May 11, 2020


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Week one of Tennessee

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From: Andrew Wilson <>
Date: Mon, May 11, 2020 at 10:33 AM
Subject: Week one of Tennessee
To: Spencer Wilson <>

Hey guys!!!Well, it's official. I am back as a missionary in the Knowville, Tennessee mission. This week has been pretty crazy to say the least. On Sunday I was officially set apart as a missionary again which feels amazing to be back in the service of the Lord.  Then on Monday I decided that I should actually start packing my clothes and stuff so I could leave. Then that evening we drove to Salt Lake City to spend the night. 
Then came Tuesday morning. I got dropped off at the airport at 6 in the morning. That was a very empty airport! Not near as empty as when I came home, but still very empty. I went through and found a group of other missionaries on the same flight. From Salt Lake we had a good calm, and very social distances flight. We weren't seated next to anyone on the flight, so I got to enjoy a whole bench to myself. Once we landed in Atlanta we had about 3.5 hours until our next flight, so we took our time getting to our next gate. That next flight was a dinky little plane! It was only two seats wide and about 15 seats long. That was the bumpiest ride I've ever been on! We flew right through a thunderstorm, so I got to experience tons of turbulence. When we landed in Tennessee President Pickett was waiting with his assistants. We then got to go back to the mission home and had dinner with Sister Pickett. Early the next morning we had some training and then went to missionary apartments around the city. We got to spend the day there with some other Elders basically just waiting for Thursday morning when we had transfers. In total about 30 missionaries came in with my group, so there were quite a few people there for transfers. Thursday I met my new companion. his name is Elder Ludlow and he is from the Salt Lake city area. He is super awesome! He's been out for about 8 months now and is a great missionary! He is also spanish speaking, so I'm getting to help him work on his spanish quite a bit. He does a great job though! I'm super excited for this transfer! It's going to be great!Since then we have been using Facebook to find and try to teach people. It is kind of weird, but we basically send people friend requests and then if they accept we send them a message inviting them to listen to the gospel! It is kind of strange, but I guess whatever works!Then on Saturday we did some service and helped a lady clean up her yard from the tornado that blew through recently. Well, I'm so glad to be back serving my mission. I know that the Lord has a plan and I'm where he wants me to be. Have a great week and keep doing good!Love,Elder Wilson


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