Hi! It’s Emma and this week is mine to write on the blog. This last Sunday at the end of June we got to the mission home. I was particularly nervous because the very next day I had girls camp with just my ward. I had never met a single girl in person, but I had talked to a few online. I started stressing myself out because so many people were telling me how “brave I was being” and that “they would never do that” and I hadn’t thought of it as a big deal before but now started worrying that it was! I shouldn’t have. I woke up at 5 am and had to be at the church at 6. I met everyone and they were super nice. Then we drove up to girls camp. This girls camp was unlike any I had ever experienced. Some of the things we experienced included repelling down the side of a cliff, rock climbing a cliff, canoeing for 45 minutes to get to some cliffs where we cliff jumped into the water, sleeping in tents, and so much more! We were really into activities involving cliffs I guess. It was an amazing experience! I love every single girl in the ward and they totally welcomed me in. I got back Wednesday afternoon.
The next day we had our mission introduction. We walked in and were shocked at the amount of missionaries there! There were 130 young missionaries and over 100 senior missionaries. Each person in the family gave a little introduction about themselves with pictures on a slide show behind them. I talked about my love for singing, running, hiking, skiing, etc. After the kids introduced themselves, Mackenzie, Eliza, and I sang “I Stand All Amazed”. Afterwards, my mom and dad spoke. It was very powerful and I am so happy that the missionaries have them to look up to.
Yesterday for the Fourth of July, our family woke up Early to go to a parade in Plain City/ Farr West Utah. We drove in an old antique car and got to throw candy out the windows to the kids. I wont deny that I hit the missionaries walking with our car numerous times and might have chucked some of the candy a little too hard sometimes. Oops. It was a lot of fun even though it was very hot. I love all of the missionaries so much & they are like siblings to me already. Later that night I went and watched fireworks with a TON of new people from Bonneville High School. I’m so glad I got to meet all of them and they were all nice and happy to have me in their friend group. J Today was the first day we went to our new ward! It’s small compared to our old ward but everyone is kind. I miss all of you in CA! Be sure to come visit. :)