Thursday, April 2, 2015


I sent Sister Toni Stuart a package for Easter and something for her Hump Day--which would be on April 2nd.   The package came early and she got it on a pday on March 23rd.   She wanted to open the HUMP day Package.   I told her she could do what she wanted but I needed pictures.   She said Sister Barton was trying to look inside the package and so she thought she would just open it.   The pictures are great.


I can hear her laughing

When I bought this camel online, I thought it was the size of a bean baby, NOT!

Elder Gibb checking what all the noise was about

I sent the following poem to Sister Stuart:

By Cheryl K. Carpenter
As you come to the nine month mark of your mission, I am sending you
this camel to remind you how far you have come, and where you are
going.There are many similar characteristics of a great missionary and
a camel.

The first is the "hump". Yes, you have crossed the mark and now are
over the hump of the first half.  But remember the hump of a camel is
used to store food for the long journey. Camels can go for long
periods of time without food, but he must store his food in his hump.
A Missionary has learned from so many experiences, but a wise
Missionary will store the knowledge she has gained, and put it to
greater use the second half of her mission.

Another important symbol, is what the camel does to be prepared to
carry his load for his Master. A camel sometimes protests his heavy
load, but he drops to knees for his Master, and once started, he
patiently carries his load. As a missionary sometimes the load seems
heavy and difficult to carry. But when you drop to your knees and
succumb to the Master's will, he will carefully lead you and you can
bear the load patiently, and do your Father in Heaven's work as he
would have you do. This is why the camel's knees are heavily padded,
as a Missionary, your knees are calloused from the many hours of
kneeling in prayer.

The camel has high set eyes, that enable him to see long distances. A
Missionary has her eyes set on higher things, she follows the Spirit
that enables her to see the Children of God, those who are seeking
answers, and she teaches them the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The camel has broad, two-toed feet, that keep it from sinking in
desert sand. A missionary has a broad knowledge and a firm testimony
of the Gospel. This enables her to teach with boldness and stand firm
in her testimony. The people you teach do not yet have the blessing of
such a sure-foot, but as you teach with love and the Spirit, you will
help them gain their own testimony that will help them walk on firmer
ground. One that will lead them back to their Father in Heaven.

So you see, a Missionary has a lot in common with a camel. Put this
camel where you can see it often. Dedicate yourself to do as the camel
does. Serve your Master well and patiently over the long journey. You
have come a long way, there is still much ground to cover. Continue to
move forward, serving with love, until your mission is complete and
your Father in Heaven will say, "Well done, thou good and faithful

I asked Sister Stuart what she did for hump day and her response was: We had a member come with us all day.   We saw an amazing less active, we went tracing and we saw Marcella!! (She really is doing the work of the Lord).  

I can't believe it has been 9 months.   I miss her everyday but I would not want her anywhere else.   She is learning and growing in ways she never could without her mission.  The lives she has touched will be forever affected by her and the love of the gospel she has and more importantly that they will know they have a Heavenly Father that loves them and has an amazing plan of Happiness for them.  

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