Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Hardest Thing I've Ever Loved to Do

mom and fam

sorry for no punctuation, this is a spanish keyboard and i don't know how to use it.  yes we were stuck in atlanta for about 5 hours which was waaayy too much time to sit and think, but we ran into a big group of chilean missionaries who had been stuck in the airport for 23 hours and it was sad.  there were a bunch of people with me, about 9 altogether in slc and like 15 in atlanta.  i feel like so much has happened but i don't remember it all, haha, ask me specific questions for pday, which i am 90 percent sure will be sometime tuesday for me. pretty much 100 percent.  we got here at the mtc at like 8 oclock and have pretty much been moving ever since.  i want to shower soooo bad and take a nap but i don't think we will anytime soon. its only like ten.  no one speaks english to us and no one including the leaders even speak english.  it is a little stressful. i have my nametag!  oh i found the exclamation point. haha and i have a companion that i flew with from slc, the picture that you got was the four of us going to the peru lima south mission.  my companion is sister bott, the one in the stripey white and like blue shirt.  we still havent changed clothes hahaha i am so glad the sabotage is working.  haha i found your song set up, i only cried then i think, but that layover was way too much time to think for all of us i think.  tell dad that while were driving here for like an hour it all looked pretty much exactly like the philippines, including the driving.  there are a lot of dogs, and they just eat out of these weird big piles of garbage.  this has been the weirdest however many hours it has been of my life.  i feel like i have been awake for days.  hahaha but it really is good.  it is really hard, i didn't call from atlanta because one girl did and then she like broke down and hasnt really recovered.  i am not emotionally stable enough to do anything like that.  i miss you sooooooooo much but i am so grateful for you and to be here.  i love you, and that is what makes it hard but the love that makes me want to come home is a selfish love, and i already feel it becoming more pure.  less that a week until i can email you again!  ask me any questions you want answered because i think i will be scattered and not put in the right things or important things for a while hahaha  it is so pretty here, humid.  my hair is already growing, but it smells like hawaii and the beach unless your are by a garbage pile hahaha.  i love you soo soo soo much.  i am so grateful.  i feel you all with me so that is nice.  i am only supposed to be on like 10 minutes because everyone needs to email home and everyone is tired and sad hahahah but mostly just smelly.  i love you all so much, keep keeping me informed!  talk to you soon! pray that we don't mess up everything.  haha we just follow everyone.  i love you!!

Monday, January 6, 2014

January 6, 2014

My name is Lauren Bailey and I will be serving an LDS Mission in the Peru Lima South Mission from January 2014 to August 2015. (Is this a post? I don't even know... This could end up anywhere. About me? Descriptions? Whatever. I don't like technology) ANYWAY. I will be giving my "Farewell" talk in church on January 19 (What. That is soon) and my mom will be speaking with me! (much to her chagrin) I will probably cry, she will probably cry, but it is happy crying, in a way! It is the reason I am serving a mission. "A missionary is someone who leaves their family for a short time so that others can be with their families for eternity." My family is the biggest reason I am serving a mission! I was raised in a wonderful home with parents who love me and showed me the importance of the Gospel and what it does for us, 3 younger brothers who have been examples to me since the day they were born, and a huge support system of extended family and friends who help me to believe in myself. I am thankful for friends and family who are filled with the Light of Christ and who put up with my shenanigans! I have been blessed to love and be loved by the people who mean the most to me. And I am so excited to get out and start loving the people of Peru! And the Spanish language! And weird food and awkward moments (those essentially make up my life. Awwwwkward) and my calling and commission as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I can't wait to dedicate the next 18 months of my life to being a servant of the Lord. I will post a time or two before I leave to report to the MTC (Missionary Training Center) in Lima, Peru and then after that my mom will keep this blog updated with my letters and pictures and awkwardness and so forth! Pray! Read your scriptures! You are loved, you are not alone, and you have a Heavenly Father who loves you! Read the Book of Mormon with pure intent and pray to that loving Heavenly Father to know if it is true. It will change your life forever :) I love you, whoever is reading this!