100 things learned from the BEST 18 months for my life.

These are 100 things I learned on my mission. It was very hard for me to narrow it down to these 100 things because I learned so much.

1. If it is not edifying and a joyful experience than the spirit is not there. Take time to introspect/repent and seek another way.

2. Vision: Exaltation and Perfection
Goals: Progression
Plans: Revelation
We are ACCOUNTABLE to the Lord for what we do with the opportunities we are given in this life.

3. Spiritual Creation – I am nothing without daily personal scripture study and plans for the next day. This brings power and purpose.

4. IF our behavior adheres to Eternal Principles (Christlike Attributes) then our personalities can be shaped to become a tool for the Spirit.

5. The worth of souls is GREAT in the sight of God. Seek to accept people for where they are and see and hold space for who they may become.

6. Faith, Love, and Obedience qualifies and changes us. These enable us to be lead by the Spirit in all that we do.

7. As I am selfless and pure in heart like the Savior is I can use my gifts, talents, and abilities to turn people to Him and open their hearts to His love and the testimony of the Spirit. This is what it means to be a Savior on Mount Zion.

8. Is it necessary, true, and kind? If not – DO NOT SAY IT!!!

9. ALWAYS expect miracles.

10. Counseling with each other enables unity, love and revelation. Always come ready to learn and willing to change.

11. Always hold a space for others to learn, grow, and rise to the next level. Remember people (especially men) rise to the level you expect them to.

12. Always have an open heart – ready and willing to receive.

13. Heavenly Father is a God of order. There is order in all things. Seek to be productive and purposeful with all the time that you have here.

14. Inspired questions come from the heart and invite the Spirit – they inspire learning and open peoples hearts for understanding.

15. As we serve the Lord with our whole heart and participate in the work of Salvation we experience a mighty change of heart and become converted.

16. Through Christ we have power to control our reactions and choose again. As we do this we develop self mastery and overcome the natural man.

17. Consistency = doing what needs to be done even when you don’t want to.

18. “A child that sings is a happy child.” -Sister Anderson

19. The work of the Lord is truly hastening.

20. Seek always to see others as their “highest true selves.”

21. “Adopt then adapt.” -President Anderson

22. Always seek to be a generous giver and a gracious receiver. All that is, is from God.

23. Seek to inspire rather than require.

24. The sacrament is the most important 15 minutes of every week. I want to always cherish and come prepared to renew my covenants by worthily partaking the sacrament and focusing my thoughts on the Savior.

25. “Remember those ‘Sacred Grove’ moments.” -President Anderson. We must always remember and cherish those moments when we feel God’s love and see His hand in our lives.

26. “We all need heroes to honor and admire; we all need people after whom we can pattern our lives.” -President Spencer W. Kimball

27. Covenants and commitments give life to knowledge, without the covenant or commitment knowledge is useless ornamentation.

28. “If ye believe these things – see that ye do them.” -Mosiah 4:10 True understanding comes as we apply what we believe.

29. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. We show our love for God by emulating His Son.

30. Obedience is the first law in Heaven. It is how we show our love for God.

31. Validation – we all seek for and need validation. We give validation by listening, loving, and building those we are around.

32. “Persistence is the answer and a sense of humor helps.” – Quinton L. Cook. Never give up and never stop laughing.

33. Sanctification comes as we yield to the promptings of the Spirit. This is how we experience a mighty change of heart.

34. Lift where you stand! This is how we do what has never been done before.

35. “The peace of the Lord makes fresh my heart.” -How can I keep from Singing

36. “Make a point not to be the greatest, but to be among the greatest.” -Bishop Brown

37. There is no room in the Kingdom of Heaven for sarcasm, offense, or assuming.

38. Charity NEVER Faileth.

39. There is a man out there prepared by God to be my companion for eternity.

40. We don’t have the agency to break the commandments. As we break the commandments we lose our precious ability to choose.

41. Faith in the Lord also means trust in His timing.

42. We prepare to receive further instruction, revelation, and guidance from the Lord by applying what we have received.

43. When we choose to follow God we choose to gain more agency, but when we choose the adversary’s path we choose to limit and even eliminate our agency.

44. “Obedience without your heart is just a worthless sacrifice.” -Sister Anderson

45. The greatest growth comes in the midst of difficulty and trial.

46. “Consecration is the only surrender that is also a victory.” -Elder Maxwell

47. “Character is the ability to carry out a worthy decision after the emotion of making that decision has passed.” -Hyrum Smith

48. Missions are 1.5-2 year role plays for our lives and for eternity. My mission not only changed my life but also my eternity.

49. Daily Decisions Determine Destiny. Our choices today influence where we are tomorrow.

50. Speaking kind words knits hearts together.

51. “…Dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.” -Ether 12:6

52. Bridling passions creates love and unity – letting go of the reigns breeds hate and enmity. See Alma 38:12

53. In times of trial never allow yourself to ask “why”, rather ask Heavenly Father what it is that you need to learn from the experiences and keep moving forward with faith.

