This week was a long one out here in the Gooch. We spent a lot of time trying to get prepared for the zone blitz. That preparation took a lot of time and effort, going through an entire area book worth of records, pulling out those names that we felt would have potential, plotting them out on a map, and organizing them into routes so that the missionaries who came out to help us wouldn't be running all over the area but would be focused in their efforts.
That blitz unfortunately, seems to have yielded few results, mostly helping us gain information on who wasn't interested or which addresses were wrongly recorded, which is admittedly helpful, just not quite in the way we would have liked. Thankfully, we did get a couple names that at least acted somewhat interested in our message so hopefully some good will come of it.
The Zone preparation day last week was enjoyable. We explored some of the sights downtown in Richmond. Unfortunately, the two main places that the group wanted to go were both closed. Interestingly enough, they were both also churches. The one was the beautiful Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and the other was the humble episcopal chapel where Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. We ended up walking quite a ways to just see the outside of two buildings, but the company of the other missionaries was enjoyable nonetheless.
We were supposed to have interviews with President Perry last week but some things came up and they had to be rescheduled. They should happen this upcoming Thursday. I look forward to that event, though I must say that 15 minutes is not long enough at all to be with that blessed man.
Other than that, not a whole lot has been going on out here. I haven't been sleeping the best lately, but oh well, I'll just keep trying.
I hope that all is going well for the rest of you. I'm sorry to hear about Nik's accident, and I'm glad he's alright.
I love you all.
-Elder John Y. Roberts