Saturday, July 22, 2017

This Week was an Awesome Week!

This week was an awesome week!!
I'm just going to jump to the best part which was Saturday!

Saturday was Tawny's baptism!! I don't really know how to put it in words but it was the best baptism I have ever been to!! Little back story behind Tawny. She is 18. She would have been baptized months ago when she first started taking the lessons but her parents wouldn't let her. It was about the time I got here to this area we had a lesson with her and she told us that her parents are now okay with her being baptized!! I guess her Dad was the one that really didn't want her to be baptized but one day he pulled his wife aside and they got talking and just felt it would be Best to let her be baptized! She will be going off to college soon and they want her to have good morals and standards and what not.

So anyways Saturday we had the baptism!! There were so many people there we could hardly fit in the Relief Society Room. Her parents came to it too. Lots of the people were also non members. That was the first time we got to meet with them and they were so cool. They were the nicest people! We went ahead and started the program and the Spirit was so strong!! Her mom was crying the whole time and you could tell her dad was choked up. Right after the baptism her Dad could hardly speak! The Spirit there was amazing! We are really hoping that from this her parents start to investigate. Her Dad is also friends with the Stake President and after he was asking him questions about the church! It was so good that after we had a couple of people come and tell us that out of all the baptisms they have ever been to, even on their missions this one was the best and the most spiritual! It was nothing to do with what we did the Spirit was just so strong. It was amazing!

I also got to go on exchanges this week with Elder Perkins from St George, Utah!! He is the Zone Leader. We got talking about missions and just how cool it is that we have this time to be on missions and how much trust the Lord puts in us! It is really crazy actually how much the Lord trusts us. For example... what got us on this topic was I was able to do my first baptismal interview this week. That was really cool... but crazy!


The lady I interviewed is like 60 and when I walked in she kinda started to laugh... she said, I was expecting someone who was like 75 with a long white beard or something.
...but that's not what she got. ha ha ha

Anyways this week was pretty good. I hope all y'all are doing good.
I love you all!!
I like the tie a lot. Actually I like floral ties! Also yes I know the Gamblin's they are way cool! They own the Chevy dealership. Elder Pugh and I went and hung out there for a little bit last P-day.
The fires in Utah look bad!!
I gotta go though.

Have a good week.
I love you all!
Elder Ethan Stucki

May 2017

May 1, 2017
I am doing good. It has still been super slow here. But there are some good things happening. There is a less active family that Elder White and I went to a little over a month ago and they were super nice. We tried to set up a lesson with them but they said it would be best to just call them and they gave us their phone number. We called a few times and they would never answer or call us back. So we just let them be. Well 2 weeks ago they just showed up at church and said that they are coming back. I really think they mean it. They were at church this past week also. We just found out that their 15 yr old son has not been baptized. So we will most likely start teaching him soon.
This past Sunday was a really good one. Elder Medley and I both talked in sacrament on the importance of missionary work. Brother Landon also spoke (and he is so awesome) He told some cool stories. He and his wife are awesome member missionaries and he shared some cool experiences that they have had. They have helped many people. He is also a great speaker. Our Ward Mission Leader spoke about the ward mission plan and also told some good stories. The spirit was super strong! So hopefully the ward will start to want to share the gospel more with others.
That is about all for the week.
I love you all!
Elder Ethan Stucki

May 8, 2017

Sounds like it was a good week and a good baptism for Eli also!! Everyone was a part of the program too, so that is cool. This week was pretty good. I have been a little sick again most of the week. My companion had it first and then I got it. Just congested and stuff. It was another slow week but we are starting to see things pick up on the member work side of things. Some members are finding friends that are interested in the gospel. We will most likely start teaching them soon. We had Zone Conference and that was good. They are so long though it is hard to sit there. I go crazy. It was the day I was the sickest so that was no fun. I had a fun exchange Friday and Saturday with Elder Payne. I like him a lot. We saw 3 black bears. They ran across the road right in front of us. It was cool. Of course I wanted to shoot them. We both thought they were wolves at first the way they came running out of the bushes as we got closer and they started running we saw they were bears. It rains so much here. You can't get anything done when your trying to work. 2 weeks ago we were walking down the street and a drive by shooting happened in front of us. But it's okay they were not trying to kill anyone they were just shooting the house of someone who stole something from them. We found that out from some members.
I love you all!!
Elder Ethan Stucki

May 23, 2017
That all sounds like fun. I have been sick again. I spent all last night throwing up. I don't know what it is but I have been sick a lot lately.  It is miserable.

