Well, I got transferred this week. I'm in Lebanon, TN now (I have been told at least 3 times now that it is pronounced "LEH-buh-nun," NOT "Leb-a-nahn") with a companion named Elder Cazier ("Cuh-ZEER"). He is from Treemonton, UT and will be going home in December. It's a good area with a great ward and a lot of potential, but right now the members' trust in the missionaries isn't great and the work is kind of slow. It's not bad, but it's a bit of a jarring transition coming from Melton Lake. Elder Cazier hasn't been here for very long either, only a few weeks, so we are kind of getting to know the area together. I have hope though that things will get much better. There is also a pair of sister missionaries in our ward, Sister Vance and Sister Roser, who have been here for just a couple months longer than us, and they have been working really hard to build the members' trust and are starting to see some really good changes. The work in their area has picked up a lot and the members are really starting to trust them. So we just have to follow their lead. We already have some promising people. We tracted into one guy this week named Jamie who really opened up to us and told us about how he is struggling to overcome an addiction. We talked to him about the atonement of Christ and he wants us to come back and help him. We will try to get him to the addiction recovery program as well.
I am out of time. I love you all. The gospel is true! Christ lives and loves you, and His atonement is real and can be a powerful force for good and healing in your life if you will let it be so. Make yourselves a great week!
Elder Alex Swindler
1) Posterity picture - Elder Merrill, me, and Elder Frederick
2) Goodbye to the Valdez family, one of my favorite families in Oak Ridge