July 16, 1993

Dear Jennifer,

How are you? We are not quite under the water but almost. We do not have any water (running water) in our apartment so it has been really stressful because most of the time I am not showered and feeling clean. We have filled a ton of sandbags and built a few walls which was fun but very tiring.

I realize it has been a long time since I have written but I have had a lot of different stresses lately that I have had to deal with. Once was my companion and his attitude. I finally had to sit down and talk with him. He is very receptive and took it all in stride. I still think that he is still somewhat jealous that I am “senior” companion. He can have it! The flood came up in the middle of this whole thing and so it has been quite the pain. Most everything is worked out so most of the stress is gone.

Our new mission president seems to think that I am the “sale of the earth” and is looking for me to be the example when I am having a tough time trying not to be anxious to go home. I still feel like it is too good to be true. It still has not hit me yet and don’t know when it will.

Well, I got my flight plans today so I thought I write and tell then to you in case you forget when I call. There will be about a half hour layover in Minneapolis and then on to Salt Lake City. I will arrive in Minneapolis at 8:40 a.m. on flight #650 (Northwest Airlines) and will leave on flight #673 for SLC at 9:25 a.m. I hope I will get the opportunity to call and tell you all this over the phone.

The hardest part of going home is the suspense of returning home. It is also very frightening to know that I will no longer spend my time with my fellow missionaries and friends building memories but I hope I can adjust quickly.

Well, I am feeling awfully sluggish and boring right now and hope you forgive me. It has been really difficult to write lately and I also cannot wait to be able to pick up the phone and talk to you. Of course, I will be in Salt Lake for 2 weeks so I will have to give you numbers for where I will be there. Thank you for your patience and love.

With deepest love and admiration,
Elder Gregory S. Woolf

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