So Corona is a lot different than when I left last February. The areas are the same, but none of the missionaries are the same. I don't know much about most of the missionaries serving in this area right now. Elder Andrew is here training and Elder Battaglia is back in the Prado View Ward for his last transfer. I do know that my area is pretty cool. I'm actually in Norco, which is a little bit more of a rural area. Lots of people have land and horses so it'll be a big change from being in the middle of Riverside! We live in an apartment built on the second floor of a "barn" that is behind a member's house. It is spacious and quite nice.
At the end of the week before transfers, I was able to do some missionary work at UC-Riverside. We attended the two institute classes and they were really good. We were able to meet a lot of people, and it's so much easier to start a conversation when you know someone's name and have seen their face before. So Thursday lunch at the Institute was a lot more comfortable as well. The car wash service project on Friday was pretty fun too. We probably washed between 15 and 20 cars in about 2 hours (all the ones that the hose could reach). There were 6 missionaries and Brother Decker washing the cars in the institute parking lot.
Overall this week was great! We were able to meet with Sasha, Amanda, Kristian, Bekah, Corey, Eric, Vanessa - pretty much everybody I've ever worked with in that Ward. And I see a lot of potential in them to get baptized in the next transfer or two, so I'll be talking to Elder Hagler a lot to make sure he takes good care of them. It would be exciting to be able to go back to Riverside for baptisms 2 or 3 times this transfer.
From the West Side . . . . .