my missionary journal

Missionary Journal – June 22, 1989

Day 23 of my full-time mission
Area: Afton, Wyoming

Well, today was definitely interesting! We got up at 6 a.m. and walked over to the high school, about four blocks away, and the janitor opened the gym doors and we go to work out for an hour. It was 30 degrees this morning! It’s 45 degrees now! Man, this place is cold.

After working out, we jogged back, showered, ate a bowl of cereal, and studied, individually and together. Then, we set off at 9:30 a.m. — right on time! Except I didn’t have a full hour for my personal study because I was eating and dressing.

We tracked until 11 a.m. We ran into all members and got to talk with three or four of them. One is working with a friend and we’re going to teach her the discussions, but she’s out of town.

We were at the Bowen’s home for about two hours. She took us to the grocery store with her and we got food for lunch and ate at their place. They have six kids. He’s a seminary teacher. They went to BYU; nice family. They’ve been married 10 years. He gave me his bike to use until I buy one in Ogden.

I looked at them here. The one I want is $240. I think I can get it cheaper in Ogden. We’ll see. I’m going to have to get a dress winter coat too!

We tracked again from 1:30 to 4:30 and met some great people; only one non-member. She said they were Catholic and wanted to stay that way, at least her husband did! But, everyone else is a member that we saw today! Isn’t that amazing?! They’re all super, great, nice people.

Tonight we had a dinner appointment at 6 p.m. It was really good. They were an older couple; very nice. Then, Bro. Bowen had asked us to help him referee a softball game — not exactly what I think missionaries should spend their time doing — but my companion said we didn’t have any teaching appointments, so we did. It was pretty fun. But it got cold!

Anyway, I’m keeping a positive attitude. Even though at one time I did feel like telling my companion we needed to do more work. I guess he’s pretty laid-back. I’ll sure learn patience well! But I feel like if I don’t perform here, I won’t make it to a leadership position. I guess that’s not what I should strive for anyway. Oh well. May the Lord help us find people to teach.


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