this was a pretty good week, we spent 3 days walking around in 91* weather, i averaged 18,000 steps! i am now with Elder Cooke, he is from Kentucky. he has been out 10 months. we have a senior couple in the area, they are the Bardsleys, and they are from Montana. they actually do the same things we do as missionaries. so they go out and teach people all the time! as missionarys we are as much focused on reactivation as on finding new investigators, the reason for this is that when we find inactive members, they almost ALWAYS lead to an investigator. this week i gave a talk in church, the only crazy thing is that this was my first week in the area so i did not know the people at ALL! that was really crazy. i talked on missionary work and especially on how by doing service we are setting an example and people begin to notice that we area different and want to know why we are different! I am now in Barstow, one of the most ghetto areas in the mission! so far it has been a blast and i am loving it! this is the area that all the gang members move to when it gets to HOT in LA. the upside of the area is that people have nothing to do, so it is easy to get lessons and to find people at home. the downside is that often after a few lessons they will just disappear... all in all it is a pretty good area for me!
love you all tons!