It's 80 degrees down there at night, but up here it's been in the 40-50s?! Yay!! From Thursday evening to Saturday morning we did not see any sun it was cloudy and windy with rain. So that's always fun considering we don't have a car, we can't bike in that weather, and myself nor my companion have winter clothes yet. But this coming week should be a little warmer. I don't really have any funny stories really like last week with all the food. Sunday was the annual primary program also. The chapel was packed and OMG there are so many kids. I'm not used to it yet. It also happens to be the week of the missionary topic in primary so we have visited and shared 3 times in primary. That's always fun because they are squirrels and oh they love us!! On Sunday we attended the First Ward Valley View Stake because we had two less actives who went. But that also happens to be the ward that the Clegg family goes to. They have a less active son we are trying to reactivate, but it's also the family that has the really spazzy and fun daughter that's around 9 or so, named Abby. We were sitting about two rows behind them and Abby was fooling around and she looked behind and saw my companion and I. That's when she started making faces at me and my companion. Her mom was watching her btw, so then I stuck my tongue out at her just a little bit and she did it back but with her whole tongue and her mom swatted her on the head I was dying😂😂. Last night we were also invited to a YM &YW fireside. There were 3 Returned Missionaries and then my companion and I. We all got to speak about missions and stuff so that was fun. And there were also 2 guys who have already received their mission calls. I haven't seen President Monson yet 😭. And I didn't get the package last Monday because Merle and Squirrel (Note: Andrew's funny nickname for Mark and Mikaela....oh the sibling love!) were late to deliver it but I got in on Friday. I'm so stoked with all the candy you sent! I'm stocked up on goodies now so I'm really happy! And I really love the shirt (I sent a classic Corvette Stingray) and the tie (Mint green with CTR print and Tie Tack) you got. I wore the tie on Sunday. Pretty soon I'll already have been away from home for 2 months, and it's flying by. Thank you for showing your love for me by sending packages and by helping me get to the point to where I am now. I couldn't have done it without you or dad. Thank you for being an awesome mother, and for kickin' dad and I in the rear to get things done.
- love your missionary
PS: There's so many Jeeps up here and I'm dying because I want one! Now I know why Mark would say you can get good deals up here.
Some selfies when we are bored. And one thing I forgot to mention, it's always fun when we are riding our bikes we always have people waving to us... but something me and my companion always get a kick out of is when waiting for a light to turn green or when we are walking ( for some reason here in Utah girls from high school really like packing themselves tight in cars or trucks ) and they will see us and you see ALL the windows go down and they lose their minds waving and screaming "missionaries!!!!!!!"
Note: Drawing is Mikaela's weekly drawing to Andrew and a pic of a snow capped mountain in September!
I absolutely LOVE all of the text messages, emails, and calls that I am receiving from the most wonderful people who are helping to take care of Andrew on his mission and sharing the experiences with me at home.
I received this text..."Hello Sister Mushet this is Sister Sackett. I fed your son on Sunday and would love to give you an update."
We played phone tag for a bit but when we connected had the most delightful conversation! I'm truly grateful for her and Sister's like her, who treat Andrew as their own and care about me too. Thank you for blessing our lives!
I have been keeping in my notes an outline of everything happening
this week, it's easier for me to do it this way because there's so
much to type. But I'll share the highlight of the week up here. So on
Monday we don't have assigned meals with members so we have to feed
ourselves. Around dinner time we came back to the apartment and we
ate there. But then we realized we made a mistake because we had to go
to a ward BBQ and they (the ward members) were like determined to feed us
there at the BBQ. So then we had to eat again. So by that time we were full. Well
it doesn't end there!! We went and visited a family named the Gerber's.
Super nice people but guess what?...they're Samoan...we were just
visiting real quick and talking and then Sister Gerber just went in the
kitchen and found anything she could and made us like a four course
meal...there was absolute fear in my companion's eyes as she kept bringing out food!
She made mashed potatoes, chicken, corn, beef stew, grapes, a giant mug
of root beer, milk, and random taco meet...I put a dent in the food because I wanted to
be polite. So because of that we pretty much stayed for like an hour.
