February 18, 2014
I made it! What a day full of flying! 15 of us missionaries arrived in Jacksonville, FL at around 3:30 due to a slight flight delay! Florida is GORGEOUS! Trees everywhere and rivers....and crazy drivers. Humid weather and I don't even really have to wear a sweater. President and Sister Craig's mission home is beautiful and I will be staying here tonight with two other sister missionaries. They fed us a wonderful 'deep southern' dinner. Salad, pulled pork, pulled ribs, fruit, grits, biscuits, punch, YUM. I ate so much. Well tomorrow I will find out who my companion is and which area I will be serving in for the next three months or so.
|Sister McCook with President and Sister Craig|
February 24, 2014
Tuesday the 18th, I woke up at 2:00 in the morning to prepare to get on the plane which left to Atlanta at 7:10. The departing missionaries piled on a 45 minute bus ride to the Salt Lake City Airport. After baggage check-in and security, we had two hours to ourselves before the plane departed. I was so thankful to have been able to call my family and tell them more about my MTC experience and how excited I was to be finally flying to Florida! I was flying with many missionaries going to the Georgia Atlanta North mission and 15 of us were going to Jacksonville. After a long three hour plane ride, we had about forty minutes to get off the plane and get on the flight to Jacksonville. It was sad saying goodbye to some great life long friends but I'm so excited for them to serve in Georgia! Our plane left 40 minutes late due to a sudden notice of having to get a whole new air plane and captain/crew, causing all of our seats to be rearranged. I sat next to a nice man named David with his daughter Danielle who were on their way to St. Augustine. I got to know them a little bit and offered them to check out the mormon.org website but they kindly said no thanks. He told me all about Florida so it was fun. When we got off the plane at about 3:30, the mission president and his wife, President and Sister Craig, were waiting for us. Wow this is really happening! They went with us to pick up our luggage and we were off to the mission home! Due to the fact that I did not have a sister companion because my companions at the MTC went to a different mission, the 14 missionaries with me went with their companions in two vans and I went with President and Sister Craig in their car to the mission home! First thing I said when I walked outside was, 'Wow it is humid.' But it was beautiful. The mission home is right in the heart of Jacksonville and it is gorgeous and they really spoiled us with the dinner they had prepared for us when we got there. The really Deep Southern food: Pulled pork, pulled ribs, baked beans, biscuits, the best salad ever, fruit, and punch. It was SO GOOD!