I'm in Centreville, my new companion is Elder Karbach, and we are on
bike. It's quite a turn-around from Alexandria. There are actually
some open fields here, it's not all city, and there are a lot of
really nice homes as opposed to lock-out apartment complexes.
Our area is massive. We live at least 2 miles outside of our area.
We've biked so much the last 4-5 days. After about 4 1/2 months in a
car area, my body is starting to fall apart!
I'm really enjoying it here, though. The members are phenomenal, my
companion is a stud, and we have 3 investigators on date.
Elder Karbach is from Circleville, Utah. When he first told me that, I
thought he was kidding, but it turns out that it actually exists. He
is 6'1, and he's really big. There's another companionship of Elders
in our ward who are just as big, if not bigger. I've been blessed with
my own personal bodyguards! They would've come in handy in Alexandria.
It was pretty funny going to church yesterday, all the members were
commenting on how big Elders were, then they saw me following in their
Our Bishop is great. He came on exchanges with us my first night here.
He drove us around to visit a lot of less active members. When I asked
him what he did for a living, he told me, "I'm a bio-nuclear
physicist, and we're developing a nuclear-atomic bomb..." He went on
to explain in great detail and complexity the parameters of this
device. He stopped mid-explanation and told me, "I'm sorry Elder, I
don't really do any of that stuff. I'm just an accountant."
It was funny in the moment. You just had to be there.
This Sunday was a treat - I got to meet our investigators. One of
them, Rosie, has come to church since last summer, and is preparing
herself to get baptized on April 12th. She's so dedicated, she's
already paying her tithing! (Which, I'm not so sure hat's allowed, but
I guess it's okay because the bishop authorized it?) either way, she's
Two other investigators, the Li family, from China, came to church,
too. They are a young couple who have never practiced any sort of
religion. They asked great questions in the Gospel Principles class,
and they're preparing to get baptized on May 1st (brother Li's
There's also a Philippino family (Shout out to Elder Alec Hansen!)
we're teaching, but I haven't met them yet.
I'm anxious and excited to serve here! I have a feeling that this is
going to be an amazing couple of transfers. I'm pretty nervous about
conducting District meetings, but I'm sure I'll adjust to it over
Have an amazing week! Love you!
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