looks good, feels not so. . . 10/10/10

Gooday to all!!! Well emails a lot later than usual we had to drive to the office and trade our car in and get a new one. Well the brand new one went to the sisters and their newer one came to us!! We were very excited! Our old car went up to the North land and their car went to auction!!! I read in Paul (Elder Turner's) email that they are driving a truck that makes me very jealous!!! I am grateful to have a car though! Well things in the zone on the outward are looking great we have 23 more set for the month and currently 8 of 9 companionships baptizing, but they just don't feel right. We had two minor disobedient issues come up. I won't say what, but this is what President was talking about when he said I need to learn how to deal with the "big time" zones. I just don't understand what the brain process of being disobedient is!!! This and one other zone have the worst record just because the missionaries live so close to each other and the members are all for the missionaries doing whatever! Things on the outside look OK, but complacency and laziness are coming in and we are working very hard to battle the attacks of Satan. Fortunately I know we will come out victorious in the war, but the battle could get ugly if we don't become humble and obedient very quickly!!!

Any ways on a much happier note I taught Eseta this week. She is my "Grandma" from my first area. She still has not been baptized, but we pretty much told her that I am back to bring her fully into the Gospel. She is currently praying about baptism, so please keep her in you prayers. We also had a beautiful feed with her and caught up on the past year. It was a very spirit filled lesson! Things are going well in Hillary ward (my ward) we have 5 set and are just doing all we can everyday. Last night I fell asleep while writing my weekly letter to President Porter, but it didn't help that I was writing it on my bed ha ha. I agree with everyone elses comment on General Conference very direct and to the point. The messages seemed to follow these topics: Repentance, Faith, Follow the Prophet or families. Also Elder Rea and I figure that we could by 2 buckets of KFC if we had a dollar for every time the warning was mentioned about Pornography. It truly is a terrible sin. That would be about 50-60 dollars ha ha. Fortunately in New Zealand it is not too big of an issue, it is the smoking and drinking that are just terrible!!! Oh and to answer someone's question we watch conference over Saturday and Sunday. The attendance was grim partially because they can get it over the Internet and mostly because people think it is just a week to take off. I often think the messages are most needed by those that don't attend.

Well it is off to go shop and play sport!!! I love you all more than you know and need your prayers just as much as ever if not more!! I love the work and the people I serve, this is God's work and we are here to rescue his children Results do matter and so do the numbers!!! God numbers his children so we must save souls constantly!!! He expects us to accomplish his work we were sent to achieve, not just to go through the motions! Have a great week and look for a way to be an instrument in the hands of God!

My address in 44a Ashton Ave in Otara right by MIT (Manukau Institute of technology).

Elder Matthew Lee Stucki N.Z.A.M.

Brick house, 44, 13 Cobham Street

It is kind of getting old trying to fit a weeks worth of information into words and then into an email that will make sense. Most weeks I fail, but the experiences I have had are what shapes my character and helps me become what the Lord would have me be! I am thankful for another safe week filled with the spirit. I was writing a letter last night and in it I made mention that it is so nice to feel that if my card was pulled and I had to stand before my maker I would humbly stand tall and have faith that he would say unto me well done my good and faithful servant. It is a feeling of peace and hope that I am doing exactly what God would have me do and striving to do it on his time table. It is a feeling that I never want to let go and never will. I will stand firm and my testimony will remain unshakable because it is founded in my Savior and Redeemer even Jesus Christ! I am so thankful for his love and mercy that he shows to me on a daily basis!!

So my Subject heading comes from Saturday night. Elder Rea and I had 25 minutes left in the night so we decided to pray and ask where we needed to be. We asked for specific direction as to where we should go! The thoughts that came to my mind was the number 44 and bricks. Elder Rea said 13 Cobham which is an address we have never been to before. We drove to that street and sure enough number 13 was a brick house! I looked at the time and it said 8:44 ha ha so we were onto something good! In fact there was a 13A and 13B. So we went to 13A first knocked on the door and a younger Maori lady answered. We found out the family was all over because a family member had just passed away. Right then was not a good time, but she invited us to come back this week. I know that the message we have to share will bring her peace as she understands God's plan for us. She will come to know where her family member is and how she can live with them again!!! I know for sure that as we pray in faith God will lead us to where we need to be. I have great faith in following the call of a Prophet when he said that all missionaries throughout the world should baptize monthly. Some of you reading this may disagree, but a prophet said it can be done. Many missionaries thought that this mission would never do what it is now doing, but I know that it is only by faith. We must never doubt God will always fulfill his promises and it tells us in the scriptures that he is preparing the hearts of the Children of men. I have a firm knowledge of that!

Well I am excited to watch General Conference this coming weekend you lucky Americans get to watch it live ha ha. For us Celestial souls we have patience to wait an extra week ha ha. I love you all and am so thankful to have the family I have. I am reliving my first months of my mission and I again see how important it is to have good parents. It kills me to see the lack of care parents have for their children here. The conditions they live in would make any one with a conscience sick!!! Thankfully God's soldiers are out fighting the battle day by day!!! That's us Soldiers of God out to bring his children to the light.

I love you all and pray for you often! God be with you til we meet again!!