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“Mission Doctor,” eh? I like that. Mine called me his “secret henchman.” After serving as his mission secretary for 10 months, he knew he could count on me to get out the door and working no matter who I served with.
Not that that was easy. I eventually asked for a reprieve; for at least one comp who wasn’t a chore to deal with. Wouldn’t you know that Elder was the one of my companions who later became AP, then apostatized a couple of years after his mission.
I guess you never know…
As we LDS like to say … it’s a small world. President Stone, who used to be Bishop Stone of Westchester Ward, spoke at my baptism MANY years ago. Ever been to Scahsdale?
Steve, I’ll write you an email. There’s a special reason I need to get in touch with President Stone.
danithew, curse you and your devotion!! Don’t you know there’s no room for that on a liberal blog?
He’s temple president out here now, and in my ward. I could probably arrange to get his email…. if I were so inclined… *yawns*
I grew up in New York and I had friends that were real liberals.
There, take that. :) Pfffffft! :)
I had a friend who, when serving as WML, told me “People used to tell me when I was on my mission that their mission was the best two years of my life. All I could think was, ‘If this is the best it’s going to be, kill me now.'”
I didn’t serve, because I didn’t join the church until I was married with two children. And at the time I would have been of age to serve a mission, that was not an activity that would have been anywhere on my radar.
I loved my Mission President, but he made it clear what was necessary to advance in rank: Turn people in.
It was so bad that most of the zone leaders would have stories about how bad they busted their district or zone for one thing or another. These leaders typically had few freinds in the mission.
I never made an attempt to advance in leadership in my mission because of that. Some say a mission isn’t about making friends, but for me, the two years would have been unbearable without them.
I’m grateful for my mission. Stating that it is “the best two years of my life” is a lame description though. It was much more complicated than that.
On the last day of my mission I learned from a former MTC district buddy of mine, who had been close to the president, that I was something of a “mission doctor.” That is, they put the missionaries who were having a hard time keeping their sanity (or the rules) with me.
I did have some wonderful companions, nonetheless. I also learned a lot. I wouldn’t re-think my decision to serve my mission, as no other experience could have amounted to an iota of what the mission had to offer. I hope that’s not too strong a statement to make. After all, you guys are so liberal. :)
Kaimi,Two President Stones in our neighborhood: one’s a counsellor in the Northeastern States area (if that’s where we are), and the other’s president of the Manhattan temple. Which was way too confusing for my mind in our last Stake Conference.
My favorite way of describing my mission is, “the best two years of my life, in retrospect.”
so why are you guys continuing the stereotype that us liberals are crass and cynical? We are liberals. We refuse to accept any stereotypes or labels. You are bad bad liberals…. :o)
Steve, very, very funny, and so true it kind of hurts. I think it’s very revealing of the type of people in the bloggernacle that that the majority, myself included, put “confusing, but ultimately satsifying.” In fact, I think that would probably be an appropriate way to describe my relationship with the Church and the Gospel.
That’s Pres. Stone, the AA70 for our area, right? If it’s the same president Stone, then he’s also the father of bloggernaclite Eric Stone.
Well I now realize I’m a complete goofball. I just looked at the profiles here and realized this site is swarming with New York attorneys. I abjectly take back my snotty comments about growing up in New York and knowing real liberals. :)
Are any of you friends with President John Stone? I’d love to get in touch with him.
Well, that’s kind of touching. Even on a crass, cynical, liberal site like BCC, the winner is still, by a huge margin, “confusing, but ultimately satisfying.” (Currently at 43%; next highest is 17% for Non-Existent, then 13% say “all of the above”).
You know, I should probably add that between my mission experience and my liberal friends’ college experiences, our friendships kind of flagged a bit. I really don’t think it was me though. I think they became much more serious about their liberal stances and felt that a LDS returned-missionary couldn’t handle it. Things we used to laugh about just weren’t funny for them anymore. Too bad.
Just thought I’d add that to the mission comment pile.
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