Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Here Today Gone Tomorrow... And for a while..


Currently being at the blissful age of 19 it is quite an adventure. Many things are changing almost instantly before my eyes. One thing I have a hard time grasping is the fact of losing friends. Losing them although for great wonderful reasons, but all else, losing someone close to me is hard. Not being able to pick up the phone, talk, and then be with them in a matter of minutes took some getting used to. Recently this year and more so this summer about 15 of my guys friends have all left on missions for the LDS Church. There are still even about 3 more still waiting to go. Now I am not one to object to missions in the least, I think they create amazing opportunites, they help and invite others to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And they help them grow in great strides as a person in general. But for the girls that get left behind, it makes them have to change as well. I think it gives girls like me an chance to really come into my own and find out who I am. To work on what I need to do to be a better person. Having my friends gone has been sad at times, I have shed many tears as each one of my fella's have flown the coop...(It is kind of my fault that I put myself in this situation because most of my close friends were guys). But nonetheless to know the work that they are doing for others is far more important to me than anything else.

One thing I like about having them gone is the chance for me to make new friends. This summer I have made a bunch of new friends that have helped ease this pain I was going through. Suprisingly some are about 3-4 years older than I, it is definitely a good change. They are still SUPER silly but more marture at times as well. This has also given me a chance to focus more on myself. One of my main focuses is now geared towards college and getting done as quickly as possible. Also to gain a greater testimony of my church and to grow spiritually. My friends will be spiritual giants once they return, I can't help but want to grow in the same way with them. They all have been such wonderful inspirations to me to become a better person, and to serve others more. Its so nice to have the opportunity to write each one of my buddies and see how they are doing often, and get pictures and updates. I Love my fellas.


All in all I wanted to make this tribute to my fella's out in the mission field. Continue to serve faithfully and be all you can be. I am so happy you are where the Lord needs you most and I can't to see you all again soon! Some of you in a year and a half some of you in two. Have fun and I love you all. Remember: Be Faithful and True and The Lord Will Follow Through.




HERE ARE SOME OF MY MISSIONARIES!!


ELDER BARNWELL: LONDON, ENGLAND SOUTH!



ELDER SMITH: ATLANTA, GEORGIA SPANISH


ELDER NOBLE: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA SOUTH


GROUP SHOT OF ZACH, KYLIE AND COLTON AND I @ ZACHS OPEN HOUSE


ELDER WADSWORTH: DONETSK, UKRAINE (P.S. HE WOULDNT SMILE SO I PUT A PRESENTABLE PICTURE TOO.)
ELDER LEE: BRAZIL

ELDER NOBLE : OSORNO, CHILE


ELDER SOLOMAN: MONTEVIDEO, URAGUAY


ELDER PALMER: ORLANDO, FLORIDA SPANISH



ELDER JOHNSON: BARCELONA, SPAIN



ALL THE FELLA'S AT PRESTONS OPEN HOUSE INCLUDING: (L TO R)


ELDER HICKMAN: BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND


ELDER SHUMWAY: PARAGUAY!


ELDER CHAPMAN: PORTLAND, OREGON

3 comments:

Lauren said...

I totally know how you feel. You just feel like you should go out and do something spectacular too! I miss Sterling and Adam the most! Gah!

I am so glad we ran into each other the otehr day! I miss you!

Lauren said...

PS...I really like the look of my name on your sidebar! :))

RatalieNose said...

This was moving sister! fantastic post!!!