Formerly "Neil Stone Updates"

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Excuse Me, Your Art is Showing

This is where Neil and I have been spending a great deal of time lately.

In January we started taking art classes and now we both have a passion for painting and drawing. And guess what--we're starting to develop some skills! This past weekend Younts Center in Fountain Inn sponsored an art show and gave us a chance to see our work all framed up and hanging on the walls of the building.

Neil's works are at the top left and the bottom right.

The eagle painting is based on a piece by Romero Britto. His tree in the woods was inspired by the art of Hayao Miyazaki.

I'm posing with my painting of my hometown, Ojai, California.

And here I am with a drawing of my cat, Jemima.

This is Neil's interpretation of a colorful painting by Dr. Suess.

Another Dr. Suess inspired work

Next month, Neil will be showing his art all over again at another show sponsored by our TBI support group. It's June 2nd if you want to come!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Gigante pela própria natureza

​Brasil is pretty.  We went fishing on P-Day.  Or rather, some of us went fishing, and Elder Barbos fed worms to the fish.

​We went and visited a family of Indians from Manaus.  They taught us how to fish using bamboo poles.  We ate fried piranha (head, scales, fins, everything.  Sooooo good).  They also taught us how to make sugar cane juice, a common thing to buy on the street.  They taught us all the steps, from going to the sugar cane jungle, pulling the cane, stripping the leaves, cleaning, and pressing.  Super fun, super delicious.

This week was awesome.  Lots of great lessons, lots of good food, slightly more bearable weather, cool new people, helpful members.  It was great.  I loved getting letters from you guys, especially my cousins.  To answer your questions:  No I´m not in Rio, but I did see a Cristo Redentor in a city called São Pedro.  Lots of cities have smaller ones.

And it all culminated in a super cool saturday night:

​From the left:  Me, Elder Dehnike, João, Milena, Adrieine, Davi, and Reinaldo.  I baptized Milena, Reinaldo baptized Davi, and Elder Dehnike baptized John.  Super awesome.  The water was freezing but it was worth it.  

Transfers came this morning, Elder Dehnike and I stayed for 6 more weeks.  Not many changes this time around, only 2 new missionaries came.

 The mission is good.  Helping people is tiring and frustrating sometimes but its always worth it.
Don´t give up, só batize peixe

Love you guys,
Elder Stone

​Mmmmmmmm, Piranha