My new area is the Groton CT ward. It is actually really close to my first area, Waterford. There is just a bridge separating Groton and Waterford. I spent a few pdays in Groton last year, so I am a little familiar with the city. It is right on the coast, so that will be nice for summer. Right in Groton the Navy has a huge submarine base, and so a big portion of the ward is made up of members of the Navy. Groton is along the Connecticut, Rhode Island border so I will be getting to see some of Rhode Island as well. My new companion is Elder Jones, he only has 12 more weeks left in the mission and then will be heading home.
Going to Groton actually comes with a new assignment for me as well, I have been asked to serve as a Zone Leader in the mission. President called me Friday and asked if I would be willing to serve as a ZL, so of course I said I would haha. Now I have to be responsible for my own area as well as 7 other companionships and their areas. Elder Jones has been a ZL for like a year now, and so I will have a lot to learn from him. Our zone is the Providence South Zone, so we are responsible for all of the missionaries serving in the southern half of the Providence Rhode Island Stake. That includes Waterford, New London, Norwich CT, and then Westerly, Narragansett, and Newport Rhode Island. We go on exchanges with all of the Elders in our zone once a transfer, so I am excited to get to see all of these different areas.
Like I said, we started the goodbyes last night, so I will show you a small portion of our people here in Waterbury! The rest will have to wait until next week....
This is Angelo and Amie Aquino, and their baby Zachary. Zach was the baby that I was able to bless two weeks ago. Amie grew up in the church but is not a member right now, and her husband Angelo isn't a member either. He has been meeting with us and taking the lessons for a while, and actually agreed to be baptized. His date has passed by now though, he wasn't quite ready I guess. The biggest thing is getting him to come out to church regularly, which has been a struggle. He knows the Gospel is true, and he will definitely be baptized someday, but just has to take care of some things first. Amie is actually in jail now and is pretty close to my new area, so I might get to see her again if I can go visit.