We received this email from Sister Fernley's mission president this morning, including a photo of Sister Fernley with the mission president and his wife. The video that he links to in the message below is pretty awesome--it gives a fun glimpse at Taichung and the missionaries working there. Apparently on their first day in the mission, they take the new missionaries out to have a "Dan Jones experience." Each new missionary stands on a stool and bears testimony to the people of Taichung. What an initiation, eh? This Dan Jones experience starts around 5:22 in the video, and at 6:32, you will see Sister Fernley standing on the stool boldly testifying of the gospel. (She also shows up in the background of several of the photos.) It gave me the goosebumps watching it! The whole video is pretty darn neat to watch. Also, as mentioned in the last blog post, there is a Taiwan Taichung Mission blog, and this post shows Sister Fernley's arrival and first day of training.
Dear Brother and Sister Fernley:
Sister Blickenstaff and I would like to inform you that Sister Fernley arrived safely in Taiwan on 24 October 2013. We are excited and grateful to have her in the mission. Please find enclosed a picture of her on her first day at the Mission Home.
Sister Fernley stayed near the Taichung Mission Office a couple of nights for orientation before receiving her initial assignment to the city of Nantou. Her companion is Sister Marissa Anderson. I have carefully and prayerfully selected an outstanding missionary to serve as her first companion to ensure that her initial assignment will be a successful experience. My objective is to help each missionary reach his or her full potential and accomplish all that the Lord has sent each of them here to do. In this regard, your weekly letters of encouragement will be invaluable. I have also instructed Sister Fernley to write or email you each week so that you may share her progress and spiritual experiences. Enjoy watching your missionary in action at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or if I can assist in any way. We thank you for the solid foundation you have provided for your daughter and look forward to serving with her.
President Kurt L Blickenstaff
Taiwan Taichung Mission