Friday, February 7, 2014

Transferred (January 28, 2014)

Friends and Fam,

Well if you can´t tell by the subject I indeed got transfered again! My new area is called Juncal and I am really excited to be here. I am back in the capital in the Belgrano Stake. My area is right around the train station Retiro if you want to look at a map. It is a really good area and has had quite a bit of success.

My companion is in the same group and great friends with my trainer Elder Pereira. His name is Elder Molina and he is from Chile. He speaks very little English but wants to learn so I will be helping him out with English while I learn more Spanish. Him and his old companion actually opened this area a few weeks ago and they have already had over 10 baptisms. I have been told that he is one of the highest baptizing missionaries in the mission so I am absolutely pumped to be here and work with him and learn from him. He has less than 8 months in the mission and he has been a Senior Companion for a while now.

 Unfortunately, my old area has been closed. They combined the 4 areas in my old ward into 2. I am a little sad that I was only able to spend 6 weeks there but I am way more pumped to be here.

Our apartment is tiny and has 4 Elders in it as they are searching for a new apartment for my companion and myself. Elder Pereira (my trainer) is in charge of all the apartments now though and I am his only trainee plus my comp is his best friend so I am sure he will hook us up with something good pretty quick haha.

This past week was good though. We received a referral to a very much inactive sister who we didn´t even know lived in the ward. We went to her house and she accepted us with open arms. We taught her and 2 of her sons and she accepted to come back to Church and her sons accepted an invitation to be baptized, so needless to say I made sure the new missionaries in that area know to get right on over there and keep working with them. Because my old comp is leaving to go home in 2 weeks we went to the farewell for departing missionaries this past Sunday at the mission offices. I was able to see some members from San Cristobal and talk to them as well as some friends here in the mission so it was great. My companion from the MTC, Elder Garrett, had 8 baptisms this past transfer so I am really proud of him, but now he is going to a somewhat slow area in the province while I come back to capital to one of the highest producing areas in the mission so its my turn now haha.

Other than that there really is not much else new going on around here, just getting to work in another new area with another new companion. I am certain that we are going to have great success here and I am going to learn a ton of stuff. He only has one transfer here so I think we will probably be together for 2 transfers or so.

I have heard it is really cold and dry there, which is too bad. I hope it warms up a bit and you all can get some moisture. Here it was really dry and extremely hot (46 degrees Celsius) but it cooled off this past few days a bit and today all that condensing moisture came down in a torment. Needless to say we all got a little wet but I was able to put my waterproof shoes to a good use! Like we said at West Point it doesn´t matter if you are soaked to the bone you are fine as long as your feet are dry!

Anyway I hope that all is going well there and everyone is staying warm. It sounds like the entire western U.S will be fasting for moisture this week so with some faith I am sure things will be fine. Things are good here so there is nothing to worry about on my end. I am definitely happy to be where I am now and I am going to learn a ton here. Don´t be surprised to see a picture of some people in all white along with next weeks email ;) !!!! Well anyways thanks for the love and support and I hope that you all have a great week!!!
Elder Zollinger

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