Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Area!

Well another week has come and gone here in northern Virginia and man has it been a crazy one! It has been really exciting though. My new area is in the Centreville 1st ward, which is kinda right in the middle of all of the areas I've served in so far. It is a pretty densely populated area with a lot of houses. It's actually the in the top 3 cities in the U.S for having the most Koreans too haha so there are a ton of foreign people here! The craziest part about this area though is that my companion Elder Cluff and I are replacing sisters in the ward here so we are both new to the area! In the mission that's called a "white wash" where two missionaries leave and two new missionaries come in. Elder Cluff was one of the guys in my district in the MTC and was a roommate of mine back in McLean so we've served around each other quite a bit. He's a great guy though, he is also from Nevada too, but he's from a little farther up north, Panaca. Which I don't think I've ever been to but it's just a little tiny farm town according to Elder Cluff (the Vanilla Gorilla) haha. Also we are still on bikes here too, which means that at the end of this transfer I will have been on bike for the past 9 months straight! Our area is definitely the biggest bike area I've been in though. On Saturday alone we biked 22 miles almost 23 haha. It is a great area though, everybody here is really friendly it seems like. We went and knocked on some doors for about an hour our fist night here and 3 people in a row invited us back after talking to us awhile on the doorstep! That like never happens! Usually it's about 1 in every 100 that actually says they are interested haha so it was pretty sweet. Luckily one of the sisters that was serving in the area before we got here got transferred to just the next ward over and ended up being in my district. So we can always call her to get info about the ward or the people we are teaching. We have had great reception from the ward so far too. This past Sunday we had a lot of people come up and introduce themselves and welcome us to the ward, so hopefully we can make some good friends there. It's always hard on a ward having two missionaries leave and two come in because there isn't really much trust for the new Elders right off the bat, so we have to make sure we work extra hard to prove them we're trustworthy! We are pumped to be here though. It seems like it's going to be such a great area. Well hopefully next week I'll be able to give an update on the new people we are teaching! We sure are doing our best to find them haha. I hope everyone has had a great week wherever you are! I love and miss all of you guys!

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