This week was also a pretty good week. We found one new investigator that was actually a potential that we gave a Book of Mormon to about 2 months ago but we could never catch her at home to follow up with her until this last week. We also had a miracle happen when we were out tracting and we got a text from a member in Kent and he told us how he is a salesman and he goes around knocking doors and selling products and he was down selling things in Tehaleh which is in our area. He came across this lady and some how the topic of faith came up and he bore his testimony to her and she told him how much she loves Mormons and how she would love to come to church and she would love to have the missionaries come and teach her and her family! So that was pretty awesome we are excited for that. That was about it.
I love you all!
Elder Ethan Stucki

May 30
The weather has been hot here lately. Only around 80 degrees but it is super humid so it feels so much hotter. There really hasn't been to much happening lately. Yesterday for Memorial Day our ward had a picnic at Mud Mountain Dam. It is a big park up in the hills and we were able to go to it.  It was fun. There was a BBQ and a lot of games played. It was also good because we got to bond with a lot of the members and the youth and there were less active families and non member families there. So it was a good time. I felt like I was at a big family gathering. Except I was in church clothes:)  But it was still fun. Other then that not much is going on.
I think I told you all how G. found out she has a tumor... well she is doing OK. She is starting to get a lot more energy back but her husband fell at work and he ended up in the hospital and has brain damage. She just found out this week that he isn't going to make a full recovery or really any recovery at all. So they set a date to let him go and I'm pretty sure it was yesterday. She has had a tough time lately. Because of this she is wanting to take the lessons again and come to church more! 
That was about it for my week. You all sound like you are doing good. Mom you seem like you are keeping busy with real estate which is good!
I love and miss you all!
Elder Ethan Stucki

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

June 2017

June 5, 2017
This week was pretty good. G. is doing okay. Her husband did pass away on Thursday so it is gonna be tough for her for a while. She is tough and still wants to have lessons.

I don't know if I told you or not but a couple weeks ago there was a member who lives in Kent, Washington who is a salesman who was down selling things in Taholah. He said he felt like he should bare his testimony to this lady. So he did. When he was finished she told him how much she loves Mormons and wants to learn more about them. This past week we were able to meet her and she wants to come out to church and to have the lessons with her family!! I think she has 3 kids, maybe more! So that is cool. Hopefully we can start teaching her this week! 

I think I am good on things. I don't need anything. Tell Ty Happy Birthday for me. He has past me up in weight now...
I love you all!
Elder Ethan Stucki

June 12, 2017
So this past week was good.  We met with S. and talked with her at her door. We are planning on teaching her this week. We had another miracle happen... our Bishop got a call from a Bishop in Missouri and said that the missionaries there were teaching a family that is super close to baptism. They are moving into our area. Which is cool. So hopefully we can start teaching them when they arrive in 3 weeks. We also found a new investigator named J. when we were out tracting. He let us in on the spot and we taught him the restoration. So things are starting to pick up for this area which is nice!

...No the talk did not stress me out. It was good. We talked about the importance of reading the Book of Mormon daily. The Mertlich's  daughter knocked on my door. I guess they were looking at the apartments we live in because they wanted to rent one. Her husband saw that we were missionaries so he came and knocked on our door wanting to look inside. They wanted to see how big they were. He asked me where I was from, I told him St. George. He said that is where my wife's family lives. I asked him who they were and he said Mertlich. I was like, Hey they are in my ward. Pretty cool.
I love you all!
Elder Ethan Stucki

June 19, 2017
That is an awesome story. I am so thankful for prayer also because it has helped me out here a lot too. So to answer basically all of your questions about our investigators. It's a NO. We did not get to teach any of them. It was a busy week. We had Zone Conference and we went to Renton for a Dr appointment for Elder Medley. I was also sick... again. So there was not much that happened this week on the teaching side of things. We did drop an investigator this week. Things started to pick back up but now we are already dropping people we just found. Gotta love it. Transfers will be next week. I will email on Tuesday. Maybe there will be a good change... we will see.
I love you all!!
Elder Ethan Stucki

