Monday, July 1, 2013

Busy In Connecticut

Okay so a lot of people have been asking me questions throughout their letters and emails that I haven't gotten a chance to answer. So here are a few answers to some questions that I have gotten a lot.

-So on P-Days we have a lot of stuff to do in the mornings. We have to get all of our shopping done for the week, clean up the apartment, and all that good stuff. Then we head to the library to email. We usually get done with emails around noon, and then from noon to 6 we can do all sorts of stuff, the main restriction is that we have to stay within our Zone. These past few p-days we have been playing a lot of basketball and soccer with all the other Elders in the district. We also went to the mall a day, went and toured a submarine museum, and went to the beach a day. Our apartment is only 5 minutes from the ocean, so there are quite a few beaches around. I'm not sure what they are named though. These next few p-days we have some really cool stuff planned that I will have to tell you about later!

-Our area here is really big, it includes 11 different cities. So we really don't have to do a whole lot of walking. We have a car, but we have a limit on miles each month and so we have to be really careful and try not to go over our limit. We actually went over our miles limit this past month, and so we are getting bikes now that we can ride around to appointments that are close to our apartment. A lot of people ask about the tracting and going around knocking on doors, but we really don't do a lot of that. We go tracting when there is absolutely nothing else to do, which isn't often. We have actually only went around knocking on doors once so far. We have been super busy working with appointments with members, less actives and our investigators, which is great!

-Sundays are just as busy in the missionary field as everyone says they are. We go to church at 9 AM for meetings and then we are packed with appointments and lessons until 9 PM.  Yesterday during church I gave a talk in sacrament, had to teach the lesson in Gospel Principles, and then also had to teach the lesson in the combined Young Men/Young Women meeting! So yeah Sundays are definitely our busiest day.

This past week has been great though! It has been dang hot and humid. A few days we got into the high 90's, but the humidity is so bad here. We were able to pick up 3 new investigators this week, hopefully I will be able to tell you a little bit more about them as we continue to teach them.

We spent a few days this week going around and contacting a list of unknown people from the ward directory. Just people that no one has seen or heard from within the past few years but their records are still here in our ward. We usually find out that most of them have moved away, but we actually had some really cool experiences doing this.

We went to one guys address that used to live in New London, but when we got there we found out he had moved. We got talking to the guy that lived there now though and found out that he had grown up in the Mormon church and was really active in it until he moved away to college and joined the Navy and then had fallen away. We had a good conversation with him and he said that he had really been wanting to come back to church lately but just didn't know how to go about it. Unfortunately he was in the process of moving when we found him, but he gave us his contact information and asked that we pass it along to the Missionaries in the area that he was moving to. We had a few other really cool experiences along the way but I am short on time today. Hope you all have a great week!

Here are a few pictures from this week. The one is of the Thames River, with the Groton Bridge going across it. We were out along the Thames River for the Submarine tour that we did.

A less active lady in our ward that we have been working with has 6 new puppies this week, so that's what this picture is all about!

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