Monday, March 2, 2015


Yesterday marked the 1 year anniversary of the Gilbert Temple Cultural Celebration and today marks the anniversary of the Gilbert Temple Dedication!  What a great weekend!!!  I was privileged to help with the Cultural Celebration and be there with my boys.  As the future missionaries (they had all received their call) carried the flag of the country they would serve in, I wondered where in the world would Colton serve.  I couldn't wait for him to receive his mission call.  In this past year, Colton received his mission call to the Canada Vancouver Mission, graduated from high school, worked at Bahama Bucks, was dropped off at the MTC, has served nearly 6 months in Duncan with 3 different companionships and now almost 2 weeks in Westbank.  We are all so proud of Elder Stock!!!  I love (as Colton has mentioned) that 2015 will be the year he does nothing but serve the Lord.  Here's to a great 2015!

Dear Everybody,

What is up?!  Man, time flies when you're havin' fun!  This week flew by! I was pretty disoriented and confused when I found out it was P-Day doesn't feel like it's been a week...but...that's a really good thing. ;) West Kelowna is awesome.  The work is hastening, and a lot of cool things are happening this transfer.  The ward's really supportive and awesome, and the weather is pretty sweet here.  A little colder than Duncan, but still nothing like the stories I've heard from the North.  I feel too lucky...I've dodged the "classic Canadian winter" so far...Knock on wood, eh?

This week was great.  I got to conduct my first district meeting, which went a lot better than I thought it was going to.  The Spirit was there, which is all that matters.  We all knelt down and prayed as a district, and asked our Father in Heaven how many people could be baptized this transfer between us, and He answered us.  We're going for it.  Our goal is going to take some work, but what doesn't take work?! Especially in the gospel? Exactly: nothing.  I'm going on an exchange for the first time as a district leader tomorrow, so that'll be fun.  Kind of nerve-wracking, though. I have to do a lot of stuff haha.  But the one thing I love about leadership is that it gives you an opportunity to serve and to love others more than you would if you weren't their leader.  My job isn't to be a harsh, militant authority figure to keep everyone in line, but rather it is to lift, encourage, inspire, and bless those around me.  And that is awesome. So, I'm working on that.  It's going well so far.  Elder Boehmer and I are doing awesome.  We're having so many cool experiences here in Westbank, and I'm excited to see what the transfer will bring. So, something hilarious happened this week.  We had a lesson scheduled with a guy named Justin. I'd never met Justin. He was a former investigator in our area book who'd been formered twice because he won't agree with our doctrine of the Godhead.  We thought we'd give him a try again.  Little did we know...but we were walking into a spiritual minefield...

So, we bring a member with us, a Greek-British guy that's pretty awesome, and go to his house.  The visit starts off nicely, with him showing us around his pad and showing off his collection of salamanders...yeah...he's a reptile specialist.  It was pretty sweet, not gonna lie.  So we are chatting with him, finding out cool stuff about lizards and dinosaurs, and then we head into the living room for the lesson. Man. Right out of the gate, he starts assaulting our doctrine, telling us how we've invented a new Jesus in the Book of Mormon, etc, telling us about how we incorrectly destroyed the trinity, etc.  So we're backed into a wall already. We decided to say a prayer to invite the Spirit.  It worked....for about two seconds...and then our member started spouting off deep doctrine to try and assuage his turned sour real fast.  Note to all members of the church: if people aren't even going to accept the basic nature of God, then what makes you think they're going to want to know about your crazy theories about how the earth was created and in what times?!  Yeah...keep it basic, people... But anyways.  It was a hilarious disaster, and so we laughed it off.  But the week went really well.  Just today, I headed up to Kelowna to play dodgeball with the zone and then to eat at this crazy good poutine place called Smoke's Poutinerie...I got a poutine called the hogtown, which had sausage, mushrooms, and onions on top of the poutine.  It was delicious.

So, the church is true people.  Seriously, Jesus Christ lives, and He wants to help you in your life.  He has the power to deliver you from your trials and afflictions, and as long as you reach out to Him, He's right there to life you up.  Trust Him!

Elder Stock

 I'm pretty sure Colton's going to need a scrapbook that's dedicated to his poutine photos! 

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