leaving on a jet plane.....

leaving on a jet plane.....

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Big News---My Last Stop

Well I am sure you all wondering where I am headed and where will I be serving the last parts of my mission..... Well lets go through it shall we?

So saturday during the day we were expecting a phone call from president telling us what was going on how everything was going to be working out and whatnot, which one of us would be leaving and to where. I expected to leave because I have been here for 6 months and that is kinda like the max normally someone is in an area so ya but because I have only 1 change left we thought maybe we will stay together or maybe I´ll stay. Anyway so after doing visits thinking about how to help our investigators progress and attend church the next day, we were knocking a door who did not attend to us when we ran into a recent convert walking to visit her family that was in the plaza nearby. She talked with us and asked if we knew who was leaving yet and we told her we did not know and that we would be passing by in a half an hour to teach her husband who is going to baptised this next month. We were in midsentance saying we dont know who is going and staying when we got a call from the mission home. My companion handed me the phone and I talked to president.

He asked me If he felt our Zone Oeste could handle not having me in the area and I said yes if thats what the Lord wants. Then he told me that I would be going in to work with him. My new change is= Assistant. I have been enormously blessed to have the opportunity to finish my mission learning from president and teaching with him. I was to say the least overwelmed and shocked.... I am excited and know that it will be something that will change my life completely. 

I did not want to tell anyone so I kept it a secret for a while but slowly the whole mission calls one another and everyone finds out. Sunday morning I asked God in my personal study what He wanted me to know and what He needed me to focus on as i entered into this new resposability I needed to know what he needed me to know. and he brought me to a talk that opened my eyes and brought tears and peace to my heart. It was a talk by Elder Uchtdorf in the General conference in october 2011 called= "You matter to him" I remember it impacting me huge when I was at home listening to it but here in the mission it gave me the vision I will need. I cannot explain how I got there to that talk all I did was after my prayer look up think I am going to read a talk and I grabbed the Conference Liahona that was sticking out the farthest oppened it up looked at the table of contents traced the titles of all the talks with my finger and I could not get past that talk so I did not get very far. and then I read. One of the things that most jumped out at me was this phrase:    
                The Lord doesn’t care at all if we spend our days working in marble halls or stable stalls. He knows where we are, no matter how humble our circumstances. He will use—in His own way and for His holy purposes—those who incline their hearts to Him.

The truth is in the mission field for those who have served here or are serving here we all know that where I am going is the most coveted spot. But what God revealed to me is I have been called to serve. To serve harder than I have ever served before. Give more than I have ever given before and that To God it does not matter if I am AP or junior comp what matters is I give him my whole heart my whole being my whole soul. I love my Saviour I could not do anything without him. 

I have some very busy days ahead I have to get the mission ready for the presiding 70 of our area here in our area Elder Gonzalez and Tomorrow I will be capacitating all the trainers of the mission how to make a difference in their child's life. And that is just a small sample of what lies ahead. 

The truth is all that I have been given is a huge blessing it has nothing to do with who I am or how I teach or that I have had lots of success. The Lord needs me here to learn to give to be taught. I feel like the most spoiled man alive I get to learn from president himself almost every day. God has been so good to me. i am nervous but I know He will lift me to where I need to be. I will need your prayers more than ever but dont worry the Lord has been preparing me. 

There is so much more I would love to say about my week.  Another spiritual experience was as I knelt in prayer with a missionary who was doubting his testimony and the spirit engulfed us and he remembered that he knew. I committed him to write it down. Satan always tries to make us forget. The holy Ghost helps us to remember. 

The only thing left to say is the Church is true I know it!! The saviour Lives and loves us all. Be strong and of good courage because He overcame the world for us. I love you all

Elder Stewart-Chester
ps. I will have another pday saturday my new pday is saturday and Rodrigo is doing really well miracles are raining from heaven for him and it looks like he will be able to have the operation  and everything thank you I love you all 

pps. If I dont reply to you all individually it is not because I do not want to there is just no time I love you and love your letters that fill me with stregth and peace I love you 

Monday, November 11, 2013

my zone in zone conference

I wept

Just as we all expected folks I got up to the pulpet to say my final testimony and I had already begun to leak from my eyes as I sat with the other missionaries... I walked to the pulpet tears streaming down my face and began my testimony telling everyone the things that the spirit has helped me to know to be true. It was a miracle from God aswell because he knows that when I cry I cannot speak and he wanted all the other missionaries to understand what I had to say. So when I sarted to speak the tears stopped even though I got very emotional and everyone knew I was on the road to tears flooding down my face God let me have all the emotion but not until I closed in the name of our saviour and turned to set back down with all the others My eyes streamed once more.... I told them all If I could I would go Straight from this mission into another that I did not want to leave and it is the truth. Sometimes lately I am a bit trunky but the truth is if I could go again I would. There is so many more to help so many more to teach. I love this Gospel.

