Monday, June 30, 2014

Arizona - week 1

Buenas Dias Familia!
So these past 5 days have been quite the adventure.  First of all I love my companion.  We get a long really well, and are able to focus and get things done.  We are opposites in diet though and it's hilarious!  I make myself a Tostinos pizza for lunch and she cuts up some fruit and eats yogurt with granola :)  Luckily I don't have to do much cooking.  We make ourselves lunch everyday, but dinner is with a member.  Except Mondays because it's P-Day.  Friday was the best dinner yet!  The Branch President's wife made us cheese enchiladas, beans, rice, tostadas, and s'mores for dessert :)  I don't like chesse, but man the sauce she put on those enchiladas was divine!  Saturday we ate white rice, broccoli, and some Asian chicken for dinner....I think people think we eat too much mexican food.  They don't know that that is impossible for me!  And last Thursday a sister bought us Costco pizza....my favorite!  

Hermana Short & Hermana Baros on left


     The struggle of the week has been exercise.  Remember....I haven't exercised since 1st semester of senior year!  Now we exercise from 6-7 in the morning while we contact on the street.  Saturday I think we ran 2.5 miles total.  Then we bike all night so by the time I crash in bed my legs feel useless!  Then I get up and do it all again :)  Our schedule is kind of crazy.  We get up at 6 exercise til 7, get ready at 8.  We leave the house at 9 and proselyte or make visits on our bikes.  At 12 we come back and eat lunch for an hour, then study for 4 hours.  Dinner is at 5.  Then we leave dinner at 6 and proselyte til 9.  Plan til 9:30, go to bed at 10.  Missionaries can choose to do this schedule during the summer so we avoid the summer heat and catch people when they are outside.  It works!  It's a lot of studying every day, but we don't complain because it's so hot outside.  We have an hour of personal study, hour of companion study, hour of language study, and an hour of training.  We probably bike 10 miles a day. 

     Next wednesday will make 1 month for me!  Man that sped by!  It's hard to keep track of what day it is anymore!  It's probably because I'm going all day long...right mom? :)


    This week I was super excited to get some mail!  Courtney sent me a letter and a picture of a temple she drew :)  Karsyn's letter had me cracking up laughing...people probably thought I was crazy!  And the letters from everyone at the cabin were fantastic!  Thank you everyone :)  I also loved my package mom, it's been a huge help!  Without those biker leggings I'd be in trouble!  We tried to ride bikes without them and quickly turned back to get them :)  It's one more layer of clothing, but you don't notice when you're all ready sweating gallons.  I felt bad the first day I walked into a members house dripping sweat, but then the other 6 missionaries walk in looking the same way, and the members keep their houses pretty warm so I've stopped caring about sweat :) 
     
    So my area covers about 12 blocks one way, and 18 blocks the other way.  I don't feel bad I didn't get sent to Mexico....I'm in Mexico!  I've all ready taught a lesson in a camping trailer, in someone's dirt front yard on the seat from their car, and contacted people outside in a trailer park.  Little Mexican men ride their bike carts around selling treats, and oh my heavens I've never seen so many dogs.  The culture is very open though which is nice.  We've gone to a gas station on our morning runs before and handed out pass a long cards to people filling up.  Yes it is awkward!  But at the same time it isn't because everyone knows that's our job so they expect it.  A lot of them even give us their address to come back!  We are going to visit those ones this week.
    

