Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 04 07 Back to Massachussetts

April 7, 2014


     I finally managed to find some time to write.  The work was starting to pick up in Ashford and we were finally able to fill our schedules with appointments instead of tracting.  The entire ward was also beginning to turn their minds to missionary work and what more they could be doing in preparation for the visit from our mission president on the 30th of March.  And then I got transferred on the 26th....
     I guess I get to say that I left Ashford in a good condition.  I am now back in Massachusetts but I guess that our Mission President likes me near the border of the states because he put me about as far south in Massachusetts as possible.  So far so that you can hardly say that we are still connected to Massachusetts.  My new area is the cape of Massachusetts
     For those that don't know what the cape looks like it looks like an arm that is flexing out in the ocean.  We cover everything from the bicep to the fist of that arm.  Out of the 3 other sets of missionaries that are in the nearby area, or district, two of those sets are on the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.  I'm starting to get that beach feel again out here seeing the ocean all the time.
     So a lot has happened in the two weeks of me being here.  As the temperature is starting to get warmer again everyone is starting to migrate to their summer homes here, which means we have got a lot of work to do.  My new companion's name is Elder Kerr.  People say that our Mission President has a sense of humor for putting us two together with our names so similar.  It’s always entertaining to have people call us the wrong name.  We both get along really well together.  Some of the things that we have done together so far are make crêpes for companionship inventory, make a giant bed that takes up our entire room to sleep on, and make a dry erase desk.  We have begun to say that we have so much unity that everyone wants to be in our area, since we have had three exchanges with other missionaries since being here.  It’s either that or the fact that we are serving in a widely known tourist attraction.
     Our main goal right now is to increase the amount of active members in the area.  The reason for this is because we have about 46 members that attend services on Sundays in our little branch.  And 6 of them are out on Nantucket.  So we have been going around and meeting all the members that don't come regularly.  We have had a lot of success and have begun to teach quite a few people this way. 
     As we were doing this we were called by our district leader asking if we could help with a crazy task.  He explained that a member's horse had died that morning and that they needed help burying it.  And so we spent the next 4 hours digging a horse sized hole, pushing a 1,000 lb. horse into a hole, and then burying it.  We were pretty sore after that night.
     I am short on time so I have to go but until next week.

Elder Erb

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