Hermana Millington - Notes from New Jersy

Thursday, December 22, 2016

La Semana Navideña (casi)

December 19, 2016

Okay. This week was crazy. Seriously, last night we just died. But! It was super good :) we went on exchange Tuesday to Wednesday, and Sister Baine came to Englewood with me! She was the first STL I ever went on exchange with 9 months ago in Lakewood! Isn't that cute? :) it was so awesome! We worked hard and had a really good time. She's a great missionary. 

On Thursday we did all kinds of good weekly planning, and my poor little companion was pretty sick and ended up taking a little nap and I made some calls. That night we went and saw Hermana Torres, who is the teacher of the youth Sunday school class. She asked us to teach her class on Sunday and fed us hamburgers and hot chocolate! Oh man. I hadn't felt that sick in a long time. But! She's a sweet lady :) and she gave me a little scarf to stay warm walking home! Love that little family. They take good care of us. 

On Friday morning we went to the all-mission December conference!! Woo!!! It was seriously the biggest party ever. All my best friends in one place :) we sang La Primera Navidad again (those elders and I) and Bishop Bart Oats gave us a sweet training about football and missionary work! He's won a couple Super Bowls and stuff. NBD. But it was pretty funny, he showed us part of the 2007 super bowl and we all got so excited! Man, football. Such good stuff. Haha then we had an amazing lunch of ham and potatoes, and I sat with Sister Pace and her new trainee, Sister McCleve, Sister Gibson, and Sister Smith. I love those ladies. Then we had some hilarious elders sing the 12 days of Christmas in NJMM and it was SO GOOD. I'll try to send it to you, but it might be too big! So funny. Then we had a couple other funny skits in the gym, and then back to the chapel for another training from President and a Sister Taggart. I love them so much. They and the other senior missionaries did so much to help this Christmas time be all good and happy :) then after we got all our packages and took them to our cars (so excited!! And I'm loving the 12 days of Christmas <3), and headed out! I went back home with Sister Peña and we had a good exchange all weekend! It was a two-day exchange, which was cool! 

Elder Wagner, nephew of Ted and Leslie Wagner
Now I'm not Wagner-less this Christmas!!!

On our exchange, we met this referral named Patricia. She's this young mother from the Dominican Republic, and super awesome! We taught her the Restoration and when we asked her if she would read the Book of Mormon she said "yeah, of course! I don't know what it is.. but something inside me makes me feel like I really need to read this Book. I need to know if it's true. I don't think it's a coincidence that you found me right after my son said he wants to go to church." It was SO AWESOME. And she invited us over for dinner the 24th!! So I'm super super excited about Patricia :) it was a great exchange! Sister Peña is from Peru, and we talked in Spanish the whole time! Woo! My Spanish is getting a lot better with my Mexicana. I love sister Holguin so much. I seriously miss her a lot when we go on exchanges.. it's the best :) 

So yeah! It was a really great week! Super busy and exhausting, but así es. Being a missionary during this Christmas time is the bomb :) Christmas here on the mission is pretty different than it is back home, but I love it! There's no time for shopping for presents or decorating a Christmas tree, really, but all we do is focused on the Savior. And that's the way it should be! We give our all every day for Him. I'm so blessed to be a missionary this time of year. I get to focus solely on Christ: His birth, life, and sacrifice for us. I get to go out every day and find the people that are searching for Him but might not know where to find him. I get to read His words every day and apply them to my life and the people here that I love. I get to share the power of His light and love with everyone I meet. I'm not a perfect missionary in any way, but He is so patient with me! I know He lives. He was born a cute little baby, just like us. He grew up, just like us. He was tempted and sometimes hurt, just like us. But His mission here on earth was so much bigger. He was the Only Begotten Son of the Father, the Prince of Peace. He came to this fallen world to save it! And He accomplished that mission, out of love for us and all our brothers and sisters. 

I love you all SO SO MUCH!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Exchanges and Fireside - December 12, 2016

Freezing at the street table stand (on Bergenline Street in West New York) with Sis. Holguin

The Zone after "Traditions with the Taggarts"
So on Wednesday we had the cutest zone conference, called Traditions with the Taggarts! We all went to the mission home and had a delicious French toast breakfast, and then did a little Christmas thing. President read the story of Christ's birth and we sang the songs throughout! I played piano, and it was really sweet :) Then we had some good trainings on teaching the Restoration and on faith. I'd been forgetting faith was SO VITAL in our work. 
Then!! Our first exchange. I went with Sister Gonzalez to her area in Passaic, and it was crazy! That's a super crazy place. Everything is so City over here. But we saw their recent convert and had a really powerful lesson with her on having faith and hope through trials. S González is a good teacher for sure. It was fun to get to know her! 

