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.
everyone!! I'm finally back on my mission!!! Can you believe it!?
Tomorrow will be my week mark! Alrighty then...Just so you all know, I
can read emails during the week,
I just can't reply till Monday, so....WRITE WRITE WRITE!! And for snail
mail, I should be here for at LEAST 12 if not 18 weeks....
19440 midwest cir. #11
Abingdon, VA 24211
Alrighty then...I'm going to give you a sneak preview of my lil moments before the airport and from then on:
morning I just couldn't wait any longer (on & off sleeping) and
woke up officially at 4:30 AM. I went to get ready and came back into my
room to see Julianna springing
up from the bed and admitting she couldn't sleep either. Everybody else
woke up around 5. Papa Don came and once we got everything in the car,
Phillip came and gave his last goodbyes. 6:20 a.m - went and picked up
my cousin, Jingyi.
a.m. - arrived at airport. On the way there, the butterflies in my
stomach kept getting stronger and stronger. As we checked in my 2
suitcases, one of them was one lb over
the limit. The lady checking them in was really nice and let it slide.
- started doing many pictures. The kids sang their "you are my
sunshine" parody that goes like, "You are my sister, my oldest sister,
you make me happy when you're
with me! you'll never know sis, how much I'll miss you, when you leave
on your mission today!" My dad then sang his own parody, and mom could
barely sing her parody through her tears. It made me feel so loved!
Jingyi then wished me farewell in Chinese then
translated in English! Was super cool!
- went through security waving goodbye to my family the whole time. I
finally made it to my gate, checked my rolling carry - on, then waited
8:30 - started boarding. WINDOW SEAT! WHOOOOO!!!
Took off at 9, was a 45 min flight.
- found next gate. waited there for two hours. Finally about 12:00 the 3
Elders and 1 sister from the Mexico MTC arrived at the gate. Apparently
their flight was 45 min
late. I went over and greeted them. I became quick friends with the
Sister. We were all talking so much we missed them calling our zone.
Good thing it was assigned seating! We walked onto the palne, and there
was barely anybody on it! AKA - us two sisters
could sit next to each other! YAY! We talked the entire flight!
- arrived in TN, Mission pres and wife with some Elders met us right
out of security. TINY AIRPORT! We all went to Baggage claim. Everyone
got all their luggage vs me
who got two out of the three. My black one was mission with all my
medicine, vitamins, contact stuff, etc. In the end we realized someone
else accidently took mine mistaking it for their own. They lucily came
back and we switched out our luggage. Thank goodness
for tages with numbers on them! We waited for the next flight of
missionaries to arrive, then piled in to the vans. I rode with a sister
who had already been out for 11 months. Us two got along great! We made
it to the mission office, gave some info, took
some pictures, then headed to the mission home. HUGE! We all ate
dinner and talked a lot. And you know what? I wans't shy! I fit right
in! I was amazing~
Pres. had one on one interviews with each of the new missionaries, then
after showeres we all went o our designated areas to sleep. All the
sisters were upstairs in one
room; and all the elders were in the basement in one room. There was
this one sister who was confused how to respond to a certain way people
might act. Sister Orton (11 month sister) told her to role paly with
ehr. Sis. Orton acted like a person at the door
offending the LDS religion. The other sister just started at her unsure
of what to do. In the end I became the missionary in the ole playing. I
testified and taught about Christ and HF being one in purpose (like i
did in the MTC) then bore tesitmony of the
Book of Mormon (BOM). The spirit was so strongin the role playing that I
even started to cry! It was amazing to see that even when just role
playing, when bearing testimony of truth, the spirit will be there and
back you up!
to bed that night, the sister that I met up with at the Atlanta, GA
apirport said to me, "Thank you for coming up and talking to us. It
helped a lot!" That meant a lot
had a hard time sleeping. 1 - outta excitement. 2 - I had such a dry
throat I coulndn't swallow. I woke up at 5 and got some water. I got
back to bed thirty min later. I
prayed that my throat would be better for transfer day.
- I woke up and I could swallow!!! Was so amazing! Just something so
little, God took the time to help me with! We all ate breakfast, got our
stuff into the vans,
then walked over in the Brisky chilled TN air to the stake center only a
few blocks away. We all gathered in to the relief society (RS) room and
went over different rules and regulations. There were two different
meetings. WE started our second meeting around
11am. We finally found out who our new comps were and where we were
going to serve. I was the second one called up and my new comp
is.....SISTER WEIGHT! As soon as we walked up to the front everyone was
like, "They look like sisters!" And we do! haha! Arbingdon,
VA is where we were called to! 2 1/2 hour drive! At the end of the
meeting, our trainers went to the chapel while we took pictures with the
mission pres and wife (pres and sister Griffon).
third meeting the greenies came in to the chapel and everyone's
companions were named off and where they were going to serve (transfer
meeting). Eventually my comp and
I got my stuff and loaded them into a member's car and drove 2 1/2
hours to our apt. Sis Weight has already been serving in this area for 3
months (as long as I was in MS). As soon as our apt door opened, my jaw
dropped! Our apt is HUGE! There's an upstairs,
kitchen, dining room, living room, corner bathroom. Then upstairs - 1
bedroom with closet ( my clothes), study room with two very nice study
desks and more with closet (her clothes) and bathroom. It's
amazing! There were things left here from the other
sis missionary that I got.
didn't have time to unpack bc they don't make transfer day PDAY. It
just stays on Mondays. As soon as I put some warm clothes on (freezing
then drove off to an appt with an investigator named Gene. We brought the ward mission leader with us and had the lesson outside. He was
really kind and gave me an extra coat n gloves. We taught the word of
wisdom (W.O.W) lesson. it went really well! Sis.
