It's okay. I always love hearing about what's going on at home. Just not a ton of detail so this was great! I hope you had fun. I know I always love camping. You didn't need stitches though right? (I slammed my finger in the door of the truck. Abby did the same when she was about 12, but she had to have stitches!) Those are the worst. I hate them so much.
Yosemite was amazing! I saw a lot of gorgeous things. I loved it. We were able to see the mountains, El Capitan and Half Dome, but it was through a haze of smoke. There was a fire on the other side of the park on Saturday and they hadn't contained it yet so there was a lot of smoke in the air. But it was still a lot of fun. We saw the sequoias which are ginormous trees. If I have time, I'll send pictures home. If not, I'll do it next week. They were so pretty though and so awesome. We also ate at the Awhanee which is a really nice hotel with a really nice restaurant. I felt really bad because it was so expensive and the Freemans--the members who took us--paid for everything. It was fun and I am grateful for them!
It was a long week. I've had an exhausting one. I don't even know why. We went on exchanges on Thursday so I led our area again. That was interesting. I'm still waiting to get the GPS. I'm afraid I may not get it until zone conference in a couple weeks. Maybe I'll get it tomorrow though...depends when the zone leaders went to the mission office last. I had a new missionary on this exchange and she was Spanish speaking. She knew English pretty well though. It was fun but I was a little overwhelmed trying to figure everything out. It was hard. But I did it and I know I have grown because of it.
Chuck, the man whose dog bit me, was supposed to come to Church on Sunday, but he didn't make it. When we called he told us he got home really late on Saturday night but he really wanted to come. Hopefully we will get him there next week. I'm really hoping we will.
Thank you for the addresses! I do still need them. I wanted to write them letters. Have you talked to Grandpa Luckey since I've left? I didn't get to see him which was sad but I wanted him to know how grateful I am for his support.
Oh and you met Jared? That's cool! I was hoping he'd come out this next transfer, but if it's not till December then that's two or three additional transfers. But that's okay. I really hope he will come back out though. It is the best thing he will ever do in his life. I know that with all my heart.
We had a Pioneer Day Celebration through the church on Saturday so we got to be around a lot of people that day. It was so much fun! Remember how before I left, I hated being around people? Well...I love it now. I love people and being around people. It helps me rejuvenate myself and it helps me to be more outgoing. You wouldn't believe that I talk to everyone now.
You mentioned that I am becoming the person Heavenly Father wants me to be. Sometimes I feel like I am taking one step back, but I know I am progressing and I am changing. I am not the same person I was when I left and I am so glad you see that. Being changed is such an amazing part of being a missionary. I love it.
Jill told me that her companion was related to us somehow which in turn made Jill related to her companion...I was a little confused though haha. That's crazy though!
I love being here and I am so grateful for this opportunity. I know I am being blessed and so are you and so many others. I love you!
Sister Abigail Reese
Yosemite was amazing! It was so pretty and fun! There was a fire on one side of the park, so it was a little hazy and there was a lot of smoke so we couldn't see as clearly as we would have liked, but I got some really cool pictures. We were able to see El Capitan, sort of, and Half Dome so that was cool. We saw the sequoias which were amazing. I loved the big trees. I got some really great pictures of them. And near them. I was thinking while we were going through the park that it would be a really awesome family vacation when I come home...that way I will be able to see more of it and you will be able to enjoy it! I know you'd love it up there.
I was thinking of you all in Copper Basin. It kind of felt like I was camping when we went to Yosemite, and it reminded me of you in Copper Basin even though you weren't there anymore. I bet Hunter is having a good time with those ATVs. I'm jealous! And it's good Duke had fun. Even though he had to take a bath when you got home. I can only imagine how gross he was. Why didn't you just hose him off in the backyard?
I miss Green Lake. I saw a spot in Yosemite that sort of reminded me of Green Lake but it was only a patch of water...and there wasn't a lot of it. We saw a waterfall that was really a mist that was supposed to have more water. That's what a drought in California is.
I'm glad the stake is doing that! That's so awesome! (The stake issued a challenge to all the families who had missionaries out to invite someone to an open house they are having every other month in one of our buildings) I hope y'all can think of people to invite. I wish the members were more missionary-minded here. There are some who are but there are a lot who could do more....we're trying to get them excited about missionary work...so hopefully it'll work eventually.
We were supposed to have our investigator Chuck (the one whose dog bit me) at Church on Sunday but he didn't show up. We were disappointed, but we know God has a plan. We called him yesterday and he told us he got home really late on Saturday but he really did want to come. Hopefully we will get him there next week.
This week has been really long but I know that I am here for a reason and I know as I search for that reason, those reasons, I will be able to find people that I am meant to teach. I'm so grateful for this opportunity and I hope you all see the blessings that you receive as I am here. I love you, Dad, and I hope you have a good week!
Sister Abigail Reese
PS Did we ever have family in Oakhurst? A Bill and Rick? They have our same last name and the Freemans, who took us to Yosemite, knew them and asked if we were related in any way.