Sunday, February 17, 2013


Things are going well down here in Wichita. We had a cool week. On Tuesday we made the 4 hour trek up to Independence and stayed the night at the mission home for a Zone Leader Council on Wednesday. It was a really sweet experience. We were trained on how to hasten the work, and now we have to relay the messages to the zone this upcoming Wednesday. We do about 5-6 hours of administrative stuff a week, so we actually have a good amount of time to be missionaries. 

Also, I don't know if you watched any of the morning talk shows this past week but, there is this little boy named Titus Ashby who can shoot a basketball like it's going out of style. He and his family went to New York to do some talk shows this past week after his video went uber-viral. He and his family are in my ward. I just thought I'd name drop on a 2 year old. 

The work is going pretty well. Elder Raddatz and I get along really well and that makes things a lot easier. We are working through the ward and branch rosters trying to contact the unknowns. We've seen a little bit of success out of it, but we are struggling to find new people to teach. You know what that means! Tracting!!! We have a lot to do and are staying busy.  There are lots of people here who work at the aviation plants. 

The Zone is doing really well which is nice. We have 9 companionships in the Zone and 3 of them are opening up areas. It is crazy how big our mission is getting. It is ridiculously huge. It is crazy the amount of missionaries that are coming out. Out of 30+ newbies this upcoming transfer, 14 of them are sisters. It is getting ridiculous. I wouldn't be surprised if this mission splits. 6 hours of church is still 6 hours of church. It is pretty draining. That's all that is going on with me.

That's too bad that the Warriors are playing like the Warriors again. I can't believe Tim Lincecum cut his hair. That is crazy. Next thing you know, Brian Wilson will shave his beard. We ran into this inactive guy yesterday whose son was a Major League pitcher and actually pitched against Barry Bonds. It is pretty cool.

1. There are 18 missionaries in the zone and 11 zones in the mission.
2. Elder Raddatz is a Spanish speaking elder as well. I haven't served with a Spanish speaker since last May.
3. We are in both the city and the suburbs.

Welp, mi familia, have a great week. Keep working hard. 
Love you, Nick

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Niners lose, and Nick is mature about it.

Man, that stinks. stinks. stinks.
Welp, I'm in Wichita. It is really far away from Kansas City. My comp is Elder Raddatz from Orem. He went to Mountain View (pronounced: Moun'in View). You can send me packages straight to the address- where we live is pretty safe. 
Here's the big info:

2510 E. Pawnee #403
Wichita, KS 67211

I got shipped out to the middle of nowhere. Apparently President thought it would be funny to let me serve my entire mission up to this point in KC, and then put me out here. Some interesting news is that I am now a Zone Leader. It is crazy. We do a lot of paper work, especially with miles and whatnot. My comp was trained in Riverview, so we have been talking about the people that we know. He has been out for 18 months, and got to the field one transfer before me. We are covering a spanish branch and a ward. We have to go to 6 hours of church every Sunday. It was a lot of church yesterday. 
Wichita is way different than anything that I have seen before. It is FLAT. No hills, no nothing. There is a ton of sky here. It makes for some cool scenery. It is very different out here, but I am excited to get to work. 

It is good to hear that Granddad is doing better. 
It really sucks that the Cuarenta-Nueveros lost. It super stinks. 
Well, the library is packed, so I  better finish up.

1. No, I didn't see the game at all. I was sad, but I figured my obedience would've caused the Niners to win. I guess not...
2. On Thursday at 8 I got on the transfer bus and rode the long 4 hours out to Wichita. It was almost as boring as driving through Nevada.
3. We are in a Spanish branch of about 40 active members. It is really small and intimate, but really great. We also cover a normal English ward. It seems super functional. Nice.

Okay fam, love you to pieces.
Love, Nick