Saturday, October 8, 2016

October 3, 2016 - LOOOOOOOOONG Email - But Pictures Are Included!

As the title suggests, this is going to be a loooooooooooong email because it has been two weeks since I conversed with you all last. So if you don't end up reading it all at once (or ever) I won't be offended. In fact, I won't even know!

First off. Pictures. Um... so I put my pictures on my google drive so that I would not have to use the SD card reader to send pictures when I emailed next time.
But now I have an iPad. With an app for mail. And a restriction on my browser that doesn't let me access my drive for my ldsmail account. So no pictures except those taken from this week. I will give mom my sign-in details so she can get some of the ones on my drive that she likes. I am sad because there are explanations needed for a lot of them... but that's okay...

I had a lot to say earlier, but it has been so long that stuff doesn't seem as important anymore. Um... L. Whitney Clayton was our Tuesday fireside. I saw McKenna Williams at the MTC. Elder Lavoie from our district got surgery on his knee that he busted the first exercise time we got scheduled. He was not required to spend the six extra weeks in the MTC like they said he would, but he got to go to his mission and serve in the mission office in Orem. Elder Schmidt, who is going to Ireland Scotland, revealed to us that he is the son of Jon Schmidt from the Piano Guys. So that was cool! Sister Harvey and I were Branch Music Coordinators for a week.

And that's all I've got for that last week at the MTC. This email might not be as long as I thought it would be. But it is too soon to really tell.

This week we got to go to the Saturday morning session of conference in the center! We brought up my MTC companion and her trainer, who had tickets for the afternoon, so Sister Kemble and I watched that one in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. It was walking back up to the conference center that I passed Lexi Goff, the male Edgingtons, and Whitney Christenson!!

 Me and Brother Edgington

I have pictures from the morning session!
From left to right: Sister Harvey, me, Sister Colati, Sister Kemble, and William.

 Me and Sister Harvey

And I think the questions tell everything else about this week that I want to share. We shall see.

What is your location?

I am serving in West Jordan and Kearns!

Who is your companion?

Sister Kemble! She is from Salem Oregon, and is super awesome! She is actually half deaf, so she knows sign language. She was called to this mission English speaking, but got to serve sign language for a while, so she has a sign language tag! I am going to join her in her language study when time and circumstances permit. They haven't yet. I feel bad because Sister Kemble has been sick lately. She just finished her antibiotics and if it doesn't get better she'll have to get surgery. Luckily, there is a specialist in Layton that can help her so she won't have to go home.

What did you learn this week?

I learned that I really like it here. I also learned that Clayton's family is amazing. My mission president and his wife, the Palmers, are the best, and so is the SLC West mission itself. I also learned the fundamentals in dealing with an iPad. It has been harder than I thought.

What did you share this week?

Lots of little spiritual thoughts at our dinner appointments, lots of testimonies at lessons, and lots of smiles. My favorite thought was the one I shared last night about President Nelson's talk about joy and the way that we can have it, regardless of circumstances, if we focus on Christ.

What did you teach this week?

We taught the Plan of Salvation to an adorable 9 year old this week. It was a lot of fun! We are teaching four different little kids! These ones have lizards!!
The one I held is named Jelly Bean!!

Did the little package arrive? I forgot to put a letter in it!

Yes!! POPCORN!!!!!!!!!!

What is the first thing you did/will do when you arrive in your mission?

I got to ride to the mission office in the mission president's car! Then we met all the other trainers and ate lunch, got interviews, and iPads, and all sorts of technical stuff. The first thing I did outside of the office was set up my iPad and open my present from the Allreds.

How many stakes does your area cover?

We cover two stakes, the Westbrook no Kearns South Stakes. That gives us fifteen wards. FIFTEEN WARDS!!!!

What did Clayton's mom surprise you with?

So Clayton's mom got me a whole bunch of things that I will use on my mission, and it was all bee themed. I'll attach pictures:

So essentially, I love them!! They also told me their stake and gave me their phone number if I need anything. That was so so sweet of Sister Allred to drop that off at the mission office for someone she didn't even know! I have already blackmailed Clayton for a way to send them a thank you note. I told him I'd sic Hannah on his brother if he didn't.

Should we send letters and packages to the mission address?

I think so... yes. I will check my welcome paper and find that out. We are actually living in the basement of a widow's house, and I don't know if I should send stuff there. So safer just to drop it off at the office.

In case you didn't tell us yet, What is your companion's name? Birthday? Hometown? # of siblings? SS#, blood type, and mother's maiden name? (Someone will fall for that eventually!)

Well, Sister Kemble has not disclosed that information yet. I am trying o lull her into a false sense of security before I extract that information from her. It is a work in progress.

None of David's questions really apply for this week...All of his are about his bike, his warm coat, the plane ride... Oh! Here's one!!!
What is something interesting you have eaten since arriving in Utah?

I ate papaya on Saturday! That was pretty interesting! I'm still not sure how I felt about it.

The plane ride question I will replace with train ride. It was SO COOL!!! The FrontRunner is awesome! They really scared us because we only had 30 seconds to get 16 missionaries' luggage off of the plan. We had a whole game plan set up, but it was kinda pointless because they held the train. That was nice of them, I supposed. We were doing so well!!

Alright... I think that's it! Did you make it to the end? Congrats if you read this email in the proper Smedry approved manner. If not, untold millions screamed out in pain and horror.

Thank you to those who get the reference! (For those who didn't: You have to read the series Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians. You're welcome. ~ Mom)

Sister Milligan

P.S. Her Mission President sent us this picture to let us know she arrived safely!
 President and Sister Palmer with Sister Milligan

P.P.S. Thanks to a set of Senior missionaries who are feeding my girl and taking pictures to send me! This was taken after the Sunday sessions of General Conference.

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