Monday, April 18, 2016

Buckeye Fever!--Week 88- 86 weeks in Phoenix- 1 week in Buckeye

Buckeye Fever!--
Week 88-  86 weeks in Phoenix- 1 week in Buckeye

Dear friends and family,

Greetings from my new area in Buckeye, Arizona! I love it here! My new
companion is Elder Sumsion. He goes home in six weeks. We get along
really well!! Here was my week!

Well, I knew where I was going so transfers were pretty low stress.
All of my favorite elders in Glendale came by to say goodbye before
Elder Bryan and I left... I was really happy when I found out that
Elder Wille was going to my old area. The ward will love him.

So I am serving in the Buckeye 1st Ward and the Sundance Ward. Buckeye
is a lot different from Glendale. Fewer crazy people, fewer methheads,
fewer crazy drivers, and the list goes on and on. We live with a
member family, the Maxwells. They have 6 boys, the youngest two are 16
and twins and they still live at home. The rest are grown. The area is
half rural, half suburbs. Almost all of the houses are in brand new
developments so that's pretty cool. I am the driver, and I have the
privilege of driving a 2015 white Ford Fusion! So much better than
biking! And just in time for the summer. President Griffin said I'll
be here for the rest of my mission so that's good.
So far my time here has been great. We've spent a lot of time visiting
ward leaders to introduce me to them and to ask who we can visit.
Elder Sumsion has only been here 6 weeks and was doubled-in with a
trainee. So we both don't really know the area all that well. We have
been able to find some part member families to work with and get to
know a lot of the ward leadership. They seem to like me which is good.
When they ask us how long we've been out and I say 20 months and Elder
Sumsion says 23 months, it almost instantly builds trust. Two
veterans! Haha.

On Sunday we were just sitting down right before Buckeye 1st Ward
started and in walks 5 people: an older guy, his wife, and three
boys—ALL of them had mullets except the mom. I turned to Elder Sumsion
and said, "Hooooooly mullets.." He laughed and the bishop's wife went
up and talked to them. She turned to us and mouthed "they aren't
members!" So we talked with them and got their info and sent their
info to the zone leaders. They're excited!!

I can't really remember much about what else happened, but know that
I'm doing well and I'm enjoying being out here "in the sticks" as
someone at church described it. My new address is:

Elder Kevin Jones
23429 W. Hopi St.
Buckeye, AZ 85326

You can send letters, packages, anything there and I will get it. I
love you all and hope you keep being awesome! Just 3 1/2 more months!

Elder Jones
Buckeye 1st & Sundance Wards
Arizona Phoenix Mission

Elder Jones w/ his new companion Elder Sumsion

Bye, Elder Plourde!

Bye, Elder Young!

Bye, Elder Bryan!

My home for the rest of my mission!

Our area. :)

weekly selfie

The district! Left to right: Elders Weston, Ockey, Thaut, Price, Jones, Sumsion


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