Dear Mom, I didn't get the crab muffin recipe. It was a kinda fast food pickup kinda deal so we ate it on the road and I couldn't ask for a recipe. Yea there is quite a bit of sea food but we actually don't eat it a lot. I think it is because it is still expensive. We mostly eat the typical missionary food of spaghetti or we have barbecue. Yes I know that pork is pig. It was a huge pig roasted (smoked) whole on a grill with all of the insides taken out except they kept the tongue and the heart. So we ate the Pork/ pig whatever word you want to use and we tasted the pig tongue which both were really good. And that investigator who we had the pig with might send you pictures. I'm not totally sure though. I don't really know if she took any pictures of me. So if she did they will probably not be that great just kinda casual or me taking a bite of my sandwich. That's OK you didn't get it sent off. Anything food wise you want to send would be awesome. We eat on a budget so getting food is way fantastic. Your guys's address as a label would be nice as well. And maybe a few band-aides. Just like four or five. I don't use them very often but they are nice to have and I didn't really want to buy a whole box. Cause I would probably only use like 4 or 5 my whole mission. If you are thinking we packed some for me coming out. We did and I used them. Other than that I and the things you said last week I think I am good. Thank you. Oh and did Shannon ever get my first letter. That is coming up on two months now with no reply. So let me know if I need to re send it. And he can email me too. Letters are better but as long as they don't care if i get to their email each week they can email instead. My e-mail priorities are mom and mission president then first come first serve.
That's awesome that there are so many missionaries going in and out of our ward. You can tell Andrew hi as well if you hear from them. I didn't know they moved to Idaho or were even thinking about that. That's kinda a bummer to lose them from the ward but I'm sure they will have great experiences in Idaho. Haha I think that Trevor and Colton did that in their Farewell talks as well. Cause I remember someone doing it and you telling me not to ever do that. Don't worry I won't say crap over the pulpit. I agree that it isn't very reverent and not really appropriate for the chapel. Wish Kade the best for me. He will be a great missionary. I wouldn't mind getting his letters too if that's possible. Or even just his missionary email and then I can shoot him a quick email from time to time.
The weather here is pretty good. The rain and thunder storms have kinda slowed down. but we still see one about ever 10 days. Not always while we are awake though. A lot of times we will hear thunder or see lightning and it will never rain. It's kinda weird. Especially when you here thunder and it's sunny out. There is like one grey cloud in the distance and then just sunny and you will here thunder. The cloud isn't even that grey. Just kinda hinted darker. But It's still pretty good here. Like 80's. I don't know if I will be able to buy a jacket but I have that sweater and my suit jacket and that rain jacket so I think I will be fine. We also have Walmart. That's were we do our shopping and other missionaries will shop at Walmart or food lion is what I have been hearing. I didn't even know food lion was a thing. It is like a Bashas. It is weird to see all of the east coast things like hardies instead of carl’s jr. and cook out. That is a pretty good fast food place. They are mostly barbecue but really anything you cook on a grill they do. They have burgers tacos quesadillas pork sandwiches and all the variations in between. They also have pretty good shakes. They are super thick about the same as a dairy queen blizzard.
I'm not sure what kind of snake it was or if it was venomous. And it did strike at me but it couldn't get me because it was in the container. And I think the Elders who caught it dissected it this week. We do exchanges once a transfer I believe. I think it will be more in other areas though because the district leader (my companion) has to go on exchanges once with the zone leaders and once with each other elder in the district. So since the zone leaders are the only elders in our district we go once and that's it. They are in New Kent so it's a different town/ city. The only other missionaries working in Gloucester and our district (besides the zone leaders) are sisters so we don't do anything with them. They do their exchanges with the sister training leaders.
We do have some support and a lot of contact with members. We do a lot of less active and dinner appointments with members. And recently we have been doing a lot of service for members. But there are only about 5 maybe 6 families that are completely active and we can go see and get support from. There are a lot of single sisters and part member families in our ward. And only about 1/4 maybe a 1/3 of the ward is active. There are about 50 people at church each week. It kinda makes me miss our big ward.
That's Awesome about Sam and Casey. That's good that he was able to help administer the sacrament. We had the former bishop of this ward, his son, a recent convert of a year who just turned 52 and a young men’s leader who I think I just heard he retired pass our sacrament yesterday. I think the average height of those passing was like 6'2". I think you did tell me that they were engaged and going to get married but I didn't know when they were thinking.
That's good Tate is liking swim. I always looked forward to when morning swim ended as well. But I didn't think that was until mid to end October. You still have a little while to go if that's the case. He will probably be sore and tired until the season is about over and then he will start vaulting and be sore and tired again until summer. ;) but you are right it gets better when morning swim ends and you get in shape going through the season.
This week was kinda an uneventful week. So uneventful that I didn't have any pictures this week and so I just took a selfie to send. :) We helped a Member move out of our ward and that took most of our day Saturday. We were supposed to just help them load the truck but then no one was able to go and help unload the truck and so we went since there was no way he and his wife were going to be able to move all the furniture into their house and some of the stuff up the stairs. We also taught our investigator who has a baptismal date and we had to move the day one week sooner since his Girlfriend was going to be out of town the week we had set up. He is doing pretty good and progressing well. Our other investigators have all kinda of stopped though. Some of them rescheduled for next week others said they would contact us when they were ready and most of them we met with and they aren't keeping any of the commitments we left with them. They are just kinda complacent with what they have already received from meeting with us and aren't continuing to progress. So hopefully this next week a few more of our investigators will be progressing and keeping the commitments we left with them. I love you guys and wish you the best. Elder Aaron King