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Monday, June 27, 2016

I wont back down!

Mom, Dad, Mara, Seth, Shelby and everyone else that I love,

This week was full of struggles and laughs and tears and miracles. First of all a story...scary at first...funny now. On Thursday, we had branch counsel and after wanted to pass by the house of Raul. We finished the meeting around 8:00 and left running down the hill for his house with our mission leader Nelson. We had a super super good lesson with him and his mom and left a little later than normal so we ran up the hill, freezing cold so wouldn't be late to enter the house. My companion has been sick over the past week with a cold but was a champ and ran the whole way with me. When we got to the house, she looked a little weird, but I thought it was just because it was late. We said goodbye to our mission leader and entered in the gate to our house. I was walking ahead of my companion to open the door of the house while she was closing the lock of our gate. I just heard her say, "Hermana Stoor..esperame. (wait for me)" and when I turned around, she turned around to me, closed her eyes and fainted. I thought she was kidding so I said, "Ba creer hermana! Let go." But when I grabbed her hand to help her stand up..she didn't move one bit and I realized she wasn't kidding. So I ran to the gate and started screaming for help. Our mission leader came running (thinking we were dying for my screams), I called the president of the branch and his whole family came and we were able to get her in the house.I thought I had killed my companion but she was out for only about 5 minutes before she came back and didn't remember a thing. more running.

We have seen miracles here as we were able to hold 2 baptisms in these last couple weeks. I have been so humbled and so amazed by the faith that my two converts have shown. Nancy was baptized the 18th of this month. She went through so much to be able to reach her goal. Her family belongs to all different churches and her mom hates our church. Although Nancy is 23, her mom has alot of power in her life. Normally, Nancy just does whatever her mom says, but she told us a month ago that she was not going to let anything stop her from being baptized. And she was serious! Three or four days before her baptism, she fell and sprained her ankle really bad. She couldn't even hardly walk. I gave her Aleve and we did everything we could to help her and finally it started to feel better and she fell again the day before her baptism. But she told us that she didn't care if we had to lift her into the font..she was ready. The day of her baptism got even worse. She told her mom that she was going to be baptized and she got really really angry. She didn't talk to her all day and when Nancy started to get ready for her baptism, her mom started whipping her with her belt. When we got to her house, my heart just broke for her. She could barely walk, couldn't move her arms for the welts she had on her back and was just crying and crying and crying, but had everything ready and limped to the chapel for her baptism. She understood better than anyone else that there are always challenges that come your way when you start to do something right. Satan attacked her in every way that he could, but she faithfully stepped into the font, remembering the feelings of the spirit that she had received and was baptized and confirmed a member of the church. Nancy and Raul will both be strong, faithful members of the church. I am excited to see what they will be able to do as they serve in the branch and as Raul leaves for a mission. He is so so excited and has been since the beginning. He received his answer a long time ago that the church was true but just didn't have the support to make a decision. He has taught me more than I think I have taught him. In every lesson, he came prepared to learn and teach. He passed through his fair share of difficulties as well. His friends rejected him for his decision, his father in law pushed him in the other direction and his old church said alot of horrible things to him as well. But he was able to recognize the spirit, learn to love the book of mormon and understand that the foundation of the church is the same of that which Jesus Christ built when He was here on earth and that His power and authority doesn't belong in the la iglesia de dios or in any other religion..only here. He held on to that knowledge and was baptized this last Saturday..he will be confirmed this next Sunday in church.

We are climbing mountains right now with the rest of our investigators. This week, the other baptismal dates that we had fell and pretty much the rest of our investigators said that they don't want anything to do with this week we are hoping for some miracles with them and hoping to find some new people to teach here. But the work continues get better and better here in our area. We were able to reach some goals that haven't been met here in over a year and are hoping to have even more successes in this next week. (If the rain doesn't stop us too bad) But we will just keep running like wet chickens until we get there.

I know that this is the Lord`s work. And I know He is preparing the hearts of man to hear our message. And I`m not going to back down until I find them. I love you all. And pray for you a wonderful week!

Hermana Stoor❤

​This is a random photo...but I have wanted a picture with this truck since I got here. 

​We threw a surprise birthday party for one of my favorite missionaries in the mission on Tuesday. Hermana Ramos has been with me, in my zones since the beginning of my mission...She has been one of my best friends here and has helped me so so so much....I am going to miss her terribly when she heads home this change. last hurrah with Hermana Ramos. There is a tradition in the Latin culture that the birthday person gets the first bite of the cake before it is cut....and its really fun to be the friend by their side when they go in for the bite ;) 

​The hermanas of Zona Juayua! ❤❤❤❤❤
​I don't know....sometimes I just miss cows and Idaho. 

​& I am basically an expert at making tortillas....officially salvadorania 🍪

​Soaking in the rain....serving the Lord....loving my mission! The lluvias have officially started...the pictures of the streets with water to our knees isn't a lie...and there isn't a way to leave. So....from now on I will be in rainboots and chumpas. ❤.....and pantalones starting in July. Don't worry Mom! The mission is buying us pants so I don't need a thing :)

​BTW...I got my package for my birthday...Thanks mom for my new dress! Its my favorite! And I got so many compliments this day :) Thanks Mom and Dad for a good birthday in June! ;)

Monday, June 20, 2016

June 20, 2016

Well, sorry for this, but I don't have time to write this week...we have a service project and a bunch of things to we have to cut it short...but to answer your questions that I remember....I haven'y received any packages....I am healthy...with a cold..but nothing else......My area is progressing super well.....NANCY GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!.....Raul is getting baptized this Saturday,....Tita didn't come to church because she left town again...but cross your fingers for this week....we are going to start planning the wedding of Julian this week!!! and well.....I'm happy. healthy, learning alot. AND I LOVE YOU ALL SO SO SO MUCH!!! I will be sure to write a bunch next week! ❤❤❤❤
​DAD! I hope you had a wonderful fathers day...I didn't forget about you I promise. I love you so so much and am so grateful that I had such a great dad! 


