Tag Archives: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

“Children nurtured in kindness learn the value of understanding.” -Steve Goodier

Today I want to talk about a challenge I have right now. As a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have a calling (or “job”) in the church. This does not mean I get paid, everything in the church is volunteer based, as you can read a little about here.

My calling is the Sunbeam teacher, which is the 3 year olds. Why is this hard for me, you may ask. I am getting a degree in early childhood education, after all, so it should be easy for me. Well, it’s not. I don’t know the children or the other teacher or any parents. I don’t know how to teach them or how to keep their attention. When I worked at a preschool before, I worked with children that I didn’t really need to plan a lesson for. As a floater, at first, I just filled in where it was needed. As the grade school teacher, I helped make sure the K-3rd graders were doing their homework and not wreaking havoc on the school.

So, here I am, in new territory. I am learning how to plan lessons ahead of time. I am learning that they children really enjoy coloring and thankfully each lesson has a great coloring page. I also am part of some awesome groups with other Sunbeam teachers on Facebook and that helps me out.

I am excited to continue learning, especially since I want to be a preschool teacher. This is perfect practice!

I know there wasn’t much to this blog post but I wanted to share a little about what I am up to at church. Comment below with any tips or tricks you have for teaching 3 and 4 year olds. As always, thank you for visiting my blog and have a great week!

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“I urge you to be peace makers. To love peace, to seek peace, to cherish peace, to create peace.” -Jeffrey R. Holland

So as many of you know, this past weekend was General Conference. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a meeting world-wide twice a year. Every member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and their friends and family gather to hear the current president of the church (and present day prophet) speak to us. If you didn’t get a chance to watch it, or missed some of it, I’ll provide links to it below.

5bb962ca2515c.imageDuring the General Women’s Conference, Saturday evening of Conference for women and girls ages 8 and up, we were urged to do something that I had been trying to do. We were urged to do a 10 day social media fast. I felt like so many of us need that, we rely so heavily on social media and for some of us, it takes over our lives. So, I decided to go a step further and do a whole month of no social media. I will still be posting on my blog every week but I will not be actively going to other blogs, logging onto my social media, or even using Facebook messenger.

Why have I chosen to extend it to an entire month? Well, as some of you know, I am currently enrolled in 5 college courses, looking for a job, and trying to maintain my spiritual life. I feel like I have let social media fall in the way of most of that though and I think it would be a really good thing to step away for a bit.

I may check in and let you know how I’m feeling about it and what changes I’ve noticed. I will say that so far it’s hard. Typically I waste time when I should be doing homework or other things so I found myself wanting to go on Facebook and Instagram all day yesterday. Thankfully I uninstalled them on my phone so there’s no temptation there. I also logged out of them on my computer so here’s to a month of social media freedom.

As always, thank you for visiting my blog. I would encourage you to go on a social media fast, even if it is just for a week. You may notice how dependent you are on it and find better things to do with your time. Good luck and I hope to hear about your experiences. Have a great week.

“If it is to be, it is up to me.” -Anonymous

me.jpgHello readers! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, I know I did. My spring break has ended and it’s back to school for me, and many others. Today I want to touch on a topic that I have been hesitant to bring up. Let me go refer you back to my 30 before 30 list (I do that a lot lately, I know).

As I mentioned, number 19 probably threw people for a loop. I’m a returned missionary, why should I need to “find God again?” Well, today I have decided to open my heart to you all. In turn, I hope you can open your hearts and minds, as well.

In 2014 I came home from my mission and went home to a new ward. A ward that I only went to I think twice? I didn’t feel at home. And then I moved in with Hector (see my Author intro for info on him) after Thanksgiving because I couldn’t stand being where I was any longer. I went to church maybe once or twice before we got married in May. I went from being Christ centered 24/7 to nothing just like that. I was part of the 50% of RMs that go inactive. I got a stern talking to before I left my mission from one of my ward mission leaders, “You better not become part of the 50% Sister Miller.” I thought about his words a lot at the beginning but they rang in my ears less and less over time.

mormonAfter Hector and I got married, we went to church a few times and then didn’t go anymore. Then the sisters started coming over and meeting with us, it was wonderful. I missed it, I truly did. And then sisters did a drop lesson because he wasn’t willing to progress. So we went to church less, once again. Then we moved to Studio City and I think we went a total of 5 times in the 2 years we were there.

