Elder Stucki

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Week 5

 So it's been about a month now! How are things going?

   So today is Saturday, and I'm so blessed to be able to have an I pad because I'm able to write my wonderful mother everyday. I'm loving the mission so far! It is so great lemme tell you. I've been learning a ton while I've been here. But one of the coolest things I've learned is how important it is for us to continue to be missionaries even after the mission. We depend on people in the ward to help us with the less-active people in the ward. And oh my we are so blessed with the ward we have at your house!!! The ward I'm in is the Glendale 1st ward, and lemme tell ya it's crazy! I didn't know that a ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would be so dysfunctional, on top of that the 7 Armenian people that show up are super really weird. There is this one family that I love! They are Armenian and have two cute little daughters but they are freaking moving to Utah!!! It makes me sad because seriously one of the only normal families in the ward and even more of a bonus they are Armenian! Sad to see them go but that's alright. It's also sad because if Armenian members don't start showing up they are going to shut down the program. Now that would really suck! 

     Tomorrow is the 101 anniversary for the Armenian killing thing I don't know how to spell. Geez these people are so stiff-necked when it comes to religion! Literally stinks. My Armenian is not coming at all. I need to speak it a lot more especially in my companionship... I'm just so lazy I guess... think if I keep going in faith I'll find that stable ground. Kinda like how Christ is the base of my faith, he is the Rock, Foundation, and the supporter. We need to base all things on him, not just our faith. If we do that... Well we'll be able to implement the Atonement in every aspect of our lives not only based on spiritual things. I think that's pretty cool I just came of with that conclusion just now☺️🙏 thank you Father in Heaven!!! I can't wait to apply this into my life! Woot woot!!! 🎉 

     J.k.Rolling is writing new books!!! Oh my gosh!!! I can't wait to read them when I get back!!! So I've been reading a lot lately and I think it's good. You should start reading again!

-Peace- Elder Stucki



Friday, April 22, 2016

Yesterday's Events In Glendale, California

Received this email from some members in California:

Yesterday was another wonderful day for our family. My wife and I continue our move into Glendale to live with our oldest daughter. 

My health continues to deteriorate and accepting the hospitality of our children is a great blessing.  Yesterday we just about completed the move. Over the years we've accumulated many different items we keep weeding through, but still have too much junque.

Anyway to make my story shorter, yesterday our youngest daughter drove a small truck of junque from Orange County to Glendale California and we needed help unloading all our "precious" items into a storage garage.

On Sunday we sent out the clarion call and we were blessed with the help of your wonderful missionary sons.  Elders (in alphabetical order) Coca-Frias, Pinter, and Stuki all arrived early, were dressed in work cloths with their identifying badges on, clean, wonderful spirits, it would be quite impossible to have any negative to say or think about them.  We had an opening prayer, they listened to the instructions from my wife, and unloaded everything perfectly, in very short order, and then they were off to their next meeting.

Several weeks ago we had signed up to feed the Elders, so you'll never guess who we had for dinner last night.  You made a good guess, we had Elders Coca-Frias, Pinter, and Stuki.  They appeared on time, clean, smelling good, and an other testament to the way their families have raised them.  We had dinner, which was followed by lesson based on one of the Prophets taught from the first of the month.  Testimonies were shared, a closing prayer was given and they were off to their next meetings.

Thank you so much for raising such wonderful children and now sharing them with the world.

Best regards,

Dolphe Roome



Monday, April 18, 2016

Week 4

 Not much is going on, we pretty much visit members and go tracking during the days because we don't have anyone in our teaching pool. I've only used Armenian a couple times so far on the mission! I was hoping to use it a lot more. My companions are cool, I really don't have any complaints with them besides how gross our house is, but we cleaned it today so I think I can finally start going bear foot but I don't know yet. 

 Now that I'm actually using my brain my ADHD is going off the hook!!! I'm trying and learning new ways to handle it but it will work out with Faith. Another one of my concerns is my brain, I'm loosing it and my vision isn't improving. It sucks because I know threw the Atonement that my sins are forgiven but I literally see the effects from them everyday. I pray so hard that I will be made whole again. If you could keep some of these things in your prayers for me that would be great.

 I still haven't recieved my I pad because when we went to get them the system that downloads onto your I pad was shut down. I guess everyone receiving I pads that day wasn't able to get any. 

-Elder Stucki-

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Early Prep Day! Week 3

  So it been not to long since my last email because of the early P day this week. It was changed because we went to the LA Temple today!!! Geez that was a cool experience. That is by far my favorite temple I've even been to. We then went to Forest Law and saw "The Crucifixion" painting which is the biggest one in the USA, it spreads across this huge amphitheater! IT WAS AMAZING... So to sum up today it was definitely a good one. 

