Monday, February 15, 2016

I'm in Visakhaputnam India! ARRRAAAAYYY!!!!


I am back. Wow. In all honesty I really never thought this day would come. Its super weird. But I am stoked out of my mind to be here. So let me give ya the update on the past few hectic days. Sooo. Got India at around 4AM on Wednesday after a series of exceedingly long flights that sometimes made me contemplate suicide. Just kidding. But seriously. Anyway. I met President Berrett at the Airport and we had a nice conversation aboout what changes had been made in the mish and all the new stuff. Then he gave a me paper which happened to be another flight ticket and sent me right back into the flippin airport and I headed off to Visakhaputnam!!!! just another 2 hour flight so it was good. 

So I was made zone leader here in Visak with Elder Bunga! He is a thug. and He loves Coldplay and John Mayer. Also John Legend. We get along pretty well. he is awesome. We are enjoying nicely!! So then I got to the apartment and unpacked a little bit and then we went straight to work. By the end of that day I was literally about to pass out I don't think I have ever been that exhausted in my entire life. Then We had to Plan for a Zone training meeting the next day and then we planned for a district wide missionary fireside that took place on my birthday so I definitely got slammed with a brick wall and then hit by a train coming through on the other side. Sooooo Busy! But. One good thing. From my disgusting sleeping habits that i formed while in America Like going to sleep at 3AM and waking up at 1PM I think adjusting has been pretty easy. Other than the ridiculously spicy food and the insane heat of course. 

Visak is awesome I will be sending some solid pictures I hope. There are mountains all over the place but other than that its basically the same as Rajahmundry. Absolutely no English anywhere, and people poop in the streets everywhere. Its good to back hahaha. Lets see. So Cool story. The elders here have been teaching this part member family for like 6 months now and then we went to teach the parents again and the father opened up and started crying and told us he has never wanted to be baptized so badly in his entire life. So we were shocked because I guess he has never said anything like that. So he has a date set for Feb 28 I Believe. but he works on Sunday during church. Gotta get him away from that. There's another Brother named Kanaka Raju and he is really cool. Loves the church but wants to be sooo sure that he needs to do it. He told us he will quit his job if necessary to come and be baptized. Super awesome. He also referred his Brother in law to us so we are having family home evening with his family tonight! New Investigators!! Woo! 

I cant think of what else happened . I am so overwhelmed its insane! My birthday was solid. We were at the fireside basically all day. But it was really fun and everyone loved it. We had 4 different workshops for them to do so it went really well. Then at the end they had everyone sing happy birthday to me which was kind of intense. there were like 150 people so I was a little embarrassed but whatever. We went to the apartment after and had cake! sooo good! This place is awesome and we are so happy! We live with two other elders in the apartment Elder Tuscano from St. George and Elder Shaik from Rajahmundry. We have a lot of fun! Stomach is good for the most part! The first few days were rough but its getting much better  now so I am super happy about that. Also Mom you're updating the blog and facebook right? Let everyone know I am a Junkfellow and didn't tell anyone that I left! LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH BE SAFE 

Elder Checketts

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