a new companion I realize that I don't know this area at all. Or
anybodies names for that matter. And because previous missionaries did
not keep up well with the area book I don't know where anyone lives.
The stress is real! But it's also been a heck of a lot of fun starting
Tuesday we drove up to Anchorage. It's about a 4 hour drive, but it
was made significantly longer by the amount of times we had to stop
and pee. This is the problem with staying hydrated. You don't do good
on long trips. I realized when I was back in Anchorage that I missed
Anchorage. I still know that city super well, so it was fun driving
around and seeing a few people. I hung out with Jackson, which was
awesome. He's doing great. Probably going to move pretty soon, but
he's not sure where yet. He's thinking about going to Utah, when I
asked why he showed me a picture of a girl he had met and said "Those
legs though." That's Jackson right there.
Wednesday I picked up my new companion, Elder Freestone. I didn't know
there was such a thing as a freestone peach until now. Clearly I don't
know enough about fruits. He's awesome. We drove back from Anchorage
to Sterling that night after many hours of meetings and we talked a
lot. He's from Monticello Utah which is a very small town in the
southeast corner of the state. It's about 2000 people. So he's used to
the small town life. He was a mechanic before he came out, and he
graduated this year. That's messed up. But he's awesome. He's also
much taller and stronger than me, so hopefully we never get in a
Thursday we finally got back to Homer. The next couple days were
filled with a lot of teaching and finding and it was really busy and
we had a lot of fun. We get lost sometimes because I have no idea
where I'm going but that's okay because Elder Freestone doesn't know
I'm lost. I'll get it figured out in a couple weeks I hope. The
highlight of the week was that yesterday we put our long term
investigator Billy Swisher on date for baptism! Miracles happen. And
she's going to need one. Her roommate hates the church, and her sons
are super bitter about it. But she's this sweet old lady who's
attitude went from "Well I don't want to upset the family" to "I don't
care what these people think, I'm following Jesus and they can eat
it." She's really funny. Old ladies are the best.
Other than that Elder Freestone and I are just out here finding all
the crazy people. Who knew tracting was the best way to build a
relationship with your companion. Elder Freestone loves tracting. It's
awesome. Alright I gotta go, y'all enjoy yourselves for another week.
Next week will be crazy. Love ya!
Elder Freestone, Elder Miller, Elder Jesperson (John's trainer), and I don't have this other Elder's name. Elder Jesperson is training him.
Several weeks ago John told me he bought a knife. I asked him for a picture and this is it.
This is Elder Miller with his previous companion Elder Contreras. John says he's not that fat, the wind was blowing from behind and making his shirt puff out.