Yes, I've got a new companion. His name is Elder Holden, and he's from California. He worked at McD's and used to play soccer and baseball, although he most enjoyed baseball. Both mission age and real life he's about 3 months older than I am, but this is his 6th area. He's been in some of the nicest places, but also some of the most rough ones, so I've now got a great gold-mine of information that I can pick through. We are a great deal alike, so things will work out great!
The M*** family are doing well; we will see them tomorrow. Stopped by really briefly to tell them about the Branch halloween party going down this Friday, but didn't have long to stop and chat. Elder Holden is looking foward to getting to know them a little bit better. The next disccusion with them will hopefully involve their kids a little bit more.
The A*** family wasn't able to come to church. We saw them the day before, which is when they let us know. Not sure what went down, but it involved Coke getting thrown on someone and a spoon (maybe?). #FamTroubles. We were over there last Friday and read with the the yougest ones, bribing them with peanutbutter brownies that Elder Raiford had baked but had forgotten to bring to church. I'm not a big fan of nuts in stuff, and neither is Elder Holden, so this was incredibly convenient. Pray that they will be able to come next week.
The final big thing I want to talk about, because I'm out of time, is that for the month of November our entire mission has decided to cut our P-Days down to 4 hours instead of 8. This means we will be hitting the streets once more by 2 instead of 6. The reason is we have a mission goal of 100 baptisms and 100 reactivations, almost double the number of baptisms we've ever gotten in one month. With all of this we are hoping that it will get the missionaries focused on the work instead of using their P-days for recreation. This is great, except for we actually use our time to clean and get the lawn mowed and stuff. So I'll not be writing as much that month, and will instead be knocking on more doors. I really am hoping that this experiment will be a huge success.
That's all for today, I'm out of time, Love you lots! The church is true, the Book is blue, and God loves you! If you doubt any of these things, or are afraid to act on them, get down on your knees and simply ask God for help, and then go and do what He says must be done. I know prayer works and when we do these things, such as reading the scriptures, going to church, and praying, we will be richly blessed.
Until Next Time!
Elder Jayden Barker
Elder Raiford's and my final picture. In front of the Bartlett, TN Temple.
We were in Corning and were trying to get to a member's house. We drove past the county road she lives on and didn't realize it until it was a little too late. Great photo moment though. Yes, I have walked in Missouri now.