54. Sincere consideration is a prerequisite for discernment.

55. A person to be loved is more important than a problem to be solved.

56. Vulnerability and discomfort are necessary for growth.

57. Keeping a record of the revelation you have received from God shows Him how much you treasure it.

58. Record keeping keeps us accountable and enables us to see things as they really are.

59. The Lord changes our hearts and purifies our desires as we come unto Him. See Moroni 10:32-33

60. “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.” -Elder Boyd K Packer

61. The WHY transforms, the WHAT informs, and the HOW enables us to change.

62. Hold on to the WHY, let go of the HOW and go out and DO!

63. Good things are ALWAYS on their way – God is in control.

64. “Sanctify yourselves; for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”

65. Stress = Work Level + Laughing = Good Stress

66. Hope is sure, unwavering, and active. It enables us to be steadfast and immovable.

67. “I have an incredible God.” -Tosha. Our God is truly loving and mindful of each and every one of us. We are his children and he is Father.

68. Mercy and Justice: Mercy cannot rob justice, both enable us to have faith, repent, make covenants, have the Spirit and return to live with God.

69. A trial of faith is more precious than gold.

70. Humility is the key to working with anyone through the Spirit.

71. Peace = Heavenly Father approves and is pleased = vertical praise. This is what I yearn and seek for each and every day.

72. Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of Heaven.

73. Heavenly Father grants me every single righteous desire of my heart. “Ask and ye shall receive.”

74. Music brings peace and has power to change us.

75. Seek first to understand then to be understood.

76. Consideration!! Seek to love and serve everyone – especially those closest to you.

77. Heavenly Father will always give us all the tools, gifts, talents, and abilities to the work He has called us to do.

78. Learn -> Do -> Become! – Elder Oaks

79. Laughter brings joy, creates memories and my highest form of stress relief.

80. Humility = not thinking less of yourself, but less about yourself.

81. We have help on both sides of the veil.

82. Happiness and peace are found in the moment.

83. With Christ I can do ALL things – including living and working with girls.

84. Humility enables learning and growing at an accelerated rate because it turns us to God and opens our hearts.

85. Obedience brings blessings and exact obedience produces MIRACLES!

86. Be real and transparent with people – no “dancing around the bush.”

87. “Talk to me Goose.” – I am a big believer in open and honest communication.

88. Open communication enables everyone to be on the same page and united in purpose.

89. Act immediately on ALL promptings.

90. Yield to the Spirit – be patient and allow the Spirit to work through you. Yes that means you must be comfortable with silence.

91. Keep It Simple Stupid! Simplicity brings clarity and conversion.

92. True joy and happiness are found as we lose ourselves in the Lord’s work and in His service.

93. Miracles happen everyday.

94. The Lord never gives us more than we can handle. He will never forsake us.

95. Heavenly Father hears and answers each and every single one of our prayers.

96. Time flies when you are having fun – cherish every moment. Don’t wish away a single second.

97. There is balance in all things – balance brings harmony, happiness, and peace.

98. “How great reason we have to rejoice!” Joy is found in sharing the gospel!

99. The Lord always qualifies those he calls to His work – we are all called to build His kingdom wherever we are.

100. As we have faith in Jesus Christ ALL things are possible.

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“How great reason we have to rejoice!”

TJ, KJ and Keon - so much joy!

TJ, KJ and Keon – so much joy!

Neftali baptized them!!!!!!

Neftali baptized them!!!!!!

My dearest family and loved ones!!!!

I must say that this is probably the hardest email I have written on my mission. My heart is full and I am not sure how describe how I feel. Overall though I mostly feel JOY!! This truly is the best work I have been a part to this point in my life and I look forward for the future to be a steady upward coarse from here. I truly love being a FFLM Missionary and I will be a FFLM missionary for life. I have been changed by my mission and there is no looking back.

There have been so many miracles this last week I am not even sure where to start. I think the biggest miracle I have seen has been the change that has occurred in my own heart. I have learned how to submit on a deeper and greater level and for anyone who knows me, knows this is no small feat. I have learned that we cannot receive from Father unless we truly surrender and submit. “For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.” (Mosiah 3:19) It is as we submit that we open our hearts without submission our hearts are closed to feel of the great joy that is here to be felt in doing the Lord’s work. “Now behold, my brethren, what natural man is there that knoweth these things? I say unto you, there is none that knoweth these things, save it be the penitent.” (Alma 26:21) It is as we submit that we let go of our fears and allow the Spirit to guide us in word, thought, and deed. As we submit we “[put] off the natural man” and all the Savior to change and mold us into the instruments that He would have us be.

Friday we went to find a returning member that was on the list that Bishop had requested that we find. We pulled out the map and carefully found where we needed to go on our bikes to get to their house and we went out. On our bikes we quickly found that the road we thought took us though was now a dirt road (the first that I have seen on my mission!). We were lost. I knew that we were there for a reason because EVERY time I have been lost on my mission we have always found exactly who we needed to. While biking back up the street I decided to ask a couple who was out in their yard for directions. They informed us that we were definitely lost. As we talked WITH them we were able to gain their trust and we left a blessing with them. It was a powerful blessing – the Spirit was so strong. The Spirit truly guided our words and actions to help them to open their hearts and accept the invitation to be baptized. They are such an incredible family prepared by the Lord. When we came for our first lesson with them the Spirit was so strong and they told us how they had prayed and talked together about the baptism in February. Serai already had a Book of Mormon and knows that it is true!!! The member who was with us bore testimony of the temple and brought the Spirit even stronger. They are so excited to be baptized and go to the temple. My favorite part was after her beautiful prayer where she asked God if he wanted her to become a Mormon she asked me where I was from and I said, “Utah!” She said, “No way that is where my son told me I should move yesterday!!!!” She knew that she had received her answer to her prayer!

