I'm here. In Prescott. It's north of Sedona I think. I don't really
know though. It's like Austin hill country meets Utah. Dry with
larger hills than the hill country and like NO GRASS. Which is cool -
they have like the coolest gravel and rocks I've ever seen. It's
sad but focused news: I am 99% sure I'm not allowed to email friends.
Family only. So... yeah... Guess we'll see if Tracie can really stand
the trial of friendship here hahaha. I know I've already failed on my
end, but I have a lot more faith in her.
news. Well we got to the mission home safe and sound as I'm sure you
know. They picked us up from the airport in this megavan with a
trailer in the back for all our luggage. We drove into our actual
mission to the mission office first where we filled out a bunch of
paperwork and met all the senior missionaries working there. There's
something weird about getting mail at our actual address here - you
need to put your name on the mailbox or something, so I'll have to
figure that out and until then will have to make you write and send
everything to the mission home. It will get to me soon enough.
yeah after the mission office and all the paperwork and such we went
to the mission home where we took pictures and ate some food and
wrote a letter to our family and had a 2 and 1/2 hour
nap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The amazing thing was that
almost all of us slept the whole time. So yeah there were 8 of us the
whole time (6 from my distric and then another 2 elders that were
speaking Spanish). We all got really close (some of us already were
:) ) and yeah blah blah blah. I'm glad you kept Hannah home from
school so she could hear my beautiful voice when I called from the
airport haha. I thought that was so funny. It was a Tuesday right? I
don't even remember anymore.
and then we had dinner and met individually with President Taylor and
the APs and had driving orientation and picked grapefruit from their
grapefruit tree (super tall and yellow grapefruit - weird). And
then the 8 of us all slept there and the next morning worked out and
went to the transfer meeting where we met a lot of our mission, our
companions, and found out what areas we were going to. Splitting up
after that meeting was really hard - I kept crying and had a really
difficult time keeping it together. So yeah that was not fun. I'm
almost 99% positive I'll be companions with Sister Bailey at some
point, maybe Sister Murdock too. And I just hope the elders are in my
zone at some point!
they don't think the Phoenix temple will be done by the time we leave
(like literally a month or two short!) so PRAY SO HARD THAT THEY WORK
REALLY HARD AND FINISH IT BEFORE I LEAVE BECAUSE I REALLY WANT TO BE
A TOUR GUIDE. Okay thanks. Love you all. We get to go to the temple
once a quarter and at Christmas. Cute right? That's the Mesa temple
companions are pretty cool. Sister Bruckman and I have the same
birthday and she's from Layton, Utah (she does not know Elder Fisher
though). Sister Falke is my trainer and our senior companion. She is
always very happy. We get along really well.
took us about an hour and a half to drive to Prescott, and we
unloaded my stuff and almost immediately went out and taught an
investigator and went tracting. Scary. But I'm learning to not be
afraid because I'm not advertising a religion; I'm sharing the
happiest news ever!
yeah we've met a lot of people. President Taylor called last night
and asked me how I was doing. We're over 3 different wards starting
at 8 in the morning. I know how is that legal. But it was cool. It's
fun sustaining and meeting people in 3 different wards. The building
is nice. We've met a lot of people.
is beautiful. I love the truck we drive. I love the cell phone. I
love the hills and all the beautiful dells and rocks and gravel. It's
wonderful. A little cold sometimes, but I'm sure I'll miss it in the
summer. Hopefully I stay here because it's like on average 20 degrees
cooler here in Prescott than it is in hot Phoenix. Everyone's telling
me how blessed I am to be out here for my first area.
well I'm gonna go and make sure I have time to email my mission
president. Sorry I know this was completely inadequate. I
honestly don't know what to say though! There's so much.