Wednesday, February 27, 2013

we love email day!

Our second and final email from the EMTC.  Funny how much I love Wednesdays now!!:)  I am sure that I will start to love Mondays too!

 Family!!

How his is by far my favorite day of the week.. ok i seriously just love hearing from you all. i can't write you all back sorry, but i love you all and love to hear about how you are doing. if you want.. you shoul write me letters by post and then i can write you your own personal letter back? i did get ethans letter on saturday and boy.. it was so so great. getting letters in the mtc is gold, and letters from loved ones is even better!!  i would love to hear from you all and please keep adding on to mom's emails as well. i miss you all and love you s much.
the mtc is great. its kind of like being in a little bubble, but i am so excited to get out into he field and get working. this week my companionship was turned into a tri-panionship. sister kline from canada was in the provo mtc for a week because of visa problems. she is adorable. she played basketball and ran in high school and so we are getting along great. mom running along the leeds to liverpool river is s great. its like trail running, but no hills. i do miss the pavement though.
so mostly uor days here at the mtc consist of classroom time, practicing teaching, and eating. and hanging out. it is a lot more chill then the provo mtc i have heard and we have all become really good friends. the things that i have learned have been great though. but this is the hardest thing i have ever done. but i am enjoying it! thursday we went street finding in manchest picadilly. and again yesterday. that was hard, but cool to learn how to find people and learn what to say. we spoke with a muslim women with a five year old and a one year old. yes i just talked to the kids and we quickly became friends.
being the coordinating sister is good. it is basicaly just like being a regular sister missionary, but i conduct meetings sometimes. it is so fun to get to know the girls.. and especially my roommates. it is such a blessing the girls i was put with. we are all so much alike and have so many spiritual experiences and learned from eachother.
another big deal this past monday was.... elder holland came and spoke to us. nbd.. ok a BD!! holy cow it was s neat. i was blessed with the opportunity to play the piano for the opening hymn. as he walked in he thanked me and then sat down. one district sang the efy medley and at the end we all joined in. wow that was so powerful. and then we heard from elder donaldson an keran of the 70 before elder holland. but when he spoke he seriously stared into my soul. i was able to sit on the front. but everything that he said was exactly what i needed to hear. he is incredible and the spirit of that meeting was unlike anything else. afterwards he shook all of our hands. i was one of the last  go becuase i was still playing. (our district sang come thou fount with a sister singing part in french) then when i shook his hand he shook it and then went for a bro shake almost into a back tap. (does that make sense?) the funniest part of that is that everyone here thinks/knows im a bro because i play sports and run and such. then we chatted about smithfield and how he drove through there on his way t preston a few weeks ago. wow what a blessing to meet him. that was an experience that i wil never forget.
well i have a whole list of things to ask you / tell you... but a few quickly..
how is liza b? engaged? and kelsey p? did t whit get her call?
i found out that i snore... and talk in my sleep.. semi embarrassing.
there is an elder here from tawain. elder wu. he has the same personality as melei. love that. he is hilarious.
a teacher here sister willis served wih jamie thomas.
mom or ryan i would love some conversion factors for here.. kcal-calories, degrees: c-f, kg-lbs, anyothers?
i think that i need a more water proof coat. mine is the jcpenny one and not one bit water proof... i don't know for sure what to do?
and some black shoes.. i think i need better ones.
and dani.. do you remember the abs from the rec center wall?

sorry i am out of time and have so much more to say. i might just write a letter. i love you all so much and am seriously so grateful to have such great family an friends. when people look at my photos they are blown away. yeah my family is a bd. love you al so much! thank you for your love and support.
the chuch is s incredible. and the book of mormon is something that i have been clinging to, read it. it will change your life.

love, sister j


She also sent a few photos.... 


                         J and her companions
 

                       The Preston Temple


 Sister J with Elder Brown (he reminds her of Ryan and Ethan mixed)
 
 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

letter of departure

We received a letter of departure from the MTC President Edwards yesterday.  It was a nice letter.  It definitely sounds like a form letter but it was nice anyway.  In their defense, it would be very difficult to send a personalized letter to each family of each missionary that was leaving the EMTC.  We are looking forward to hearing from Sister J tomorrow and also learning what area she will be serving in first!!!  (Since I am hoping to print this blog when J returns home from her mission I will add the contents of the letter also)....

ENGLAND MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTRE
Temple Way, Hartwood Green, Chorley,
Lancashire, PR6 7EQ, England



February 25, 2013


Dear Brother and Sister Egbert,

Your daughter will be departing the England Missionary Training Centre on Saturday morning, March 2.  We want you to know how much we have enjoyed having her with us. 

Sister Egbert is a fine young woman and we are grateful for the opportunity we have had to work with her on a daily basis.  She is well-prepared for her mission and she continues each day to grow spiritually.  She is developing good teaching skills and is excited about the work.  She is ready for full time service in the England Birmingham Mission.

We love this young woman and are grateful to you for all you have done to prepare her for this wonderful time in her life.  Your love and continued support are important to her success.   Letters from home are always greatly anticipated and appreciated.  Please address all future mail to:

England Birmingham Mission
187 Penns Lane
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B76 1 JU England
United Kingdom

May you and your family be blessed as she continues to serve our Heavenly Father.


