MTC Week Three (Week 3)

Just a quick update for you all! Louisa didn’t get much time to write this week, she only got ten minutes but next week she will have an hour to fill us in!

She is in her last days at the MTC and will be getting transferred out to her first area very shortly! So if you remember in the last email she had been ill and they thought she was allergic to something but they weren’t entirely sure what was up with her? I got three lines from her today:

Lol only get  10 mins today so ask myum for details. thats sweet. Also
pray for me x

With no explanation as to what I’m supposed to pray for her about I jumped to the conclusion that she was still ill. So panicked I try to get hold of my parents to see what has happened only to find out that actually what had happened was the Mission President had assigned all the missionaries their areas, but not told them. She knew that one of the sisters was going to the Canary Islands and she really wanted it to be her that went haha. All that worrying for nothing!

Here is what she has to say for herself this week –

No package has arrived but I have told president and he will forward
it to wherever I am in the mission. I only have 10 minutes to write
and then will get an hour next monday to write you all! I met with my
president, I do not know where my first area will be yet I find out
tomorrow. One of the hermanas in my district is going to the canary
islands but they have not decided who yet, I think out of the 3 us of
it will be Hermana Quispe because she is the only native spanish
speaker but I really would like to go so I am praying the Lord has
prepared people for me there. But if not that´s cool because they have
giant cockroaches that fly and bats too, we have an elder in my
district from the canaries. The churros at thew place were amazing, I
have sent some postcards hopefully you will get them. My mission
presidents neice served in huddersfield and I went on splits with her
she was also in jemimas ward, sister abel. An elder in my district is
dating sister calles´older sister as well how cool right! I love you
and may get to email when I know where I am going but I do not know. I
love you, much love to all, Hermana Liddicott xxxxx

Man I do not think she will deal well with flying cockroaches and bats haha, her poor companions!

Still it will be exciting to see which area she gets called to! I found out that the boyfriend of one of the sister missionaries in my ward is serving in Madrid mission, but I forgot his name so I need to find out again and maybe Louisa will bump into him!

Next week’s email should be good, details of her new area and what she is getting up to.

Until then, you know the drill, adios!

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MTC Week Two (Week 2)

Louisa has been gone 16 days already. It’s weird because that’s not really very long but it feels like it. It was great to hear from her this week and get a proper group email and PHOTOS which I can now share with everyone!

Apologies in advance for the strange spelling, I thought about changing it but then it wouldn’t quite be her, you will all no doubt be able to get the gist of it and note how her ever increasing submersion into Spanish is destroying her English brain cells 😉

The group email reads as follows:

Okay guys I hope you are all alive and not too jealous of
the rather kush weather we have been blessed with in spain. When I
finally got to Madrid they forgot to pick me up at the airport which
was awkward and instead of ringing the CCM president I accidentally
phoned the temple president and although he was sympathetic he
transeferred my call to the CCM hahaa! My companion is called Hermana
Lopez and she is ace, she is from california. I have been ill twice, I
got sick with headaches for like 8 days so spent saturday am in bed
but have recovered now and we went proselyting in the park staurday
afternoon which was amazing. On Sunday I gave a talk about Ether 12:27
but based it on the atonement and the story of Derrick Redmond. The
CCM president even quoted me on my talk later and I feel like I am a
celebrity now. I am the only english person here, the rest are american
or spanish or from new zealand and so my accent is a source of great
amusement and so they often get me to say words like “aluminum” and
“yoghurt” and “Mounatin” and “Love” they also do not use the word
bizarre or know what a prawn is…which was weird. My grandma sent me
a parcel and the hermanas loved the english treats and Hermana Stahl
is Swiss and speaks 5 languages, her parents sent her swiss chocoalte
and it is so good! I met Victor and Carlos, for those of you who have
not heard me and Soeur Mckenna talk about them they are some people we
met last year on holiday so it was cool to see them again and I also
met the family who we had dinner with in Murcia as well. We had a
devotional with Elder bednar and it was like a q and a, and let me
tell you. Listen. to. the, spirit, he is your personal teacher, and
study the atonement beacuse it is so key. I love you and but now I am
going to try figure out how to send photos in my remaining 11 minutes,
I will visit a chocolate factory today and did an art gallery last
week. Goodbye and I will write again on Monday x

It was sad to hear that she had been so ill, but I am glad she is feeling better now and was able to go out. She’s had a talk already haha they keep them busy!

