my missionary journal

Missionary Journal – July 9, 1989

Day 40 of my full-time mission
Area: Afton, Wyoming

Oh man! This is going to seem really strange, and it was! It’s 8:30 a.m. now. I got up at 8. I had a dream last night. There was a big party at the church or something and I had asked Lara to go with me. We were there and we just looked into each other’s eyes and it was awesome. We walked outside and held hands and we were running around climbing things, like little kids — you know, the monkey bars, etc. — My Mom was watching us and laughing, then she left. Then, our eyes met again (mine and Laura’s), and we kissed. Wow. Fireworks.

I hate this. Even my subconscious mind won’t leave the subject alone. I may end up being married at 21. This kind of stuff scares me. But like I was told, if the time is right, I won’t be scared. We’ll just have to wait 23 more months. Heck, she could be married by then.

Anyway, I wanted to write some more stuff about yesterday. I got up at 6:30 and got ready before Gatlin was ready for companion study. Man, the scriptures are wonderful! I’m reading in “A Marvelous Work and A Wonder” also. And, let me tell you, that’s an exciting book! I just love learning about the gospel! I felt the spirit so strongly while I was reading telling me I’m doing the right thing. I just felt good about everything. The Lord knows I’m trying and He’s answered my prayers because I’ve received comfort form Him.

Yesterday, like I mentioned, we ran into two treasurers while we were tracting: A couple that had just returned from Chicago, the Kennington’s (Kevin’s parents; I mentioned his name earlier) invited us for lunch and it was great! Then an elderly lady gave us $10 to go buy a hamburger or something. Yup, the Lord answers prayers.

I’m going to do some studying now.

It’s 9:15 p.m. and the power has gone out for the second time today. Earlier, it was out for an hour or so. We had a really windy storm come through here with rain, etc., so maybe that’s causing some problems.

We went to the Afton 2nd Ward today. It was enjoyable. In sacrament, a couple talked about their life this past year living in Guatemala City, Mexico. That really made you think about how lucky we are to be living in the U.S. and to have the organization of the church here.

We had a dinner appointment at 3 p.m. with the Bagley’s, the 2nd Ward mission leaders. It was a super dinner! Then we played pool for a while.

I decided I’d look up Larry and Cathy Call, so I asked if the Bagley’s knew where they lived, and they did, of course. Everyone knows everyone around here! The Calls are Elder Marquis’s girlfriend’s parents. He has been up here several times to visit them. It was really neat to talk with them about Kevin and their family. It turns out that he was a missionary in the eastern states mission, and he served in Schenectady! He was familiar with the old church and the area, McClellan Street. That’s right by our neighborhood. It was neat to talk with him! He was there in the 50s.

While we were there, Kevin’s girlfriend called (their daughter), so she talked with her parents. Then, she called back about five minutes after she hung up to ask me a few questions about Kevin. It was funny. He’s really hooked on her. If her parents are any indication of what kind of person she is, he’s got a good girl.

I finished my six-page letter home today and enclosed a picture from the MTC. That was (and is) a fun letter. I hope they enjoy it.

Well, we still don’t have any teaching situations, so life’s rough. But, I know the Lord loves me. I’m just glad to serve Him.


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