Tuesday, July 14, 2015

 One Year!
I cannot believe one year has already come and gone. It's nuts. It seems like only last week I said goodbye to my family and walked into the Provo Missionary Training Center. 
What an honor and privilege it has been to serve in the Washington Everett Mission with such incredible missionaries! 
Sister Covington, Sister Wikstrom, Sister Davis, Sister Lawson, Sister Lifferth, Sister Johnson, and now Sister Howlett in Port Gardner, Armar, Arlington, and Mount Vernon. Each companion and each area will forever hold a special place in my heart!

On Tuesday we had a big mission conference for the north half of the mission. It was so good! Every time we meet with other missionaries, I am so thankful to be here! My favorite lines from the elders and sisters bearing their testimonies before going home were:
-Today is a good day, Elders and Sisters, because you and I are missionaries.
-The real hastening of the work is all those returned missionaries going home and being sealed in the temple and raising their children in righteousness. And we get to be a part of that. 

Saturday Katey got baptized! There is something so special about getting to teach children about the gospel. They are so sweet and just have the desire to follow Heavenly Father. 

Sundays continue to be crazy going back and forth between two wards, but it is a lot of fun! More opportunities to love people :)

Hope you all have a good week!
Sister Tennant

Friday, July 10, 2015

 Update from July 6th

Transfers! I am now in Mount Vernon 1st and 2nd (yep, covering 2 wards) with Sister Howlett. We have been stressed trying to figure out how to manage 2 wards, but it's been good so far! 

The last couple days before transfers, even though we didn't have the official text yet, we pretty much knew it was coming, so I got to say goodbye to some of my favorite people in Arlington. We even had a lesson with one of our investigators right before we headed to the mission office. Transfers are hard because you grow to love the people so much so it's hard to say goodbye. But good things are in store for them and I will love the people in Mt Vernon as well as wherever else I go. 

We've gotten to do a ton of service here, from the Bishop's storehouse to a homeless shelter to random acts for people in the wards! Service truly does soften hearts and helps everyone feel the Spirit. 

Sundays are crazy since both wards overlap so we went back and forth between meetings and wards all day. It was a mess but I'm sure as we get to know the people in both wards, things will get much better. 

Also, it has been SO HOT here. I am going to melt. 

Hope everyone has a great week!
Sister Tennant
Steven (met at the bus stop) and the Larsons!

Met my new companion, looked at her CDs, and guess who I found?! Yep the photographer is Mark Mabry and yep that is LAUREN ASHTON. Who woulda thought I'd find her face out here in the middle of Washington

We built this study table. All my furniture will be from Ikea so I can put it all together!!

God Bless America!
Update was from June 29th

And week 6 of the transfer has come and gone. These transfers are going by faster and faster...

Monday we went to the park and played kickball with our zone!  It was so fun getting to spend time with the zone before some of the elders go home. It's been super hot the last 2 weeks though. It's all anyone can talk about. I am going to be such a wimp when it comes to the heat when I get back to Texas!

Tuesday I was on exchange with Sister Connor in Thomas Lake. Some of their other sisters needed help so we went on a mini exchange with them. An exchange within an exchange!

We were outside walking for most of the day Thursday so we have some pretty funny tan lines starting to form. We have been drinking a ton to stay hydrated! We're hoping it rains again soon to cool everything down again cuz this heat is crazy!

Thursday was leadership calls. Next transfer, I'll just be a regular missionary, but Sister Johnson is training! Straight from being trained to training! She can do it- she is a great missionary and I am excited for her! We went to trainer's training Friday afternoon and I got to sit out in the hall with the other companions. Sis Connor was out there so it was good to get to talk to her before she goes home today.

Saturday was the Lyons' baptism! Super cute kids we've been teaching. The mom is a returning less active and the dad isn't a member (yet) and we loved teaching the kids!

Also on Saturday, we taught one of our investigators, Peggy. She has a sad story, so the gospel will truly bless her life. Before we left, she gave each of us a little angel statue because she loves us so much. It was so sweet! This is the second angel someone has given me. I love that I get to act as one of Heavenly Father's angels to bring His children back to him.

Sunday I spoke in Sacrament and said goodbye to everyone. It was bittersweet because Arlington will always hold a place in my heart!

Love, Sister Tennant
Caleb and Savannah's Baptism Day!

Blackburn Family

Saying goodbye's

Dinner with Bishop Nichols' family as our last dinner together before I'm transferred