Here’s a little extra for you all cropped from our family emails from her:

This week I have been sick
twice, I have had super bad headaches and so I had to sleep all
saturday AM and then I am allergic to tomething here and presidents
wife who is a nurse cannot figure out whta it is because it is
isolated to my face on my jawline, the CCM is great I love love love
to be here and wikl be sad to keave. i keep forgeetting english and we
commintted our 2 investigators to baptism on June 29th!!! They were
such powerful lessons and it was really the spirit that was
testuifying not us! I love you and nit much happened her either, you
could not take photos in the gallery last week but today we are going
to a chocolate factory!!!

It’s great to hear that she already has investigators and baptisms even though she has only been there just over two weeks!

I’m not entirely sure what the CCM is, I’ll try and find out for next week!

I miss talking to my sister constantly, I used to ring her/she me regularly to talk about anything and everything and it is weird that I cannot do that anymore. But I am very grateful for the few minutes I can spend with her each week via email.

A little bit from the email she sent to me was this:

My mission president told me this, testimnoy is a gift and one cannot “lose” a testimony. But God can take it away. we have to work for it and it will be hard
but you can do it!

I had certainly never thought of a testimony that way. That it can be taken from us and isn’t simply lost.

I miss her a lot. But, apart from being ill, she is having a wonderful time and I’m sure blessing many people’s lives.

And now, photo time! She didn’t send too many captions so I’m going to hazard a guess at most of them!

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Fountain at the MTC?
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An investigator?
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With her district
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Outside the Madrid Temple with her companion?
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The Madrid Temple

She said in her email she would be emailing Monday, I’m guessing this is because her 3 weeks in the MTC run up on Tuesday so she’ll be transferring to her first area. It’ll be nice to hear from her sooner! So if you want to be in touch with her this week, do it before Monday!!!!

Until next time Adios!!!

MTC Week One (Week 1)

Well she’s still alive. We didn’t get a huge email this week (fingers crossed for next) and no pictures 😦 What’s going on? But she must be busy learning Spanish and getting into the swing of things.

“I love you all and you are wonderful, have a great week and be strong in the gospel. Alma 7:11-13 has taken on special meaning for me this week you should all read it! Love you xxxxx”

Short but sweet.

Not much of a blog post, but this is for her to read when she gets back as well as everybody reading now, so she’ll know our frustration haha!

Until next week, adios!

Adios Louisa

So the day finally came around to say goodbye.

We had a pretty good last day yesterday. Me and Louisa went into town and I bought her a going away gift and we had lunch together which was great. Then when we came home the rest of the afternoon was taken up with packing and clearing out her room.

Whenever I used to come home I’d help Louisa do a clear out but I hadn’t done one for ages and she just has so much stuff. I think we filled three bin bags of rubbish/charity. But she did get all packed and everything fit and her room looks respectable for Rebekah to use.

For tea we had takeout Chinese and watched the Lego Movie. Louisa’s requests. It was really fun and nice to sit together as a family and have a good laugh.

For family home evening we talked about what Louisa would get up to on her mission and drew pictures of it on the whiteboard.IMG_20160509_193044256.jpg

Later on President McEwen came round to set Louisa apart to be a missionary.IMG_20160509_213808041

A very late night as we discovered lots of last minute things that needed doing. So I was glad it was Leeds-Bradford she was flying from, meaning we didn’t have to leave until 6.30am. Although it’s just a connecting flight for her. She will fly to London and then onto Madrid from there.

I set an alarm for 5.30am and when I got up it turned out everyone else was still asleep which is weird because I knew Louisa had set an alarm for 5am. I woke her up but she just mumbled at me and rolled over. Mum finally woke her up in the end and there was a slight panic when she found out it wasn’t 5am but actually 5.40am. But we made it out on time.

Last bits in the suitcase and we were at the airport by 7.15am. It was weird going to an airport just to drop someone off. I don’t think I’ve actually done that before, I’ve only ever gone if I’m flying.IMG_20160510_071539780

We located the check in desk and then got an airport attendant to take a family photo for us. The queue took ages only one desk was open and then a second did but it was priority only so it was a while.

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She got checked in fine, suitcases met the requirements. And then it was time to say bye so she could go through airport security.

It is weird that we won’t get a text or a Facebook message when she gets there. I’m so used to the instant communication it will be bizarre for a little while I think.

Lots of hugs and kisses. I don’t think anyone actually cried, but Louisa definitely got sniffly and teary. William wanted to hurry off to find an airplane and Joel was just a bit too excited about the whole thing haha.

18 months is a long time and it hasn’t set in yet. I don’t think it will for a while for me because I live in Leicester and go to uni there so I am not at home all the time anyway. Not until things like birthdays, Christmas and the family summer holiday will it all become real I think.

I don’t actually know what time she’ll get to Madrid at. Her flight leaves at 9.35 to London and the she has a couple hours layover so I suspect afternoon she’ll be there.

Goodbye Louisa and see you November 2017.

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