I'm in a new area. This area is like my first and second areas combined.
Like like reeeaaallly small.
We were missing two active members at church yesterday. There are seven active members total. We had SIX people at church!
Yes, you read that correctly. SIX that's it! One of which was a less active who had not come in a long long time. We went to his house and offered service and that motivated him to come to church.
We do not have an apartment in Miramichi. The reason being... the Mission President was going to shut this area completely down. When the Branch President found this out he said, "I will have to shut down Miramichi if the elders are not here." This area needs priesthood holders. There is only one active member who hold the priesthood. He is elderly and his health isn't good.
Let me explain in more detail how it works here...
The branch meets in Bathurst, but there is an area called Mirimichi (an hour away) which skypes in for church. We bless and pass the sacrament and fill in if Skype doesn't work (which apparently happens all the time). We stay in Bathurst with the elders here and then travel to our area and then back again every day.
Unfortunately the last several sets of missionaries have either...
1) knocked all day long (min. 30 hrs a week)
2) didn't do any missionary work
3) seemed to create problems for the Mission President
This area has way more potential then what has been achieved. My new companion's name is Elder Ashton. We are loving it here!! It's all fresh and untainted!! We are ready to get to work.
l love you guys!