KJ and Keon got baptized!!!!!!!!!!! Miracle!!! Sunday was KJ’s birthday too so obvi it was the BEST day EVER!!!! It is amazing to see how much people overcome with the Lord’s help. There is so much hurt that can only be healed through the Atonement. I am so grateful for all that I have been given and I am going to do all I can to help others to receive the hope, healing and happiness that the Gospel brings to them. My mission does not end when I take my badge off – it is written on my heart. Missions truly are forever.

I am so grateful – Heavenly Father truly has granted and given me EVERY righteous desire of my heart on my mission. On Saturday we had the adult session of stake conference. It was AMAZING!!!! President and Sister Anderson came and before conference I joked around with president about accidentally missing the flight home so I could stay for another transfer (was i kidding?? hehe). They both spoke in the conference and President decided to do an unexpected role play about using members. He looked out in to the congregation and said, “Can I have Elder… O wait, Sister Stegelmeier and Sister Hartley will you come up here?” YES!!!!! I was so excited – that is until I realized that I had chosen to wear a “comfy” outfit and I was still wearing my crocs because we had a wild day moving a couple investigators and rounding everyone up. New rule – ALWAYS look your best, you never know when you are going to be called up to role play in front of the WHOLE stake with President. It was amazing and I am so grateful.

I commit to being RESOLUTE FOREVERMORE. I truly feel like Ammon in Alma 26 – “we have been made instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great work” for which I am forever grateful for.

I love you all!!!!!

Sister Stegelmeier of FLORIDA

“I am Sister Stegelmeier”

My dearest family!!!!!

 

I love the Boynton Beach Ward

I love the Boynton Beach Ward

What an incredible week it has been. I love being a missionary and I absolutely love exercising my faith and trust in God by being obedient each and every moment. I am so grateful for the opportunity that we have to serve the Lord with all our heart, might, mind and strength. Time really flies when you lose yourself in the Lord’s service.

I am truly grateful that I was able to come here to Boynton. It has changed me and refined me to serve here with Sister Hartley. She is so incredible. She really is such a good example to me and has really been able to learn how to open up to recieve all that Heavenly Father has for her as well as to share all that she has been given from the Lord with all those we come into contact with. Of all the experiences that I have had in my life I treasure most (to this point) the experiences that I have had in training on my mission. I am so grateful that I have been able to train and learn right along side Sister Herrera, Sister Merrill and Sister Hartley. I love them all so much and they have all shaped my life and learning so much.

This last week we had an INCREDIBLE lesson with Cshantale. She and her boys are getting baptized this Sunday!!!! We had planned a doctrine, principle, application lesson based on her needs. While we taught her we could see her heart change even in the lesson! I love the power of doctrine. We asked her why she wants to change and she said simply “Before in all my other churches they just told me I couldn’t do this and that but now after having met you and coming to the church of Jesus Christ I know WHY I need to do these things. I am accountable – I want to be obedient. Never before in my life did I feel the need to be obedient.” Wow I am so grateful for doctrine. I am so grateful for the Plan of Salvation. I am so grateful for the Spirit. We truly teach by the Spirit for understanding as we teach doctrines, principles and applications. It is the ONLY way to teach.

The Book of Mormon truly is the word of God. I am so grateful for it. I truly treasure every word. My love for the Book of Mormon has grown so much on my mission. I have been studying the war chapters this last week and I have learned so much. Moroni and the other leaders of the Nephite nation are truly my heroes. I love their vision and steadfastness to doing what the Lord has required of them. “Behold, I am Moroni, your chief captain. I seek not for power, but to pull it down. I seek not for honor of the world, but for the glory of my God, and the freedom and welfare of my country.” After reading Moroni’s purpose statement to Pahoran I decided that I need to always have a purpose statement of my own. “I am Sister Stegelmeier, a choice daughter of a loving Heavenly Father. I seek to build the Lord’s kingdom and to help all to come unto Christ. I seek not for the praise and glory of the world, but for the glory of my God and the peace and joy of my family and all those I love.”

I love you all and am so grateful for all of you!!!

love,

Sister Stegelmeier

Thy Servant for Eternity!

I love the Boynton Beach Ward

I love the Boynton Beach Ward

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This ward does great food

This ward does great food

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At the Pier

At the Pier

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our district. don't worry elder mcmullin is far from putting his arm around me he just wanted it to look that way #punchface

our district. don’t worry elder mcmullin is far from putting his arm around me he just wanted it to look that way #punchface

first time for the meter box

first time for the meter box

Gladys and her new car

Gladys and her new car

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I love this ward

I love this ward

Experimenting in the kitchen

Experimenting in the kitchen

I love the Archies

I love the Archies

This was one tasty avocado

This was one tasty avocado

1-13-2014 Sister Stegelmeier and Sister Hartley

So Proud of my Greenie

So Proud of my Greenie

You know you are a missionary when . . .

You know you are a missionary when . . .

My dearest family!!!

