Monday, February 22, 2016

Week 3

Hello Family and Friends,
So this week was kind of really awesome. We went to zone conference and Sister Thomas and I tried to win the clean car award but kinda failed (picture). But it was great! We got a ton of fried chicken for lunch and there were left overs so we got to take some home and that was kind of one of my main highlights of this week (picture) haha. Joking! 
So we taught a lesson to a less active and her name is Kristen and her husband Tim isn't a member and he hasn't sat in on any of the lessons but this time he did and it was so great!! I told him he was going to get baptized because we're homies like that and then his wife was like "Tim, why don't you pray to know if this is true?" and he was like, "I have... and I don't like my answer". So we asked him what his answer was and he said that he knew it was true!!!!!! Don't worry folks a baptismal date will be coming our way real soon! SO pumped for him and his progression. 
I'm pretty sure Heavenly Father knows how much of a wimp I am with the cold weather and the fact that the whole family was in Hawaii this week because everyone I talked to was like, "This weather is the best. We haven't had good weather like this in February in a really long time." Just a little tender mercy because Heavenly Father loves me haha. But as soon as you all got home from Hawaii it got cold again. Not too bad though, it's been sunny and in the 40's today so that's been nice. 
Enough about the weather... okay back to food. The food people give us here is SOOO good and we always get leftovers. Like Kristen (the less active I talked about earlier) is pregnant and I look bigger than her...yikes! She's only 3 months along tho so it's okay haha Sister Thomas and I went on a run today too and we made a goal not to eat seconds of dinner or dessert so that should help. Is it bad that I always have candy, granola bars, and fruit snacks in my purse? I guess it's kind of good because we bribed a less active kid the other day with it to make his family come to church... his sister came so I guess it kinda worked haha! Oh well... HA

Read 2 Nephi 2:8. Remember that even though you aren't all full time missionaries you can still be a missionary to those around you. We are all extremely blessed to live in this gospel and we need to share Christ's message with everyone!!
Anyways, keep the faith people and remember that God loves you all! 

Sister Summer Stone

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Week 2

So I am officially in the field and it has been awesome! I'm serving in Meridian and my area is literally a square mile. There are 2 wards in 1 neighborhood. It's great! haha we live in a members home and she's really sweet. My trainer is Sister Thomas and she is the cutest!! We get along really well and I am learning tons. She has only been out for 2 transfers which definitely tells me something. haha it tells me that the mission president really trusts her haha
I am teaching a lot more less active and part member families than I was expecting but I love them all already! It is so funny how many people will try to lie to get out of you coming into their house. It's the best when we can see their parents through the window and their cars out front and they say they aren't home. SO PEOPLE! When the missionaries come and you don't want to see them, just tell us! It's a lot better than lying because we can see everything!! Sister Thomas and I found Mormon 8:35 during comp study and we just really wanna share it with all of these people who just lie to us at the door. The scripture says, "Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing." haha so people don't think we can't see you because WE SEE EVERYTHING! 
Ok moving on, so holy cow. Everyone and their mother has a dog in Idaho. Big dogs, little dogs, lazy dogs, annoying dogs, name it and I've been slobbered on by it. If I don't learn anything on my mission expect how to act around dogs I will be totally fine with that haha! So the other day Sister Thomas and I were walking and we said hi to some people walking their dog. Sister Thomas bent down to pet their dog and he jumped up and his mouth went strait into her mouth and as we walked away she said, "I think I just ate your dogs mouth." and I could not stop laughing. She was spitting into the grass because she had the slobbery snout in her mouth AH it was so funny!!! I love Sister Thomas! We laugh about everything and it's the best! 

Thought of the week. No matter what, God loves you and He wants you to come back to Him. He has given us the gift of repentance. It is a gift! We are able to change and grow and learn from of it. Remember that "daily repentance brings joy". 