Thursday we were together for weekly planning. That was pretty crazy! But I love weekly planning :) and it was cool to be able to hear about all their people and kind of get to know them. It was crazy how I was filled with so much love for these few people I hadn't even met yet. I know those Sisters will take good care of them. 
We exchanged back, and that was awesome. Then we went and saw this guy who looks like Yoda. He's a sweet little man. We taught him the Ten Commandments and that all went well! Then we went to see Nora and her son David (who we were going to teach woo!), but we ended up seeing Nora and Jared, her nephew! We talked and talked about families and how awesome they are. It was cool, it was more like a sweet little conversation. And super cool to meet Jared, he's awesome! (I feel like I definitely overuse "cool" and "awesome." Sorry guys hehe) then we literally ran to our branch president's house for dinner! We had some yummy meatloaf and Ecuadorian soda. We sat and talked about our favorite scripture stories for a long time :) it was sweet! He has a cute little family and a beautiful house! And this collection of antique record players and stuff-- way rad. Anyway. Thursday was a crazy day :)  

Then Friday!! Gotta get down on Friday. We went to Bergenline, this crazy busy street in West New York, and did a table stand with Elders Miller and Justice and Sister Mondragon and Flinders. It went well! We met a few people and sang them some Christmas songs and all kinds of good stuff :) it was super fun. But SUPER COLD.  We had a funny experience that night, we went to go see a less-active family in this apartment amongst all the Koreans (they're everywhere). They didn't answer, so we were debating about this Christmas decoration on a door across the hall-- whether or not it was Bambi (it totally wasn't). Haha! So we're standing there talking, and the guy that lives there walks up and is like "hey...?" Haha! Awkward. Anyway, we end up contacting him and sharing the Christmas video and everything! And he asked for a selfie with us.. haha! Anyway, miracles. 

Then YESTERDAY. It was seriously the biggest party ever. We had our all-Spanish-mission Christmas fireside! I played for almost all the songs and it was sweet! And I sang in a small group with a few elders, we sang the First Noel. It turned out pretty I think :) if you can see this friend of mine STJ Jacob on Facebook, he had a video of it there! And it was so fun-- a ton of people from Dover came! Like Alexiz, Noe, Yalily, all the Sanchez family, and even Salvador!! It was the BEST to see them again :) seriously SO MUCH JOY. 

Anyway, this week was super crazy. Lots of things. But we're safe and alive and my companion is the best in the whole world :) I'm so happy!
I love you all SO MUCH. The Lord is blessing us so much and providing for us in every way. He and Sister Holguin are taking good care of me :) 

Hermana Millington 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ENGLEWOOD PARTY - December 5, 2016

"We made it to Mormon.org!!!   Miracle at IHOP"!
Dec. 5, 2016 

Hermana Holguin - I gave her Idaho candy and she gave me Mexican candy :)

Holy cow, family. This is crazy stuff over here. I am just so flipping
happy every day I can't take it :) I have an awesome area that needs a
ton of work, I have so many sweet sisters to serve with, and my
companion is literally the best person ever in the world. I am so
happy :) plus sister smith is in my district, so that super rocks!
She's the cutest. And her companion is Dominican and super awesome.

We spent the week in meetings and meeting all kinds of members! It was
so sweet. We had a sweet district meeting, a new leader's training
meeting, and mission leader council. And oh man. These meetings are so
exhausting. And super crazy pants. But! We had a really good week :)
I'm just excited to actually get to work and meet people and find
people to baptize!! Sister Holguin has a TON of faith and is an
amazing pray-er.

We have this darling family, the Calderon family, that we saw a couple
times this week. They have a cute son named Peter who is like 10 or 11
and brought a friend to church this week! Woo! They gave us some
delicious Dominican food. And I had this sweet Dominican drink, morir
soñando, which means to die dreaming! Haha! And it's like a mixture of
creamy milk and orange juice. It's seriously dying dreaming. So good.

