Saturday, September 16, 2017

Pictures!!

Please enjoy these pictures - some are a bit older but we all love seeing Noah's smile. 😄


Pictures from March 13, 2017

My companion and one of the elder's in my zone


Pictures from May 13, 2017  

My birthday in the office - they destroyed the cake with my face!


My new companion and Elder Waite



The old assistants passing the baton




A new group, we cover a ward and a group



My zone - or what was my zone

 Pictures from 8/21/17

Service Activity, shining president's shoes



 





Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hope

Howdy!

Just a reminder that if you are feeling down on yourself, you're amazing. I´ve learned that the part of this message that I most love giving is the part about how important we are to our Father, and for that same reason we should have hope. Hope, I tell people, please have hope, you are more than this. We are more than today's mistakes. Please remember, please take a moment today and remember why you in particular have hope, we all have it, we've just got to find it. Take a deep breath, and keep going.

Love you all!

Continuingly,

Elder Noah M. Toney
Four in the morning with the secretaries

My trainer is going home!


Missionaries in Alajuelita




My son

The Elders that came with me that are now zone leaders

An Elder I did divisiones with

A famous food called rice and beans that is made with coconut

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I am grateful

Hello Everyone,

I sure do love and appreciate all that you do for me. It really makes me think. You know something that is really cool? Over time, all of the small and great kindnesses that have been shown or done to me have been changing my heart little by little. I am downright stubborn, but even I realize when I´ve got it wrong. I have received a lot of help in my life. I am grateful.

Funny story: I said something very dumb. We were with a pair of elders in an area that´s called Zurqui, really beautiful,very nice weather, and we were eating lunch with some members:  a young man, his son, and who I thought was his mother. So we are sitting there eating when this sister tells me about her son who is 21, and I said "Oh, so he (meaning the young man that lived there) is your oldest son?" No. Wrong Toney, so very wrong. The seemingly young man was her husband. Suffice it to say that the comment did not go over very well. I had to call the doctor to get my foot surgically removed from my mouth. Goodness gracious me he looked so young, and she looked, you know, normal... Not good for your digestion.

Quite incorrectly,

Elder Noah M. Toney
A really cool young man who was baptised not long ago - looks like Eli!

My companion and I when we found out that we were going to be comps


Zurqui






My son is going to be a zl

Elder Carias my companion

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Life is good to those who see good

Hello,

Just as a general notice that I will be extending my mission, this means that I will not be coming home in September, rather in October, October 19. I know this is a rather unexpected change, and that I didn't really give any indication as to my plans, but it is the right decision. I made it like I made the decision to come on a mission; that is to say I never really consciously made it. It just got to the point where I had to act and I acted. The mission was never really a question for me, although I had never really thought seriously about it, when the moment came, there was no doubt, no moment of hesitation, there was action. Of the course of my mission I have become profoundly grateful for many things, the greatest being the change that I have seen in my own heart, and the hope that I have for the future, I live differently now, I see differently, life has more luster, honestly. So the thought about giving another six weeks to the Lord wasn't even a question, I could not deny the Lord that. So when I felt that it was a need, I went, and I spoke with President. Some decisions require a lot of work, a lot searching, some do not.

This past week we worked in Guanacaste again, This time in Liberia. I have discovered something about myself, generally when I speak one on one with a person, or in a small group, it goes over really well. But when I speak to large groups, there are always doubters and haters, which is fine, I have learned the valuable lesson that public opinion, or even the opinion of a few individuals, does not dictate the truth. Honesty in all things, recognition of one's own imperfections and strengths are very effective offsetters to any chance that one might have to feel bad about the fact that not all people are going to like you. I believe this; If I, being imperfect make a mistake, but am willing to recognize it, willing to get better, and wanting only to be my best, am therefore criticized by he who would have me be perfect in order to accept me, I am under no obligation whatsoever to pay attention to such remarks, and choose, rather, to listen to those who wish to help me. My theory is to let those who wish to misunderstand wend their own way, but be ever ready to help should it be possible. I will live my life with hope and faith knowing that today I am better than I was yesterday, and that tomorrow will be yet brighter. Life is good to those who see good.

If my ill-organized thoughts are halfway understood, I'll be happy, if not, be free to ignore the sentiment :)

I love you all!

Aspiringly,

Elder Noah M. Toney

Monday, July 17, 2017

Shoulder to shoulder

Hello Everyone!

It has been crazy here.  I think that is my life theme, things just get crazier.

So this past week we went to Guanacaste again, Las Juntas, Bagaces, and Upala, where the hurricane Otto hit a couple months back. I love working with the ground level missionaries. It is so much better than being in the office. All of these areas are groups, that is they are just starting off, so there is a lot of work to do. We had six good days of sleeping on the floor, it´s like a camp out with out the marshmellows.

My Pday has changed back to Mondays!

Our job as traveling assistants is to go and get to know the missionaries, and see how we can help them, from a shoulder to shoulder perspective, working with them. We want these missionaries to have the best experiences of their lives, and knowing them better helps us to really see what they need, and how to help them. It doesn't necessarily mean that they are going to get what they want, but what they need. For example, when we do transfers with president, it helps when you know a person, I have heard, and agree with it to a certain point that information precedes revelation, which is to say that we should study it out in our mind, and do our best to get to a conclusion, and then we ask the Lord about it.

I love you all!

Untarnishedly,

Elder Noah M. Toney








Traveling



A member friend

Elder Lopez

My comp and I


My son