 Right now we have one progressing investigator.  His name is Daniel and he is 10 :)  The sisters who covered our area before us taught him his first 2 lessons, but now he is ours.  Yesterday he came to church for the first time and loved it!  He told me he wants to come back.  We teach him in English because he prefers it.  Yesterday when we first walked into the foyer with him there is the picture of Christ in white robes surrounded by trumpeting angels.  I said "Daniel do you like that picture of Jesus Christ?"  He replied "Yes, is that what heaven looks like?"  "Yeah, do you want to go there?" He's grinning now, "Yeah."  Oh man it melted my heart :)  The sisters found him while they were tracting.  His mom lets him listen to us and let him go to church, but he told me yesterday she won't let him get baptized.  We are going to talk to her this week and invite her to listen to a message before she decides.  He loved primary, is excited for scouts, and it's a miracle that we found him at this time because there are 2 other 10 year old investigators, and yesterday Daniel and Kevin became good friends :)  In sacrament I gave him a piece of paper because he was bored and asked him to draw me what he learned in Primary.  He drew Noah building an ark....he literally just soaks everything in and is so polite.  When we introduced him to his primary teacher he says "Good afternoon, it's nice to meet you."  He lives in a trailer park, has 6 dogs, and was wearing ripped pants, and a worn out shirt, but is more polite than any 10 year old I have ever met!  I love that kid! We are teaching him again tomorrow and we are really excited :)
   

 Last night we went to visit Yasuri.  She was baptized in October, but is struggling to stay active.  We went to set up an appointment for another day, but ended up staying for an hour.  Her parents live with them, and they insisted on feeding us.  We had all ready had dinner, but they gave us chicken tacos!  She has 3 little girls 8, 7, and 5 and we are going to do FHE with them Wednesday night.  I taught the girls the story of Noah while we were there since they weren't in Primary.  Yasuri committed to go to church this week, and we are hoping to begin teaching the grandparents. 
    

 Another cool experience this week was teaching Jesus. That looks funny when I type it....pronounce his name (hey-soos) since I can't type an accent mark :)  We were riding our bikes down a street trying to find an address and my companion stopped to talk to some guys fixing a car.  Jesus was one of them and he came over to talk to us. He let us teach the restoration to him right there on the curb!  We used a pamphlet and it took about 7 minutes.  He liked it and said we can come back this weekend to teach him more!  He seemed a bit odd....maybe intoxicated...so hopefully he remembers us when we show up at our door.  But intoxicated or not, we still taught the restoration in Spanish together for the first time!  
     

 Sunday was a funny day :)  We have church at 12:15 and sacrament is the last hour.  Well we get a text at 9 saying we need to prepare 10 minute talks each.  We freaked out!  So we are rushing to get ready and write talks, then we get a call at 10 from one of the other sisters saying "Did you know you're supposed to be at a meeting right now?"  Um no!  So our talks are maybe 4 minutes long, and we rush to this meeting.  We had about a half our for lunch and then we raced back to church.  Well the person who was supposed to pick up Daniel couldn't find him so we had to ask two teenage girls to run us to his house.  He was there and waiting!  The lady had gone to the wrong house :/  So we race back.  Sunday school and combined 5th lesson were in Spanish and I picked up most of it.  Sometimes my brain hurts from focusing on Spanish so much though that I tune out :)  I have to take a break then come back to focusing!  Sacrament meeting I wasn't nervous to speak which seemed weird.  I was the last speaker.  Well at 10 minutes before the end of the meeting they announce they only have time for one more speaker so my companion had to speak and I didn't!  She was so mad!  I had to bow my head and try not to burst out laughing :)  It explained why I wasn't nervous though!  I somehow knew I wouldn't have to speak!  After church we did our studies and dinner, then went to Yasuri's house.
   

 Me and Hermana Baros have been getting a lot of compliments on our Spanish and we get so excited!  One guy we found sitting outside of a Goodwill store was very impressed!  And everyone asks how we learned to speak Spanish.  I'm getting sick of telling people I'm from Utah, sometimes they call it the Mormon factory :)  "Ohhh la fabrica!"  It's funny :)  Most of the time they are not surprised or think it's freezing there all the time.  So I told someone I was from Chihuahua, Mexico and had them believing me for a minute!  It was hilarious!  
    
