Monday, February 10, 2014

Nebraska, home of...Arbor Day??

February 20, 2014
Greetings from the land of Nebraska! And yes, you read that right, it's the home of Arbor day. Is that the one about trees? I don't remember, because it's not a real holiday... anyways. Hope that made ya laugh :)
So, what's happening with me right now is that I'm a District Leader here in the Hiawatha branch, (Hiawatha Kansas) but Elder Peterson and I are stationed in Falls City Nebraska. Also, I am training Elder Peterson, a brand spankin' new missionary! AND, we're opening up this area for Elders! So it's a MASSIVE responsibility, and I would ask all of you to pray for us, because it's definitely very stressful to have all of those things at once. But I do know, and take comfort in the fact that the Lord is with us, and he called us here specifically. But prayers from you all wouldn't hurt. :)
I think my dad would be happy to know that this area is a full time car area, AND the car that we have is a BRAND NEW 2014 corolla! And it's white too, just like his! The only difference is my dad's car has just about every optional item for the car, whereas the one I get to drive is completely stock. But that's OK :)
The branch boundaries here are fairly large, very similar to when I was in Concordia, if any of you remember that. There are about 20 active members here, and there's 9 full pages to the branch roster, so there's potential for a ward here. Hopefully we can get that rollin'!
Things are a little slow around here right now, with starting a new area there's a lot of groundwork to lay before you can really get into the heavy lifting of missionary work. So I'm trying to be patient with that. Hopefully this week we can get out and start to work hard. The doctor did mention to ease into some things, so I'm trying to be careful with me knees, we may need to take the occasional break every so often in the day, but that's alright.
It's really cold out here! I forgot just how cold it can be with the wind chill and everything, the temp. says around 7 or something but it definitely feels colder. But we're doing alright, we take breaks when we need to so we can get warm, can't knock doors if you're literally frozen! Haha, but it's good, we're having fun out here.
Our apartment here is HUGE! I'm fairly certain that it's the best apartment in the mission, it's really nice! We have a ton of space and not a whole lot of stuff to fill it, so that's kind of funny. But we love it, it's really sweet!
Anyways, I think that about does it. We're about to go shopping and then probably play some board games or something. The church here doesn't have a gym, and it's way too cold to play ball outside.
Love you all, and please remember, "Every member a missionary!"
Elder DeFreese
Elder Peterson and I

The District! Sister Cassady, me, Sister Lueders, Elder Peterson, and Sister Forsgren

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