The way transfers worked at the time, you found out about a week ahead of time if you were training. (I think). You got the chance to study the 12 week program, ask missionaries for all the advice you could remember, and freak out. This didn't exactly go well when there was one Sister freaking out about going home and the other freaking out about welcoming a new missionary. The day of transfers, all of the babies sit in the front, the trainers sit facing them, then the rest of the missionaries. We heard this all in my first training post. Then you anxiously wait to hear who your training. You run up and give them a hug (practice makes perfect) sit down next to them, head home, and get to work!
We had lots of crazy adventures. We got to stay in the Pikes Peak Singles Ward with all of our favorites. (It's quite a lengthy list;)
MILLIE!! Aw man I love Millie. Funny story, one day she's going to have a baby, who will ACTUALLY go by Melanie. And scripture study is more important than sleep. And her mom is a fire dancer. No big deal. Millie was such a supporter of missionary work. I love you so much.
Jeralynn. Tuesday dinners, always. (I think it was Tuesdays.. We had them every week, I know!) She was so great! She has like a million siblings who went on a mission, and so did she, so she always had people over for dinner. She just rocks!
It's not like INSANELY intimidating, (but like mostly) I'M STANDING NEXT TO A SOON TO BE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL WRESTLER. I mean, no big deal.. Amy is so cool. She is a convert, with a super strong testimony. And arms. And legs. And I'd probably get knocked out in like 5 seconds or less. I bet Sister Cox would have lasted longer, but we never really gave it a try;) I hope you know how special you are, and as you keep going, you will touch many lives, just like you did mine.
Heidi received her mission call while we were there (I'm pretty sure it was with Sister Cox!) She was called to serve in Spain and was supposed to leave last December. I haven't been in contact with her, so I still assume she left and is doing wonderful things. Even if she didn't, she was so great for us! Heidi would teach with us, and had such a powerful testimony. Missionaries need people like that!
Micah!! Oh my goodness, he's perfect. (Okay, lets just assume everyone in the singles ward is perfect, but on like a dude level, Micah is the best!)
I don't know how many times I wanted to give Micah a hug because
1) He's the president of the missionary fan club
2) He's everyone's best friend
3) He's hilarious
4) He's perfect
5) I finally did give him a hug, and the "Micah gives the best hugs" was TRUE!
He's the best, and whomever he is going to marry is going to be the luckiest woman in the whole worlds and she'll laugh every day and obviously they'll have beautiful children.
Love your face Micah.
And of course, the Sherwood's. They were such a wonderful family to live with! They gave us strength and a place to find peace when you had no idea it was possible! They were fun to be around and the sweetest people you would ever meet. I love and miss them dearly, and am grateful their dog was well behaved even if their daughter-in-law's dog was less so;)
(I don't know that I told that story! It'll have to be a guest post or something!)
Obviously, Sister Cox and I were surrounded by the best. I sure miss those crazy days of pizza making (which I promise Elder Moala did not do, he's just wearing my apron) and laughing at my inability to say words. (I'm grateful I'm amazing, I mean.. Sister Cox is amazing.. oh gosh)
From Day One, you were an amazing, beautiful woman. I know the migraines sucked and missionary work was hard, but I am proud of you for doing your best. Your ability to love others is contagious. I wish you the best in all of your life. Never forget how amazing you are! Love you!