Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Finally in Virginia!
Hey hey hey. I'm doing good! Let me recap what I've been doin for the past week or so haha.So after we hung up on the phone on wednesday, mom, I got something to eat and then we borded the tiniest jet I have ever been on (seriously like, there was three rows of seats, two on the right and on the left - like this: (- --) we actually ended up having to send some other people (no missionaries) on another plane, because with all our stuff and all the people we were overweight. so that was intense. the connecting flight was about an hour. we flew into over richmond and the very first thing that I saw was trees. I couldn't believe there were that many trees in virginia. It reminds me ALOT of Oregon. So anyways, we landed. (oh and btw, that jet was the bumpiest ride I've ever had on a plane, I guess because we were so small and light. also, instead of going down that hallway to the plane, we actually had to get out and walk on the tarmac to get to the plane cause it had like steps. I'm telling you, it was like one of those private jets.) I expected to get off the plane and just die from the heat and humidity, but it wasn't that bad...at first. But anyways we walked inside and made sure everyone was together and walked off to get our luggage and meet the mission president. we walked down this hallway and there was like, 4 missionaries, the mission president, his wife, and a senior couple missionary companionship. They welcomed us and we went off quickly to get our luggage. That was all good, except one of my bags, someone ripped off that rubber plastic case that had my name in it, but I found it just fine. We walked outside and it was so dang hot. Thankfully they told us we could take off our jackets cause i was just dying. But we got everything loaded up and went to the mission home. The mission home was huge and the mission president was so nice and they fed us and we just had a really good time. They explained to us mostly everything about the mission and what was gonna happen the next day. So we finally went to bed, cause everyone was so dead tired. They had groups of us in different rooms, because we obviously had no way of fitting us all in there. But we slept way good that night.The next day we got up, and ate breakfast. I wasn't feeling so hot, so I didn't eat a whole lot. They told us to bring a change of clothes, and I did, but apparently we were also supposed to wear our suit coat, but as you know, my blue suit coat only matches one pair of slacks, so I wore my suitcoat and it didn't match my pants...it was kind of ridiculous. But oh well. We took some pictures (which I'll be sending to you, but I'll tell you about that later) and headed on our way to find out where we were going and meeting our new companions. The mission president has these elders that help him out called AP's and they were way cool. We got to the chapel (called the Bailey Bridge Chapel) and they explained some more stuff to us, and I paid for that packet (oh btw, I only withdrew 20 dollars from the account cause the atm I used had to be in multiples of twenty) and then we went into the meeting to meet our new companions and figure out where we were going. I was way nervous, not cause I was worried about anything, just cause the change of things I guess. Nervous to leave the friends I had made.Uhm, so they went through everyone and I watched all my new friends get assigned to go all over the mission :'( it was sad to see them go, but I know I'll see them again and I know they are doing the same thing as me so they're doing whats good. I was like one of the last three picked, and I was assigned to go with Elder Hinds (Pronounced Hind like Hindquarters and add an "s" haha) to Blackstone and serve in the Burkville branch. I was like, "I have no idea where thats at, but I hope it's good haha. So basically our area covers three counties and several different towns. It reminds me alot of brownsville. It's a tiny town with basically one main street with a couple somewhat big streets and abunch of houses scattered all over the place (this blackstone that I'm talking about). So even though we live in blackstone, we have a car and we drive to a bunch of other little towns like Victoria, Burkville (where we have church), Crewe, and others that We haven't visited yet. The only problem was, that we normally get 1400 miles to use while driving, and apparently Elder Hinds used them almost all up 4 days before the end of the month, so for those four days we weren't able to drive at all haha. And heres were we ride our bikes right? wrong. His bike is broken. So my awesome amazing so-excited-to-ride bike is sitting in our kitchen. We walked the entire town of blackstone for four days. Thursday Friday Saturday, and Sunday. I tell you what, I think we did a good job getting the worst out of the way early. Cause those days were really hard on me. I had the biggest blisters I had ever SEEN on both my little toes. Right now we have three investigators that are doing well. Well I guess techinically it's four. Anyways, theres Kevin & Sarah, who are probably the most redneck southern people I have ever seen. Kevin is 21 and Sarah is 19 or 20 and they live in a trailer out in Victoria (about thirty minutes or so away). They are progressing well, except that Sarah is bipolar, and they both have anger issues. They both smoke too, which is whats making it kinda hard. We are going to try and commit them to be baptised here the next time we see them :) . Then theres Richard. Who is one of the most amazing people I've met since I've been out here. He's schedule to be baptised on the 26th of this month (september). We are way excited for him, and we just had a wonderful lesson with him last night about the word of wisdom. It went way good. There's also a man who's name is Bo. I haven't met him yet, but I will on thursday. Apparently he's really cool and we may need to work with him some more but we are excited. Not everything is great, but we are working hard and excited. We had this guy named David totally explode at us the other day. We were comin back to teach him, but he was drunk when we got there and started cussing at us and yelling and tellin us we were following a bunch of BS and just ridiculous things like that. We just walked away after we talked to him for a bit haha. It was ridiculously stupid but funny. Oh we also have a little restaurant here in blackstone that we are able to go to for free! Apparently it's owned by some inactive members but they still let missionaries come in and eat for free haha. It's interesting. oh and so I've learned a couple things about virginia in the first couple of days. haha. 1. Cecada bugs are the most ANNOYING bug ever. Seriously they are making noise ALL day and apparently people here just consider them part of the background noise. But they drive me CRAZY. I can like hear them while we are in the house. It's nuts. 2. In virginia, I HATE the sun, and love the wind. It just happened to be crazy hot and humid here the days that we had to walk around, and then as soon as we didn't, it cooled down. perfect. 3. Crickets don't just chirp in the evening. haha, this is just like the cecada bugs. They are chirping all day, and it sounds like the suns about to go down. so yeah, I'm trying to think of anything else to write...please tell people to write me on that address you got, and if its different, heres the one I know is right: 620 S. Main Apt B8 Blackstone, VA 23824. BYE LOVE YOU DAD MOM JORDAN RYAN AND ROCKYYYYY PLEASE WRITE MEEEE LOVE YOU