Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I'm Still Here!

Elder Alley and Elder Bean photo courtesy of the Fortney Family :)
We got snowed in and so I took a little nap. When I got up, this was greeting me.
(Thanks, Elder Bean. haha)

We got A LOT of snow.

January 27, 2016

Dear Mom, Dad, Aubrey, Ashley, and all my adoring fans (Lol. I couldn't resist ;)

How's it going y'all? Wow, this week was nuts with all the meetings and snowstorm we had. So here's what happened:

1) We had interviews with our mission president. I always love it when I get to see him again. He gives great, inspired counsel.

2) Went on exchanges with the Oakland Elders who are in our district. Their names are Elder Webb and Elder Tunnell. I went with Elder Tunnel to Oakland and Elder Webb came to Masontown with Elder Bean. They are great missionaries and Elder Tunnell was fun to talk to since we both like video games. Funny story: I fell on my butt twice because of how slick the snow was and fell into a snow ditch. Not exactly my triumphant moment as a missionary. Ha ha!

3) For the first time in about a decade, we had a World-wide Special Missionary Broadcast. In this broadcast, we the missionaries watched a live, recorded session where we received instructions on how to improve as missionaries from the Apostles of the Lord and other leaders of the church. It was awesome and so inspirational! The lesson that really stood out to me was when Elder Neil L. Anderson taught that "we must always have the Savior's name on our lips." After all, this is HIS gospel and HIS work that we're doing so why shouldn't we be able to talk about Him?

4) Last, but definitely not least, we got hit by a huge snowstorm! The good news is that we are okay. We had heat and plenty to eat. The bad news is that because of how bad the roads were and that our car got completely buried in the snow, everyone was advised to just stay off the roads and stay at home. So, we were forced to just stay in our apartment for a while. Oh well, it wasn't all bad. This actually gave me plenty of time to start reading the Old Testament of the Holy Bible (something that I've been wanting to do for a while). Plus, it gave us a nice little break from missionary work. However, the best part was when we got to help our next-door neighbors and landlord to shovel around the neighborhood. It was awesome because this allowed us to get know Heather & Jonas (our neighbors) and Mr. & Mrs. Pratt (our landlord) better. We actually have some really cool neighbors and landlord.

Well, that's my report for the week. Before I close, I just want to say that I'm so grateful that my cousin Anika is doing better. I was really worried when I got the news about her and said a lot of prayers for her. Luckily, it looks like everyone's prayers were answered and she's doing okay. I hope everyone is doing okay at home. I love you all and miss you all. Hurrah for Israel!


Elder Michael Alley

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