I keep picturing Dad as McGyver fixing and taping and tying and building as they move into their home in Alamo. Feel free to watch the first 40 seconds or so of this video and you'll get into the spirit of it! Mom and Dad went from staying at the Marriott while at the MTC to a newly rented apartment - which means they have some work to do to get it turned into a working missionary home. They have a good attitude and will soon be settled in to their new digs. This is why the post is called "Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire". Luckily there wasn't a real fire and lots of fry bread instead. :)
"splits" are when two of the regular missionaries go out to do visits with other members of the ward or in this case, other missionaries. This allows them to make twice as many visits but still be compliant with the rule of staying with a companion. The member or other missionary becomes that companion for the evening.
Mom and Dad said that the Branch Mission Leader is really awesome. His name is Collier Nelson and he has been a member of the Church for about 5 years. Before they went on visits last night, they went to his house and he made them fry bread. Yum! The two "young" missionaries that are also serving in the area are Elder Larson from Ogden, UT and Elder Lish from Pocatello, ID.
They also said that they've had a chance to visit about 5 families and they've been so impressed with the strong spirit and the testimonies they've heard so far. They are looking forward to settling in and getting to know these people. They love them already.
Below are several pics from the first few days.
|Church Building - The Alamo Branch view from the truck|
|Brother Collier Nelson - Making fry bread for the new missionaries!|
|Elder Croft, Brother Collier Nelson, Elder Lish and Elder Larson|
|Elder Larson making fry bread|