Sunday, August 15, 2010

From MTC to Temple Square

August 4th, Sister Teerlink boarded a bus at 6:30 in the morning to head to Salt Lake City.  A quick stop by the airport to drop some Elder missionaries off, then off to new digs.

President & Sister Holmes
President and Sister Holmes oversee the SLC Temple Square mission.  Ali says her schedule is very rigorous, starting her day at 6:30, thirty minutes for lunch, then back to work.  She is learning the lay of the land -all 32 acres of it.

Her new full-time companion is Sister Nishino from Japan.  She is a 29 year old school teacher and is learning English as quickly as she can.  Ali wants to learn how to recite her testimony in every language she encounters, so I guess Japanese will be her first challenge.  That should be interesting...

We love reading her letters!  Ali is completely in her element and is thriving.  Although the schedule is packed each day, she's already had some time to reflect on why she's serving and is beginning to have some great experiences.

Ali's latest letter dated August 14th mentioned that workers are already getting the Temple Square grounds prepared for the annual Christmas decorations, which are a magnificent sight.

As her parents, we are grateful to see the exponential growth that Ali is experiencing at this time.  We are confident that she will be an excellent ambassador to the church and will be an instrument in the Lord's hands to further the work and bless the lives of those to whom she shares a very meaningful message of hope and light.

Elder Nielson (Kyle) - Tallahassee, Florida Mission
Ali had a great time in the Missionary Training Center (MTC) and ran into some friends from back home and school.  Enjoy!

Sister Bunnell (Mikayla) Phoenix, Arizona
New Missionary Training Center (MTC) friends...
Sister Bruno from Brazil
District 14B
My MTC Companion Sister Fox - Provo, Utah temple