Monday, August 10, 2015

Yins and Ya'll

Hello from Danville Virginia!!!!

I'm totally living in the ghetto and it's nuts. Last week my companion went outside and heard a bunch of gun shots. I've seen some pretty crazy stuff already. No one has street addresses so they just spray paint the number on their garbage cans and almost all the houses have "no trespassing" signs on the front door. The other day I'm pretty sure I almost witnessed a hit and run and then we saw two guys trying to break into a funeral home in broad daylight. It really feels like I'm living in a 3rd world country. The tap water isn't even drinkable. All the people here are super easy to teach because they all sit on their porch all day but they're really hard to commit because they all are literally chained down to smoking and it's very sad. If I've learned anything so far it's to stay as far away as possible from any form of smoking and any other type of addictive substance because I've seen first hand that it will literally control and destroy your life. 

We've been working like crazy trying to find people to teach and the Lord has really been blessing us. Last night we taught a lesson to a random kid we found on our former investigator list and the Spirit was so strong and intense. The kid was really tearing up by the end and I could tell he's been waiting for the gospel for a long time. It made me feel so good to know I made a positive difference in his life that day. 

I also have a new companion named Elder Clarke. He's from Cali and is super chill. We get along really well so I'm very grateful to have him. 

I love yins and miss ya'll so much. Also I can read emails every night; I just can't send any until Mondays so if ya'll have a spiritually uplifting thought or just want to send me a story or what not I'd love to hear it throughout the week! 

Elder Earnest 

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