Date: Sunday, February 13, 2011, 1:48 PM

This is the first week of my mission to receive no email from MOM DAD OR ESTEE what is going on haha. Well I am trying to justify in my head not writing too this week, but I have a conscience so I guess I must write something! We were so blessed to have a full proselyting week with no extra meetings or any big surprises it was great to see miracles day by day as we exercise our faith and follow the promptings that we receive. We found one particular lady early on in the week that invited us back for Saturday morning. She is a Samoan lady with good enough English for us to teach her. We sang an opening hymn with her and all of a sudden her two daughters also joined us and we started asking them questions to see where they are at and what we could share with them that would best answer any questions that they had or help them in whatever situation they may be in! After 3 or so minutes a man came in and started asking us questions. Who are you, what do you want, and why are you in my home? He shouted at us attacking us from every angle, but believe it or not we stayed calm. I wanted to stand up, double leg him to the ground, throw in the legs and make him cry, but that is not the Lord's. He attacked us on our beliefs about a Prophet, the Book of Mormon, Adam and Eve and many other topics that frankly he knew nothing about. He contradicted himself many times and made himself look stupid in front of his family. To shut him up my companion bore a powerful witness to combat his cowardly remarks. Multiple times I asked him to stop yelling and we were willing to answer any question that he wanted us to answer, but he must give us time to speak! He was not up for that! He finally left the room and the rest of the family was beyond embarrassed. We eased their worries and began to teach the Plan of Salvation. We taught them things they never considered or had ever been taught. They felt the spirit and we helped them to recognize that. One of them asked why they felt so differently after the Dad had left. We shared that the spirit can not dwell in contention and will never help you to win an argument, but it will teach you all things so long as you are open to learning. the man told us never to come into the house again, but the mother wants to continue to be taught as well as her 20+ year old daughters. The daughters were in shock because ever since the Tuesday that we first met the mom she had been talking to the girls that she just felt something stirring in side of her! The girls told us that mom NEVER lets missionaries in. I am grateful that we qualified for the companionship of the Holy Ghost as we talked to her that day on her porch. I am grateful to the promptings that led us to her house. I am anxious to see how it will all play out. Fortunately we will be meeting them at the church on Tuesday. I ask for all of your prayers that the father that he will at least allow the family to do what they feel is right!

On other new the kids are still all ready to be baptized this weekend. Crystal, Matt, and Theodore that is. Mom I hear Crystal added you on facebook haha. Also John Taylor's mom lost her record so she too will be baptized with him on the 26th of February. Things are going well with all of them, but it is not time to start preparing for March! Interesting news in the stake we had a new Presidency called. It was a wonderful meeting. The old first counselor is the president and Brother Lavea from my first ward (gave me a fathers blessing ages ago) is the 1st counselor and I don't know the 2nd. Brother Lavea will be so good for the stake we are really looking forward to the progress that will be made with each of them!!
Well that is about all from me this week things are going very well and we are excited to keep going I know that the Lord will bless us as we do it His way, in His time, and by His power. I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!

Elder Matthew Lee Stucki N.Z.A.M.
P.S. Pictures are of baby Stucki!!

No rest for the Richteous!

Date: Sunday, February 6, 2011, 2:29 PM

Another week down, and sure enough it has been a busy one. We have had no full days to proselyte because we have had meetings everyday, but we have been richly blessed the zone (9 comps) had 43 people at church yesterday which means they would all qualify to be baptized this month we only have 21 of them set, but we are working hard to help every companionship save souls weekly this month. The fire is burning strong and the desire to serve throughout the zone is incredible! We are very happy and feel so blessed for what the Lord is handing to us. We recognize completely where the miracles come from and it is definitely not our own strength!

Crystal, Matt, and Theodore are still doing so incredibley well! We have taught them everyday and they ALWAYS keep their commitments! I am staked for their baptism on the 19th. We also were able to meet John Taylor who Elder Mutton set over the phone last Sunday. He is just as good as the other kids. He is 14 and his mom is a member and they are all coming to church now it is so good to see how they have re found their testimonies!

I don't know if you remember, but we baptized a young lad names Anna Kaufusi on Christmas. She was pregnant then and just over a week ago she had her baby. Yesterday I stood in the circle for the blessing of the child and you will never guess the name!!! Monson Dallas Alexander STUCKI Kaufusi. Is that not the coolest thing ever. I have had a child named after me. His a cute little Tongan boy I will send a picture later on today! That doesn't happen all to often, but I was so honored. It is wonderful to stare into the eyes of a new born. They are so pure and innocent. No wonder why we are told to become like little children!!

Sorry for the shortness, but not much to report other than I had a 1 hour interview with President talking to me about my plans after the mission. He called Thursday night, and had some very very nice things to say, and then asked if I wanted to have a special interview on Sunday. I sent him my Patriarchal Blessing and we talked about it, and some things that he would love to see happen. It is all so excited, but very scary. I know missionary work is my love and passion, but the outside world is not a mystery. The unknown is always a scary thing, but I have complete trust that Heavenly Father will help me to know all things that I need to and when I need to!!

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!!!

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

Aussy Aussy Aussy!!!

Talofa!!! What a busy busy week. Tuesday morning I took Elder Brown to the mission home, he flew out that night so he is probably speaking in church as I write this letter. That is so so weird to think about! My new companion is Elder Mutton from Adelaide, Australia. He was in our zone as a district leader 6 weeks ago, and now is a zone leader with me! You all know how much I love my Aussy blokes so it has been great already. He and I have been good friends for a while so it was exciting to see that he was going to be my companion. We work very very well together and the best part is he has only been out 10 months or so. He still has that young missionary fire just like me and he doesn't have to be told every time something needs to be done, he just does it. We finished the month very strong as a zone, and have so great ideas to get our missionaries re energized about the work and helping them to become sharper instruments in the hand of God. I am smiling ear to ear and it is so enjoyable to work with him. I am still in Tamaki so that will be 6 months in this ward and 9 months all together in this stake. My companion just laughs when we go places and people just say hello Elder Stucki. He asks me oh who are they and most of the time I reply with "I ave no idea." I love this place very much it really has been my refiners fire and my home away from home. I am so grateful for the mums that I have in New Zealand that always take care of me!!! We are spoiled rotten and have heaps of people that we can call at any time for anything. Of course we don't abuse it, but we always have what we need!

Saturday I had the privilege of baptizing Donell Clark. She is doing so well and Bishop's wife was so kind to give her a bunch of church clothes. It was a great baptism and she was so very happy! I am excited to see her grow and succeed in the gospel. The Three kids Matt, Crystal and Theodore are still AMAZING. They keep every commitment and when we told them we can't move their baptism forward they were sad. Unfortunately we have stake conference so they have to wait til the 19th of February. I can not believe that Feb is here already what the heck!!! That is the month that I got my call, and the month that I first went through the temple!! Anyways we have those three set, and a few others that are set, but not to solid so we have our work cut out for us!!! I am very excited for the coming week. We have lots of meeting, but plenty of time for miracles! I am grateful for each day that I have to serve!

Well sorry it is a short one we have a lot to do today! I love you all and pray the Lord may bless you with all you stand in need of!

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