Monday, July 18, 2011

A handwritten letter from San Diego

July 12, 2011

SAN DIEGO — Dear Mom and Dad, I made it to the mission home this morning. It feels so surreal to be in San Diego! It is so true what they say about the weather here — it is warm, sunny and just the right humidity. It reminds me a lot of Hawaii.

After I got of the phone with you, I tried to do what my Branch President at the MTC challenged us to do. He told us to be bold — to be "Preach My Gospel" missionaries, and to talk to people, especially at the airport.

My Visitor Center teacher told me that something that she loved about her mission was that each transfer, she got to "reinvent" herself. If she wanted to be bold, she was bold. If she felt she needed more faith, she worked on that. Whatever it was, she got to start new because her companion didn't know who she was before, but who she was now. I made a promise to myself that this transfer, I would be bold in talking to people. I sat down in the airport and talked to a lady from Hawaii, another family from Colorado and a woman form Montana. It was a good experience for me and got me really excited to talk to people at the Mormon Battalion Historic Site.

Well, President Clayton met us at the airport and six elders and two of us sisters get to stay at the mission home tonight. There is a lady in the ward here that makes lunch for the incoming missionaries every week — her daughter actually did it this week She is a cake maker. She went to school in France and has been on a lot of the TLC cake shows. Her name is Charity. (Mom, I thought you would appreciate that :D)

They let us take a two-hour nap since we were up so early and then the zone leaders went over some things and we each got an interview with President Clayton. Tomorrow everyone gets to go to the Mormon Battalion Historic Site (so the other missionaries know what it's about) and then we each get assigned our new companions and it's off to work!

Something that I know even more being here in San Diego is that I am meant to be here at this time and this place for a reason. I can't wait to get to work!

I just want you to know I love you and thank you for supporting me on this decision to serve a mission. It is already the best decision I ever made. Just so you know, P-day is Tuesday. I think I am only allowed to receive e-mails from parents, grandparents and siblings.

Love you to the moon and back,

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