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
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