Ketchikan is awesome. so i'm way down south so it won't be so ridiculously cold but It rains sooooooo much here. It's considered a "bush" town since you have to go by boat or plane to get to it and it's a smaller town. But it's not too "bush" ha The day we got here we pretty much got a new investigator and we have a baptismal date and everything ha it's hard because we whitewashed the area so neither of us know anyone or where anything is. But the people we've met are awesome! and all willing to give referrals we actually already have a ton. We're not quite settled but we're getting there. oh guess what we found out while doing laundry? our dryer doesn't work ha so that'll be annoying. We're still trying to find out potential investigators, the roads, and the members but it's been awesome so far. so some rules... i can still only email family. the rest has to be handwritten letters. well i don't think there are any other rules that have to do with you at all.... oh and the plane i took from anchorage to ketchikan was a milk/mail plane so it stopped on like 5 different islands which i thought would be cool at first but then each stop was like an hour and a half and i had a huge headache from all the take offs and landings but it was exciting when we got to Ketchikan and had to take a ferry over to the main island. I haven't really used spanish at all.... so i'm a little bumbed about that but there are some potential investigators and a recent convert that only speaks spanish. so maybe that's my purpose here ha. our heater stopped working so we're gonna have to get someone to come fix that soon. before it starts freezing hopefully ha. we ate muktuk at the mission home. it wasn't toooo bad but it pretty much tasted like fish oil oh and i never knew people canned/jarred fish. we found a ton of jars of what looked like raw fishmeat but it turns out it was smoked. but one of them is over a year old.... sooo we're not gonna be eating that. Oh! lastnight we ate dinner at some members house and ate rice and meat out of a pumpkin! they cooked it all together like that. it was pretty darn good. I'm not sure how long the mail takes to get here cause i haven't gotten any except one from emily when i first got to Anchorage so we'll have to figure that stuff out while things are happening. so yeah the work is going quite well here and the members are awesome and it's beautiful and as far as we can tell there are people that are ready! but this winter you don't have to worry about me freezing or anything and there aren't any moose on this island about the only thing we're worried about is the road freezing because the entire town is on the side of a mountain. which is awesome but not so much when you throw ice in the mix. But my trainer as awesome and a hard worker he's also the DL which is strange when a trainer is a DL but it hasn't hurt us yet oh and district meetings are held over the phone and baptismal interviews. and the island that the airport is on is a native reservation called Metlekatla and there are some members over there that call in for different meetings and gather around a speaker ha it's crazy. I'll start taking some pictures of the area when we get a little more familiar with it. yep. well i'm excited to hear from everyone whenever that might be. I love you all. and all is well in the zion community of Ketchikan....
oh yeah we live on the corner of cedar and revilla it's a two story place and we live on the bottom. it's pretty big for a missionary appartment there are two rooms we don't really use except as closets a kitchen bathroom and huge other room. it's pretty cool. and it's pretty high up. oh and the ward building is made entirely of cedar. the members built it it's gorgeous. i need to take some pictures it's way cool ha anyways.... my time is about up later.
We have 4 outstanding young men in our small ward in Liberty, Texas that have been called to serve a mission. It will be fun to have our ward family follow their experiences through this blog. Elder Clegg left July 20,2011 for the Idaho, Pocatello mission, Elder Waddell left July 27, 2011 for the Alaska, Anchorage Spanish speaking mission, Elder Escobar left in August for the Massachusetts, Boston mission, and Elder Tellez left September 14, 2011 for the Mexico, Veracruz Spanish speaking mission. We are so very excited that these fine young men have chosen to serve the Lord.
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