Wednesday, August 28, 2013

She is now offically a Hooiser!

Yesterday was a wonderful day! Grandma & Grandpa Christensen, Zach & Lauren, and I were able to talk to Sister Christensen at 5:22 am for 45 minutes. She was ready to be in Indiana, by way of Detroit. She sounded good and was excited to be leaving for the field. She was able to call Chuck at work and talked to him for about 10 minutes.

I also received a call from Sister Hodges of the Indiana Mission Home (Sister Cleveland was ill or she would have called) today, telling me that Sister Christensen had arrived safely. There were 33 new missionaries that day so it was busy with interviews and such. She is now with her new companion and settling into an apartment. P-day will be Monday so Sister Hodges promised that we would be receiving an email. Can't wait for Monday!

I've started the countdown chart!

Love, Sister Christensen's MOM

Friday, August 23, 2013

More pictures . . .


My nametag with the welcoming orange dot. The orange dot was the best. Everyone is so friendly when you have that on.


Me and Whit the day before she left.


The last two are Sister H and I.


LOVE YOU!



She's Alive! (Mother just wondering because P-day was suppose to be yesterday!)


I'm so sorry I didn't email yesterday. Since we got transferred campuses, we had In-Field training yesterday and P-day today. I feel like it was forever and a half ago when you dropped me off, but time seems to be going so fast, so it's strange.


Travel Plans first:


I will be leaving the MTC for the airport on Tuesday August 27 at 3:30 AM. We will go through security, and then I will be able to call you before our flight leaves at 7:30. I will plan on calling Mom's phone. So I will probably be calling between 5:30-7:00. I will be flying Delta on flight 1422 to Detroit Metro, MI and then Flight 852 to Indianapolis. We arrive in Indiana at 3:00 PM their time. It's looking like my luggage will work out perfectly and we have scales here to measure the luggage, so that will be good. 


Dear Elder me if you have any questions because they get here fast. Just make sure to put the West MTC as the destination. Especially if I need to call Dad's phone that day too. I need his number if I do need to call him. 


Questions next:


Dad, do you remember seeing a mini hymn book when you were packing my room? I know I had one at one time, but I can't remember where. It would be good to have one, but don't buy one if you can't find mine. Just curious.


Mom, did you deliver my thank you notes? :)


Will you try to find for me the Character of Christ talk by David A. Bednar? It was an MTC devotional at Christmas a few years ago. I would love to have the written notes on it. And if you all can watch it and read it, that would be great. It will change your life. I think I'm going to watch it on Sunday again just because.


And just FYI, Elder Holland is giving devotional on the day I leave. I'm only a little super upset that I'm missing it. And Elder Scott talked at the Devo the day before we came. MY LIFE. At least General Conference is coming.


Okay so Sunday was like the greatest. I think that's the day I got to in writing to you. It was just a good day to sit down and had Me-and-God time. It was strange to have sacrament meeting with just our Zone, but kind of fun for how little it was. Sister Handy and I were called as the Sister Training Leaders for our zone, so we had a bunch of training on that. It is a fun call. We get to visit all the sisters and we got to train the new missionaries that came on Wednesday. We have awesome zone leaders too. LEGIT. And Sunday night, devo was by Vai Sikahema. You know, the guy who played for BYU when they won the Miracle Bowl and the National Championship? And played for the Cardinals, Packers, and Philly. And now is a broadcaster for the Olympics/NBC? Yeah, pretty legit. He gave an awesome talk about his mission and actually had one of his converts with him, so that was cool.


Monday, we had to clean bathrooms. Sister Handy was not very happy I volunteered us. The Elder's bathrooms were NASTY! There was hair everywhere, and not from the head if you know what I'm sayin'. It was gross. Sister Handy was so sick after, she had to get a blessing. Poor sister. I apologized for being the one who can't stand silence when they ask for volunteers. We packed like crazy Monday night.


Tuesday we moved, so we had like a half day to get settled.


Wednesday, we had an awesome lesson with our progressing investigator/teacher guy. We are slowly learning to teach people, not lessons. We have this awesome teacher guy that has helped us so much to figure out how to do that.


