Thursday, January 21, 2010

I'll Take 78 Any Day!

Hey Mom and Dad!

Sorry no email yesterday. On holidays we take p-day the next day. It's been a good week. I hope it was for you two as well. Mom, I got your email. I didn't get to read the whole thing but I’m printing it off to read later. I did see that you had asked about Elder Johnson. He's from Valencia, California. His first name is Cory. He's very smart in the missionary sense - he knows his scriptures, lessons, how to teach, and Spanish. He goes home at the end of this transfer... so like 4 weeks. I will definitely miss his help. We get along just fine.

I hope you two are doing fine as well as the rest of the fam. Thanks for the emails everyone! I will read them later.

It's been a good week. Elder Johnson and I had more dinner appointments with members this week than we did the whole last transfer. Finally, the Spanish elders exist in the Crowfield Ward - gotta love a delicious home-cooked meal! holla.

It's been way nice weather. It rained like crazy one day... but other than that... sunshine! And yesterday it got up to 78. The weather is weird, I know, but I’ll take 78 any day!

Our investigators are great. No updates really - just more of the same. They are progressing and the two guys that came to church really like it. Randy (the little kid) calls Elder Johnson and I “the muchacho's”. When we knocked on the Hernandez door, he answered saying "Otra vez pasaron los muchachos.” Then he held out his fist saying "Chocala!" meaning ‘Pound it!’ Seriously, we have some solid investigators. Elder Johnson and I have had some great lessons and the spirit is so strong. We have a few on date for baptism at the end of this month. I was way bummed - we had to drop Saul. He wasn't progressing and just wanted to learn about the Bible. But once again - "we'll be back..." We're always back.

Today 8 missionaries and Eddy Cabreras and his buddy are going to have a fiesta. This includes some outdoor soccer. I’m pumped. Elder Johnson and I are really trying to fit into the Spanish culture, so we bought various Mexican soccer team themed wallets. Heck yeah! Oh also... we’re holding English classes once a week too.

Alright, well I’m about out of time, but I hope to hear from you soon in response to my awesome pics. People who are not of the family... sorry I haven't written... I’m getting to it, I promise.

Love ya all,

Elder Stoneman

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tres Familias

January 11, 2010

Mammy and Jumpy...are those the new names? haha. How are you both doing? I miss you a lot... and the rest of mah peeps... but I’m having a lot of fun. I hope all is well with you two! Mom, I glanced at your letter and congrats on the 7 1/2 year mark in the choir! Freakin sweet. I love the MoTab CDs. Hey bytheway, do you know a Robert Wood in the choir? He also plays piano up at the U. This guy is Elder Wood's dad. I sat next to Elder Wood on the flight over here. Way cool guy. He and I are also in the same district and have become way good buddies.

Oh! Last week Elder Johnson and I went to the mall to get him a new pair of shoes before going home. I kept hearing from the other elders how awkward it is going to the mall as a missionary. In my mind I was thinking... "It won't be that bad." Well, we went and 10 seconds into Sears, it was like "....uh... get me outa here...!" haha. It was alright though... I got me some soft-serve, calmed it down, strolled the mall and looked around with big eyes.... haha. I ended up buying me a sweater (bytheway... IT'S FREAKIN COLD) and I charged it onto the card and then pulled out some cash... it was just under 50, Mom.

Tenemos tres familias nuevas como investigadores. Son chidos. Y todos viven atras del Piggly Wiggly. We call them our Piggly Wiggly families. They are way cool. One of the families, the Hernandez, we found last Monday night, knocking into them. We contacted the mom and she wasn't very interested. Afterwards, Elder Johnson asked if there was anything that we could do for her because we also help/serve the people. She asked, "Like what?" and Elder Johnson said well whatever... like translating or whatever they needed. She then very humbly asked us to help her 7 year old son with his homework because it was in English and she and her husband didn't understand very well. It was a way cool experience. The kids are way cute too. There's one who's 3, his name is Randy... he's hilarious.

Francisco came to church again... even though once again we didn't get to see him all week. We just left a note telling him the right ward to go to and he CAME! Things are looking good for him.

It has been a very good week. This past week we have really upped our numbers to meet the mission standard. it's not about numbers though right? :) haha Seriously though, we have found some awesome people and taught some really great lessons.This past week we found 15 new investigators. We have quite a few of those as well as our other investigators on a baptismal date. Que chido.

Letters and pics are coming this week. Mol, I got your package. Thank you!!! Que bueno. Te amo. I’ll be scoring the pics at Walmart today and send them out to everyone. I was looking through and noticed that I don't have many of myself... I’ll apologize in advance. But the pics are still way cool and a few funny ones.

Well I’m wrapping up quick today... off to get a missionary haircut. Ohhhhh yeah!!
Love you all and look forward to the mail. Talk to you next week.

Love ya'll!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Scrubs and Pigs

Monday January 4, 2010

Hey all. Thank you so much for all of the Christmas/New Years lovin’. All I can say is... yup you guessed it... holla... (I figured it was appropriate from a missionary). Thank you for the packages and letters and emails. Thanks to all... here's who I can remember and give a special shout out to... Derick, Mel, Nora, Sky, Land, Mom and Dad, Ben and Me, Max, Sam, Mol, and the Goomis’es.

Things are great over here in GOOSE CREEK. Transfers were this week... Elder Johnson and I are staying together. Whew... made it through my first transfer! Seriously though I am doing well. The holidays were a lot of fun. New Years Eve we got put on "lock down" (which applies to the following holidays... New Years, 4th of July, and Halloween) meaning we go in at 6:00 pm. The other elders in our district slept over at our place and we played games... of course making sure we went to bed at 10:30... :) I think that was the first time in years that I haven't stayed up until midnight. Pretty awesome. But yeah things are great.

As for pictures... I’ll try and get them done at Wal-Mart either today or next Monday and I’ll send them.

So I gave my first talk on Sunday. Bishop Ferris cornered me. So yeah, it went well. It was the first time I didn't write out a talk word for word. I was able to just speak with notes in hand. so I felt good about it.

Quick side note: I’ve been thinking... if you all want to become more Southern.... buy scrubs... yes like what the doctors wear. They're huge down here. Sometimes literally. :) In Goose Creek alone, I’ve seen 3 scrubs OUTLETS. "Scrubs Outlet" Scrubs" and my personal favorite -"Fashion Scrubs" ... look into it.

Last Monday we went to Charleston. It was awesome. I got some good pics. We first went to Patriot Point where we toured an aircraft carrier and submarine. Then we went to what's the battery... downtown Charleston. Way cool. The architecture was sweet. We saw Fort Sumter from afar... where the first shot was fired. We drove past the slave market... We also drove past the home of the owner of Piggly Wiggly. Has anyone heard of Piggly Wiggly? It's like Smith's down here. And there are t-shirts and billboards all over saying "I’m big on the pig" haha Anyway we are driving by all of these homes and they have statues of various animals. Piggly Wiggly... no lie.. Pigs... in the entrance way. haha. So awesome. Get excited for those pics... I know I am.

Update on our investigators... we ended up dropping Lucio... Saul is doing very well... he is worried about making the commitment though. We had to change his date. Please keep him in your prayers. We found a family... finally... actually two... they're both way cool. Pray we don’t lose them. Our last pretty strong investigator is named Francisco. He even attended church on Sunday!

Well I love you all. Thanks again for all the love. It was way cool to talk to everyone on Christmas. I hope you all are doing well.


Elder A. Stoneman