It all started on Monday preparing for my companion to leave to his new area. There was packing, ping pong, and saying goodbye to members. The following morning Elder Merkley jumped on a train and I waited a few hours with the other Hanau Elders to wait for my new companion to arrive. During the wait, I ran into an investigator who we had lost contact with because his phone number had changed. Needless to say, I got this guy´s new phone number. After a little bit of time, my last companion in the field showed up: Elder Ireton. He´s been out on his mission just a few months shy as to how long I´ve been out, and for the first time since the MTC, he´s my first American companion that doesn´t come from Utah. He´s a way friendly guy. We spent the rest of Tuesday getting Elder Ireton situated in Hanau, meeting with our ward mission leader, and practicing with the ward choir.
Wednesday we had a lot of time dedicated hitting the streets, and we actually found some good success getting contact info from others. In the evening there was a special worldwide broadcast for missionaries put on by the Church. It was titled "Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts" and was all about the basic purposes of missionary work and the Gospel, specifically: faith, repentance, baptism, the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. The next day we had district meeting with a couple of newcomers in the district, including the new district leader being my district leader in my last area. We talked about the mission broadcast and got to know each other better and then it was back to Hanau. That evening we drove out to visit with a less active member and we discussed the importance of scripture study.
Friday we had several appointments planned out with investigators, but they all fell through. With no set appointments, we used the time finding and got some more contact info from others. Also, I got a package in the mail from the mission office, namely a 4 step ladder. It was addressed to me, and while my companion and I don´t know exactly why we got it, we do know it was intended for us and is probably for our bunk bed that doesn´t have a ladder. Random, but ok. Saturday I baked brownies for a member appointment because we would be visiting an older member on her birthday. We got to the member´s house, and she had her family and friends over, most of whom were less active or nonmembers. We got to visit with all of them. After we left, we attempted to visit some other less active members. Sunday was ward conference in Hanau, so there were a lot more people at church than normal. Elder Ireton introduced himself, we sang in the choir, and during the second hour of church we got to meet some nonmember friends of a member family. It was a positive experience, and the members were really happy with us being able to meet their friends.
Time is rushing by, but it´s not over yet. A lot of great things happened for the first week of the transfer, and if things continue this way, I´ll be really happy with the end of my mission. No matter what comes though, I´m sure it will be a good transfer.
Aaron and Elder Ireton
4 step ladder