January 18, 2016
Dear Family and Friends,
I'm staying in Greenville with Elder Claridge! This will be my fifth transfer here and this is the first time I'm actually going to be able to finish the training of one of my sons.
Unfortunately, we had to drop many of our investigators because we have lost contact with them over the holidays. However, we are also finding some solid new people to teach.
We met Rosia down in the town of Grifton a while ago but we never visited her because we couldn't locate her address. Sometime last week, I was calling through a potential sheet and talked to Alfonso. He told me that he had moved recently but that we could teach him and his family sometime in the next few weeks. When we were on exchanges with the Zone Leaders this past week we visited Alfonzo. It turns out that Rosia is her Alfonzo’s wife. They are super cool and they said they would come to church next week. We also talked to their neighbor. It ends up that he has had an interest in coming to our church for a while. He hadn't attended because he had heard that all our services are in English and so he didn't think that there were any other Hispanics who attended. We told him how we have a few Hispanic families that come every week and that we translate the meetings for them. He told us that he would come to church next Sunday. We also gave him a Book of Mormon and he said that he'd read it.
We were on bikes for most of this week. Our car finally got approval to go to the shop and get repaired. Elder Dickerson and I were involved in a car accident a few months ago. Biking has made missionary work kind of hard since most of the Hispanics citizens live outside of the city center. Although most of the people that we teach are far away and we couldn’t get to them, we were still able to find some more people to teach in the city. Greenville has no sidewalks so we just had to bike in the street. When you get out towards the countryside there is only 1 lane. We are forced to bike on a one-foot-wide narrow shoulder. It is pretty scary to ride at night with cars driving past us going 60 miles per hour. We had to bike on our exchanges with the Zone Leaders, too. I felt prompted that we needed to bike to an investigator's home so that we could give her a Book of Mormon. We have only taught her once because our past two appointments have fallen through. We biked out the 6 miles out to her home in the dark when the weather was just barely above freezing at 35 degrees. We gave her the Book of Mormon and she said that she would read it. So yeah, biking this past week was pretty fun and it was a good workout.
Hope everyone has a good week!
This is my mode of transportation while our car is in the repair shop.
Bowling with Elders in my District on a Preparation day