Good Morning! Holy snot, first of all i have to say that it has been so cold over the past couple days. Yesterday was really bad. It was a grand total of 10 degrees when we left our apartment to go to ward council, with the wind blowing about 20 miles an hour. The wind didn't stop at all. After church we tried to check on some people and invite them to a fireside tonight and i didn't think to put on my hat or scarf and we
were only out in it for about 10 minutes, but by the time i got back into our car...my whole body hurt from the cold. Its not just cold, but the humidity and the wind just intensified it.
So now to some of the weeks endeavors. Sending home 2 comps in a row is difficult. Accompanying them to the departing activities makes it worse. So on Wednesday they had their departing temple trip so we left our apartment at about 7 after we had some other missionaries show up to go to the mission. The only reason we went with them is because I had an appointment at 12 to get a hitch put onto our car. So we get there, and we were waiting for people to show up to open the office. I call the uhaul place and they told me they had no record of our appointment, and the hitch guy wasn't working that day either. We were 20 miles away from our area with nothing to do for about 6 hours, and I was with a random other missionary. I had talked to a few other missionaries about going to lunch. Elder Karbach, and Elder Wilson. One former companion, and another a really good friend. We ended up spending the day with them. We went to lunch at a buffet. I'm pretty sure buffets cringe when they see us walk in because they know we could probably eat them out of business. We spent 2 hours eating. It wasn't to bad of a price so that was good. When we were eating they were telling me about about a place they found with a bunch of graffiti and they showed some pictures. I was really interested so we went and walked around it for a little bit. Took some sweet pictures. I wanted to make a post about one but I couldn't think of anything. Eventually I thought of something and it turned out really good. I'm pretty proud of it. We then had to trek back to Burke to pick them up. Then Elder Ames told us they didn't have a ride back to Leesburg where they lived so we had to drive all the way out there, then finally made it home at 5:30. I drove a total of 130 miles that day. Which isn't that bad except for the fact that it was all stop and go, not to mention Virginia traffic. That night we went on exchanges with our district leader. I went with his companion Elder Wickham. He is new this transfer so he still has that greenie Fire and very gung-ho about everything. A little overwhelming at times but still a good kid. Thursday we went on exchanges with our zone leaders. I went with Elder Gemar who has been out about 20 months. He is from Saratoga springs but has lived all over Utah and salt lake county. We checked on a few people...no success. Then he had a Skype lesson that he taught. That night they had the Mission leadership conference call. So I listened into that. Sometimes it bugs me all the new stuff that they try and all of the new rules. But that's okay. Endurance is key. Missions are meant to be enjoyed, but sometimes it's all I can do to endure. We picked up another missionary on Friday since he was on an exchange and they are currently in a tri-companionship. We went to lunch at SAMs club then re exchanged. Saturday was a very interesting day. We had Elder Johnson's departing interview. We again had to drive all the way to Burke. After his appointment we had set up to have the hitch installed that day. We drove there and dropped off the car. We were hungry and wanted some lunch. Elder Johnson had served near that area so he said there was a McDonald's not to far. We ended up walking 4 miles there, then 4 miles back. My feet hurt so bad. He didn't think it was that far, but that's ok because we had a good time. Eventually made it back again at about 5. I think this has been one of my longest letters. I am excited to get a new companion. Elder Johnson has been my longest comp. We have been together for 13 weeks. I only have 5 transfers left so it seems like things are starting to come to a close, but I still have a while. That's crazy that Spencer's time got cut by a month. I know that won't happen to me. Are they more excited or bummed that it won't be 24 months? I think I would have mixed emotions. Well I hope you enjoyed this novel. I probably won't ever wrote that long of an email ever again. I don't know we will see. Hope everybody is doing good. Love you!