June 26, 2017
So this week....
This week was pretty good. I did end up getting transferred. I knew I would. But I was not expecting to be "in zone" transferred again. I am going to be serving in the Enumclaw 2nd and 3rd Wards. Double covering. I think I have the whole Enumclaw Zone memorized well enough that I will probably start driving with my eyes closed. I am going to know the whole entire Enumclaw Stake so that will be pretty cool. I am super excited. I will be with Elder Pugh he is a super cool missionary. I also got called to be a District Leader... I don't know how that  happened. I have not been out to long. I told the Assistants when they called that they had the wrong Elder Stucki... because there are 2 of us. They said that they didn't. So it will be interesting to see how it goes.
That is about it for this week. Hope y'all are doing good.
I love you all.
Elder Ethan Stucki

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

April 2017

April 17, 2017
So I think that we are going to be dropping G. because she is not progressing. We are pretty sure that she has just been using us to do yard work for her. We have done a lot of yard work for her and now that it is done she doesn't talk to us anymore. We feel like she is just telling us what we want to hear so we will do her yard work.  Which is dumb because we would have done it for her even if she did not want to take lessons. It was a rough week and I have been a little sick. We clean out this house that was so nasty. We ripped out the carpets and shoveled buckets of dirt and just crap out from under it. It is probably from breathing all the dust in.  Other then that this week was slow.
I love you all.
Elder  Ethan Stucki

April 24, 2017

We did not end up dropping G.  We talked to a member who has been fellowshipping her she had text G. yesterday to see how she is doing. She has been in the hospital and has blockage of the intestines and a cancerous tumor in her liver. So that explains why she has been so sick. It is good she is not just ignoring us but also sad to hear that. The member is awesome and is going to go visit her today and take some men to give her a Priesthood blessing.  Hopefully everything gets well with her soon.

Things have been super slow here though. There has not been any new investigators found and just not a lot happening. We have been doing a lot of member work with less actives. We are also trying to get members more involved in missionary work. We are giving talks this Sunday on the importance of member missionary work. So that will be fun.  It will be my first talk I have given on my mission so far.
I love you all!
Elder Ethan Stucki

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Conference and Transfers

April 4, 2017

So conference was really good!! The Saturday sessions I watched at the Stake Center in Enumclaw and the Sunday sessions I watched at a members home with an investigator. I was going to bring my note book to write some things I liked, but they were all good talks. I liked Elder Oaks a lot just because he talked about the trinity and how it is FALSE DOCTRINE!!! Everyone here believes in the trinity but not one can explain to me how it is true or where it talks about it because it doesn't talk about it. And it's not true!! Elder Holland also gave a good talk on that back in 2008 that I like. I love how the Prophet of the church talked about how we just need to be kinder!! It is such a simple little thing but it can make all the difference in the world!! Another thing I feel like a lot of them talked about is walking with Christ. Just always turn to him to have him help you make choices no matter what they are because he is never going to lead us astray. They also read the scripture John 3:16 4x that I counted and 3 of them were in the very first session.

Yes I got your package. Thanks! That is cool Ty got his patriarchal blessing those are so cool. Also the weather has been pretty crazy like that here too. Yesterday was like a Sunny day almost the whole day. It was so nice!!! We have not had blue skies since I got here!! I miss the Utah sun. Ha Ha. Tell Eli Happy Birthday. I miss that little punk. The kids are all getting old. That is so weird. Thanks for sending more black pants. There is one thing I have been wanting, a cool CTR ring. I don't know why... I have just liked rings lately.  

Transfers... I will be staying here in Victor Falls. Elder White is leaving to be a Zone Leader in Auburn. I am sad he is leaving. He is way cool!! He only has 2 transfers left. My new companion... I don't know who he is. I have never met him but I will find out today. 

I love you all!!
Elder Ethan Stucki

April 10, 2017

So my companion  is Elder Medley. I don't know his full name. He is from Las Cruces, New Mexico. He has been out 4 months. I don't know a lot about him because he literally does not talk. It makes it a little tough. I have tried asking him every question in the book and he just gives a short answer and does not talk again. It makes it pretty tough when we are doing studies or planning because he just wont talk. So I said , "you are a quiet one aren't you?" and he just said,  "yeah I'm just a thinker and I like to think..."