Well, then I went to Missouri for a month and avoided going to church. I wanted to, I just didn’t feel right. Stupid, I know. I returned to L.A. for a month but didn’t attend church or anything. Then I had a traumatic experience occur and moved in with my best friend. I thought about going to church but felt so broken. I didn’t want to reach out to any one. I felt like a failure, though I know that’s not true.

Well, going to Time Out For Women changed something. I finally went to church a few weeks ago. It was like going home after being gone for so long. Everyone in my ward here is so loving. They are so understanding about my divorce, they all want to talk to me. I even had dinner at the bishop’s house tonight.

I am not perfect, I never claimed to be. I’m still learning and growing, as everyone should be. And I am going to church again. I’m done being broken and feeling alone. I finally found home after my mission, it just took me a long time. God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, and I need to remember that.

Also, I have City of Enoch to thank for keeping me going. I have been constantly listening to their album on Spotify and they lift me up when I’m down. I am proud to say that I am Mormon. It is part of me, it’s who I am. I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father and I needed to remember that.

I found an article from 2013 that I think everyone should read, it is a great read about how some returned missionaries go inactive. View it here. And listen to the songs below…actually, just listen to City of Enoch’s entire album, it’s great!

As always, thank you for visiting my blog. Please know that I am truly pouring my soul out in my blog posts, especially ones like this one. I am also here to listen to anything you all have to say. If you have anything you’d like to bring up, please comment below. I love hearing from you!

Sister Carra Miller’s Mission Adventures 7/22/13

Hello my wonderful friends and family, this is my weekly email to everyone. I have like 20 minutes to type this out so I hope I can do it LOL. Anyway, so first off I want everyone to know that just because I am sending this out does not mean I don’t want replies. I just want to only type out what is going on in my life once rather than 22 times (as there are 22 people who are getting this email). I love talking to each of you, but most of you want to know how things are going out here and this is easier and faster, as I onlu have 1 hour and 15 minutes to be on the computer.

So this past week has been crazy. So many of the people I am teaching are really struggling. I wish there were something more I could do. Anything. I hate seeing the people I have grown to love suffor and not be able to do anything. All I can do is pray and teach them and help them. My prayers have gone from like 3 minutes back home to now about 8 to 10 minutes long. It’s amazing all the things I talk to Heavenly Father about.

So last Monday, Sister Simmons and I went to McDonald’s and got happy meals because they have little minions in them and we both LOVE minions. We thought about going again today and getting another minion but we decided to cook instead.

Tuesday was amazing! We were on an exchange so for the day I was with abother sister, Sister Belyea (bell yay) who is from Utah. We went to our Book of Mormon class that we have every Tuesday at 7:00pm and, sadly as usual, no one showed up. So we were talking with a member of the bishopric about somethings then a guy comes in who is an atheist wanting to know about the church. He has been through a lot in his life, he’s about 60, and he feels like there is something missing in him life. We ended up talking to him for about an hour and a half because there was so much to tell him. It was an amazing experience and I know that miracles can and do come from exchanges.

Wednesday was another normal day, we did our usual missionary work. We do missionary work not missionary things 🙂 And we were fed by a lady in the ward, Sister Kim Coggins. And then there was an aweful storm and we had to stay at her house for like an extra hour or so. It was a crazy storm, power was out everywhere and trees down. Sister Coggin’s daughter got into an accident that evening, after we left.

Thurday we met some really cool people. We were referred to this couple, the Lambeths, and they have so many questions. We are actually going to see them this evening. And this other couple, the Herrs, who were taught by missionaries a few months ago. We are having dinner with them tonight. But that night we had Chinese food with this nice couple, the Hill family. They have a daughter that just got married and is going into the Army in September I think.

