Monthly Archives: October 2013

Kati’s current address

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Kati’s current address is 
Sister Kati Stone
376 S. Ocean Ave
Patchogue, NY
11772
 
However if Kati is close to a transfer, then send things to her mission home which is:
Sister Kati Stone 
85-69 60th Drive
Elmhurst, NY
11373
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For the Love of New York! 10/7/10

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Hey Everybody!
     This week has been a great week as a missionary. It was filled with service and love for my brothers and sisters. Wasn’t General Conference amazing?! I was just way excited to hear our prophet’s voice and to listen to the love and guidance from so many others!
     We have an Investigating family who we had dinner with this past weekend and it was the most intresting meal I have had thus far on my mission. The wife is from Columbia and she made us Columbian hot dogs. We weren’t sure about them when she told us what she put on them. It was a beef dog in a bun with crushed up potato chips, cheese, pinapple sauce, and hard boiled quail eggs. It was a scary site but with a prayer in our hearts we ate the hot dog. IT WAS THE MOST YUMMY HOT DOG I HAVE EVER HAD. So much that we are making them for our spanish sisters this week!
     Besides crazy food tasting I have learned a lot about communication and charity this week. In our small congragation there are 6 Missionaries over the same area and 6 missionaries that are getting to know that ward and the investigators. Communicating to the Elders and them back to us makes for a functional atmosphere but once Satan tries to mess that up that is when things can turn nasty. If something is working and making you progress and be happier that is exactly what Satan wants to destroy. Be STRONG!
       Today in my personal studies, I re-read the talk by Elder David A. Bednar- 
Converted unto The Lord: It reminded me that having a testimony of these things isn’t enough. I have to be converted unto the Lord so when life gives you curve balls you are able to stay strong. In The Book of Mormon, in the Book of Alma Chapter 23:5-6. You can see the difference between knowledge-testimony and actually being converted to the Lord- you never fall away!
      Being a missionary is setting a course on how I want to live my life even when I come home. Being focused and lost in the work is how I am blessed the most. Serving others before myself and seeking to have the Holy Ghost by my side always is how I want to live my life. My companion decorated my first missionary planner and on the back there is a quote that says “You’ve had an eternity to prepare for your mission, and you’ll have an eternity to reflect on it. But you only have eighteen months to live it!” What a thought, right? Even though I am not in my original assigned area I know I am here for a reason and I need to learn lessons that I couldn’t learn in a better place. I am ordering an English name tag soon. It was hard for me to actually say I need one but I am serving in an English area and these people are the most important now! I plan on making these now, 16 months count! I love my Savior, Jesus Christ and pray that I can see everybody as He would!
I love you all! Thank You for your support and your prayers:) It really helps!
Love,
Sister Stone
 
 
PS. Pretty soon our mission will start to use Facebook as a missionary tool. I am saying this now so there is no confusion when you see me online. Yes, I am still a missionary and the only reason I am on it is for those purposes. So please respect the responsibilities I have as a missionary. If you want to talk of the gospel or want to know more about what I am doing here as a missionary by all means, Talk to me!!  
 
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Zone Bonding Time! Pumpkin Carving!
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Matching Night Gowns
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Sister Lewis’ Birthday this past week!
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Our service activity this week for the Cystic Fibrosis Ride.

Being a MISSIONARY rocks! 10/1/2013

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      The New York New York South Mission is teaching me so much about who I am and at the same time learning to love everyone around me! There are so many fun characters is our ward that we visited this week. There is a 93 year old lady, who is originally from Germany, had us over for a visit. She told us all of these crazy stories about her and her family living in a Russian Prison Camp and how she was a translator for the Russian Police she said in a thick elderly lady accent “I have never lied so much in my life during that time” She is also a jokester so I didn’t know when to laugh or keep a calm face but we made it though!
     My companion and I went out and fearlessed a lot this past week and it is when we are walking to a destination but we talk to everyone we pass along the way. We were coming up to this lady would looked like she has worked all day and had two arm full of groceries. We asked if we could help her quickly finding out that she spoke spanish. My companion served in the spanish areas for the past 5 months so she knows way more than I do. We spoke of the church and its importance in our lives. We found out that she works in a flower shop and gave us the house plant she was carring.We didn’t know if we should take it or not but we did. So for the rest of the day we took turns passing this plant back and forth as we spoke with more people.
       There is definately a reason why this ward that we are in has 4 Elders and 2 Sisters. It needs a lot of help and we are up for the work! Our schedule this week is full that is because we are gaining the trust of the members. Even though this is not my assigned mission this is where i am at now! I will go where you want me to go Dear Lord!
     As we have been visiting a lot of less active members we see a common thread that they have lost a sense of belonging. They have forgot who they are and how much they can be blessed! Keep a hold of the faith! Your dedication and testimony is to God not anyone else.
    My companion and I have a family who is investigating the church. They are such rock solid family! They want the best for their children and want to be a family for time and all eternity. They came to church this past Sunday and the subject was how the gospel can bless your families. PERFECT!
    The Lord is stretching me every single day! I love being out here and loosing myself in a great cause! Keep the letters coming! I need them every once in a while to keep my spirits up! Missionary work is tough! I love you all! and yes I am still practicing Portugues everyday!
Fique firme na fe!
Sister Stone
 
