We traveled until we reached a motel, we stayed the night at Super 8 in York, NE and went to church at on 2 November 2009 in a pretty small town called Lincoln, Nebraska Mahoney Ward at 8:30 a.m., They had their fast and testimony service. It was a little warmer weather there. The people were very friendly. We attended the entire block. After church we went to the Mormon Trail Center Historic Winter Quarters we watched a movie and went on the tour, then we took photos of the Temple and Mormon Pioneer Cemetery. The Winter Quarters Temple is located in Florence, Nebraska, a suburb five miles north of downtown Omaha. Our car was packed to the brim, as you can see in the photos. Cindy packed it over, but couldn’t get the door shut on one side. Larry later laughed about it and called that experience a “I Love Lucy” moment. Then we traveled on the next day Monday 3 Nov 2009 as far as Moline, IL and stayed the night in a Days Inn Motel. We were not too far from the Mission Office on Tuesday 4 Nov 2009. We arrived at the Mission Office about 8:30 a.m., we met the office missionaries Elder and Sister Holmgren and Elder and Sister Cordner who are our trainers. We took a tour of the Mission Office and met the Office Elders too. One of them was Elder Gifford from our Stake the Glendale North Stake. He was excited to see us, he knew we were coming, his brother and wife are in our ward back home. We also met an Elder Clinger who was related to Tiffany Clinger, She was our ward RS President for a couple of years, but she and her husband and family moved last year to Boise, ID. It certainly is a small world. We began right away to learning and working in the office. Later that afternoon President Albright told us that we were going to be working in the mission office half of the day and the other half of the day we were assigned to do visits to In actives and Investigators in Centreville 1st and 2nd Wards.
9 Nov 2009
We attended the District meeting, it was fun, I am the only sister. Went back to Mission Office and got some more training. Later we went to dinner at Elder and Sister Sowby (CES Missionaries) townhome, they have 5 children and 17 grandchildren. They are from Utah. He is a retired Civil Engineer and she is a Journalist. They teach the institute classes. They are in the Centreville 2nd Ward. The CES office is part of the Centreville Chapel. It was added on to the bldg about 2 years ago. The chapel is a large building. The Sowby’s offered to show us around town on a Saturday one day. We will move into the apartment on Wednesday. Thursday is Transfers and we are invited to the meeting and that evening we are invited to the fireside. It will be fun. The Elders in this Mission have 22 Baptisms scheduled as of Friday. About 9 happened over the week-end. We visited our first inactive member on Sunday evening. He said we could come back to visit on Monday through Thursday in the evening. He has 3 big dogs, the dogs are scary. The home teacher is the YM’s President. He hasn’t been able to make contact with this family and we did, so that is a step forward.
Love, Sister Maldonado