Hi Mom and Dad!
This week has been crazy. I am packing like
crazy. Sent a cheap box to Zeph filled with study stuff and heavy
toiletries that won't fit in the 50 lbs limit. Thanks for the stuff
you've sent. I think I should get it today, and if I don't they'll just
forward it back to you probably. The mail system is kinda slow here, but
they do call down elders to get packages if its the day before they
leave. Hope they'll do that Sunday, but whatever.
I am so excited for TAHITI!! Can't believe that we are actually
going, and that I am actually gonna be a real missionary.... in FRENCH,
and TAHITIAN...... That concept still hasn't sunken in, that people
actually speak that outside of Highschool and the MTC.
Thank you so much for you love and prayers. I heard they are
televising the priesthood session this year because of the feminist
group. Funny how they'll never televise the Relief Society broadcast
because all the guys are like "Annother meeting?! Nobody's asking for
that..." Thought that was funny.
This week has been full of tender mercies too. We went to INFIELD
orientation. It's like a 8 hour meeting, or group of meetings, in which
all the departing missionaries get taught by all the awesome teacher
bosses (teacher zone and district coordinators I think). It was SO COOL.
I felt so excited about half way through, and it wiped away my anxiety
about travel, and packing, and culture, and and and. It was a cool
excitement, and realization that I can do it. And that I don't have to
do it alone because the Lord will be doing the teaching if I'm doing my
best. I have to remind myself of that feeling and use it to chase the
I am really close on weight, and I wont know for sure until the
morning of. I have to throw some small items in right after I shower and
get dressed on Monday. If I'm over i might leave my blanket here for an
elder to send to Zeph through postmart. Hope i don't have to leave it
though... I love my blanky.... :( I was off on my estimate for when I'd
do the ATM thing, and I only took 80 out did it yesterday. The ATM card
didn't work but the debit did (charged 2 bucks). President wants us to
have $100 on us for expenses the day we arrive in Tahiti, in cash, so
now I do. I think the 600 (right?) that's still in there should be
enough. 150-200 for the bike, 75 for checked bag number two, and the
carry on and bag 1 are free. I am taking my timbuk2 bag as a personal
item, and my camelbak as my carry on and hope they are good with that.
Elder Randal who's flown to France, Hawaii, and all around the world
since he was 2 says they will be because the timbuk2 fits under the seat
in front of me. Really hope that it works, and thats the only place i
see other funds being used, if they squabble at that. Or if I go over.
It's like 75 bucks more if I'm over on a checked bag... Not gonna let
I have my reciept for the bike, and everything else I need. If the
package makes it to me I will put whats in it in my carry on. It will
work out. (can you tell I'm nervous... :P)
I love you SO MUCH!
You are the best family ever. I really am so glad that I have parents
who love each other and me, and who are supporting me on the whole
mission thing. This has been the hardest thing I've done so far (yurt
moment for Dad), but I have already come closer to the Savior, and I've
learned a lot. I know it only gets harder from here, but I know you are
praying for me. When I get discouraged I try to remember that I know
this is true, and that I am doing my best. That's what counts, and
that's what my teachers say will make all the difference.
Thanks again, and have a good week or two. I will probably be able
to email next Monday (the one in 10 days) but if not I will do my best
to let you know where I'm going. Internet is iffy, but I will try!
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!
~Elder Brigham Larsen