It is official, Katie is now Zuster Heilner and a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She entered the MTC (Missionary Training Center) in Provo, Utah on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Her Aunt Kathy Maines and cousins Hannah and Sarah picked her up from the Salt Lake City airport and took her to Provo. They met up with her Grandma Phillips, Aunt Julia Woolf and cousins Sam, Andrew, Nathan and Tanner, as well as Aunt Rhonda Phillips and cousin Olivia at the Provo Temple. They were able to spend about an hour together before she had to report to the MTC. Here are some of the pictures of that time.
|Cousin Sam, Aunt Julia, Cousins Tanner, Hannah, Katie, Sarah, Grandma Phillips, Cousins Nathan (the Hunk) and Andrew|
|Saying her last goodbyes to Mom and Dad with Nathan and Grandma Phillips|
|Soon she will be standing in front of beautiful tulips|
in the Netherlands!!
|In front of the Provo Temple|
|Zuster Heilner with cousins Hannah Maines and Sarah Maines Duke|
|Hugs from soccer stud Andrew|
|Katie meeting her MTC host Sister Beanie with cousin Hannah|
|Sarah, Hannah and Katie at the MTC drop off!|
From all accounts at the drop off, the MTC is THE place to be this summer. Katie saw some of her best friends from BYU, who are currently at the MTC, as she was driving into the MTC and being dropped off, including Elder Calderwood (the Maines happen to know him from their old ward in Virginia so that is the only name they remembered).
Good luck Katie. We can't wait to hear about your adventures!