My Mission Call

Called to serve in the Michigan, Detroit Mission in the Spanish language from September 2014- September 2016

Monday, November 17, 2014

Week 7 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Well, let me tell you all that this mission business is not easy at all. In fact it's probably the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. But it is the most worthwhile thing I have ever participated in! Snow is beginning to cover every part of the ground up here and the average temperature right now is around freezing. But I absolutely love it!

This last week has been an interesting one. There have been many ups and downs. The mission field has been discouraging for me because I don't feel like I do enough. There are so many things I want to say but I am bound by my limited Spanish, and being in a English speaking country doesn't help. But things began to to change when I met little Alexander. Late at night we were tracting and we were welcomed in by a lady named Olga. Soon there after I met her son Alexander, after a long and discouraging night for me internally, I instantly was filled with an abundant love for this little 7 year old boy. He is one of the most innocent things I have ever seen in my life. He could speak in English and Spanish, and was so anxious to read and participate in the lesson we were teaching. I just personally felt so protective of him because I knew how rare it is to find something so pure in the city and how quickly it can be destroyed. After our lesson I squatted down in front of him and told him how much God loved him and that if he did his best to always choose the right that he would have unlimited potential. I continued to tell him that he had a good heart and that he should never lose it because I could see and feel how much God loved him. I love that kid. It was because of him that He  sent us to that specific house that I was reminded once again of why I am here. I am here to love the people of Detroit as Christ does.

We have such a great branch! Sister Ferreira (who is a recent convert and feeds us almost ever day) goes tracting with us all the time, she calls me her "guero" which essentially means white guy haha. She enjoys making fun of me and I try to do the best I can back, but man! She is such a great force for good! She is so daring and helps us to get into houses and be able to share the gospel! So if you're not doing what you can to help the missionaries shame on you! We need your help!

I love you all!
Elder Alger

P.S. Last winter up here got down to at least -41 degrees F, which beat Russia in coldness, and this winter is supposed to be colder!

P.P.S. Vincent (the literally crazy guy that attends to our branch said as he was pointing to his papers of weird numbers and scribbles that "You better learn sum Tai Kwon Do or Karate or somethin cuz China is gunna take over the whole world! That evidence is right here!" or and he said he knows the next winning lottery ticket so if you need that just let me know haha

The people up here can't afford to pay people to decorate their businesses so they do it themselves! This will be a fun one for the kids!

I'm going to try to do a "graffiti of the week" pic, so here's this weeks!


  1. Tyson said, "We all miss you. Thanks for the pictures. We all really enjoyed them." We love you Elder Sam! Wilson says, "That kid in your letter sounds really great. The people that you talk about in your letters, are those the only people you've taught? Or are there other people too?" Dandi--I especially like how you capture the dandelions in the picture with the graffiti. Cool! Love ya!"

  2. Great pics! He's definitely got an eye for photography!

  3. I love that Elder Sam! He's just got GOOD stuff.........and a heavy portion of the Spirit of God! (Am I right???? He is not able to read our comments, correct???)

  4. Well, at least he lives in a very colorful city!