Greetings from the most beautiful place on earth!
Pictures just won't do it justice. Big sky country? They aren't kidding. My first area is actually a bunch of small towns on an Indian reservation! I spend week days in Ronan and the weekends in St. Ignatius. (By Flathead Lake) Because everything is so far apart we live in two different places in two different members homes. Sooooo I am perpetually living out of a suitcase #thatsmissionarylife. The Krantz's in Ronan let us stay in their basement. Every night when we come in at curfew we are greeted by a large creepy elk head on the wall. Still pondering what to name it. Haha and the Leaftey's in St. Ignatius let us stay in their loft. Love em both :) my companion is SISTER RAMMELL :) she's been out on her mission for 7 weeks now, but you can't even tell! She's a pro. She's from Texas and is THE BEST. I have a feeling we'll both be here in the area for a while. There's a lot of work to do and we want to be the ones to do it here!
I'll recap a bit now. Leaving the MTC was terrible! I loved that place. The spirit was so strong there and I didn't realize how strong until I got on the train to the airport, outside the bubble of the MTC. Those of you who are leaving on missions soon: do not take the MTC for granted. It's hard work, but you learn SO much and they teach you how to have the spirit that you have in the MTC out in the field. When you leave, you have to become your own little MTC bubble of spirit, so enjoy the time you have there :) I had the best teachers EVER at the MTC. Shout out to Brother Hanson and Sister Millward. :) I miss learning from them everyday! The airport was one of the funniest experiences of my life! Picture this. 20 missionaries, with 3 suitcases each, loading onto one of the frontrunner cars, cramming into said car, exiting said car, and THEN riding up an escalator. Hahaahahahaha I was dying. Wish I would have had an extra hand to video it. :) It was awesome talking to my family on the phone at the airport :) sure miss them a lot!!!!!!!!!!
We had a group of 11 sisters and 2 elders flying out to Montana. We were on this super tiny plane and most of us missionaries were assigned to sit together. Still taught a few people on the plane anyway ;) We got off the plane in the beautiful town of Billings and met President and Sister Mecham and the AP's. I. Love. The. Mecham's. Sister Cox and I rode back to the mission home with them and got to know them a little bit! They fed us SO much food and we had 2 days of learning from them :) All of the sisters stayed in a hotel down the street, I roomed with Sister Hodgson and guess what! We actually went to sleep on time! Woot! On our last night in Billings we went street contacting with the Assistants downtown. So. Much. Fun. I love street contacting. Granted, most of them were slightly intoxicated, but we gave out a few copies of the Book of Mormon! :) It started POURING rain the last 20 minutes we were there. Sister King and I were Comps and we were sopping wet by the time we got back! I'll try and get the picture of the group afterward. It was great :)
We drove up through Bozeman to Helena the next day and met the STL's who drove those of us going to Missoula to meet our Companions! 8 hours of driving my friends. Prime napping time. Loved every second of it. haha Sad to leave my district though! So many goodbyes in 3 weeks! Ugh. But all is well :)
I'm still adjusting to a lot out here but I'm loving it :) Small towns are fun. Everyone is related in some way. We work with A LOT of less actives and recent converts and I love it. We had a lesson with Brother H the other night. He's preparing to go to the temple and he feels like he doesn't have a testimony. I could relate a lot to him and so I told him about how I just recently went through the temple and how it's not scary at all, it's actually the most comforting place you could go! We had a good chat about how he needs to go to church in order to prepare for the temple,. so he's working on it. Or so we thought....he didn't come to church -_- And here comes my advice for the week: Guys. Go to church. Seriously. It is SO important! The First Presidency of the Church just started a new little project with the wards and it's called "Giving the Sabbath Back to The Savior." LOVE IT. Sunday is our day to give to him. It might not feel like a day of rest, but it's a day to heal your spirit and to get that knowledge and comfort in the gospel that you need. It's also the day that we renew our baptismal covenant, which is the only covenant we can renew on a weekly basis! It must be important eh? Help your wards out in any way you can. Go make friends. Fellowship. Help the missionaries out! :) haha
I love you all and miss you all so much! I love being a missionary. I'm so grateful for the enabling power of the atonement. I wouldn't be able to be a missionary without it.
I Love Them.
Fly to Montana then an 8 hour drive to somewhere over the rainbow.
Plan, Plan, Plan