Well this last week we had a cold front come in. Yep I am officially a sissy and not a fan of the cold. If you want me to stay alive you might want to bring all the snow clothes we have. hahaha It was so cold – 55 degrees!!! We kept trying to see if we could see our breath but nope. haha

It has been such an incredible week – I am so grateful for all that Heavenly Father has given us and all that he does for us. Before I came on my mission I came with the vision of giving ALL that I have to the Lord for all that he has given me. As I have reflected I truly feel like an “unprofitable servant.” I have given so much and in the end I have received all the more. I know that this is His work and His church and I am so grateful for the opportunity to represent the Lord as a missionary. This is truly such a special time in our lives where we can focus solely on the Lord and his work – we will always be representatives of the Savior but I know this is a special time that we can focus all our energy and effort in and on missionary work. I am resolved to cherish and remember all that I have learned on my mission. I promise to be in the now and “give no thought for the morrow.” This shift of being in the now has enabled me to have freedom and peace about all that is happening. I know that each of us in Father’s hands and that he is so mindful of each one of us.

There have been so many miracles – I am not sure where to even start. I am going to let Sister Hartley tell you about the amazing harvesting miracles. We have been working with Cshantale and her family since Christmas. They are a beautiful family. Cshantale is one of the best moms that I have ever met outside the gospel. They are not married right now though. Each lesson that we have had with Cshantale was so powerful as we shared true doctrine with her she would commit to change. She knows that this is what she has been searching for. She still was not understanding the doctrine of family and the law of chastity. We prayed and asked Heavenly Father to help us know how to teach her and her family in a way that they would understand and see Father’s vision for their family. We felt inspired to use The Family – A Proclamation to the World. It was a powerful lesson. We taught simply the doctrines and principles about family from both the scriptures and from The Family. The Spirit was so strong, all of her excuses floated away and she knew she could no longer procrastinate the day of her repentance. She committed to live the law of chastity. True doctrine truly changes behavior. This lesson and our lessons since then have changed my life. We are to teach with power and authority and we do so as we teach simply the doctrines of Christ that have been restored on the earth. It is when we teach as Christ teaches that we all “understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.” (D&C 50:22)

I want everyone to know that I have been able to really let go of so much of my fear that I was holding on to about marriage and family and I now am facing the future with complete faith!! I love missions – they change us forever!

I have truly been changed by my mission. I have been studying lately how to help people (including myself) cast out all fear. Moroni is such an incredible example of this time and time again in Alma – he was able to put all his fear down because and “in memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children” unite and defend his nation. We can have perfect faith and trust in God when we see the why or understand the doctrine. We understand as we make and keep covenants with the Lord. This is what changes us. This last Sunday – I sang a solo in sacrament meeting. Yes I wasn’t going to war like Moroni but I was fighting a war of fear just like many of our investigators and recent converts face everyday. I sang Because I Have Been Given Much with a 4th verse that my district in the MTC wrote:

“Because I have been called to serve my fellow man; I’ll share this gospel truth with every soul I can. My Savior, my great love for thee; More like thee I will strive to be, Thy servant for Eternity!”

This verse basically sums up how I feel inside.

Love you!!!

Sister Stegelmeier

Resolved to be Resolute now and forever

My dearest family!!!!

12-23-2013 Ft Lauderdale Temple at night 2 12-23-2013 Ft Lauderdale Temple at night 3Oh how I love you all – it was so amazing to see you all on Christmas and to get to laugh with you and share with you. I love you all and I am so grateful for your love, faith, support, encouragement and trust in the Lord. It is amazing to see what has happened in all of our lives in the last year. I know that I have forever been changed because of this last year and I can’t wait to see what happens in the coming year. I can’t believe that it is almost 2014!!! I remember when I got my call and thought – 2014 that is FOREVER away. I am going to be a missionary forever. Fake out time has flown by.

Have I mentioned how much I love being a missionary and how if I had it my way I would extend another year and half? Nevertheless not my will but God’s be done. I am going to give him all that I have got always and forever no matter where in the world I am doing His work. I have forever been changed because of my mission. While I was reading my patriarchal blessing this morning, I felt so much gratitude and joy that I choose to serve and that the Lord has sent me here to South Florida.

This week we faced some big opposition. Our faith was tried and tried again. We dropped a couple of our investigators who were no longer progressing (which always breaks my heart – this is their salvation!!! I may or may not have told one of them that straight up…) and then all of our progressing investigators who were super solid dropped us!! AH!!! Well we did not give up we pressed forward with faith knowing that God would bless us with a Christmas miracle. On Christmas after we talked to our families we went out with renewed faith and determination to find. We OYM’d a woman sitting out on her driveway. We talked with her and shared our testimonies of the Savior she quickly went inside to get her friend who lived there and we were able to go inside with them and we gathered everyone to join us. We left the blessing and after the prayer the Spirit was so strong and they all readily accepted baptism!!! A FAMILY OF 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the BEST Christmas present ever. I have been praying to find and teach a family of 7 since I started my mission. When we came back to follow up with them they weren’t home – we were devestated but we knew that they were so elect and so we went again the next day. MIRACLE they were all home. We have been teaching them since. They came to church and LOVED it. They can’t wait to get baptized this Sunday as a family. God truly answers prayers.

