Hello everyone!!! We got to Indiana safe and sound (although one of the flights was a bit too bumpy for comfort...needless to say, I saw my life flash before my eyes). But other than that, it was a great day of traveling.
The last few days at the MTC were awesome but sad! Sunday night we had a devotional and then got to watch a "movie" which was a devotional given by Elder Holland! Afterwards we had to say goodbye to our elders and Sister Reed and I cried. We loved those elders so much, they're gonna do awesome in CA and CO.
Monday morning we got up at 2:45am!!!! We went to the travel office where they bused us to the Provo train station and about 40-50 missionaries had to get all of their things onto the train (it was super crazy!) Then when we got to SLC we had to get off in 3 minutes or the train would leave with us or our stuff still on! We had an awesome assembly line of missionaries and got off in time. Then in about 5 min we would have to go up stairs and get onto another train! That wasn't as successful as before but another train came to get the rest 15 min later. At the airport I got to call my family which was super awesome to hear from them! Then we were off to Minneapolis where we had a lay over and then took another flight to Indianapolis. President and his wife and the assistants were there to meet us and they took us to the mission office where we did some paper work and then to the mission home where we spent the night.
The whole way to the mission office (45 min in the car) Sister Reed and Sister Hamilton and I were DYING of laughter. When we got into the car, president wanted our driving records and Sister Reed figured out she didn't have hers. So she was freaking out and then came to the conclusion that because she doesn't have her driving records she would be sent to a biking area and she doesn't know how to ride a bike...especially with a skirt on. So that's what started the laughing attacks and it just didn't stop until we got there.
Tuesday morning we got to find out who our trainers are! I got Sister Gibbs! Shes the awesomest trainer I could've ever asked for! She's 4'11 and from Magna, UT. She's been out about 8 months. We were also assigned to the Lafayette 1st ward. The area is huge! There's also a companionship of elders that are in the same ward so we split it. They have most of Lafayette (the run-down area) and we have West Lafayette (the super wealthy area). And we have a car!!! We also live like 2 min from Purdue University which is pretty awesome!
Wednesday we basically just met members. Both Sister Gibbs and I are new to the area so we really have no idea whats going on. We have spent a lot of time this week just trying to look through the area book and figure out who our investigators are and trying to contact them (so far we have only seen one and she's 9 years old).
Thursday we saw lots of less actives and members! We also say Rachel. Rachel is the 9 yr old. Her parents are less active and so she has never been to church. But the parents want to go back and Rachel really wants to get baptized. So we are going through the lessons with her and we have to work really hard to bring it down to a kids level and also so that she will remember the things we teach her.
Friday we had a zone meeting and I got to see Sister Vorster!!!!! (She was in my class and dorm in the MTC) I had no idea that she was in my area! I'm glad I'll get to see her a bunch while I'm here. The meeting was super successful and we set some awesome goals!
Saturday and Sunday was a lot more of visiting members and planning for next week. The members here are awesome! And they are so willing to help us and feed us and everything! We've had dinners every night except for like once!
Something I really liked this week that we shared with a lot of the ward memebers was the scripture from Matthew 18 about the lost sheep. We emphasized to them that we can't do our missionary work without them. Its not just the job of a missionary to do missionary work, but for the members to do it as well. We will only be here for short periods of time so the members are the ones that really help the recent converts. So I wanna challenge all of you to look outside yourself and see who needs that boost or a message from the gospel that will bring them happiness!
I love you all and miss you bunches!
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Sister Emily Griffiths
2301 E 2nd Street Apt 14
Bloomington IN 47401
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Sister Emily Griffiths
Indiana Indianapolis Mission
777 Sunblest Blvd
Fishers IN 46038