Oh Columbia

Well a week has come and gone, and it really doesn’t feel that way. The weeks are going by so quick I can hardly even keep up with myself.

This week was pretty normal, but it is way too warm to be winter. Yesterday I’m pretty sure it hit 80, but on Tuesday or Wednesday we had a big freeze. You gotta feel bad for the meteorologists here cause SC weather has a bad case of bipolar disorder.

On Monday we had a sports day, so nothing too exciting. We ended up leaving early and then played a few card games with the ZL’s.

Afterward went and tried by a few people but didn’t have too much success.

On Tuesday we didn’t have DDM because of ZTM this week. That was a nice break for me. I don’t remember too much of what happened today, however we did spend a lot of time preparing for housing inspections, woot woot.

On Wednesday we had the usual service with SBP. This time I got to be a demolition worker which basically meant I got to break stuff. That was a nice stress relief I guess. I got to see Elder O. there and he seemed to be doing pretty good. He is in a tough area but seems to be handling it pretty well.

After we finished breaking things, the most notable thing that happened was ward coordination. It was actually probably the best ward coordination I have had here which was really nice.

On Thursday our service with PAALS cancelled so we had to find other stuff to do last minute. I always hate it when service projects cancel. We ended up spending a lot of time weekly planning.

I guess I had a pretty cool experience while I was planning. A few weeks ago a random guy stopped me and Elder LeCh. while we were on exchanges and gave us his business card and told us to call him and he would love to meet with us. Well I had tried calling a few times before and had not had any luck, so it had kinda fallen to the back of my mind.

So I was sitting there and had the sudden inspiration to call this guy again, so I did. He answered and warmly said that he would love to meet with us so we agreed to meet at Dunkin Donuts. I am glad that I followed this inspiration otherwise I do not know if I would have ever talked to this guy.

Anyway, our afternoon was pretty slow, but in the evening we had an appointment with a less active family. Man that was interesting. They had a washing machine explode and leak everywhere, and their house is filthy. It is quite possibly the most disgusting house I have been in on my mission. We left smelling like mildew and dog pee, so you can imagine how bad it smelled inside. The floors were basically dirt and they were living on an air mattress. There were piles of garbage everywhere and the floor was covered in old food, and dog waste that had been left on the floor. Those poor dogs were so dirty too. We tried to help her solve her rat issue but I do not know if you possibly can in that house.

It was a bit of an eye opener to see what other people are living in. Even here in America there are people living in poverty. The interesting part is that they have a 90+ inch flat screen TV.

Enough of that though. Afterwards we coped with some McDonalds and then went home for the evening.

On Friday we had ZTM, which was fun. Every single one of my previous companions that are still in the mission are in this zone, so I basically get to see all of my friends. It’s really great to see them, especially Elder H. We have become really good friends and we will definitely do stuff after the mission.

After ZTM I went on exchanges with Elder B. in Sandhills. It was weird being in the area that I lived in (we lived in Sandhills when I was in Blythewood) for 6 months of my life. Kind of like a weird nostalgia that brings a bit of nausea and eye spasms.

Ok, just kidding, I actually really enjoyed Blythewood looking back. It was just a very tough area.

Elder B.’s tire exploded on his bike, so we ended up having to walk everywhere. We walked like 8 miles and man my feet were sore. For dinner Elder B. took some black eyed peas and rice and put some peanut vinaigrette on it. It sounded really weird to me at first, but it was actually really good and I think he has invented a new type of food. Seriously though.

On Saturday we exchanged back and then had our appointment with H., the guy that gave us his business card. It was very interesting and it reminded me a lot of the time we met with that guy on Bob Jones University, except this time the person we were teaching seemed willing to do what we asked. Hopefully he will read and pray over the Book of Mormon and good things will happen.

On Sunday we had a good Sacrament meeting. I ended up going on a mini exchange with the ZL’s to the spanish group for convenience and logistics reasons. That was kinda fun but I didn’t get too much out of it. I only understood bits and pieces.

After church on Sunday we went to visit the W.’s. They were doing pretty good and we had a good time talking to them about the Temple and what they need to be doing to get there. They seem really excited and I am hopeful that they will make that a priority in their lives.

Anyhow, that was the week. This week transfer calls go out. I am pretty sure that I will be staying here with Elder C. for at least one more transfer, but you never know. They like to surprise us.

I gotta go. The computer is about to kick me off.

With as much as I am allowed to express this Valentine’s Day,

Love,

Elder Jeremiah Brown

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