Monday, March 29, 2010

Stoneboro and Stoneman

Happy Day

Transfer Time!

March 29, 2010

Hey! What's happenin’, Madre and Padre? How's it all goin’?

Thanks for the emails. I glanced at them a little bit... sounds like everyone is great. Thanks for the emails last week... from everyone. All the sibs, auntie Mary and Cath, and Jana... the emails always bring a good laugh. Thank you all.

We got transfer calls. Elder W is leaving - so I'll be getting a new companion. As I’m sure you've already guessed... I’m staying in Goose Creek! Boo yah! By the end of this next transfer I will have been in GC for 6 months. I’m stoked. There are some great people we've been working with that will definitely be baptized in the coming weeks. So I’m pumped!

The baptismal service was rockin’. The boys showed up in brand new suits and shoes and ties.. I can't wait for my nephews to be wearing their own suits. We had a great turnout and the mom (who we have been having trouble finding and speaking with) showed up! She was great! She loved it and was really attentive in the Joseph Smith movie. I had the opportunity to baptize them both. After each had come out of the water they each said something to the affect that "that was cool". Later on we were just talking. I was quizzing them about gospel principles and commandments. I asked them... what is the Word of Wisdom... F, 11, said "it's about taking care of your body." and then I asked what five things do we need to avoid. H 10, listed "coffee, tea, alcohol, drugs, and TABASCO." hahaha It was hilarious.

The boys were confirmed yesterday. Elder T confirmed F and I confirmed H. Their mom was there to witness it. She loved church and got some great fellowshipping from las hermanas in the ward. There is great teaching potential there. Also P returned to church. Keep her in your prayers that she will know that baptism is right... she's living as a member... just nervous to actually become one.

Elder L usually translates at church. He serves in the other ward and has been doing the translation ever since Elder J left. He wasn't able to yesterday....leaving it up to Elder Stoneman. I attempted and it was tough. Testimonies and prayers were easier, but the first talk I ended up paraphrasing... VERY basic and simple paraphrase. So during the intermediate hymn I ran and got a Spanish gospel principles book and after the second speaker introduced his topic, I flipped to that part of the book and just read from it... haha.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said, "You can’t convert beyond your own conversion." I just want you all to know that I know that I am converted. This work is true. It is of the Lord and He has helped me immensely. I know that this Church, with its restored gospel and priesthood, is true, and that it is the kingdom of God on earth. I love it and I love sharing it everyday. Being a missionary has changed my life already. I have become converted.

I love you all and thank you all for the love, prayers, and letters. Have a great week. Pictures are on their way.

Elder Augustus Archer Stoneman

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sky and Aug in SC

Quick Random Fun Facts

Quick Random Fun Facts
1. The bugs have begun! AH! They are big and gross. Gotta love it though.
2. Also the reptiles have begun as well. Lots of lizards and frogs.
3. The peeps here call rain "liquid sunshine".
4. It's been hot. I’ve been able to shed the coat two different times now. And man is that a wonderful feeling!! Only two more weeks and it's for good!
5. We've been having some great success. Also I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my Spanish from the natives recently. Too bad I’m gringo :)
6. The boys we are working with are doing great. They are all set for baptism this weekend.
7. Transfer calls are this upcoming weekend. Where in the world is Carmen San Diego going to send Elder Stoneman?

Well, I hope you enjoyed the fun facts! Have a wonderful week.

Elder Stoneman

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bit of a Crazy Week

Honestly.... bit of a crazy week.

Thursday ... rain. That is literally all I can say. Rain. Well, I take that back... I’ll say more - it just dumped. It wasn't bad though because it wasn't windy or cold. Just very very wet. Question: do suits always reek when they get wet? Because mine do, but only when they're wet. So ANYHOO.... pretty awesome day though. Later we ate with some members... good thinking on their part - they took us out. haha We were soaked.

In the middle of the night I woke up sick as a DAWG. Yes dawg. Much like the Provo J-Dawgs. We went out and worked for a few hours when I felt better.

Anyway... P is getting baptized this upcoming Saturday. It's gonna be sweet. She and F are both doing great. F came up to me at church yesterday and, all on his own, asked me how and where to pay tithing. He remembered. He truly understands. It's awesome. They will be a fantastic member family.

We are working with some kids. That's a lot of fun. They are 10 and 11. The dad is a less active that we knocked into a few weeks back. He was baptized in New York and wants to come back to church and wants this for his boys, too. The kids' names are F and H. The dad wasn't able to come to church yesterday, but he dropped off the boys, so they sat with me during Sacrament Meeting. It was pretty funny... the bishopric was doing a lot of sustaining. I’d hold my arm, they'd turn their heads and look at me, and their arms would be up immediately. After one of the times I looked down at H, and he had both index fingers and thumbs extended... making sure which was right and which was left and that he'd held up the correct hand. It was great.

Thanks to all who wrote. I got a ton of mail. thank you! Mom, the distribution goods are just fine. Thanks again. I had a woman in the ward hem my baptismal pants. All is well. Thank you. Sorry I don't have more responses or comments to emails and letters, I have yet to read most of them. Will reply soon. But thanks again for the mail!

I’m going to finish here. Love you all and be safe!

Elder Stoneman