Tālofa to Samoan work!!

Well, you would NOT guess how transfers went haha! We got a call from the AP’s Saturday afternoon and you only get a call from them if you have been given a special assignment. They asked for Elder Jensen and I didn’t know what to expect. They told him he had been assigned to be the Bike Elder of the mission. Normally the bike Elders serve in Spanish work near Arcadia. So, we figured he was gone and I was staying. Then they let him know the other bike Elder was coming to East Pasadena along with the responsibility. So that means Elder Collings is gonzo!
About an hour later we get a call from the Zone Leaders telling me where I was headed. Well… bon voyage to East Pasadena and Tālofa to Samoan work!! I will also be covering the Hacienda Heights 1st ward as well. My new companions name is Elder Hathaway and he’s only been out 3 months so he’s just out of training. We get a car because our new area in the Samoan ward has no boundaries. Basically we cover like 4 missions now. I’m not sure how the work goes yet or how we even find these people but I’m excited to get going. My new Samoan tags should come soon! I’m pumped for those bad boys?
It will definitely be hard to leave some people behind in East Pasadena, but I’m sure there are great people in the other 2 wards I’m serving in as well. Elder Hansen got transfered to the same Zone I’m in and is now my Zone Leader so it will be good to still see him each week. My new comp., Elder Hathaway is a cool kid. He’s from Rexburg Idaho and is way good at basketball (We’re balling right now). I’ll have to take some pictures with him and send them later. We live in a 2 pad so it’s only us now which I’m actually pretty excited about. One thing I am certainly not looking forward to is the weight I am bound to gain haha.
The missionary I’m replacing was here for 4 1/2 months and gained 40 pounds. Another Elder I know gained 60 pounds while he was here. I guess we get fed everyday, if not twice a day. The members live all over the L.A. County so we will be doing a lot of traveling to get around. Pray for me to keep my weight under the 250’s please? I guess it’s disrespectful to turn down 2nds so there is no way I’m dodging this bullet haha.
The area just had a baptism this past transfer but now it’s pretty dead. We’re going to have to work hard to bring it up! But I’m sure we’ll do the work to get to where we need too! I’m excited to see where this area takes me and who I’m going to meet here. I

Love you and hope you have a great week!
Elder Collings

3 thoughts on “Tālofa to Samoan work!!

  1. I am so jealous of your opertunity to serve with the Samoans. I would have loved to learn some of thier language and culture. Good luck. Elder Collings.

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