Happy Thanksgiving!

My dearest family!!

I love you all so much. I can’t believe that thanksgiving has come and gone and that it is almost december. I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving and took time to count all of your blessings. Will each of you (all 6 of you) write me and tell me about the blessings you and our family is recieving from me being on a mission? I know that you are being blessed. I pray for you each and every day. I promise that as you start to really count those blesssings and look for the Lord’s hand in our lives that you will see it.

It has been another miracle filled week! Sue got baptized! Rosemary and her daughters were all confirmed. Marcos was ordained. Brandon passed the sacrament for the first time. Tyler came out and did missionary work!!!! SO many incredible miracles!!! Ronny and Erica are going to be married and baptized this week. Wow the Lord really is hastening his work everywhere!

I am so thankful for so many things. counting blessings is probs my favorite past time other than missionary work 🙂 I am truly thankful for you my dear family. I don’t know how I got to be so lucky as to have you for a family, but I want you to know how thankful I am for you and how much I love you.

YOU TALKED TO LIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Isn’t she so amazing?!?!?!?!? Tell me what happened!!!! AH!!

(Marcelle’s letter back to Crishelle about Liz.)  What a blessing it was to hear from Liz last Wednesday!!  What an incredible spirit and story she has!!  Chelsey and I were in the kitchen I was making pies and Chelsey was working on her pottery.  (BTW she has done some seriously awesome pottery!)  We were so thrilled to talk to Liz and know  you were going to be stopping at her house with Sister Dye the next day for Thanksgiving.

She was such a delight.  We felt so much love from her and for her.  What an experience to see someone change so much.  We also told her she was adopted into the family and had a place to stay anytime she came to Utah.  It will be interesting to see if she moves out here.  If so we will just take her in and invite her to all we do.  She is so amazing.  Her love for you and her desire to see her children grow up and become like you and Sis. Dye was incredible.  Anyway she told us of how you really got her good by explaining how us Mormons in Utah don’t drive or use electricity.  So funny she laughed and laughed.  It was fun to hear of your gifts and personality shining through. It really made us miss your amazing sense of humor and fun.  What a marvelous blessing it was to meet Liz.  She shared how incredible it was to be baptized and have all that guilt and shame from living a very worldly life all washed away.  She was so ready for change and searching for how to help her family.  It was perfect timing for you two to knock on her door.  What a gift the atonement is and what marvelous miracles!  She shared how her only relative was her grandma who passed away two years ago.  She was raised by her grandma and was so sad she hadn’t celebrated Thanksgiving or Christmas for two years but this year, she is going all out.  She said she has so much to be thankful for.  She now knows (thanks to two amazing sister missionaries who brought the Spirit into her life) God is real and has a plan for her and her children.  She is not alone.  What blessing for Chelsey and I to talk with her.

(back to Crishelle) We had thanksgiving dinner at the Holmsteads. They are so amazing. There were 4 families from our ward there. It was really fun to be with everyone but I did miss Mom’s razzelberry pie 🙂 We ate so much and they gave us so many leftovers. Oh boy… hahaha

I am truly thankful to be serving here in South Florida. I am so thankful for the gospel and the light it brings to all those who accept and act on the priciples of the gospel. It is amazing to see how as we go out and declare repentance to all those we meet that their hearts are opened to the testimony of the spirit and their lives are changed as they act of the feelings they have.

I love this work. Sue was supposed to be baptized on Saturday, but her daughter had to go to the ER that night so her baptism was postponed to yesterday. Because the her baptism was moved we were able to go see one of our incredible families and teach them about the sabbath day and the sacrament. As they understood more the reason for church and the importance of the sacrament they made church a priority the next morning. We then had time to harvest some more.  We said a prayer of faith that the Lord would guide us to a family that was prepared to recieve his gospel. We knocked on Melody’s door. Before we even told her who we are she let us in. When we did tell her who we are she gathered her 5 beautiful children around so we could pray with them. After the blessing we testified of who sent us and why we were there and immediately they accepted baptism. Their dad had just left the family and they were really looking for help and comfort at this time. It is amazing how the Lord truly works through us to bring us to those who need him at just the right time. Though we didn’t understand at the time why sue’s baptism had to be moved I am so thankful the Lord is mindful of all of his children and sends us to the people that need Him the most at just the right moment.

I am so thankful for this gospel. It truly is amazing to go forth “publishing peace” (Mosiah 15) and declaring repentance to all we come into contact with. It can sometimes be hard when opposition comes not to get discouraged but I choose to forever choose faith over fear and be 100% obedient.  “[Sisters], shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, [Sisters]; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. Let the earth break forth into singing.” I love this counsel from the Prophet Joseph Smith in the 128 section of the Doctrine and Covenants. This message we bring truly is a great cause. Christ’s gospel is restored on the earth, the way is marked to all who will follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized unto repentance.

I love you all so much! I am truly grateful for all your love, support and prayers.

Sister Stegelmeier


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