Missionary Dan Email #18 from Vancouver, Washington

Climbing a mountain (Daniel on right)

All the mission leaders met this week for a four day training for missionaries. It has a lot to do with how to follow the Spirit, teaching skills in general, and the importance of certain commitments. It’s hard to summarize four days of excellent training, but we were able to role play each day to practice. I’ve already had the chance to use the things I learned and it has been great.

Daniel (left) and other eldersElder Hardy worked hard with another Elder Draper he was able to be with. We arranged for priests to come out with Elder Hoskin (Elder Draper’s companion) so both areas would have missionaries in them. It was as if I had never left. Both my companion and Elder Hoskin grew a lot from the experience and it was good for them to take the area over for awhile.

We had seven investigators at church and they all had a wonderful time. I am so happy that they were able to come. The Lord has been leading us to so many people to teach, our days are full with appointments two to three days in advance. It is honestly one of the busiest times of my mission and I love every moment of it. We are very grateful the Lord has trusted us with so many great people to teach.

While I was in Kennewick I was able to be with Elder Derges and Elder Kelly again. They were both my companions before and we had a blast sharing old memories. They are both really good friends to me. We stayed at Elder Derges’ apartment and did his work in the evenings after the training.

We decided to climb a mountain at six in the morning before our meetings at eight. See picture. Also the member’s house we stayed at there was a llama. Practicing the every soul is precious principle I attempted to share the Book of Mormon. Unfortunately the llama didn’t show much interest.

It was a great week here and I’m glad everyone had fun camping and at Bear Lake. The pictures are great! Thanks for sending them.

Love, Elder Willoughby

Elder Daniel Willoughby is serving in the Washington Kennewick Mission. If you want to communicate with Daniel, write in the comments or use one of these addresses.
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Daniel proselytizing


  1. Paula N. from Kennewick says

    I thought that looked a lot like our neck of the woods (picture of the missionaries). And there are quite a lot of folks here who have llamas. They’re pretty popular … there used to be a sizable herd of them down the street from us but the owners sold their land and it’s now being developed for housing. I miss those llamas! I keep waiting to see if Elder Dan shows up in my ward … not so far, but maybe he will one day.

    • He will have to get moving, he finishes his mission in early November. He will be the last of my four sons to complete his mission. We look forward to having him home. Last night my wife was starting work on getting his room ready — she’s been using it for scrap-booking.

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