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

Monday, August 1, 2016

Week 59: Baptismal Invitation Accepted!

Dear Friends and Family,

This week has been a great one for sure. First off, it was the only week that I have been here where we have had a member come out and teach with us. THAT was exciting! But it wasn't even the best of news. One of our investigators, Ana Fuentes, accepted the baptism invitation and will be getting baptized in November! It is quite far away, but that was when she said she felt like she should get baptized. So we are going with it! She was truly a tender mercy.

The week had been going hard. There wasn't much work to be done and we, as a companionship, were both feeling a bit down. The day we were to see Ana however, we prayed that the spirit would be able to guide us and help us. And Ana accepted the baptism invitation. She then came to church on Sunday where all of the members just about killed her with love! She participated in the lessons, even though we had to translate, and was not scared! It was by far the best Sunday we have had yet. And we have a feeling, every Sunday will be like that. Part of both of us this week wanted to stay here till November to see Ana get baptized! There were a lot of emotions running through the week.

Spiritual thought comes from these two scriptures:

And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. --Heleman 5:12
And this one which talks about partaking of the sacrament.
And I give unto you a commandment that ye shall do these things. And if ye shall always do these things blessed are ye, for ye are built upon my rock. --3 Nephi 18:12
As we watched Ana partake of the sacrament and enjoy the blessings of the Gospel, I just want you to know that the blessings that can come from the Sacrament are tremendous! I am grateful for that opportunity. It truly is a way to build our foundation on the rock of the savior. :) 
I love you all! And hope all goes well back at home :)
Elder Stonely
My silly picture for the week.
Typical Georgia country side.