Okay so im in Mississippi... What!!!! this is so crazy. Yesterday we got off the plane and they were all waiting for us right outside the gate. We loaded up a trailer with all our luggage and then drove to the church just a couple miles from the airport. We had an amazing meal! We had homemade pasta and we were all saying how it could have been roadkill and we would have still thought it was amazing because we were so hungry, especially for homemade food. After we had a meeting just going over some of the mission rules. After we went back to the Mission house and it is sooo pretty!! We had some more food, the President did some interviews and we all got to know each other a little more. The president and his wife are amazing! They are the kindest people. That night all the elders stayed at the mission home and us sisters stayed at some members homes. We stayed with the Boone family and they were so kind. The houses out here are so pretty and i love all the trees. It is really humid but ill get use to it.
This morning we got to sleep in and we were so grateful after being up since three in the morning. We had breakfast and then met up with everyone else at the church down the road. So right now we are all emailing and separating luggage and finding out where we are all going. I am going to Texarkana and me and my companion are opening an area! Everyone who finds out who my trainer is keeps telling me she is amazing and so im soooo excited.Her name is Sister Brog! It is a six hour drive so ill be driving lots today. NAP time!!! I will send pictures later today! Love you lots. Thanks for all the love and emails!!
Jackson- i loved! your letter. Me and my companion were laughing soo hard. I am glad you are having so much fun and are not being scared of girls lol i can't wait for you to be in high school and seminary. Make the best of it.
Harrison- im so sorry you didnt get to go cliff jumping. I would have been soooo annoyed too! Good luck with everything in Stuco and being the amazing person you are. Prepare as much as you can now for your mission. Start reading, studying preach my gospel. it will be a blessing to you!
Mom- i love you! your emials are amazing and are just what i need to read. I am feeling a little overwhelmed right now and i can't really figure out why. But the plane rides weren't bad. thank goodness! it is weird being outside the MTC! lol
Dad- your the best bishop ever. Keep up the good work and god will bless you. I love your email! and can't wait to see the video of you doing the ice challenge.
Tess- PDays are the best! im gladd you are being prepared :)
Love you all i have to go.Sister Kelly
Okay! so travel day was crazy.
We split into travel vans (TVs) and then headed on our way. There were ten missionaries in my van. We drove two hours and then dropped off two people. Drove another hour and a half and dropped off two more people. Drove an hour dropped off two people. And then drove another hour, that was our last stop... in the vans. We all got out there, unload luggage and bikes and then reloaded them into me and my companions car. We loaded our luggage plus three other elders into our car. It was packed to the top! when we were done loading we went and got subway. By this time is was like 7:00. We drove another two hours (following another car of elders) and ended up in Texarkana. We stopped at walmart and bought a GPS so we could get around our new area. We had no idea where we were going. My companion had a GPS but it stopped working and she didnt want to buy one because she will be leaving soon. So logically i bought one, ill use it more. anyways, we got out of the car at walmart (after driving for two hours) and the back tire of my back had fallen off the bike rack. We don't know how long it was like that but it was barely off the ground and so nothing happened to it. MIRACLE! After getting the GPS we drove to the nearby church where we met up with another car of elders. We unpacked our car of the elders things and then left for New Boston, Texas... another 40 minute drive. So we didnt get home till late last night. We drove up to our apartment complex and had no idea which one was ours. Sister Brog was going to get out and go find which one (our building has two floors and only one side with doors) a man came down the stairs and approached the car. He is a member of the ward and lives next door to us. He is married and two little girls. They had waited up for us and he was so kind to help us take our luggage up to our room. Their daughter also made us cookies. We already feel welcomed by the ward!
We didnt stay up late last night. We unpacked what we needed and then went to sleep. This morning we had studies and then unpacked! it was nice to be able to set everything up today. you know how i am haha our apartment has two rooms but with the rules our beds have to be in the same room. So one is our room and the other is our office. we each have a desk, it is really nice! The bathroom isn't very large and the washer and dryer are in the bathroom... apparently it is a southern thing.. kinda weird. lol but whatever. All the appliances are oldddd. haha but whatever works works right.
We went to walmart and bought some food and then she didnt email yesterday so we are today! two emails in one week. lucky you hahaha We are meeting the bishop tonight and are also teaching a BOM class. I guess they havent had success with people showing up so it will be interesting to see what happens tonight. There wasn't too much going on here. The elders that just left the area said they had a hard time finding people. So hopefully me and sister brog will have more success than they did. She is a really hard worker and is also really obedient so i think we will have a good time here!
I love you lots! and will try to send some pictures right now. (she needed a cord to send the pictures but has to buy one so we will have to wait until next week for pictures. :( )
Sister Erika Kelly