Overall I am having a lot of fun.  Biking in a 100 degrees isn't necessarily fun, but I catch myself smiling while I do it all the time :)  It just feels so good to be doing what I'm doing!  Sometimes I just crack up at things that would normally stress me out because I'm not worrying about what people think anymore :)  Like when I'm riding my bike in a skirt with a helmet and church shoes and I know people are probably thinking "what the heck?!"  Oh man we are quite the sight sometimes!  We joke about how attractive our helmets make us look :)  We have so much fun out here!  At night when it cools down to 90 is our favorite time to ride down the neighborhoods.  Some are really pretty to ride down!  Others it's just a bunch of dirt :)  
     
We haven't taught a lot of lessons yet, we are still getting our bearings with the area, meeting the few members we have in our ward, and organizing the area book and people the other sisters gave us.  Hopefully this next week we can get a tighter hold on things!  I've found that Hermana Baros's spanish is probably equal to mine, so it's been nice to learn and progress together.  I'm super grateful for her!!
I love you all so much!  Thanks for letters, and packages, prayers, and thoughts :)  They are what's keeping a smile on my face in this desert sun :)  Happy 4th of July!  Hopefully I get some sort of festivities with a member...who knows!  I hear we can watch fireworks outside though :)  Have fun at the cabin!!
I love you, I Love You, I LOVE YOU!
Love,
Hermana Short :)

Photos from MTC

Adyson's Spanish speaking District.  They already knew the language 
and stayed at the MTC for only 12 days!




Herman Short & Hermana Vargas  

 

Elder De La Cruz is from Spain and he is hilarious, his companion is Elder Chacon a native from California, and they always argue about who's culture is better, Mexico or Spain.  We all double over laughing multiple times a day thanks to those two!

Mom & Dad sent Texas Rolls & Subway cream cheese cookies
for one week mark!

Saying goodbye to my district was sad.  But we are all excited to be in the field finally :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hello Family!!

What a crazy rollercoaster week it has been!!  I don't even know where to start!  I guess I'll detail the last few days at the MTC then jump into Arizona :)

This week at the MTC I had a really neat experience.  I was in class one day and I just could not focus.  I would try to understand what was going on, but it was like I had never heard Spanish before.  I sat there wondering what the heck I was doing on a mission!  People were sharing experiences they had had and how it built their testimonies, and how those would help them teach investigators.  And I'm thinking "I don't know anything but the church!" I've never been bad!  I was starting to get frustrated and overwhelmed, completely unable to follow the class discussion.  My teacher Hermana Williams finished her teaching shpeal and had us break off into new companionships to practice getting to know the spirituality level of investigators.  I was put with Elder De La Cruz from Spain.  He was the missionary first, but he could not figure out how to start so Hermana Williams decided to help the two of us.  She started by asking questions to De La Cruz and he shared a neat experience he had back when he had been inactive in the church.  I had never seen this kid show emotion before, but he cried as he told this story. I could feel the Spirit as I listened to him describe a moment when he had realized the truthfulness of the gospel.  Then Hermana Williams looked at me and asked if I had a hard time sharing personal experiences.  I told her I didn't have a problem with it, I just didn't think I had any!  I was raised in the church, never doubted it was true, I had no conversion story to tell!  She practically screamed.  She told me to turn to 1 Nephi 1:1.  "I Nephi having been born of goodly parents....." she told me that my purpose as a missionary having been born in the church was that I was the example of how parents would want to raise their kids.  They would want their kids to know the peace and comfort I've had all my life. She said "Hermana your home is rare....that peace is not in most homes. This hit me like a ton of bricks! I didn't have to have bad experiences....my good ones were what people needed!  In a lesson with an investigator later that week I talked about how it felt to grow up in a home where my parents exemplified faith, and where I always felt safe and at peace with my life.  I told the investigator her kids could grow up that same way if she chose to follow the example of the Savior.  Hermana Williams was playing the investigator and I could see in her eyes that this is exactly what she had been teaching me I needed to do.  I felt like I had a direction to go with lessons finally!  So thank you mom and dad for being "goodly parents" and raising me in a gospel where I never was confused about who I am or why I'm here :)


       The second neat experience was my last Sunday at the MTC.  Imagine 1400 missionaries sitting in an auditorium.  We were listening to Janice Kapp Perry tell us about her hilarious life, and singing some of the songs she has written for the church.  The final song was the EFY medley, but the sisters sang the sister missionary version.  It goes like this:
 The sisters of Zion are called to God's labor, we willingly serve him with Spirit and might.  We go to the   nations with truth everlasting, we teach of the Savior our lord Jesus Christ. We go forth enlisted in Helaman's army in numbers much greater than ever before.  With power and spirit and truth everlasting   
          The Heaven's have spoken, the truth is restored.

