Hello mom and family!
I am doing really well here in the Patuxent area. It is Suuuuuuper heavily wooded, and super humid, as it is right on the Bay.
I was with Elder Cowan for the prescribed 6 weeks, and it was awesome, until President asked him to train a new missionary. He was a little upset about it at first, but he got excited after a few days. My new companion is Elder Lyman. He is a missionary normally assigned to the Chinese program, but is doing a few transfers in english (it is the norm for the language programs to do that.). He is probably going back to the Chinese program next transfer, which is sad as he is a great guy!
I am in the same district as Elder Strubell and Elder Bias, which I am super excited about! For those who have forgotten either of them, I was Elder Bias’ companion for two transfers in Glen Burnie, and Elder Strubell and I were in the MTC together. It has been pretty awesome these last 5 days.
1) Favorite memory of Independence day? I am having a hard time recollecting any specific stuff, but I feel like the few times we went out to Uncle Doug’s, ate homemade ice cream and watched fireworks, and swimming, and Julie playing Kingdom Hearts. I always found that rather enjoyable.
2 The most memorable thing I have participated in within the last three weeks is that Elder lyman and I have been working on building our rocket program up. Over all it has been successful (though our apartment smells like death every now and then) I can only guess what he means by “rocket program”, and it brings to mind a certain campfire scene in a certain Mel Brooks’ movie.
3 I AM MOTIVATED TO TRY NEW THINGS SO THAT LIFE IS NOT BORING!
4 I bought a slurpee once out here with a bunch of missionaries and it was dumping rain _water halfway up our shins kind of rain_ and there was toooons of lightning. It was pretty fun.
I hope all of you are doing extremely well! Stay safe and love you!
Elder Jacob Norris
Washington D.C. North Mission.