Bold Adventurers

Elder Reed and Sister Vicki Fanning, LDS Senior Missionaries

January 19, 2018


We went to the USO this morning.  We went in late but worked for the three hours.  We worked in the Community Chest room organizing toiletries, over-the-counter medications, and vitamin supplements.  We kept a small amount of each item in the Community Chest, and put the rest of the extra items on the bakery tables for families to take.  It took a long time to gather items from all over the room and organize them on one wall of shelves.

We went to the Mission Office to drop off the apartment inspection forms.  Sister Fanning was not feeling well so Elder Fanning went in and dropped them off.

We stopped at Jack in the Box to pick up lunch to take home.  We had some coupons, so we saved quite a bit.

Sister Fanning went to bed after lunch and took a nap.  She felt a little better when she woke up.  We relaxed for a bit and watched some TV.

We got to bed on time.

January 18, 2018


This morning we had breakfast at the Concierge Lounge at the Marriott. It was a really nice breakfast, although Sister Fanning missed the pecan pastries that they usually have.

We packed and left for the airport at 10:00.  We dropped off the rental car.

Once we got to the terminal, we checked in with Southwest Airlines.  We found out an interesting tidbit.  If we print our boarding passes before we get to the airport, we are TSA pre-checked, which means we don’t have to take off shoes and jackets, or take electronic out of cases, and we go through a short security line.  However, if you wait until you get to the airport, you get treated as the rest of the passengers.  Sister Fanning was in the dental chair yesterday when she should have been checking in for the flight.  When she did check in an hour later, we got put at the beginning of the B boarding line.  That means all pre-boarding, 60 A passengers, and families got on the plane before us.  We were concerned that we would not be able to sit together, but we lucked out and got three seats for us to share.  The flight was smooth and an hour and 40 minutes long.

When we landed at the airport, we walked to the USO.  Unfortunately, we had to walk from terminal A to terminal B, go up to the skywalk, walk across the street, descend from the skywalk, and cross the street.  We found two shuttles waiting for passengers.  We had good traffic on the way home, and it took about 20 minutes.  We were only charged $25, so that is a plus taking the shuttle contracted to the USO.

When we got home, Sister Fanning took a nap.  She started feeling unwell at the Salt Lake Airport.

We unpacked this evening.  We watched a little TV.

We got to bed on time.

January 17, 2018


We had breakfast at the hotel this morning.  We were at the dentist early for Sister Fanning’s appointment at 11:00.

Sister Fanning got the crown put on the implant post.  She now has a tooth where there has been a hole since May last year. She was told to be careful when she ate, eating on the left side for about a month.  She also needed to be careful not to bite her tongue or cheek since they have relaxed into the hole.  We finished about noon.  Her mouth was still deadened from the anesthesia.  We decided not to eat, but bought a chocolate shake to sip on the road.

We left for Salt Lake City.  The trip was uneventful.  We stopped for gasoline.

We met our oldest son for lunch at a ramen restaurant.  It had authentic Asian ramen.  Elder Fanning got a chicken rice dish with a hot spring cooked egg.  Sister Fanning got chicken ramen with spinach and fried onions.  The bowls of ramen were huge and very tasty.

We stopped at Costco to get gasoline.  Elder Fanning dropped his tablet as he was getting out of the car.  Luckily, even though it was dropped on cement, it did not break.  After we left, he discovered that his glasses that were inside the tablet cover were missing.  We drove back to the Costco gasoline stop.  We parked and he walked over to the place where we filled up.  There was a man pumping gas, and between his feet were Elder Fanning’s glasses.  The man happened to be Elder Brown from our last mission in Fresco, California.  He drove his car over next to ours; we got in their back seat, and talked to Elder and Sister Brown for about 45 minutes. What a great chance meeting.

We drove to our hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, and checked in.  We were on the 11th floor with our window facing south.  We had a good view of the city.  We went to the concierge lounge for some appetizers.  We talked to the two hostesses there for quite a while.  We remembered one of them from the last time we were here on a weeknight.  We went back later when they put the desserts out and brought some back to our room. The chocolate chip cookies were warm.

We watched some television, unpacked, and relaxed.

We got to bed on time.

January 16, 2018


We ate at the hotel for breakfast.  It is a very basic breakfast, but we got filled up.

We went to the oral surgeon at 10:00 for Sister Fanning’s appointment.  Her implant post passed the torque test, and there was no scar tissue.

We went straight to the dentist for Sister Fanning’s 11:00 appointment.  The dentist checked the implant post, took pictures of the inside of her mouth for the crown, and sent us on our way.  We finished at 11:30.

