Alma 29:9

Alma 29:9
I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wed, We went to the visitor's center at night with Caesar! He is an awesome guy who feeds us alot and just got baptized. I am happy I have gotten to know this guy. He is such a good example to me! We watched the Joseph Smith movie and it was just super duper good. On the big screen! nothin like watching a movie when you are the only ones in a movie theater! I wanna have one in my house ;)

Thurs, Weekly Planning! Such a great day! We did our Facebook thing! I have had the best discussion going on with my best friend! Nathan is awesome! He is teaching me about the Catholic Church and I am doing my best to try to tell him about us crazy Mormons. We had a member present all lined up and the member showed up right when Eddie our referral called and cancelled on us! I felt so bad. This guy is on crutches and can't get around with us. Doesn't have a car either so we just had to tell him sorry. Glad he has served a mission before so he understood kinda haha. People these days. we then had a nice steak dinner at Caesar's house It was just great! Except we like talking too much and ended up getting home a little late...on the way home tho we passed by this black lady just singin at the top of her lungs "Old time Rock in Roll" don't know exactly how that song goes but it made my night. We slowed down to listen to her and then rode like crazy again!

Fri, We have been checking on a ton of former's this week! It is super fun. Former's don't get checked on much in the city because there are a ton of cheesy people. Well i am going to just get rid of those crazies on the records and do some housekeeping. There are a ton of former records here and we have been by a ton. Alot seem to be accountable tho so maybe it is a mis-conception that missionary's have about doing former work in the city! We ended up teaching Joelynn. Taught her the Plan of Salvation. Was a little rocky but it was good. Set up a V.C. trip! Be excited! We then had a really good visit with Lloyd. Found out houses in d.c. cost around 800,000. Freaking crazy! It costs like 2 grand for our apartment every month too. Where the money is i suppose! We also had a lesson with Solomon today! Met him for the first time. He is from Ethiopia and is wanting to join the church! He is a solid Christian man too. Super cool to be teaching someone who is already living 99% of the values we live. Awesome day!

Sat, Pack the Pantry. Yep, service project that was just about packing the homeless shelter pantry's. Super fun. We then had a good time out working for a little bit till we went to the V.c. and watched the Joseph Smith movie again! I swear that movie is pretty much scripture. I can get something out of it every time i watch it! It was great for Joelynn! She came to church  and told us she wants to be baptized on October 20th! She is super solid investigator! Been coming to church for the last 3 months and I believe she is going to do it! Has had family troubles and smoking but she is going to be able to do it i know! IT is super good!

Sun, Church was just great as usual! We then had a member from Virginia come and pick us up to take us to a referral but it ended up being a dud. Sad day. He got lied to and went through all the trouble to get in contact with us and take us too her but it was an awesome example to me. Hopefully we will be able to get in touch with this girl sounds pretty prepared. WE then went and checked on formers again.

Mon, went back to me old area in the North! Exchange with Carrott-top E. Stanley! We taught a super good lesson to an investigator that has nicknamed them. I am Potato now haha. Got a love them Idaho jokes. Darell is his name. He was drinkin and smokin while we taught him haha. Just that kind of guy. Spirit was there, kinda strange i know but taught the plan of salvation at a glance basically. He was asking good ?'s!  Didn't get to meet Kirk, sounds like he has picked smoking back up! Sad day. Hopefully he will be able to come back. I want to see him again before i leave! We got dogged for a v.c. trip! was fun to be back there. Saw Mia and picked her back up for the other guy's! hopefully she will become a Mormon someday! It was just a super fun day!

Tues, Exchange  with E. Szabo! He is from Hungary. It was a good day as well. Got dogged in the morning. We didn't seem to get anything done. Got to meet him tho and I like him more now that we talked alot. We did check on like 20 people today! It was a good day for sure! FHE that night was just a blast! Porter's taught the lesson. I love being able to relax and just have fun with the people who come! Best idea ever! Super glad it is still going from a year ago! We then had a grueling game of basketball with a bunch of Black people who showed up. Schooled em all! Really did tho it was great! Got my shot going and everybody that wasn't playing was just make fun of the other one's haha it was just a fun time. People get so dramatic sometimes and i love beating people like that!

