Monday, January 5, 2015

Week 21

Hello all,

Well a new week and a new year.  Welcome 2015!  So with the new year comes new challenges.  As I mentioned I am now training a new missionary.  His name is Elder Meisenbacher.  He is from South Jordan, Utah.  He is the second oldest of 5 boys and one girl.  His older brother is serving in the Mesa, AZ mission and has 6 months left to serve.  He and I are completely opposite of each other.  While I like sports, he described himself as being a nerd in school.  It doesn't bother me that we don't have a ton in common, it just make our conversations a bit tougher to come up with.  I am sure that this will be a learning experience for me.  We are studying hard right now.  Elder Meisenbacher is still learning the lessons and how to teach, so I have been carrying the lessons that we teach.  This opportunity is helping me grow and be a better teacher.

This week was pretty much introducing the new missionary to the ward members and getting him aquatinted with life in the mission field.  It is quite different than Utah or the MTC.  I picked him up on New Year's Eve and we ended up staying in Phoenix due to the 14 inches of snow we received in Williams.  The Mission President thought it would be a good idea to stay since there would be crazy drivers all over the roads as well.  So we ended up staying with the AP's (Assistant to the President) and 4 Elders from our District.  We ended up playing cards that night and really having a good time.  We drove back to Williams on New Years Day and stayed in and set up Elder Meisenbacher's iPad.  Went to the Flannery's for lunch.

Brittany is still on schedule for Baptism for Jan 17.  We need to meet with her more and more over the next couple of weeks to keep her on track.  We also have an appointment with the Payne family.  It has been awhile since we have met with them, so we are hoping to spark some interest back there.  We have an appointment with Califia for Wednesday as well.  Remember to keep all of them in your prayers.  Every prayer helps.

Happy New Year to everyone!

Love you all,
Elder Ashby

Pictures of Elder Meisenbacher...

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