Elder Mifflin continues to serve for a few more weeks in what will be his final area. On July 18 he will celebrate his 20th birthday. Yeilin, one of his current investigators, shares the exact same birthdate so perhaps they will celebrate together. Below are some excerpts of recent emails.
“I am enjoying the mission but I can definitely feel my return day getting closer. I am hoping to be able to help a lot of people in these 6 weeks and do some good in the world before going home to become a slave to college.”
“One thing that I will miss, but at the same time not miss at all about the mission is being able to meet and get to know so many random people everyday. It is cool to meet all different types of people and try to help them in their lives…the not good side of that is we meet some people that are not so excited to see us…”
“We have been able to work with the bishop and the ward council to improve on some small but important things that need to change here” such as having members clean the church and starting sacrament meeting on time. “It is interesting how as a missionary you basically learn how to fulfill all of the callings in a ward because sometimes you are the ward.”
Recently Elder Mifflin was working to help a couple go to the temple but some challenges arose in the family and he was able to act as an intermediary. He writes, “Believe it or not I have become quite the marriage counselor during the mission.”
“On Monday (P day) we went back to Conani, my first area of the mission. I was able to see a few of the people that I knew and worked with. Overall it went very well. The ride back to San Francisco was not very fun though. It was only about 50 minutes but the bad part was that we had 15 adults and 8 children packed into a van that should probably not hold more than 12 people. To make it even better, it started raining heavily which forced us to close the windows, turning the van into a giant sauna. At that point my stomach was bothering me quite a bit so in all it was one of those things that are just terrible in the moment but later on you can laugh about it. It was a pretty classic DR moment.”
Elder Mifflin was later diagnosed with Giardia but has now been treated and is doing much better! We will see him in the flesh in a few weeks! He will return home on July 27th and speak in sacrament meeting on July 30th