Monday, April 7, 2014

Sister Whitney Collins has started the adventure of a lifetime.  She has chosen to serve a full time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.  Her family will be updating her blog with letters, pictures and other information about her Grand Adventure in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission.

Whitney entered the MTC on March 26, 2014.  It was bittersweet to see her go, but we are so excited for her.  We received her first letter soon after.  She said she loved the MTC and had a great district.  It took a while before we got an email.  She didn't have a P-Day until the following Wednesday.  The following is what she wrote:

"So I got your package and shared the cookies with my district and they all think you are awesome.
Elder Thomas said that since we are going to the same mission you should send him some too haha!!!! But Some of them haven't had snickerdoodles before so I kinda think that maybe you should send me another box :D
I am leaving for New Hampshire on MONDAY!!! So soon and we have to be at the travel office at 2:30 am so pretty much I am not going to sleep... But that also means I might not be able to call you but we'll see. I do have two layovers so I might be able to call you then :/ When do you leave for Denver? Oh and I am wearing my love you to the moon... hoodie right now. I talked to my host sister the day I arrived and she was the sister on a trial mission in our area.
So pretty much I have the best district ever!!! We are all kind of weird and crazy and sometimes get kinda distracted but "It's okay". I just feel bad for the teachers who have to put up with us. There is Sister Frame, Sister Blume, Elder Thomas (form England) and Elder Cook, and Elder Davees and Elder Maughn (They're going to Australia)
The MTC is so much fun and so spiritual and is just awesome!!!! I have learned so much and have grown so much already. We have two investigators that we teach (but one is our teacher). On our way to meet our second investigator we met this woman named Carol Lewis and she is such a sweetheart!!!!!! i'll tell you more about her in a letter. Oh and for Sunday Devotional DAVID ARCHELETTA (I don't know how to spell that) came and sang and Richard Elliot the guy who plays the organ for MOTAB played that organ and the piano.
I know this wasn't that long but I will try to send a longer letter later :)"

Now, fast forward to today, April 7th, 2014.  Whitney and her district had to report to the MTC Travel Office at 2:30 am and then head to the SLC International airport for what they thought would be a flight to Boston that would include 2 layovers, one in Minneapolis and one in New York.  I didn't hear from her until she was in NY.  We didn't talk much because she needed me to look up the phone number for the mission office.  Their adventure was beginning. . .

When they arrived in New York, they presented their tickets for their next flight and found out that the seat numbers on their tickets didn't exist.  Delta re-booked them for the next flight that was due to leave after 9:00 PM EST.  This would leave them stranded at the airport for an additional 6 hours!!!  Prayers must have been heard, and the Mission President must have worked some magic because we later learned (after all kinds of posts on facebook) that they were able to get them on a smaller plane that would go directly to Manchester.  When I looked at the flight, it looks like it was delayed by an hour.  Coincidence?  I don't think so.  According to the Flight Tracker, they landed in Manchester at 5:19.  A sweet sister from the Mission Office posted that they had dinner ready and were just awaiting their arrival. 

You would think that the kinks in their travel plans would have caused these new missionaries a little stress.  That wasn't the case at all.  When I spoke with Whitney they were all laughing and excited for their new adventures.

I will post more pictures once I receive them.


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