Friday we had a few meetings and went on momron.org for an hour, which we do once a week. We learn so much by searching mormon.org (Yasmin I found your profile because you are the only Yasmin) and lds.org. It amazes me all that we can learn in just the hour we have. We had dinner with another awesome family, the Nielsons. The Hill’s daughter married one of the Nielson boys.

Saturday Vivian had her baptismal interview and now she is all ready to go for her baptism on July 27. We are all super excited and we are getting the ward involved as much as possible. A few people are even making treats for the baptism! We had dinner with a recently baptized member, the Maker family. We had pizza with coliflower crust. It was super good, y’all should try it some time.
Sunday was another wonderful day at church. Then we went to dinner at the Ruff’s house (proniunced Roof). They are really into food storage and canning and all that good stuff. Awesome family.
Now today, we have a lot of fun things planned. I’ll let y’all know how today goes next week. But here is a little southern English lesson for y’all:

Skreet = Street
SKressed = Stressed
Skrength = Strength
Striptures = Scriptures
Y’all = You guys
All y’all = Everyone

I hope y’all have a wonderful week! And if anyone else you know would like to get my weekly emails or want to hear from me, tell them to email me or give me either email. The more the merrier, right? And if anyone ever wants to send me letter, I wouldn’t object 🙂 I love getting mail.

Sincerely,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

3 Nephi 5:13
13 Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been acalled of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.

This is Sister Belyea and I on our exchange
This is Sister Belyea and I on our exchange

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” -Michael Jordan

So, this weekend was busy! Since I leave on Wedenesday, March 6, I had so much to do! Saturday was my “farewell” party/ get together plus my best friend of 14 years, her name is Yasmin, got her mission call and had her get together to open it right after. And Sunday (today) I went to church. Tomorrow I am going to clean someone’s house for a little extra money and then Tuesday I get set apart as a Full-time missionary!

My farewell party was a….failure. LOL. I invited like everyone I knew, except my own family because they are not being supportive. Only five people showed up (plus the 3 people who lived in that house). Don’t get me wrong, it was still awesome, but I had hoped that more people would have been there.

From left to right: Michaela, Me, and Victoria. At the Farewell Party/
From left to right: Michaela, Me, and Victoria. At the Farewell Party/

My friend Yasmin’s mission letter opening party was great! There were a ton of people there that I hadn’t seen in FOREVER. A couple of them I hadn’t seen for over 4 years. I was wonderful! She was called to the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission and she reports to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) on June 12, 2013. She is so excited and watching her open her letter made me realize that I was leaving for my mission in a matter of days! It’s crazy. But I was so happy to be there for her. And she won’t be too far from me!

So church was great but another one of my best friends of 14 years, David, made me a little sad because he said that today could be the last time we see each other for a few years because when I get home from my mission he will be away at BYU Provo. This saddened me because he has always been a rock in my life and now we are growing up and moving on in life.

Tomorrow, I will finish packing and make sure I have everything I need. Tuesday, I will be a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (if you have questions about the church please refer to my blog post titled

“THE ONLY THING NEEDED FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING.” -EDMUND BURKE

I wish all of you a wonderful night! May you find peace in your heart as you slumber and arise refreshed and able to work in the morning. I love you all! ♥

Missionary: Someone who leaves their family for two years (or for women 18 months) so others can be with theirs for eternity ♥

 

I’LL BE IN THE MTC SOON, IF ANYONE WANTS MY ADDRESS GO TO MY FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157628894389195/

“The only thing needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke

Here are a few Q&A’s about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormon Church). If you would like to learn more, you can speak to a missionary or me. I will also include some websites that you can find any information about the church. Some of the answers on my blog are from these websites.

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Question:  Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Answer: Quite simply, no. The young men of the church have been strongly encouraged to serve a mission at age [18], and the sisters are able to serve at age [19], but no one is required to serve. We do it because we want to! Who in their right mind would give up two years and pay that’s right, missionaries pay their own way to go somewhere they had never been and do all that they do? We serve missions because we know that Jesus is the Christ, and we want the happiness that knowledge bring to be available to everyone! So no, Mormons are not required to serve a mission. It’s a personal choice to share the happiness and joy they’ve received from the Gospel.

