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.:(