             This week was good. We decided to go contacting on Elk Street, because my spirit animal is an elk and that's where the spirit prompted me to go. We are going along and getting the usual "Not interested" and the couple of nice people who talked with us but didn't really care about what we had to say. It wasn't until the last house on the street that we met a man named Moses. He was sitting out on the porch with his mother and we approached them asking how they were doing. It turns out they were from Armenia but Moses was raised here. He was to interested in what we had to say until we bore testimony. The Spirit totally wiped him off his feet and he invited us in, unfortunately we had to go so we scheduled an appointment with him the following day. Before we even got there he texted us asking if we were going to be there!!! We taught him the Restoration of the Church and he was feeling it and we were too! It got to the point where I felt it was right and I extended an invention to him to get baptized. He said "Yes". I was so excited!!! We then planned a date that he would get baptized and he was really into it. He said he had to set it for the following month though because he was about to have a surgery the following week. I told him that I just go over one and then asked what surgery he was having. To my surprise he was having the same kind of cyst removed as I had, and at this point and was freaking out inside. He then told me it was in the same place as mine as well. I was totally freaking out! I was thinking holy cow met this dude on Elk Street, had a similar past as me and was getting a cyst removed in the exact place I did literally 10 weeks previously. I was pumped and gave him my favorite scripture and invited him to read from the Book of Mormon! We scheduled again for the next day to see how he was doing. When we showed up he straight up told us that he was going to take a break because he had to much going on in his life... I was devastated... I thought that God planned this out perfectly, I thought that this was one of the reasons why I was serving a mission and then all of a sudden, poof. No more interest, no more intention, nothing. After prayer and thought that it's okay though. He will find his time eventually, it may not be today or this month but I know that his heart is in the right place and eventually he will...  I've just got to keep a positive outlook and learn from this. Even though it might have looked like it was from God and that it was going to happen in that very moment I realized that things take time. Especially life long commitments where much is required; faith, hope, and enduring to the end. I've learned you can't rush something so important, especially something that is forever. But I also learned to never give up, because even though I feel like dropping this investigator because he so bluntly said "no." I KNOW where his heart is, and I KNOW that through the spirit he will be ready to make that life long commitment of joining the greatest organization of this Earth. I'll keep the hope for now! 

            Anyways guys thanks for reading my boring letters! Here are a few photo's that I took. #NOFILTER #IVEGOTSPIRITSALLAROUND

-Elder Stucki




Monday, April 4, 2016

Week 2

            Once again I can not tell you guys enough how lucky I am to be on a mission. Mission life is great, I'm tired most of the time but besides that I could do this for a very long time. I first want to state how lucky I am to be here in the California Arcadia mission... I truly was meant to come here, or at least I hope I was because I am one lucky missionary! The people in the ward are amazing! Some of them are kinda questionable but I love them none the less. The Armenian people... I can't imagine what they are all going through at the moment. So I don't know if any of you know this but there has been some bombings in Armenia according to some of the Armenian's in our ward they are at war. It's a really hard time, it brings me to tears just knowing that a lot of them have family in Armenian and there is nothing they can do about it. And it makes me even sadder when they don't listen to what we have to to say about the gospel. If you could keep them in your prayers that would be great, don't pray for me but pray for them. That their eyes and ears may be opened to what we have to say and that they can be comforted by the Holy Ghost that they may what we are saying is true and that family is for all eternity. I didn't think that the mission would be hard in this sense. Where as I thought it was so easy until my heart was taken by the people. I think I some what know how the Holy Ghost feels. He has something so important for these people, he wants nothing but for them to listen and be changed by what he has to say. He's even willing to help them the rest of their lives all they need to do is have that want. That want to change, that want to be better, and that want to except the gospel into their lives...

            On a more upbeat note as we all know it was General Conference weekend!!! Woot woot! Man oh man I'm just going to say that I love the general authorities! They are the coolest guys in the world. If you were to look up the definition of cool in my personal dictionary the whole page would be filled with all of them! They give us the most valuable information that no internet source or book (Besides the Book of Mormon) could give us. So first of all I want to give a shout out them and how much they work for and love us. General Conference as a missionary is totally different. It's not just about chilling with the family in our PJ's anymore! As a missionary I find not only inspiration for myself but also for my investigators and the people I serve in my Mission. I found out a ton of stuff that will help so many people as well as myself. The talk by David A. Bendar was amazing, it was directed for us missionaries I think. But whats also cool is I was able to learn so much of how I can be a priesthood holder, a better child of god, a leader as well as a follower, but most importantly how I can be a better father in the future. The General Conference not only gave me revelation in the present moment as a missionary but for the future as a husband and as a father. I'll be able to go back to these note I've taken years from now and be filled with the same spirit as I had received them. I think that's pretty cool. My favorite talked were basically all of the 12 apostles talks as well as Mary Durham, Gary Stevensen, Steven Snow, Jario Mazzagardi, you know what they were all amazing!!!!!!! But my favorite quote well at least one of them was "The greatest leaders are the greatest followers." -Stephen Owen. Let us have faith and wax strong in our Lords church. Follow, Lead, Charity, example. Our belief should lead our daily actions. Let the celestial beings inside of us shine. But most of all have FAITH>everything.

            To end this I'd just like to bare my testimony on the truthfulness of this gospel. I know that will dedication and through the striving of bettering ourselves on a daily we can use the Atonement to the it's full advantage. If we keep a life focused on Christ and His example we will be led and guided through the thick and through the thin. If we pray with humble hearts and search diligently in our lives through the scriptures and through our prophets we will receive revelation. We have a loving Prophet in our day who receives revelation distinctively for us individually through the Holy Ghost. I love this church to death! Oh quick invitation... Share the gospel with somebody! I write these things in his name, Jesus Christ, amen. 

-Elder Stucki