My transfer to the Lodi 2nd ward is a success! I am serving with Elder Wardle. Most of the Lodi Zone is from Texas interesting enough. Elder Wardle has been serving for 20 months. He is from Houston, Texas. He is the oldest in his family and has 2 sisters, so almost like me but not quite. He plays the guitar, and is an introvert, or someone who has the pursuits of the mind-quiet, but very spiritual. We are going to to get along a lot better than I did with Elder Nielsen. He is very tall and bikes fast. It's hard for me to keep up. I have been using my gears more than I have ever used before. I don't know why I didn't use them all before. It gets me moving forward faster.
I showed him the color chart to see how he likes to think. (Blue, Green, Yellow, and Red) He says he is yellow, but I say he is more green. What that means is he is very organized and likes set plans. We don't like going into something without a plan. He has the phone and he uses it a lot. Yellow's however are people who just wing it. Totally opposite. That's good because I'm very left brained which involves the logic and planning side of things. I also got to meet his former companion who left to open up the San Andrea's area. His name was Elder Laubman, now our District Leader. He has to commute from Modesto because their apartment is not ready yet. That eats up a ton of miles on their car from the church.
Our district consists of an elder couple, 2 sisters, one came out with me, sister Clifton, us, and our district leader and his companion, so luckily, he only has to exchange this transfer with us. Exchanges are distracting to the work. It leaves the companion clueless. Elder Wardle has been here 1 transfer and is leading it out. I'm doing my best to help him any way I can.
The first thing that we did in our proselyting efforts was a church tour with Jenny and her friend Daniel. I never did one before so it was a learning experience for me, and I also got to look around at my new ward building. We shared a couple scriptures, and Daniel was seriously thinking about baptism, so we found a new investigator through an investigator. That was cool. We are seeing Jenny again tonight, and we are changing up our teaching style because she has a small attention span and has a low comprehension level. She has to read things on her own to learn, instead of word of mouth. We plan on sharing a couple scriptures about faith, repentance, and the rest of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
On Saturday, we biked 11 miles to Lockeford and 11 back to Lodi along with riding around finding different households to talk to. We did find a former investigator that said she would like to take the missionary discussions again, so we may or may not making another trek like that again Friday. The area is big, but not huge. The car was taken away as soon as I got there, because some sisters in another ward had a bigger area and needed it more than us. We are not expecting another car any time soon, which stinks. That trek tired us out, but hey, it builds character, and leg muscle. This area has a lot of potential to it. I'm excited to work in this area.
Have a great week,
P.S. It got cold here fast. Elder Wardle and I bought some gloves because our hands got so cold, so now we are riding in style. Sort of.
Elder Wardle and Elder White