Monday, October 25, 2010

Hey Ya'll

Hey ya'll...

Thanks for the emails. Thank the Goomi for the letter. Happy birthday McKay. How are you, Mol, and the Burg doin’?

Mom... downtown Charleston is so cool. I wish you could see it. I picked up a couple of things there for you and for the fam. I’ll be sending home another package in the next few weeks.... don't open it.... and keep it safe. It will contain a few SOUV's.... :)

Auntie Cath.... I haven't spent the cash... today we are thinking of going to Fort Sumter or bowling (depending on time).... neither of which I have done on my mission. Something crazy. And we may go out to eat. Thanks again.

R and A were baptized! I’m so pumped. Man it was great!! It was a really spiritually uplifting baptismal service. Sister W, a Spanish RM, spoke. We watched "By Small and Simple Things" and then the missionaries sang - "I need thee every hour". Elder C baptized A.... in Spanish. He had to redo it because he got the name wrong but he did it like a champ. R was baptized by Bro T - a really cool guy who fellowshipped R and A. These were first baptisms for both Elder C and Brother T. On Sunday I confirmed A in Spanish. Elder C confirmed R in English.

Transfers.... we got the calls. As zone leaders we receive the call from the assistants and then call the zone. Our zone has 12 companionships - 24 missionaries in total.... 12 of them are leaving. Every companionship is changing. Crazy stuff. It’s a big transfer. I.... am staying. Elder C is leaving and so is Elder D. Elder P and I get to stay together as zone leaders. I’m excited. 3 transfers with Elder P! He is the man. Elder P is training a new missionary, and I’ll find out who my regular companion is on wed.

By the end of next transfer, I will have been in this area for 6 months.... plus I had the 6 months in Goose Creek. That means about a year of my mission will have been spent in Charleston.

Love to everyone,
Elder Stoneman

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Already Week Six of the Transfer!

Crazy week. Week 5 of the transfer. Pretty cool. We are now in week 6.... So transfer calls are coming up on Saturday. We have interviews tomorrow. I had to type up a report on each missionary so it killed my time today. Not too much time to write. I will apologize in advance.

Auntie Cath thank you so much for the hump day note and cash. Very thoughtful. Love you so much. It will be spent "madly" :)

So I’ve been all over the place this week. I interviewed this sweet guy for baptism in the downtown Charleston library. It was cool. That was a really good day. We did talk to everyone... because we were literally teaching all day. It was cool. Downtown rocks. I’m going down there today.

R and A are ready to be baptized. We've been over there a few times this week with a few members. They are the coolest couple and absolutely ready for baptism. They were interviewed the other day and all looks well for this weekend. R gave the prayer last night said something along the lines of "Thank you for having the elders come over and bring members. Thank you for the opportunity to be baptized. Please help us prepare." Very sincere. It will be a great service this Saturday. Pics next week.

Elder C’s 8 year old nephew wrote him a note that made me think of the kids. With poor spelling and uncontrolled handwriting it read:

"Dear Elder C.
I hope you are enjoying your mission.
I’m in school and it's not off to a good start.
Signed C"

haha Kids are great.

Well, that’s it. Love you guys.

E Sto

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October 11, 2010

Hola.... soy yo el Elder de la Piedra y estoy bien aqui.... que tal vosotros? Como estais? (As our friends from Spain would say... also our friends from the scriptures)

Hey Mom and Dad. I’m doing well. Thanks for the prayers and love. Tell Grandpa Goomis thanks for the letter. It meant a lot and it helped me so much.

It has been a really good week. We had a miracle and Elder C and I are going to baptize!! R and A will be baptized on the 23rd. They are so solid. Great couple. They had been pressed by their uncle to not be baptized - but they overcame it. They told us that they have a testimony and they don’t care what people say. We had a really great lesson with them on Saturday. They love the church. R really likes the scriptures and he was talking about how he is working on applying what he learns from them. They are just really great people - really solid too. Keep them in your prayers so that all goes well for their baptism.

The zone is doing great. A lot of baptisms. We have really amazing missionaries, and very hard working.

I love Spanish. Elder P just asked me a question and I literally answered him in Spanish.... totally a habit now. Mom, what kind of Spanish can I take at the U? What about study abroad?

F and P are doing really well. I really will go to the temple with them. I sat through one of the sessions with them at conference. They are so cool. F was just called to be a ward missionary in the Crowfield Ward. Their kids are growing fast too. It's amazing to think I met them almost a year ago.

Sam thanks for the email man. You rock. That was a great story about bathing Addison! hahaha That's sweet. Does she have the Bella stank? Yikes if she does.

I love you guys.

Elder Stoneman

Hey, All Ya'll!

Hey all ya'll... thanks for the great emails. I loved the story of Gunther prepping for baptism... I loved it. Sounds like things continue to keep on keepin on.

Things keep on keepin on here as well. SC has finally cooled off. It's chilly in the mornings and in the evenings. It gets dark around 7:30 and there are fewer critters! Elder C and Elder D are happy about that. Both are absolutely terrified of bugs. The girlish shrills that come out of their mouths are hilarious. Especially because Elder D is so huge. hahahahaha. I don't know if I had mentioned this but a few months ago there was a bug is his car and he punched it and broke the car windshield. hahahaha Of Mice and Men?

So along with the cool down brings the miserable suit coat season. Yes it is cool, but with a jacket it's HOT. I’m getting my suits dry cleaned this week. I’ll rotate so I’ll have something to wear. Everything is great though. My clothes are holding up really well.

The leadership meeting went really well. I once again stayed in an apartment with 10 missionaries and one bathroom. yikes. haha It was fine. I got to meet and work with (we'd go and proselyte in the evenings) a lot of really cool missionaries. I’m to the point on my mission where I know most of the missionaries out here. We were able to go to the temple one morning. We did an early session and fasted that day. It was really cool.

General conference was so good. Particularly President Uchtdorf's talk... totally directed towards me. Mom, I didn't see you a lot, but when I did, it made me happy. Thanks for singing your heart out.

We are teaching a wonderful couple. They’ve been coming to church. Keep them in your prayers - they are going to be baptized on the 23rd.

That's it. Love you guys!

Elder Stoneman