Anyway, it was a crazy week. I still have no idea what it means to be
a Sister Training Leader, but that's okay. Haha! Sister Holguin and I
are having an amazing time :) we speak Spanish almost all the time and
it's sweet! I seriously am so happy :) and this week we have our first
exchange with Sister Smith and Gonzalez! Woo! That'll be really fun i
think. And we have a Christmas zone conference at the mission home so
that'll be super fun!

Anyway, I'm learning a lot, folks. Like, tons. I am so so blessed and
so excited to blow up this area with sister Holguin. She's the best
and life is so good :)

Have a wonderful week!!

Hermana Millington

TRANSFERS!! - November 28, 2016


Last Dover District meeting

So here's the news people:
I'm going to Englewood with Sister Holguin!! And.... I'm going to be a Sister Training Leader!! I am so excited :) Sister Holguin is super awesome! I don't remember where she's from.. But she's a native Spanish speaker! And she's super sweet. I love her a lot already. I'm really excited to be her comp! And Englewood is an awesome area! Sister Gibson and Sister Smith both loved it there. So it's going to be really awesome to see how that all goes. It'll be a change for sure! It's definitely more city than Dover.. But then again, everything is.. haha! But yeah :) And as for STL-ing, that'll be a big adventure! I still feel like I'm so new on the mission, I have no idea what I'm doing.. But I guess I'll have to learn quick! But Sister Smith and Sister Keys are both in a couple of the areas we'll be helping! So I'll get to go on exchanges and to Mission Leaders Conference and all kinds of fun stuff. Yay! I'm really excited :) I know it's going to take a lot of prayer and love, but I know that the Lord will help me magnify my calling as a missionary and this assignment to help the sisters in Zone 3 and 4. 
Also, Sister Hettinger from my district in the MTC is coming here to Dover with Sister Gibson! Woo! She's going to do so awesome here. And Sister Gibson is panicking a little because she's senior companion, but I know she's going to do so well :) 
AND my beloved mama, Sister Pace, is going to train again! And she's being doubled-in to Perth Amboy!! Man, I'm so excited for her :) I'm going to have a baby sister!! Woo!! She's going to do so well. She's a flipping rock star.

Turkey Bowl!!!
Although I will miss Dover :( And they're kicking me out right before Christmas, too! So mean. I had a great last week here, though. Our Thanksgiving was awesome! We met as a zone at a cute diner for breakfast, and then we had the Turkey Bowl in the morning, where we joined with Zone 2 and 3. We had six teams of about 10 people each! My team was... okay... we won one game! Woo! And the team we beat had gone undefeated! Haha but it was pretty fun anyway :) Except I accidentally elbowed another sister in the jaw.. but she was charging our quarterback and going REALLY HARD. I was scared for my life, man. It was all in self-defense. Haha! But it was really fun to be there. And all my past companions (except Sister Davis from the MTC) were there! Isn't that sweet?? Man, I love those sisters so much. It was especially fun to see Sister Smith again. She's so awesome.  During the championship game I actually sat and watched with Sister Holguin! She's so darn sweet. And her spanish is perfect (obviously) so that's awesome, too. She's actually a transfer younger than me, but she's really amazing. We're going to have fun! :)
Thanksgiving dinner at Bishop Haro's
For dinner we went to the Bishop's house and had some delicious turkeys and those yummy skillet potatoes! They reminded me of home :) Then we went to the Bravo's house and had some ham and sweet potatoes. They gave us a TON of left-overs. And I remembered how much I LOVE left-over ham. So flipping good. It was really sweet of them all to invite us over to eat with them. I missed being home with the family. But the good news was that it really didn't feel like too much of a different day. So I didn't get too trunky :) I hope everything was great in beautiful Buhl! Haha! I miss that funny place.

Thanksgiving dinner at Bravo's

On Saturday this weekend we had a really bummer night. We organized this really awesome activity that was like a plane crash and the plan of salvation and all this stuff, and Rigoberto (our ward mission leader) was super excited! He said people come every year and it goes super well! But this year... we got six people to show up, an hour late. And then two hours later a little family came. It was really rough. I felt super bad for him. Man, activities are SO HARD. And maybe it was because it was a holiday weekend? I don't know. But either way, I don't think it'll help his relationship with the ward very much. It was a super bummer. But we tried to have a good attitude about it all and it ended up alright.  

