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

Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 73: este... te digo una cosa.

Hello fellow friends and family :D

This week has been a testimony builder for us. We both got our flu shots and got sick from it. Then we got worse from the water at Golds Gym, so we were both down for a little bit. We also had the blessing of going out into the streets and finding people to teach! We knocked doors, talked with people outside, walked around, said prayers, yet we had about the same result. 0.  

Though that big fat zero always gets filled with tender mercies after the trial of your faith! After many rejections and people trying to prove to us that Joseph Smith was false, we found the one person who was willing to listen. But more importantly, feel the spirit. 

There is an investigator here whom the missionaries have been trying to see for over a couple months before I got here. She had met sister missionaries in Alabama only a couple times before moving here and they sent her information to us. Her name is Monica. Monica is not currently a citizen of the united states and fled from Mexico with her family to come find a better life. While in Alabama, her husband was taken by the immigration and currently resides there. As we talked with Monica, she began to express to us her feelings and experiences that she had had throughout the last year. She turned to many people for help and support in her time of need, though nobody was willing to give aid. She said that after her husband was taken, she prayed that something would happen. The next day, the Sister missionaries in Alabama showed up and visisted with her just before she moved here. She took that as the help from her Father in Heaven. Over the last couple months we have been trying and trying to visit her and call her, though with no success. however this week we finally got in. And she expressed her gratitude to us that out of all her "church" friends, we were the only ones who didnt forget about her and continued to worry about her. She asked us why that was? and we told her that we were sent by our heavenly father to teach his restaured gospel. And she took such a great interest into it! It was super special to see how our efforts of walking around, trying people, trying them again and trying a third time always pays off! As well as the example that we show others every day. Im glad I get to show the light of christ to others as I walk and serve him! 

I hope that you all had a great week and that you have another blessed one this upcoming week! I love you all! 

Elder Stonely

P.S. we be looking pretty ugly this week! HAHAHA