​Here is Raul...hes getting baptized on Saturday!!!! And Nelson...our mission leader :)

​We have been soaking in the rain all week...and will be for the next 5 months :) 

Monday, June 13, 2016


Mom, Dad, Mara, Seth, Shelby and everyone else I love,
Every week in Los Naranjos is full of challenges and successes. I am happy to say that this week we saw more success than failure. It was a week of miracles!! Nancy Orellana is so so so ready for her baptism! We had some struggles all week with her family and also in the ward yesterday. The whole ward was fighting was really ugly but we spent a good part of the day with her yesterday in church, after for lunch and after for a service project we did and she told us that she doesn't care what her family says and doesn't care that sometimes the ward members are crazy. She knows the church is true and she isn't going to let anyone stop her from being baptized this Saturday. My heart lept when she told us this..."The church is perfect. We aren't." She understands so well! And shes so excited. So...lots of prayers for her this week! Her conversion process hasn't been easy but we are happy to say that she is converted and more ready than we ever thought she would be!
We have been stuck in a pattern of always only one person progressing in this area for well over a year. BUT this week we can say that we finally broke the pattern! We went from 1 progressing investigator last week to 4 this week!!! We were able to find 1 new investigator who is one of the chosen ones.Her name is Tita Garcia and she has been well prepared by the angels that are here working with us. We found her as we were contacting and had one visit with her at the beginning of the week. She said she wanted to know why the mormons don't drink coffee so in the first lesson we taught the word of wisdom and when we finished invited her to keep the word of wisdom and quit drinking coffee. She said yes right away and I thought maybe she didn't understand so I asked her why she would keep the word of wisdom and she told me..."because its a commandment of God and that's good enough for me." And when we returned for our second visit she told us that she had only drank one cup of coffee the whole week but that she was going to try harder this week. She also told us that she was talking to her husband about our visit and told him that she doesn't feel obligated to go to church with us...but she feels a DESIRE to go with us. She has now just one week...4 folletos and is reading from the Book of Mormon as well. She is a miracle. She was in Santa Ana on Sunday.but said she is going to cancel her plans this weekend to come to church.
We decided to return with some of our old investigators this week and found two who are finally ready to progress. Raul Orellana has come to church two weeks now and told us yesterday that he would like to put the 25th of June as his goal for his baptism. His problem was that his friends in the school were bullying him for coming to our church. He is from the most popular church in Los Naranjos and has been received alot of flack for visiting with us so we left him but he is now ready. He told us he doesn't care what they say, he knows the church is true and he knows he wants to be baptized. He also told us that after his baptism he is going to take us around to all of his old friends who have stopped attending his old church so that we can baptize them too :) haha so we have some potential future investigators! We also returned with a old man that we only taught a couple of times but then got sick. He is 94 years old and his name is Julian Garcia. He had told us originally that he wasn't ever going to go to church with us because he can hardly hear but we invited him and offered to bring him in a car and he came! And when he left he said he really liked the church and he is going to come again next week. We are going to start planning a wedding for him and his wife over the next couple of weeks and hopefully a baptism in July!
So many miracles here this week! There is a promise in chapter 5 of Jacob that says that if we work with all of our strength the Lord of the vineyard will work with us. That's all it takes...follow the rules and work with all your heart might mind and strength. I cant say its easy. I feel like as we see more and more miracles we also see more and more contention, but I know the Lord is here working along my side and my heart is full of gratitude for the blessings that he is sending me right now.
I was also able to have an interview with President this week. He asked me a question at the end of my interview and told me that it was more important than any other thing he asked in the interview. "Hermana Stoor, what are you becoming?"I thought about it for a minute and just started to cry. The Lord is changing more hearts than the people in Los Naranjos. Hes changing mine as well. Maybe that's the biggest miracle of my mission as of now.
I love you all and I'm happy to hear that everything is going good at home. I know your busy and have lots of responsibilities...but don't forget to take care of yourselves as well. I love you all so so sooooo much! Talk to you next week! ❤

Hermana Stoor

​I am enjoying the rain here in Los Naranjos...although I'm freezing cold...I wish it would just rain every day. I'm all prepared with my chumpa and rain boots :) BTW...the pants are happening in July. I HAVE TO WEAR PANTS. Its going to be so so so weird.

​Another cool thing about El Salvador...their are mariposas the size of my head :)

​Just a selfie. 


​HERMANA RAMOS. HERMANA GAMARRA. HERMANA CHAPMAN. PUPUSAS. These are a few of my favorite things. ❤

A surprise dinner with President Sanchez. WE LOVE HIM. BTW...He wants to know if Grandpa knows a man named Walter Petersen from home...he couldn't remember if he was from Idaho or Utah but he served in his mission as the mission doctor and I told him I would ask :)

​I am not sure if I already sent this photo...but Nancy is in the white sweater..Shes getting baptized on Saturday wooohooo!!!!!!

​Also ....the family that went less active came to church this Sunday! It was a miracle! Here's another photo that we took during the birthday party for their daughter last week. I LOVE THESE PEOPLE ❤