We decided to visit some good friends.  We stopped at VanderKoois’ home.  We surprised Janice.  She was just reading our post about packing for Idaho and wondered where in Idaho we were.  She called Steve to come home from their son’s house.  They fixed us lunch, and we spent several hours just visiting.  We had a wonderful time.

We next drove to the Haskells’ home.  Janaan and Darryl were both there.  We spent a couple of hours talking to them.  They are preparing to go on a senior mission and had lots of questions.  We had a wonderful visit with them.

We drove to Texas Road House to have dinner with our daughter, April, and her family.  We had a good dinner and a great visit.  They had some good news to give us about possible better job prospects for both her and Tony.

We drove back to the hotel, and April and her family joined us.  We gave the kids a card game – It Came to Pass – which they love.  We played a game in the lobby.  April, Quinn, and Marissa came in first, second, and third. We finished at 9:15, and they went home to put the kids to bed.

As we were leaving the lounge area, we passed the desk and the clerk asked if we were the Fannings.  She was our oldest son’s teacher advisor in junior high school.  We talked to her for 45 minutes.  She wanted to know all about Reed, Jr.  We showed her a picture and told her what he is doing now.  She told us to tell him she was proud of him.  She also gave us the name of a supplement that may help Elder Fanning.  She took it after her stroke, and it helped with her memory.

By the time we got to our room, it was 10:00.  We had been gone over 12 hours. We spent some time winding down.

We went to bed late.

January 15, 2018


This morning we got up at 5:00 to get ready and finish packing.  We had a flight at 10:45.  We stood out in front of the apartment complex for 45 minutes waiting for the shuttle.  There was a discrepancy in pick-up time, the driver was given the wrong address, and then when we gave him the correct address, he went to H Street instead of East H Street. Luckily, we did not have to walk very far to get to the departure gate at the airport.

The flight was uneventful. We landed at 1:40.  We were both really hungry so while Elder Fanning picked up luggage, Sister Fanning picked up some cold sandwiches and drinks.  We got our rental car, and ate the sandwiches before we left the parking garage.  We drove straight to Pocatello and arrived about 4:30.

We went to the restaurant next to the hotel for dinner and there was a 30-minute wait.  We decided to try a different restaurant, found that one full, and went for our third choice.  We learned a lesson.  We would have had dinner quicker if we had waited the 30 minutes at the first restaurant.  We ate at Applebees.  Dinner was really good.

We got back to the hotel about 7:00.  We unpacked and watched TV for a couple of hours.

We got to bed on time.

January 14, 2018


We had an early start this morning.  We got up at 5:00 so we could be at the Marine Corp Recruit Depot (MCRD) for Sacrament Meeting at 8:00.  We wanted to arrive early.  We had been told that there would be a Branch Conference taking place this morning.  Once we arrived, we found out that President Tucker is sick and so the conference was postponed. We were able to see a baptism take place before Sacrament Meeting.  It was very interesting.  Both men knelt in a round swimming pool about 5 feet wide and 2 feet deep.  After the prayer was offered, the man being baptized leaned forward into the water and the man baptizing turned him on his side so he would be completely immersed.  It was amazing to see.  You could tell that they had done this many times before at the MCRD. Before the meeting there were seven young elders scattered about the room teaching anywhere from one to four nonmembers.  The companionships had to split up since there were so many to teach. There were about 100 recruits attending, about one third were nonmembers.  The recruits are at boot camp for 12 weeks (4 weeks at Camp Pendleton).  Those who are there for their last Sunday are able to wear their marine uniforms to Church since they have completed all of their requirements.  The Branch Presidency had them stand at the front of the room and gave certificates and challenge coins to them. This was an example to the new recruits who were at the Branch on their first Sunday – They can do it, too.  The Sacrament meeting was about an hour long.  They had a Priesthood Meeting afterwards. One of the graduating recruits was from Pocatello, Idaho.  We wanted to talk to him, but we had to leave before priesthood to get to another meeting.  There was no break between the meetings.  We were especially interested in attending at the MCRD this morning, since we were originally called to the MCRD.

We attended the Chula Vista 2nd Ward for Sacrament Meeting. Elder Fanning reserved a room to teach a resiliency course starting February 8th for the Chula Vista and San Diego Stakes. He was able to get keys to the building.  Sister Fanning talked to the Bishop about how to arrange to get a sailor on a ship called to be a group leader.

