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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Last Goodbyes.

This last weekend, I was able to go to one of my best friend's farewell down in Oregon. It was a great weekend, and although I didn't get to see everyone I wanted, I still was grateful to see the people I could, and spend time for one last time before leaving! I officially have 14 days till I go into the MTC but 9 days till I leave for Utah! Its crazy! I'm so excited though! Im gonna be crazy busy this week.. The packing begins!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Only 19 more days!

Technically its 19 days till I'm going to be in the MTC, but since my parents are driving me down to UT (to the mission training center and Ill be posting pictures from that crazy drive ☺) I have only like 14 days left! Its crazy, but I'm so excited!!  If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.. 
Or you can browse this website and there's a online chat, where missionaries get the oppurtunity to answer questions you have.. Click here <---

Also here's a little profile of what I believe..  Click here <---

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gettin' down to business!

Today's the day I start practicing going to sleep early and waking up early. Mission schedules are pretty strict compared to what I've been used to. Going to bed at 10 pm and waking up at 6 am. I think that If I prepare my self now, it will be easier for me later. I have less then 3 weeks now, so Im getting down to it ☺

What Im planning for the next 3 weeks is this...

Missionary Daily Schedule:
6:30 a.m.Arise, pray, exercise (30 minutes), and prepare for the day.
7:30 a.m.Breakfast.
8:00 a.m.Personal study: the Book of Mormon, other scriptures, doctrines of the missionary lessons, other chapters from Preach My Gospel, the Missionary Handbook, and the Missionary Health Guide.
9:00 a.m.Companion study: share what you have learned during personal study, prepare to teach, practice teaching, study chapters from Preach My Gospel, confirm plans for the day.
10:00 a.m.Begin proselyting. Missionaries learning a language study that language for an additional 30 to 60 minutes, including planning language learning activities to use during the day.

Missionaries may take an hour for lunch and additional study, and an hour for dinner at times during the day that fit best with their proselyting. Normally dinner should be finished no later than 6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Return to living quarters (unless teaching a lesson; then return by 9:30) and plan the next day's activities (30 minutes). 

Write in journal, prepare for bed, pray.
10:30 p.m.Retire to bed.

Obviously I wont be proselyting yet. But I can always find things to serve people with. Sometime this week or next week I was thinking about going down to the food storage unit to do some service. And also next week I'm going to help clean the temple.

20 days left people!! :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

21 days to go!

Its crazy to think almost 4 months ago I made the choice to serve my Heavenly Father for a time period of a year and a half, and I only have 21 days till I leave! I came almost 2 weeks ago from living in Oregon, I almost miss my life style from before. I was more occupied with work and friends. Now being home I feel more anxious to leave. Like even more then the first day of school after a long boring summer. I haven't even completely unpacked from my living before... I figure there's no point because I wont be taking most of it with me anyways.

I've been spending a lot of time around my family. My mom just left for her Disney-half marathon for the week so that's one less week Ill get to see her :( But I gave my farewell talk in church this last Sunday and I thought it was pretty great. My sister, Sydney & I sang for the meeting as well. We sang this song (: It got emotional for me of course. I felt the spirit and also realized at that moment that I'm going to miss my family soo soo much. ♥

Also this last Saturday I got to go the temple of the Lord in Seattle. 

 I had the opportunity to receive the blessing through going through. I cant tell you anything that happened because its so sacred, but I'm grateful for the opportunity to be able to have my parents and grandparents and a family friend, to go with me and experience this wonderful blessing

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My first move to serving the Lord

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Office of the first presidency
47 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT, 84150-1200

January 22, 2013

Dear Sister Holcomb:

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
You are assigned to labor in the Arizona Tempe Mission. It is anticapated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.

You should report the MTC on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013.

And thats where it all started. Months before the Bretheren of our church annouced that there was an age change in being able to go on a mission. No, my first thought wasnt to go on a mission although, I knew it was the right thing to do. I had doubts and told myself that I would go later. So instead of fighting with myself, I prayed about it. I got the answer and thats what lead me to this letter I recieved from the presidency of our church.