Dec 2012, Sierra received a call to Brazil and reported to the Provo, MTC May 2013. After 6 weeks, her visa still hadn't arrived, so she served in MS for 4 months.Sept 2013 she came home for some back problems. After a year she finally received the consent from her doctor. She turned her papers back in and was reassigned to Knoxville, TN and reported there Oct. 21st, 2014. She will serve there for the remainder of her mission.
Monday, August 26, 2013
July 8, 3013
Two Missions! Jackson, Mississippi and Sao Paulo, Brazil
Hey ya'll!! Life here in Mississippi is GREAT!
Here's how it all went down the morning I left the MTC:
Monday morning everyone in my room (except Sis Morrill because she was
leaving to CA on Tuesday ) Sister Shaw, Sirmans, McElderry and me
grabbed our luggage and headed to the bus = 4:30am - woke up at 3:20am!
My luggage was 70 and 75lbs! On the ride there, there was an Elder
sitting in front of both me and Sis Shaw. He talked to her the whole
ride to the airport. I took a nap. When we all got to the airport, I had
the HARDEST time getting my luggage around; and everyone had to keep
waiting on me. I had my heavy purse around my neck / shoulder, 2 70lb
suitcases, 1 rolling computer bag filled with tons of books = heaving,
my scriptures, and two pillows. AH! I had SO much stuff!
I had brought extra money specifically for that though, so I
thought I was ok. As I pulled all my stuff up to the desk, (fingers
ready to break, but trying to keep a smile on my face) I pre-warned her
that I know they're about 70lbs. i pay for the first one - $160. I bring
the other one up, $200...bc it was 4 lbs over 70. I wasn't able to do
cash and card, so I had to have Sis. McElderry help me (after i took
4lbs off = shoes). I brought the weight down to 70.5 (so they gave it to
me for 70. In the process of figuring out what to take out of my
suitecase, the lady was like, "you don't need to take so much stuff. I know. served
a mission. I served in Switzerland, and I didn't need all that stuff.
Switzerland, or Brazil....Same thing." That made it hard on me. The tone
of her voice, her facial expression, and her attitude was just my
breaking point. When I realized I didn't have enough money and I needed
to borrow, I worked really hard on holding my tears back. I then had to figure out what to do with all my
shoes. I ended up getting another carry on bag = $20 cheaper than paying
200! and stuck my purse and shoes in it. Eventually after all of this
was finally sorted out, we got through security and got to our gate. I
wasn't planning on eating / buying any breakfast bc I brought snacks,
but then at the wrap palace ( where others were buying) there was a
Mormon couple, and bought us all breakfast!
While we were sititing waiting for the plane, we met a
couple. He served in Brazil on his mission, and his wife is from
Brazil. So we all got some practice at portuguese.
the plane, I sat next to a man from Texas. I don't remember his name.
Our conversation started out with me telling him how excited I was for
jmy mission! I wasn't sure if he was Mormon or not because we were
coming out of SLC. Eventually, it led into him asking what we do as
missionaries - to talking about the difference between churches and
temples - to the importance of the temples - to why wthere are so many
churches on earth (the apostasy - restoration = 1st lesson) - to
marraige and the importance and blessings of being sealed together
forever - to the Plan of Salvation ( 2nd lesson!) Enventually, in so
many words I asked hi mto read the BOM and pray about its truth. in the
end, he said he would out of pure curiosity. He also believes that
things happen for a reason; and that he believed that we were talking
for a reason! My comp behind me gave me a mormon.org card, so I handed it to him! It was really amazing! He asked me so many questions! HF really helped me!
When we arrived at the Dallas airport, we found phones and called
our families.. I
first called home, Trevor hanswered. I could tell he was excited! I
heard Julianna get super excited and yell my name in the background! She
told me about how well her school was doing, and how much it's been
storming there. I also found out that my mom was out and about. Sadly,
our phone call was cut off.. I called my mom's cell. She was super
happy to get a phone call from me! It was good talking to my mom! She
said she sometimes sets 7 plates instead of 6 on the table! I told her about the
MTC, what I've learned, and the plane ride!
