Timpanogos Temple

Timpanogos Temple

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

1 - First Week in The Mission Field

Hello Everybody!

I've been in the mission field for about five days now, and it feels
like just yesterday I entered the MTC. It's been an eventful five
days, and it's given me a small taste of what the next (just under)
two years is going to be like.

Wednesday felt like, at the time, one of the longest days of my life
so far. We went straight to the mission office in Lindon and had about
an hour meeting where they showed us a driving safety video and
introduced us to the field and what not. After that, we met our
trainers. My trainers name is Elder Zimsky. He's from Richmond,
Virginia, and has been out for about six months. Right away we found
out that we had a meeting at one, so we hurried up and dropped our
stuff at our apartment and did some quick prep. We found out later
that it wasn't actually our meeting and that our area book had
information for a stake that we didn't even cover. So we spent most of
the day at the mission office trying to figure it out, but we made
barely any progress. Later on, we had a correlation meeting with the
ward mission leaders of one of the two stakes we cover (yes, that's
right, stakes), and we found out just how much we had to do.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday all went by pretty quickly. We taught a
good amount of lessons, as well as had dinner with some awesome member
families. We taught mostly less active members, and we did a lot of
contacting so we could introduce ourselves to the area. The thing is,
we whitewashed our area, and the areas got realigned, so both of us
were completely new and barely had any idea what was going on. Luckily
we were able to meet a lot of great people who were more the willing
to help us out when we needed it.

Sunday was awesome, to say the least. I almost fell asleep in
sacrament, but luckily no one noticed. There being 15 wards in our
area, we probably won't go to that one again, so it's probably fine if
they had. Anyway, we were able to talk to the president of one of the
stakes about who we were working with the most, and that was great
because it helped us really focus in on where we were needed the most.
Afterwards, we taught four lessons, one of them to a father and son
who are direct descendants of William Clayton, the guy who wrote
"Come, Come, Ye Saints" and other hymns and was one of the first
converts to the church. We also met with a guy named Don Becker who
sang all over the world in solos and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
for 20 years.

That brings me to today. We went exploring to get to know our area
better, and we found a mini castle that they rent out for weddings and
receptions. The owner was nice enough to give us a short tour of the
place. All in all, my first P Day in the field was super relaxing, and
I can't wait to get back out there and do more work. Until next week!

Elder Orchard

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