So…still in Maine

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Still in Maine…So, for those who guessed Maine for the poll, you are correct!
I was transferred to a new area that is closer to the New Hampshire border, which means that we are closer to the Boston temple! I’m serving in the Windham ward, which is nearish to Portland, Maine. Anyway, my companion is the only Brit in the entire mission, so what are the odds that I’m the designated driver? 110%. Also he was “stuck” with my trainer for 3 months, I barely managed to survive 6 weeks with him, before he went zone leader.

Elder Thomas, my new companion, has been out 16 months. He’s from Hull, England. Mom asked if he’s had any good fishnchips, and he said he hasn’t had any. He’s also our district leader.

Monday: Last P-day was spent packing for our departure in the morning. (See pic of Elder Shupe below)
Elder Shupe Aug 2015

Tuesday: We get up at 4 AM to put the finishing touches on packing and get ready to go. The travel plan was to leave at 5:30am and travel to the Windham Apt. Its 5:50 and our ride has yet to appear. It is 6:05 when our ride rolls in and we make a prompt exit. Takes about 2 hours to get to Windham, and we are most definitely late. We arrive at 8:30, to find the district leader and his “new companion” there. He was quite surprised to see us showing up. The rest of the travel plan we received was to exchange with another elder and then head to Manchester. Well, Elder Heale and Elder Adams left in the Cornish car for transfer meeting about an hour before we got there. Calls were made to the assistants and to the Cornish elders, and the decision was made that Elder Thomas would go with Elder Shupe to transfer meeting and bring the Cornish car back with them when the meeting was over. So now its Elder Reed and me, with an area that neither of us know, without any idea what was happening in the day. So, not a whole lot got done. Turns out that Elder Heale was going to Cornish and Elder Shupe was going with Elder Adams to transfer meeting, and Elder Thomas and I were to stay in Windham. SO yeah.

Wednesday: District meeting with the new district as well as discussion for a district pday, Also we met with the various leaders in the ward.

Thursday: we have a small teaching pool, so we did lots of tracting…

Friday: Weekly planning was nothing because we literally have no one to teach…

Saturday: Visited a bunch of members and hunted for less actives to bring back

Sunday: Church, RC (Recent Convert) lesson, Choir (they are big enough to have one!)

Monday: cleaning apt, Adventure to Saco, where the zone leaders reside…

ANSWERS (Good heavens I sound like Elder Shupe)
1. What has helped your testimony grow this week? Describe what you learned or experienced.
I now have a firm belief that the Lord is preparing me for a leadership postion of some kind… because this is now the fourth district leader that I have been paired up with.

2. What is one interesting thing about your area that makes you smile? Why?
The members in Windham, so willing to help out a couple of missionaries who are trying their best to bring more of the Lord’s children to the truth.

3. What was your favorite/least favorite missionary moment this week? Describe.
Not getting the travel plans on Tuesday fully communicated….that was fun.

4. Is there anything we can add to our prayers to help you? Praying for investigators, for example
We have a teaching pool with exactly 4 people in it, so help in finding more people to teach, and prayers to those we do encounter that they will recognize us as part of the true church.

Your prayers are very appreciated, I continue to have my family and friends in my prayers. I love you all and I hope you have a good week this week.

Elder Seely, From Windham, Maine

Sent from my Mission-Issued iPad


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