Question: What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Answer: The word “testimony” is used frequently by members of The Church. When they use this, what they mean is they have knowledge that a certain principle or doctrine is true because they have studied it, and received a witness of it from the Holy Ghost. For example, to gain a ‘testimony’ of the Book of Mormon, you read it, study it, and ask Heavenly Father if it is true. He will typically respond with a feeling of peace or happiness. This feeling is the witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true. Once you receive this witness, you have built a testimony of the Book Of Mormon. This process can be applied to any aspect of The Church, or your life.

Question: Why does the church have living prophets?

Answer: Without living prophets God can’t guide his church. He has always called prophets and always will.

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Question: What is the Book of Mormon?

Answer: The Book of Mormon is a Volume of scripture comparable to the bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains a fullness of the everlasting Gospel. The book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation.

Question: How is the church organized?

Answer: “We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth” (Articles of faith #6)
The Church is led by 15 apostles. The most senior apostle is the president of the Church, and he selects two other apostles as counselors. These three function as the First Presidency, which is the highest governing body of the Church. Twelve others form the Quorum of the Twelve — the second-highest governing body of the Church. Together, the First Presidency and the Twelve oversee the entire Church. Church members trace this organizational structure to the New Testament.

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Question: What is The Word of Wisdom?

Answer: The Word of Wisdom is a code of health that Mormons live by. We believe that it came from God through the prophet Joseph Smith. Our bodies were created by God. He understands the workings of our bodies. He understands what is best for them and knows exactly what needs to be done to take care of them and make sure that they have the best chance of lasting for a long time. He wanted us to know this as well, so he gave us the Word of Wisdom. The Word of Wisdom teaches us what things we should put into our bodies and what things we shouldn’t–this gives us the best possible chance of being healthy that a person could have! In short, the Word of Wisdom teaches us what is good for our bodies: herbs, grains, wheat, fruits, little meat, etc. A pretty normal diet, if I do say so myself! God has also told us, very specifically, what things are harmful for our bodies. They are alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and any illegal or harmful drug. I have lived by the Word of Wisdom my entire life, and I can testify from experience that it works! I have never been addicted to anything. I have always been healthy. And, best of all, I feel good every day! I know that the Word of Wisdom comes from a loving God, who wants His children to be healthy and happy!

Question: What is the Law of Chastity?

Answer: The law of chastity is a set of behaviors (and non-behaviors) pertaining to sexual purity. In a nutshell it is that unmarried persons are not to have sexual relations (of any kind) with one another outside of a legal and lawful wedding. Per the law of chastity married persons are permitted to engage in sexual relations but complete fidelity to spouse is required. Additionally behaviors like being involved in pornography (inside or outside of marriage) are a violation of this law. Relations between man and woman (husband and wife) should be of a type and fashion that are acceptable to both partners. Homosexuality is a contravention of the law of chastity and is forbidden of the Lord (regardless of a so-called marital agreement). The law of chastity also forbids masturbation as this is a misuse of sacred God-given power. The prophets and apostles (President Boyd K. Packer prominently among them) have spoken out ever increasingly on the subject of the law of chastity. There are numerous resources on the topic on LDS.org (key word: chastity). Satan’s main desire is to destroy families (in all stages) and he finds great success in deceiving mortals into abusing themselves and each other by violating the tenets of the law of chastity. Article of faith #13 states “We believe in being honest, true, chaste…”

Question: How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith Obtain the “Golden Plates” or Book of Mormon?

