March 26, 2020


Temple Square (East 1 District)


Sister Shalora Marotz

Service and Surprises

Surprise! Today is actually pday. There were a few surprises this week actually. The mission is still functioning the best we can. The social distancing rule is in full force. We are not able to approach people so the majority of our work is online. Luckily the pool of requests is growing so there are a few people to talk to. Sister Marotz has taken to playing her flute outside. It has done a lot of good with lifting peoples hearts and helping them feel closer to God in these uncertain times.

Other fun things included a visit to the Great Salt Lake. We watched a sunset over the water. It was interesting even if it isn't the most alive. We had a fun time and it was nice to get away from the craziness for once.

Wednesday we were finally able to go to Welfare Square to serve for a day. It was so fun! Sister Marotz and I worked in the dairy and worked on packaging hot cocoa mix. It was such a great change from the usual tasks we had. We got to wear jeans which was an added bonus. We began by stacking 25lbs bags on pallets for the first hour. Afterward we worked in the assemble line to package the product in boxes. We revolved with the other sisters with us in a few different jobs. We had sisters flattening the bags to go through the scanners and make sure they weren't leaking (for reference each bag had 20 servings of hot cocoa, not just single packs). Next more sisters would take them off the line and place them in boxes, 12 to a box. Finally the boxes were automatically sealed and a Sister stacked them on a pallet. It was a great time and I am so grateful to be able to help people in need. If you haven't guessed, Bishop Storehouses are swamped with people and not a lot of volunteers. I am just happy to do what I can to help people in need.

Lastly for the surprise of the week. This transfer ends on April 1st when Sister Marotz goes home. Apparently not! On Tuesday night we were surprised when the moving list came out and it was announced that transfers would be this Friday (tomorrow). Our Zone was told to do a makeup pday today since we would not have our pday tomorrow. Luckily I was not on the moving list so I did not have to pack. Sister Marotz will be moving in with another Homebound sister until they go home April 1st. All of this happened because of the MTC shutting down. Our new sisters had to be taken by Friday or be sent home for quarantine and then released to us after. President decided to pull our date up ahead of time. Our moving day was this morning and I will be with my new companion tomorrow.

On Wednesday the transfer board came out. Luckily me, I get to send another Sister home. Sister Perez is from Washington state and goes home May 13th at the end of this transfer. She was actually in my first district and went outbound right after. Her last companion was also my trainer. It is funny how life works. My new pday will be on Monday, so I may or may not send out a short email then. Sister Perez is also my District Leader just as Sister Marotz was. The only difference is she is a Co-District Leader with her companion. For those that understand my subliminal message that means that I am also a District Leader with my companion 🙄. Yeah. I didn't know what to do with that either. Mostly that means that we have sisters in our district that we need to get to know and help them through the transfer to be obedient, happy, and work hard. It is a responsibility and I hope that I can live up to the expectations and really help my district know how much I love and care about them. I am excited for the new transfer, but we'll see how everything goes. Talk to you all later!

Sister Emily Christensen

P.S. Apparently one of the new sisters is named Sister Christensen. I am not the only one anymore . . . 😂


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