Monday, 13 June 2011

Week SF 49ers

The new area is amazing. It feels good to be serving back in a ward again. There aren't that many more members than we had starting to come out to WonJu, but with all the different callings in place, it makes it a lot easier to concentrate our efforts on finding and teaching. Of course we did meet with a lot of members and there is already some good programs in place for opportunities to find through the members. We also have some intense tasks of finding out if members actually still live here. This area has been closed and reopened and combined quite a few times so the records are kind of a mess. So, my new companion, Elder Fowers, has been slowly getting everything in order.

Last year, I had to go to another Zone for a day while my second companion Elder Lee Jeung Hyun had to take a test for the military. I ended up Street Boarding with Elder Bogner and Elder Prue(the Elder who served with Conor in Iraq), in the Sisters' area out here. I had such an amazing time contacting at this University, and I even sent some pictures home of it. We Street Boarded with the Sisters, and I've never gotten that many phone numbers before on my mission, and I haven't since in the short amount of time we were there. But it was in the sisters' area, and I was pretty jealous that I would never get to serve in that area. It felt so blessed, and it was just the right age group where people are more open to hearing and really understanding what we are teaching. To top it off, they had a smoothie place with amazing smoothies for $1.50... not that that is that important, but it was just the cherry on top of a day I felt I'd never get to have again.

I had been in the area a few days and we went to go teach some investigators at their lab. As we were walking out, I started to see some familiar things. "Wait...  that huge pond... NO WAY! This is OUR AREA???" It's the place I went to with Elder Bogner and Prue! It ended up changing to an Elders' area. I've been so far from the big cities I really didn't know what was going on with other Zones. Of course I had to get myself a smoothie... it was delicious.

The house I'm in now isn't as nice as WonJu, but it works. 4 elders, 1 bathroom, is a big adjustment. The day definitely doesn't start on time. It's way cool being with Elder Eissenhaur, we eat breakfast and lunch together, our companions are a little more health conscious than we are so it works out. There were two guitars left here, and Elder Eissenhaur and  I both brought ours, so there are just guitars everywhere in this house. We all sleep in the living room, under a big chandelier, i don't know how safe that is/why is something like that in a house this small?

We've got some great investigators, and we were able to get a Less Active to church my first week here. It was all a big miracle that no one had any clue what was going on until he showed up to our English class. He had lived in ShinCheoun before, and his name is really close to an investigator who the Missionaries are teaching in that area now. After all the mix-ups, he's now living an hour away in our area, and he has just been busy with work. He has a super strong testimony, and is really nice. I had nothing to do with it, except for texting him a bit after the name confusion I was unaware of. Some people are just meant to be brought back.

I'm excited for all the things going on here. I have to go snag some pics for you. And when I have more time I'll send the ones from my last area.

Love you all,
Elder Reyes

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