Just got off the phone with Sister Shaughnessy. She called this morning from the Salt Lake Airport and talked with her brother and sisters. They were all very excited to get to talk to her and hear her speak in Ukrainian. We had phone issues so we did not get to talk long, but it was good to hear her voice. She flew to Washington DC and called mom again. I got to talk to her for a hour and half and it was so much fun. She told me all about the MTC and things that she had learned, but she also told me how excited she is to get to Ukraine and start to learn more about their culture and start to meet and teach people about the gospel. Hearing her voice made me realize how much I miss her, but it made me feel so much better about her leaving the country when I heard in her voice how excited she is to get there. She feels like they have learned all they can in the MTC with the language, so getting there and hearing it daily is what she is ready for. She will arrive around noon in Ukraine and they put them to work quickly. They will go to the Mission home get their trainer companions and off they go to contact. Contact is where they go out in the public, like a park, and just go up to people and introduce who they are. She did that over the phone in the Ukrainian language and I would say she sounds pretty awesome.
She will serve in Kyiv until July 1st and then she will go to her new area Lviv.
The easiest way to get a letter to Sister Shaughnessy will be through email. Her address is firstname.lastname@example.org. They say the next three months will be the hardest for her, so please let her know of your support and love by writing her.
She has so appreciated all the letters and treats she received from family and friends while in the MTC. She sends her love and encourages all to read the scriptures.