Answer: The Book of Mormon is different from the Bible because it is another testament like there is the Old Testament and the New Testament, but it is the same because it is the same God inspiring what is written! At the end of the Old Testament times, there was a family in Jerusalem that left to travel to what is now called the Americas. They had part of the Old Testament, and brought it with them. This Jewish tradition – of keeping records of the families and the events of the Lord working in their lives – continued when the family traveled to the Americas. So just like the Old Testament is a record of the history of the people in that area, the Book of Mormon is a history of the family traveling to the Americas, and then what happened once they settled there. Like the Old Testament, these records were passed down through the families over time. So with the Book of Mormon, there was a man named Mormon who was named after a place, actually, where there was a river and people got baptized, and he consolidated these records into a “book”. That is why it is called “the Book of Mormon”.

Question: Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Answer: No. The Church does not practice polygamy although it did for a short while in the early years of the Church. (Please review your Bible history as it was practiced in ancient times.) It was not practiced at all until Joseph Smith received revelation asking the people to do so. Even then, only the more righteous members were joined in plural marriage, not everyone could participate. A later prophet received revelation that this practice should be stopped and so it was. This is just my personal belief and is not an authorized church response….If you will recall your history, persecution was rampant in the early history of our church and many people died because of their beliefs including many righteous male members. That left many women usually with large families with no means to make a living and no man to provide for the family. Through plural marriage these families were provided for and led by a righteous priesthood holder who could teach, care for, and protect the family. Later persecution was less, the Church had established itself in the West, and more jobs were available to women as technology began to affect society. Also, the Church was persecuted for practicing polygamy and if things hadn’t changed, God’s purposes to share the gospel throughout the world would have been hindered. Our greatest command has been to “go forth and teach all nations” about the Gospel Plan. Today, we believe in and practice monogamy, the marriage of one man to one woman.

Question: What do Mormons believe about family?

Answer: That families are the most important organizations in the world and that belonging to a family is one of the reasons we are on this earth. We believe that families can be together forever, and one of the purposes of temples is to make that happen. We do family history work and temple work for those in our family who died before they could go to a temple so that they can be linked together with us as families extending back through time to Adam. We believe that the blessings Heavenly Father has for His children though being parts of families are so necessary that He has asked us to do this family history research and temple work so that we can find our family members and connect them to us. Every person who has lived on this earth should have a chance to receive these wonderful family blessings, and family history research is how we find people who didn’t have a chance to receive them while they were living. We believe that everyone should have a chance to choose these family blessings, and so we do the temple work that will give them that choice, even if they have not lived on this earth for a long time. My first grandchild only lived for ten hours because she was born without a skull, but we believe because of the family blessings of the temple, we can be with her after we have died and we can know her and love her as part of our family. We believe that Christ’s sacrifice and atonement makes this possible, and we are anxious for others we know and love to have this great blessing as well.

Here are some great links to check out, some with more information about the questions and others have more information:

http://mormon.org/articles-of-faith

http://mormon.org/

http://www.lds.org/?lang=eng

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/topic/organizational-structure-of-the-church

http://www.mormonchannel.org/

https://familysearch.org/

Good luck in your quest to learn more. If you want to obtain a free copy of the Book of Mormon, one can be sent to you at no cost. The Book of Mormon is always free, everyone should be able to access the Lord’s gospel for free, right? If you read it, you will gain a knowledge of it.

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“The intensity of our desire to share the gospel is a great indicator of the extent of our personal conversion.” -Dallin H. Oaks

Here are some care package ideas for the missionary in your life, whether they be an Elder or a Sister.

Care package ideas for missionaries:

1.     Packages with FOOD 

  • Chocolate (note – chocolate may melt if sending to hot climates)
    • Aero
    • Reese’s Pieces
    • Smarties
    • M&Ms
    • M Azing
    • Almond Joy (mini snack sized bars)
    • Kitkat
    • Bounty
    • Snickers
    • chocolate coins
  • Candy
    • gummy bears
    • Baskin Robbins hard candies
    •  Skittles
    • Starburst
    • Sunkist Bars
    • Caramel
    • Rock Candy
  • Gum
    • Extra
    • Freedent
    • Carefree
    • Trident
    • Excel
  • Salty snacks
    • chex mix
    • power bars
    • fruit snacks
    • Hotrod
    • sunflower seeds
    • nuts
    • beef jerky
    • goldfish
    • ritz bits
    • popcorn
  • Drinks/Quick meal
    • Juice boxes, pop, water
    • ichiban noodles