Wright and I were teaching like we had been teaching together for
years! I spoke up a lot, and we were backing each other up, and...it was
just amazing! The spirit was very strong! I shared some personal
experiences and he was so tuned in to them that he was
even leaving forward - real intent! He then spoke up and admitted he
was a strong willed man and could stop; and he wanted to and be obediant
to God. That made us real happy! Just to be perfectly clear and simple,
I asked, "from now on, will you follow the
WOW?" This was after finishing the rest of the lesson. He siad he
would. YAY! It was really fun though, bc as we were pulling out, we saw
Gene light a cigerette. We figured he was starting the next day. :)
Gene we went to Beverly's house. She is a widowed old woman living by
herself who has been a member for 3 1/2 years! I guess missionaries are
always over there with her.
We read some of Mosiah with her and had fun talking.
I got to bed around 11pm.
Thursday - I did really good and woke up as soon as our alarm went off at 6:30.
9:30 - left for Feeding america (soup kitchen we help out with every thurs).
12 - At lunch with Beverly and watched a mormon message video.
- did comp study at apt. I then came to notice I had a severe head
cold. I couldn't breath, my whole head was congested and it was hard for
me to focus.
After all the fun stuff we went tracting. Everyone here is nice whether or not they wanna hear the message!
a dinner to the Paffords by the Coopers (She's only 22, married and
prego! THAT'S ONLY ONE EAR OLD ER THAN ME! Crazy crazy!!!)
Friday - My comp makes the best smoothies!!!
am - district meeting! There'[s only one church building AND SO MANY
PPL SO FAR AWAY! My comp says that it's almost like a branch instead of a
ward bc there aren't that
many ppl. WELL NO WONDER! They have to drive a whole universe away!
District Meeting was really good.
we went to Shawns house. wreaked with smoke!! yuck! Even though we were
outside, I STILL couldn't breath! Shawn = strong accent, funny, already
a member, probs with
drugs and smoking. Wants to improve.
later went and saw H.G = funny, older man in old folks home, special
needs. He loved telling us about the ppl there - what they do and what
they should / shouldn't do.
Next was Suzy= such a sweet heart! strong accent too!
- Sister Conference b4 comp study. It's where all the sisters in the
mission get on a conference call and our mission mom shares a message
with us. Was really neat!
Apparently they do that the first sateruday after every transfer (every
lunch we went to a member's hosue. We went to Kroger's (grocery store)
afterwards to get some cough drops for me. We saw Bro. Lee there. He
bough some flowers for us and
when he found out it was my birthday the next day, he asked me what my
fav cake was. I said red velvet. Apparently that was his too.
We went tracting on a really rich rd. There was a house that looked like a senate's house! HUGE!
went to dinner at the Stake pres's house. SPAGHETTI!!! After dinner,
the wife drove us and her three kids to the ward halloween bonfire an
our mission leader's (ML) home
/ barn. There were some hay rides, sweets, hot coco, bonfire and lots
When we got back home / apt I got a package with the extras I couldn't fit in my suitecase. YAY!
/ MY 21ST BIRTHDAY!!! - As soon as we woke up, My comp said Happy
Birthday! I got all ready, even put foundation on! By my study desk, I
saw a paper colored saying "HAPPY
BIRTHDAY SISTER THOMAS!" I felt so loved! I grabbed a crassaunt and
brownie (that Bro. Lee dropped by the night before) along with my
vitamins and we ran out the door. It was so hard not shouting out it was
my birhtday...but I'm a sister now so I need to keep
my composure and there are more important things anyways.
ward council my comp and I were door greeters. H.G sat with us. I got
to say the opening prayer for Sacrament Meeting. During Sacrament, I
prayed that someone would remember
it was my bday and say Happy bday. During the second part of the
sacrament, H.G leaned over and said, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" I tell
you...Heavenly Father (HF) is amazing! I know He's watching over and
loves me very much! The meeting was the primary program!
Gospel Principals was intense! We figured out that Ratpure meant the translating in the twinkle of an eye during the milinium.
was so amazing! The spirit was very strong! The topic was faith. I
wasn't planning on sharing, but the spirit was so strong that I neded up
sharing my mission / back / faith
story / testimony.
my bday lunch we went over to Bro. Lee's house. He made us chips and
salsa (both homemade). Then 3 diff types of bread samples with butter.
DELICIOUS! Finally lunch rolleda
round. We ate pork sandwhiches with rice & muchrooms! Dessert =
bite of peach cobbler and bite of cherry pie! YUMMM!!
After lunch we went back did our studies.
my bday dinner we went over to the Granadoes. Mexixan dinner!! yay! And
they made a full cake for me and gave me presents! SUPER cute family!
we went to someone's house to do missionary work with Sis. Granadoes,
and when we went up there, apparently the mom's daughter tried to break
in with an Axe, and
the mom had called the police. So she was scared for our life, so we
were scared for our life, so we left immediately. YIKES!
Monday / today - did cleaning of apt, laundry, and studies. Now at church, writing letters, and emailing. LOVE YOU ALL!
makes sure to write. Sorry if the words in here are scrambled. I don't
have much time to email, and I have a lot to write today! Pictures will
be in seperate emails!
Please send me lots of letters, emails and pictures!
Sierra Arrived in Knoxville, Tennessee! They have ALL Arrived! All missionaries arrived
safe and sound, although a little tired. They are excited, as are we,
to be here in the Tennessee Knoxville Mission! They are at the mission
home having dinner together and having personal
interviews with President Griffin tonight. Tomorrow they will start at
9:00 a.m. with Orientation and then they will meet their new Trainers.
From there they go right into Transfer/Testimony Meeting. Then, off
they go to their new area and will be teaching
by Wednesday night! Below is a picture of all our new missionaries on the deck of our mission office.