I received a sweet wake up call yesterday from our beautiful missionary Hermana Howell! She didn’t have much time to talk before she boarded the plane, but it was wonderful to hear her voice. She is happy.
This morning Sis. Smart, who is the California Riverside mission president’s wife, (she is the “mom” for all the missionaries) called to let me know that Deryk arrived safely in California. Sis. Smart told me “Sister Howell is so friendly! She has already made several friends (she traveled with 2 Sisters and 1 Elder from her zone in the MTC) and is so smiley and happy.” She also spoke of her sweet testimony. Apparently they had a chance to bear testimonies last night before they left for their assignments.
Deryk will start out serving in Moreno Valley, which is just a couple of miles east of Riverside. Her companion and trainer is Hermana D_____ who is from Italy!! I can imagine that Deryk will love that so much! They will be speaking a lot of Spanish together!
Sister Smart posted some pictures on the Riverside California Mission Blog today (some inserted above). She does a wonderful job of keeping things updated… I have been stalking it for a couple of months already and am so excited to see my missionary among those faces! http://riversidecaliforniamission.blogspot.com
Just a reminder that Deryk’s address is:
Sister Deryk Blair Howell
California Riverside Mission
5900 Grand Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504-1328
If you send anything, letters or packages, through the US Postal service, they will automatically forward it directly to her, wherever she is in the mission. If it is sent UPS, Fed Ex or anything else, it will sit at the Mission Home until someone can get it to her. Just FYI. =]
Thank you for all your love and support!