Wed, Went to the Temple! Was just great! Had a meeting there and then got to do an endowment. Extra temple day for us! We still are going again in a couple weeks! Played just a tiny bit of basketball and then shopped at Costco (home card :)) It was a grand ole day!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wed, We found a couple of less-actives! Sis Rees grew up in Utah but turned out to not believe in a church that is against women and gays. I don't understand why people are all mad about the women thing. Just cause they don't hold the priesthood doesn't mean they don't have apart of it. Elder Ballard's last conference talk i though answered that pretty good! We then met with a lady named Sis Ford! It was super good. Just had a nice lesson. She is active for the most part. Doesn't come every week i guess but most weeks. It was about reading your scriptures daily. True power really can come from it, that is why it is so hard to do!

Thurs, We had a super awesome meeting! All the leader's in the mission were invited to come listen to Bro Gonzales and Bro Watson. Bro Watson is the head of the mission department in Salt Lake! They gave the best training i have ever heard on my mission! It was 3 hours on the Doctrine of Christ. It is funny how simple Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the end have always sounded but yet I have not fully understood it as well as i do now! The Spirit was super strong and i have realized that i have not fully remembered my Purpose as a missionary. We had super powerful role plays afterwards that just increased my faith on what i am supposed to do as a missionary. We are here to Invite other's to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the holy ghost, and enduring through the end. They started off by explaining that we are here to baptize. In this mission that is what we do BAPTIZE! That is the easy part. We want them to be baptized so they can have the Holy Ghost with them, so they can start to Endure to the End. As we teach we invite them to do things in missionary terms we give commitments. Sometimes they say yes, most of the time they say no. We then have to build their faith enough to keep commitments. Then we had lunch, then we had 4 hours of how to do online missionary work. Facebook! Crazy you saw me on Facebook eh?  This whole day of me writing is basically what i want to try to do. Please have everyone try to encourage anyone who is struggling to ask me questions and i will try to build their faith. Member or non-member. It is kinda fun to celestial stalk, nonetheless ;)

Fri, We got on Facebook, crazy it really felt different and i have had many people think i have come home early lol. We then went to weekly plan and plan for a baptism this Sunday! YES I SAID IT LLOYD IS GETTING BAPTIZED! After Weekly Planning we went to the Baseball game! Freak today really felt like i am home lol! IT was a fun day! Thursday really did change my mission both how i look at it spiritually and physically.

Sat, We did some service in the morning at the church. Setting up things for a funeral. We then helped Ceasar get his prayer ready for the Why I Believe that night. He was super nervous for it so we wrote it down. We then had a good lesson with Joelynn. She has been to church 9 times and been meeting with missionaries for more weeks than that. We taught the Restoration and she didn't remember anything from it. It was really spiritual during the first vision. She is basically our only investigator right now. We have other's that we are checking on but she is it. We then taught a unaccountable guy a lesson. Thought he might have been there but during the lesson it came true that he really is a guy who needs to live in a group home. Sad.
Sun, Church was just great as ever especially when you are waiting for a baptism right after. Lloyd got baptized and then J.S. took us out to the Derwood Chapel and why did i get to go there??? Amelia and Eric got BAPTIZED TOO! Super excited. Doubled my baptisms # all in a days work haha. I am grateful for the chance to be able to see them be baptized. I have had alot of people close but not many that have gone through with it. Why I Believe is always good. Had good testimony's borne and it is the best meeting to be at on the third Sunday of every month.

Mon, Zone Training went swell. Always a good meeting to be at. President was chillin in the back with his Ipad showing off, maybe i will get to have one before i come home. We then saw Sis Ford again and committed her to find a friend for us to teach and she is going to try to invite her! YES! We then got on Facebook again and got a callout telling us to go home cause it ain't safe in D.C. Guess it is for the best but I don't like just staying in our apartment.

Tues, I organized our Former book and found 5 or 6 people that live in one building so it was good. We are going to pull them out street by street and just get some things cleaned up cause i am sure that alot have moved and #'s are bad as usual. It felt super good to be able to meet people. I love former work. We then had FHE that night after we visited Ceasar! It is super good as usual. Good Ward Activity! Short Lesson, Fun Game, Good refreshments nothin better than that.

