Monday, March 25, 2013

Hoppy Easter!

Not much to report this week. No more guns which makes me happy but lots of dogs. Her coat finally caught up with her and she was glad because it has been raining. She said there are wild rabbits running around the property where their apartment is. She said they were very cute and just in time for Easter. Lots of appointments fell through this week so not much teaching. She said, "It makes me way sad when people decide that they don't need what we have to tell them...It's even more sad when we tract and people tell us they've already been saved. We want to shake them and tell them NO it's not truuuee!"

She is grateful for all of the people who are taking time to write to her by letter or email. She sent several pictures in her email but we haven't figured out how to re-size them yet. Check back in a few days.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Hollers, dogs, and a gun

First a little background information. When Elizabeth took out her endowments in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple, she met a family in the celestial room that has a daughter serving in the Charleston, WV mission. We thought that was pretty weird at the time but it just gets better. I have several  aunts and uncles that live in WV and one of them had this other sister missionary over for dinner a few months ago. Somehow they made the connection with Elizabeth. You'll never believe this but guess who Elizabeth's trainer is? This same sister missionary! What a small world! Apparently, these 2 girls were supposed to meet.

She gave us a little information about where she is living. First she explained what hollers are. A holler, hollow to us in the west, is an area between 2 hills and people build their houses next to creeks that run down the middle. Her first area is Hurricane. According to Google, there are just over 6000 people in Hurricane. She said it is all hills there. Most live in hollers and some of the hollers go on for miles. Some of the driveways are very long and are mostly rock and dirt. All of the roads are super windy. Everyone has at least one dog.

Friday was the first day they tracted. She stayed in the mission home until Thursday because that is transfer day in her mission. There was a piano there and it made her very happy to sit down and play it. She ran into one of my uncles on Thursday because he is a mission leader in his ward. It's kind of nice to have family there to look out for her. She said they did 3 hollers that day and the first house they came to looked a bit sketchy. There were 3 dogs in the front barking at them. There was a large man on the porch that was yelling at his dogs to shut up. He had something in his hand that he kept raising and putting down. He yelled at them to get lost and kept pointing the gun at his dog that was still going crazy. Elizabeth said that she had no idea what he was going to do next so she turned around and hustled down the driveway. Luckily the rest of the day wasn't that exciting.

Saturday they were very lucky to have Elder Dallin H. Oaks and a couple of the seventy come speak to them. She said that Elder Oaks shook everyone's hands. She saw another one of my aunts and uncles there and Rachel from school. She thinks the weather is pretty wild there. Her first big storm was Saturday morning. She said when the storms roll in she relives the scene from the Wizard of Oz, the black and white part in the beginning when the storm rolls in and the clouds are so dark. She said it was freezing and snowed all day on Sunday and it was raining hard today. I hope her coat arrives soon.:(

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Good News!

Elizabeth got word yesterday that anyone can email her now, not just her immediate family. Here is her email address: She'd love to hear from you!

And She's Off!

Elizabeth left the MTC this morning and by now has arrived at the mission home. She called from the airport this morning to let me know that her coat was still hanging in her closet at the MTC. (We're still working on getting that mailed out to her.) She sounded really good and it was nice to talk to her for a couple of minutes.

Here is a little bit from her email to us on Monday. "I've had a fantastic week actually, I really have enjoyed what I have learned, the people I've taught and the devotionals I got to attend." She also wrought us a letter on Monday and she said, "I can't wait to be out in the field, doing the Lord's work for real finally! I'm still trying to fathom it all--It's almost a dream, a CRAZY dream, that I'm doing this. But I can't wait to carry it with me for the rest of my life." Stay tuned for weekly updates. The adventure is just beginning!

Monday, March 4, 2013

An Email and a Letter

Today we were extra lucky and we got a letter in the mail and an email. She is still loving her time at the MTC but can't wait to get out into the field. Today was her P-day and she got to go to the temple. She is learning a lot about herself and the gospel and feeling the Spirit every day. She mentioned that she had received several letters and a package on Friday. She was so excited about getting mail. Thanks to those of you who have written to her already.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

First Letter!

We got our first letter from Elizabeth today. I'm not sure where the mail goes when it leaves Provo but it definitely doesn't come straight to our house. She wrote the letter on Wednesday. She loves the MTC and her companion. They seem to have a lot in common. Her companion has an older brother, two younger brothers and no sisters. They even have the same skirt. She has run into several people that she knows. Her P-day is Monday so hopefully there will be more news then.