Hope everything is well.....
Said goodbye to our dear Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Hmong friends today!!! It's crazy!!!!
So Sis. Hirschi and I got selected to help teach the new missionaries that come in on Wednesday how to begin teaching an investigator! How nerve-wrecking!!!! It's like 400 missionaries! It's sooo memorable that first moment!
I'm scared because I haven't done lessons in English for a long time! It could be interesting....
Jenny Oaks Baker came and did the fireside on Sunday! It was soooooo good naturally! She is so cute! I loved hearing her speak and play!
So we were standing in the cafeteria the other night and a sister infront of us was like, "Oh, you're going to Thailand! That's such a safe place!" We asked where she was going and she said to Oakland, California. She said she is so scared for her life. She kept talking about how lucky we are because we don't need to worry about anything in Thailand. We were thinking, Oakland is not scary. I have many roommates from there and it is not scary. Thailand just a few weeks ago had a civil war. And that's safer than Oakland? I think she's psyching herself out!
Okay for the travel plans!!!! I leave on Sunday, July 18th at 9:30pm. Get into LA at about 10:32pm. Leave LA at 1:30am and get to Taiwan 5:50am on July 20th. Leave Taiwan at 8:40am and get into Thailand at 11:15am on July 20th.
So we just had our health and safety meeting. The doctor in charge has been in this position since Dad was on a mission! Crazy I know! Anyways, this meeting could make anyone a germaphobe. That's okay! I'm super excited! They give us this spray to spray down all of our clothes and furnishings. This spray kills bugs and spiders. So if any bug or spider touches a surface we sprayed, it instantly dies!!!! How amazing is that? I think dad needed some on his boy scout adventure. The doctor explained how he used some in South America not to long ago and sprayed a towel and put it at the bottom of the door because it had a crack on the bottom. The next morning he said that there was a huge pile of bugs outside of the door! hahaha! I'm excited! Then he told us about water purification and how he put a purification system in a water bottle and just finished putting one in a straw! so no matter where you go, you'll drink purified water!!!
This week I was called up to give a talk. I talked about plum blossoms and enduring to the end. I told a story of a girl who got severe chicken pox and sat in bed and watched the plum blossoms. One night there was a huge storm and the next morning most of the blossoms fell off. But then she noticed how many clung on through the storm. Just like the plum blossoms, when storms come our way, we need to cling on to the branches. Plum blossoms often bloom in winter and cling on until the beloved spring. Right now it may seem like a never ending storm or winter, but I promise if you cling on, spring will come. And in spring you'll grow into wonderful fruit!!!
Love you all!!!!
mail takes 2weeks to get to thailand.