Saturday, August 8, 2015

And now, Nauvoo!

So my apologies that this email is getting to you so late, it's been an absolutely crazy week, and I'm going to write about it more in my email on Monday. Every six weeks brings about transfers, and so the day before transfer meeting (which falls on a preparation day), we spend all day at the office and don't really get a P-Day that week.

Last week was pretty great, we were able to teach Anand three different times, and there is a member that is really taking care of him and welcoming him into the ward. Besides Anand, we taught Mitchell over Skype and were able to have a meeting with Bishop Freedlund down in Bourbonnais and talked about how we can get involved with the YSA-aged members down there.

Another cool thing that happened last week is Elder Campbell and I were transfer-van certified! The transfer van is a 15 passenger van used to take large groups of missionaries to and from the airport and from different areas. There was a three hour training program that we had to watch videos and take a test on before we were certified, but even though I've been out of school for over a year, I still managed to pass. Next stop, Harvard! We were able to take it out for a spin, and it's actually a lot of fun to drive, but it's SUPER bumpy.

The highlight of last week though was on Friday, where we got to visit the Nauvoo Temple! So the departing missionaries always go to the temple before they go home, and the Assistants knew that we missed our zone temple trip last month because we were at another zone training meeting, so they volunteered us to chaperone the departing missionaries. We would have gone to the Chicago Temple, but it's closed for cleaning, which meant a cool trip to Nauvoo! We woke up at 4 in the morning, and made the 4.25 hour drive down there. The temple is huge though, I had absolutely no idea it was that big, but it's really neat. We also had the privilege of stopping in Carthage on the way back and getting a tour of Carthage Jail from the missionaries there.

Well, I'll write you more about what happened this week on Monday. 
Thanks for being patient with me, sorry this is getting to you late. 

I love you, and can't wait to talk to you more on Monday!

Elder Dallas Anderson

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