It's been a week of change! Conway, Arkansas is a different place than Collierville, that's for sure. I miss a lot about Collierville, but... We actually taught people this week!
Conway: With a population of nearly 60,000 people, this central Arkansas town is known as the "City of Colleges," the largest of which being University of Central Arkansas.
There are 4 sets of missionaries here, 2 over each of the 2 wards. I'm in the Conway 1st Ward, after coming from the Collierville 1st Ward. "Co.1"
Elder Evans and I have been having some good times. There have been several doors where we have had to take a deep breath and wipe tears from our eyes before knocking. (Only cause we were laughing so hard, don't worry!)
But before it was just Elder Evans and I, we were in a quadpanionship again. Elders Webb and Hall stayed with us Monday through Thursday morning, in our kinda small apartment with one bathroom. Using all four stovetops at once got a little crazy, too.
Our first night, we followed the Light the World initiative's service idea to love our neighbors. We baked cookies and delivered them to our neighbors in the apartment building. We knocked on 4 doors. One wasn't home, but all 3 of the others welcomed all four of us in and we were able to share the video with them and come to feel like friends.
That same night we chatted for a while and shared lesson 1 with a guy on his doorstep. Apparently he had had Pres. Eyring as a professor back in the day. The guy wasn't a member, but he told us when he heard the news that Pres. Eyring had been selected an apostle, he was like, "they couldn't have picked a better guy." Cool stuff.
Thankfully, it wasn't always the four of us, we split into pairs quite a bit and tracted a lot, and found some cool people. One night, we went downtown and street contacted people by the big christmas tree and ferris wheel they have set up. That was pretty fun, and we got to show the Light the World video with a bunch of people again.
We also visited a lady that one of the visiting missionaries had taught in a previous area. She and her 6 kids (from a few different fathers, 2 of which got out of prison recently) were a handful, and their trailer had low ceilings originally built for a guy with a wheelchair. It was a big change from Collierville, for sure. But even with the flies buzzing and dogs barking, it was really fun. The kids gave us hugs and welcomed us right in.
We had a few teaching appointments this week, and just wow! Open minded, friendly people, who hear us out! It feels like a totally different mission over here. I did get like really yelled at for the first time, too, but if one of those every so often is the price to pay to get more people to teach, I'll take it!
We also got to go blitz with 3 other areas this week. One of the fun perks of zone leadership. So I got to go knock some doors in the Conway 2nd area, North Little Rock, and in Choctaw. (Where we had the best dang chili I've ever had, out of this member's shady looking BBQ truck called "Mo' Betah" ["more better" for those of you who need the translation) We also chatted for s good 20 minutes with this guy who had gotten a free Book of Mormon years ago at a flea market. He wasn't interested, but he was nice, and a pretty funny guy. He's a 6th generation Arkansasan. Arkansasian?
On Sunday, we got roped into being a part of the like 12 member choir in sacrament meeting. I think my singing has actually improved a bit since the start of my mission. (Which, granted, does not mean very much at all.)
And then today we went bowling as a zone and that was a lot of fun. I love my zone! We've got a dream team line up, and are gonna tear things up and give people some heaven this transfer. Viva la Conway Zone!
This next week, we have a bunch of meetings lined up! Which I'm actually kinda excited for. Another ZL perk.
This week's email is a little short, but I hope it conveys how much I'm loving Conway so far! Good stuff is happening, better stuff is coming!
Sending love to ma from Arkansas
3080 Pebble Beach Rd, apt. 1
Conway, Arkansas 72034
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What's all this about? As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, it is expected of me that I will serve a two-year mission. (And yeah, the "riding bikes and wearing nametags and knocking on doors" kind of mission.) But this isn't something I'm doing because it's expected of me... I'm doing this because the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed my life SO much, in SO many ways. I can't think of a greater honor or responsibility than being able to play a part in someone's story of finding and enjoying these blessings, too.
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Elder Oliver Wrigley Dahl
Arkansas Little Rock Mission
905 Kierre Dr
North Little Rock AR 72116