Our intent of this blog is to share Brock's adventures in Orlando, Florida while he's on his LDS mission. Hopefully, by reading about how Brock is changing the lives of so many, and seeing Brock's own personal growth in the gospel, the people reading this blog will also be able to feel the spirit and be inspired to strengthen or develop their own testimonies of Christ and the LDS church.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

First week in Daytona, the Deland zone!

Friends and Family,

Let me tell ya, this week was a great one! It was tough to say goodbye
to old friends and members but a change was great. I went from the
heart of the city in the Orlando Zone, out to the beachfront in the
Deland Zone! I'm serving in the area of the Daytona 500 Nascar race,
and Daytona Beach! My companion is Elder Harman and let me tell ya,
this guy is one of the funniest people I've ever met. I'm laughing a
ton, and really just having a good time. He goes home back to Idaho
after this transfer, so this will be the second missionary I've
"killed." I Am enjoying the work, and we getting a lot done.
I like the responsibilities of being a Zone Leader, and I am able to
get to know a lot of more missionaries, and work with them.

So on Tuesday we went to transfer meeting, and then drove the hour and a half out
to Daytona. We spent the rest of the day unpacking and going to see some of the members!

Wednesday we had a busy day meeting the investigators we are working
with, and continuing to see some members. There is a "mission famous"
guy in this Ward that everyone calls "Grandpa." He is really willing
to do anything for us missionaries and continually does his best to
make us laugh!

On Thursday, we had a Zone Training Meeting where every month, the
Zone Leaders relay the information to the rest of the missionaries in
the zone. It was a lot of fun to get to know the missionaries in the Deland
Zone, and it was also pretty stressful making sure everything went as
planned. It was basically like a giant district meeting, but it was
with the whole zone! I loved it.

Friday, we had a big weekly planning. Being new to an area, this was
good for me to call some of the less active members, and other members
in the church. It was really just nice to familiarize myself with the

Saturday, we did a lot of finding! This area had a few baptisms last
transfer, and they just finished up with one this weekend too. Our
teaching pool isn't the biggest, so this will be our focus for the
next couple of weeks. We finished up with a dinner with our ward
mission leader! His name is Brother Nuviadenu and he's from Ghana!
Such a humble man, and he too only wants the best for missionaries.

On Sunday we had a baptism! It was pretty nice to be transferred into
the area, and have a baptism your first week, hopefully this means
only good things to come, right? The baptism was right after church on
fast Sunday, and you know there is some good member support when the
baptism is full, and there was "standing room only" remaining for
attendance. I didn't really do much for this baptism, I didn't know
the family too well, but it was still great to feel the spirit, and
see this change happening for these families. There were two young men
being baptized from families that were previously inactive members. It
just goes to show that we are never "too far gone."

Well sorry this was a little bit of a shorter email! We have a lot to
do today, and we didn't time it out too well. Next week I should have
some more time, and will be able to give some more details about our
week. Thanks again for all of the great support I've received!
With love,

- Elder Doman

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