Monday, June 22, 2015

Another week in Croydon - 22 June 2015

Dear Family,

This week had it's ups and downs as every week does but they seem to be amplified as a missionary. The low points and the high points. There are 2 families that we have been teaching, and each of them made both the high and the low points in the week.

On Saturday we had an appointment to teach a family from India that was referred to us by their extended family who are members of the Church in India. About a week earlier we taught the mother and her 24 year old son and it was a really good lesson that had us really excited to teach them. When we showed up on Saturday her husband answered the door and seemed nervous and honestly pretty scared that we were there. He told us that the rest of his family were busy and that we would have to come back next week but seemed hesitant to even say that we could come back so that had us pretty disappointed.

The other family we teach, I've mentioned before, is Allan, Sadie, and Keyan. We saw them yesterday after church and had lunch with them and seeing them was the highlight of our week! When we teach them they have a lot of questions, especially Allan's son Keyan, but it still goes well. We are planning on inviting them to be baptized this week and are really excited about it! They are so interested in our lives and getting to know us as people as well as finding out more about the church! Teaching them always makes our week!

We taught Jonathan a couple of times as well and his progress as been continuing since he was confirmed! He was interviewed to receive the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday and passed so he will be ordained next Sunday!

Thank you for the birthday package! I got the  package on Tuesday and have been itching to open it ever since! It's always nice to get mail, especially from home. I've been meaning to send more written letters and other things so I will work on doing that! Look forward to letters with the Queen's face on the stamp!

Elder Probst and I get along great! He's from Midway, UT (there's always gotta be one) and has been on his mission for about 20 months. We've been finding and teaching a lot over the past 2 weeks so we've had good chances to work hard and help the people in Croydon!

It's hard to think what to write about because as you know many parts of being a missionary are routine and set so a lot of things that might be interesting or different than life in other parts of the world get sucked into the routine of missionary life. I'll try to watch for more that I can write about and get out of my comfort zone more so we can have cooler experiences. ;)

Repentance pictures are on their way. This week I will take more of my own so I don't have to rely on others for pictures. Croydon is a cool place so I will take pictures of a lot of the places we go everyday so you know more of where I am! Again any requests would help as well.

I want you to know that I know the gospel of Jesus Christ and the restoration of it's fullness in our day is true. Our personal relationship with the Savior and the Atonement is vitally important to learn the lessons we need to and be able to find true joy and peace in this life. Trust Him, rely on Him, learn of Him, and love Him.

I love you all.
Elder Draney

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