We left just before the meeting ended.  We drove straight to Naval Base San Diego to the base chapel.  We set up for the 1:00 Sacrament Meeting.  No one came.  We drove home after waiting until 1:30.

We had leftovers from dinner yesterday. We watched a good movie called The Case for Christ.  It was about a journalist and atheist who was upset about his wife becoming a Christian.  He decided to prove her wrong and ended up converting himself.  It was based on a true story.

We spent the rest of the night doing two things. We did pre-preparation for the resiliency course.  We made a flyer and sent it to all 10 Bishops.  We also sent an announcement for the bulletin to the 10 Wards.  We also packed for our trip to Idaho tomorrow.  We have to leave for the airport at 8:30, so we need to get as much packed as possible tonight.

We got to bed on time.

January 13, 2018


Today we both slept in:  Elder Fanning until 8:00 and Sister Fanning until 9:00.  Elder and Sister Lucherini were going to come over tonight, but Sister Lucherini was not feeling well.

Sister Fanning made Mexican Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins for breakfast.  Elder Fanning saw Elder Lucherini at the laundry, and told him we would bring dinner over to them.

Sister Fanning made Chicken Taco Casserole, Maraschino Cherry Salad, and homemade guacamole.  We took dinner to the Lucherinis, and they were very pleased.  We decided to get together with them next Saturday.

We were able to get a lot of work done today.  Elder Fanning worked on the MCRD problem, communicating with Elder Kapololu, Chaplain Luckesen, and President Stubbs.  Sister Fanning got a lot of computer work done also.

We went to bed a bit late.

January 12, 2018


This morning we left for the USO.  There were a lot of non-food items that needed to be inventoried.  We worked on those for most of the time.  We also took a couple of large bins of supplements out of the Community Chest and checked them for expiration dates and whether they had been previously opened.  We threw away opened and outdated supplements, put items with the current year expiration on the bakery table for military families to take home, and put everything else back in the Community Chest.

We went to Walmart.  Sister Fanning has been looking for Hint water.  She looked on the Internet and found a Walmart in Grossmont that carried it.  Unfortunately, they did not have it. She got some store brand flavored water instead.

We went to an appointment with Sister Fanning’s pain doctor.  She told him that she was unable to refill one of the pain pills because the pharmacy told her there was no refill.  The pain doctor got his copy of the prescription to show her that he had written it with a refill.  He told her she could call her if she had problems in the future. Her appointment went well other than the lost refill.

We went to the Claim Jumper Restaurant for a late lunch.  The food was very good, but it took longer than expected due to a very busy waitress.

We decided to go to Balboa Hospital Pharmacy to talk to them about the prescription.  Sister Fanning told the pharmacy technician that the prescription was written with a refill.  She told him that the doctor showed her the prescription.  He pulled the electronic copy to show her that there was no refill.  After more conversation and an offer by Sister Fanning to call the doctor, he recognized that the prescription might have been typed into the computer wrong. He pulled the paper copy of the prescription and found the error.  He apologized and got the prescription filled ASAP.  He apologized again when he gave her the refill.  We understand that there are errors made, especially with the thousands of prescriptions that are filled at the hospital.  It was nice to have someone actually listen and then admit that a mistake had been made.

We drove from the hospital straight to Naval Base San Diego.  It is payday weekend, and we thought the commissary would be packed.  There was no line into the base, as well as no lines at the commissary.  We finished quickly, but by then it was 5:00.  We dreaded the traffic going home.

We were pleased to find that the traffic was not very heavy and it took us only an extra five minutes to get home.  We figured a lot of people must have left early for the three-day weekend.

We rested for the balance of the evening.  We were very tired for all we did today.

We got to bed on time.

January 11, 2018


This morning Sister Fanning was not feeling well enough to go to the USO.  She called Bridget to let her know.  She went back to bed and slept until noon.

We relaxed for a couple of hours.  Sister Fanning had a chiropractor appointment at 2:00.  She was able to get there and had a good adjustment.

She went straight to an appointment to get her hair cut. She made it through that appointment.  She is not sure how good the hair cut was since she was not paying much attention.

She stopped at Panera bread on the way home to get a salad for Elder Fanning for dinner.  She got a bagel for her.

Sister Fanning took a nap after dinner.  She slept until 8 pm.

We spent some time relaxing.  Sister Fanning was not able to get to sleep until late.

January 10, 2018


This morning we started at 8:00 with seven apartment inspections.  All of the missionaries did quite well.  They seem to be improving in their cleanliness.

Sister Fanning took a nap when she got home.  She was feeling bad when she got up.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and resting.

We went to bed on time.

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