Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Arrived in DC!

We arrived at the Mission Office yesterday morning and started right to work. We are staying in the Stake High Councilman’s (home he is in charge of Missionary work); Mac Haddow and his wife Alice, we will be here until about the 17th . He and his wife are empty nester’s with a 3 story large home. We are staying in the basement, which is another home in itself, master bedroom with bath, walk-in closet, kitchen, family room, game room, theatre room, laundry room, etc. It is a beautiful home. We are spoiled for a little while. We are going to look for a place to lease for 6 months.

We will be working in the Mission Office, until they get another senior missionary couple. We work from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are learning the ropes today. It is fun, but a lot of work and hard for Larry to learn. Elder Maldonado is learning the finances and I am doing the referral program and the mail for the secretary and stocking the supply room. There are lots of different languages here. We get to go the rest of the day doing activation visits and proselyting. We went out looking for apartments this afternoon today, and they are small and expensive. We found one we are getting that is the least expensive. It costs about $1100. But that is with a discount. It is only 1 bed room, 1 bath, kitchen, great-room, the laundry is in a little closet in the bedroom, it has a covered patio with a storage room too. It has appliances and washer and dryer. It looks like opportunity awaits us in this complex, more so than the other ones we looked at. By the 17th we will have furniture and stuff from the other senior missionary couple that are going home. I hope they have a micro wave, because this apartment doesn’t have one. It does have a exercise room and exercise trail to walk. Some other good things too, but it is pretty small. The weather is cold in the evening starting about 4 p.m. It is dark between 5 and 6 pm. It is beautiful here. There are groves of trees like the sacred grove. The fall is colorful. They said that Sept and Oct is the best time for the weather here. Well, Larry is asleep, I should be, but want to send this e-mail. We will be working with the Centreville 1st and 2nd wards in Centreville Stake. Larry doesn’t like imposing on the Haddow’s, so we may get the apartment sooner, without furniture. Love you all, Sister Maldonado