The Gift of Tongues

Well hello to all yet again we sit at the email before transfers this one just flew by!!! Warren a prospective missionary in one of our wards got his call to California San Diego San Francisco mission I was so happy for him. Not too many people from here get called to America so he must have a special work to do there, but he doesn’t have to leave until March and I thought my three months was bad!!! This week was another Tongan Party, my companion and I got to sit at the head table so that was really fun and we enjoyed the food heaps!!! Crystal was baptized Last Friday it was a really nice program Elder Rezel baptized her. Baptism days are definitely one of the highlights on the mission!!! We also set another 2 people for baptism in December one is David the one whose wife is a member and he is really coming along great!!! The other one is a nine year old girl that lives with her aunt and uncle in our ward he name is Michele and she is really smart. She also attends church weekly so it should be a rather smooth teaching process!!! Mom the pictures didn’t go sorry!!! Tee ended up not being able to afford the flight so I will have to send them through the mail!!! Richard and Somtho should have had their baby this morning and they were way sad to hear that transfers are this week. They are going to take us to dinner sometime this week, but you never know if we are going or staying it is always a toss up. I think I will be staying because Rezel has been in the area for quite a while now and it seems like if things are going well president wants to change them!!!
Mom it seems like you were only just called to be young women’s president I was surprised to hear that you were released!!! Your new calling sounds fun though. Estee I do know the Skouson girl she was in Tony and Justin’s ward up in Provo. I can’t believe that she is getting married CRAZY!!! I’m glad to hear you like your ward!!! I do write in my journal usually 2-3 times a week and its fun to look back at my MTC entrees ha-ha I really had no idea at all what a mission would be like. I also still have to go and see the Mural I don’t know if it is still there or not. Aunt Teresa I’m not sure of the kilometer cut gas is about the same here as back home they just sell it in liters so it looks cheaper, but when you convert it its about the same. Aunt Pam I am so happy you found a new job that is awesome!!! I will continue to pray for Stucki Lawn Care, but no matter what happens if you have faith in the Lord he will get you through all things!!!
Well a miracle definitely happened this week!!! We were out tracting in between appointments and knocked a few doors no big deal, then we came to this door and a man answered. I said hello asked him where he was from, he said Samoa so I said Malo Sei Fua (Hello how are you). Then their phone rang so he left and his wife came to the door. I said the same thing to hear and she started speaking to me in Samoan. I laughed and said oh no just a little Samoan. She then pointed at my companion and while laughing said oh he is a Palongy (white boy) then continued to speak to me in Samoan. The crazy part was now she was asking me questions, but I understood her. I translated to my companion and then answered her. She wasn’t interested to we talked for a bit and then left with Samoan Greetings. As we walked away my companion asked when I learned to speak Samoan, of course I never learned. He then told me that as I was speaking to her in Samoan and he had no idea of what I was saying. I was so blessed talk about the gift of tongues!!! It was insane!!! Words can’t describe the experience. It really showed me that the Lord will use a worthy tool in any way that he sees fit. It was probably one of the craziest experiences of my life!!!Well I love you all and wish you the best thanks for all the updates and love keep in touch and remember the church is true no matter what language you speak!!