Sincerely,

President and Sister Edwards
President and Sister Edwards
President and Sister Durkin

Thursday, February 21, 2013

our first official email!!!

We received our first official email from Sister J on Wednesday.  It was so great to hear from her!!...
 

It was so so good to hear from you! I love hearing about what eveyone is doing and how they are loving school and their sports. Brev and Ken, sorry about basketball being over... but another basketball league and soccer should be soo fun! Please send me some photos when you can, like in a letter so I can keep them with me. Ryan... you are the bomb dot com with quiditch club.. i love that. my friend sister clegg wants to marry you, ok?

ok so he travel comin over. our flight in chicago made it an hour out before they decided that we were having mechanical problems.. so we flew back to chicago. where the flight was cancled and we had to find another flight. thank goodness for sister clifford, she knows katie perkes really well, she is heading to finland from the mtc and knew what she was doing flight wise. she was able to find a flight to london and then to manchester. once we got to london, which the airport is HUGE, we had an eight hour layover. however our boarding passes had something special on them and we were able to get into the business lounge. it was sweet. free food. free showers. comfy chairs. it was lovely. while on this long long flight i became really good friends with sister clegg. she is great. 20. from kaysville. and basically we are the same person. we seriously had so much fun exploring the airport and loving being in the same clothes for hours... excpet not that part. we flew over with about 17 other missionaries. all going to either birmingham or scotland/ireland. our flight to manchester was only 45 minutes. it was ok. but we were soooo very tired. we got to the mtc at around 10:30 and emailed and then went straight to bed. then next morning we had orientation with the mtc president, president edwards. he and his wife are incredible. they served as mission presidents in zimbabwe and he was a member of the 70. then there is president and sister durkin. also awesome. they assigned dl's and our zl plus the coordinating sister. our dl is elder lapi from albania. he is a 24 year old convert and has such a testimony. our zl is elder brown that we met at the airport. ryan he is you. seriously he is like a little brother to me because he  reminds me so much of you. but he also has ethan's personality. so basically great! haha and then i was called as the coordinating sister. what a blessing for me to be able to serve and to learn from these sisters. i love them all? (there ar about 40 missionaries here. almost half and half. a few more elders though)

my companion is sister koons from famington. she went to viewmont. graduated last year. she is hilarious. she is always singing and laughing. she is a hoot. the other girls that room with us are sister clegg and sister dixon, from arizona. they are serisouly so fun and funny. we have a great time 24/7. gotta love the amount of time spent together.

we have been learning so so much and sometimes it feels like an overload of information. but it is all great stuff! i love learning about how i can help others and share my tesimony with them. it is such a blessing to me. my teachers are great. sister binnie and brother hotchkiss. both served in london south. sister binnie and i have become good friends, she actually told me that i reminded her of a boy that she served with. its fine.. im a bro..:) haha but it really is all so great!

i have loved the experiences i have had so far and this time i have to learn about my savior. today we attended the temple. it is a beautiful temple. holy cow. but it was such an incredible experience to be surrounded by other missionaries in the temple. i love the peace that i can feel there.
thank you all for your prayers and love. keep close to your heavenly father by reading and praying daily. love you all!

love, sister egbert 



Here are some more photos posted to the album sent from the MTC......

In this first one she is with some of the missionaries in her district, the Ammon District.



In these next three pictures they are doing some street contacting.  Notice how very intense and animated she is!:)  Totally Jennifer!!!




 

 
 



Sunday, February 17, 2013

MTC photos

We received a much anticipated email this morning from Avis Durkin.  Not quite sure who Avis Durkin is yet but the email content was certainly exciting anyway!!....

Dear Parents and Families,

Here is the first set of photographs to show that all the missionaries have arrived safely at the MTC in England.  Some of them experienced flight delay but they have all had a good nights sleep and plenty of good food to revive them.  I hope you will enjoy the photographs and be assured that we are looking after you sons and daughters as we prepare them to go out into the mission field.  We love them already.....

What a blessing to us as Sister J's family to know that she is happy and safe and being taken care of.  It was so great to get the photos and see her smiling face and know she is loving the experience already.  We look forward to hearing from her on P-day (not sure what day that is yet) and hoping that she will answer the millions of questions that we fired her way:)!!

Here are the photos......





Wednesday, February 13, 2013

and she's off!

Today Sister Egbert officially headed to England to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!!!  Such a cool experience to send her off as a servant of the Lord.  She was so ready to leave and so excited to serve!  She was set apart as a full-time missionary last night by President Traveller.  What a beautiful blessing he gave her to start this wonderful adventure.  The spirit was so strong, it was tangible.  Grandma Jo, Brenda, Matt and Megan joined with our family.  We took her to the Salt Lake airport this morning.  She met up with Sister Katherine Hanks from North Logan.  She and Sister Hanks both graduated from Sky View in 2011.  It seemed to relieve the anxiety a bit as they met up with one another and felt that comfort of familiarity.  There were several other Elders and Sisters, all going to the MTC in Preston, England.  Some of them were going to the Scotland/Ireland mission and the others to England.  We will look forward to hearing from Sister Egbert next week.  May God be with her.