It was a powerful zone conference. There were 3 zones instead of 2 which is the norm. And we did a music number like none other we kinda a little bit changed one of the hymns into a fight song But we did not chant we sung and seeing as our zone is all men it came out really well. we even brought out our zone title that my companion made and it really showed the other zones the unity and strength there is here in our zone. The great thing was our Stake president also went and was very impressed with us. We also did a tug of war between districs in the diferent zones and Oeste our zone dominated that as well. We beat out all the other competition and it was Oeste agaist Oeste in the final. It was a good day. 

After that day It was like I had an extra jump of the spirit. I love testifying and since then I have felt the spirit a ton as I have testified in the lessons. I love being able to do this. I cannot imagine not being able to. that is why I will always push myself to share the gospel. 

Our Halloween Party was a super success. Lots of fun the Rootbeer that I did with dry ice lacked sugar darnit but they got a kick out of all the smoke it put out. We have been having troubles lately finding new investigators and now that is what we have to focus on this week every lesson every person who is being prepared by the Lord. 

Anyway I know this is a short one I am sorry I am tired and have much to go look for because this could be my last full week in this area. Next week we have changes so expect my letter with where I will be spending my final months here in the mission serving the Lord full time. 

Look for those in need and lift them up always. I love you guys.
Elder Stewart-Chester

Dear mother I am sorry I completely forgot my camera at the rerun of the halloween party but the sister missionaries took lots of pictures and so did members so we will get them all on Facebook aswell. But here in the orange I painted and my costume they painted my face at the end of the night. It was not painted at first

Monday, November 4, 2013

Well Folks It was one of the hardest weeks of my mission but I learned lessons this week that I will never forget.

I hope You all enjoyed the pictures of the activity it was a success despite all the problems we faced but because of all the problems we will be having another halloween party this friday as well. But I´ll get to the whole story in a bit.

First I love you all A ton and Boy was that trunky to see pictures of my Comps in our home. But hey Next month right:) Time goes by too fast tomorrow I give what we call here in the mission Your "Testimonio de fiel" which is the last testimony you give here in the mission right before you go home. I can tell you right now I am going to Cry I already know it. It will be so hard to register that I am coming to an end but I will always have my missionary tag seared into my heart and I and going to fight always for my Saviour. 

I was going to say that is great I dont mind if they want me to also speak in California or Idaho I would Go and Speak there aswell I have lots of homes and lots of loved ones. 

This week Was extremely hard as I lost my focus and Faced serious sad situation one after another someone we have been teaching for some time now informed us like it was nothing that he moved in with his girl friend after all we had taught him. It broke my heart than me and my comp wasted lots of time this week making decorations and lost lots of the Lord's precious time because we wanted to make the best activity ever and We lost the spirit as our guide as we offended some members for forgetting that we had lunch with them and Then the day of the activity it was supposed to be a huge storm and we were maybe going to cancel it but then we didn't and the bishop got mad and just one thing after another and getting frustrated in our companionship and then we made goals Saturday and worked our guts out and sunday we partook of the sacrament and now I feel bright and new and feel that guide That I have always depended on my whole mission. Personally I feel like this week was such an important week for me as a man as I learned not only that I am no one without god but I cannot do anything without him either. I did not have that same feeling of ok this is what we are going to do that I always had and I suffered this week. How I love my saviour and the atonement How much I need not just somedays but every day. I cannot do it without him. Not one day. 

A scripture I wrote in my agenda to send was alma 3: 27 not really sure why I wrote it as it has been some time since I worte it down but maybe as you read it. it will touch one of your hearts. 

We have some wonderful people we are working with and should have a baptism before I leave as we complete a young family I love I cannot wait to share that day with you all. 

I just want you all to know that there is no better feeling than the spirit and having someone thanbk you for having helped them to learn how to feel it. We all need to stop nd take a moment to look arround and help others feel the spirit What a difference we can make in the world. I love yiou all so much Be happy love the lord and give him your whole heart. Fletcher Give your whole heart to the lord not your Girl friend:) 
I love you all more than I have really ever expressed in words. 
Elder Stewart-Chester

painting Oranges because there are no pumpkins here that are not super expensive it was a good idea

The mess we made and we made more and more decoration and me exausted from cutting so many things out

fotos This is me and my companion making halloween party decorations

I was A Gaucho look it up on the internet basically a Uruguayan Cowboy I did not get many fotos of myself but we are doing the activity again next week and I´ll have someone take lots of fotos for me 
Halloween party that we set up in our ward with the other elders and sisters from a ward that shares our chappel

Bobbing for apples 
Making braclets with the beeds you sent me mom was a super big hit. 

A game we played in the activity that an other elder thought of where they inflated a balloon ran did 5 circles arround the stick and then ran back and popped the balloon I ran into the wall and so did the hermana in the foto she is running into the wall. 

and fog in the morning


Brady's trainer Elder Elliot and companion Elder McCraney are at BYU they came to visit;)