I LOVE the Book of Mormon. I am nothing without feasting upon the words of Christ each and every day. This week I have learned so much about faith and humility. One cannot have one without the other. Without faith our humility is weak and without humility our faith will die. Faith is like a little seed and humility is the good soil that it must grow in. We are all searching for “peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come” and our seed of faith will grow steadfastly into the Tree of Life as we are (1) humble and truly penitent (Alma 32:6-7) (2) repent of all our sins (Alma 32:13,15) (3) experiment on the words of life (Alma 32:27) (4) desire to believe – don’t give up! (Alma 32:27) (5) do not cast it out by unbelief (Alma 32:28) and (6) nourish it with great care – faith diligence and patience (Alma 32:41-43). We must do all of these to grow our own Tree of Life. I have been comparing “the faith experiment” to Lehi’s vision this week and it has really opened my eyes in the ways to cultivate and grow faith and the need to always nourish our faith by humbly relying on God.

I have been learning so much about pride and how we must always trust in God and recognize that he is the source of all that we have. I also have been learning about discernment. I believe the prerequisites for discerning are consideration and humility. We must also have pure intentions. As we do this the Lord blesses us with the revelation that we need to inspire others to come unto Him. The counterfeit of discernment would be assuming. It is a nasty thing that builds huge walls and destroys unity. There is no room for assuming (or sarcasm) in the kingdom of Heaven.

Sister Hartley is really growing. I love watching her grow and become. This week we have really worked on stepping out of our comfort zones to be equally yoked. It has made all the difference in our teaching, finding and testifying. I love the feeling that comes when you are equally yoked with the Lord as a companionship. I am forever grateful for all that I have learned on my mission and for the opportunity that I have to share that with my dear Sister Hartley. I will not die with the music left in me. With the Lord’s help I will share all that I am and all that I have with my brothers and sisters. This is my resolution now and forever – to give my will to the Lord.

I love you and am so grateful for you!

 

love

Sister Stegelmeier

“My beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay.”

My dearest family!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It truly has been a transfer week of miracles!!! I don’t even know where to begin. First, I am so grateful for our loving Heavenly Father who truly answers EVERY child’s prayer. Second, I love being a missionary and being apart of this great work. This is incredible work and I love seeing the change that occurs not only in our investigators but also within us as we invite all to come unto Christ.

I am going to let Sister Hartley tell you about Neftali and his family:

“We have been teaching Neftali and his 3 beautiful children. It has been a roller coaster ride with them. One minute he is solid and the next he is full of doubt; however, we always felt we needed to keep with them. He is currently living with his parents who are not supportive of the church. We had an appointment Saturday night at a members home with them. We weren’t really sure what was going to come of it because we were unable to see Neftali all week and figured that tonight was going to be the deciding night of whether or not we dropped him. The spirit was so strong in the members home between us missionaries and the members teaching and testifyi

I love these amazing people so much!!

I love these amazing people so much!!

Ft. Lauderdale Temple

Ft. Lauderdale Temple

White Christmas

White Christmas

ng together in unity. It was so powerful. Now truly is the time for members and missionaries to work together. This miracle would not have happened were it not for the members. We invited Neftali and his children to be baptized. Neftali didn’t give a clear response but said he would let us know in the morning. A miracle happened and Neftali and his 3 children were all baptized the following day blessing us with a beautiful white Christmas. It was amazing. God is so good. We truly have had a week of miracles. Not only that but each and everyday had miracles in itself. We are so blessed and we are so grateful. As I think of the all the many marvelous miracles we have seen this week I am so humbled at the grace and mercy of God. We couldn’t have done any of it without him. I know without a doubt that it was through our faith, love, and obedience that enabled us to have these miracles. I am so grateful to be a missionary! God truly works through us, as we put our trust completely in him. There is no other way.”

I am so grateful for them they changed my life. We have really been praying for and focusing on teaching families. Heavenly Father has lead us to some incredible families, 2 of which have been baptized. Last night we started harvesting in a place that we prayed and felt good about. We were able to leave an amazing harvest blessing with a family after which we offered a prayer of gratitude. Bishop then called us to talk about the incredible family that was baptized today. At the end of the call he said, “Well sisters I know that there are more families out there looking for the gospel.” We said, “Yes there are and that is what we are doing right now is finding them.” Right after that we hung up and knocked on the door that we were at. Courtney answered the door with her son. She immediately let us in and we left the blessing with her. She was in tears after the prayer. When we invited her to be baptized she said “yes, where do i need to come?” we said, “to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.” She then told us how she had just gotten home from Utah to see some friends and had gone to Temple Square and wanted to know more. She wanted to know why everyone couldn’t go in. We quickly explained that we must be clean to enter the Lord’s house and that we need to be baptized and keep the commandments to be clean. We left her with a picture of the Fort Lauderdale temple and she said, “I can’t wait to go there. I know God sent you.” Heavenly Father is preparing so many people for the Gospel and as we have faith the miracles will happen!!

Oh how I love the Book of Mormon. It has been the focus of the 12 week program this week and my love for the Book of Mormon has increased so much. It truly is the greatest tool that we have to help our friends to increase in faith in Jesus Christ and to come to know the TRUTH!!!! Faith in Jesus Christ changes us. He was born a little babe in Bethlehem and He is the “great I am.” “He hath answered the ends of the law, and he claimeth all those who have faith in him; and they who have faith in him will cleave unto every good thing; wherefore he advocateth the cause of the children of men; and he dwelleth eternally in the heavens. And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men.” (see Moroni 7:28-29) I know that Jesus is the Christ and that he came here to redeem us from our sins. Each and every moment that we have in this life is a miracle all made possible through Jesus Christ. I know that he lives and that miracles have not ceased to exist.

