Sammi flew out of Salt Lake City yesterday and headed to Washington. She attempted to call, but using a pay phone with a calling card is a HUGE ripoff. We didn't get to talk to her. It was alright though. We've gotten used to "hearing" from her via email and letters.
Last night Sister Belnap, the mission president's wife, called to let us know that she had arrived and was going to be able to call us when she was finished with her interview with President Belnap. She stated that they have friends who know Pat's mission president, Howard Sharp. The Sharps called their friends and their mutual friends called the Belnaps to let them know what a great missionary they were getting in Sammi. Sister Belnap said they knew immediately that they had gotten a "gem."
Following her interview, Sammi had the opportunity to call home. We didn't spend a long time on the phone, but it was good to hear her voice. She said she was one of 15 missionaries entering the field in her mission yesterday. She was the only Spanish speaking sister. With the information President Belnap got from Pat and others, he already knew where she would serve and who would be her trainer. He said he didn't know where the others were going before meeting them, but with Sammi he knew.
She is excited to be there and ready to get going. Her first area is in Kennewick and she's serving in the Pasco 5th branch....Spanish speaking of course.