Eventually, I heard my mom say, "Hello? Hello?" and then was
completely gone. I realized I didn't say, "I love you." but instead of
almost crying, I made myself think about how I was glad I was able to
hear her voice, and tell her about what's been going on. I love my
While I was waiting for the Sisters (who were still on the
phone) I stood by, and a man came up to me and asked about my name tag
(which is in Portuguese). I translated it, then explained how I am
eventually going to Brazil. I shared a little bit with him, then he
headed off to his plane.
Our 2nd plane was TINY! one aisle - one side only, one seat
behind each other, and the other side 2 seats behind each other. We then
arrived in Jackson, Mississippi, and there was our Mission President and
his wife and two Sis missionaries. They helped get our luggage, and we all
headed out to the Brandon ward. I rode with the Mission Pres's wife. It
was great! They are both so sweet and are always smiling! There were a
lot more new missionaries there! We ate some lunch, then all went into
the chapel. After some talking, we all bore our testimonies....I always
Afterwards, we all headed off to the mission home. We all
picked numbers for beds. I needed up on a top bunkbed = just like home!
After dinner, some Sisters wanted to hear me play, so I played them
music on the piano. We all had five minute interviews with the Mission Pres.
On July 2nd (tues) we filled our some paperwork, then found
out where we would be serving. I found out my companion would be Sis.
McElderry (roommate at the MTC) and a Sister named Sis. Keyes. (eyes
with a K).
After pictures and goodbyes, we headed off to the transfer
area. Sis Shaw and Sis Sirmans were comps and were staying in Jackson.
When we got to the Stake Center, we marked our luggage, emailed, then around 1:30pm got into our vans and headed off. We got to Biloxi (our
area) around 4pm.
After a full day of traveling we finally got to our
apartment. It's BEAUTIFUL! Nice big kitchen, 3 desks, electic
fireplace, nice shower / tub, etc.
3rd- We jogged around
a pond in our apt area for exercise, then the Spanish assigned Elders
picked us up and brought us to the church for DDM - District Meeting.
Sis. McElderry played the piano. Elders went up and discussed their
investigators. Apparently one was getting married this past weekened and
getting baptized this upcoming weekened. After all of that, we all went
up and had a little get to know me 5 min each sessions. Afterwards, we
all had cake and sang because it was the DL - district leader's bday. Then we had lunch at Chick- Fil- a and we
went back to the church and did some door approach role playing.
Eventually my comps and I went tracting. We met a guy named Dustin. He
originally come out in a shirt and boxers, but put some pants on...lol,
AWKWARD! He seemed pretty interested. We gave him a BOM and we'll call
him tonight (Monday). 6:30 pm we met the Bishop of our Ward...interesting man.
4th - for lang study, sis McElderry and I named everything in our apt in Portuguese on sticky notes.
we met the RS Pres at McDonald's and she brought us on the airforce base
(where part of our area is.) Many people in the Ward live on base. They
were supposed to be having a party, but it was basically just two
families at a house talking and eating. Afterwards, we
visited a member's home. I forget their last name, but they were the
cutest! The mom was super skinny, and really cute hair, and just
overall, their family looked a movie family! She looked like an artist!
They adpoted a little girl from Russia, which is where her husband
served (Siberia). We talked about my siblings for a short time who are also from Russia.
After we visted their family, we went tracting in their neighborhood.
There was a man and a boy on their porch. They were both very polite,
but definitely not interested.
Eventually, we found three people in
their garage. One Older man, one in his late 20's, an early 30's man, and one
woman. At first they were very, "I'm not interested" but as time went
on, the younger man, (Patrick) started asking some questions. We also
found out that the woman (Patrick's girlfriend) has some friends who are Mormon.
It eventually led to us telling our stories about how we gained our
testimonies. In the end, they were alot more open to us than they were
in the beginning. We gave him a BOM and when we asked for his number
,he rejected because his girlfriend was right there. We gave him our # and we
stated that he could call us, and if he didn't want anything to do with us, we wouldn't bother him again, but we would love to come and teach /
tell him more. His girlfriend spoke up, "well that seems fair." cool...but that
was the only real luck we had. We're planning on visiting again later
We've had so much luck this past week!
don't have time to tell more, but there have been many times were we
track so long, and it's the last house that we have success at. There
have been two times where people have been praying for help, and we're
their answer. It's really cool! I'm really grateful for this experience!