January 12, 2015, Wow...another week already.

[Personal notes from him I thought you might find interesting]

I'll take pictures of my shoes before I leave them here. They are starting to wear out. I was already planning on not bringing home any clothes with exception of the street clothes I have, my suit and the nice pair of shoes that Brother Bean bought me (I only use them when I have to use my suit; zone conferences, Sundays and interviews with President Christensen.)

[His real email home]

I feel like this is going to be a theme of my letters from now on. Every time I see the date or anything that reminds me of how little time I have left I start wishing that I could control time and go back a few months... about 20 or so. I feel so old.

Everything is going well here. I'm working hard and I'm not sure if it is because I am just always tiered or because I'm working hard but I always get to the house and just want to fall on my bed and sleep. I almost don't even care about changing or planning... almost. It is a little hard to keep working sometimes. I just don't seam to have the energy I used to have. 

I don't really have much to say about this week. We taught a lot and we walked a lot. I hope that this week we teach a lot and walk very little. because my knees really are starting to bother me. Speaking of which... I would like it if you could set up a doctor appointment for me when I get home so that a doctor can check my knees and back (my back has always bothered me a little but I never thought to get it checked before now). I really don't want to have knee problems after I get home but I don't trust the doctors here and don't have time either (any treatment would probably take longer than the time I have left in the mission to take effect or complete and I don't want to waist time in a doctor's office or have to rest after surgery). 

Elder Jason Blanding.


President Christensen;

I feel like one of the best feelings as a missionary is when your Investigators come to church. Yesterday we had another person come to church. His name is R*. His 14 year old son died a few weeks ago from cancer and is feeling really depressed. His girlfriend is a member and she invited us to talk with him a few weeks ago (after the passing away of his kid) and yesterday was the first time he had come to church. I really hope that he will be able to recover his hope in life and obtain a hope of seeing his son again.

I feel like time is going by too fast. Every time I start planning and realize the dates of the days for which I am planning I just want to be able to tell the time to stop and even go back a few weeks, months and years. I really hope to make these last few weeks count. 

Elder Blanding.