Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Stuffed by Thanksgiving!

This was a pretty chill week as we are prepping for zone conferences this upcoming week. We'll be in Belfast and Limerick for a couple days.

We had 4 exchanges this week. I was with Sister Clarke, Sister Jorgenson, Sister Sly, and Sister Plummer. I love these sisters so much! We had so much fun and saw so many miracles! 

Our friend Bruno is getting baptised this next Saturday!! WOOOOOO!! He is such a boss, and honestly one of my best friends out here. He is so excited for his baptism, it's been a long time coming! I'm so grateful we got to meet him!

Thanksgiving--what a day. We went to this wonderful family from Utah's home and had a proper American Thanksgiving dinner. there were a couple families there, and man, it was glorious. We had ham, turkey, potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie... it was hands down the best meal of my mission. I felt like I was back in the states :)
Friday was amazing because our friend Polo got baptised!!! Her husband, Wellington, was baptised back in July, and Polo started learning right after that. She is soooooo amazing, she has such a strong testimony. Wellington was able to baptise her and he said it was the happiest day of his life! They are going to be sealed in the temple next year :) :) I love them so much!! They are like my African aunt and uncle. 

Sunday, we has another dinner appointment :) I love the members here so much, they take such good care of us! 

I'm so excited for Christmas :) It's so soon!!! Ahhhhhh, we've been blasting Christmas music, decorating our flat, and counting down for ages! Also, thank you so so so much for the package!!!! I'm so excited to open the presents on my birthday and Christmas! And the food you sent....oh my days. Literal heaven. Not gonna lie, I'm saving a bunch of it until closer to Christmas :) As well the advent calendar....it's amazing!!! It's set up like a little living room with presents to start opening on the 12 days of Christmas. I'll send a pic :) I AM SO EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!

 Speaking of Christmas, have you seen the 25 ways in 25 days to Light the World? It's this really cool advent calendar online! Everyday there's ideas of something you can do to be more like Jesus Christ and bring more light into the world! It's so cool, I'm excited to try it out for myself! I'd love to invite everyone to try it as well, then shoot me an email with a cool experience you had with it! Christmas is the best time to share a little more light :)
Love you all loads! Thanks for everything, all the support and prayers. I'm so happy, and I know that I'm supposed to be here. God's plan took me a much different direction than I thought, but I could not imagine a better place to be right now. I am sooooo thankful for this opportunity to serve here in Ireland and Scotland, and I know that my Father in Heaven is continually leading me. 

Love you!
-Sister Stapley

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