Friday, October 2, 2009

Hello Doyles, Kroffs, Family, You've been asking questions so I will write an update. Rick and I were on our own in the office this last week and all went well. We are starting to get the hang of things. This week was a fairly quiet week because President and Sister Toronto our gone to Cosenza (heel of the boot) for a Zone Conference. We have no missionaries working in our office but the Assistants to the President come by occasionally to do their stuff. They are very helpful in answering our questions. The Italian missionaries are parttime and the are in the office M, T, and Th from 9:00 to 3:00. I listen to their calls to landlords and am so grateful we don't have to try to do that in our halting Italian. We work from about 8:30 to 5:00. By the way Kroff's and Doyles, we will be going on the imos system in two weeks. We have internet in our apartment which is great and only took about a week to get set up. The driving in Sicily is very similar to the driving in Naples but with less horn honking(thank goodness). Catania is a city of about 300,000 with chariot paths and vegetable cart roads that are now paved. Very curvy and hilly. We don't have a view of the ocean from our apartment but don't have to go far to see it. We do have a view of Mount Etna from our kitchen balcony. (Yes that would be the live, active, very near volcano. Who me scared?) We were pleasantly surprised when the president called us in his office Monday and said he had booked us on a flight to Malta in two weeks to go to the Malta Zone Conference. We were hoping to get there sometime on our mission but so surprised to go so soon. WoW!! We registered on Sigonella on Tuesday so now we can drive on and off base. We were also able to get an FPO mailbox as retirerees. We will get up more tavelling pictures as we get more accustomed to our job and surroundings. Hope you have all had great weeks- Jan


  1. Yes! That was very newsy, interesting and just an all around terrific entry--the first of many more to come, hopefully! Hope it becomes more fun to write it, because it is so wonderful to have it to read!!! Love you, Doyles

  2. Glad things are going well for you. We look for updates every day because we are so interested in you and your mission. Keep up the good work. We love you. Los Kroffs