Monday, September 26, 2016

Can't Wait for General Conference!

The Coleman Family

Masontown Ward Elders Quorum

My last P-day!

A fine day with some fine missionaries. 

Good luck, brethren. I'm outta here!

September 26, 2016

How's it going y'all? I am so excited for this weekend! Why? Because this weekend is General Conference! I can't wait to see and hear what the Lord's Prophet and Apostles have to say! As one of my former companions once said, "Missionaries watching General Conference is the equivalent of a sports fan watching the Super Bowl." I just can't wait for it!

Mom, sorry that you and Aubrey were not feeling good this week. I hope you both feel better.

Tell Brother and Sister O'Donnal not to worry about missing my airport homecoming. Tell them to enjoy their trip in Utah and not worry about it.

This week was a another good week for missionary work. I went on exchanges with our District Leader in Logan, WV, taught the C family about some of the commandments by reading 1 Nephi 2 with them, and contacted quite a few media referrals. So, not a bad week.

Before I go, I was wondering if you and the family would be willing to pray for me this week. Even though being a missionary is not easy and I'm definitely NOT extending my call, I do admit that I'm a little sad that my mission is coming to an end. I really did have a good mission experience and made a lot of friends out here. Most importantly, I've come to know Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ on a more personal level. I wouldn't trade these two years for anything in the world. It's just that there's something about things coming to an end that just gives me mixed emotions. So, if you and the family would be willing to pray that I stay focused on the work this week and not get down about it coming to an end, I would greatly appreciate it. Please and thank you.

Well, I'm going to make this e-mail short so that I can have plenty of mission stories to share with you all in person. Only one more e-mail session until I go home! 

Until then, I love you all and miss you all. Hurrah for Israel!


Elder Michael Alley 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Almost Done Baby! Almost Done!

Note from Elder Alley's mom: I got this pic texted to me with the message: "We just had dinner with these two fine missionaries. What great young men. Thanks for sharing them with us!" I was so excited, but the photo was really small on my phone and when I zoomed in I only saw the guy riding the donkey (who turned out to be part of the photo board lol) and the two next to him and none of them were Elder Alley. So I'm trying to figure out how someone could randomly send me a picture of a missionary I don't know. (I mean what are the odds of texting the wrong number and it being another missionary's mom?) Then I looked again and there he is! Elder Alley was hiding under the burro. haha Day made! I am so grateful for people who take the time to send me things like this. :)
 The Logan District: Elder Fitch (district leader), Elder Powell, 
Elder Kropushek (zone leader), Elder Boar (comp), Elder Curtiss (zone leader) and I

September 19, 2016

Dear Alley Family & Friends,

 Wow! Can you believe that I only got three weeks left before I come home?! That's insane! I still remember the one e-mail that I sent to Mom, telling her that two years as a missionary felt more like two centuries. Now I'm looking back on it and I realize that time really did fly by. I guess it's true what Grandpa Alley said to Dad and all my uncles and aunts before they left for their missions, "Each day goes a little bit faster than the previous one." Man, oh man.

Well, this week was another good week for missionary work. Since I'm just about done, I'm going to make these last few e-mails short so that I can have some mission stories to share in person. But I do want to share a couple things that happened this week:

1) Had another awesome teaching appointment with the C family! We taught them about how they can recognize the promptings of the Holy Ghost, especially when it testifies to them that the Book of Mormon is true. We taught them this because, even though the parents are members of the church, their children are not members and so the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is kind of new for them. It was a great lesson. We had another member couple help us with the lesson and even I felt like I learned something new about how to recognize the Holy Ghost.

2) Contacted two media referrals and one of those became a new investigator! Her name is A and she ordered a Holy Bible from When we delivered the Bible to her, we also get to teach her and her husband F about the Restoration. It was awesome and they even accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon! I love it when I get to teach people who are so open-minded and already have a love for God and His Son Jesus Christ. Not a bad week if you ask me.

Well, that ought to do it. I hope you all have a good week this week. I love you all and miss you all.

Hurrah for Israel!


Elder Michael Alley

Monday, September 12, 2016

I'm Not Trunky! At Least...Not Completely ;) Ha Ha!

Dear Alley Family & Friends,

How's it going y'all? First of all, Happy Birthday Grandma! I hope you had a great birthday party and had lots of whip cream ;) Love you G-ma.

Also, just wanted to send a shout out to my awesome siblings: Ashley, Max, and Aubrey! I love you all and hope you're living life to the fullest. Rock on sibs!

Another shout out goes to Mom and Dad. Mom, good luck in seminary and the 12 week work-out program. Dad, continue to fly high and stay awesome and out of trouble. I love you all. Can't wait to see you all in about 3 or 4 weeks. Not that I'm getting trunky or anything ;) Ha ha. Just kidding. Things are going good here.

Not much really happened this week in the Huntington West area of the West Virginia Charleston Mission. Came down with the common cold near the end of the week so we mainly stayed at the apartment to take it easy. But we did still get some work done. We did get to teach one of our recent investigators, named M, this week. I'll just share what I wrote to my mission president with you:

"My report for the work here in the Huntington West area was that it was a good week. I didn't enjoy getting sick at the latter-half of the week but we still got some work done. One thing I like to report is our teaching moment with M, one of our more recent investigators. M is one of the workers for a group that's helping people who suffered from the flood that happened recently. He loves helping people and he's really cool guy. We first met him while tracting some weeks ago and, at first, I thought he wouldn't want to meet with us because he told us that he didn't go to any church because none of them were living up to what the Bible teaches or what they claim to believe. But, somehow, we managed to get a couple return appointments and he seems to be taking the message of the restored gospel very well. We already taught him about the Restoration and our last lesson was about the Book of Mormon, just explaining what it is and invited him to read it and pray about it. We'll meet him again in a couple weeks. I'll let you know how it goes. Just wanted to share this with you."

