Elder Huffaker

Elder Huffaker

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

News from Sav

From Marilyn:
The missionaries are moving to a new email system, which seems to be phasing in at different rates for different missions. Brandon's new email address is posted in the pane on the right. His email this week was also a bit short. In answering some of my questions I sent, he writes:

I would be sending pictures if my camera battery didn't die this morning. Sorry. Sav is very big with a lot of people. It's just me and Elder Hicken because they've cut down on missionaries. (about 26) Elder Hicken and I can manage what we've learned of Sav so far. I would say that Sav is about the size of Grangeville and maybe a little bigger. Not quite sure.

I haven't gotten the box you sent yet, but look forward to it. The branch is ok, but they could be so much better. The way I think of it is that Jamaica is good at what Lewiston lacks and vice versa. Here, they're good a missionary work, but bad a carrying out their callings and all that jazz.

Our investigators aren't doing so well right now. We're not sure what we're gonna do. Yes, I got my haircut. I bought some trimmers last week Monday and cut my own hair. I filled the sink in our bathroom about 2/3 full.

Then in an email intended for all, he wrote:

I'm afraid you'll have to email everyone for me. I had to set up my new account and it has left me with 5 minutes remaining. This new system works very differently and will take some time getting used to.

First off, I had a bad experience with taxi drivers this week. We were riding out to visit a new convert to the church when I started to move more into the road to turn around. I had checked behind already and was waiting for oncoming traffic. When I started to turn, I saw a taxi coming so I moved back. Well the taxi driver swerved, slammed on his brakes, throws it into reverse and just starts cussing me out. I let him speak his mind and drive off, but if I wasn't a missionary, I would have laid into the guy.

Then, this India guy just thought he knew everything. He tries telling me the whole history of religion and how everything is false and you need to call an archangel to tell you the truth. Elder Hicken had a similar problem with a member's mother.

I'll have to tell you the rest of this week's story next week as I'm out of time. Hope to hear from everyone, and pictures should be coming.

Elder Huffaker


  1. I stumbled upon your blog from a friend of a friend of a friend. Anyways, I served in the Kingston Jamaica mission during 97-99, I see from some of the posts that your son has served in Falmouth and Old Harbor, both these ares were opened when I was Serving. In fact the Old Harbor branch cut the May-Pen branch in half when it did. May-pen was were I was serving at the time. It's good to see the work progressing. I loved my time as a Missionary and still love the Jamaican people with all my heart.

  2. I served in Sav in the fall of 85. I was one of the three who were arrested there, when a third of the mission had to leave the country. (Tell me this story hasn't been forgotten!)
    I opened the area with Elder Campbell. I was the Branch President. Our fist member was Levi Brooks. The area was closed after our expulsion.
    Are there any members in Sav who might have had contact with the Church before this incident— that is, someone who remembers me?
    Elder Sam Day