We weren't able to meet with Elvis this week. He started a work-training program to become an electrician and it is in San Diego, which is about a 3 hour drive each way with normal traffic. So he is leaving super early and getting back super late every week day. This Saturday he said his parents were on him to clean up the house a bit after moving in with them and Sunday he went to the church he had attended a couple of weeks ago just to let them know he is still looking for a church. So a lot of unfortunate circumstances, but he is still interested, just a little busier than before. The Ward has really latched on to him, and so they aren't going to let him go.
This week was crazy busy, in a good way, but that means I don't have much time to write about it today. The week was so busy because we had service on Wednesday and Thursday morning, I had exchanges with Elder Vang, and we also had Multi-Zone Conferences on Friday and the Stake Service Project on Saturday. The rest of the time we had appointments and team-ups. There were very few days where we got to do our full studies, and I think we only did 12-week one time, so we have some catching up to do on that.
Elder Andrew and I are getting along pretty well. Our personalities are similar in some ways, and because he is a bit older than most new missionaries, he is more mature. Doing the actual "training" with him seems harder because he is more prepared, or at least more confident, than my first trainee was. So doing multiple role plays of the same thing seems kind of pointless sometimes because he catches on quickly. He likes working hard and he is very good about adhering to the prescribed daily missionary schedule. We work together pretty well and are able to pick up on each others cues. I still have to make sure I give him cues and don't just dominate the whole lesson, but for the most part things are going well.
The thing I appreciate most about Elder Andrew is that he owns a working watch! Elder Truman never wore a watch, and Elder Walker had one but wasn't used to wearing it until his mission. Elder Camper was pretty good, but by the end he was just tired and put me in charge of keeping us on schedule. So the fact that I have a companion who will help me stay on top of things so I don't make lunch run long or forget an appointment or anything like that, is awesome! He also seems to know the doctrine pretty well as far as the Gospel goes, so he will be a great teacher. He also is willing to get up and exercise which is great. We've been jogging up and down Ken's lane this week, which is about a mile and a third round trip. Though his driveway is super steep, so the last 100 yards is harder than the rest of it combined. But I enjoy it and maybe it will keep me from gaining any more weight.
I'm a missionary for the LDS church, teaching the Gospel while soaking up some California sun!