I'm back! I never thought I'd be back, but I am! It's both weird and kind of cool. On one hand, I feel like my 7.5 months in third branch were like a really long break, and now I'm back to my second area. On the other hand, I have different fingers. I don't really know what to expect from being branch president, though. It looks like there's a lot of working with members and doing meetings and stuff. I know that the Lord didn't call me here to fail, so if I do my part, I don't need to worry. One thing is for certain: I've never been this tired at the end of the day.
One assignment brought us to the other elders' apartment building before they arrived, to check on the house and regulate some things. The whole building was randomly out of power, which is not uncommon for new buildings (or, come to think of it, any building). Therefore, we had to hike up about 8 flights of stairs. One other negative aspect: The stairwell was very, very dark, so we had to use our cell phones to stumble our way up. On the way we met a lady who was going up and had no light whatsoever, so we escorted her to her place. She invited us in. It was a bit weird. Her and her old mother kept asking us the same questions many times, like they had a short memory. Then the daughter poured us drinks, orange soda for us (yay!) and energy drink for her 80-something year-old mother. That was a bit weird. Anyway, they invited us over for dinner another night, which we might do one of these days. You never know.
My new companion (and currently the branch president) is Elder Anderson, from Roy, Utah. He's pretty dang cool. We're both very relaxed, not getting angry or annoyed easily, which is good for this kind of assignment.
I'm looking forward to helping these people out as much as I can! I think after I leave this area, I'll have a much better appreciation for the leaders in the church. I hope you all realize how much time and true effort they put into their assignments.
As always, I wish you all the best, and remember, Mos e ha sapunin për djath!