Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Elder Stratton's Homecoming Talk

Please join us for
Elder Stratton's Homecoming Talk 
May 10th, 2015 @ 10:00 am
LDS Chandler Heights Ward Building
26023 South Lemon Avenue

Monday, April 20, 2015

For Your Information

We will post Elder Stratton's homecoming
 and pictures next week.  

Thanks for you support and letters.  We know they helped strengthen Elder Stratton and encouraged him, while serving the Lord
in Cape Verde.

MISSION FIELD: Week 101 Well, This is it! The Last One!!

                                                                20 April 2015

Well, Hello Everyone!!

   Just so that everyone knows, I will be home next week, so this is the last Email that I will send as a missionary.

   Well, this last week was good.   We did the normal things, taught and found new people.  It was good and we found some people that will be baptized here in a few weeks.  But, I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to serve the Lord for 2 years.  I have been very blessed and very much changed.  The gospel of Jesus Christ moves lives.  That's a fact, as long as you let it and are humble enough to let Heavenly Father in.  I have learned so much, but still have very much to learn, and I have had the chance to repent and become a better son of our Loving Father.  I know that if we just keep the commandments and chose the right, we will always be blessed.  I know this is the truth and that everyone need this.  

    Love you all and I will see you in a few days!!!

love Elder Stratton

Monday, April 13, 2015

MISSION FIELD: Week 100 Tick Tock Goes the Clock . . .

                                                          13 April 2015

Hello Family,

  This last week was a great week!  We were able to do loads of work and had a chance to meet lots of new people.  We are having fun and I am super glad to be here right now.  So, the highlight of this last week was a fireside that we gave to the members last night.  It was super good!!  So, we are helping everyone to be more converted to the gospel.  The part I gave was, of how Christ is there for us and just waiting to receive us.  In the scriptures, He pleads with us to 'Come unto him, to be healed' as we see in 3 Nephi 9:13-14.  Being healed, is so soothing to our soul, but before we arrive at that point, we have to do our part and that is repenting and GOING to Christ.  It is not until we do something, that we can receive anything.  The soothing comfort doesn't come from just going to Christ, but for allowing Him to enter into your life and change things the way He wants.  This is when we have the greatest blessings.  Knowing that the great Doctor is helping us heal from our wounds and becoming better. 

   I'm so grateful for the Savior and all that He does and did for us.  I look forward to the day, that I will be able to stand before my Father in Heaven and not have any fear at all.  What a glorious day that will be!   I know that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ live and love us. I know that because of this love, they called the prophet Joseph Smith to restore the Church here on the earth, and because of this, we are able to have that love more fully in our lives.  I love this Gospel.  

   Have a great week and I love you all!!!

love Elder Stratton

Monday, April 6, 2015

MISSION FIELD: Week 99 Hey, I am Still Alive!!!

                                                              6 April 2015

    Ha ha, well first thing, is I'm sorry I didn't send a letter last week.  I thought I sent it, but it looks like I just saved it as a draft.  ha ha

    But this last week was a good week.  We were busy getting ready for everyone to come to General Conference and listen to the Prophet and Apostles talk.  

    Conference was good.  Counsel from the Lord is always good and we all need it.  We had the chance to help get Home Teaching up and running here.  Man, it's super hard, 'cause nobody knows how to do it, but everyone is learning and starting to do good.  We will have all meetings and presidencies going good here, in a few weeks.  Man, it's so cool, to help The Church start and to see the growth in the people.  Truly, we are the Lords people and He blesses us so much.   If we only keep the commandments and do what's right, the Lord will bless our lives so much!!  It's like Christ said in the bible, 'The TRUTH shall make you free'.  Freedom is all the Lord wants for us, and having our agency is the way He lets us do that.  Its the things of this world that are keeping us chained down, so we are slaves to it.  Who would have thought, that the things we, at times, love the most, are actually keeping us from being the best we can be.  Keep your eye on the prize, because if we don't, we will lose everything.  I know that this is the true church, this is the Lords work and we are so lucky, 'cause He has us, the imperfect people that we are, do it for Him and be guided. I love this gospel, it does bring happiness.   True happiness.  I love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who died to save us all, and who then was resurrected on the third day, to break the chains of death.  I know these things are true.  I KNOW IT.


 Elder Stratton

Monday, March 30, 2015

MISSION FIELD: Week 98 No Letter :(

                                                                                         30 March 2015

      We did not receive a letter from Elder Stratton this week.  Keep him in your prayers.

Monday, March 23, 2015

MISSION FIELD: Week 97 Hello!!!! Good Day!

                                                           23 Mar 2015

Dear Family,

   This last week was good!!!  So on Monday, I got to go and pick up my new comp and see him.  It was cool!  He is excited to be here and to work for the Lord!!

   Then, we went to Assomada on Tuesday, for a leadership meeting and it was good, but kinda dumb, 'cause the people in charge didn't have a clue what was going on.  So nobody had fun.  But, it's was good, 'cause I got to talk to my comp for a while in the car ride.  He is speaking Portuguese and learning fast.  He's pretty cool!

   And then on Wednesday, we went to Praia for another training that was super good and we had fun talking to people and seeing the new missionaries!!!  

   Then, on Saturday we had a baptism!!!  It was super good!  And this next week we are preparing 2 other people and they are doing great!!!  

    But that was our week and we are having a great time!!!!

love Elder Stratton!