Monday, July 17, 2017

New Mission President

Hello Everyone!

This week was crazy! We had a million things to do! Tuesday we had to do baptismal interviews. Thursday we got to meet our new mission President and on Sunday we had interviews with him. He and his wife are really kind.

Sunday my companion and I had to teach Relief Society again. Third time’s a charm. Right? We then had a really long lesson with an old investigator and then we visited a family who the mom didn’t come to church because her tooth was hurting her. We talked about self reliance.

This week I learned that we need to always read the scriptures in their context. We had an ami who tried to prove us in the scriptures but he wasn’t reading the entire context.

Love you all,

Elder Stephens

Monday, July 3, 2017


Hello Everyone,

This week was really good we got to teach with two of our branch missionaries on Thursday and on Friday it was really cool.  Wednesday we got super lost looking for a person’s house. Like we were so far away that a lady told us we would never get there on foot. She told us we had to take a motorcycle. Missionaries can’t so we walked and well eventually we did make it! We walked around for like 2.5 hours looking for this place! In our district meeting we talked about the Sabbath Day Observance. Preach my Gospel says “When a community or nation grows careless in its Sabbath activities it’s religious life decays and ALL aspects of life are negatively affected.” I tried to think about that and I know it is true if we are not careful we could be hurting ourselves and others if we do not do our best to keep the Sabbath day holy.

Love you guys have a wonderful week,

Elder Stephens

Monday, June 26, 2017

Crab Legs

Hello everyone this week was crazy, oh so on Monday to start out we had crabs when i finished writing home my comp and i each at 1.5 crabs in America that would cost maybe 20 bucks well you would think the same thing here normally yes but we found a lady who sold them to us for 1000fcfa that comes out to a huge 2 dollars ha-ha so we bought them again this week and some massive i mean massive shrimp. Other than that point, this week was busy we were driving all around Douala to talk to our amis we have a really big sector. We had to go out to pk14 (sounds like peka 14) it turns out that we believe each pk is a kilometer so on our way back we decided to walk from pk12 to pk10 it was like a long walk. This week our mission president is changing kind of crazy I’ve obviously never had that before and nobody in this mission knows what that's like hopefully we will get to meet him in a week or two so that's cool. Well we got a sweet contact who is a university student and he likes to play tennis so we are seeing a ton of potential with him. I love you guys I know that the book of Mormon is true and that if we do our best the lord will help us fill in the gaps. I love you all thank you for all of your support.

Love Elder Stephens

Monday, June 19, 2017

PB & J

Hello Everyone,

This week flew by. We had Zone Conferences and District Conferences. It was awesome. I ate peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches. They were totally awesome! We had a totally sweet lesson on Sunday with a lady who has been being taught for a while. She shared with us about her child who she lost a couple of months ago. It was very intense but we followed the spirit, at one point I felt impressed to say something and I told myself no I don’t want to bring that up but the spirit shoved me again so I brought it up and it worked out perfectly as it should have! I know that the Lord is aware of us and his spirit will guide us IF we are willing to listen and follow his council we can be real tools in the Lords hands. I love you guys,

Elder Stephens

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

7 Languages!


This week was pretty cool, we had splits 2x. So I spent Wednesday with Elder Tall and Friday with Elder Biaya. On Thursday we went over to one of our partial member families and they surprised us with a little birthday party for 20 of the family members. It was cool. We had endole, pasta, creeps salad, and red sauce it was awesome. Then we sang Happy Birthday in English, French, Lingala, Malagasy, Douala, and their maternal language oh and Spanish too! 7 different languages it was pretty cool. On Sunday we had a missionary from the States who served here a long time ago come back. He’s doing cultural research. It was really neat that he came back to his mission. Well that’s about all for this week. Love you guys. Have a wonderful week,

Elder Stephens

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Love & Conversion

Hello Everyone,

This week was good we walked, talked and taught! We also were invited and sang “Love at Home” in French for a wedding. All the missionaries were asked because the groom was a returned missionary. He asked us and we were all there for him. (My mom is going to try and put some of a practice video on my blog)

This week I’ve been studying conference and I loved when Dallin H. Oaks said “It is not enough for us to be convinced of the gospel; we must act and think so that we are converted by it. In contrast to the situations of the world, which teach us to know something, the Plan of Salvation and the gospel of Jesus Christ Challenges us to become something” I challenge everyone this week to pick a principal that they are convinced is true and become converted to that point.

I love you all,

Elder Stephens

From Julie: I wanted to include the story Preston wrote to me this week because I thought it was so sweet.

The Journey of the Papaya

A father in the field gives a papaya to his son. His son loved it but decided it would be better if he gave it to his sick sister. His sister was very grateful, but she gave it to her mother who had worked very hard to take care of her. The Mother was very grateful also and decided to save it for her hard working husband. When the father came home he was overjoyed at the kindness of his family so he split the papaya into 4 pieces and they all had the papaya together.

He closed by saying “I love our family”  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hello Everyone,

This week we had a big service. There were three converts baptized from two different branches and a kid who just turned 8. It was really awesome. This week my companion and I started to study English a lot so that he can learn it and be able to use it to get jobs when he goes home. On Saturday it rained really hard. One of our investigators house roof was destroyed a couple of weeks ago. So it floods now. We called and asked if we could help and they said yes thank you so much but then when we got there they had already finishedL So we shared a message and went to get ready for the baptisms. I know that when we serve people we can truly feel the saviors love for us. I challenge you this week to find an occasion to serve someone. Small and simple are just as important as the big projects.

Love you all and Good Luck,

Elder Stephens