Love you all lots!!
Sister Summer Stone

PS. don't have too much fun in Hawaii without me fam, NO MORE SKYDIVING! It looks gorgeous tho and Georgia is so adorbs!

See you in 2 Elder Monson

Elder Osborne, serving in the Roseville mission. Keep an eye out for him! 

My Trainer and I, Sister Thomas! 

Week 1

It's the time you've all been waiting for. Sister Stone's first email. 
This has been a crazy week. Seriously a roller coaster of emotions. This place is just incredible though. The spirit you feel as you just walk around is the best. 
So, lets just get started! My companions name is Sister Smith and I think she is actually my soul sister. We get along so well. She is super fun and really passionate about the gospel which I love about her! She's from South Carolina and doesn't have a southern accent which is kinda disappointing but its okay haha still love her so much. She has a boyfriend out in Fiji right now on his mission and he's brought up in basically all of our convos, so S/O to Luke if you ever read this, Sister Smith tells me new stories everyday, don't worry.
I love my district! We have all progressed so much since our first day and its so fun to see everyone's testimonies grow and see their excitement for the gospel grow as well. 
To explain why my subject says "I'm from Canada" I have to tell you all a story. So there is a sister in my district going to the Idaho Nampa mission (which is right next to mine). She's from Canada but let me explain. We were all reading our DearElders (which I love so keep sending them please) anyways, Sister Smith's dad sent her the forecast for that week and she was reading it and saying, "High of 35 and low of 24 on Thursday" (or whatever) it was but then she said "Oh my gosh! high of 22 low of 12!" (or something) and we all flipped then we moved on and kept reading our own letters. Then like 2 or 3 minutes later Sister Rice, (the one from Canada) was like, "Wait I'm confused...isn't that really warm?" and we all were like "NO! That's cold" and then she said, "We have Celsius. I'm from Canada" and we all died laughing because of course we knew where she was from but poor Sister Rice was so confused on the temperatures haha 
So a little more about my district, there are 4 elders and 4 sisters. Elder Reeder, Elder Kotobalavu (he's from Hawaii so we've made a connection through that and my love for the islands. He was surprised to hear how often we go... haha thanks mom for raising us right and helping me love that beautiful place) (also people just call him Elder K cause they can't say his name HA I think it's hilarious), Elder Cagle, and Elder Jolstead are the elders. They are all going to the Salt Lake central Mission and they're pretty pumped. The sisters are Sister Smith, Sister Stone (ME), Sister Rice (Canada) and Sister Mata. They're all the best, really gonna miss them when we have to split and go to our separate missions. 
So this is really exciting... Sister Smith and I were teaching one of our investigators Haley Kwon, shes from Korea and shes going to BYU to learn English. We have only had 2 lessons with her, on her second lesson we were just teaching about prayer and then the spirit was like screaming at me telling me to invite her to be baptized so I did and she said YES! The spirit was so strong and Sister Smith and I couldn't be more excited for her. We don't really know what to do next because we leave in a week but we were on like a spiritual high last night haha. 
Anyways, some other exciting news. There are 2 elders that came into the new district yesterday that are going to the California Roseville mission. So everyone feed them lots when they come in like 2 weeks. Their names are Elder Flint and Elder Osborne. You'll love em. 
Alright, thought of the week... No matter how hard our trials are, God knows exactly what we're going through and why. He never gives us trials we can't handle. This week has been hard like I said but I know there is no other place I should be right now. There are people in Boise who are being prepared to hear my message and I can't wait to meet them! Read Doctrine & Covenants 121: 1, 7-8. .

I'm really trying to figure out the pictures thing so cut me some slack. I'll send them next week when I'm in Boise. Weird to think I'm already leaving and I'm going to be in Boise in like 5 days. 
Also, my next Pday isn't going to be until Monday, February 15th. So until then I love you all. Keep sending prayers, we need 'em!

Lots of love,

Sister Summer Stone

My district 

Elder Monson and his companion

Roommates in the MTC

My zone