G. is doing okay. She has been super sick the past week and a half so we have not had any lessons with her. Hopefully she can make it to our lesson tomorrow. Saturday we had another festival of finding day where the whole mission goes out knocking doors from 10 am to 5 pm. With a lunch break of course. It went pretty good and we found 4 potentials in just our area so that is cool! One of them has to be so prepared because me and Elder Payne, who is from Emery, Utah (we switch companions throughout the day) We went to this one gals house and when we started teaching it was just rough and all over the place and we just were not teaching good. But she was still super receptive. When we left we gave her a Book of Mormon and she is going to read it. Which is awesome.

The best part of the week was probably last night. Last night we went to the Enumclaw wards and went in a trio with Elder Pugh who is from Blanding, Utah. He is only on his second transfer but he is a Stud. His companion was going to sing in the choir at the devotional so we went to his area to go to his lessons with him because we did not have any lessons planned. We gave a church tour to this 18 year old girl named T. She was with a member friend. So that was weird being with 2 18 year old girls. Ha Ha. The lesson was way good. They have only been teaching her for a week and she already wants to get baptized. She even is the one who asked her friend to start taking her to church. We talked to her about the sacrament and showed Elder Hollands "Always remember him" video and after the spirit was so strong and we asked her how she felt and she says, "overwhelmed with the spirit!!" So I asked her, "why do you think that is?" and she said "because this is Christs church"  It was awesome. I  love seeing people make that connection for themselves and seeing the Spirit work inside of them! This church is true and it changes lives and I'm so grateful to be an instrument in the Lords hands at this time. I am able to watch people change. It is amazing.

Love you all.
Elder Ethan Stucki

...and sorry mom I spent a little money today. I needed a new belt because mine broke and then when I was there I saw 2 cool ties and I couldn't leave them. :)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

March 2017

March 3, 2017
Pictures this week.
The pictures of the waterfalls don't do it justice. It was pretty steep plus it was raining so it was muddy and slippery. It is about a 100 foot waterfall maybe a little more. So not to big but still fun.

The picture of the 3 of us the one on the left is Elder Palmer he is my favorite. We are literally the same person. The one on the right is Elder Payne.

March 13, 2017
First... tell Dad and Grandma Happy Birthday this past week!!! 
Y'all are getting old! ha ha. Just kidding love ya!
So G. is doing OK. We had a lesson with her this week and it was a really good lesson on the Word of Wisdom. She has a vape pen that she needs to get off of and she also needs to come to church to be able to be baptized because she hasn't come yet. Every week she has an excuse. Which is getting old. It is something most of the mission struggles with is getting people out to church. This past Sunday was Stake Conference and it was really good. Elder Satati a General Authority was there and gave a talk on how to keep families safe from harmful media and stuff.
Fun part of the week...
So Sunday was daylight savings. We were dreading it a little because we were going to loose an hour of sleep. We were also excited because now it doesn't get dark until almost 8 so people are out for longer. Anyways we already knew Saturday that we were going to be tired in the morning. To make it worse we got woken up at 2:30 that morning. Our neighbors got arrested.  ha ha Below us is a 25 year old girl that lives with her boyfriend. I guess that night they were out in the parking lot and the boyfriend was drunk and the people upstairs across from us were awake because they were smoking weed. I guess they heard them fighting and one of them went out on the balcony and said something to the boyfriend and next thing we know he is kicking there door down. He broke into there house and we woke up when we heard that. Then we just heard yelling and screaming and people yelling 911 and get out and like 5 minutes later the cops show up and started arresting people. Ha ha. It was pretty great but we lost a lot of sleep and were dead tired the next day. Other then that it was a good week
Love you all!
Elder Ethan Stucki

March 20, 2017
So this past Tuesday we had a lesson with G. that did not go so good. She always goes in waves of good and bad days. It was a bad day. We could tell that she was just holding back and there was just something in the way of her progressing. So Thursday night we decided to pray to see what we needed to do to help her and we had an idea to have her read Alma 32. Then we would talk to her about how we need to humble ourselves and align our will with Gods and talk about faith and how it is like a seed and if its a good seed we can feel it growing inside of us. So we texted her Friday morning to have her read it before our lesson that was at 2:00.

