“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” — Proverbs 29:18

As I approach my return home, I can’t help but notice how each week passes more quickly than the previous one. I am so excited to apply all the things I have been learning here on my mission, and continue to grow. I am so sad to be leaving this place and the people here, but thankfully I still have a full month left!

This week has been full of so many blessings and miracles. On Wednesday we went to our MLC, which is a monthly meeting for the leadership in the mission. I love going to these meetings because it helps me learn how to be in a council, and I get to listen to other missionaries’ ideas and apply them to my own area. This week, we discussed going without a car for a whole day to talk to more people on the street. We decided that each companionship of MLC would do this one day out of the week for a month, and come back and discuss the results. Though I was a bit reluctant to apply this idea into our area, Hermana Tripp and I decided to do it on Saturday.

Since we live outside our area, we drove down the freeway to Baypoint, and parked our car. We walked all day from about noon until 5, then walked back to our car, and went to dinner, and then a meeting we had in another zone. I know for other missionaries who don’t even have a car, that’s nothing. But it was a great experience for me, since I’ve always used a car on my mission. We didn’t meet a lot of people on the street, but we did find two people who had desires to know the truth by knocking! We were able to share a brief message with them and set a return appointment. We also found a potential family that day, and yesterday we came back for a return appointment and taught the whole family! (Which is very rare to do here in California).

I am grateful for this experience because, though it was difficult, I developed so much appreciation for the blessings I have serving here. It also helped me develop a greater vision as to Heavenly Father’s will for me. Though things may be difficult and we may end up walking 8 miles, He has a plan for His children. Perhaps the reason we were asked to walk for a day was simply because that was the only way Heavenly Father was going to help us find those people. I am so grateful for His love for me and for His children. He continues to manifest that love through the miracles we see each day.

Speaking of miracles, Christopher got baptized this past Friday! We’ve been visiting him and his family before I even got here, and I’m so grateful I got to see him make this promise with God. He and his family were so excited for his baptism, his mom even bought him a new suit! They are such a cute family and I love them. I am so grateful for all the people and families I get to help and serve as a missionary. I feel so full of love for these people. This work is my favorite thing.

Les quiero!

Hermana Stockwell

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