Yep that's right. So long Modesto, so long Hermana Crandall. :( It's been a rough couple days. But this Wednesday I am headed to Los Banos and will be in a trio. Yep, I am headed to "The Bath" (Los Banos). My companions are..... Sister Clauson (English) and then Hermana Miller (Spanish, also my MTC comp). I don't know all the details, but I think I'm serving in 2 wards, one Spanish and one English ward. This will be a unusual assignment for many reasons. I've met Sister Clauson many times and......she's a character. Then of coarse Hermana Miller and I struggled at times in the MTC. I feel like those 2 are going to butt heads a lot and I'll get to be in the middle. Could not sleep that night and all day Sunday I was in tears saying goodbyes and knowing yet not knowing what's ahead in this new area and companionship. I'm terrified to leave Hermana Crandall. She has been such a blessing and comfort to have. I'm sad to leave the Grimes. They have been so loving and sweet to me. Don't worry mom and dad, you could never obviously be replaced, but they have become my parents here and it's day 1 all over again for me in having to leave parents. Sister Grimes is the sweetest person ever. She knows this has been hard for me and this morning she took us out to Breakfast/Lunch at a place I've been wanting to try called Huckleberry's. Such a fun atmosphere. It was all decorated and themed like New Orleans. Reminded me of Princess and the Frog. :) I had stuffed french toast with Huckleberries!!! Mmmmmm... We are definitely going there when we all come out next year. And then as we were headed out the door to come email, Sister Grimes decorated the downstairs all with Flamingo stuff. So we're having an early Flamingo Day here tonight with Hot dogs and chips! :) Made me tear up and smile ear to ear to see her love for me and doing something like that. I'll send pictures next week.
I have my bike but it's just out in the Grimes backyard. Haven't ridden it yet, but I will be in Los Banos. :( ughh.. right when it gets hot. I'm gonna have to buy an electric fan to take with me to cool off! It's been in the high 80's and 90's here. July and August are going to be insane! Ha ha.. But I have a feeling it's just like Utah, but with more consecutive days being in the 100's.
Well things here are good but just hard in that I have to leave everyone. It's been a great first area with great people. I hope transfers get easier then what it has been this round. I hope things are better then what I think they'll be. Elder Blake and Elder Goettman gave us sisters blessings this Sunday which was very helpful and nice. Los Banos will be good as long as I make it good. Our trio will work as long as I do my part in making it work.
Thank you for all the prayers and support. It's been a rough week of being sick, transfers, and leaving everyone. I love you all though and pray and think of you all often. Thank you for the letters and pictures. I'm sorry I don't get back to them as soon as I'd like. But I really do appreciate them and will try to write back ASAP.
- hermana Arianne Sorensen