Oh my... this morning was the BEST! McKay left the MTC at 4:30 am to head to the SLC airport. She called me from the airport and we talked for about 40 minutes. McKay was so happy and kept stopping to say HI to all her missionary friends that were leaving for their missions too. She was giggling and happy and said going on a mission was the BEST decision she had ever made.
She LOVED the MTC and felt such a connection with her roommates. She is the only sister going to Seattle from her district and the only one that she met that is going Spanish speaking.
Why oh why is she wearing a Llama shirt with a skirt? That's the McKay I know and love.
So she was telling me that she has made so many friends and that everyone she meets thinks she is so funny and a little crazy and kept telling her she was so fun to be with. This makes me laugh because McKay has always been so outgoing, very friendly and honestly people always wanted to be around her because she "radiates" goodness and makes you want to be with her.
She has always made silly faces and I guess the Elder's told her that she is CRAZY and fun to watch. I see that she is still the same ole McKay.
She sent me these photos yesterday. This was her last week at the MTC. She just said she LOVED the experience. She gave a talk in church in SPANISH in front of the MTC president. I am so proud of my girl.
She said the language is coming along and she feels God has truly helped her in 6 weeks to learn the language. She mentioned that her and her district had decided to work hard to learn Spanish and give it 1,000 percent and not slack off. She told me this morning that she knew they were blessed because they worked daily (all day) to learn the language. Their teacher told them that he had never seen a group so solid in the language leaving the MTC. He was impressed with their work ethic and desire to serve.
Cute story- McKay kept running into people she KNEW or people who knew people she knew. One day she went up to a Elder Bartholomew and asked him where he was from. He told her Springville, Utah. She said do you know DEVAN Bartholomew my brother in law? Small world- it is Devan's cousin. She said he looked at her like she was a little crazy.
Then one day she is at PE and the teacher calls McKays best friend Josilyn. It is against mission rules so Mckay could not talk to her but she said she could hear her and it was a sweet experience to relay a message. She wanted to know that her friends are okay. I sent her messages from Josilyn and Taylor Ann.
Speaking of friends- she wants to THANK all of you that are emailing and sending her letters and packages. She got 19 emails yesterday. Since she only has ONE hour of computer each week she feels bad that she can't respond to each of them. She said to thank you each SO MUCH and how supported and loved she feels. She misses her friends but said she knows that she made the right decision to serve. She is so happy and will be back with all of you in JAN. 2015 at BYU!!!!!
You can write her now at the Seattle address. As her mom, I can't thank you enough for supporting her. McKay is a mommy's girl and she said she has not been homesick but just misses all of a lot. She is doing so well because of all of the support.
PS... McKay has not changed one bit- she is still a hoot. She had me laughing so hard this morning!!!!!! I'm on the phone with her and she is laughing the entire time and randomly talking to missionaries as they walked by. So McKay!!!!!
How neat that she got to HOST and welcome the new missionaries into the MTC this past week!
Okay... I am floating- super thrilled to finally get to talk to her. I could not be prouder of this girl! Seatlle, Washington take care of my girl. If you see her, please give her a huge hug and tell her hello. I know she would LOVE it!!!!!