my missionary journal

Missionary Journal – June 24, 1989

Day 25 of my full-time mission
Area: Afton, Wyoming

Well, today I didn’t even hear my alarm go off. I took two Benadryl last night and I think they really knocked me out. So, I didn’t even wake up until 8 a.m.! I felt awful. My companion was up getting dressed. We didn’t do anything until 10:45 a.m., or 11. I got up, showered, ate and then wrote four letters before he decided we’d do something.

We stopped by a few members’ homes and ended up staying at the Sutter’s for a family reunion picnic. We were there until 3 p.m. We really had a great time. Tonight we went to the Kensington’s and stayed there for an hour or so.

I read in the Book of Mormon for an hour or two today. That was great! I was reading about the sons of Mosiah and Alma. That’s the coolest missionary story! They really loved their fellow men and taught them all they could.

Elder Gatlin and I have been talking for an hour or so while I’ve been marking scriptures. I’ve learned a lot more about him. I’m glad he’s opening up. If nothing else, today we built relationships of trust and I studied the scriptures, so I do feel like we got something done.

Yes, I realize that we probably haven’t followed all the mission rules today, and I do feel bad. But I can’t help but feel that we were productive. I feel like my hands are tied and I can’t really do everything. I’m not sure exactly what a mission is supposed to be like, so I don’t really know what to do.

But, I believe my heart is in the right place. I love the Lord and I really want to do what’s right. I hope He will help us to be good missionaries here. I’m not sure how long I’ll be here, but I want to do my best.


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