Editor's note: When I found out where Mitch is being transferred I got in to change the weather icon on the blog. I decided to check and see what Havre/Chinook weather was today because I forgot to look before I deleted it. This is what I found--
Chinook, MT Weather Advisories, Watches & Warnings
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect until Tuesday, Nov 9, 5:00 AM
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST TUESDAY.
* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: RAIN AND HIGH ELEVATION SNOW WILL CHANGE OVER TO ALL SNOW FOR MUCH OF NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA DURING THE EVENING AS SNOW LEVELS LOWER. ALTHOUGH TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE RELATIVELY LIGHT...TEMPERATURES COOLING TO NEAR OR BELOW FREEZING THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING WILL CAUSE SLICK AND ICY ROADWAYS BEFORE SNOW BEGINS TO ACCUMULATE.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED AT LOWER ELEVATIONS. 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS...MAINLY THE HIGHWOOD AND BEARS PAW MOUNTAINS.
* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: BIG SANDY...FORT BENTON... CHESTER...CHINOOK...HAVRE.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
He is right, he is leaving just in time although it is 7 degrees colder in Dillon right now than Chinook.
Now his email-- Enjoy!
Well I'm not going to make anyone wait. I'm being transferred to Dillon, MT. Dillon is about an hour south of Butte down towards Idaho. From what everyone is telling me it's pretty up there and there will be a lot of snow but not a bitter cold as here on the Hi Line so I'm happy! I love the snow but wasn't looking forward to -45 plus wind chill. Pres. Gardner told me he has a lot of good friends in Dillon just like he does in Havre and that he has always sent good missionaries there because of that and that he has faith in me to be just as good as those Elders in the past. Elder Butler told me that quite a few assistants have served in Dillon and have loved it. He told me I'm going assistant and I told him he's crazy. Speaking of assistant I want to give a shout out to Elder Heywood's Mother and congratulate her for having a son who is the new Assistant to the President in the Montana Billings Mission. When I heard the news I was so excited! I know he's going to do a great job. I was able to talk with Elder Heywood on Sat. and we had a good talk with each other. I'm excited to get to see and talk with him a little more now.
So a little more info on Dillon. My new comp will be Elder Askey. We are going to be co-sr comps. I'm looking forward to being in the same house every day. I'm starting to get sick of this living out of a truck stuff. It does break up your week nicely though. Dillon has 2 wards and 2 branches we cover so that should keep us pretty busy. I'm excited to be down by some mountains. I will however really miss Havre and Chinook. Pres. called and told me where I was going and he said You're going to be leaving a piece of your heart there aren't you? and I said yes I will be Pres.
It's definitely bitter sweet to leave an area especially when you've been here for 7 1/2 months (yes Mom that's how long I've been here. I got here April 11.) I'm excited for some new experiences and challenges but it's tough to leave the people you've been serving and getting to know for so long. I don't feel sad though because I keep telling them that as a family we are coming back to visit. The B's said if we came up G could ride their horses and they'd take us boating out at Fresno. Also C H said that she'd love to see me again and meet my family. G our native friend also said if I let him know when we are coming he'd cook us indian tacos. There are also a lot of other families in Havre and Chinook that I'd love to come back and see. It helps I'm heading down to Great Falls tomorrow and not today. I've been able to catch more people and say goodbye to more people that way. We are also going to eat at Brother L P's and then going to Brother C P's for FHE and a lesson. Definitely a good way to end my time here.
One family you are going to hopefully get to meet sooner then later are the H's. P's the one we baptized and they are looking for a change in their life right now. They went and looked down at a place in New Mexico that was offering them jobs but when they got there they didn't really like it. They have looked around more and asked what I thought of Gilbert, AZ. So we talked for quite a while about AZ last night and what I liked about it. They said they are for sure going to go down there in the next month hopefully. I gave them our address and phone number and told them to call you and that you could have them out to our house for dinner and that Dad could make them Pizza :) . I also told them to go to Bahama Bucks. They'd be flying Alligent into Gateway which I told them is really close to our house. If you wanted to email them and tell them you'd love to have them out to our house and ask them when they might be coming. Hopefully you'll be able to hook up and meet them while they are there. They are a really great family.
So a few highlights of the week are first team-ups in Ltown. It was good to be able to spend time with Elder Ika and Elder Butler. By the way L, Elder Butler wants you to add him with my facebook. So if you could do that that would be awesome.
Tues morning C, one of our investigators, called and said that there is a good chance she will be getting her 12 year old daughter back in her custody. She said she wanted to meet with us and get everything that she needs to work on out in the open so that she can be baptized because she wants to be able to be strengthened with her daughter through the church. We had a really good lesson on Wed. and I'll bet that we could be setting a date with her for baptism in late Nov.
K also was able to write her letter to the First Presidency so we'll see what happens with that. Hopefully they'll approve her.
We had 4 people at church. One of them was a lady named J. Her daughter and grandson are recent converts and she wanted to come to church with us. She said when she prayed about Pres. Monson that she got a warm feeling and she feels like he is the prophet. She is really starting to progress. I'm glad I'm leaving this area better than I found it. That is my goal in every area to leave a piece of my heart there and leave it better than I found it.
Another cool thing this week was on the way from Lewistown to Havre on the dirt road we saw a big ram. He was just hanging out and then crossed the road right in front of us. Pretty cool. I'll have to send a pic. Well I better get going. I hope everyone has a great week. Good luck with the ward split. It's snowing outside. I'm getting out of here at the perfect time. hahaha. Expect a package coming your way. Love you all.
PS I heard Austin Collie was badly injured but I've heard no other news except for they carried him off on a stretcher. Not good. Please update. thanks