Hello sweet family of mine :)
I am SO happy to write to you today! I have seen so many blessings this week and I am so thankful for Heavenly Father's love that I feel every day :) This truly is the most incredible experience of my life, and it is only just beginning!!!
GOOOOD NEWSSSSSSSS!!! My TRAVEL PLANS CAME! I leave for Guatemala City in 8 days!! SO exciting!! I leave Tuesday, November 30th at 5 am. I have a 5 hour layover in the Dallas airport and should reach Guatemala at 8 pm haha. An all day long travel but it will be great :) My layover is from 12:10 to 5:00 in Dallas so I will be calling sometime around then, but I have no idea on the exact time. Sorry I can't narrow it down any further than that haha. But just be expecting it and I'll call multiple phones if I need to so I can talk to you all :) I MISS YOU AND I LOVE YOU!!! (I do need a calling card, but I can just get one here at the MTC so don't you worry)
Before I forget, I need Grandma & Grandpa Ricks address, Gary's address, and Grandpa Sticht's address. They all wrote me wonderful letters but I can't write back until I have their addresses. So if you could dearelder me those, that would be great :)
I am in need of scripture cases. The ones here are EXPENSIVE! So I will get one in Guatemala so I can have a cool cover for my Spanish set, but if you could send me one for my English set that would be WONDERFUL! Muchas gracias! :) and thank you SO much for the shoulder bag. I love it :)
Dad & Samantha! HAPPPPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYYY!!!! I hope they were wonderful, which it sounds like they were :) I'm so glad Mr. Targee danced for you, Samantha :) hahaha that was so funny I laughed so hard. Have you finally stopped shaking silly girl? haha
To answer Samantha's questions:
1. I am doing FANTASTIC! It is hard work being a missionary, but I really do love it and have been giving my whole heart, might, mind, and strength to the Lord, and I have already been blessed for it :)
2. I LOVE my companion! She is the sweetest and is always looking for ways to serve so she is great. Our roommates are also wonderful. I especially love talking with Hermana Mortensen because we have tons in common and we look forward to going to BYUI together after our missions :)
3. At the MTC we do LOTS! Mostly lots and lots of studying in the scriptures and studying Spanish. all day long :) haha but we eat 3 times a day and I'm getting really sick of food. Haha It really is so weird. The food is so good but since all we do is study and eat, the eating is getting really old really quick. I mostly just eat now to stay alive and give me energy haha. But we also have firesides and practice teaching.
4. You can ask me ALL the questions you want to, sweetie :) haha
CONGRATS Josh & Sam on your basketball games!!! You are both awesome at basketball. I loved watching you play :) Has Mark yelled at any more refs?! haha
I am looking forward to my picture book :) Today the Hermanas in my district and I had an indoor picnic and showed pictures of our families. So that will be fun once I have that. I did have lots of pictures of family and friends to show, but that will be nice to have :)
Mark, thank you for writing me! I'm so happy to hear you've been hanging out with good friends :) Keep that up and keep letting me know about those fun dates :) haha
I've been playing volleyball at gym everyday with missionaries in my district and a few others. It is SO FUN!!!! Muy divertido! I've missed it SO much! After my mission I want to play on the intermural team for sure!!! Its one of the best parts of my day because it lets me relieve all the stress I feel and just laugh and have so much fun :) :) :)
I haven't been doing any of the early morning gym classes. Its hard enough to wake up at 6:30 every day. I think I'd die if I had to wake up any sooner. haha. But I am able to wake up every morning and get right to work. I am blessed because I remember my purpose: To invite other to Christ. If I don't wake up on time, it will be much harder to get everything done I need to. There is SO little time and SO much to do!!!!!
Samantha, I LOVED your picture and so did Hermana Fernley :) thank you!!!!
I'm glad dad's work project is DONE! How did it turn out?! Are you finally able to relax a bit? I hope so :)
Well I'm running out of time on here haha. I hate that red clock. haha. But I want to bear my testimony to you that I know Heavenly Father loves me and you and every single person who ever has lived, is living, and will ever live. Because of His great love for us He gave us families to be with forever. He also sent his Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to live and die for us. They love us SO much! I know they hear every prayer. I LOVE being a missionary and I am beginning to see people through their eyes. That is an incredible things. EVERY soul is great in the sight of God. LOOOOOVE PEOPLE!
If you get a chance, read "Search for Happiness" Its soooo great. I love it :)
Keep praying for me and for Elder Keele. We need it. We love you. We are being the best missionaries we know how to be and the Lord is strengthening us SO much. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)
thank you for being SUCH a wonderful family. You are the best! Have a fabulous week! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I'm SOOOO grateful for you and your constant love and support and for my opportunity to be a missionary. I love it. I love you.
All my love,