Yesterday was a lovely last Sunday in Dover. It was kind of a rough week because I had this feeling that I was going to leave and I was excited, but I didn't want to get a call and end up staying and then be all disappointed. So I worked hard and made the best of it all! I didn't get trunky on Dover! But on Sunday we had this really awesome gospel principles class about the Atonement. It was really powerful. I wish we'd had investigators there! Dang. And then after RS (and a minute playing for the primary :)) we stayed and helped move tables. We also took some pictures that you've probably seen on Facebook! I also might have sent them with the other pictures.. I don't remember. blast. Either way, it was good! Then we had some lunch and quick studies, and then a sweet lesson with Noe about patriarchal blessings! He'd asked about them a couple weeks ago. So we brought a YW, Sammy, who'd received hers recently, and it went super well. On our drive to the Montenegro's house, we got a call from President Taggart! We kept it on speaker while I was driving, and he said they'd prayed about it and had it confirmed and asked if I would be willing to accept an assignment to serve as a Sister Training Leader. I said of course! After we hung up I flipped out a little bit, I am SO excited!! So we texted a couple sisters and let them know "I got the call," they'd texted and asked a couple days before. Then we went to the Montenegro's and had a lovely dinner of chicken soup and tostaditos blancos, and Guatemalan hot chocolate. After we shared a message Hno Montenegro got a little emotional as he was saying goodbye. It was really sweet. I super love that family, I'm going to miss them a lot :( Then we went and saw Salvador and had a good little lesson with him. I'm going to miss him, too, he's progressing so well right now!! 

Sis. Smith
Anyway, today is a crazy day full of packing and writing in transfer journals and saying goodbye and all kinds of things. So I'm sorry this email is pretty rushed and crazy, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed! But not as overwhelmed as Sister Gibson. So I'm keeping my cool and trying to help a sista out. She's so awesome, though. I'm going to miss her. I'm ready for a change of place and people and everything, but I will miss it here. The members here really have become like family to me. I've learned so much here about hard work and humility. I've grown a lot from the experiences I've had here. Dover, New Jersey will always have a special place in my heart :) 
All of her companions Sis. Smith, Sister Gibson, Sister Troconis, and Sister Pace

Have an awesome week, I love you!!
Hermana Millington

Thursday, December 8, 2016

SNOWWWWWWW - November 21, 2016

Elder Frostbite

Hey family!! What's up?? Man, this week is going to be weird.. The beginning of my first holiday season away from home! That's dumb. But I'm glad I have my little family here in Dover, they take good care of us :) And we already have a couple dinners scheduled for Thursday! Woo! And on Friday the new Christmas Initiative that the church is doing is coming out! Have you seen the videos on Facebook about that? It's all about service this year. And every day in December they'll have new ideas for how to follow the example of the Savior and serve! There's a cute little advent calendar and everything :) Not quite like our little Santa in the tree one at home, but still good :) 

So this week was pretty rad! We worked hard and saw a lot of miracles! On Monday we had a funny experience visiting a sweet Dominican lady, Violeta, who isn't a member, but her daughter is (and is inactive). She's met a lot with missionaries before, but said that they were always pushing her to be baptized and do all these things, and she doesn't want to do anything until she knows for sure it's the right thing to do. Until she has her own desire. So we were reading in the intro to the Book of Mormon where it has Moroni's promise, and we asked her, "so have you ever prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true?" and she was like "um no." WHAT. So this lady is sitting here this whole time telling us she has to know if it's all true, and she's never even ASKED. Silly lady. So now we need to find her motive--why would it be important for her to know if it was all true. Anyway, that was kind of funny. People are silly sometimes. Just flipping pray and ask. 

Tuesday was a good day, we had a great family time before district meeting, and lunch after was lovely as well. Our awesome zone leaders brought us ice cream and grahm crackers with chocolate frosting. We told them they were our favorite comfort foods :) So great! Then we went and served at the Restore, and later that night had a lesson with Edwin. Yalily (an awesome lady from the ward) came with, and that was really rad. The lesson kind of turned into a lecture from Yalily about how to ask his girlfriend to marry him, but it was good nonetheless! And we don't really know how to talk to him about that, soooo.. Haha! Good stuff all around. 

