Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Letter #11 (Shreveport)

Week 7
So today is officially day one of the new mission president! President Tucker packed his bags, and is probably already home, and the reign of President McDonough is officially underway! Elder Spangler and I called him this morning to invite him to an up and coming fireside at in our fireside, and I had the opportunity to speak with him briefly, and he seems like a very loving man, and he is very eager to begin! One comforting thought about having him arrive this week, is that I am no longer the youngest in the mission!! Haha, but this week was full of excitement in my life, including the finding of another individual named Mario. Mario is a 22 year old young man who hasn't been inside a church in 4 years before Sunday. But he came to church, and I have to say, our ward THREW DOWN! The meeting was very possibly the most spirit filled fast and testimony that I have had the opportunity to participate in. Our ward is absolutely amazing. And they continue to get better and better. The theme of fast Sunday for our ward was missionary work. And our ward has caught mission fever! Many of them have been giving us referrals and signed up to come out with us, or to have us and some of our investigators into their house for member present lessons, and Elder Spangler and I couldn't me more happy. So because of the wards new dedication, we have devoted this week to the finding of new people to teach. This week will be filled with knocking doors, and talking to as many people as we happen to bike past. Speaking of bikes, I have had a lot of questions as to how it feels to ride my bike here in the south. Here is the most accurate way to let y'all know what I feel on a daily basis. Go turn your shower on as hot as it goes in your bathroom, close all the doors and have no ventilation. Then, get a stationary bike and peddle as fast as you can for 15-20 miles with a 15 pound back pack, in a white shirt and tie, and a pair of slacks! Don't forget the helmet, but that's just for looks!! And that would be the feeling of my life all day everyday:) Ya, that's pretty accurate portrayal.
So the word on the street is that Jeff is getting pretty close!! That is so exciting for me to hear! You will love the MTC. Words of advice though. Enjoy it. While it will be stressful, and you will feel the need to change who you are, don't. Remember that God called Jeff, not robot Jeff. But don't get stressed about it. Lay back, tell some jokes, and have fun. Best of luck to you man. Know that I am praying for you, and can't wait to have you out in the field with me. I had a lot of friends in the MTC who were going to your mission, and they will be some of your best friends. Look out for an Elder Quinn Hunsaker. Funniest kid in the world!!
~Elder Maddox

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