Hello! We have had a pretty good week here. We were able to talk to some interesting people, as well as explore some places we had never been. Monday we ended up walking down King street which is the main road that goes through old town Alexandria. We went to an art museum there by the Potomac river. The museum used to be a torpedo factory back in world war 2. There is quite a bit of history here and it is cool to see all of the old stuff. On Tuesday we had zone conference. So we spent from 8:30 am till 4 pm in a meeting. I think that is my least favorite meeting that we go to. It's way to long and I always end up with a headache. We had to go a little early because our ride had to have a car inspection so we decided before the meeting to go get some McDonald's. We were definitely glad that we did. Even though it was long it turned out to be really good. We learned a lot about how to address people's concerns by first teaching faith in Christ. It is vital for people to have that faith before we try to answer their questions because if they don't have faith in the first place then it doesn't do them any good. We also learned a lot about temple work and how we need to get our recent converts to the temple. Retention rate drops significantly if they don't go to the temple within the first 6 months. I don't think I ever told you guys this but I had the opportunity to speak in sacrament meeting last week. I spoke on having non members come into the homes of the members. Luckily I only had to speak for about 10 minutes so it wasn't too bad. We ended up have a youth speaker, Elder Cook and I, and then our ward mission leader. Way to many speakers for 1 meeting. We went till about 12:25....only a few minutes over. We were able to meet with our progressing investigator this week. We talked about tithing and the word of wisdom. He is engaged to a less active member, and they are making progress in coming onto the church. He is on board with being baptized, but they live together right now and aren't going to get married until June. He also works every other Sunday so it makes it hard for us to see his true commitment. I guess we will see how it goes. Yesterday we had a regional broadcast from Salt Lake City. It was to something like 130 stakes on the east coast. It was pretty good. We heard from Sister Reeves, as well as Elder Hales, and Elder Anderson. We also have regular stake conference this week. We just have all sorts of fun meetings these two weeks. We walked down by the Potomac river yesterday. We didn't know really where we were going just hoping to see some people to talk to. We met this couple that we ended up talking to for about 45 minutes in the bank of the river. We talked about what we do as missionaries, what we want to do in life, pretty much anything that you could think of we at least talked a little about it. It was good to just have a normal conversation with someone. Ultimately that shows them that we are normal people and hopefully it will lead to further interest in the future. We talked to a guy named Cornelius as well this week. He says that he loves Mormons and every time he sees us he wants to talk. He is a black guy that we first met in Mcdonalds a few weeks ago. Every time we talk to him we can smell alcohol on him. He is a cool guy and we like talking to him. Every time he shows us his scar on his chest from when he got shot in New York. We meet a lot of interesting people here. But it's fun. that is our week in a nutshell. Glad to hear everything is going good with you guys. Love you!