July 13, 2015
It sounds like you had a lot of fun and I am super jealous.
Monday, we had a mini Zone Conference to meet President Olsen and his wife. It lasted about 2 hours asking them questions and all of that stuff. We had to leave early to get there because it is about an hour and a half drive to get to Brandon from Meridian. After the conference we stayed to have our P-Day there. We played soccer and it was a lot of fun. Got a few bruises from it but oh well. Then we hung with the Zone leaders for a little bit then we headed home.
Tuesday, It was raining again. But we were able to go see Essie and then after saw Susan who is inactive. She is going through a lot of trials right now and we just pray that she can feel the love that Heavenly Father has for her. Then after we went to the Slaughter's to have dinner. We helped brother Slaughter with the backyard and got to throw bricks and brake them. It was a lot of fun, but I got attacked by mosquitos. They even bite my face.
Wednesday, We had to go to Philly for DDM. So we had that, then had lunch, then went back to Meridian. We went to visit with people and tracted. We tracted and found a women who had a snake. We held her snake and she gave us water. She also invited us to the community garden on Saturday. Then after we went to the Slaughters again and they feed us. They are such a great family. Then we had exchanges. Sister Demetropoulos went to Jackson and I stayed in Meridian with Sister James.
Thursday, we went to Temple Theatre and Sister James thought it was so cool. Then we went and tracted and we meet a lady who is a member of the Jehovah Witness church. She let us in her home, gave us water and talked with us for a little. Then she invited us to come back, so we will see how it goes. Then we went and saw Sister Stone. Then we exchanged back.
Friday, We helped Fern Buntyn with the activity this weekend which is on Emergency Preparedness. So we had lunch and we helped make posters and a PowerPoint . After we went to Marion and saw some potential investigators, which no one answered but oh well.
Saturday, we went to the community garden and got to help pick some food, we even got some. It was awesome. Then we went to the Relief Society Activity and it went very well. A lot of people came and I learned a lot from it. Then we went and tracted and it was super hot and humid. It's going to be a long summer! After tracting, we went to Brother Morgans' house who is our Ward Mission leader and his family feed us. It was a lot of fun.
Sunday, we had church and it was exciting because our investigator Dianna came to church!!! This has been my first. She stayed all three classes and we are going to see her Friday and she how she liked it. After lunch we tracted some more and we were dying. It was so hot and we were sweating like no other. Then April Miles picked us up and she feed us dinner. She is the mother of Lauren and it was great to talk with her.
I asked McKenna several questions and here are her answers:
1) My apartment is great. Much smaller than the one in Flowood, but I love it.
2) We go to the Library to email each week.
3) I love the ward here. They are so nice to us and they love helping us out.
4) Sister Demetropoulos is from So Cal, Ventura County. She has 7 siblings. She went to UVU for a little bit. She is Awesome. We get a long great with each other!!!
5) The Elders in my district are: Elder Eidson, Eells, Schmitt, and Mecham.
6) We haven't had interviews with President Olsen yet, but he seems really cool.
Love you all!!!!
Sister O'Connor and Sister Demetropolous with the Elders on PDay
Sign on home in Meridian, Mississippi
Fireworks on the 4th of July
Painting at Fern Buntyn's home during P Day!
These next two pictures were taken on July 12, 2015 at President and Sister McDonough's homecoming. There were over 200 returned missionaries from the MJM. It was so fun to see the reunions between missionaries as well the support for the McDonough's service. During the meeting all of the missionaries were asked to come up and sing, "Called to Serve"! Yes, I did cry! The spirit was so strong and I felt a little piece of McKenna there with us. We were able to see her first companion, Melissa Ridge (who we love dearly-it's always great seeing her) and we got to meet Elder Mobley who was in McKenna's district. He just returned home a few weeks ago. (He recognized me and said "I" look like McKenna!!! (I was technically in the cultural hall when this picture was taken)
Sister Ridge and Elder Mobley
Last picture and hugs with President & Sister McDonough