Original Letter from Elder Jolly on 28 November 2011

Dear Family,

So to start out sadly Michael didn't get baptized, he has a Pi polar
disorder and his health tanked and he just didn't have the desire anymore
oh well.  I will try and get a letter out to Jeremy today, we will see what
happens though.  Food Joint wise there is a little bit of everything, we of
course have a Carls Jr. we have McDonald's, Papa Murphy's, Papa Johns, a
Panda Express, a bunch of Buffets. Just a whole bunch of places that are
good to eat at.

Well I can't exactly answer completely what our area boundary's are but I
know it goes from the I-5 all the way out to the middle of nowhere, its a
big area considering we are the only missionary's that have a car except
for the ZL's.

Oh the Christmas Question, well me and Elder Manwill where discussing this
a bit, we actually on P-days play some risk with the other Elders in our
district and we where thinking that to get another strategy board game
would be fun to have so on holidays if they don't want us out or our areas
we can sit down and play that, when we can't go Tracting. So, (this is just
wishing) we thought it would be cool if we could get axis and allies to
play then and on P-days just to spice it up a bit. :D
Besides that just simple office supplies will suffice, like post-it notes,
note cards, three ring hole punch, just stuff like that, and ties are
always nice to get.
I really don't know what to ask for so I'm just going off of the top of my
head, I guess some extra cash is always nice to have. I have heard the
owner of a pretty nice clothing store will sell $30 ties to missionary's
for like $5 dollars and I guess to elders got $500 suits for only $100
dollars I thought that was pretty nice of them. But I guess just whatever
you think could be useful. Oh actually a Jacket that could cover my suit
and has a hood would be really nice. If I think of anything else I'll write
it down and tell you next week.

The questions about my comp I'm not totally sure about I'll get those to
you next week.

With the picture that you said looked like I had a black eye I couldn't
tell you why, it might just be like you said a printing error I don't
really know. And with mail and such I have heard it takes around three days
to get here, I will have to check on the package you sent me to get you a
sure answer.

Now Shelly, we went over there last night and taught here, she said she
doesn't feel like she is ready, but the date we set was really just a goal
so we will continue to work with her. She just needs to continue to read
the Book of Mormon that's the heart of the problem.

I thought in my last email I said I say Elder Friend, so yes I did see if
for a bit, we said hi and talked for a little bit, I should be able to see
him again at the Christmas party so that should be fun.

So Thanksgiving, it was pretty fun we ate with just one family and most of
the stuff I was familiar with, but they had homemade stuffing which was
really good, they also had cheesy potatoes, yum!! We actually still have
some in the fridge, I love that stuff, after we had been there for 4 hours
we just went back to the apartment and relaxed since we couldn't do
anything that day.

Don't worry about my comp, we have been doing alot better at getting up on
time, I think it was just that, that week was crazy and hectic, and we
really didn't know what was going on, but he is a great guy, and a really
good trainer. Just so you know they give the trainers a whole packet on
what they are supposed to do so it is laid out for them and they give the
missionary's they are training a packet as well. The first time trainers
also get to go to a leadership meeting as well so don't freak out. The ZL's
also go on exchanges just to make sure everything is going well, and our
District leader we will be doing the same thing the next week. so again
don't worry!!

So I hope I answered your questions, I can't say much really has happened
this week, we have just done some tracting mostly, my knee is doing well.
It actually bothers me more when I am in church for 6 hours and sitting
then walking and such. I sadly still can't run though :( so that's no fun.
I will tell you we do have a potential investigator that's seems quite
interested. We had a Book of Mormon for here and before we told here it was
her's she asked if she could get it at the library. I guess that's a good
sign right there.

Well tell everyone thanks for all the candy and letters and such in the
package they where fun to get. Letters are always fun to have. Love ya all,
                                     Elder Jolly