Monday, November 26, 2012
Greetings from Chichester!
Elder Castro and I had just visited a referral and were doing some knocking up in Bradford-on-Avon (SUCH A COOL PLACE, just saying) when we got a call from President Millar. I answered and he asked to speak to Elder Castro. They chatted for like... two minutes and all I remember is Elder Castro saying "In English?!" so I assumed that he was being asked to give one of the prayers at the Elder Keiron conference this week. He then hung up and said that he was training. Strange. I asked if I we were going to be a three and he said that I was moving to Chichester. Having been pranked just a few weeks earlier, I did not believe him. He persisted, however, so I called President back, just to clarify. I was then informed that I was indeed moving to Chichester, which had been shut downa few weeks prior, with my good friend/one of my MTC companions, Elder Grachoyv. I would be picked up the next day at 2 PM. I was floored. I was stunned. Out of nowhere, I was leaving the area that I loved SOOOO much. We immediately started back to Trowbridge. Luckily, I was able to say goodbye to most of my amazing friends at the chapel that night, as it was youth night so pretty much the whole ward congregates there. I didn't get to say goodbye to everyone, though. It was SO hard. I love Trowbridge and everyone in it so much. I made some promises that Trowbridge would be the FIRST place I go when I am released by President hahaha. I'll send some pictures home next week.
The next day, we had a District Meeting at the chapel where I bid farewell to my amazing friends in the Bath district (even though I'm going to see them on Wednesday... haha) It was a lot of fun. I then stopped by the Turveys and said goodbye to them and went back to the flat to finish packing all of my stuff and wait for the Bideford missionaries to drop off Elder Grachoyv. After that, we waited for the APs. The APs then drove us to our new area.
Chichester is an AMAZING place. I love it here so much. The ward is fantastic as well. It's a lot smaller and the dynamics are quite different than Trowbridge, but I know that Elder Grachoyv and I are here for a reason. There is so much work to do here and I simply cannot wait to do it. I know that by demonstrating faith, we will see miracles. The area itself is actually laid out similar to Trowbridge. The chapel/our flat is in Chichester and we also work in the towns surrounding (Havant, Hayling Island, Bognor Regis, Petersfield.) I am so excited for all that lies ahead!
Also, this is my new address...
Elder Matthew Frederickson
7 Harvester Close
Chichester, West Sussex
England PO19 6XF