2.     Packages with Clothing

  • shoes
  • socks
  • tights
  • leather dress gloves

3.     Practical Packages

  • razors or nail clippers
  • favorite soaps/shampoos that you can’t get in that country
  • favorite toothpaste
  • Floss
  • disposable lint brush
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • pens
  • fabric softener
  • hair brush
  • sewing kit
  • pre-addressed and postage paid envelopes with stationery inside
  • stickers for trading for the back of name tags and for giving away to contacts with kids
  • insoles
  • lotion 
  • disposable towelettes

4.     For Sentimental/Special packages

    • Dip hand in paint and make hand print on paper – let dry and then write message on paper (is especially touching if the hand prints are little ones from nieces and nephews) 
    • Poems/stories/scriptures 
    • Pictures 
    • Make a P-day shirt with notes of encouragement and signatures from the ward written with fabric markers or paint 
    • Personalize a bookmark for scriptures 
    • Send pad of sticky notes all used up with messages that begin with “I’m proud of you becaus

    • e…” 
    • Make a mobile out of some of your missionary’s favorite things: picture of their pet, favorite candies, items representing favorite sport or hobby, etc. 
    • Write them a rap or a song and sing it to them by recording it on a cassette tape or video tape – do it for family home evening 
    • Make a paper chain (like the kind you make for your Christmas tree) and write little notes to your missionary on each piece of paper 
    • Write the next letter on cardstock and then cut it into a puzzle for them to put together

Some personal favorites of mine are the rubber duckies that they have at

 

http://mymissionarygifts.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=12_30

 

and the Build-A-Bear at:

http://www.buildabear.com/shopping/productDetail.jsp?

productId=prod80004&categoryId=cat110084&dressMeMode=false&embroidery=false&soundEligible=false&selected=

Good luck to anyone serving! It will be an amazing experience. 

Love,

Sister Carra Skye Miller

“And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.” D&C 88:77

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Ok, I know this is my third post of the day but I think this one goes hand-in-hand with my last post. I’m posting up a second challenge! This one isn’t for the Book of Mormon though, this is for the Doctrine and Covenants(D&C)! Let’s see who can read that in 31 days, we’ll see who is up for the challenge. It seems like when people think of LDS scripture they focus on the Book of Mormon (whence the nickname Mormons) and focus less on D&C or Pearl of Great Price. All scriptures are important, including the Holy Bible. We use The King James Version, by the way. Anyway, I’ll give you guys the schedule for reading the Doctrine and Covenants in 31 days.

Here is the Daily Routine:

  1. D&C 1-6
  2. D&C 7-10
  3. D&C 11-18
  4. D&C 19-20
  5. D&C 21-28
  6. D&C 29-33
  7. D&C 34-39
  8. D&C 40-43
  9. D&C 44-46
  10. D&C 47-51
  11. D&C 42-58
  12. D&C 59-62
  13. D&C 63-66
  14. D&C 67-72
  15. D&C 73-76
  16. D&C 77-82
  17. D&C 83-84
  18. D&C 85-88
  19. D&C 89-92
  20. D&C 93-97
  21. D&C 98-101
  22. D&C 102-104
  23. D&C 105-107
  24. D&C 108-110
  25. D&C 11-115
  26. D&C 116-123
  27. D&C 124-125
  28. D&C 126-129
  29. D&C 130-133
  30. D&C 134-136
  31. D&C 137-138

And there you go, done in 31 days. Good luck to everyone! I know you can do it. I’m not challenging you to memorize every chapter just to read it. And when you do, you will love it! I hope everyone at least atempts it, you never know what you can do when you set your mind to something 🙂

“South Carolina Low Country” -Josh Turner

If you don’t know what the title of this blog is from than you probably don’t listen to country. But there is a reason why I picked those song lyrics for my title of the blog and the reason is this: I GOT MY MISSION CALL!!!! It came Saturday, January 26, 2013.

