Hey Ya’ll: (That’s how they say it here.)
I feel like I am in the jungle here. It is very green and there is lots of wild life. When we go for our morning walks there are roosters crowing like crazy!!
This is a photo of Sister Craig and I and Mission President Craig my first day from the MTC to Jacksonville Florida. My companion, Sister Kasteler and I are in this next photo.
So now the story…Me and my new companion get along just fine. She has only been out in the mission for 6 weeks!! So it is kinda the blind leading the blind. Just kidding…She knows what to do but we are both open to suggestions. We are struggling to find people to teach right now. We are teaching lots of less active members and trying to get referrals from members. We are being very obedient and trying to use all the guidelines our mission president has given us. The first night we got to Florida we were billeted out to church members. Sister McPhee and I went to one home. This house was super shady though and really gave us the creeps. The shower was insecure and didn’t seem safe. We prayed lots that night. But we lived and it was an experience. hahaha. I wish I could talk and explain these things, but this will have to do.
The area we are serving in is pretty poor and kinda shady. We were having a discussion with Calvin, (he sits out on his porch and smokes while we teach him,) and he was saying, “I say ya’ll over on the other side of the tracks (there is a train that runs through the town), I don’t even go over thar, ya’ll are crazy. Watch yourselves.” hahaha We are definately in the hood. It is a lot different here than in Canada. EVERYONE has an accent and the area we serve in is kinda like the getto or something. I have killed 6 cockroaches so far, 3 in the kitchen, 1 in the bathroom, one in the car and one in my bed! They gross me out. We did some service last week for a lady in the ward and there were about 20 among her things. They were all dead.
It is difficult sharing the gospel here because everyone says, “Oh, I have already been saved. Try that house over there.” It’s hard to tell them, “No, you haven’t.” Especially when you’re right there on their doorstep.
We got the Elders to come over and give Betty, our main investigator a blessing for her health. It was really awesome. Betty has a baptismal date, but she has many health issues and keeps not being able to make it to church. She is very kind and speaks her mind.
I got Sister Turner’s and the Comfort’s mail “stuff” as well as the “stuff” you sent. Thank you to all for everything. The article in the New Era for this month quote you sent, “We set goals to show our faith and we follow up on goals to count our blessings.” Good stuff. Computer time is up. They changed the mission rules, we now get 60 minutes to read and reply to emails! Boom. No more excuses Clifton give us some of the good info…I love you all sooooo much.