Monday, March 30, 2015

Fun at the MTC!

First email from Arianna!

Hi Mom! I love you I'm glad youre getting some extra TLC! You deserve it! I love the MTC! OKAY SO HERES MY WEEKLY EMAIL:

Wednesday: Arriving at the MTC is no joke. Its seriously get out, get your stuff and get out! It was good though because it doesn't really give you a chance to register whats really going on. I went and got my badge (FINALLY!!!) I cant stop looking at it, I love it! I met my companion in class and shes great! Her name is Sister Olson, shes from Utah AND shes going to HOTlanta! We met the missionary presidency and that was good! WE got a tour and thats about it! 

Thursday: Okay so one of the ladies in my branch presidency is Sister Thompson is the mom from the mesa temple family video (SO COOL). The 5m bathrooms smell like cinnamon popcorn. weird i know! MY companion and I are sister training leaders. The food here isnt that bad, i couldnt stand it if i was here for longer than a week. Our teachers Bro. Gordon and Bro. Schaap are so great. I have taught one investigator so far. Elder Amankwa is black. He is hilarious. He tells black jokes and comments all the time just like me! We're like separated siblings! HAHA. Also Elder Christansen looks just like Kevin from Home Alone and he's hilarious! 

Friday: GYM TIME started for us!! Sis Olsen had only worked out 4 times before we worked out...yes i wanted to punch her because shes incredibly skinny! LOL Anyways we did some cardio and lifted weights..It felt amazing!! We found out we have a teaching oppurtunity to a real investigator that starts next tuesday! Showers here totally rock...NAU should take notes. 

Saturday: I woke up feeling so nauseous...I asked for a blessing from the elders, it was great. The sickness didnt really go away but eventually it did. My companion and i had companionship inventory because we had some issues. It helped a lot.  

Sunday: FAST SUNDAY WAS AWESOME!! We had a leader meeting, that went really well. we went to the provo temple and that was really cool.I love all the elders and sisters in my zone!! They totally rock!! (: There are tons of attractive elders here know ill be getting lots of emails before i leave next week!! (: HAHA We had a devotional and then we got to watch a movie! I LOVE THE MTC. ITS HARD BUT SO WORTH IT! (:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

MTC Bound!

We flew to Utah two days before Arianna was to report to the Missionary Training Center.  We did a session in the Salt Lake Temple while Lila spent some time with Matt's cousin Lorien.  We got to spend time with Matt's Aunt Lloya and Uncle Randy and their lovely family.  A former missionary from Atlanta that Arianna contacted stopped by to give Arianna some great tips and answered any questions we had.  Arianna was so excited to go to the MTC.  It was hard to let her go.  We will miss her so much! 

 Excited to leave but not excited about getting up at 4:30am!

 Grandmother's house in Mantua

 Peach City!!!

 Country store in Mantua.  Arianna and Lila's favorite go to place for candy.  They are making it bigger!
 Fun stop at Smith & Edwards!!!

 Temple Square

            Arianna requested Cafe Rio for her last dinner with us

 Former Atlanta, Georgia missionary-Brandon Erickson
 Saying goodbye at the MTC

So long, farewell!

Arianna spoke in church on March 22, 2015.  We had friends and family over to the house to say goodbye.  President Allred came to set her apart at 8:30pm.  The spirit was so strong in our home.  The prayer he said was beautiful.  He asked Arianna to share her testimony, it was beautiful and so great that she shared it with some close friends and family.  It was a great day!