Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wednesday October 1 and Monday October 6 2014

Hollies first e-mail e-mail sent the day she arrived in the San Jose California Mission

Hey!! I havent been able to read your whole email. I will have to read it on Monday, sorry!! I just am able to send a quick email today. Just wanted to let you know that I made it safely! I get my companion tomorrow and thats when the work starts. The mission president is really nice and we were lucky to get to take a nap at his house haha. Tonight we will have testimony meeting and be informed of all of the stuff. I am already in love with California and cant wait to start the work. Its still like Im in a dream ha. Love you all so much!! I really enjoyed so much talking on the phone and I will talk to you soon!!! 


Hermana Buys

Monday October 6th 2014  

My favorite people!!!

1st of thank you for the package and that I was able to talk to you all on the phone. That was fantastic and such a blessing! And Happy Birthday dad!! I will definitely be writing you a letter and will talk to you more in that. My 1st area is in Santa Clara!! Yes, I am Spanish speaking still!!! Woohoo! My address is 3480 Granada Ave. #147 Santa Clara, CA 95051!! I heard that my area is one of the most desired ones in the mission and that I am super spoiled ha! Ha!. My area is a car one, so my companion is driving. My companions name is Hermana Bingham and she only has 12 weeks left of the mission. She is super sweet and we both have the same priorities so it is great. We are really spoiled as missionaries here. We are fed pretty much everyday. Some days I even have 2 meals a day, that’s only happened a couple times though. I have found some gluten free food, so it’s exciting! Well one of the cool things about my mission is that we don’t go door to door. We only talk to people in public places. Also, there are 7 different languages in this mission. So there is quite a variety! In my apartment complex it is mostly Indian people. So Heavenly Father definitely knows me ha! Ha!. I said I wanted culture, and I definitely got that. It’s actually been surprisingly warm here for the fall and is like 90 degrees or so. I’m loving it! I’m enjoying being a missionary and I had the opportunity to go on exchanges the other day! I went with an English sister and we spoke to 30 people in 1 day!! It was so great! I was on a spiritual high! Well, I’m so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve the Lord. I love you all so much and think of you very often. Especially during this time of year! Please send me pictures in email and in the mail! I love to see your faces, ha! Ha!. You’re the greatest and don’t forget God loves you and so do I! Have a FANTASTIC WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!! 


Hermana Buys

Hollie Was able to go to the Oakland Temple when she arrived to her mission in San Jose California.  Brings back great memories of going there to do baptisms for the dead. Such a beautiful temple overlooking the bay area!

Pictures below from Mexico City CCM (MTC) prior to leaving for San jose California

Hollies first companion in the mission field. Sister Bingham from Salem Utah


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