August 15, 2016
Dear Family and Friends,
So. I live in a barn. I thought my companion was kidding when she told me, and then asked if I had any allergies, but nope. There are longhorn cattle around and horses in the barn where we live. There's a small apartment in the barn. The area around it is pretty, if isolated, but for exercise we get on our bikes and ride around and it's gorgeous. The sunrise/sunsets here are very nice.
There is a ton to learn and I'm scrambling to learn it all. It's getting easier though. We just had a new Ward Mission leader called and he is awesome. He's my age and he and his wife got married less than a month ago. It has been fun working with them. We were able to teach a newish investigator for the first time on my first day and it was an awesome experience. The Spirit was there and I had a blast helping teach the first lesson and giving her a Book of Mormon. This week we also received a referral who we visited and then invited to church. She came for the first two meetings and it sounds like she'll be back next week! We also had a great experience visiting with a less active. On Sunday, I had my first experience with tracting for more than a half hour or so. It was actually really nice. It's been overcast the past couple of days and when it is, it makes being outside a lot more pleasant. I actually haven't been as bothered with the humidity as I thought I would be. It is hot though. People are really nice here and often give us something to drink. And so far people have rejected us super nicely. It's almost funny.
The only thing I've noticed that is different about Texas is that the stoplights are put up horizontally instead of vertically and that's been kind of funny to me. Other than that it kind of reminds me of a tossup of California and Idaho.
My companion, Sister Harbour is super nice and has been very patient with me. She's also been a good example. She just gets out there and talks to people even though it's a bit awkward. I'm hoping to get to that point pretty soon. Luckily the Spirit loves to work with people who are willing to do better :) I probably haven't answered all the questions people wanted answered. I'm going to have to come up with a system to compile them each week and then address them in my e-mail. I love you all and hope you have a great week!