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Too much fun at the boat dock at Mastic Beach
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The Sisters, we all live together, the other sisters serve in the Spanish branch!

Oi! From New York! 9/23/2013

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I first want to start off by saying how much I love this place. I’m on the country par of Long Island and it is strangely reminds me of home. So I am serving in the Patchogue-Southshore ward! There are 4 Elders and 2 Sister in this ward. The church is in the town of Medford, funny I know! So this past Sunday My companion and I got to speak in Church is week and the spirit was so strong! The ward is so excited to have sister missionaries since they haven’t had them 10+ years! We are working a lot and keeping busy!
        When all of the visa waiters arrived at the airport we had no idea what our mission president looked like or even his name! So pretty much we were lost…. Not much after a herd of missionaries find us and we finally get to meet our mission president and his wife. The Calderwoods are so amazing! He is seriously an inspired man and his wife is the coolest person ever! They in a nice house that all of the new missionaries stayed in our first night. They aren’t even that old they still have a 16 and 10 year old daughters that still live with them!
We had a nice home cooked meal and breakfast ready for us the next morning. There house keeper whispered to us “Don’t get used to this, they just set you in easy, after today you are going to be working hard” and she was so right!!
   We then drove to the mission home which doubles as a church building and there got set up with my trainer!
My companion is Sister Sandberg and she is so amazing! She too is waiting for her visa and will be serving in Salvador Brazil!! That right there is an awesome blessing! So each day we get to study Portugues together! It was difficult for her at first because she has been serving in the Spanish areas while she has been here. So switching to Portugues was a hard transition but we are doing our best, but we teach in English.
    I have always wanted an accent of some kind and here is the only place I have been asked where my accent somes from! haha It was the coolest thing! When I told people I was from Oregon they would correct me and say “you mean Oreeegone”….no…. I know where I live! I still love them anyway!
    So we were both blinded in to this area meaning neither one of us lived here before. So we took this first week to meet the ward and some of the less actives along with doing some service! We met the Bishop and his wife, they took us to pizza. My first expirence with New York Pizza! So freakin’ delicious!
    Last Night we knocked on the door of a Lady who moved here from Brazil! She came here to go to school! We had a great conversation and she told us all about Brazil and the area that we are serving! We had her read our name tags, which is still in portugues, and it didn’t sound at all like how we were saying in the MTC! So this will be fun! And let me just say the dogs here are freaky..yes freaky and yes dogs DO NOT like missionaries, well apparently just me! But all is well and the Lord is keeping me safe!
     Just in this first week I have been here I have learned so much! Not only how to be obedient to the guidelines of the mission but on being the best missionary I can be at this specific time. Even though I am not in Brazil yet, I am on a mission and I will treat each day like it is my last here because it very well could be. Everyday brings a challenge but it is the best feeling in the world to know that I have a Father in Heaven that is so ready to help me in what ever way He can.
     Missionary work is WORK and I wouldn’t want it any other way! I am enjoying myself my companion and I have a lot of fun together!
     So just to let everyone know you have 41 more shopping days till the big 21! haha but really.
Please keep sending me letters! I love to hear from everybody!
or emails that works too!
Loves! Te-amo
Fica firme na fe!
Sister Stone
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The ocean is just down the street! we go run to it for exercise every morning!
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My companion Sister Sandberg and I before we spoke in church.
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And at the MTC with Sister Amituanai, my big sister she is going to Japan!