Sister Hartley is really growing. I am so grateful for her. It is my goal to share with her all that I know and all that I have been given throughout my mission. There is nothing that brings me greater joy than to see her receive what I have to give her and apply it. We are learning so much together. Some of my favorite moments are in the middle of the night when I wake up hearing her inviting, teaching, and testifying to our investigators in her sleep. 🙂

I love you and wish you a wonderful merry Christmas. I can’t wait to see you and talk to you on wednesday! Love you and keep sharing the gospel. Weston – mom shared with me what you did at the dance and I just wanted to let you know how proud I am of you. There is nothing that will bring each of us more joy than lifting those around us who are down. This is what we promised at baptism and when we lift others we become more like Christ.

love you!

Sister Stegelmeier

My Last Transfer!!! Dun Dun Dun!

Sister Hartley

Sister Hartley

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all my beautiful posterity (my "daughters" sister herrera, sister merrill and sister hartley and my "grand daughters" sister karl and sister bird)

all my beautiful posterity (my “daughters” sister herrera, sister merrill and sister hartley and my “grand daughters” sister karl and sister bird)

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zone conference

zone conference

I love Christmas Trees

I love Christmas Trees

My Last Transfer with Sister Hartley

My Last Transfer with Sister Hartley

Did I ever tell you how much I LOVE bikes!!!

Did I ever tell you how much I LOVE bikes!!!

also these are the pants of our investigator charlie who came to church with his family we had to dry them in time for church so of course we hung them outside the window!!

also these are the pants of our investigator charlie who came to church with his family we had to dry them in time for church so of course we hung them outside the window!!

ALL the sister training leaders and assistants

ALL the sister training leaders and assistants

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Christmas Caroling with the Zone

Christmas Caroling with the Zone

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my little "greenie" - oh how i love her!!

my little “greenie” – oh how i love her!!

story - so we were on bikes most of the day yesterday and it was kinda overcast. Sister Hartley doesn't like to be cold or wet (who does?) and so she wanted to wear her coat. I tried to warn her and tell that it wasn't worth it. She wore it anyway and the poor thing was so hot while we biked mucho. On the bright side she learned her lesson :) love her so much!!

story – so we were on bikes most of the day yesterday and it was kinda overcast. Sister Hartley doesn’t like to be cold or wet (who does?) and so she wanted to wear her coat. I tried to warn her and tell that it wasn’t worth it. She wore it anyway and the poor thing was so hot while we biked mucho. On the bright side she learned her lesson 🙂 love her so much!!

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My last transfer. DUN DUN DUN. Don’t worry I am the furthest from trunkie or coasting than I think I have ever been. The only thing I want to do is be a missionary FOREVER!!!!!

As you can see from the pictures it has been a wild and wonderful week!! We had Christmas conference in my beloved Fort Lauderdale. (oh how I love that place) It was so fun to see everyone.

Gladys and Keshawn moved in with a woman who is not supportive of the church at all and we struggling a little bit, but thanks to a whole lot of prayers and faith they are now doing great!! YEAH! They are coming on Sunday to get confirmed and can’t wait to come to Young mens tonight.

Merry Christmas! I have never been so happy in my entire life than I am right now. I love this work and I love being a missionary. Every morning I wake up and take a “Christmas Morning breath” of excitement for the new day to go out and fulfill my purpose. I want everyday of my life to feel like this – joy and happiness to go and do the work of the Lord. This week has been so full of miracles we feel like Santa must on Christmas Eve with his bag full of miracles for the whole world. It is going to be a white Christmas!!!

A couple months ago I received an email from a girl that I barely know that I met while working at a high adventure base. She sent me a paper she wrote titled “Heroes and Hard Things” it was about a time in her life that she faced her fears and found courage and a hero. This email changed my life and I wanted to share a quote from the paper with you about courage. I like to substitute faith where courage was.

“[Faith] isn’t acting because you don’t fear, but rather [faith] is defying fear by acting in-spite of it. The [faith] you exert to face something will stately become the strength you receive.” -KrystaLey Palmer.

This week I have been pondering on and exercising my faith much. As I pondered faith and studied faith in the Book of Mormon I came to some conclusions. Faith is kindled as we hear, share and experience testimony. (see Alma 18-22) Each of us has faith – that is why we are here! We had faith even before we came to this earth in our Savior as we heard the plan and accepted it. How we each must have felt when we realized what the Savior was going to do for us in coming here to earth to atone for our sins. We had faith in Him then and we must have faith in him now. We each have been given the Light of Christ to lead us to the truth and to help us to remember. This is the light that we connect with and that fills those with hope that we leave the “Savior’s peace and blessing” with. Our faith in Jesus Christ enables action and power in our lives. (see Alma 23-24 – they buried their weapons and never did fall away!)

