I'm hangin' out in Irkutsk today, and the interent here is putting up
a good fight, so we shall see how long I can keep him pinned.
We had such a crazy week. First of all, EVERYONE wanted to say
goodbye to Sister Cavaness. We were running from meeting to meeting
and trying to squeeze it all in. In the middle of the week, we
visited Irkutsk for zone conference with our new mission president and
his wife, President and Sister Perkinson. It was great to finally
meet them. They're absolutely wonderful people, and I'm really
excited to work with them for the rest of my mission.
When we got back to Ulan-Ude, it was back to crazy schedules and crazy
lessons. Sunday was also - dare I say it again - crazy. Several
members from Irkutsk and Angarsk were in Ulan-Ude for a conference, so
we had them at church, and the Perkinsons with the assistants to the
president also came to church in Ulan-Ude. We had a full house. I
think I heard that 92 people total were there as compared to our usual
60-70. It was a huge blessing for Sister Cavaness to be able to say
goodbye to everyone from the three main cities she served in. We even
had several investigators come to sacrament meeting.
This morning, Sister Cavaness finally finished packing, and we flew
into Irkutsk. We're going to spend the day here, and then Sister
Cavaness and Sister Holm (Hill in English) from Angarsk are going to
fly to Vlad. and then on to home. We're really going to miss those
two wonderful missionaries. I learned a lot from both of them and
look up to them so much. I'm so glad that we can continue to see each
other after the mission.
In the mean time, I will be spending the next four days in Irkutsk
while I wait for my new companion who is coming straight from the MTC.
Wait, what? Yeah, you heard right. I'm going to be training!!!
Waaaah! I hit halfway and suddenly the mission president thinks I
know enough to be able to train a new missionary. I'm actually way
excited. Her name is Sister Wilson, aaaaaaaaand that's all I know
about her. (I also know, and I quote, that "she's a doll." That is
according to President Perkinson. He met her while he was at the
MTC.) She'll fly into Irkutsk Friday night, we'll chill at the
airport for a few hours, and then we'll fly to Ulan-Ude Saturday
morning. All in all, it will take Sister Wilson about six planes to
get to her first area.
Next week I'll have lots of fun news about my long split in Irkutsk
and about my new companion and about a baptism that's supposed to be
happening on Saturday, so stay tuned! Hope y'all have a good week!
(I'll be doing splits with Sister Oler from Texas. She really does
Unfortunately, that will probably be it because of the poor internet service here. Sorry to those whom I haven't responded to. I promise I'm trying and will get to it soon!