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Preparing to Enter the MTC

12 Jan

Lauren has asked me, her time and tech challenged mother, to keep her blog going. Before our little vacation, we managed to squeeze in time for an updated family photo. Who do you think she looks the most like?

Lauren needed to have her tendon reattached so her thumb would stay in place.  A week later, doctors replaced the “lobster claw hand wrapping” with a pink cast. It comes off Tuesday, March 1st-Oh Happy Day!

Thumb's Up for Repair

The day after her surgery Lauren was set apart. That means her mission officially began the night before  reporting to the Missionary Training Center or MTC.  She met with her Stake President (local authority) and family and to receive a special blessing. Setting her focus of other things aside to  serve the Lord full time for the next year and a half. The Holy Spirit was very strong at that meeting.  I found it extremely reassuring to know that He is pleased with her deision and will be watching over my baby girl as she serves. She is now officially known as Sister Bryce.

Being Set Apart

Leaving the “world” behind and entering the MTC to hone her Spanish and prepare  to serve. Lauren was only there just short of three weeks and flew to the Arizona Tucson Mission the morning of January 31, 2011.

Entering the Missionary Training Center (MTC)

i love to see the temple

26 Dec


Some of my family and I outside the Nashville Temple

December 18, 2010-I went through the Nashville Temple to be endowed. It was a wonderful experience, especially with my family and close friends there to support me. The peaceful feeling inside the temple walls is unlike any other.

I Love to See the Temple | LDS Children’s Songbook

I love to see the temple. I’m going there someday

To feel the Holy Spirit, to listen and to pray.

For the temple is a house of God, a place of love and beauty.

I’ll prepare myself while I am young.

This is my sacred duty.


I love to see the temple. I’ll go inside someday

To covenant with my Father. I’ll promise to obey.

For the temple is a holy place where we are sealed together.

As a child of God, I’ve learned this truth:

A family is forever.

opening the call

7 Dec

After much prayer and pondersome thought, I decided to turn in my mission papers. A few weeks later, I received my call to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Initial assignment: Arizona Tucson Mission

Language: Spanish

Availability date: Dec. 31, 2010

Date to enter the MTC: Jan. 12, 2011

It is anticipated that I will serve for a period of 18 months.

On October 13, 2010, I checked the mailbox to find nothing. After seeing the mail truck go by and tracking down the mailman, I learned he was just running late that day. The gracious mailman found my letter for me and wished me luck. At this point, I was feeling scared and panicky. I listened to some peaceful church music and prayed, which calmed me down.

Later that evening, I opened my call with my family on iChat/iPhone and a few close friends on site. At this point, I felt so much peace and an assurance that Heavenly Father was going to take care of me by sending me where and when I needed to go. I also felt so humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve as a representative of the Lord and His church.

For those of you who are not Mormon, mission calls are extremely personal and are inspired by God. The apostles of our Church have a special assignment to organize and call missionaries to all the missions in the world. So, I put in my mission papers and could have gone anywhere in the world. You can understand why this can be a bit overwhelming.

But when the time came to open my call and as I began reading the words, the Spirit testified of God’s love for me. I instantly felt peace and, of course, began to cry exceedingly (because that’s what I do when things are that spiritually moving). That is why I look like I have been crying in my pictures and why there aren’t many pictures to begin with.