Monday, January 9, 2012

Starting Over

December 19, 2011

All is well here in California! I am loving my new area and companion. It feels a little bit like I am starting my mission over except with a bunch of new skills. It is a lot of fun to be meeting new people every day. I forgot what it was like to go to dinner and have to go through the whole where are you from, what did you study, and how long have you been out barrage of questions. There are so many cool families in this ward so it is awesome to slowly get to know them all. It is weird to go to church and not know people’s names but I am slowly learning them. I sit in class and just ask Elder Hansen what all the names of people are and then go introduce myself after. It's saweet!

I am harvesting all of the Christmas presents that the last Elder was supposed to get so that is good. I got a Donald Trump tie from this one lady in our ward who is super awesome. When we left her house her three year old daughter Eveylynn was playing in her room so we forgot to say goodbye. We got a text like 1 min after we left telling us that she was super sad that we didn't say goodbye. So we drove back over and when we walked up to the door we could just hear the little girl balling inside. She was crying and crying. She was okay after she saw us and got to say goodbye. It was so cute!

We went out to eat a bunch of times this week with members. There are really cool places here. We went to a burrito place called Freebirds. It is kind of like Cafe Rio but less Mexican themed and going more for a retro look. They wrap everything in tinfoil and then you get to fold it into whatever you want. Last time I guess they made a little mormon.org thing but it got taken down. I made an awesome watch so it might get left up. We also got the awesome buttons from there. They use them for their name tags. We started talking to the employees and they liked us so we were able to ask for them. They are pretty cool.

We have a good pool of investigators here. There is a 16 year old kid named Jeremy that we are teaching. His brother was baptized a year ago and is preparing for a mission now. Jeremy will probably be baptized sometime in January. He is way cool and it is a lot of fun to teach him. There are a couple of other great investigators but I will write about them another time.

Have a Fantastic Christmas!
Love,
Elder Arnold

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