Hello Family, Friends, and Felines! (I'm sure SOMEONE that reads this has a cat they're petting right now... maybe...)
I'm now in ELK CITY, OKLAHOMA!!! It's awesome!!! Talk about a place to "get away from it all!" It's a new area and our boundaries are huge! In total, our area (the whole area for 2 missionaries, me and Elder Phillips) is 2,500 square miles. It's really big. REALLY big. With a lot of small towns. And a lot of oil workers. Hooray for Haliburton!
So, you want to know who Elder Phillips is, right? Well, Elder Phillips is from Draper, UT. This is his third transfer and he speaks the espanol. In fact, our district has 6 missionaries (2 Sisters and 4 Elders). I'm the only Elder that DOESN'T speak the espanol. si. mucho bueno. Yo soy... frijoles. No bueno, eh? No bueno. So I don't "sprechen" the espanol very well. I'm picking up a little though. Fun stuff!
Oh yeah, Elder Phillips. His dad is a dentist and Elder Phillips used to play football in high school and he went to Alta High School and graduated in 2009. He is now the ultimate espanol-speaking missionary and we have many funny espanol moments. Si! Superbien!
So what's cool about this area? I'll tell you! First, there are a whole bunch of cows just down the road from us. We'll go running in the mornings (super bundled up in clothes) and the cows moo the whole time. So that's neat. Next, we have a truck :) A 2010 Chevy Silverado Colorado (silver). I love trucks. I'm not a big "truck guy" (i.e. 32 inch mud tires and a 12 inch lift don't do it for me) but I still love trucks :) So we have a truck and it's fun. Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of miles to waste (we have an allotment of miles per month that come from Church HQ) so we'll be riding our bikes mucho mucho!
The ward (that's really a size of a branch) is excited that we're here. They haven't had Elders in Elk City for 7 years or so. Our ward is REALLY spread out too. It probably covers around 5,000 square miles (maybe more). They're all really cool people though. Really down to earth and just REAL. I like real :)
We haven't had a lot of time to get out and work. We've done some tracting in a town called Burns Flat. Burns Flat has one stoplight. It's a pretty neat little town. The people there are really nice, so it's cool.
Anyway, no super spiritual experiences this week yet. We've been spending A LOT of time getting our apartment established and planning on what to do, where to go, and how to get the work started here, so more spiritual stories will come. OK here's a spiritual thought: the Book of Mormon is true! :)
Thanks for all of the letters and whatnot. I got the Christmas Box from the Donakeys the day of transfers. Thank you, Donakeys! :)
I love all of you! :)