Friday we were waiting for the Bishop and his wife to join us. We had a about 15 minutes so we went out to harvest. Wadline answered the first door we knocked on. She was super hesitant and nervous but as we talked with her we were able to gain her trust. Even after testifying she was nervous to let her pray with her right there. We invited her to pray for the strength she needed. She did and tears streamed down her face. We then were able to leave the blessing with her and her 3 children. The next day we came back to teach her. She wanted to come to church but she was hesitant without her husband (who would be working). Sister Hartley then boldly with all her faith invited her. It worked. She and her kids came and LOVED church. Their whole family is preparing to be baptized!!!

Sister Hartley is doing so well. I am so impressed with how prepared she is. She is really growing and I am so excited for this next transfer. I am going to give it my all and leave EVERYTHING I have on the court (aka in the field). This is going to be the BEST transfer and therefore a MIRACLE transfer. I know it, I feel it and I believe it.

I love you all!! Merry Christmas!!

Sister Stegelmeier East

“I’m staying in this church for the rest of my life.” – Keshawn

12-2-2013 Keshawn and Gladys baptismMy dearest family!!

It has truly been an incredible miracle filled week. My life has forever been changed and shaped by the things that happened and the things that I have learned this week. I love being a sister missionary. I am so grateful for your faith and trust.

Gladys and Keshawn got baptized!! They are so amazing! It has been a wild week with them, but with faith and a whole lot of moving they were able to get baptized! It was a miracle. Jednar is preparing to be baptized this next Sunday and is doing GREAT!

It has been an incredible week of learning and growing here in Boynton!! I realized that over the last couple months I had let my fear of man take over and gotten overwhelmed with all the things that my fear was creating. We are always free to choose and in every moment we are in choice whether or not we are going to choose faith or fear. I had let my fear overwhelm me. I am so grateful for this experience. I have learned so much at the power of our thoughts and actions and especially about the power of the atonement. It is as we apply the atonement and choose the Savior that our faith is strengthened, these little choices bring about miracles.

On Thursday Gladys and Keshawn were evicted from their home. We went to help them move all their stuff into storage. Their neighbor and his son who is good friends with Keshawn came to help. As we moved everything we had the opportunity to share the gospel with him and his sons. A new member who was helping us move them also shared her testimony with this man. Throughout the experience his heart continued to soften and he kept getting more and more curious. When we finished loading the truck we shared a brief and powerful message with them about baptism and invited them, they were hesitant so we set a return appointment for the next day and left them with the commitment to pray about it. The next day we followed up on the commitment we left and he told us how he had been awake all night praying to know if he needed to be baptized again. He said he that part way through the night he felt a resounding yes! So amazing. He and his family are coming to an FHE in Bishop’s home tonight and we are so excited to help them to prepare for baptism.

In the Book of Mormon I have been studying in the great book of Alma. Alma and Amulek after teaching the people of the great plan of salvation then shared with them the commandments that we are to keep. Our faith turns our obedience into power and produces miracles. It is simple and brings great joy into our lives. This is what enables us to be the missionaries and representatives that Father would have us be. We are angles. “Now is the time to repent, for the day of salvation draweth nigh; Yea, and the voice of the Lord, by the mouth of angels, doth declare it unto all nations; yea, doth declare it, that they may have glad tidings of great joy…And they are made known unto us in plain terms, that we may understand, that we cannot err…” (Alma 13:21-23). I know that as I repent of my fear and pride in the form of stress and choose faith that we will have success in declaring the “glad tidings of great joy” with our brothers and sisters this Christmas! We are going to have a white Christmas!

Exchanges with Sister Johnson. I love her so much and I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have had to serve with her throughout my whole mission. My eyes were really opened to see her in a way that I hadn’t before. We were really able to share with one another and strengthen each other. I love Sister Johnson so much and I am so grateful that Heavenly Father put us in each other’s lives in such a big way throughout my whole mission. The biggest thing that I learned from the exchange was my role as a trainer to help Sister Hartley to develop all the strengths that I have gained on my mission by helping her take the lead and really blossom. I am committed to really helping her lead out and develop this. I know Sister Hartley is more than capable and that the Lord will help me to hold back to let her develop and grow her strengths.

How are you all doing on the challenge/commitment to invite someone to be taught by the missionaries or to church? I know you can each do this and that there are opportunities to share the gospel no matter where you are in the world – even in Morgan, UT! We all need the gospel. It will be a white Christmas in more than one way as we invited our loved ones to come and take part in the ordinances of salvation!

love you

Sister Stegelmeier of the east coast variety

#Faith+obedience=tremendousmiracles!

Trust in the Lord with all Your Might

My dearest family!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

This week I have really learned so much about EVERYTHING!! I am so grateful to be a missionary and to get to serve the Lord with all my heart, might, mind and strength for 18 whole and complete months. I cherish every minute of my mission. I love this work. This week I felt as though I had been coasting a little. There was even a day where I felt discouraged. AH! I hate that feeling so much. Father is so good though and he always gives us just what we need. I had been fasting and praying to know what more I can do and how I can better fulfill my purpose. Yesterday I asked for a priesthood blessing (oh how I love blessings!!) and in the blessing (A) I just felt so much love from Father and help from Him. I knew that we aren’t in this work alone. and (B) I knew that Father had sent me here to have success and to learn all the things that I wanted to on my mission especially in How to trust in the Lord. I know that Father sets us all up for success and that we go through things so that we may be refined and made pure and perfect even as he is. It is so comforting to know that Father knows the desires to of my heart and has set me up to learn all that I need and to be able to reach our goals. I am so grateful for the priesthood and for the opportunity that I have to truly trust in God and “thrusteth in [my] sickle with [my] might.”

