Overall it was a tough week. I had to say goodbye to Elder S.,
and man it’s going to be hard to fill his shoes. He’s a great guy and
a fabulous missionary and I am glad that I had the opportunity to be
with him for a transfer.
My new companion is Elder H., who’s been out for about 10 months
now. He’s only had one area, Florence, which is in the zone I served
in. He is from somewhere in Idaho I can’t remember and he is cool. He
likes to draw and we have almost exactly the same interests. We even
have the same weird sense of humor. He is kinda quiet and reserved, so
I will probably have to be the leader, but he is a good guy
Leading this area is going to be tough. I am excited though and I am
having a blast.
Today was a pretty busy day. We mostly spent time packing and saying
goodbyes to people. J. took us out to eat at Jasmine’s, an all you
can eat Chinese place, for Elder S.’s goodbye. J. is the best.
We also had dinner at firehouse subs with M. L., Bishop L.’s
son, because they signed up to feed us and most of the family had to
go somewhere last minute. After that I pretty much sat around the
apartment talking to the Sandhills elders while Elder S. packed.
That was mah day.
Today was hectic. Elder S. and I spent most of the day saying
goodbyes to members and believe me, it takes FOREVER. We didn’t
actually get in until around 8:00 and then he just packed,
which he had done very little of until now. The highlight of the day
was probably taking pictures in front of the Promised Land Cemetery in
ghetto Windsor Lake. They were fresh. I’ll send them whenever Elder
S. emails me them because we used his camera.
Today was transfers, and I don’t even know what just happened. Elder
S. and I were picked up by Brother H., our recently activated
ward mission leader, around 8:30 and we drove to transfers in Irmo. We
were the first ones there besides the AP’s because Elder S. had
to do his exit interview with President T. and he was the first
one on the list. I sat around for a while and talked with the AP’s and
other missionaries who started coming in. Eventually transfers began
and I said my final goodbye to Elder S. Transfer meetings have
changed now so that there is really no meeting. All we do is sit down
in the chapel and then our names are called and we are told to leave
immediately. Basically all of the fun and the spirit of transfer
meetings is gone, as that seems to be the trend with a lot of policy
changes lately. I got my new companion, Elder H., and we left for
home with Brother H. After that I helped Elder H. unpack and
then I talked with him for a while and got to know him. I spent
a lot of time planning for the week because I am still kinda new here
and the reality of me leading an area kinda hit me today. It’s going
to be really tough filling Elder S.’s shoes because he formed a
lot of close relationships with members and investigators here and I
really haven’t had enough time to do likewise yet. We really didn’t
get much missionary work done because I spent most of the night
briefing Elder H. on our area, which is probably one of the more
complicated ones in this stake.
Today I went around with Elder H. and introduced him to our
investigators. I came to the realization today that we need new
investigators. Elder S. had probably the largest investigator
pool in the mission because of how good of a salesperson he was. The
problem is, I don’t know half of them or have any connection with
them. On top of that, the last couple weeks we have been focusing on
our strongest investigators because we had other stuff to do in place
of finding activities as a result of Elder S. leaving. I feel
kinda stuck because we are really in need of some new people to teach.
Elder S.’s way of working here was finding quality through
quantity, which worked great. I just don’t know where the quality is.
I guess you could say that I kinda started to feel the weight of
leading an area as a new missionary and in a relatively new area. The
mission has high expectations of Blythewood, and our district relies
on our area to keep high numbers. My companion is pretty new as well
and he doesn’t know the area, and on top of that is pretty quiet so I
have to be the senior companion here. I’m kinda stressed but honestly
life is great. I came out here to do hard things and that’s what I’m
getting. Despite the stressful time I have, I still really enjoy my
time out here and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Today we did some weekly planning and then went out with J. I came
to the steady realization that we need new investigators. After that
we fixed Elder H.’s bike and did some work on the area book.
Today we had a few appointments with investigators mostly they fell
through. We had a meeting tonight with our ward mission leader and
that sucked up a lot of time. During lunch and dinner I practiced the
ukulele and all was well.
Today was Easter. We didn’t really do much because we didn’t have any
appointments and people take Easter really seriously out here, so that
means no knocking doors. It’s kinda like Christmas I guess. It was
also pouring rain and we were on bikes so yea. We had a dinner
appointment at 7 we had to bike out to which was 7 miles away. Elder
H.’s bike broke though so we had to call them to cancel and they came
and picked us up instead. After that we made call ins and then went to
Overall it was a pretty difficult week I guess. It was still good
though. We had a lot of meals earlier in the week because of Elder
S. leaving so I got fed.
This week my favorite scripture was John 15:13
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for
I thought it was interesting that I’d never heard this one before, so
it was kinda like a gem to me.
Welp, I gotta go. Talk to you peeps next week.
Vote for me,
Elder Jeremiah Brown