The drive from Hood River to Stevenson is one of the most beautiful in our mission! Stevenson is about 3 hours south of Yakima, the farthest area in our mission. It’s on the WA side of the Columbia River, which divides WA and Oregon. The chapel is in the pines. It’s lovely. I learned today that Stevenson receives 88″ of rain each year. That’s amazing. It’s a beautiful spot. Elder Allen and Elder Peterson are serving here.Stevenson Elders with Bishop Zimmerman:Elder Allen: I now have a testimony of every aspect of the gospel. It was good before, but now I really understand the role of the Spirit. I’m better at teaching. When I first came, I was excited to teach, but I didn’t know how to. I’ve learned to trust in myself and my companion more. I’m studying 2 hours each day! Before it was all about friends, family and lots of basketball. I could’ve used my time more wisely and could’ve had a better work ethic. It’s hard when we plan and prepare and things fall through. I’m learning to be patient. (9 mos.)
Elder Peterson: I have more trust and faith in the Lord. I trust everything, that what needs to happen will happen. I trust the Lord’s timing. It makes me happier, not expecting everything to happen right now. I find more joy doing hard things. I schedule now and have structure. Every second of the day is scheduled. Two hours of study was hard at first, but now I like it. (9 mos.)New shoes arrived!
We made it home by 12:30 a.m. It was a long and wonderful day.