We went to go see a less active/recent convert on Tuesday. He wasn’t home the first time we knocked so we went to Harvest around his home. We were able to meet some amazing people and the first door we knocked on was Josh, who also is a member that we had been looking for. Awesome. We were about to leave the area and head to our next appointment but then we saw a young man down the street. We OYM’d him and it was the less active we had been looking for! He was as happy to see us as we were to see him. As we talked WITH him we were able to gain his trust and he said, “Hey, I have a friend that I have been wanting to bring to church with me.” He went in to get his phone to call his friend and when he came out of his house JD – his friend that he wanted to introduce us to – walked right up! We were able to have a really powerful lesson with both of them and left them with the Book of Mormon. When we invited JD to be baptized he said, “Imma do everything in my power to be baptized on that day. That’s whats up – I need more faith.” He came to church on Sunday – he loved it and is preparing to be baptized!

This week in the Book of Mormon I felt inspired to read Alma 26. I was reviewing some of my old notes and came across all the reasons why I am on a mission and what I want to accomplish. I am so grateful I answered all those questions Sister Anderson gave us back in August. As I reflected on my own reason why I was here and then read Ammon’s words “Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the number of your sheaves! And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are not wasted.” I know that no effort is wasted in the work of the Lord. This is His work and all we do is helping him to bring to pass the “immortality and eternal life of man.” As we invite all to come and to be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost – He is with us and he will raise us and them up at the last day.

I love you all and am so grateful for you!! I pray you are having a fantastic December!! Gladys, Keshawn, and JD are all getting baptized next week – we will have a white Christmas here in Florida 🙂

love you!

Sister Stegelmeier East Coaster

“I know it is true…now all I need to do is convince my family.”

Making our Awesome Car

Making our Awesome Car

Zone Conference

Zone Conference

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you all so much and I am so grateful for each one of you. I would not be who I am today if it were not for each of your love support and faith. I am so grateful to have a family as incredible as you and to be able to be sealed together FOREVER!! Eternity is going to rock 🙂 Have so much fun this week with the Stegelmeier’s and send them all my love!

Some fun facts about this week:

– Our ward celebrated Thanksgiving this week with a thanksgiving dinner and a ward pinewood durby race. It was the biggest pinewood durby race of my life. Everyone made cars for the race. Of course we made a car last pday and of course I wanted to win. We took 4th place and since this was our first and only pinewood durby car that we have ever made and since we were competing against the pros who have been at this for generations – we are pretty pleased with ourselves. #wearethechampions

– We had zone conferences this week 🙂 I love President and Sister Anderson so much. I am so grateful for them and their love. I learned so much about repentance, covenant keeping, learning through the spirit, the role and importance of receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and about the sacrament. I am forever changed from what I learned through the Spirit. Each zone conference they have all the missionaries who are leaving in the next 2 transfers share their testimonies. It was so amazing to hear and see the changes that have occurred in so many of my dear friends lives as they shared their testimonies. I love this work (sadly I also shared mine – I am still in denial and am going to turn into the 4th nephite so don’t get to excited haha)

– I got the recorder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t been so excited to receive a package EVER! Thank you for the recordings you left on there. It was like music to my ears to hear all of your voices and to hear from you! YEAH! Also super awesome that you are taking a scuba class! #bucketlist

This week our family that we had been working with that were going to get baptized dropped on the day of their baptism interview. The dad pulled the “we are catholic” card. Oh that card makes me crazy but we trusted in God and knew that God had amazing elect people for us to find and to baptize! The elders who were with us told us about a new neighborhood that we hadn’t been to before. We felt really good about going there to harvest. The first door we knocked on the family immediately let us right in. Octave and Assefie gathered their 3 kids who were home and we left a blessing with them. The Spirit was so strong. After the prayer Octave, the father, who has been taught by the missionaries in Haiti and been to the church immediately accepted but Assefie, his sweet wife, was nervous and not sure about being baptized again. As we testified, she softened and said, “I prayed just now and I know God sent you here.” They have 5 kids. When we followed up with them and gave them the Book of Mormon. Octave held the book with love and said, “I know it is true and as the father and head of my home all I need to do is convince my family.” God is preparing families for the gospel.

This week I have really learned and relearned the importance of repentance. Our Father in Heaven’s whole purpose is to bring about our immortality and eternal life. The Savior came here to bring glory to Father and to bring about the way that we can receive mercy. Everything that is here is to help us each to become more like the Savior. (see Alma 34:14-15) This is the great purpose of life, this is why we learn, this is the great plan Father had for us. We cannot receive his mercy and therefore take part of the plan of happiness without repenting. Because the Savior came here – he enabled each of us to have faith unto repentance. (see Alma 34:16-17) Our repentance is only valid as we make and keep sacred covenants with the Lord. This is how we change and we all can change. It is through the sacred ordinances of the Gospel that we are all enabled with power to change. We can all change now as we choose into Father’s great plan for each of us.

I love this work and I love the Lord. I love Father. I love you all. I testify that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the World and through him all mankind may be saved.

love,

Sister Stegelmeier of the East variety