Chivitos and Joy

“Now was not this exceeding joy? Behold, this is joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness.” — Alma 27:18

I have one word to describe this week: Explosion.

Ever since the incredible miracle we saw on Sunday, the Lord has shown to us His power and wisdom and love every day. Every single day has been full of work to do, and I’m loving it. This week we received 8 referrals from other missionaries, Church Headquarters, and also members. We were able to visit those referrals, and most of them have become new investigators — solid ones! So many people we have talked to this week have had such great desires to change. Hermana Costa and I have extended baptismal invitations to nearly all of them in the first lesson, and they all said they would be baptized once they knew this church was true! We’ve been able to teach and set return appointments with 10 new people this week, not to mention the several other people who couldn’t meet with us when we came by, but have set return appointments for us to return this coming week. I am so grateful and awed at the literal explosion that we’ve seen in this area.

This week we also had a fun surprise: we had a mini-missionary with us for two days! Her name is Eliza and she came with us all day Saturday and Sunday. We had so much fun translating for her, and she also got to share a lot of personal experiences with people we taught! She even shared her experience about how she came to know that the Book of Mormon was true, and the investigators kept asking about her and why she decided to read the Book of Mormon. They were so interested in her story, and her testimony helped them personalize the message so much more. Eliza helped us find five new investigators on Saturday, and teach Alex and Gabriela Lessons 2–5 on Sunday after church! We stopped by the Escobedo family, who recently bought a chivito (baby goat). The chivo’s name is Coco (Spanish for Coconut). This weekend was so much fun, and it made me excited to continue being a missionary even after I go home.

Lately I’ve reflected on the joy and love I’ve been able to feel these past few weeks. I realized that I’ve felt the most joy in my life and on my mission when I’m focused on others, and not myself. I am so grateful to be able to lose myself and help other people find Christ and come unto Him. Service has given me so much peace and happiness.

Les quiero mucho!

Hermana Stockwell

Vean a Coco el chivito!

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