I still can't believe that I am really in Texas! This first week has literally flown by! When we got in Tuesday we went to this stake center where we had an orientation with all of the new missionaries. While there we learned bike safety, how to use our debit cards, how to teach and much more. The entire thing lasted about 5 hours! It was really hard to stay awake, because that morning we had to get up at 3:15 so we would make it to our plane on time:) We also had a chance to have a short interview with the mission president. He and his wife are amazing! During the interview he looked me in the eyes and said "I'm not worried about you at all, you are going to be a great missionary' I could feel how strong his love was for me, and it made me want to be the best missionary ever! Following the orientation me and a few of the elders went to the mission presidents first counselors house where we were to sleep for the night. it was a really soft bed and I slept like a rock! The next morning we went back to the stake center where we got our trainers. I got really lucky, my trainers name is Elder Partridge. He is a great guy and has taught me a lot! He is our district leader, so he is a really obedient solid elder. We connect pretty well and have already had some good laughs and discussions. Also while at the stake center we got our bikes!! I was pretty pumped to see my sweet new ride! (thanks dad, you picked a good one:)) After that me and my companion got a ride from a member family. There name is the Talbots. They are a really interesting and funny family. The Talbots have a 21 year old son living with them named Joseph. He is quite the character. He absolutely loves the missionaries and calls us only by our last names:) The Talbots dropped us off at our apartment. It was really fun to finally see where I am going to be living for the next few months. Are apartment is pretty nice. I sleep on a pretty cozy bed. We also have a washer and dryer! In addition to that we also have a fridge stove and dishwasher, but my favorite thing of all is the fact that we have weights and a pull up bar! It has been kind of hard adjusting to having to workout right when I get up. After I hot unpacked we went and taught a really nice newly converted family named the Paraltas. They have a little girl who is 8 that we are preparing to get baptized. They also have a two year old girl, they were super nice and we even sang frozen songs together:) After that we went back to our apartment and I had my first nights rest in Texas.
The next day we headed out to go and help the Talbots move some furniture around. On are way there we meet this lady named Tracy on the street. We taught her a quick lesson and asked if we could teach her more. She said yes! When we got to the Talbot's house they had us move this huge couch from there garage into their house. It was so big that we had to remove the door from the house and push and shove before we could get it into the house. We left very sweaty and tired, but glad to be of service. Following that we went over to another members house to help a family called the Jorgensons put on part of their roof. Brother Jorgenson is the coolest guy! He is actually a member of the Texas Fort Worth police force and has tones of cool stories. Getting the roof on the house was quite the chore, but after some time we were able to get it on the roof. Brother Jorgenson then bought us powerade! It was much needed!;) After that we went to the family history center and I found some really cool stories about our ancestors!
The following day we went to teach Tracy. She was the nice lady we meet on the street. We found her home and she let us in. Then we taught her the Restoration. The whole time we were teaching her she loved it and was accepting everything! In the end we left her with a Book of Mormon and asked if she would be baptized is she found out for herself that the book was true. She said yes! She also said that she would come to church with us on Sunday:) It was so fun to have my first real lesson with a investigator! That night I was introduced to a really nice old man named brother Davis. He was really cool! He was way into scouting and let me pick a cup out of his huge cup collection! I chose this cool Indian cup. I now use it as a pen holder:)
Saturday was an interesting day. We started out by going to brother Jorgensons house to fix elder Partridge's bike peddle. He has been serving for a year now and has worn out his bike. Oh, by the way, we are in an all bike area! It's pretty tiring but I love it! After we fixed his peddle we went to a less active family named the Calvins. We talked to him for a while, and he ended up giving us rides to all of our investigators. We tried to visit lots of investigators but no one was home. We finally decided to go back to our apart to get ready for dinner. For dinner this really nice member named brother Perks took us out to get steaks! It was super yummy and I downed my steak in a matter of minutes;) After dinner we went out and tried to proselyte some more, we did end up teaching a quick lesson to two guys we found on the street, but other then that we weren't having much success. Then as we were heading home for the night, we saw a homeless man sitting on the curb. I stopped and gave him a few bucks and we got taking to him. He told us some pretty sad stories. He also told us all of the good he has been doing and that his feet were really sore and hurt to walk. He also said he was looking for a job. I was prompted to give him a blessing, so we took him over by a tree and administered to him a blessing. We then talked with him some more and I got to give out my first Book of Mormon! It was pretty cool. Then as we were leaving he said that his feet felt a lot better! It is such an amazing experience to be a missionary.
This Sunday I got to attend my new ward, the River Trails ward. There were a lot of awesome members I got to meet. On top of that Tracy came to church! She seemed kind of bored during the meetings, but said that she enjoyed it! She is the sweetest lady and has a great love for our Savior. That afternoon we went and ate dinner at a younger couples house named the Atkinsons. They feed us these amazing tacos! They said the secret was that they mixed the tomatoes with honey. After that we went to a fireside where this really cool family that was recently converted told there conversion story. They have 3 little girls that are all full of energy and love. They are so darling and I love them already. Brother Webster actually got the Aronic Priesthood! It was pretty powerful. Following the meeting we got to have this amazing lemon sheet cake! It was soooo good!:)
Today we got to go shopping for my first time! It was kind of nerve racking, because I didn't want to got over my limit, but in the end I got plenty of food and did pretty well with what money I had:) I also bought a water bottle and a camera case. Following the store this nice member took us to a BBQ joint and we had lunch. It was really good and I left very satisfied. Well now I am off to play a little basketball and do some laundry, but I love you all so much and hope everyone is having a good first week at school!
P.S. Mom, could you please send me some more shoe polish? The bottle I have exploded out the back. Thanks! My camera can't send pictures at the moment, so I will send some next week when I get a cord. My mailing address is 4273 Rufe Snow dr. #523 North Richland Hills, TX 76180