|Elder Alley's District|
Flatwoods Branch Halloween Party at the Paughs
Dear Mom, Dad, Aubrey and all my Peeps,
Happy Halloween everybody! I know that it's a little early but transfers is next week so I won't be e-mailing until next Wednesday. Just wanted to send you holiday greetings while I still got the chance. ;)
Now, you're all probably wondering what happened to me this week. Well, this week has been an amazing and busy week for Elder Jarman and I. In fact, I already reported about this in my e-mail to our Mission President. Just a heads up, if anything interesting has happened during the week and I report it President Salisbury, I'll just copy and paste what I wrote to him to my e-mail to you guys. I know, I know, I'm a lazy writer. Lol ;) But cut me some slack, I can only talk about the same story in so many ways so many times ;) So here's what I wrote:
"My report for the work here in Flatwoods is that this week has been an amazing and busy week for us. I've been applying your advice of having "natural curiosity" about other people during our tracting this week. One experience that I'll share is that we tracted into this woman named "I". As we talked with her and got to know her a little bit, she mentioned that she has been a Christian since she was 24 years old. When I heard that, the spirit immediately prompted me to ask her how she came to discover Jesus Christ since she wasn't a Christian her whole life. I'm glad I did because she then told us about her conversion story which opened a way for us to teach her about the Restoration. It was amazing! Even though she told us that she wasn't interested in learning more about the our message, it was still an amazing experience for me."
"Another cool event for me was the miracle of finding a less-active member named J. To make a long story short, we just happened to run into J when we were street contacting and after talking with some members who knew him and looking through the branch directory, we finally found out who he was and reported our discovery to our branch president. He even made some phone calls to find his address and took us with him to find him. If this doesn't count as a miracle and a tender mercy from the Lord, then I don't know what is. This was a cool experience for me because not only did we get to work with the members and branch president to find this "lost sheep" but I also felt like a detective after that. Needless to say, I had a lot fun writing about this in my journal."
This was definitely one for my personal record books. I'm glad everyone is having a good time over in good ole Spokane, Washington. I always loved Spokane during the Fall season. West Virginia is beautiful during the Fall season, too, but to be honest, changes in seasons just look more beautiful when you're in your hometown. Which is why I want to ask you all to keep me in your prayers. My homesickness has started to kick in recently. It's not bad, it's just that I really hate spending holidays without you guys. Which is one thing that I'm not going to miss when I come back home: spending holidays away from home. Anyway, if you would all just keep me in your prayers, that would be awesome. Please and thank you.
Well, I think that's everything. Always remember that I love you and miss you all. Hurrah for Israel!
Elder Michael Alley
PS The Listening Program is amazing! I've fit it into my schedule where I can listen to it before going to bed. Which is a good thing because this program wears you out mentally. Still, this program is awesome.