My new companion is Sister Fuller. She is a very hardworking and determined missionary. She is newer in the mission so I am finishing her training. We are in a biking/walking area so I am getting plenty of exercise and sun.
I have met some of the people that we are teaching and some of them seem to have a lot of potential. I have grown to love them so much and can already see their desire to come closer to Christ and our Heavenly Father and partake of the blessings that come with living the gospel.
It is weird to be back in Barbados again but even weirder that I have to spend my last transfer in a new area. I know we will work hard and teach a ton though. I'm excited. There is so much to do! :)
I love and miss you tons.
Love, Sister Bre Stewart
When we pray, God does hear our prayers. This weekend we had the opportunity to fast as a mission, for each companionship to baptize in the month of January. We were like the sons of Mosiah who, "had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God." (Alma 17:3)
As I started my fast I felt an impression that one of our investigators, Shirley, was ready for baptism. Saturday night as we were heading to her house I could feel in my heart that God wanted her to know that she was ready. My companion and I had planned to teach her the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After going over faith the discussion turned to talking about her belief in our message. She acknowledged that she feels and believes it to be true. I simply stated, "You know it is true and God is waiting for you to act on that knowledge." I was quiet for a minute until she lifted her head up and said, "I guess I need to be baptized then. I guess I need to pick a date." My companion and I were blown away by how quickly the spirit touched her heart and testified to her. The spirit was so strong in that house and I could feel the joy coming from Shirley as she thought about the step she would soon take.
As we follow the promptings given to us by the spirit we can truly bless those in our lives. "God has provided a means that man, through faith, might work mighty miracles; therefore he becometh a great benefit to his fellow beings." (Mosiah 8:18)
I am grateful for the opportunity I have to be an instrument in God's hands to bring his children closer to him. My testimony is strengthened as I am blessed with these amazing experiences. .
Coming near to the end of my time as a missionary is not without its difficulties. I have been having a lot of knee pain lately which makes it harder to get around to everyone we want to see. Something the Marley family once wrote in a letter to me at my farewell has been popping into my head a lot recently: Be the kind of person that when you get up in the morning Satan says, "Oh no, She's up." (or something along those lines). I am determined to finish strong and not let my knee keep me down. No matter the trials put in our life we are taught in the scriptures that. "I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace if sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."
By staying motivated I have been able to see so many miracles in just a short amount of time. I sure do love being a missionary. :)
Funny story before I end. Three days in a row my companion and I heard a cat meowing outside our house. For 3 days! We heard it as we were doing Personal and Companion study. Finally, after hearing it for so long, the next morning during personaly study we set out to find the cat. After searching for a few minutes my companion determined it was coming from a nearby trash can (which are just barrels here). She was too scared to look into it, she doesn't praticularly like animals, so I went over and peeked inside. There was a tiny little kitten stuck in this strash can! We fels so bad. It had been in there for at least 3 days and it had been raining a ton. So I tipped the can so the cat could run out. Basically, we saved a cats life.
Love, Sister Stewart