Yesterday, we had the most fantastic lesson with a TRC (Teaching Resource Center) investigator named Rachel. She was so nice and just wanted her questions answered. She had been to church, but really didn't know much. It was so natural to share the gospel with her. It was awesome!


And today is like the best. Not that I don't love studying and doing missionary work, but we haven't had gym time like forever and doing laundry was like the relaxing measure of the week. I know, pathetic that I'm excited to do laundry. But it was good to just sit and read a few conference talks while smelling laundry soap :)


Oh and I didn't tell you all thank you for all the letters! Our mail got a little backed up with our move, but I loved every single letter even if we did get them a little late!


And here's a list of things I've learned at the MTC so far.


1. The gospel is DEFINITELY true. The spirit of missionary work and the commitment of so many young people testifies that it is. The work is hastening my friends.


2. The priesthood is awesome. 18 year old boys sure can be obnoxious, but when they give blessings, you know the power is real. Love it.


3. They weren't kidding when they say you're busy as a missionary. They really forgot to give you time to go to the bathroom and shower.


4. Obedience DOES bring blessings.


5. Being yourself is one of the most useful tools in Missionary Work. They feel the gospel is true instead of hear it.


6. Christ lives. I want to become more like Him every single day.


7. The busier I am, the less I worry about the world (sorry fam. I really do miss you, but I don't really have time to think about it if I do all I'm supposed to do.)


8. It's strange to wear pants. Elders look at you really strange when you run to another apartment in your pajamas in the rain when you're going to visit other sisters. We almost got struck by lightning, but I'm pretty sure  since we were doing our duty, the Lord protected us :)


9. Don't put mail in the mailbox that isn't blue. ****IF YOU GET A LETTER IN FOREVER THAT SAYS THAT MY P-DAY IS CHANGED, THAT'S FALSE!*** They somehow didn't have the key to the mailbox I put it in, so I'm hoping they got it out, but if not, you might not get it for like 3 months.


10. Being in the MTC can make you do strange things for fun. It's a good thing I won't be here for 3 months.


Plus a lot more. I love it here, but I'm ready to leave.


People I've seen in the MTC: Elder Brady Wickstrom. Elder Carson Hardy. Sister WHITLEY DIXON. Sister King (the one Zach's age....Courtney I think???). Elder Parker and Landon Greenhalgh from AFY. Elder Cade Capener. A lot of people from school. Sister Ashley Williams from Deweyville. And I think that's all.


Well, the gospel is true! Missionary work is awesome! Please, please, please give referrals to the missionaries! It will help the work so much. BE A MEMBER MISSIONARY! :)

Pictures below:


Whit and I! I saw here a few times before she left and I transferred. She'll be a fantastic missionary.


The sisters in our district. Sister C (with the glasses and hair pulled up) Sister H (short dark hair) and Sister J (Glasses with hair down)


And me in front of the Marriott Center. Go Aggies. :)


I'll send another email with a few more.


Until next week, I LOVE YOU ALL! I will talk to you momma and papa on Tuesday early mornin! I'm excited to hear from you!


LOVE YOU!



-Darcie (Sister Christensen...I kind of miss my first name...)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Darcie's First Handwritten Letter - Oh it was good to hear from her!

Hi MaMa & Dadio!
Geez it's busy here! I just barely got paper so I could write you and bought stamps. Seriously, there is no such thing as extra time here. Every minute is planned and rushed. I really do think they forgot that we need to shower, go to the bathroom, ya know, normal things. But it's pretty good so far! I think I'm glad I'll only be hear 2 weeks, but I'm learning a lot about how to love and really facilitate an environment the spirit can dwell in because the spirit converts people, not me. Today, we had our fist lesson with "Ed" who is our teacher playing an investigator. We taught well, but we forgot to love and get to know him because we were too caught up in teaching the lesson. TEACH PEOPLE, NOT LESSONS! Sister Handy and I have a goal to do that, so watch out world, we're going to rock! J

 
Sister Handy is awesome! She kinda reminds me of Katrina Perkins. J
She's really quiet but that's a good balance for loud me!  J

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She is from San Diego and is about a foot shorter than me! But we're starting to study really well together, so that's good. She's just awesome. Sister Cutler & Sister Jeffery are the other 2 sisters in our district. They are awesome too. I'll make sure to send pictures next Thursday!

