Monday, May 29, 2017

Life in the Office

The life in the office fly’s by soooooo insanely fast now!!!!! Before I got here my companions almost never had time to be in the sector and teach or work like normal missionaries.... but I just have such a strong fire and desire to get out of the office and work like I love doing that we have been able to be in the sector at like 5 or 6 every day to work for at least a few hours!!!! We were working every night this week and they both told me that they haven’t had a single week with every night in the sector in their 9 months as Secretary and Financer... But we are trying our best to be obedient with exactness.... its really is easy for us not to be, because we literally can do whatever we want, whenever we want and no one would ever know. But I love working as hard as I can and really getting lost in the work!!


I’m not sick at all anymore!!!! No more symptoms...!!!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Baptizing a Princess

So first off its been kind of hard being in the office all the time because I’m just always dying to get back to my sector and work.... its kinda one thing the last secretary told me, is that he almost never worked in his sector besides weekends... but me and my companions have decided that we are just going to be strictly obedient and see if that changes anything... 

Well let me tell you folks that obedience brings blessings and obedience with exactness brings miracles!!! (I’m sure I spelled something in there wrong... sorry I don’t English good anymore)

But anyway, we had soo many spiritual experiences and lessons this week!!!! One of them including a baptism of a little girl named Naima (she and her 2 sisters are the cutest/craziest little girls I have ever met!!) 
We also had lots of time to contact Menos Activos and Referencias this last week, which has been a lot of fun! One family seems just too good to be true and we were all crying in the first lesson!! I can only hope and pray that things continue to work out with them!!!

Sorry I forgot my camera this week so ill make sure to send the photos of the baptism next week!!!

Love you all and have a great week!!

Shout out to my homie Kyson Hancey for killing it on his farewell talk!! Go Canada ey!!! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Día del Mamá!!!

Buenas tardes querida familia y amigos!!
Well another super fast week has come and gone once again!!
So obviously the highlight of the week was seeing my Beautiful Mother and Semi-beautiful brothers/father!!! Wow it seems like only a few weeks have passed since the last Christmas Skype.... well for me at least.
I don’t have a whole lot of time to write but this week has been a fun one for sure!
Me and 7 other missionaries had a member in my ward hand-make ties for us!! Yeah I can’t lie, these Ecuadorians spoil me sometimes!! 

les quiero bastante!! Espero que todas las madres disfrutaban su día!!


1. Just finishing calling our moms (I wasn't crying, the humidity was so bad it made my eyes rain)
2.Attempting to be a Secretary.... not going too well yet haha
(For the record I blame being so white halfly on the endless rain/clouds, and the other half on being stuck in an office all day)
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Elder Stidham

Monday, May 8, 2017

Photos!

1. My failed attempt in taking my first mission selfie
2. Me and Hermana Daisi, she did more that I could ever write for me during my time in the hospitals
3. Kissing an Iguana!!

4. An Iguana bit my companion while trying to feed it haha




Being Healed

First off I would just like to say that I am not being Disobedient right now!! I have permission to write after 6:00 

 Hola querida familia y amigos
Sorry I haven’t written in a few weeks... but man there’s so much to tell!! As most of you know I have been fairly sick these last few months. Well it got so bad that I ended up having emergency transfers a few weeks back and have been seeing the doctors more than I got rejected in high school (ha-ha totally kidding bout that one, that number is uncountable ;) but anyways, I was sent to the Temple several times to talk to the Lord about maybe being sent home to get better. I was also told by many doctors that I would probably be sent home soon. Even a representative of the church (I don’t remember his title or anything) called me and told me that he will be coming down this month and will meet with me to decide if the church will HAVE to send me home...
Through this whole process I truly never wanted to go back home. I knew that I would be able to recover fully if I did and then that I could return to the mission field in another mission. But I just never wanted to leave this amazing country and the people who have become my family.

After having an interview with my mission president he knew that I truly had no desire to return and that I was close. Although I had received many priesthood blessings during this illness, he asked if it would be all right to give me another. I can honestly say that I have never witnessed anything like those moments. It was indescribably powerful and the Spirit filled room. Ever since that blessing I have been 1000 times better and I have little to no symptoms at all that just 2 weeks ago had me in bed 24/7. I have learned so much about the Lords timing during this trial and want to thank each and every one of you for your support and Prayers!! Miracles exist and they take place every day, we just have to open our eyes and have Faith to see them!

So other news of the week: I got made Secretary to the President, which has been kind of crazy!! I’ve been crazy busy trying to learn everything that I have to do and have never taken so many notes in my life haha! I never imagined how much my "Trainer" Elder Barba did until he began training me to do it all...
 
I’m super excited for mother’s day and hope that all you incredible Mothers out there can enjoy the time with your family! As a missionary I’ve learned to appreciate all that my momma bear has done for me over the last 19 years and I’m sorry I never showed how grateful I am as well as I should have, I promise that after the mission I will treat you like every day is mothers day!!

Your favorite Ecuadorian,

Elder Stidham