I know I have missed telling you a lot. Since I last wrote there have been 2 engagements, 2 weddings, 2 first birthdays, 2 new babies on the way, 2 college degrees and 1 major decision that will forever change my life.
My sister Heather's wedding was beautiful and I am so grateful to have been able to be there for it. Congratulations Heather & Marc.
I am sad to have missed Patty's wedding (thanks for the pictures Aunt Tina, Hunter was so cute in his little tux) and that I will also miss Kirsten's.
I am so excited for Patty and Kirsten to have found such wonderful guys that they want to share the rest of their lives with. I think Chad and Brian will make awesome additions to our family.
I missed Rustin and Maddie's first birthdays as well. (I guess that is what I get for living in another state.)I can't believe they are both already so big. I can see Maddison is already turning into a lovely little lady. And that Rustin, oh boy, is he gonna be a heartbreaker.
Congratulations to my sister-in-law Sara and best friend Kapri on the new babies. Kapri will be an awesome mom and, although Sara is already an awesome mom, I am sure Jackson will love being a big brother.
Congratulations to my brother-in-law Tom on his MBA. I knew he was one smart cookie. And I am certainly glad to have finished my Associates Degree.
But the reason I am writing today is because of that ONE big decision I made. Last Aug. I made the decision that I would serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It was a surprise to a lot of people, most of all me after a lifetime of being sure that a mission was not really for me. But I sent in my papers and received my call and now, in just a week and a half I will be entering the Missionary Training Center to prepare to teach the people of the North Carolina, Raleigh mission for 18 months.
I know this decision will bless my life because it already has. The love and support I have felt from my family and friends has been overwhelming. I have learned more about my relationship with my Heavenly Father in the last few months that I did in years as a member of this church.
I will try to keep you updated on how I am doing. My sister Courtney will be posting e-mails on here from time to time...hopefully. But, I am leaving for Utah in 2 days so I knew this would be my last chance to write on here for a while. I don't have any pictures to post or detailed stories to tell but I would like to leave you with my testimony.
I know that God is our Heavenly Father and that He loves us each individually. I know that Jesus Christ is His son and that He came down to this earth to die for our sins so that whomever will come unto Him and repent can one day live again in Their presence. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church and that it was restored to this earth by the modern day prophet Joseph Smith. I know that he, by the power of God, translated the Book of Mormon, which is the word of God. I know and am so grateful to have a living prophet on the earth today even Thomas S. Monson. And I know all these things by the power of the Holy Ghost which is within me. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have been given to go out and teach others of these great truths. To preach of the love of our Heavenly Father and the Savior Jesus Christ. I truly know that He answers prayers. He knows us. He loves us. He lives!