Monday, September 7, 2015

A Week to Remember!

"Mormon Night" at Appalachian Power Park
Charleston Zone missionaries

Behold the baseball diamond 

This is what a hollow (pronounced "holler") looks like
Elder Alley in a holler ;)
September 7, 2015

Dear Mom, Dad, Aubrey, and all my Family & Friends,

Man, as the title says, this was a week to remember. One event I was able to get pictures to immortalize it. What was the event? For one night only, approved by our mission president, all missionaries in the Charleston Zone and members of the Charleston Stake were invited to a Mormon Night Baseball game! It was awesome! Apparently, there is a member who works at the baseball stadium who was somehow able to get a deal to have a Mormon Baseball Night. It was fun to watch the West Virginia Powers take on the Lexington Legends. We didn't get to see the whole game because our mission president asked us to leave the game at 9:00 p.m. so that all missionaries could be back in their apartments by 10:00 p.m. Still, it was great to finally let loose and enjoy a baseball game.

Another exciting event happened when a huge thunderstorm hit after our teaching appointment with a member. The storm knocked down some trees and blocked two exits that we normally take to get back to our apartment. I even had to help Elder Jarman back up a couple times in order to turn around on the roads, which was not easy since it was getting dark and raining heavily. When we returned to the member's house and told him about the situation, he got into his car and led us to another exit that got us home safely. It was one heck of a night, to say the least. I'm really grateful to this member because I never expected him to do such a deed for us. Would you all be willing to write a thank you letter? We owe him big time. His name is Brother Jeffries. You could send the letter to me and I'll just give it to him at church. Please and thank you.

Other than that, we just did some community service at the West Virginia Outreach Center, visited some less-actives and investigators and did some more tracting. We did get to meet some nice people during one of our tracting adventures, even though most of them were not interested in learning from us. My favorite part was when a person was driving past us and he stopped and asked us if we had a car. When we told him where we parked (which was quite a ways away by that time) he just looked shocked. I love that reaction because I hope that us tracting long miles helps people to see how dedicated we are to serving the Lord (don't worry, we didn't tell him exactly where we parked, just the general location). Ah, good ole tracting. It may not be the most effective finding method but it still works.

Well, I think that's everything. I'm grateful for the pictures and the updates. Keep it up. I love you all and miss you all. Hurrah for Israel!


Elder Michael Alley

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