 The sound of all those sisters is so cool!  We were told there is about 40% sisters at the MTC right now.
 The final verse is everybody singing "We are as the armies of Helaman, we have been taught in our youth.  And we are NOW the Lord's missionaries to bring the world his truth."  As we sang this verse every missionary and leader in the room stood.  Not because we were told to, but because the power was so strong in that room that we could not sit.  There were not very many dry eyes that night. And we are only 1/80 th of the missionaries around the world.  It's incredible to me.  Saying goodbye to my district was sad.  But we are all excited to be in the field finally :)
     

 We woke up at 3 am Monday to leave.  The Airport was a breeze....luckily the delta lady was nice and understanding so even though my bags were almost 5 lbs overweight each, she didn't charge me :)  I flew with 11 other missionaries all going to scottsdale.  Me, Vargas, and Chacon are the only new Spanish speakers.  When we landed the president, his wife, and the assistants to the president were waiting.  Sister Sweeney gave all the sisters a hug and the President you could tell had been studying our names and did pretty good!  They are both funny and super nice.  Sister Sweeney told us if we aren't having fun on our missions, we should be so let her know. :)  They took us to the Mesa Visitors center and we took a tour, took pictures and had a testimony meeting.  Then we went back to the mission home where Sister Sweeney and some couple missionaries made us cafe rio salads!!  Then they let us take a 45 minute nap which was very needed!  That day we had to go contacting.  HA!  That was the only thing that made me nervous and for good reason!  The sister I went with was very bold and friendly and I'm freaking out because the people are talking so fast I can barely keep up!  We placed a few pass-along cards...I gave out one of them to a little girl who looked to be about 11.  And we found one family willing to listen to lessons.  We were tracting in a trailer park, and there are so many Chihuahuas it was ridiculous!  And that was my first experience with the heat.  It was unbelievable!  We were soaked with sweat!  And questioning why people would ever settle here in the first place.  But the people seemed pretty friendly?  That's not my area now though so I haven't gotten a taste of where I'll really be serving. 
   
 Tuesday we got up and did exercise with the President, then they made us pancakes and bacon and eggs, and strawberry smoothies for breakfast.  We went to a meeting and finally got our trainers that afternoon.  I am with Hermana Baros.  Hahaha this will be an adventure for sure.  She just finished her own training, and now has to train me and be a Sister Training leader.  She's super nice, she's 21 from Draper Utah and was working on her graphic design degree at UVU.  
    
Last night we finally left the mission home about 5 and went to my first dinner appointment.  OH I forgot.  We are white washing an area too.  My poor companion has a lot to deal with this transfer.  It's a brand new area so we don't have an area book, no idea who's investigators, and really no idea where to start.  Hopefully the other sisters in our branch will be a lot of help.  There are 8 missionaries serving in the Camelback 1st Branch.  It's a spanish branch, and apparently there must be a lot of work to do!  So at the dinner appointment we were at the Relief Society Presidents house with two of the other hermanas.  She puts down a plate of half an avocado, probably 7 tomato slices, corn, and lettuce.  Gulp.  I ate the tomatoes with the lettuce and some ranch, and luckily I didn't mind the avocado.  THEN.  She puts down a plate of beef...carne asada looking stuff.  And I'm not joking probably 3 CUPS of mashed potatoes.  I was freaking out!  I ate all the vegetables, and all the meat.  Then I tried the potatoes and they wanted to come right back out of my mouth.  I'm thinking, I will barf if I try them again...what am I going to do?!!?  I looked panicked at my companion and she smiled at me, knowing I hate them, and kind of shrugged cause she's new to this too so she doesn't know what to do!  I looked at the other hermana and she was no help either.  So I tried one more bite and can see them trying not to giggle.  Sister Mackillop said quietly "don't worry about it, she won't care."  I could have hugged her right then!  The sister didn't say anything I just acted really full :)  Then we had tres leches cake, which wasn't fantastic but was much better than mashed potatoes!!  Ew.
     After dinner we went to a meeting with the other sisters with one of their investigators.  Rodolfo.  I could understand everything!  It was fantastic!  Me and Hermana Baros just let the other sisters teach the lesson with the member that was present.  Sister Toledo, she is blind, and helped a lot with the lesson!  Rodolfo committed to prepare for baptism and it was cool to be there to witness that.  It was a great entrance into the mission field. Then we had to run around town, get my luggage from one apartment, take it to the other one, then rush to plan for today so that we could be in bed by 10:30.

