On Monday morning I (along with 4 other elders in my
district) got up and around 3am so that we could catch
our bus to take us to the airport, it really was
terrible getting up that early because there's really
not that much recovery time to catch up on that sleep
because busses aren't that comfortable at all!!
On the bus ride up there we took University pkwy to
get to the freeway and I passed all the stores and
restaurants that were on the way there and told my
companion (Elder Coles) stories about all the different
places. It was kinda funny and was like, okay, I’m
leaving this life behind and going on and serving the
Lord. I got to see the church building one last time
and the general area in which we lived it was cool!
They (our MTC branch presidency) told us to back off
on the "gung-ho"-ness of being missionaries at the
airport, just because, well I think they didn't want us
embarrassing our selves basically or something like
that, I dunno. The flight was nice, once the tires
of the plane left the ground I was out! It was pretty
crazy how fast I fell asleep but getting up at 3 am
will do that to you.
When we arrived in PA, the first thing I noticed was,
there were no mountains!!!! It’s all hills and boring-ness!
Well for now because all the trees are dead. Pres.
Summerhays and the Assistants to the presidents
picked us up and we took all our luggage and loaded
it into a trailer and piled into the MAV (Mormon
Assault Vehicle) and they took us to Golden Coral
to eat dinner then proceeded to take us to the mission
home where we met with the president(of the mission,
not the US) and stayed the night.
The next day I met my new companion, Elder Zaleski!
He is a fantastic missionary and he's teaching me
a lot! We were assigned to the
area and Johnstown
that's where we serve. Our apartment is pretty nice.
It's the second to top floor of the 4 story building.
We went out tracting and it was pretty fun! It
was snowing and we were talking to people on the
street and knocking on doors! (oh yeah, it's been
snowing [well not anymore] for about 3 days now
with a couple breaks but it's been pretty
constant) We were trying to get to an investigators
house and we went down this shortcut road that doesn't
get plowed, so we were trudging through probably 2
feet of snow, it was awesome! We were able to
teach this guy (20-24 y.o.) about the restoration
and he seemed very interested! His name is Joseph
just like Joseph Smith, and he had the same
questions as Joseph S. too!! So we gave him a
pamphlet and we're going to get back to him!
This is very hard work, and it seems I usually
don't get enough sleep at night though I sleep
the whole night through, it'll take some getting
used to:)But I love it!
That's all the exciting stuff that's happened so
far! I’m loving it out here! It's the place I
need to be! Oh yeah and there are catholic
churches around here like there are LDS churches
, they're EVERYWHERE!! Orem
-Love Elder Serrano