I Have Truly Become Better

Well wasn’t conference just the best thing ever hahaha. We watched it Saturday and Sunday at the stake center it amazed me how many people skipped it you may think that they would watch it on the internet, but no one, well very few even have a computer let alone the internet in their home. It was sad that so many people missed out on personal revelation and to hear a modern day prophet. I think every ones favorite was elder Holland’s talk on the Book of Mormon. Testimonies are truly a powerful thing!!! As promised in my patrichal blessing I would be given the gift of testimony, it has been proven true time and time again. Out of no where I will be baring heart felt testimony to these people that I have come to love so much. The spirit is working on their hearts and he always is doing his job. It is our job as missionaries to be worthy to have him as a constant companion.
This week was another wonderful week Scott set a date for the 7th of November, but we will have him ready in just over a week so he can make the choice when he wants to be baptized. He downloaded all the conference talk as well as the Book of Mormon, gospel principles, and all the hymns to his ipod touch. Now at work he reads and listens to them all day. What an example he is to all of us. The pure desire to obtain more knowledge I loved in conference at the priesthood session when they said that obtaining education wasn’t a suggestion, but a commandment. I have to admit it was sad at priesthood session when he talked about how many sons and fathers were attending together, but Elder Bernard and I (he is in my district from Utah) just put our arm around each other and just understood that neither of us are alone, we have the spirit, the Lord and the prayers of people all around the world. Dad I’m sorry for taking for granted how much fun it was to go to the priesthood session with you and that talk on communication was given just from me!!!
I got another letter from Jared he is doing great!!! Loving the people and working so hard. I also got letters from Lane Chris Creighton, and an elder I met in the Mtc he is serving in California and supposedly the anit-mormon material is hitting his are hard!!! This weekend has made my testimony grow 10 fold and hope I can apply all we learned.
In other news Brian I have heaps of new friends, but not as cool as you!!! Yes I do love it here, the temple trip was great, my favorite new food would have to be chop seuy and horse, and I am so proud of you little man for saying the pledge of allegiance. Brian you were the boy that they talked about in the priesthood session. They talked about how the rising generation will be the best missionaries yet. I will teach you all I know when I get home so you don’t make the same mistakes as you silly cousin Elder Stucki (matt- who ever name that is?) I love you little guy be nice to your sister and whenever you see any of our family give them hugs and kisses from me!!!
Mom I have good news the USB drive with all the photos will be going to Provo on Monday with one of my investigators. Her name is Tee and she has Kyle’s cell number so she can meet up with him. We just started teaching her after her sister was baptized so she is coming along great!!! She grew up in America with her Aunt and Uncle who are members of the church, but she was never baptized. Things are still going really well with Richard and Somtho, but we couldn’t go to do service because of conference and the rain. So hopefully this week we will get some time. They cut our K’s (kilometers) down from 1700 to 1300 so we are going to be making a lot of adjustments like packing our lunch so we don’t have to come back to the flat and taking our bikes with us so we can park and ride. It is a bummer, but exercise is always good. Oh mom you said Brandon Parker was married you must have meant Cameron because Brandon is on his mission haha. Crystal’s baptism is still on as well as Aisha’s and Nga’s the following week!!! The work is like every missionaries dream!!!
That was sad to hear Palo lost to Legacy where did they come from they were never good in years past!!! Alyssa you are going to home coming???? Didn’t you hear the talk that changes dating from 16 to 21 if not you can just take my word for it!!!! If you do go please be safe and remember you are a daughter of god and that is way way way better than someone’s girlfriend or trying to impress people!!! I love you even if we did fight a lot!!! I was an egg head as they would call it here, but follow Estee and Kyle’s example not mine haha. Or we can make a deal every date I go on while I am on my mission than you can go on one. Well looks like you will be having none for 19 months haha. Estee your house sounds way cool. What ward are you in? Where do you meet? Any return missionaries for you? Only the best for my sisters!!! How is work going? Kyle thanks for you wonderful example to me I though about you when the Korean man spoke in the Priesthood session!! We also found a Korean BBQ place here, but it is not in the budget of a missionary you know how that goes. How are your classes is there snow yet?
Well everyone thanks again for all your love support and emails. As I sat in conference I pondered how lucky I am to have such wonderful friends and family. I remembered all my wrestling tournaments where I knew I would always have a cheering section that was heard probably miles away. I remember Estee hugging me after my match with Alex Prophet, and Kyle coaching me through the holiday classic, I remember dad keeping the ref in line and mom always squirming in her seat. I remember the many rides home, to school, and seminary with Alyssa and I just want each of you to know that I love you so much I am the young man that I am today because of the way I was raised and the constant support of my family. Then we go to my extended family and there is just too much to name!!! I pray for your safety and return and continued activity in the church. It is the most important thing you can ever do!!! This is the Church of Jesus Christ I pray that we will all be able to return to heaven together with our father in heaven. Thanks again for everything my love and spirit is always with you!!! I pray for your forgiveness for all of my wrong doings and short comings and promise to be a better son brother nephew and grandson when I return!!! May the lord bless us all I pray!!!

Goat, the other other meat!

