Arrival in Romania

Note from mom:  We have not heard from Charlotte since she arrived in Romania Tuesday morning, but we did get a lovely email from her Mission "Mom" (the Mission President's wife), which I will share here.

Dear Brother and Sister Hovey,

President Hill and I were thrilled to meet Sister Hovey as she arrived in the Bucuresti airport with her MTC group. She seemed very happy finally to be in the mission field after her weeks in the MTC. She was surprisingly awake after her long flights. President Hill had an enjoyable interview with her, where he learned more about this young woman, and I got to spend some time with her too. We were both pleased with the ease with which she fit in. I'm sure that big family at home has helped her a lot! Thank you very much for sending her to us.

After some time doing preliminaries for her visa, we all had dinner at the mission home with her MTC group, after which, she was whisked away to spend the night with the sister missionaries.

The next morning, in the cold and snow, we met at Cismigiu Park where, in 1990, Elder Russell M. Nelson dedicated the land of Romania for teaching the gospel. Together, we snapped a picture of the group. I'm attaching the picture for you to see, along with the picture of Sister Hovey with President Hill and me.

Then, all the incoming missionaries continued their visa processing, after which they worked hard to stay awake through our orientation meeting and then met their first companions. Sister Hovey is now with her initial companion, Sister Kelly, in Iasi (pronounced Yash), in the northeast part of Romania.  Sister Kelly is an excellent missionary who is very mature and will give her an excellent start. 

Thanks again for sending us such a wonderful young missionary. We could tell she will be a very good, faithful, hard-working missionary.
With much appreciation,
Sister Hill
Romania/Moldova Mission
Char's group from the MTC, all bundled up for the Siberian winds!

President and Sister Hill with Sora Hovey