Friday, August 9, 2013

July 22, 2013

Dear Family And Friends,

I am doing great here.  The weather here is nice, it rained just a little this week, but has been cloudy this whole week.  It has been nice to have the car full time, except  for when we had to take it in to Independence to get some repairers done to the outside bumper. Those days we took the bus and walked to our appointments. My companion Elder Weatherford is cool and nice.  He served in the army as a nurse before serving a mission. He has been out for 11 month.  He is still is waiting for his visa to India and was told he could leave any day. He is planning to go to BYU after his mission. 

David is doing great, hasn't relapsed yet. He just got a shipment of cigars this week but gave it straight to us to get rid of. He and Bro Pervice are having a competition on who can read the Book Of Mormon the faster.  I think Bro Pervice is winning so far. We taught the Roths family, that has Buddy the 8 year old. The father and the boy friend of one of the daughters are both not members and are going to be there for each lesson. The first lesson went great. We will be teaching them every Tuesday and Thursday until he get baptized. We have been getting referrals by text from Salt Lake City and most of them are fake or wrong but we got one that was Cathy Unknown and we went and knocked on her door and she was interested in the church and she came to church. We have been seeing lots of less Active members because there are over 600 members and only 200 are active. We have found many that want to come back to church so we will see if they will continue to come to church.

For p-day we do all of these as a group of 4 elders all covering the same ward. We Email from about  9 to 10  and then go shopping and have lunch and do laundry and our apartment.  About 2 pm we drive out to Lee Summit to meet as a Zone and play games and get mail that they don't forward to our apartments. P-day ends at Dinner, which is at usually at 6pm. On Wednesdays once a month we have zone teaching in Lee Summit. Fridays we have District Training.   Every Friday Elder Weatherford and I go to Bro Ham's house to do service for him. He is blind and lives with 2 others who are also blind.

I am learning lots here. Studies have been going good. I almost have the first lesson memorized. I am almost done with Mosiah when I just started it in the MTC.

We have been teaching the members at dinner to fervently pray for missionary experiences and to invite and find others for us to teach. I love the ward and the people here.  I am Enjoying being here. I am doing great. I miss you all and love you.
Elder Benjamin Allen

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