Well this week everyone was wondering the specifics on the people I am teaching so I will just give you a few since unfortunately I don’t have the time to tell you about each one of them. This past weekend we were blessed with another baptism. Her name is Mala she is Tongan she was found by my companion on a trade off. She told us she prayed the night before and then the next day they came. She is an amazing testimony, but the bad thing is that she is now moving to Australia. The week before was 4 brothers Jeramiah, Tyrell, J’sen, and Dyllon. They were found tracting, and they live with their grandma who is a member from Niue (New way). The oldest is 14 and just got the priesthood yesterday. They also have a sister named Crystal, she will be baptised on the 16. She is 15 years old. Nga (Nah) who is 16 will be baptised on the 24. His mother and sister are members, but the mom is less active we found him through his sister Larissa who is a less active. Then comes Scott and Khadine they are married, and she is a member but less active. They now come to church every week. Just this past week they drove down to the temple just to see it. He has a real desire to be sealed there. Funny enough he has the same sense of humour as Uncle Scott. We will set him for baptism at our next appointment probably for the 24th. They have a young son Ashton who is way fun. Then we have Richard and Somtho. She is from Thailand and sent a text when a church commercial came out for a book on happier families. They came to church on Sunday so it was really good. She now believes in Jesus Christ and they are both progressing well. They are in our rich area and offered to give us a cell phone and pay for it so they could keep in touch with us better. Unfortunately we can’t do that, but it was such a nice offer. Richard owns a construction/landscape company, so he and I get along great. We are going to help him with the guest house he is building. He said we can come and live in it after the mission or just come to visit which will be nice. Then we have John. Let me tell you about John. John is a catholic around 24 years old. We have been teaching his uncle for ages, but he decided to join in the last lesson. He then came to the baptism the following day, Saturday, then attended church on Sunday. It gets better he got up and bore his testimony that he felt the spirit at the baptism and he is excited to see what this church is all about. The Young single adults have been a great help especially the soon to be missionaries. The Stake president is in our ward and his son and nephew both come out with us regularly. The Waipuna ward is just buzzing with missionary work. It is such a blessing. We have many more investigators, but those are the top ones. Last night we ate at Bishop Tuipoloto’s home, we had goat ha-ha yes goat. It actually was pretty good. His wife won’t touch it ha-ha. She sent us home with a cake though that was like 1.5 ft by 2 ft. It tastes real nice and we will have the other elders to our flat today to enjoy it. Some questions that were asked this week who drives the car, well my companion is assigned driver, but I now get to drive because I need five hours of practice before I get certified by the zone leaders. The weather has been cold and rainy like pouring rain every day this week. It is no wonder that New Zealand is so green. The Tsunami hit Samoa really bad, and we have many investigators and members that have family that passed away because of it. We got a call that morning to put us on warning, but nothing close to me. I really would like them to send me to Samoa to do a service mission, but I don’t think I can. Conference sounds like it was good. We will watch it this Saturday and Sunday. Priesthood session will be weird with out you dad!!! My flat is a 2 story house we only have the bottom floor and the Land Lord, Steve, lives above us. It is really nice, but we still have fleas, the bomb didn’t work her, but I sprayed my bed with this stuff from the mission office and haven’t got bit. The worst part is we just bring them with us from our appointments ha-ha. That is funny that Kyle picked to eat at Carraba’s that was the last place that I ate out well beside the free Denny’s breakfast in America. The new ward sounds crazy it will be way weird to not even be in a ward with the Presser’s and Bunker’s. If you can send me the full map of the new stake that would be sweet. I know mom I don’t need to worry about it, but that’s like me telling you that you don’t need to worry about where I am ha-ha. I know that President Parker did only what the Lord wanted. Let him know that I love him heaps. Our stake president here is a lot like him, just a spiritual giant. Well this concludes my letter this week. The church is true. Jesus is my Savior and I love this Church. What I am doing now will shape me into the man that Heavenly father wants me to become. I am so blessed with so much love and support all around me I hope each and every one of you that receive this email has a wonderful week and remember the Savior always. Continue to pray for me and the wonderful people of New Zealand!!! I love you all for the depths of my heart. Stay strong and we will talk to you next week. Love, Elder Stucki

New Zealand Temple trip 09/2009

Elder Stucki is in the back row, right side.