Wednesday I got SO EXCITED when I got Sether's email!! That's like my favorite time of the week. I can see how moms of missionaries wait and wait to hear from their kiddies :) He's so awesome. What a stud. We finally found this cute less-active lady, Himelda. We showed her the video and gave her the invitation to come back and reconnect with the Savior through partaking of the sacrament again. She got pretty emotional as she told us she'd struggled a lot, but knew she needed the Savior in her life. And she came to church on Sunday! Woo! And her family aren't members, so we're excited to try to keep meeting with her and hopefully helping her family, too. She's just the cutest, shortest, little Mexican lady. I love her a lot. We went to Bristol Glenn this afternoon and were upstairs this time, not in memory care. The whole time we talked to this funny lady, Sonia, about her life. She told us the same four stories over and over again, but it was darling. And we kept trying to change the subject and talk about other things and hear other stories, but she kept bringing up her "Big Brother Johnny" and how her dad used to walk her mother home from work every night and it was the sweetest thing. What a cute lady :) We had dinner that night with Carmen Almeida, and it was seriously some of the best food I've had since being out here. Delicious potatoes and chicken and rice. Which is like all we ever eat, but this time it was way good!! 

Thursday we served at the Restore and organized the Christmas stuff! Woo!! And I heard my favorite song, "Hot Makin' Grill" so that was pretty rad as well. Haha :) We did a ton of weekly planning that day, and our comp inventory went well. I just realized how much of a fish I've been this whole time! I wish I would have known nine months ago that what I really need to work on is living in the moment and stopping comparing myself to other missionaries. I mean, I know I've always been bad at those things, but I wish I could have been working harder on them this whole time so I could really be improving! But the Lord is so good, He's brought them to my attention and I still have so much time left to work on them :) 

Friday was a CRAZY day. I didn't know I could experience so many ups and downs in one day. Haha! At the beginning of the day we had like 6 lessons planned and we were so excited for all of them! And then I think only two actually ended up happening. Boo. But!! We got a call a couple days before from a sweet sister in the Morristown branch asking us to help with some service project a couple doors down from the chapel. So we went and helped bring bags of food into this little room from a truck! We were helping the Morris Center for Hispanic Affairs, they were going to give these turkeys and bags of food to people in need. So we brought them all in, and then went home and finished studies. A couple hours later, we went back and helped hand them out to people! One of the people was this darling little lady, and I helped her carry her turkey outside. I thought we were just going to put it in her car.. But then it turned out she didn't have a car and had to walk pretty far. And we couldn't let her carry this 10 pound turkey and another bag of food all the way home on her own! So we went with her:) It ended up being an amazing opportunity to get to know and teach Mora Luna. She's struggled with some deaths in the family and understanding what she did wrong and how God would let that happen to her. She also had a question about if God had a daughter, too, which was weird. Anyway! We were able to testify of the Plan of Salvation and help her understand that she will see her parents and her siblings again. It was amazing to see the light and the smile come to her face as we told her about how loving our Father in Heaven is and how everything will be okay :) When we got to her house, she commented that she never really talks to people, but she was glad she got to talk to us today! She gave us waterbottles and her information and we plan on trying to see her again this week! I really love her. So then we walked back to the MCHA and continued serving there. And THEN. We're just hanging out serving and whatnot, and in walks this lady. And she's all "hey! It's the hermanitas from the church!" Turns out, she's this inactive member we've been looking for, Monicka! So she told us her whole story, how she found the church in Peru. And she told us she has a daughter that's fourteen that she wants to be baptized! So we set an appointment to see them saturday, and they weren't there. Punks. But! We're hopeful we can work with them and figure out what's really holding them back. So awesome and so random, right? Such a miracle. THEN. We went and saw this lady, Adriana, and her daughter. And they are the SWEETEST. Holy cow, I totally fell in love with them. We showed a video and talked about the Book of Mormon, and they got so excited to read! They know they need peace and fulfillment in their lives and we helped them begin to understand how they can find that in the gospel. So we have super high hopes for them! And when we went to the Stone family's home for dinner that night we talked to them about them and said they'd love to come with to teach them! It would be so perfect. They're both so spanglish, have 11-year old daughters, and are the cutest ever. So we're really excited about that! Our dinner with the Stone's was so nice. They are a very American family, and really sweet. But it ended up going way long, so we made it really late to our lesson with Salvador. And I was so worried, he didn't sound very happy about it on the phone when we said we were on our way.. But when we got there he was just fine! But we made sure to bring him cookies on Sunday so he doesn't stay mad at us.. Haha! But he's pretty awesome. 

