The area is interesting. Some of the neighborhoods are kind of run down; people have small dirt lots and chain link fences and a billion dogs. I've never understood why someone would want so many pets, especially when they struggle to support themselves. But there are other parts that look like the rest of Southern California - 2-story stucco tract homes with tile roofs. We also have some people that live way out in the boonies. One dinner appointment lived at the very northeast corner of the ward and we drove down dirt roads for 2 or 3 miles probably just to get there. Kind of fun, and definitely glad we have a Rogue instead of a little Corolla. The traffic here is not as bad so far as I've seen, though we have to be careful about what time we get on the 215. We try not to do any seeking with faith at night since the area is a bit more sketchy.
My district is us, the other Elders in the Perris Ward (Elder Spencer and Elder Mayo), and the Zone Leaders, Elder Pennington and Elder Dunn. Elder Spencer and Elder Mayo are both from Utah, but they're a lot more cowboy than Elder Herald and I who are from the "South". They're pretty fun to have around, and they've both been in the ward for a transfer or two so they know a lot of people and can help us out if we don't know something.
We currently don't have too many people in the teaching pool. The one new investigator we found this week actually lives outside our area. It was a referral from a referral and they sent us one street too far so we'll have to pass him on to the Woodcrest Elders instead. Oh well, this area has a lot of potential and I'm glad to be here. Overall the week has been a little stressful, because of the lack of a current teaching pool, as well as minimal resources to go out and fix that problem. But we'll work through it, it's just another challenge to face.
From the South Side . . . .