|Ryan Van Wagenen with his mission trainer in North Carolina|
I'm in North Carolina! Today I just got my first assignment and first mission companion. We taught the first lesson within five minutes of meeting each other. It flowed very well. Elder Montague is a great missionary and extremely optimistic. Anyway, we're serving in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Feels a bit like the sticks on North Carolina, but I am so pumped! There are some really nice areas here as well - I love how green and beautiful this state is and people seem to be so nice! He's saying his prayer right now, it's 10:40pm. Anyway, we had a night appointment with the Estes' family. They are the nicest people ever! They had an all green meal for us because I was there and I'm "green" in the mission. We taught the first lesson to them and they seemed to like it. After she asked me for a blessing because she is having trouble with trying to stop smoking. Anyway, I miss the family today, but I am happy to be here. I am EXCITED for the work! Wow, Elder Montague prays a long time! I should finish up my letters while I have this 20 minutes of him praying. This seems like a great area and what a great first mission companion. Good things to come!