Here is my call letter :) there was nothing better than being surrounded by friends and family when I read where I was going.

As you can probably see, I’m called to the South Carolina Columbia mission. It’s pretty exciting! I leave March 6, 2013 for the Missionary Training Center and I will be there for a couple of weeks before I head out to my mission. I have been doing a lot of research about the State and I have learned a lot! For example, Josh Turner is from South Carolina. Now you know why I chose the title.

Now that it’s been almost a week since I opened my call, I have made a list of things I need to buy, here are some of the things on my list:

  1. Notebooks
  2. Shoulder bag
  3. Bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths
  4. Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc.
  5. First-aid kit supplies: multi-vitamins, cold & allergy medicine, decongestants, fever reducer, anti-diarrhea, anti-biotic ointment, anti-itch cream, anti-fugal cream or spray, band-aids, 25-35% DEET
  6. Sunscreen and Lip Balm with at least SPF 30
  7. Small sewing kit
  8. Battery clock
  9. Laundry bag
  10. Batteries
  11. Watch
  12. Moleskin
  13. Skirts
  14. Shirts
  15. Shoes
  16. Water Bottle
  17. Eyeliner
  18. Stamps
  19. Envelopes

That’s not everything I have to buy but that gives you an idea of every day things that I’ll need. All of that and more has to fit in two checked suitcases and one carry-on, hope it’ll all fit lol.

Anyone who wants me to have their address or email, send it to me somehow. You can message it to me on Facebook, it’s the easiest thing to do. I’ll be leaving in 5 weeks so if anyone wants to keep up my blog, comment because I’ll need someone to update my blog while I’m on my mission.

Thanks everyone who has been supporting me in my decision to go on a mission, I can’t believe that in a little over a month I’ll be in South Carolina doing the Lord’s work 🙂 I love all of you guys!

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” 
-Paulo Coelho

“Why is patience so important?” “Because it makes us pay attention.” 
-Paulo Coelho

Whoever Paulo Coelho is, he was correct. This has been such a hard week. Actually since the day I turned in my mission papers my patience has been on end. I know that it will come and I’ll be going on my mission before I know it but with each passing day I get kind of sad knowing that it’s not here yet. I turned in my papers in November and it’s now almost February. I thought I’d get my letter before my birthday and I’m really hoping that I do seeing as my birthday is in a week and two days. This wait is killing me. And the thing that makes it worse is certain people keep saying that I won’t get it and if I do they’re gonna hide it so I can’t go. And they keep telling me that I can do  more important things with the money I have saved for my mission. I don’t want to do anything else with my money and I know that I’m going on a mission. It’s what I’m meant to do. I know it and my Heavenly Father knows it. That’s all that’s really important. At least I know I do have support in other places. So many people at church are there, hoping I get my call soon. They are just as excited as me! One of them is like a second grandmother to me. She has been there for everything, even my high school graduation! I love her and her husband so much and when I go to the temple, she will be there with me and nothing makes me happier. She is one woman who has made me who I am today and I wouldn’t have made it this far without her. It also makes me so happy that so many people are making guesses as to where I’m going. I have a thing going on that whoever is correct will get yummy cookies baked by me. I have so many guesses to places all over the world from Washington to Korea. Hmm…well, the day will soon come where I will be sitting in my cousin’s living room surrounded by a few of my awesome friends and family to open my letter and find out when and where I’m going. Perhaps that day will be tomorrow? We never know. Anyone here wanna guess as to where I’m going?

Well if any of my readers want to know more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints you can visit LDS.org or Mormon.org and you can visit my profile on Mormon.org here: http://mormon.org/me/4WPY

If you wanna make a guess on here where you think I’m going you can do so in the comments. Thanks for reading my blog everyone. Seeing how many people come here to read what I’m posting makes me feel so….important 🙂 thank you. It’s a pretty good day when 9 people view my blog and I want to thank all of my friends who support me with everything I do, you know who you are and I love you!

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