Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Missionary Mayhem -address correction

New Address

Elder Zack Holladay

9223 Creekside Ct.

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Hey Mom!

So I found out that I accidentally gave you the wrong address. When we went to move in on Monday we got to apt #9233. I tried the key and it didn't work. Then someone on the other side said, "Hello?" We were surprised. Did President Winegar throw us a 'welcome to your new home' party? No he didn't. Sister Winegar gave us the wrong address. So we apologized to the lady and called the office of our apartment complex and they said our number was actually 9223 not 9233. Just thought I'd tell you.

Oh and I also found out that we don't actually live in our area. We live somewhere in the middle of the ward I think. Elder Belnap (who is from lehi by the way. he lives over by Micron sort of) and Elder Bair are the other elders in the Princeton 1st ward. they cover Lawrenceville. Their apartment closes in December so we will have the whole ward to ourself next year.

Also, Elder Thielen got transferred to Camden instead of Princeton. Elder Edgar who leaves in December, has some health issues so they had to take him off of the bike. So I am now companions with Elder Edgar. Elder Thielen is companions with Elder Mcgee(Elder Edgar's companion) I'm a little bit bummed that I only got to serve with Elder Thielen for 3 weeks. He is a good missionary.

Our apartment is nice. It has a washer and dryer, dishwasher, and fridge and sink. There is also a small gym here in our complex, so I get good exercise. So far Princeton has been rainy(or misty rather). It's much different from down southf. There are still tons of trees, but there are buildings and roads built between all of them. I totally forgot my camera today. I'm sorry. I will repent.

Sister McNaughton is way awesome. She takes care of the missionaries very well. She loves to go out to teaching appointments with the missionaries. She fixed my pants (Thank goodness!) They were getting a little bit tight around the waist. I love Sister McNaughton. We always had a good time at her house and we could always, with out fail, feel the spirit at her house.

The baptism went great. Brian's Grandfather baptized and confirmed Bryan after church. The attendance was good. A few of Brian's relatives were there and they weren't members so we took them on a little tour and showed them the baptismal font. It was a good experience. I'm glad Brian has chosen what he did. Its good for him.

You won't believe what happened last weekend. Elder Thielen called the apartment office in Mantua to see if we needed to clean anything or if they were going to rip everything out. We both heard the lady answer that they wouldn't be replacing anything and we would have to clean everything or else it would come out of our security deposit. Elders have been in that apartment for a long time and it hasn't been cleaned very well. There is a dark spot leading from the front door to the hallway and the walls had a million holes in them from pushpins and those were just the beginning. We spent most of Thursday, Friday and Saturday cleaning and repairing. We spent the most time on the carpet because it was the worst. We tried the resolve, but one can only did a small area and we had a lot of ground to cover. So we borrowed a shampooer from one of the members. We only had time to clean a section. Sunday we had the baptism and church and dinner at the McNaughtons. Monday is the day that management was supposed to do the walk through at Noon. We spent most of the morning packing. We drove to the church to swap vehicles with President Winegar because all of our stuff wouldn't fit in our tiny car. He gave us the minivan. Then at about 10:45AM, Sis. Winegar calls and tells us that we need to replace the covers for the hanging-ceiling light fixtures so that we wouldn't get charged for those. They had been broken for a long time. So we had to make a quick run to Home Depot to get the covers. The 2 that we got didn't have a barcode on them so we had to go back and get one. Then when we got home, we found out that our covers were too big. Elder Thielen had a utility knife so he cut them to size while I finished packing the van. By the time we were both finished it was 12PM. We waited for the inspector to come and no one showed up. It got to 12:15 when we called the office again to have someone come inspect our apartment. Finally a guy came to inspect our apartment. He walked through right to the bathroom, looked in and said, "It's good" We said, "Wait what? You didn't really even look at it." Then he said that they were going to replace everything, the kitchen, all the apliances, the carpet, the sink, the toilet, the vanity, EVERYTHING except the tub which was the easiest thing to clean. So we left for Camden to swap companions and then went to Princeton. Crazy Eh?

Congratulations on your victory at the pumpkin contest!

Thats so cool that Kyle met someone going to the same mission as him BEFORE he goes on his mission. Has he talked with the other missionary since then? That would be wierd if they were companions in the MTC.

There are a few people around here that have the flu as well. At least that's what I hear.

Ok I think that about wraps it up. I hope it's long enough.



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