Last night after our investigator lessons we had missionary correlation meeting.  I had all ready had a super long day, and now we sat in the Branch President's living room til 9:15ish talking about investigators me and my companion don't know...in Spanish.  Let's just say I was so focused on keeping my eyes open, I have no idea what they were talking about.  We got the assignment to visit a less active family this week, but now we have to find her address.  Seriously our life is so confusing.  I'm brand new, my trainer just left her trainer, we are white-washing, we aren't fluent in the language, and my companion is a sister training leader.  We are in for a ride!!!!  I like a good challenge though so by Sunday I hope we can be up and running :) I was so exhausted last night there are not words to explain it.
  This morning we got up at 6:30 and ran for 20 minutes, then got ready and studied. I have slept.....but I don't know if it's possible to catch up.  I'm just used to a lot more sleep and a lot less work so I'm adjusting :)  I had to run this morning.  AGH I might die here. :)  Hahaha I seriously just tell myself...just flow with the motion of the ocean everyday :)    I wrote some letters, hung up my clothes, and now we are at the library!  We are going to Wal Mart next.  There are 2 sisters living with us but only for 11 days til their apartment is move in ready.  So I slept on mattress pads on the floor.  It might be a long 11 days.  We can't really settle in til they move out :/  
 
 I'm excited to start working tomorrow.  Sister Mortensen and Sister Mackillop are going to take us on a tour of our new area tomorrow and maybe introduce us into some of the investigators we'll be covering.  We really need to get organized....white washing especially for one newbie, and one barely trained seems crazy to me, but I guess we'll take it and run. 
 
 I know God lives!  I know I'm here to find his children and bring them back to him.  And I'm excited!  It's like 120 degrees, but there's work to do and I'm willing to do it.  I love you all!!! Have a great week everyone!!!!

Love,
Hermana Short

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Week One of Missionary Work

Buenas Dias !!!

I promise you with all my heart that I am doing fantastic!!!  Wednesday I cried that night a little, and during church a bit on Sunday because some neat music, but otherwise I feel super comfortable here.  I thought I'd be homesick and worried, and not be able to focus, but I've been fasting and praying for strength for a couple months now, and man has the Lord blessed me!!


First I'll talk about Wednesday when you dropped me off.  My host was good about changing subjects and taking my mind off the fact that I just said goodbye!  I was herded into a building where they handed me a packet with my tags, MTC ID, and a card saying I'm endorsed by the church to proselyte.  Another lady pinned my tag on me for the first time, it's a magnet so it's super easy and doesn't put holes in my shirt.  I have a pin one too, but I never use it. I was then herded into a room where they handed me a huge bag of books, my favorite were the new pair of Spanish scriptures I got.  They are black and I use them a lot during study time.  Then I was put on a bus and driven to West Campus.  Some others hosts took me to my apartment where I dropped off my bags, then followed more hosts to my classroom.  This is where I met Hermana Vargas.  We had a couple orientation meetings, dinner, and more orientation, then bed.

