Elder Iver Johnson
820 S. Pine St. Suite 101
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
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Now, on August 24 Elder Johnson wrote:
The sign said: Welcome to Moses Lake, WA, which, I think was poorly named. The lake is funny shaped and looks more like a river, and is incredibly shallow. There are about 30,000 people here, it looks a lot like The Meadows (in Castle Rock), with half the money (10,000 people at least) who all own potato fields. The other 20,000 people work for them and live outside city limits in trailer parks. Guess where I am?! Yes. I was assigned to the trailer parks speaking Spanish to the people who work the potato fields. So...Spanish, which is good. Personally, I think it should have been named "Trailer Park City," with the 'r' backwards. You choose which 'r'.
My companion is named Elder Pablo Arcia. He was born in the mission am headed to (eventually), but grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He is a hard worker and incredibly polite to everyone. We'll take some pictures and I'll email them next week.
This week was not incredibly easy. It was the best, most frustrating, hottest, spirit filled, wonderful, exhausting, thrilling week I have had yet. I got the worst homesickness I have ever felt in my life, and also felt so much joy seeing someone feel the spirit for the first time, and recognizing it. It was a hard and great week. I'm having some trouble getting used to working like a missionary and accepting that I'll be doing it for the next 21 months. Rome wasn't built in a day. Pray that the construction crews work faster, will you?
Please write me! Missionaries love to receive mail after a long hard day! I cannot guarantee I will be able to write back all the time, but I will pay you for the stamps you use to write me when I get back, if you so wish!
My mission president is wonderful, He's been incredibly helpful this first week. I'm happy under his direction.
I love you all! I miss you! Write!!! I love you!
Elder Iver Johnson