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April 1, 2013
Hi Mom and Dad!
Well this week has been interesting for sure! Elder Bolan, who is the next area over, was training a visa-waiter for Peru. They got a call Wednesday that he was leaving the next day.... So now we have him [Elder Bolan] sleeping on our floor and the 3 of us have to cover 2 areas with 2 cars, 2 phones, and 2 apartments. So this will definitely be interesting.
Other than that it’s the same old, same old. Nothing too exciting happened this week. We were really just planning and trying to find out how we will work 2 areas with only 1 set of us. So we have twice as much to do in half the time.
Mexico sounds fun. I’d like to be there too, but oh well. It has slowly started to warm up. Apparently, this time last year it was in the 80's, so its struggling to get there. I’m hoping it will stay in the 60's or so until I get my short-sleeve shirts.
With my weights and protein I’m starting to get bigger. I have an hour to work out in the morning, and then I work out again a little at night before bed. So that’s something to keep my mind busy.
Anyway, I’m still having a great time and learning a lot! I will have to listen to that talk that you guys sent me [this was a great talk on the Atonement by Elder Holland - www.lds.org/general-conference/2009/04/none-were-with-him?lang=eng]. Oh, and I thought of something I would like to get in my package but it’s too late now.... I wanted a cammo tie/sweats. "Mossy oak" would be preferred :)
Other than that not a lot has happened, just the same old, same old. Hopefully, I will have some cool stories for you guys next week!
Does Jonathan know how to use the knife I sent him? It’s spring-assisted so it you flick down the piece sticking out of the back it flies open like a switch blade. It’s pretty cool. Anyway let me know when I should expect my shirts. It’s warming up fast.
Love you guys!
April 8, 2013
I think my 2 favorite talks [from General Conference] were Elder Holland’s and President Monson’s in priesthood session, I think it was. Anyway, he told a story about when he was a kid and wanted to make a bonfire. It was really funny, but turned out the whole talk was on obedience. We watched every session, so the last 2 days we didn’t do anything really besides eat and wait at the church for conference
Lately, my companions are complaining because we are helping people move about twice a week, although I love it because it gets me out of these clothes and into normal ones, and then I get to do some physical activity! This place is a dying town. All the young people are moving away because there are no jobs besides fast food. There are tons of old people who all used to work at the steel mill here that was a huge employer back in the day.
It sounds like I will be getting transferred. We had interviews with President Pitt, and he talked with me and hinted at me being transferred. Well, he pretty much told me I am, but not 100% sure. He changes his mind on the last day all the time. Also he was hinting that I would be training...so we will see what happens. If you guys plan to send anything, it would be a good idea to send it to the mission office address just in case I get transferred before it gets here.
I did get my Easter package, Thank you! It was great seeing it didn't have much candy. I have almost eaten it all now!
The investigators are pretty much the same. Mark and his daughter are both on still date for May, and then Leah is progressing. She has wanted to come to church and raise her kids around a church and get out of the situation she is in. But other than that, it’s kinda slow. Mainly because we have 3 of us trying to cover 2 areas, but that’s ok.
On Wednesday I had an American flag pin I was going to put on my backpack, but I had to superglue it first. To make a long story short, I super glued it onto my hand and had to go to our ward mission leader’s doctor’s office so he could get it off for me. It was on there for a good 3 hours, because we were trying to get it off without help.
I am rooting for Louisville [in the NCAA Tournament], because those kind of comeback stories are pretty sweet, and also because everyone in this area is a rediculously huge UK fan, and it gets annoying that they think their team is the best team in the country even though they didn’t make the tourney.