Monday, September 29, 2014

MISSION FIELD: Week 72 Well, What a Week!

                                                            29 Sept 2014

Well, Hello Family,

   This last week was super hard, but rewarding!! 

   So, we had so much stuff happen.  We had a couple get married in the branch, so we were helping out with them out with that.  Then, we found lots of new people to teach and lots of them are prepared to follow.  They just need to know the way, and I hope that because of that, we will have a few batismos this transfer.  It's getting super exciting here and I'm glad the Lord is using me. 

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

love Elder Stratton

Monday, September 22, 2014

MISSION FIELD: Week 71 My Wonderful Week!

                                                                  22 Sept 2014

Hello Everyone!!! 

   Well, this will be a good letter for y'all.  So, this last week, we were robbed in our house, so we got a new house.  But, I don't have a camera now, so no more pictures.:(   But we are safe and it's all going good now! 
    But in other words, the Lord has sooo much planned for this area right now and I get the pleasure and privilegio to be part of it.  Man, the Lord is sooo merciful to those that believe on his name.  All He asks is that we believe and have faith and he will be there for us. 

    Last night we had a lesson that I will never forget and that I learned sooo much from.  First lesson:  the Lord will do things in crazy ways.  We have no clue what and when the Lord will teach/guide us.  We were teaching a kid named KK  and I had the impression to tell him that Ellan White was a member of our church, before she was part of the Adventist church, (kk is an Adventist), and I said it and it completely destroyed him and I felt so bad for saying that, but then, we found out why I said that, 'cause it opened him up to really here with his heart.  I found out later that my comp was prompted to say the same thing, but didn't.  It was super good and he is super real intenção now, so, it is the best.

   Second coisa (thing), is that God loves everyone of his children. no questions asked.  During that lesson, I can say, I felt the love God has for KK and for me.  KK wants so much to follow Heavenly Father and will do anything to do it.   The lesson was so spiritual and me and KK were both on the edge of tears.  I love this gospel.  I know the Gospel is TRUE and no one can take that from me.  I know that through the atonement, we are made clean and it is the best, most glorious feeling in the world to be a beloved son of The Almighty God.  I know that Christ lives and that he is pure and holy. THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD.

Alma 26:37  Now, my brethren, we see God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in;  yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth.  Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving;  yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever.  Amen. 

I love this and I know it is true.

love, Elder Stratton

Monday, September 15, 2014

MISSION FIELD: Week 70 Just Another Day in Paradise

                                                          15 Sept 2014 

Well Everyone life is good here,

    Well this last week was a good week.  We were working lots with the members, talking to them about repenting and getting better at being worthy and remembering they are members of the true church of God. 

    We met lots of new people this last week and I hope they are going to be great investigators.  But other than that, life is the same.   We teach, we preach and we sweat. #missionlife   We should have Chuvinha getting baptized this week.  She is such a good lady, she really does have a strong spirit and wants to do what is right for God.  But that was my week for this last week and this week will be even better! 

    I know that God and Christ live that the atonement is the only way we can return to live with God again and we need to use it to become perfect. I know Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Christ and that this is the one and only true church on the face of this earth!  I love you all and think of you often.

love Elder Stratton

ps:  I saw a see turtle nest this morning it was pretty cool!!

Monday, September 8, 2014


                                                  8 September 2014  

   Well hello family, I hope this week is a great week for you all!!

   Well, this last week for us, was a good week.  We had some good things and bad things happen here.  So to start off with, the good, we have been teaching this lady named Chuvinha ("Lil Rain" is the translation of her name), but, she is 73 years old and a boss of a lady!!  Man, so she was part of the Catholic Church for all her life, then they did something and she was like 'this is not true'.  So, we started talking to her and she is sooo cool.  She is like a grandma and she actually does keep her commitments!  It's sooo nice.  But the best part is that she went to church and she bore her testimony!!!  It was soo cool and I'm happy I got the chance to teach and help her!!  But then, the bad thing here, the Catholic Church had a huge party and got everyone here drunk.  So dumb. And so, lots of new members were at this party and they got drunk, so now we have loads of work to do, cause the members needs some help.

   So that was the week, oh and the other good thing!!  We got to start going to another city, that's near by, and start teaching people there.  It's super cool, cause we are the first Elders ever to go there!!  So, we have some good people we are working with there.  But this week will be great!!!!  I'm super excited for it.

  Well have a great week and I love you all!!!

Elder Stratton

Monday, September 1, 2014

MISSION FIELD: Week 68 Finally PICTURES!!!!!!

                                                                                  1 September 2014

Well Fam,

   I'ts very nice to talk to you all, this fine day and to be able to tell you how my week went.  My week went like this:  p-day and we relaxed and watched waves come in on the ocean.  They were super big and it was really cool to see.  Then, we went out and taught a bit.  The week was full of teaching.  Kind of hard to teach, at times, cause this island is a little, hard to teach, but it's good.  Then we had the Zone Leaders come and help us out for a few days and they gave some trainings and such.  It was super fun to have them here and we learned lots from the trainings.  Other than that, the week was normal and just worked.  Sunday was good.  The members gave some super good talks.  It's super cool to see how much the Gospel will change the lives of people, for the better, and then, they are helping others change their lives, too.  But yup, that was my week and life for the last little bit. 

    Love you all and have a great week!!

Love Elder Stratton

and some proof I'm still alive :)