Well, sorry that this letter isn't very exciting. But I guess that's what happens when you get sick and you're nearing the end of your mission. Oh well, it is what it is. Until next time, I love you all and miss you all.

Hurrah for Israel!


Elder Michael Alley

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hey, Hey, Hey! It's Elder Alley! (a "Fat Albert" reference. Couldn't Resist ;)

September 6, 2016

Dear Alley Family & Friends,

How's it going y'all? Got a question for Mom and Aubrey: When do you sleep? Ha ha! Just kidding. Man, I can't believe that Aubrey is already a freshman and has a driver's permit. I also can't believe that Mom is already teaching seminary and that Max is already a freshman in college. Another question: Will you people stop moving on with your lives? You're making me feel old and really outdated. I'm already having a hard time just thinking about all things that's happened in the world that I'll have to catch up on. Ha ha! Just kidding again. You all just keep rocking on.

Well, this week was another awesome week in teaching the C family! Before I get into that, let me tell you a story of how we came in contact with this awesome family:

Once upon a time ;), there was a sister missionary named Sister K who was serving here in the West Virginia Charleston. While Sister K was honorably serving her mission, she received word from her cousin, Sister C, that she and her family were moving from Tennessee to Huntington, West Virginia so that her husband could receive training for air traffic control for an airport. Because of the mission rule that family members could not visit their missionaries while they are serving, Sister K contacted the mission president to tell him of the situation. Sister C is a less-active member and her three children are not baptized so President asked both Sister K and her cousin for permission to send missionaries to go and teach the C family the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sister K and Sister C accepted the offer! President then contacted the Huntington Zone Leaders to send missionaries who were in charge of the area that the C’s had moved into. The missionaries who were sent to them was a well-seasoned veteran named Elder Lane and his devilishly handsome companion named Elder Alley (This is my story so I'll write it the way I like it. Ha ha :p). Since then, missionaries and members of the ward have visited and taught the C family about God and His Son Jesus Christ and His love and plan of happiness for them. And they all lived eternally and happily ever after (well, still working on the "eternal" part, but we are getting there!) :) The end.

How's that for a story? ;) They are a great family and we just taught them the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the Bishop and his wife this week. It was a great lesson, especially when S (their oldest son) made the comment of "A life with Christ is to have Eternal Life." It was awesome! I love teaching this family!

Before I let you go, there a couple of questions that were given to me:

1) From Mom: When people ask you why we are here on earth, what do you tell?

     From Me: I try to tell people that we are here on earth to be tested to see if we will follow God's commandments or not. I try to keep it to that simple statement so that my companion and I don't teach too many principles in one sitting and not have a follow-up appointment afterwards.

2) From Ashley: What is the hardest principle of the gospel for most people to follow and why?

    From Me: It's the principle of living Prophets of God and the need for the Book of Mormon. The reason for that is because for many people the concept of God calling a prophet in our day and giving us more scripture other than the bible is a foreign and unthinkable one. Many of the people that I try to talk to when finding people to teach usually say either "I already go to a church" or "I believe in the bible" and then they close the door on us. They may to go to church and read from the bible, but they don't understand how God works or that the bible is meant to point us to God and not to itself. They focus on a tool from God and not on the God who gave us the tool.

Now, this does not apply to everyone that I met on the mission, but that is the attitude that I've noticed from most people who turn us away. I hope that this makes sense.

Well, that ought to do it. I love you all and miss you all.

Hurrah for Israel!


Elder Michael Alley

Friday, September 2, 2016

Title: Any Questions? Bring Them On!

Throw Back Pic back from the MTC. This was taken almost 2 years ago!
(Thanks to my niece, Bekah, for hooking me up with this pic I'd never seen before.) :)

August 29, 2016

Dear Alley Family & Friends,

How's it going y'all? Glad to see that everyone had a fun week. I'm especially grateful that Aubrey had a great birthday. Happy Post-Birthday Aubrey!

To answer Mom's questions: Yes, Elder Boer and I are teaching a family and they are an awesome family! Their names are the C family and they have three kids. I'm pretty sure I told you how we found them in a previous e-mail. I love teaching them! We taught them the Plan of Salvation this week and it was definitely one of the best Plan of Salvation lessons I ever got to teach. So things are definitely going good with them.

Other than that, not much to report. Mainly we just tracted around in hot and humid weather. Sweet mercy! I really hope the weather cools down soon. Pray that I don't melt before I get home ;)

Before I let you all go, I just thought of something that might be fun for everyone. I was thinking that since I'm almost done with my mission and have learned a lot about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ during the past couple years, I was wondering if anyone had any questions about the gospel that I could help answer. I was thinking that those who have questions about the gospel of Jesus Christ could send those questions to Mom and then she could send them to me either through mail or e-mail and I can try to help answer them in my e-mails. Just an idea, so don't feel pressured to do it.

Well, I think that ought to do it. I love you all and miss you all. 

Hurrah for Israel!


Elder Michael Alley