Riley is currently serving in Scottsboro Alabama and loving it. He is currently the District Leader and is learning a lot. He is overwhelmed with how many sister missionaries are entering the field. Alabama made history with receiving the most sister missionaries in one transfer which was 22 sisters and one elder. Riley's mission President does a wonderful blog that keeps us up to date as to how each of the missionaries are doing. If you are interested, check it out at http://alabamamissionupdate.
Here is some of the last letter we received from Riley today, April 29, 2013. He mentions Unclaimed Baggage in his letter. This is his favorite hangout on P-Day. As you can tell by the name, it's where all the unclaimed baggage is sent if it is not claimed. It's the Deseret Industries of Scottsboro.
So we got our transfer calls today......... We had to wait until around 1145 then the phone finally rang. We answered and hear that ... Elder McKay and I are both staying in Scottsboro!!! Things are going super good here. Like I cannot tell you how super excited I am. I'm freaking out I'm so excited. This week has been a really good week for us. I will include a little more but I just have to say again how excited I am about finally staying in an area more then one transfer and having the same companion for more then one transfer!
"Alright so this week started kinda rough. We had a few people we tried to meet here and there but they all just fell through. Nothing too solid. We met with this guy named brad who is a newly converted catholic but is extreamly open to listening to us. We will hopefully see him today, but he is always out and about helping people. His biggest problem is that he feels like he loves everyone else more then himself. Like that he doesn't love himself. We are going to try and fix that for him and show him that Heavenly Father loves him.
We also have Kim. Kim is super awsome. We met her at unclaimed baggage. She works there and is super friendly and could talk your ear off if you let her. She has a 6 year old son named josh and her husbands name is zach. He is actually friends with the former bishops son. It's super exciting to be able to see that she is prepared and she doesn't really know it yet. We were really excited to hear from her that she goes to a baptist church but she doesn't consider herself baptist which was great! She got sick and cancled her appointment with us but she is wanting us to come by. We brought her cookies and ended up meeting her husband because she wasn't home. He seemed really nice and offered to take us fishing sometime! They seem super legit!!
We also met Harli at Unclaimed. She doesn't work there like Kim does but running into her was a fun story. Elder McKay is a guitar guy who loves to play when they have guitars in. While looking at the guitars Harli came up and asked for the Ukelele. She doodled on it for a second while Elder McKay was holding the guitar and said Y'all should start like a string band or something. She responded by saying I don't think they could keep up.... Now Elder McKay is not one to pass up a challenge so basically we both asked to see her skill and then Elder McKay would play. She never did but we ended up talking about some of the things that we believe. She was interested because she is trying to learn about other religions. When she found out we were Mormon then she wanted to know everything. She is just full of great questions but she told us if she listens to us then we need to listen to what she beliveves. A fair trade but we look forward to talking to her more this week.
Finally we have andrea's friends mark and Nina. Hopefully we will be able to meet with them this friday but We will see. I can't say much about them because we met them in passing really. We just taught them because they were there but now they are intrested and want to hear more.
Riley's address is different from what is on the annoucements at church. He is currently at:
307 Kirby Street
Scottsboro, Alabama 35768.
Thank you to all who have sent him letters. He mentions them often and is very grateful for them.