Note: For the duration of Riley's mission, this blog will be produced and edited by his parents, Daisy and Todd Stonely.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Week 33: Grateful for Those Around Me

Dear Friends and Family,

WELP... That week flew by fast! Now reflecting back on the week, I realize I am getting old because I am starting to forget the things that have happened. HAHA We went out with the young men some more, including Victor, who yet again taught me a life lesson. Man I am grateful for him and his strong testimony! And we have had a great week helping out the members of the ward. I am grateful for the fellow missionaries around me who are examples to me in every aspect. Every day I strive to work on one or more things to become more like Jesus Christ. And I am able to see what needs to change through my companion, members, and church leaders. And for that I am grateful! I know that the Lord has placed me here to learn and grow. And especially help the people I serve.

My fellow servants! They are the best.
This past Saturday we taught a Family History class which went pretty good. Definitely learned that I will never be a teacher at a school because I cant teach! I am grateful for teachers who I have had who have had patience and just are plain smart! Teachers are amazing... HAHA

My thought for the week comes from my ponderize scripture:
And Now, O my son Elder Stonely (Heleman), behold, thou art in thy youth, and therefore, I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me; for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in thier tirals, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day. -Alma 36:3
I love this scripture and have learned so much from Alma that all I have to do is put my trust in the Savior and not worry about everything else. Then I will be able to receive the support every day! I love the gift of the Atonement!

A lot of testimony building experiences this week. I am grateful for everyone around me on a daily bases. I really just cant describe how grateful I am! I love you all so much and am so very grateful for the prayers that everyone gives for the missionaries. I know we are blessed. 

Much love from Foley Alabama!

Elder Stonely
Dirty car...oops.

Study time.

Yes, I like to pose for the camera. Couldn't you tell???

Playing with my new toy...a selfie stick!!!

Oh no, don't eat me!

More selfie stick fun!