You know that song by Mindy Gledhill that says "Oh, I've loved you from the start. In every single way, and more each passing day."
That's how I feel about Buena Vista...
And they are RIPPING ME FROM MY HOME.....rude.
I'm getting transferred to the DELAND 2nd Ward on Tuesday. That Ward is right next to Daytona where I was six months ago before I came here. My new companion is named Sister Larsen and she is just getting out of training. This is going to be a fun adventure and I am real excited for it, but LET ME TELL YOU... I'M NOT REAL THRILLED ABOUT SAYING GOODBYE TO ALL MY BEST FRIENDS TONIGHT. gross. please don't make me do it. On the plus side, I'm going to be close to Hermana Stokey again. Plus I get to bike in the heat of Summer in Florida. Don't worry I'm going to be nice and tan and I'm going to have nice legs so basically I'm just going to be really hot. 🚴🏼💃🏻#WINNINGFORDAYZZZ
ahh... Let me tell you about something dumb. People. That's what. People are dumb. Unfortunately some people decided to not make the best decisions and all the missionaries in our mission have lost the privilege of using computers in church buildings to email. So we have to email from our iPads. HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO SEND PICTURES OR VOICE RECORDINGS FROM MY iPAD?! Mom... Help.
In other news... I'M HITTING MY HALFWAY MARK THIS WEEK. HOLY HOLY HOLY. WHAT WHAT WHAT EVEN? I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW THAT HAPPENED.
Guess what I have to do today... PACK... UGHHH.
Well... Such is life. Let me tell you about my week.
Monday we had the p-day thing. We went to the Artegon. We met this cool dude who carves wood into fancy things. He got baptized last Saturday so he was excited to see a bunch of missionaries. He took a selfie with us.
Tuesday we had some lessons with V, M, and L. We had dinner with Sam, and then we ripped carpet out of Kristen's new house. That my friends was a very swell time. We also role played knocking on Kristen's door with Stephanie from inside the pantry. Kaitlyn recorded it. Enjoy.
Notice mine and Sister Harts matching outfits. We are the same person. Holy. After we ripped up all the carpet like the mighty women that we are💪🏼, we piled Kaitlyn's car full of people and went to Publix to get ice cream, then we went back to Kristen's new house, sat on the kitchen floor on the tile, ate ice cream, and Sister Hart and I taught a lesson. This is what happiness feels like. Kristen also promised me that when I come back after my mission I can stay at her house and she will take me to Disney world. Word. 🤘🏼
Wednesday we had district meeting. I said the closing prayer. We had lunch with the Sister Prows and O'hera, and Hermana Stone and Shelley. Then we went to Second Harvest Food Bank and checked expiration dates on food. 😜🍕 Then we went home and had dinner and then went to Mickey's for my last Night Games. We played an intense game of kick the can and holy... It was a very fun time.
Thursday night we went to 5 guys with Kimberly. 🍔🍟 She is the funniest human. We also went to institute. I am going to miss institute every week. My heart hurts.
Friday we weekly planned. We also had a lesson with Mayra. YOU GUYS I FINALLY FULFILLED MY DREAM OF PICKING UP A DISNEY SECURITY GUARD AS AN INVESTIGATOR. 💥👊🏻🎉 I have been talking about wanting to do this for forever. Usually the security guards don't like us very much, but we met a guy named Amos that was totally interested in learning more and he ASKED US for a Book of Mormon and my friends... He's started reading it. What even is life.
Saturday more planning commenced because Sister Hart is not only leading out this area, but she is also taking over the Elder's entire area too. What even? We made some preparations of war for her. We also spent some time at the walk trying to talk to people while they walk past us with headphones in their ears. It's a pretty exciting time. We also got transfer calls and I cried a little. I also called all my friends in the Ward to tell them I'm leaving. My heart hurts.
Sunday was the best day. We had Ward council in the morning. I said the opening prayer. We had morning church and everyone talked about dads. S/O to my dad. You are the coolest one. To everyone who doesn't have Mike Reid as their dad... Sorry 'bout it. We also had a lesson with E since it was our last chance to have one with her before I leave. She is doing incredibly good and that makes me happy. M got a temple recommend! After church we went to Kristen's for lunch. Kristen, Maddie, Kaitlyn, and Stephanie were there. Oh my. I love them. We also played a few rounds of nurtz with them. After our time there we went to visit A (my former investigator/ my best Methodist friend that I was teaching a while ago) we went to her new apartment and her and I jammed out to some hymns. 💛🤘🏼🎶 She let me play her guitar. She also has two TINY BLACK KITTIES that I got to play with. What even is life. After that we went to dinner with Brooklynn, Sarah, and Kalinda. Oh I'm going to miss Sunday night dinner's at Brooklynn's so much. They are life. We then went to another big Ward counsel meeting that we had since three out of our four missionaries in our Ward are getting pulled out. Then we had night sacrament. I took pictures with some of my friends.
Today is P-Day. I am going to pump the tires up in my bike. 🚴🏼🚴🏼 pack all my things into my two suitcases. Try to find a camera cord to connect to my iPad. Say goodbye to all my favorite people and to my favorite place in the entire world. Buena Vista is holy ground my friends.
In the words of Regina Spector, "just because everything's changing doesn't mean it's never been this way before. All you can do's try to know who your friends are as you head off to the war. Pick a star on the dark horizon and follow the light. I'll come back when you call me. No need to say goodbye."
Buena Vista. You haven't seen the last of me. 💛
Here are my out of context quotes for the week:
"Most people cry in romance movies... I have found that to be fake"
"I have one question for you: When you popped your zit did you feel relief?"
"You guys need to baptize Donald Trump because that guy needs an exorcism..."
"Have a nice ladies... I mean... Have a nice day ladies"
"Sister Reid I'm going to need your prayers next transfer...."
Well, I love y'all more than Isaiah loves to be confusing.
Sister Whitney Reid
Florida, Orlando Mission
The most awkward district picture ever
I made Sister Hart some paper eyelashes. I don't think I have ever laughed so hard in my life.
When we found out about transfers
|Peeps at church|
|Maddie, Brittany, me, sis Hart, Kristen, and Stephanie|
|A got new kittens|