Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Livin' the good life! And... US history lessons pay off!

 June 27, 2016

 Sorry I haven't written much these past few weeks, we really haven't had time because of Zone Conferences and some emergency moves, so I have quite a bit to write about this week!

OH funny story... We were sharing with this guy about how there was a religious excitement in the 1800's, and it paved the way for Joseph Smith. This man then laughed at us and told us "religious freedom in the 1800's? That's absurd!" (He used different words, but I'll keep it clean). We then proceeded to explain how America was literally built on the foundation of religious freedom. Turns out my history classes are paying off. What?! Conversations like that just continue to make me appreciate my good ole' USA, especially with the fourth of July coming up!

 Monday we drove about an hour away to Alloa! We hiked Dumyat Hill, it was so sick! There were sheep EVERYWHERE! So naturally I chased them down the mountainside for a bit. Until I met the ones with horns. Then I stopped. Look how safe I'm being. You're welcome.

Dumyat hike
So Tuesday we drove to Paisley for Zone Conference. Right afterwards, we had to move some of the sisters to a new area. We drove from Paisley to Glasgow to Edinburgh and back to Glasgow 3 times in one day....it was a mess haha but so much fun!! Edinburgh to Paisley is about 90 minutes, and then Glasgow is another 45. And this next week, I'm going up to Elgin, which is the most northern sister area in the mission! It's soooo beautiful, I'll be sure to send pictures :)
All packed in!

Friday we had another Zone Conference in Glasgow, so we got to drive back again.  It was so nice seeing Sister Hebbert and Sister Cheve! Sister Cheve and I were both trained by Sister Wanger, so in mission terms, we are "sisters".   And Sister Hebbert then is technically my niece, because she is Sister Cheve's "daughter". It's crazy how it all works out, we're all related somehow!

Sisters Hebbert and Cheve!!

In Glasgow, we went to dinner with President Donaldson, his wife, and the AP's. Elder Hansen and Elder Lindsay are the coolest!! We are a straight squad here.  We had these BOMB burgers and shakes, so life was pretty great!

To Zone conference

On Sunday, there was a musical production of Joseph Smith's life by the stake. Imagine people singing and acting out the pioneers...in incredibly thick Scottish accents!!  My friend, Elder McCappin, who is from Australia, played Joseph. It was the best thing ever to hear Joseph Smith as an Australian. Literally life-changing.
Moves call is next week. I'm probably staying in Edinburgh, but who knows.  With all the new missionaries coming in, it's my job to instruct at their incoming orientation and help with travel plans once they are going to their new areas. Next week will be suuuuuuper busy!! I'm excited though, it keeps me on my toes. The exchanges with the sisters is a really nice way to break things up!

Squad emailing

So in other news, apparently I'm not in the EU anymore. I'm going to be honest, I have no idea what that actually means. All I know is everyone is freaking out about it. Luckily, I am from America, where even the air smells like freedom!

Okay, I think that's all for now, but thanks for everything! I love my mission so much, I am genuinely so happy to be here! It's not easy, but I would rather be here than anywhere else on earth! WOOT WOOT MISSIONS!

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