Date: Monday, November 15, 2010, 2:45 PM
The past week has been exactly that a quick blur. We are over busy ensuring that all the people within the zone are going to be baptized. We went on Trade-Offs with ever Elder in the Zone and a Comp study with both of the sister companionship's. Things are going well, but Satan is in the details both with the missionaries and with the investigators! We have to beat him, which we know that if we qualify for, and rely on the Spirit of God then we will crush him!! When it comes down to it he has absolutely no power, he only can influence us it is our choice to make not his! We had many miracles over the past week, one with the Moroni a boy that has a rare condition that slows down the process of the brain. He tried to get baptized when he was eight, but has a huge fear of the water. He is now 12, and the parents wanted to try again. this past week we filled up the font, and his brother and him practiced in the water he wouldn't go under so Elder Brown and I got into the water with all our clothes on, and made him feel more comfortable. He went under the water multiple times, and now he is set to be baptized this coming weekend! Also Poly and BJ who attended the temple have been progressing really well. they are both looking forward to being baptized on the 27. With out even teaching her about it Poly has given up drinking and smoking, and has been coming to church consistently. This is the same woman that said she supported her daughter, and if her son, BJ, wanted to join, but she had her own and she was just fine. She has had a complete change of heart, and the light has come into her eyes!!! We had Zone leader council this past week, and Elder Brown, Elder Davidson and I played Satan in a Nerf battle as a part of President and Sister Porter's training hopefully they will put the pictures up on the blog they are just too funny! Things are going well with my new companion we are just striving to help the work to continue and to progress!
You may or may not be wondering why we are emailing late, but yesterday we had a mission conference (the whole mission!) and we met together to hear trainings from President & Sister Porter along with the assistants. I was the Chorister believe it of not, the senior couples and others were impressed that I can read music, and didn't just wave my hand in the air ha ha. I remember learning that skill in youngmens! Then Elder Brown and I sang with The Samoan and Tongan missionaries one Samoan song & one Tongan. The whole meeting was very powerful. Then for the second half of conference we had a special speaker come. I don't know if the name Hinckley rings any bells, but Elder Hinckley of the 70 came and spoke to us. Yes our late Prophet President Gordon B. Hinckley (1912-2008), his son. It was really good. he is the Head of missionary work for the church, and had some really good thoughts that we can do to continue to progress. He thanked us for following the call of his Dad to double our baptisms, we don't have it yet, but we are on track if we just hold out our last two months of the year!!! Then President Hamula, and Nielson spoke to us of the Area presidency. Over all it was a very spiritual day!!! Well I have to email in a miracle, for a book that Sister Porter will be putting together so I have to keep it short. I am glad to see that everyone is doing well and life is just chugging along!!! All my love!!!
Elder Matthew Lee Stucki N.Z.A.M.