I am so sorry for not emailin' yall last week. It was pretty crazy last week. I'll try to remember as much as I can from 2 weeks ago.
Well Saturday 2 weeks ago we got our transfer calls and Elder Shumway got transferred to Anchorage and I am staying in Bethel!! I was so happy! I am now serving with Elder Merrill who I begged to serve with. We have been havin' so much fun and gettin' a lot of work done here in Bethel. He is from Blackfoot, Idaho. He is a really good missionary. We get along really really well. I am very very excited for this transfer! I have a feelin' it's gonna go really fast though. :(
Monday Elder Shumway packed all day and then we had a lesson with Jesslyn and Millie. It was a good lesson about Keeping the Sabbath day holy. It's so important to keep it holy. It's a day meant for rest with your family and for you to reflect on what Christ has done for you and everybody else.
Tuesday mornin' I dropped Elder Shumway off at the airport and then went back to the church and cleaned out our room and bathroom and then went and hung out with Brother Helgesen the rest of the day until Elder Merrill came in that night. I had a really good time with Brother Helgesen, he is very funny. lol I went and picked up Elder Merrill and brought him back and then we caught each other up on whats been happenin' on our missions.
The rest of the week we have been goin' around and lettin' him meet everybody.
Thursday we played basketball with the kids around the church and on the very last play of the night, Elder Merrill gets a high ankle sprain.... Not fun for him. I've been the doctor for the past couple of days. His ankle is doing really good though now. Hopefully he will be back to normal soon.
Friday and Saturday we did a lot of service at Sammy's Market. We must've helped unload at least 15 pallets of stuff for the store. In return he lets us have free drinks and food too. He even told us to go to a restaurant and order "whatever excited us". He is a really nice guy and really appreciates our help. We end up doing a lot of service for others out here in Bethel. I love it though, there's nothin' like servin' others and puttin' a smile on their face! :) It even says in the scriptures, "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your god". Saturday we had to take the truck to the shop. It is still in the shop.... We have been walkin' around the past couple of days. We won't have it back til Tuesday.
Sunday was pretty good. Jesslyn came to church and is getting baptized tomorrow! We are so excited for her! Seeing others so happy when they accept the gospel makes all the bad memories of your mission go away.
Sorry for the not so long email. I love yall and hope yall are doin' well!
-Elder Taylor Bowes