Monday, June 10, 2013

The Mish Has Begun!

Well I finally made it out into the actual mission field! On Tuesday morning we got up bright and early and left the MTC around 6 AM and left for the airport. There were 19 of us missionaries on the flight to Boston, and Elder Calvert and I were the only two Elders, pretty crazy! We made it to Boston around 4:30 Boston time and President Packard and Sister Packard were there at the airport to pick us up. They are amazing people! On Tuesday night they took us all to the mission home and fed us dinner. It was so nice to eat a home cooked meal, the MTC food was getting real old. The rest of the night we just hung out at the mission home and got to know President Packard and his family. They have four kids, their oldest is serving a mission in Chile right now. Then they have Angela who is 19, Natalie who is 16 and Michael who is 12. They are all super nice and just a great family! Wednesday they took all of us Greenie's and fed us to the wolves. They piled us in some vans and then took us into downtown Boston. They dropped us off at the Boston Common, gave us a few Book of Mormon's and some pass along cards and had us go street contacting for an hour or so. We were pretty nervous at first, the people here aren't the friendliest haha. But it was great! Elder Calvert and I were able to have some good conversations with a lot of people, but none of them were too interested in learning more about the church. We like to say we were just planting seeds, ya never know what could eventually come out of that one conversation. Then after they let us know that we actually wouldn't be doing much street contacting in this mission. The New England people are really closed off and aren't really open to hearing our message very often. So a lot of our work in the Boston Mission is going to be working with member's and a lot of work with less actives. The rest of that day we had interviews with President Packard and then a lot of training and A LOT of good food. Thursday we got up bright and early and headed to the Belmont Chapel (right by the Boston Temple) where we had our transfer meeting and found out where we were going and who our companion was! Pres. and Sis Packard spoke and then they had the departing missionaries speak too, it was a way good meeting. Anyways, my companion is Elder Fletcher, from Layton Utah. He is a way funny guy, we get along great. He only has 6 weeks left, so at the next transfer meeting he will be heading home unfortunately! But things are great. We were assigned to the Waterford, Connecticut area. It is soo pretty here, and there are trees EVERYWHERE. The area is pretty big and includes Waterford, New London, East Lyme, Lyme (apparently the place where Lyme's disease was first found) and a few other cities. We have the Naval and Coast Guard academy's here and so a lot of the people here either go to school there or work for the Navy and stuff like that. We are right along the Thames river and also part of the Connecticut coastline. It is a pretty cool area! Our apartment is great, it is way big for missionaries. It is actually a house that they have converted into apartments, and we have the whole first floor to ourselves. I will have to send pictures next week! But Elder Fletcher and I are "shotgunning" it, which means we are coming in and starting up a new area. They haven't had Elder's here for a long time, and so it is kind of crazy! We didn't really know where to start because usually when you get to an area you just pick up where the other Elder's left off. It seems like the Waterford Ward was just waiting for Elder's to get here though, because they have a TON of work for us to do. There are only about 80 members that come to church regularly, and there are a lot of less actives in the area. So that is where we will be doing a lot of our work to begin with. We have had quite a few appointments with members, just trying to get to know everyone. We have even had two appointments with investigators already! Our one investigator, Liz, is amazing! The story of how she found the church is so cool! To make a long story short she was looking for a new church and had been trying out a few. Her JW friend gave her the address to her church, and so Liz was going to give it a shot. Somehow, someway she ended up at the LDS church house that Sunday instead of the JW church, she walked in and the rest is history. After that Sunday she went out and bought a Triplet and began studying the Book of Mormon and Preach my Gospel like crazy. She has already taught herself so much! So we went and had a lesson with her on Saturday...and she now has a baptismal date set up for July 14! Haha only three days here and we got our first baptism date, but she did a lot of the work herself. We are super excited to be here in Waterford and are trying to get the missionary work started throughout the whole ward.  Send me some letters!!! Give a shout out to Debbie Reeder for me.  Tell her thanks for the package and all the great stuff it had! And thanks to all of you for the dear elders at the MTC.  They were great. 

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