WEd, got my tooth all root canal-ed done and now have to still go back next week and get it re-built. Fun fun. This morning he had the shakes when he was givin me the numb. Super scary. My gums are prolly wrecked but i don't want to look at it. Scared the crap outta me tho. We then went to rock creek park. Jumped around on the rocks in the water wishin i could jump in. Now gonna go home and get ready for the week! Ask me some doctrinal ?'s to answer and hopefully i will get them write on Facebook ;)
Love ya Elder Seth Stoor!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wed, We went out and i was just lost in my new area! the number of people in my area is a little ridiculous cause we get alot of tourist's there. It was a good night tho cause i saw Eccram, Bonita, and Caesar. First two were baptized when i was here last! Caesar was baptized when i came back with my old companion! Good night!

Thurs, Weekly Planned got on a basis of what we are doing. It was fun! We saw another recent convert Walter Scott. Kinda makes me mad he was baptized. He was kinda being taught last time and he was just unaccountable. Baptized him later cause he kept coming to church then hasn't come to church since his confirmation. Had some excuses that we answered and he said he was going to come to church. Then his mom called and told us not to contact him anymore haha. Going back to get a white shirt we gave him and maybe that will get him to come idk? We then did more WP. I had to do Stake Coordination too which always is a headache and i had to do it for the last 3 months. Hate it when i have to do it on the first day. Took forever cause i had to get info out of people who has never done it before... We then went out to see our people and we were checking on a referral on New York Ave. and went the wrong way and ended up at the back of the White House lol. They didn't let us knock...

Fri, Leadership Meeting in the morning is always a good way to start the day! It was fun! Was told how to do District Meetings better so hopefully that helps. Other stuff was kinda just hear say. We then went and checked on people. We met another recent convert i didn't know. Nicole is an awesome convert. We then met one of our investigators and just talked with him. I don't think he is too interested in learning just a nice black man. Older guy it was a good visit tho. Maybe i shouldn't judge too quick.

Sat, We had Ward Correlation in the morning. I miss these meeting here in DC 3rd. Yes not a lot gets accomplished but i just like meeting with our WML Bro Ewing. Solid guy. We then had a night of talking to people. I have met a couple of nice people but no one really interested in learning yet. We did teach a lesson but i don't remember to whom haha.

Sun, Church was great. Munch N Mingle is the best as a missionary just a nice feast after church! We checked on some less-actives and met a couple of them and set up appointments. we then had dinner at Sis Zeitsman! I miss her and her husband. They are moving to Italy in a couple of weeks. We then booked it up to the Visitor's Center to see the night of music and inspiration. It was really good program as usual! It was fun.

Mon, District Meeting went swell. Little longer than i anticipated but oh well. We then went to an appointment and went to the wrong address that was on the other side of our area so we re-scheduled. We then had a lesson with Joelynn. An investigator that has participated alot and knows everything. Just can't kick smoking i guess. We taught her with Nicole and it was super good. Talked about scripture reading and the importance of doing it daily. I think it was good for both of them to hear about that! We then had dinner with Caeser and it was good. Had a hot dog and then watched Mormon Messages on his TV with is friend that came as well. It was a good time at his house.

Tues, Dentist in the morning. Yay haha. 80% done i guess. Have one more meeting. We saw Bonita but didn't get to meet with her. Re-scheduled then met a guy on the street that wants to meet with us and wants to do it at "Bonita's house" haha. It was fun to hear how much she has changed. You can really see the change in some people. We then met with Loyd and gave him the baptismal interview ?'s and he is going to be baptized on Sunday! Super exciting. I hope everything works out. Don't know if it is going to tho. Have alot of stuff to do but i think we can do it. We then had FHE! glad that is still going. Started it last time i was here. Everyone that comes loves it. We taught about Testimony and it went good. Had a fun little game afterwards as well.