Hermana Vargas and I get a long very well.  She helps me with my Spanish, and only gets frustrated occasionally when I don't understand her cause she talks so fast!!  We have a lot of laughs though and teach together pretty well.    My roommate Hermana Martinez is the funny one!  Yesterday she was talking about white people and I pretended to be offended and she was like "Oh!  I forget that you're white!  I just think of you as a latina!"  I cracked up, but I was super happy!  I'm their "Latinga," (latina and gringo :)

With the bathroom, there's one hotel style bathroom for the 5 people in my apartment.  I usually get up around 6:15 to have the first shower, because even though I  have the shortest hair by far, I still take longer than them!  They just let their hair air dry though.

The food is eh.  Some days I eat everything on my plate.  That was hot dog and pizza day :)  Sometimes I just eat the meat, or the buscuit, or the corn.  Other days I have just cereal.  They have Cinnamon toast crunch and Captain Crunch so I'm lovin' it!  

Today I am super tired, but usually it doesn't bother me at all, and I'm still pretty awake at 10:30 lights out time. I fall asleep pretty fast, but I'm not exhausted.  Sunday I had Sister Training Leader meetings at 6:45 am and had 4 other meetings throughout the day.  It's weird cause I'm the only one in my zone so I was separated from a companion for a while on Sunday, but I like the leadership skills I'm learning.  My hermanas are pretty easy though, and don't cause major problems so it's not too much work :)  Sundays are my favorite I decided.  Sisters get to go to Music and the Spoken word, broadcasted at the chapel on west campus.  Then Relief 
society is broadcast from main campus to our campus.  We sang this super neat song at the beginning.  It was "As Sisters in Zion", but the author of the song made a version for sister missionaries, and I couldn't sing half of it cause tears were choking me.  It talked about us being enlisted in Helaman's army, and the Spirit was super strong as I sang that with probably 2000 other sister missionaries.  Then we had sacrament with the 20 missionaries in our zone.  Super small! Hearing the sacrament prayers in Spanish was neat.  Sunday night devotional is on main campus so we got bused there!  There were a ton of missionaries!  Sheri Dew was the guest speaker, then there are 4 rooms at the main campus MTC where they show different films on Sunday nights.  My district watched the pioneer movie Legacy.   After the movie we took the bus home and had quiet time and bed time.  I usually use my 15 min of quiet time to write in my journal.


Today is P-day, we went to the temple this morning and my comp hadn't done sealings so we took Hermana Martinez with us and did sealings.  After emails we need to go to lunch, do laundry, clean our apartment, and then I for some odd reason joined the MTC choir, so we have to practice before the general authority devotional tonight.  We don't know who it is yet, but Hna Vargas has never seen an apostle so I hope for her sake one comes tonight :)

My district is so fun!  There are eight of us, so 4 companionships.  Elder De La Cruz is from Spain and he is hilarious, his companion is Elder Chacon a native from California, and they always argue about who's culture is better, Mexico or Spain.  We all double over laughing multiple times a day thanks to those two!  Elder Dugan is from Washington and is the only member in his family.  He got baptized 13 months ago.  He's the best example in our group and got called as District Leader.  He's very focused, but also has a sense of humor.  His companion Elder Todd is from Pennsylvania, a white kid who learned spanish in school.  Elder Hanson is from Draper, and Elder Molina is a native from Nebraska.  They are both great missionaries.  I'm the youngest in my district!  Dugan, Todd, and Hanson all went to BYU before their missions.  We have friendly battles quite often :)  Hmn Vargas is 20 a long with a couple of the elders.

I got 2 packages this week!  The Loveridges sent me some snacks and a note, and then my fantastic pillow case.  I'm positive you've told me all of those things before :)  I laughed :)  But I have a ton of stuff to try to repack now....so don't send anything else til I'm in Arizona!  I can't believe I leave on Monday!  4:30 in the morning :/

I love DearElders and letters about everyday stuff.  I like to hear what everyone is doing, funny stories, and such.  They make me smile and feel like I"m not missing as much :)  The transition hasn't been hard, having a funny and friendly district has helped a lot.  


