Current Mission Address

Elder Dane Edward Eskildsen
Brazil Santa Maria Mission
Caixa Postal 0339

Centro Quarai-RS 97560-000

(updated 1/13)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween from Arkansas

New address:   Elder Dane Eskildsen
                           302 So Mock Apt A4
                           Prairie Grove, AR 72753

Hello there Y'all,

I use the colloquial term Y'all simply because
I am currently in a small town in Arkansas called Prairie Grove,
where everyone seems to use y'all. (Yes, I do defend my use of
southern slang).

I flew into Tulsa on Thursday with another Elder from Moses Lake
named Elder Cacchiatti. We spent that day with the mission President
and his wife. They are both amazing, and I have already grown to love
them. That night we did a bit of "sightseeing" in Tulsa, and did a few
new missionary procedures. I was informed Friday night that I have
been assigned to serve in the Prairie Grove area of Arkansas.
Prairie Grove is a small little town. Also included in my area are
Farmington and Lincoln Arkansas, both of which are minuscule in size,
and remind me of Connell, but with more trees.

I love the area around here already, and the ward members are really
great. My companion Elder Eyre, who hails from Mapleton Utah, is
top notch as well. He has done a great job of getting me acclimated
into missionary life, and in teaching me about the area and our
investigators. It was awkward meeting all these new people at first, but
I really have already gotten used to it. That and the staring. I have gotten
used to being stared down by everyone in a public place. The next step
is simply opening my mouth as much as my companion does.

My last few days in the MTC were grand, and I really enjoyed the
district that I stayed with my last few days. It was sad to leave (because of
the people, not nearly on account of leaving the MTC). But I got up
bright and early on Friday morning to catch my flight to Dallas
and then to Tulsa. Oh, and I found out why I had to stay that
extra week in the MTC. As it turns out, they had someone to
send with me to Tulsa, but it wasn't an Elder. In fact, it was a
sister missionary whose first name was Kyle, thus generating
all kinds of confusion. So they couldn't send her posing as an
Elder, so the best alternative was to keep both of us in the MTC,
until they could get everything worked out.

The good news is that I am here in Arkansas and loving it. I know
that this is where I need to be, at least for the moment. If you have any
questions, feel free to write! I would love to hear from you.

I hope you are all doing fine!
-Elder Eskildsen

1 comment:

  1. Well, Well, You are now an "OKIE"!!! at least for a short time. I hear that your visa is nearly at your door step. What is the weather like there? Is it a farming area? The weather here is pretty good. Supposed to have had big rain storm come in, but it must have missed us. The nights are getting cold, though, but it is warm in the afternoons until the sun goes down.

    Last Saturday, we had a lot of help from the family. They really helped clean, trim and prune! Then afterwards, we had the trunk or treat! It was fun, but I felt guilty having people washing windows and cleaning. But, surely appreciated it!
    In first game of playoffs, Connell beat Granger something like 65-0. Don't think Cashmere will be so easy!

    Hope things are going great! Love, Grandma