My companion and I have to go to Hermosillo in a couple hours for a zone leader council so I had to write you guys in the morning instead of the afternoon, hopefully that's not too much of a problem.
Elder Poole and I had an AWESOME week. I've never gotten to an area with so much work and so much potential before! Elder Poole told me that in the two transfers he was here they were able to have eight baptisms and from what it looks like here I think I believe him haha. We were just teaching appointment after appointment and were able to set seven baptismal dates with our investigators in one week. There is a ton of work, but not just work but the work is gooood. A lot of our investigators have a ton of potential and many of them have already gone to church before and are willing to accept the baptismal invitation. We worked really hard all week and it really seemed to pay off. I'm super excited for the area and I feel like the work could really explode here.
The area is really big and almost all the streets are sand (yes you heard me right, not dirt, but sand). Our area is basically the furthest one of all of them from the beach, but that's alright because most of the people in our area are more humble and more willing to open themselves up to the gospel. We ride bikes just about everywhere and live in a second-story apartment right in front of a big grocery story called Ley. The apartment is a nice place, it's a bit small but it's definitely not bad at all.
My comp and I are also getting along really well. We have similar working and teaching methods and are both willing to give it our all. He's from Wyoming and have a lot in common (we play the same sports, music, etc.). It's way nice having a gringo companion for once because I feel like the communication is a lot more fluent and we don't have any cultural differences. I really like being zone leader, I had the opportunity to hold a meeting with my companion and everyone else in the zone (14 missionaries) to talk about our goals for this transfer and how we can work more efficiently. I love being able to have time like that and talk to people and share ideas. I'm really not too worried at all about being zone leader, I'm just going to keep trying to set a good example, work hard, and be as obedient as possible to be able to help the rest of the missionaries here in Peñasco.
I'm really excited for the opportunity to be here and I'm hoping for great things to happen during my time here. The area looks good and I know I have the necessary tools to help the people the best that I can during these last four months. Thanks for all of the emails and support. Love you guys!
Con amor, Elder Thayne