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It’s a Weird Feeling

It’s a weird feeling when…

  • Everyone starts a new semester of school and you spend every day shopping, writing letters and thank you cards, and packing.
  • You buy a gallon of milk and notice that it will expire after you’ve been in the MTC for over a week.
  • The week before you leave, you go out to eat for every meal so that you can spend some quality time with friends before saying goodbye. (I went to Angie’s three times yesterday. Yes, every meal.)
  • You stop caring whether or not guys ask you out.
  • Your mom is experiencing more anxiety than you are about leaving on a mission.
  • Your friends are making plans for next weekend and you realize you won’t be around to join in or even hear about it the next day.
  • You have only three days until you report to the MTC!
  • You can’t attend Aggie basketball games because your student ID is now invalid.
  • Most of your guy friends are finally home from their missions and you’re just leaving.
  • All your missionary shopping is FINALLY done!

Thus has been my life for about the past month. It has actually been an incredible month—full of so much love, peace, excitement, and just a bit of sadness. I have been extremely blessed.

And good news! It’s almost time!


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So basically I have the most talented sister ever. If you know her, I’m sure you’d agree. She is wonderful at sewing and cooking and anything artistic. In the past couple of years she has been really interested in graphic design. She has made many, many fun invitations, announcements, wallpapers, pictures, etc. She even made my blog design! In early-mid December I was talking to her on the phone and she mentioned that for her family Christmas card she was making a design of her cute little family to put on the card. I thought that was such a cute idea!

A few days later I called her and told her I had an idea for something she could get me for Christmas. I asked her to make a design of me as a missionary and then print them on some cards that I could take on my mission and send out to people while I’m gone.

So on Christmas day, this is what I got:


I think this one is my favorite. 🙂





All four designs

She completely exceeded my expectations! She made four different designs that are all darling! And the name tag even says:

Sister Morgan
The Church of
Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints

I absolutely love these cards! I’m so lucky to have such a talented, sweet sister who can do such fun things for me. I’m so excited to be able to use them while I’m on my mission!

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I went through the temple for the first time today.

Source: google.com via Ashleigh on Pinterest

I have been preparing myself for this moment in my life since I was just itty bitty. The temple is a place I’ve been taught to look to as a source of strength and peace. I knew that if I kept myself clean, I would eventually be able to attend and that meant so much to me.

Tina & Marie

Making a visit to the temple. Age 12 or 13.

The long awaited day (TODAY!) finally came and it was so, so good. I experienced such inexpressible feelings of peace, happiness, wonderment, and awe. It was everything I imagined and more. It truly is a holy place.


It was a completely amazing and beautiful experience and I loved it. I can’t wait to return soon. 🙂

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California Girls

Well as most of you already know, I received my mission call last week! That day was easily one of the best days of my life. I had my family gathered around (Thank goodness for cell phones and Skype!) and it was wonderful to be able to share such a sweet moment together.

I think this video is funny because most of it is just us trying to figure out where San Bernardino is located in California.

A couple of days after I received my mission call, I had the best conversation with my sweet little 6 year old niece. We’ll call her Peanut.

Peanut: “Tina, you’re going on your mission to California!”

Tina: “That’s right! Isn’t that exciting??”

P: “Did you know I was born in California?”

T: “I did know that. You are a California Girl!”

P: “Yeah. I’m the only one in my family who was born in California! Everyone else was born here.”

T: “That’s true. And now I’m going to be living in California for a year and a half! We can both be California Girls!”

P: “Yeah! We are California Girls!”


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