Another busy week has come and gone. I love Sister Anderson. She is working hard to learn and is a great missionary already!
It's a good and bad thing that our area was split. It has given me a little taste of what it'll be like when I leave Kuna. I really miss everyone in the two wards we lost even though they are only a few miles away. I've grown close with so many, but I know that changes help us grow in so many ways and I'll always carry them in my heart.
We were invited to attend a BBQ with the other missionaries in our district last Thursday. It was awesome! We had so much fun and it was nice to relax for a little bit with my fellow missionaries.
The weather is getting colder at night and we've had to scrape the frost from the windows of our car every morning. I really need to invest in some cozy tights because my legs freeze whenever we are out early or late. Brrrrr....
My roommates, Corianne and Regan from BYU came up to visit Corianne's family in Kuna this past weekend so I got to see them at church yesterday! Regan just got engaged this past week and brought her fiancee along too. He's very nice and I'm so happy for them. It was so good to see them.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that we're going to learn to bottle applesauce this week - I can't wait!
Me "blindfolded" with Sister Anderson's scarf, ready for the obstacle course activity at our last zone meeting.
She's here! My new companion, Sister Anderson has arrived, and as her trainer it is my pleasure to drive her to the public library so she can email her parents to let them know she has arrived safe and sound. So while sister Anderson is emailing her family, I get to email mine - bonus! Sister Anderson is from South Carolina. She has the cutest accent, is super sweet, and I might just be half an in taller than her, hah! Since Sister Anderson's arrival we haven't had a normal day yet due to some unexpected changes, which meant several meetings to bring us all up to speed. Despite being assured that our area wasn't being split until next transfers, the AP's (Assistants to the President) called yesterday morning and told us that our area was in fact being split sooner than anticipated. This means we've been scrambling around working through the logistics of the changes. The two new Elders are taking over the responsibilities of two of our wards, and right now they don't have a car, a cell phone, or the slightest idea of what to do. So I've been trying really hard to set up dinners for them and finding rides for them to some of the appointments we had already scheduled. So since the area is splitting, Sister Anderson and I spent the day yesterday visiting the families int he wards I'm losing and saying goodbye. It made me feel so good when som
e of the members told Sister Anderson that she has a really good companion and that I would be a great trainer. Then when we went to visit the new Elders this morning, the sister they are living with said, "Sister Taylor, you can't leave!", and she turned to the Elders and said, "You two have very big shoes to fill. Sister Taylor is an incredible missionary!", I'm so sad to leave those two wards, but it has been really cool to see how much influence I've had on people because I really had no idea! It was unexpected and humbling. Sister Anderson and I will still be visiting the families with single moms as head of household since the Elders cannot be in their homes without another male present (at least 16 years old). The people here are so wonderful and loving.
President Cannon told Sister Anderson that she is blessed to to be trained here in Kuna because it is the most coveted area in the mission. Our district is absolutely huge now! Our district meeting today was 12 people strong, and one companionship was missing because they already had a lesson planned. Usually a district is made up of 4 to 6 missionaries.
Well, Sister Anderson has finished up her email and so must I.
Sister Lindsay Taylor
My new companion, Sister Anderson with President Cannon and me!
We thought you would enjoy receiving a photo of Sister Taylor and her new trainee, Sister Anderson, from Rockhill, South Carolina. It is a pleasure serving with such wonderful young missionaries in the Idaho Nampa Mission.
Idaho Nampa Mission
Sister Anderson and Sister Taylor