This week was crazy! It was awesome too. The big news is that I will be getting my 5th area in this zone. I’m not getting transferred technically, but Elder N. and I will be staying together and opening up the entire Summit ward as a new area. The other Elder’s area will be closing down, but it is probably for the better.
I have been here forever. The end of this transfer will mark a year and 2 months of time in northeast Columbia. I should buy some property.
WE ARE ALSO GETTING A CAR!!!! *tears of joy*
Monday was a normal Pday. We played basketball with all of the missionaries in Columbia. It gets kinda old but that is literally the only thing to do around here. After that we did missionary work and didn’t have any success.
Tuesday we did a ton of biking. We went up to the top of our area and worked down from there and we biked on a lot of dirt roads, since the top of our area is pretty country. The map told me that there was a road that cut around the highway so I decided we would take it, but it ended up being an abandoned road that looked like it hadn’t been used since people used wagons for travel.
Not too far off from normal roads here I guess.
Anyway, the road ended up being so overgrown we couldn’t get through on bikes, so we turned around and toughed it out on the highway. We went to a few housing developments and a trailer park but not much happened in the way of missionary success. We did hunt down a less active guy out in the middle of nowhere who’s place we couldn’t find. We thought we went to the right street but it ended up not even being close. We were in luck though because this little old southern lady stopped us and started asking us if we were missionaries for the same church as a few of our members she knew. She knew all about the church and wasn’t very interested but loved our members and was able to tell us exactly where the guy we were looking for lived. Pretty sweet.
We did a lot more biking around but nothing else too crazy happened. Not too many people seemed to be home for some reason.
Wednesday was crazy. So many things happened I don’t know where to start. To start the morning off I found out that the Summit Car/Sandhill Elders area would be getting shut down this transfer and we would be taking over both areas and getting a car. Pretty crazy! Not to my surprise, I found out that I will not be a District Leader anymore and will be joining Blythewood District. It was pretty relieving because being a DL over one set of missionaries was a joke. It’s crazy how many areas have been shut down in this district since I have been here. It started out with 8 missionaries and little by little we stopped existing. There just aren’t a lot of missionaries in the mission right now.
So we are pretty pumped about the new area and having a car. Honestly it’s about time this area gets a car.
Anyway, we had our final zone conference with President and Sister Turner, which was awesome but also very sad. I will miss having them here, considering how long they have been over me. They gave us some parting words of advice and then asked to all shake our hands one last time. It was sad but it was probably my favorite Zone Conference of all time.
After Zone Conference we went to this Mexican place. It was pretty good but the aftermath made me want to cry so I’m probably never going there again.
On the way home from there we had the craziest experience. We were in the ZL’s car driving home from the Mexican place and as we were turning left to get on the street our apartment was on, the car in front of us randomly stopped as it was turning left. None of us noticed until it was too late and we slammed into the back end of the car in front, which somehow launched us into the air. Luckily, we landed on all four wheels but we were just a few degrees away from flipping over.
We thought our car was going to be totaled because it wouldn’t go into drive and was making super weird noises, but luckily we found out later that the damages weren’t as bad as they seemed.
It ended up being our fault just out of virtue of the law, but it was one of those situations where it really wasn’t our stupidity that caused it. Unfortunately, we have to suffer from someone else’s terrible driving choices.
And don’t worry mom. All is well. Nobody got hurt and plus I wasn’t driving.
It took almost 3 hours for the police to actually show up and then longer to sort out the problem and get he car towed. We got home super late and just went to bed.
Thursday was crazy hot. We had PAALS and then we went out and visited some people. Not much happened and it was actually pretty boring compared to yesterday.
Friday I don’t remember too much from. We had weekly planning. It was a pretty slow day overall.
Saturday was fun. We did a ton of biking and visited a lot of investigators and less actives that were in the nicer part of our area. It was quite refreshing not being in the ghetto for once. I sometimes forget what normal middle class looks like. We got to talk to a couple former investigators who show some potential. That was about it though.
Sunday was awesome! We finally got a ward mission leader and he is sick! He is really zealous to get missionary work going in the ward and things are really starting to pick up here.
On the way home from proselyting on Sunday I randomly felt like we needed to stop by this less active who was never home. I was tired and hot but we went anyway and I am really glad we did. The member was moving away and we caught them 2 days before they were leaving. We had no contact information for them besides an address so we totally would have lost complete contact with them. We got contact info from them and then went on our way. I am really glad I followed that prompting because if I hadn’t she would have been lost on the church records for a long time.
It was a great week! I literally have sweat more in the last couple weeks than I have in my entire life. It’s ridiculous. This transfer is going to be crazy awesome and I am super excited to take over this new area! Getting a car in the heat of the summer is pretty great too!
Anyway, that is all. Until next week,
Bark bark for pigs,
Elder Jeremiah Brown
1. Me being sweaty and grumpy
2. The wilderness we travelled through on Tuesday