"I hope they call me on a mission, when I have grown a foot or two..." oh wait, I did grow a foot or two and was called on a mission...to Florida Tallahassee Spanish Speaking for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Join me as I start the best two years of my life!
Note: For the duration of Riley's mission, this blog will be produced and edited by his parents, Daisy and Todd Stonely.
I guess I lost track of weeks again because my dad told me I messed
up on which week it was. HAHA Luckily, the brains of the operation (my
dad) runs the show and not me :) HAHA I love you papa!
Ok, so yes, transfers were this past week, I'm blessed to stay in
Cairo! My new companion is Elder Lambson who is the BOSS!!!!!! He is
from Colorado, which I can continue to say that I have never been with a
companion from Utah... That's been pretty weird.
Elder Lambson is a genius who is very intelligent and amazing :) He is
also like a Lamb, well a son of the lamb. HA. Yeah... dumb pun.
Well this week, It sure has been a busy week! And I am positive
that we haven't received so many tender mercies and blessings as we have
this week. It all started Wed.
We got into Tallahassee at 7:30 am. so that Elder Valenzuela could
catch the transfer buss across the mission, and my companion wasn't
coming in till about 7:00 pm. Long story short, I had to go with some
other elders for the day. They were White washing
an area and had never stepped foot on any door we went to. So that was
interesting. I felt a little out of place knocking on all the "rich"
white people houses. Well by "rich" I mean normal houses in Utah, though
I have been so accustomed to trailers that a
house seems quite different. HAHA It has truly been an experience. HAHA
Well my companion got in at 7 and we drove back up to Cairo and decided
we were going to just go out and find someone to teach! (due to having a
low teaching pool) we knocked on a couple
peoples doors without success. And then we saw this lady smoking out on
the front porch, so we decided to go talk to her. We immediately began to
introduce a video about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and talked
about how she could find a "new" life through
him. She seemed really interested in the message and longer story short,
she agreed to be baptized on September 10th. That was VERY cool to see.
She also gave us referrals to her family whom we are just barely going
over to help. Its been interesting to see
how when we stop by, people don't want anything to do with us, but as we
are just persistent enough, we become the best buds and they are so grateful for us coming over and talking with them! Sometimes, people
just need a little bit of love :) even if they don't
seem like the type of person you would be talking to.
So I just want you to take that situation, and add about 20 more of
those. That sums up our week. Though the biggest thing I have noticed
this week Has definitely been the Spirit. I am 100 % sure that if the
spirit was not with us, that none of the people
with whom we came in contact, we would still be teaching. And I am grateful for my new companion who works hard, is diligent, and is a
great example of the type of missionary that we all can become!
I love you all so much! And I know that all of you are missionaries
like us and can experience these experiences on your own like those of
missionaries! Hope you all have a great week this week and know that I
The biggest heart in Cairo :) (Thats still sister Bouton)