Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Houston, baby

Dear all,

I am in HOUSTON! This is very cool for me. Elder Evans (my new comp) and I have been flushed into the area known as Broadway 1 West. Flush is a missionary term for when all the old missionaries are transferred out of an area, and an entirely new companionship is brought in. Being flushed into an area is quite an experience because neither you nor your companion have ANY idea what you are doing. All you really have to rely on is the area book; unfortunately, the last Elders in this area lost their area book (I don't really know how that happened exactly, because the area book does nothing but sit in the apartment all day). Luckily they threw together a few teaching records for their current investigators and a few of the recent converts and less actives so we're good to go.

One of the first questions we were asked when we got to the area was: what happened to the puppies?? Apparently the last Elders had adopted a dog which had then borne a litter of presumably adorable pups. We really can't say what has become of them because when we arrived at the apartment, the only critters that greeted us there were some less-than-adorable cock roaches. The lady who dropped us off at the apartment (who is a super awesome, no-nonsense relief society president, btw) referred to our complex as the "roach motel". Well. She was right.

We live very close to downtown Houston, and even closer to Hobby airport (Hobby is literally probably a five minute's drive away.) Our teaching pool here is far more diverse. One of our investigators is a recovering drug addict, another is a Cuban New-york expat. We have met people from Nigeria and Mali, and taught a first lesson to a Hindu man from India. 

Our area is also a bike area, so I get a lot more exercise. The days go by FAST here. There are so many people to talk to ALL the TIME.

Oh, and a family back in Liberty that I taught is set to get baptized this Sunday! So hopefully I can find a ride to go back for that.

my new address:

Elder Wilder
7950 Bellfort
Apt 133
Houston, TX 77061
US of A

much love,


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