I am eating, I even ate some vegetables!  They were disgusting.  I sleep good, wake up without issues, Spanish is frustrating when I don't know how to form what I know I want to say in English, but I am understanding more and more everyday.  And my speaking and bravery to speak and share my thoughts in another language have grown immensely!  I am unbelievably excited to leave this place!  It's not terrible, but 6 hours of classes, 4 hours of study (which is pretty much class) 4 fake investigators, and 3 hours for meals, one hour for gym....it gets to be repetitive and some days are longer than others.  I'll have to tell  you about my investigators in a snail mail cause I'm running out of time.  

I love you all very much!!  You give me strength every day and I am so happy to be here :)

Love,
Hermana Short

Friday, June 13, 2014

First Email!!

Hola familia!!

My branch president wanted us to email today just to tell you we are alive and well :)  My companion is Hermana Vargas and she is great, we get a long well.  I am on the BYU campus with all the other Spanish speaking missionaries and it's super open and relaxing!  I share an apartment with 4 latinas including my companion and they're hilarious!  The classes are long....there are three 3-4-hour class blocks every day.  And it's all in Spanish!  There's 8 people in my district, 4 are nativos y 4 are gringos.  They are from Spain, Washington, Texas, Nebraska, Utah, California and 3 of us are going to Scottsdale, one to Spain, one to D.C. one to Georgia and one to Washington.  We all look forward to gym time and meals cause it's a nice release from the classroom!  We play volleyball in one of the gym bubbles. (I explained those in a letter home.)  I feel like I have a ton to share, but it will have to wait til Tuesday.  

I love you all!!  Thank you for my letters!  They made me cry a bit the first night, but otherwise I'm doing really well!  I prayed for strength and I get more and more every day :)  I love singing in Spanish, and eating cereal for most meals :)  Don't worry mom, there is fruit....I will eat some today I promise!  And I had some ham for breakfast.  I got to go study, we teach our first fake investigator today...in Spanish!  Oh and I am a Sister Training Leader all ready.  For the 9 days we are here.  It's kind of crazy, I don't know what I'm really supposed to do yet  besides go to extra meetings on Sunday.  I just found out last night!  Anyway!  I love you, I miss you, have a good day!!!

Con amor, 


Hermana Short

Saying Goodbye......

June 11, 2014

Luggage was packed.  She was ready to go!


Last family photos before she enters MTC



Saying Goodbye was hard, but we are so proud of her!

Monday, June 9, 2014

MTC Contact Information

Adyson will be in the Provo MTC until June 23 when she will fly to Arizona.  If you would like to send her letters while she is in the MTC, please send them to the following address:

Sister Adyson Amy Short
JUN23 AZ-SCDL
2023 N 900 E Unit 848
Provo UT 84602

You can also send mail through DearElder.com.  This site allows you to type letters to Adyson which will be delivered to her that same day.  It's free and simple, and she would love some DearElder mail!

Farewell

Adyson had her farewell on Sunday June 8.  The amount of support and love shown to Adyson that day was a great strength to her.  Thank you to all of those who came to share that day with our family.  Here are some pictures from that afternoon.

Adyson and her Arizona Flag Cake
Thank you DeAnn Dunn for the beautiful cake!

Buena Suerte Hermana Short!

Grandma, Landon, and Courtney

Adyson and Joe

Short Family Cousins

Brown Family
Bingham Family

Grammy and Bumpa

Adyson Cutting her Cake

Aunts Kellee, Kristin, and Cousins

Dunn Family

Grandma and Grandpa Short

College Buddies

Jordan and Dacia

Cousins Rylie and Westin

Family from Washington and Nevada

Campbell Family
Blackburn Family

Day Family

Some favorite Young Women's Leaders :)

Hagen Family

Jessop Family
Loveridge Family


The Beginning

This is Adyson opening her mission call on February 22, 2014