Then when we left she sent us home with grapes, sandwich meat, and
cheese! Let's just say that night we were so happy we had bikes for
-Wake up at 6:30 everyday and get ready
- Studied, did laundry, went to the church house to email, then went
to a restaurant called "The Park" and when we ordered a couple girls
from high school anonymously payed for our lunch, it's very common
here in Utah
- We went to Walmart to go shopping for food and seriously all the
missionaries from multiple zones were there
- The senior Elder payed for our groceries too
- Then we went to our zone building and played sports till 5
- Went to a ward BBQ
- Visited the Gerber's (Samoan) family
- Elder Manansala was up from 12 to 3 with stomach problems
- We had missionary training from 8:45 to 4
- Elder Manansala's stomach started hurting again
- He had to go to the doc
- I got my iPad
- I was assigned to 4 other elders to go with to the temple at the
Salt Lake City Temple
- Came back to my apartment and my companion was back from the ER
- Because of what happened on Tuesday with my companion he had to
sleep in till 7
- He's doing better
- Didn't do much because of Tuesday
- Visited some members in an apartment complex for a while
- Went to dinner at the Goates family
- On the way there I hurt my leg from losing balance and caught myself all funny
- After dinner came back took some Ibuprofen and put an ice pack on my leg
- Tried visiting our investigator but Mike wasn't there
- Had Zone conference from 9:30 to 3, very spiritual and full of good info
- They fed us a big lunch which was awesome
- Came back to our apartment to study
- Member took us out to Crown Burger
- Had lesson with Mike again, talked about keeping the Sabbath day holy
- Invited him to come to General Conference with us on October 2
- Saw a full moon at night and thought of you
- We had a lesson today with an investigator from Mongolia, his name
is Tamka, he has been in the US for a year now attending the Y. He has
a cousin that's a member here in Utah. He doesn't speak English as
well as we would like so there was that language barrier, but luckily
we contacted Elders in American Fork and one of them speaks Mongolian
so now he can continue with the lessons
- We met with Clark again for a couple hours to read through the Book
of Mormon with him
- We did our weekly planning for a couple hours in one of the church
houses because church houses are the only places we can connect to
- We went to the Valley View 4th Ward BBQ and met some more awesome
people up here
- We tried visiting some more people at night but not much answered
and then we stopped by with this awesome young couple who have only
been married a year and who are really friendly. We are having dinner
with them Monday night when usually we don't have dinner appointments
on Monday nights
- Not to exciting today
- Biked around to meet with more people to gain that
friendship with members and some less actives
- Had dinner with the Williams family and had tacos
- They have 3 boys around our age and super fun
- Got to visit and meet the granddaughter of president Hinckley
- Good weather
- We went to 3 sacrament meetings today sadly President Monson did not
show up to his ward today
- We got to teach and share with a primary class which was fun
- Mike came to sacrament meeting today and that was awesome and I was very
excited for that
- We had dinner with the Sackett's and had lasagna (YAY), super nice and fun family
- We visited with the Clegg family and had s'mores with them, they
have a daughter named Abby and she is a spazzy ball of fun to be
around she's about 8-10 years old
- Then met with a Ward Mission Leader to talk and plan
You are so welcome! We know what it is like to have a missionary out there & wondering if they are being taken care of! Haha! We have had one serve in Mexico 2011-13 & one serving now in Spain. He has one year left. It always made my day when the members would send me pictures & let me know they were feeding my son!! I try to do it every chance I get. The missionaries are so fun to get to know! My husband connected with your son because they share the interest in detailing cars. My father owned a used car lot & when he passed family members have tried to carry on the legacy. My husband enjoyed showing him pictures of cars we have at the lot including a Rolls Royce they are trying to refurbish. :) I signed up to feed the missionaries again in October so if he is still in our area I'll send you more pictures! :D
Have a great day!
Ya I have a pretty good bike, it was around $400 because we get missionary discounts. It's not a GT though. I looked and they didn't have any but it's a Haro Flight line. It's really nice. We are still biking around everywhere covering two stakes. Biking is getting easier I think because my thighs are getting huge now LoL. The members here are awesome and they take good care of us. And surprisingly we have not had any weird food here. There is one thing though. So everyone here thinks we get lasagna all the time for dinner so it's like a stereotype here. So because they all think that we never get lasagna. We've only had it once here. One of our progressing investigators came to church again yesterday so that was fun. We had to push his baptism date farther into October because of General Conference. But because of that we are taking him to General Conference on the 2nd so I'm excited because that's really good for him to go but it's the only way missionaries get to go to that kind of stuff in Salt Lake. And yes I know about the thunderstorm. On Tuesday we were actually at the Salt Lake Temple doing an endowment session because we get to go every 3 months. But when we were leaving the temple it was pouring pretty good and we could see the thunderstorm in the distance it was awesome!
BTW the Salt Lake Temple inside is beautiful!
- Love Elder Mushet
Your son ate dinner with us tonight! He is a wonderful humble missionary. So sweet! We enjoyed having him in our home! :)
I of course was over the moon happy with this thoughtfulness, so wrote back...
You absolutely made my day! My week! Thank you sooo much for having him in your home for dinner and for taking the extra time to write to me! My heart is full! We feel so blessed to have Andrew serving Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ there in Utah. He loves the people he serves very much and is grateful for all that is done for him, as are we back at home.
With much gratitude and love,
Doug put this slideshow together for Andrew's Farewell and it was played at the Open House, which was held at Janet & Gordon Hodnett's home. Sunday August 14, 2016