Saturday, June 22, 2013

Moncks Corner, South Carolina

Wednesday morning (June 12) we had a transfer meeting, which is when we found out where we would be serving and who our trainer/companion would be. I was assigned to the Moncks Corner area, which is about an hour north of Charleston, I think. It's a pretty rural area, and it's beautiful here. It's also really hot and humid. The first full day I was here, Thursday, it was about 102 all day and humid too, so it was really hot. But since then it's cooled down about 10 degrees so it's felt pretty nice the past couple days. 

My companion's name is Sister Winsor. She's from South Weber, Utah and she's 21. She's been out here in South Carolina for 3 months, she's been in Moncks Corner the whole time. There are two sets of missionaries in the Moncks Corner ward. The elders cover the town of Moncks Corner and are on bikes, and then us sisters have the rest of the ward, which is a huge area. Sister Winsor hasn't even been to some areas in our boundaries that's how big it is. 

We live in a very nice apartment in Moncks Corner. We're in charge of cooking for ourselves most of the time, but we have dinner with members of the ward about twice a week. And they feed us very well. For example, yesterday for dinner we had squash casserole, potatoes, fried pork chops, fried chicken, green beans, rolls, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and hummingbird cake. They feed us well. On the nights when we're not fed by members we normally just pack a dinner and eat somewhere near where we're working that day, to save time and miles. So if anyone knows any good recipes for dinners that you can pack and not have to heat up, I'd appreciate it. I'm getting a little tired of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. 

The ward here is nice, but very different from the wards I'm used to. It's small, probably about 100 people come to church each week. There seems to be a very small core of people who come to church every single week and then a whole bunch of people who come every once in awhile, or never come at all. We've spent a lot time visiting less active members of the ward since I've been here. 

We don't have any progressing investigators at the moment, but we did meet some people last week who I have high hopes for. We'll see how things go this week. We've been doing a lot of tracting, and I think we'll be doing a lot more. My mission is a pretty high baptizing mission, but we're kind in a drought when it comes to investigators in Moncks Corner. Hopefully that changes soon. I've met lots of wonderful people though.

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