January 15, 2013
Sorry the email is late. We went to Yosemite as you can see from the pictures from some missionaries from the south of the mission and with our mission President and it was so much fun! We had the missionaries come stay the night with us the night before so that we could get up in the morning and go north to get to Yosemite with plenty of time to see the park. We saw a coyote and some deer and the deer in the picture I sent you was less than 10 yards away as it came up close to us and tried to cross that bridge you see but got scared of the people on it. JoAnna would have loved to see that and be there for that haha. It was a great time and we all got to bond together. We then taught a less active man this evening and invited him back to church with his wife who is not a member. Their last name is Richardson and they are very nice but just have to jump the hurdle of getting back to church for the first time. They say that they are closer and closer each time we come over and that they love having us by so we are praying and hoping they will be there soon.
Things are going well and this next week will be busy as we have transfer boards this week (that is when we decide which missionaries go where and do what for the upcoming transfers) and then the next week is transfers and that is crazy for us with the outgoing and incoming missionaries. It will be exciting and probably I won't get as much sleep. I love being a missionary and sharing the Gospel. It is hard but it is so much fun at the same time. I truly appreciate all you do and have done and sacrificed for me to be here and serve Jesus Christ in this way. I love Him and love all of you and this work. Our area is doing well as we had 3 investigators at church this week and we have about 7 or 8 people that should be getting baptized here in these next few months so we are very excited and moving right along. I love you all so very much and keep you in my prayers. Be a missionary every day.
-Love Elder Neeley
ps Grandma I will send that letter to you first thing and I will set up an apt. with the dentist for this week. LOVE YOU!