Oh, P.S. I'm getting moved to the West MTC on Tuesday the 20th. If you dear elder, I think you can choose West MTC but if you send mail, you should be able to just send it to my regular MTC address & they'll forward it. We actually don't pick up our own mail since there's so many missionaries so the District Leader picks it up twice a day for us. Hopefully the West MTC is a little easier to navigate. They say it's smaller, so we'll see! J
 Oh and I saw Whitley! Yesterday and today! I'll send a picture on Thursday! She leaves Wednesday morning for Vancouver. Glad I saw her! She actually lives on the same floor as me, so that's fun! I also saw Elder Greenhalgh (AFY), Elder Riley Skinner, Elder Tyson Jessop, Sister Ashley Williams (from Deweyville going to Canada Vancouver too), Elder Avery Fox (from Treetown), some sisters from Old Farm, & yeah I think that's it . . . crazy how many people I know here! Oh and Ben Eggli!

Well we finally got gym time today. HALLELUJA! It seriously was the best thing. As much as I love sitting then eating then sitting then eating. I was getting restless, so running & playing 4-square was fun. I am definitely going to exercise at least 4-5 times a week in the field! It may really be the most helpful hour in making the rest of the day productive.

Seriously though Mom, your food is wayyy better than this cafeteria food! But the food's alright, so I guess it's okay! J And their cookies have nothing on yours dadio! J


Well, I think that's about it for now so I actually have something to write about next Thursday. It seems forever away, but it'll come quick! And just remember, I'll send pictures. J


LOVE YOU!
The gospel is true!


+ Sister Christensen
(I kinda miss Darcie . . . so also + Darcie)

P.S. Don't forget to read Preach My Gospel!



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Sunday, August 18, 2013

MTC Drive By

Just arriving at the MTC! Cheese Darcie!
Dad unloading that heavy luggage.

All Smiles

Last hug!

How come Dad got a bigger hug?

Just making sure Sister Walker is going to take good care of Sister Christensen.

Sister Walker assures me that Sister Christensen is in good hands.

See you in 18 months. Record time - probably about 4 minutes total.



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Darcie's First email - She's doing great!


Hi Mama and Papa! 

 

Just letting you know that I am alive and well! My first day was awesome. I was exhausted at the end of the day, so that means it was good right! The question mark won't work because I think I am on a spanish computer...whoops. My companion and district are awesome. I'll send pictures and a longer letter next week! My p-day isn't until next Thursday, so I will try to get a letter off to you hopefully by tomorrow. But I think they forget that we need time to do things...like shower. Or go to the bathroom. But it is all good! I'll find time for you guys! 800 missionaries came in yesterday, FYI.

 

Love ya'll! Hope you have a fantastic week! The gospel is true!

 

I haven't found Whit here yet, but hopefully soon! I did see Elder Greenhalgh who was at AFY last year. He got my letters I sent from Ed week and a couple of Sisters from my ward from last year, so that was fun. 

 

The food is nothing compared to yours momma but I'll survive :)

 

LOVE YOU!

-Sister Christensen

 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Addresses.

5 days 'til I spend two weeks in a land I'll never call home...Provo. Yep, only 5 sleeps until I go to the MTC. Where in the world did time go? I'm super excited though, nervous on occasions, but for the most part STOKED. My dear, sweet madre will be posting letters on this blog each week (that's the plan anyway!).

As for addresses, I will be in the MTC until the 27th of August so my address until then is:

Sister Darcie Christensen
AUG27 IN-IND
2011 N 900 E Unit 245
Provo, UT 84602

After that, my address for packages or mail will always be the mission home:

Sister Darcie Christensen
Indiana Indianapolis Mission
1980 E 116th St STE 200
Carmel, IN 46032
United States

My email is: darcie.christensen@myldsmail.net

I hope to hear from you all! (:

Just a reminder: My "So long, farewell, Auf something..." will be this Sunday at 10:20 at the Tremonton Stake Center, which is located at:

660 N. 400 E.
Tremonton, UT 84337.

There will also be a luncheon after that you're all invited to! You'll just have to ask me for the address though...I'm not posting that on here (: Hope to see ya'll!

SISTER CHRISTENSEN, OUT!