally sick and sometimes I just couldn’t leave the house I was too weak, but en every moment I could just feel Gods love and the Spirit so powerfully. I knew that He was with me and that many people were praying for me. I can honestly say that I never thought that there was a difference between one prayer or a hundred for the same cause. Oh how I was wrong. I am so grateful for the Amazing ward we have back there in South Jordan!!! Thank you so much for all your prayers!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

From Broken to Strong

I am so incredibly grateful that we have a modern day Prophet and that we get to listen to His council and guidance every 6 Months!! The church is true and the Work is Moving Forward!!

So I guess I never talked about my new companion. His name is Elder Chogas. He is from Colombia but his family moved to Utah when he was 9. He is super fun and very spiritual. I love joking with him every day and we try to keep our minds busy while stuck working in the office every morning. I have been so blessed to have him as a companion and am learning so much from him!

This is Hermana Mercy. She has gone through more trials than anyone I have ever known and is sooo incredibly strong in the Gospel. I am amazed every day by how devoted she is to Christ and how she thanks God in Every trial and in Every Moment! Her husband recently left her but she loves to have the missionaries (and our future missionary friend Isaac) over every Wednesday and make some crazy dinner with us! Her Daughter Dian is the smartest and funniest 8 year old I have ever met in my life! I love this ward that I’m in and the members are super cool! It’s very hard for me to count my blessings because there just are so many of them!

Hope you all enjoyed General Conference and have a great week!

With lots of love