Saturday was a pretty interesting day, we got juked a bunch. But! That morning we went to the construction site and helped this guy Julio, who's actually going to live in the house we were working on! So that was cool! And he's from Peru, and doesn't speak a lot of English. So it was super fun to speak spanish with him as we were drilling things in! I was able to translate a little of what he didn't understand and I was glad that I could serve a little bit :) But there was a moment when I was hammering a nail in, and I hit the wrong nail. And my poor little finger is still blue. Haha! Oops. That hurt pretty bad. But! It's alright, no pain no gain, right? Anyway, good stuff. That afternoon we met with Noe at El Catracho and talked about the priesthood and preparing to go to the temple. He's so cool! He's doing well, he just needs to be better at reading the scriptures and being consistent in that. But he's paying his tithing now and is doing well :) Then we tried to do a little finding in Newton, but to no avail :( Flippers. 
Salvador brought chocolates to church for us!
Sunday was awesome! We woke up to SNOW!! I woke up at like 4:30 and saw it, and I had to walk around the house and make sure it was real life. I was so excited :) But my excitement was NOTHING compared to Sister Gibson! Haha! It was her first time really ever seeing snow! She was so stoked. So we went outside for a few minutes and made a little baby snowman named Elder Frostbite :) It was so funny to be with Sister Gibson to play in the snow for a few minutes. Although very chilly. And by the time we'd gotten there, it was all pretty icy. But it made for good snowballs! ;) We had the primary program that day and it was sweet! The little kids were SO CUTE. It was mostly in spanish, and some of them don't really know Spanish because they've grown up here their whole lives, but they all did so well :) And this darling little grandson of a member, Denzel, was so flipping cute. And his dad came who wasn't a member! And we hadn't been able to see him! Woo! So we talked to him for a second and he said we should coordinate with his mom to come over next Sunday and see them :) So yay! Sunday school all went well, and we had cake in Relief Society (sorry Dad) so that was all good :) and right after RS the bishop's daughter gave us a referral to give to the english elders of her boyfriend! yay! So we're hopeful they can do well with him, they're really awesome elders--our fearless zone leaders. Then we went to a baptism! The Dover Elders baptized an investigator, Leonel, who is super awesome. And the son of a member, Dave, was also baptized. And they live together, so that was really sweet. The service all went really well, except I think Dave got a little water up his nose.. Haha! But we had a good time, I gave a little talk about the gift of the Holy Ghost and all the missionaries sang. We had a really good turn-out, too! And Salvador came! Isn't that sweet? He's awesome. We saw him again that night and read from the Book of Mormon. He's progressing super well and we're so happy about it! We actually went Sunday morning right before church started and knocked on his windows because he wasn't there yet. And we'd threatened to do that, but I don't think he took us very seriously. Haha but we did it, and we woke him up, and he came! And he thanked us later :) We also found a new investigator from some knocking last night, so that was good, too! 

Anyway, this week has been crazy. And next week will be really interesting as well! We have a Turkey Bowl Thursday morning with a couple other zones, and I'm really excited! I'll get so see Sister Smith again, which is sweet! She's so awesome. And Thanksgiving dinner(s) will be lovely I'm sure :) 

So I started a new Book of Mormon last week (I think) and today I finished Jacob and Enos. I just love the Book of Mormon, you guys. This time I'm reading it about prayer and the Holy Ghost to learn a little more about that. I've learned a lot about prayer lately. I've learned how grand and beautiful it is, but also how small and sweet and simple it is. It really just depends on us and where we're at and what we need or want to say. I'm working on being more myself in my prayers and keeping our comp prayers from being too repetitive. I think because we always pray in spanish, we just get in the habit of saying certain things we know how to say. But we're getting better at praying specifically for things and for people. I'm thankful that I've been brought to be a little humbler in order to step back and look at what the Lord really needs me to improve right now. I'm thankful to be a missionary every day, and I'm thankful for my awesome family back home :) I really do miss you guys and love you a lot. I think about you all the time and wonder what you're up to from time to time. I think about how in the world I'm going to tell you all the things I want to about all the things I'm learning, but then remember that when we're together again we won't be able to talk, the food will be too good ;) hehe wahoo. 

Okay i love you all! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving :) 
Sister Millington
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