Hey everybody!! So currently I'm serving in Annapolis, MD. It's soooo beautiful here. My companion is one of my good friends in the mission, Elder Smith. We served together early on in my mission. I was in Mt. Airy and Elder Smith was my second district leader. It's really cool to be companions with him and to have someone I know and like to train me as a zone leader. Annapolis has been doin very well. This month they hit kind of a speed bump and the rainy fall weather and cloudy skies don't seem to be helping motivate the missionaries in this area. So I guess that's where we come in. The ward I am attending is quite small but they are just awesome. The few people that I've met so far have made such a great impression on me. They are devoted to the work and ready and willing to be of service anytime and anyday! I love to work with members like that. I feel a great unity with them and know that Heavenly Father will bless us. For as He has said, "If ye are not one, ye are not mine." Member missionaries and full-time missionaries must work together in order to fulfill the vision Gordon B Hinckley saw. (http://lds.org/general-conference/1999/04/find-the-lambs-feed-the-sheep?lang=eng&query=Gordon+concerted+effort).
I am living in my first four man house. It's pretty interesting. I was a bit concerned of how this was going to work. Almost every four man house that I had in my district ended up being a headache for me. The missionaries tend to waste time "hanging out" with each other rather than being obedient and going to work. But this house is just awesome. We share an apartment with the spanish missionaries, Elder Weeks and Elder Johnsen. Elder Johnsen is new and is turning out to be quite the missionary. He is just so awesome and I think they are going to be able to turn this spanish branch into a ward! Elder Week, only two transfers into his mission is training Elder Johnsen and doing a great job at it! Both impeccable missionaries. Just was this mission needs.
I am doing very well. This area is a half bike, half car area meaning that we share a car between companionships. So this is the schedule: Monday is Pday so we both have the car. Tues-Annap Car/Spanish Bike; Wed- Spanish Car/Annap Bike; Thurs- Spanish Car/Annap Bike; Fri- Annap Car/Spanish Bike; Sat and Sun it switches every other week. So at least three days we are on bike. I thought I was going to die! But it turns out its nice excercise and I'm really starting to like biking. I'm hopin to get big legs and hopefully some kinda butt! We'll see. But that's that. Elder Cragun seems to be doing well. He and his companion get along great. He's happy to have a companion that can actually play basket ball. haha
I don't know my current address right now but if you can just send letter and packages to the mission office that would be awesome. I'll get the address as soon as I can! I love you all. Thank you for your letters of support and love. It's great to hear the updates going on with each of you!
--Elder Jesse-James K. F. Watson