She ended up texting us 30 minutes before the lesson and said that at first she didn't get much out of the chapter and she didn't know why we wanted her to read it.  Later in the day she was getting ready for the lesson and she was washing her hair and she heard a voice that said "G. quit digging your hills in the ground and holding back from the truth and humble yourself." (Something along those lines anyways.) It was a miracle because it was exactly what we were going to talk to her about that day. The Spirit told her before we did... what she needed to do. The Spirit is powerful!! So that lesson went really good and she is back on date for April 22nd.

We also have 7 other investigators we are working with and 1 is also on date for April 22.  His name is L. he recently got out of jail. He is in his 50's. We also have D. he is in his 60's and really wants to be baptized. He will be moving soon so he will probably get baptized somewhere else. Which is still good.

I bought a blow dart gun and I shoot squirrels with it out of our apartment window. I don't need anything, but treats are always good. I went to Red Robbin to use the gift card but someone ended up paying for us so we get to go again. Cool.
Love you all.
Elder Ethan Stucki

March 27, 2017
So this week was a slower week. Not a lot happened. We had a lesson with G. on Tuesday that went pretty good. She is bipolar so she goes back and forth but it is just Satan getting to her sometimes. We remind her of the adversary and then she's like... oh yeah duh I knew that and then she is fine. So she is doing good. We had a lot of cancelled appointments this week which is rough. But it's okay. D. one of our solid investigators moved away this past week so hopefully the missionaries in Southern Washington can find him because he wants to be baptized.

I think the job I want when I'm older is to be a Cop in Bonney Lake. They are crazy. We were driving home last night and those guys go flying past us like swerving through cars and I don't know how they made it through some of the gaps that they did, but they did. There was three of them, just bumper to bumper it was nuts! I don't really want to be a cop... but that looked like fun.

What would I recommend to the family?
First, you should all be reading the Book of Mormon daily!!
Don't miss a day. No matter what.
Second read His Grace is Sufficient by Brad Wilcox. It is a talk Bishop Ferguson sent to us and it is the best talk. I learned a ton about the Atonement and about Grace in a way that is so easy to understand.

Also... have "Family Councils" yeah sounds fun right!!!!
Elder Satati is a General Authority who spoke in our Stake Conference a couple weeks ago. He talked about these things and how they are so good for families. Just sit down and talk with each other. Discuss things basically. If there is a problem... talk about it. If there is something the family needs to improve on... talk about it together.
Mom and Dad... you two can talk about things that need to be done too. You probably already do.  I'm sure. These are just things Elder Satati talked about and how they strengthen families.
So something to try. maybe.
I love you all!
Have a good week.
Elder Ethan Stucki

Monday, April 3, 2017

February 2017

February 7, 2017
So the baptism went really good this past Thursday. It was really hectic at first because we no longer have a car so we had a member give us a ride up to the building. When we got there I forgot the key to get into church so we had to go back and get it. Then when we got into the building... we had a key to open the baptismal font but not a key to open the lock box in the bathroom to start the water. So we were calling everyone to figure out where a key was.  No one had a key. Finally after an hour we called the Stake Clerk who is in our ward and he was like "the key is in the cleaning closet" Sure enough it was and we got the font filled.

We got the room set up and everything ready.  Then I realized I forgot my white pants. I was baptizing one of the boys. So I called our Ward Mission Leader and he was able to stop by the apartment and bring them to me on the way. (which was nice) They had a few jumpsuits but none of them fit me. Just as the baptism was starting... I realized I forgot a extra long sleeve white shirt. So after the baptism I was wearing a wet shirt the rest of the night and it smelled like chlorine which was fun!!!

Other then that the baptism went really well and I am doing good. I have been sick since Friday.  Now I am starting to feel a little better. It seems like everyone here is sick.  But don't worry Mom, I hear it has only killed 114 people so far. 
Love you all.
Elder Ethan Stucki

February 13, 2017
I don't have a long letter. This week was boring. Not boring but not a lot happened. Our investigator pool is going down and we are not finding any new. Most all of this week we went around talking to part member families trying to find people that way but no one was interested. 