Wed, Went to the place where they print money, Holocaust Museum all after Sunrise pics that were not that great. Now at the Library of Congress! Super fun P-day!
Exciting things for this next week. Friday our mission is going to a baseball game again! That is right Nationals! :) don't ask how President Cooke got that one swung cause it starts at 7! Should be on National Television too. I love going to baseball games.
Tomorrow we have the head of the proselyting department from the church coming to speak to the mission leadership. That is going to take forever so i am excited!
I haven't gotten your package but prolly will tomorrow! Thanks!
My address is
120 Michigan Ave NE K-31
Washington, D.C. 20017
sorry i didn't have it last week. Our building is locked so Uncle Blake prolly wouldn't have been able to see me. but he can try if he is in the area. You can send letters to this one. I think this is the last stop for me!
Thanks for all you do! Love ya
ELder Stoor

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wed, We had dinner with Bro McCalister and his wife. Waffles. hadn't had those for a while. We then had a good night out working. Good ole Pday.

Thurs, Erika wasn't there in the morning. Kinda disappointed because i didn't get to say good bye but i will hopefully be able to see her baptism. We had a good Weekly Planning session and got dogged twice more and was just out and about. This week was really hard because it feels like everyone just wasn't home and it was just rough. I think tonight was when my tooth started to really hurt!

Fri, Met with Sister Puckett and had a good time. She is a sweet lady i will miss her. We then had dinner with the Irvines! I will miss them too. They are just nice people. Stephen who is my age is going to BYU-I and i told him he could come to Thanksgiving if he has no where else to go. Hopefully be able to meet up sometime later tho. We then played basketball with Randy and Eric. Super fun. All of us kinda sucked tho but it is always fun to pick up a ball.

Sat, I woke up today and i was really sick. I think it might have been from my tooth but not sure. I just didn't feel good at all. I slept till about noon cause we didn't have an appointment. Then i felt better and didn't have another problem. My comp prolly thought i was chuckin out but i really didn't feel good. We then met with Bro Chatman for a little bit. Nice to be out of the hot cause our A/c broke in our apartment and we had to wait until Tuesday to get it fixed. Long weekend. Super hot. Next appointment dogged us and we got paid so i wanted to go to Rita's. Well a member from another ward stopped us and asked us to join them at Outback! Not turning that down haha. Best chicken sandwich i have had in a long time. We then had dinner 2 hours later haha. I was really full. Worley family had us over. Part member in the other area. Tough case. We then got to teach Eric a lesson. Haven't seen Amelia in a while cause Eric was the only one to come to church. We did a l ittle exchange and my comp and elder little taught while me and elder Appiah went and checked on some people and i got to drive their subaru! Fun times.

Sun, We had Church with Eric there. Noone else showed up... That night we went to the Mission home to a FHE with Eric and it was super good. Always nice to feel the spirit in the home and i know it was a good experience for Eric! We had dinner with the Bearman family and i gave a spiritual thought on Harry Potter haha. Yes, those books are spiritual to me haha.

Mon, district meeting was good. Weird cause everyone had to leave. My tooth really started to hurt today. super bad. I bought me and my comp ties. Always gotta have a comp tie. We then went to a cookout at Bro Noslesnic! It was super good. we then got into a good game of pinochle with the members. Everyone's rules are different. Played with non-member and got my butt kicked haha. They don't trade cards. I like it that way sometimes. Except youi could only call trump if you had a marriage or a 9 and that is just hard to do sometimes. After we had another dinner at Lulu's! Super good! Then i called sis Cooke cause i just didn't want to take the pain anymore. Found out i am leaving tho and i am really happy about it!

Tues, Woke up and studied and got the dentist all scheduled and left the house at about 10 and got back home at 4. Dang tooth. How much is the insurance gonna pay? Dentist are freaking expensive. Guess they would have to charge alot to play with my dirty teeth haha. We then came back and went to Sis Pucketts the Groomes, and bro Berg to say goodbye. Then Eric's to say goodbye and taught him the commandments. It was a good last lesson. Was up till like 12 packing then got up at 5:30 cause i had to pee and finished packing just before the ride got there this morning. I got everything tho.

Wed, President is super funny haha. Takes him a long time to go through transfer's but he is making jokes all the time haha. I am now in DC 3rd South! Going to be nice. The White House is in my area. My new comp is Elder Owens. He is from Pocatello....Idaho haha. Lives in Hyde Park i guess. Looking forward to being back in DC 3rd. Gonna die here i suppose. One last hurrah!
Good to talk to momma. I will make the next time a little less-expensive i guess.
Gotta run, prolly will e-mail early next week so be prepared!
Love ya Elder Stoor