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

Monday, September 19, 2016

Week 66: Goodbye Cairo!

Dear Friends and Family,

I guess you can guess the subject of this email! If you're all familiar with the phrase "fake it till you make it" you'll love this one:

"Faith it till you make it."
-Elder Lambson

I am unsure if someone else in the world has said this, I don't doubt it, but Elder Lambson and I were talking and upon quoting this, I about died from how amazing I thought it is. :) As trials come, as they always will, or while you find yourself in a ditch, just have a little more faith and hope.  :) Then you'll be ok! :)

This week is transfer week! I will be going down to the big city of Tallahassee, FL. My new companion will be Elder Moore, Elder Lambsons trainer. From what I have heard about him he sounds like he will be a blast! Elder Lambson will be training here in Cairo. :)

We received a call from mission president on Saturday asking Elder Lambson if he would accept the assignment to train. He also told me I was leaving and my heart just about dropped. The past few weeks I have grown such a love for the people in Cairo even though its pretty small. All weekend I found myself thinking back on all the memories that I had had with those whom I'm serving with and I read this scripture:
And now I, Moroni, bid farewell unto the Gentiles, yea, and also unto my brethren whom I love, until we shall meet before the judgment-seat of Christ, where all men shall know that my garments are not spotted with your blood.  -Ether 12:38
Though the application of this scripture could be taken otherwise, I couldn't help but think of Moroni's charitable words as he bid farewell. Though I am grateful that one day I will be able to see all of these people again. :) 

Well, That was is for this wee.k :) I'm excited to continue to hear what great stuff Elder Lambson does with his new Elder. He has been one of my favorite companions thus far, so I'm gonna miss him! :) 

I love you all so much and cant wait to see you next week!

Elder Stonely

The biggest heart in cairo :)

P-day fishing.

Waiting for the train.
Tradoff day treats. Yes, I'm fat.