Thanks again for the views, prayers and support of Elder TJorg!
So Sister Ballard wanted me to write this up and send it to the mission office... And I am sending it to you guys too!
LIST OF COMPANIONS Elder Mike G Cooper- September 9th 2013 - Deceber 2nd 2013 - Beaverton West - Elder Cooper instilled a good work ethic in me. Neither of us really knew what we were doing, but we didn't let that stop us from working hard. Elder Tyler Morrison - December 2nd 2013- February 24th 2014 - Beaverton West - My companionship with Elder Morrison was one of those that I learned more from the things that went wrong than the things that went right. We didn't get along very well and the two biggest factors were A) my pride and B) the fact that we didn't ever talk through our problems. Not talking about things usually doesn't help them go away. Elder Austin Goff- February 24th 2014 - April 7th 2014 - Milwaukie - Elder Goff is one of the best examples of having a good attitude in life that I have ever met. He always does his best to be upbeat and happy even when your area is hard and its cold and rainy outside, Elder Goff was happy to be working. Elder Mathew Warenski - April 7th 2014 - June 23rd 2014 - Milwaukie - I love Elder Warenski. When we first got put together, I wasn't sure that I would, he reminded me a lot of Elder Morrison. But I made the decision after Elder Morrison that I'd never have a bad companionship due to lack of effort on my part again. So I decided going into that companionship that I was just going to love Elder Warenski and do all that I could to help us get along, and he is one of my best friends for life now. Elder Gerardo Soriano - June 23rd 2014 - September 22nd 2014 - Milwaukie - Elder Soriano is the best example of the pure love of Christ that I have ever met in my life. He loves everybody, and insists that you love them too. When I was with Elder Soriano it really helped me to look outside myself and realize that there are other people and they have other ideas than I do, and sometime's it's not all about me. Elder David Peterson - September 22nd 2014 - November 3rd 2014 - Evergreen - Elder Peterson was great about being sincere with people, and helping members understand the vision of and purpose behind missionary work. We whitewashed into Evergreen, went to work, and saw miracles happen. Elder Waylon Jessen - November 3rd 2014 - December 15th 2014 - Evergreen - Elder Jessen and I got along well as friends but clashed very frequently as companions. We had different views of missionary work and often butted heads because of it. One day, after a particularly heated debate, he told me that before the mission, it was people with attitudes like mine that had made him not like the church. That was a profound moment for me. There I was trying to help other people come unto Jesus Christ, and yet I couldn't even do that in my own companionship. At that point being a good companion took on a whole new meaning to me. Was it still important to help my companion be a good missionary? Yes. But how I went about doing that was equally as important as what I was trying to do. Elder Gaven Mann December 15th 2014 - January 22nd 2015 - Tigard - With Elder Mann I learned to trust in the Lord about how He does things. Elder Mann and I got along really well, we were like brothers most of the time. We told each other all of our stories and a lot of the ones that he told me he said I was the first companion he had told them to. Towards the end of that transfer, he told me he needed to meet with President, and subsequently ended up going home. After he went home, it came to my attention that he had been breaking a lot of rules that I didn't even know about, which partially opened my vision to some of the other reasons that he went home. A lot of them were things that other missionaries knew about, that no one told me about, and if I had known about them I would have tried to help him with them. But that would have affected our friendship, and in the end a good friend can do more for someone than anyone else can. Elder Marshall Tuten and Elder Dakota Bair January 22nd 2015 - January 26th 2015 - Being with Elders Tuten and Bair was a good little recharge for me. They are both very diligent missionaries and for the few days that I was with them I kind of just fed off of their energy. Elder Parker Engman January 26th 2015 - March 9th 2015 - With Elder Engman I saw from both sides of the spectrum how attitude really is one of those small things that makes a big difference. While he was my companion I sprained my ankle really bad and had to take a few days off. My first day that I was allowed to be back, my ankle still REALLY hurt to walk on. I could have asked for another day off, but I knew that if I did that, my heart wouldn't really be in it for the right reasons. Elder Dakota Bair - March 9th 2015 - April 20th 2015 - Elder Bair really showed me the value of doing the little things right all of the time, of just teaching simply and planning thoroughly and being obedient. We saw a lot of cool things happen together. Elder Gregory Mayer - April 20th 2015 - July 13th 2015 - Elder Mayer and I worked harder than I would say that I've worked with anyone else my whole mission. We got along great but also had a desire to help people. We saw a lot of cool miracles about finding people. Things happened that no one but God could have lined it up. And yet even after praying to be able to teach someone who was in the middle of an addiction and needed the Gospel to make it out, and finding someone who had been struggling with a pornography addiction for 5 years, or praying on my birthday that God would lead us to someone who would be baptized, and the only person that we talked to that day was someone who told us that she knew God had sent us to her, and the date we felt like giving her was her birthday, which she graciously accepted, or praying to find someone who really just needed to hear our message, and finding someone who did With all of those cool experiences, try as hard as we could, we couldn't go anywhere with them. It gave us a unique perspective on enduring to the end because things were going well, but not the way we had hoped. MISSION PRESIDENTS. - President Jeffrey R. Morby.When I first came out on my mission, it was a spur of the moment type decision, so I probably wasn't as prepared as I should have been, but I knew, and I still know, that I was where I was, when I was, for a reason. In my first area, my trainer and I practically whitewashed it. My trained had only been out for 3 months longer than me so neither of us really knew Spanish very well, let alone how to do missionary work. But we did work hard, and as we did so we met a young man by the name of Eric Salazar. All three of us quickly became friends and after a lot of prayers and fasting, he was baptized on my last Sunday with my trainer. It stands at a testimony to me that God has a plan for each of us and he knows what He is doing. 2. The baptism of Eric's parents and sister.