We do a lot of less active work because there are so many less actives but still not a lot comes from that either. As in... they don't come to church. Everyone thinks that there life is fine without the gospel and they are just stubborn. Ya... they might not be like struggling, they might have a good job and things like that but that's just all the worldly garbage.  They forget about all the blessings that come from following the gospel. They are not going to have there nice car or there money or worldly things after this life.  All they will have is there family. But if they don't do what they are supposed to here and go to church and follow the commandments they won't even have there families. But they don't think about that they just think about the NOW. They are stubborn.

We have been walking and riding bikes. Last week we had 8-9 inches of snow. The most they have had since 1995. The snow has melted now.  Transfers are next week so I will email Tuesday. Also I hope one of us gets transferred.  I have been losing my patience. Our personalities just don't go together.
Love you all.
Elder Ethan Stucki

February 21, 2017
Hey family,
So it was a OK week. This week we found a few really good potentials so hopefully something comes of them, but... I'm getting transferred!! It will be sad to leave Orting but I won't be going far. I'm going to still be in the same zone. My new area will be in Victor Falls with Elder Andrew White. Elder White is pretty cool he has been my District Leader. He is from Nephi, Utah and is super cool and big into hunting!! Like cowboy hick stuff so we are kinda the same ha ha. Victor Falls is kinda a ghetto area though I was just there this past week on exchanges and I have been there a few times. There is not a lot of work that goes on there like ever. So idk. But we will see. I'm super excited for my new companion. It will be fun. I will have to go on exchanges all the time because the District Leader is always going on exchanges. I don't know. Sometimes I just like to stay in my own area. ha ha. But it will be fine. I will have a car and yes I will take my bike.
Love you all
Elder Ethan Stucki

February 27, 2017
So this week was a good week. I am still in the Enumclaw Stake / Zone. I'm even still in my same District as my last area.  So I didn't go to far. My new companion is Elder Andrew White. He is from Nephi, Utah and he loves hunting so we get along pretty well!!

Tuesday was transfers and we had a miracle happen that day within 45 minutes of being together. We went to Panda for dinner and while we were there we got a phone call from a lady named G. A month ago Elder White and his last companion were at the church building and this lady pulls up. They did not know her. So they went and talked to her. It was G.  She said that she has had a feeling for the past year that she needs to go to this church. Elder White tried to get her phone number or her address so that they could go and teach her but she wouldn't give it to them. They left her with a Book of Mormon and our phone number. 

Anyways this past Tuesday a month later G. gave us a call. So the day I got there. She said she wanted some missionaries to come and pray with her. That night me and Elder White went over to her house and talked with her. Her husband is an alcoholic and her youngest daughter is 28 and in jail. She has depression and lots of other things and all this extra stuff is hard on her. We taught her a little about the restoration and about the atonement and invited her to start reading and praying about the Book of Mormon and promised her that as she did so she would start to find peace and joy in her life! As we were leaving she said that she felt the spirit the moment we walked in the door. That was really cool!

We go back to her house 2 days later to see how she is doing and she just looked so much better and there was just something about her. She answered the door with the Book of Mormon in her hand. In the past 2 days she had read 109 pages in the Book of Mormon!! She loves it and says she is addicted to it and knows that it is true! She said she can't put it down. What's even more amazing is that she is understanding and remembering everything that she is reading! She is marking scriptures and was sharing scriptures with us! It was crazy and so amazing to see that change that she had in just 2 days of reading the Book of Mormon. 

I know and I have already seen that the Book of Mormon truly does change lives. No matter what the struggle is that you are going through. 

I'm going to invite all of you to read the Book of Mormon daily!! I never did when I was back at home but now I wish I would have. I never knew how powerful it was and how many blessings come from it until I came out on my mission. Especially after I was privileged enough to be able to witness the change in G. after only 2 days. She was almost glowing. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that the church of Jesus Christ has been restored and that there is a living Prophet on the earth today. I'm so grateful for the gospel in my life and our family really has been blessed because of it. 
Start reading your Book of Mormon more!! 
I love you all!
Elder Ethan Stucki