Elder Tevin Byington
Phoenix Arizona Mission
August 2014 - August 2016
Gilbert Arizona Temple until Phoenix Temple is built
Wherefore, Be of good cheer and do not fear, for I the lord am with you, and will stand by you, and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the son of the living God, that I was, that I am and that I am to come. D&C 68.6
Saturday, January 31, 2015
So as i mentioned earlier this week, i got transferred. Starting from Wednesday morning (transfer morning), Elder Unasa and i went to pick up my bike from an investigator who works on bikes professionally. He was working on mine for free. Turns out, he got arrested that night and my bike was locked in his shed haha. So, naturally, i stressed about it. But we got down to the transfer meeting and i got transferred to the North Mountain Ward in North Phoenix. My companion is Elder Longhurst from Layton and i will be sending him home in the middle of February.We are in the biggest biking area in the mission. We cover 20 square miles haha. Luckily, a missionary that went home this transfer left his bike for the missionaries and i am using it right now! Our area is densely populated. We live about 5 miles from Downtown Phoenix in a city called Sunnyslope. The two end of our area are very wealthy, but the middle of our area, where we work the most and where we live is in the middle of the ghetto haha. Its crazy down here but i like to be around more people. Im just glad that i dont live the way many others have to. Elder Longhurst is a good guy. He played soccer for Northridge. He is like 6'3'' haha. But one thing that is cool is that President Griffin made me the Senior Companion. Its tough though because i dont know the area or anyone in it and apparently last transfer was pathetic. I got here and we met with the new Relief Society President and she wanted to know who all the people were. Elder Longhurst has been here 4 and a half months and didnt know very many people. He said that his old companion didnt have a drive to do much. So our teaching pool is small and we are knocking on lots of doors and trying to find people to teach. We live with two Spanish Elders, they are both from Central America but one speaks fluent English and the other is working on his. Our apartment is duper dirty haha. It has been a missionary apartment for 5 years now and some Elders have just trashed it completely haha. We are teaching one guy named John Penrose, we are trying to help him develop a faith in God. I was only able to meet with him on Saturday. Our Ward Mission Leader is awesome and seems really helpful. All of the other Leaders in our ward are brnd new and have only had calling for a month or so. So i guess im not the only one trying to figure out what is going on haha. Things are great here! Its great to be down in the valley and in the middle of everything that is going on! I have a feeling i will be in the area for a while! I hope you guys are doing well! Have a good week! Sorry the letter is shorter, i dont know much to right about! Love, Tevin.