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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:

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I think this one is my favorite. 🙂

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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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As mentioned in my last post, after finals week my roommates and I paid a little visit to the east coast!

I’ll let the pictures do most of the storytelling. It’s more fun that way. Also, please know I really did wear different clothes every day. You just can’t tell because I’m always wearing my orange coat. Also, you’ll notice that many pictures are the three of our heads very close to the camera because there wasn’t anyone around to take our picture. My apologies to Liz for not being in as many of the pictures as well. She was often the one with the camera. That is all.

First we have Washington D.C.

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World War II Memorial

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Washington Monument

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This was our beautiful rainy walk to the Lincoln Memorial

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Lincoln Memorial

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Jordan and I laughed forever when we came across this picture. What a gem.

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View of the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial. Also, take a look at that beautiful sky! Isn’t that amazing??

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On the metro

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A foggy, chilly day at Arlington National Cemetary. Every single grave had a wreath.

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Not sure which museum is behind us…

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The eye-catching view as we came around the bend on the freeway. The Washington D.C. Temple!

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Ran into my cute missionary friend, Hailey, at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitor’s Center!

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Next we have our adventures in New York City

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My favorite thing in New York was seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

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The fallen chandelier

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So excited for the show to begin!

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Radio City Music Hall

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The giant Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree!

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This is my favorite picture. A funny Palestinian man took this picture of us and kept telling us to “Strike a pose!”.

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A view from the top of the Empire State Building

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Our freezing faces on the top of the Empire State Building.

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Another subway ride

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Taking the Staten Island Ferry so we could get a better glance at the Statue of Liberty

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Staten Island Ferry

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The Statue of Liberty

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This picture was taken through a very dirty window. I sat inside because it was just too cold outside.

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We saw some pretty hilarious street performers. “Because it’s not a real show until there’s an…ASIAN GUY!”

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Central Park. All of the trees are dead.

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I was cold pretty much all the time.

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As you can see, I am pretty hilarious. At least to Jordan.

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The Brooklyn Bridge

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Just a quick glance at the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. It was so fun to stay there!

I don’t have near as many pictures of things in Pennsylvania but it was very beautiful and green. We mostly did a lot of shopping in Pennsylvania and I was able to buy some cute clothes for my mission.

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We did manage to get ourselves to Hershey where we took a tour of the chocolate factory.

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Cutest cupcake shop in downtown York

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The beautiful, historic Wilson home

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My favorite room at Liz’s house. I took several naps on that couch.

Lots of money was spent, lots of driving/walking/flying was done, and lots of fun was had. Liz’s parents were the most gracious and kind hosts and we had an amazing time. I’m so happy we were able to have this fun adventure before I leave on my mission.

Oh, and I report to the MTC in 41 days.

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This is how I’m getting through the last three weeks of the semester. The fact that on the Friday of finals week I’ll be on an airplane heading to a week of fun on the east coast. That is, if it’s not completely underwater still.

Three weeks from now I will be wandering through the streets of New York City, the museums of Washington DC, and the Hershey Chocolate Factory of Pennsylvania!

This trip to the east coast is something I’ve been wanting to do quite some time now so when the opportunity presented itself, I convinced Jordan to do it with me.

I went to New York when I was 15 and absolutely loved it but Jordan has never been. Liz, having grown up in Pennsylvania, has been several times and knows all about the city and the best things to do. We have some good things planned and I am so excited that the three of us get to go together!

So basically these are my thoughts………

 

P.S. I report to the MTC in 71 days!!!

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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!”

And can I just say…I LOVE THAT I’M GOING TO BE A CALIFORNIA GIRL! 🙂

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I’m getting married!!!

Just kidding. Not even close.

For the past year and a half or so, I’ve felt the need to go somewhere far away and have an adventure. First I thought about doing a study abroad. Then I thought about becoming a nanny. Then I thought about just taking a long trip to somewhere far away. Then I thought about working in an orphanage. I seriously considered and researched each of these options but for one reason or another, none of them stuck.

And then it hit me. Go on a mission.

I must admit, that was not exactly the type of adventure I was hoping for.

But that feeling came strongly last December and hasn’t left me since.

It took some time for me to warm up to the idea of serving a mission. Heavenly Father has been so patient with me throughout the past 10 months. He has helped me overcome my fears and concerns and has filled my heart with faith, courage, and love. That’s how I know this is the right thing. It feels so good.

One can imagine how I felt when I heard the announcement yesterday in General Conference about changing the age for sister missionaries. My mom called me at work to tell me and I thought she was kidding, until I could hear the waver in her voice that let me know she had tears in her eyes. I can hardly believe it and I’ve been in shock and awe all day. Needless to say, my day has been filled with many tears of happiness.

So what does this mean for me??

Well, originally I was planning on submitting my papers on October 17th (exactly 120 days before my 21st birthday) and leaving as soon as possible after my birthday.

But now…I can submit them as soon as they are done (the goal is by the end of the week—just one visit to the doctor left!) and I’m changing my availability date to January 1, 2013.

This new change only moves my time up a month and a half, but it means the world to me. So, my papers are going in this week (if all goes as planned) and I’ll be receiving a call in the next few weeks. I am beyond excited!

I trust that the Lord will provide for me and endow me with the power necessary for this calling. I have faith that He will guide and direct me and that when I return home everything will work out the way it is supposed to.

So here I go. I am going to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!

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Moved Out!

A month ago I left the nest! That’s right! I moved out of my parent’s house and into an apartment with 5 other girls. Here we are. 🙂
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My room roommate is my cute friend, Jordan. We have been friends since 8th grade and we get along really well. I love living with her! We just always have a good time. 🙂

This is our bedroom. We have kind of matchy bedspreads and we didn’t even plan it! Mine is the one with red.

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My side is the left and Jordan’s is the right (in both pictures)
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Over the past month, I’ve found that there are some pros and cons about moving out.

Good stuff:

  • I love living so close to everything. I use a lot less gas and walk a lot more.
  • I love having someone to play with all the time! It’s so fun to come home to a house full of friends and neighbors.
  • I have a greater feeling of independence, as well as responsibility. It’s nice to feel like I am in charge and have more control over my life. Along with that feeling of control comes the feeling of responsibility. I realize that the choices I make are important and can really affect my life so I’m doing my best to stay in tune with the Spirit because I know that will make me the happiest. I’m learning to be more responsible with my time and money.
Not-so-good stuff:
  • As much as I love always having a friend around, it makes it very hard to get homework done! It’s hard to focus because there is always something fun to do. I end up going home about once a week so I can use the internet (my apartment internet is super slow) and get some good studying in.
  • Paying for stuff! Holy moly, life is expensive! I have to really budget my money and sometimes that means I have to turn down a fun activity because I’m trying to be money smart. Sigh…being a grown-up is hard sometimes.
  • I miss my family! I mean, it’s kind of silly because they live 15 minutes away and I get to see my mom for half an hour every day…but I miss them. I miss knowing what’s going on all the time and I miss seeing my dad and brother every day.

Anyway, my roommates are great! We have a lot of fun together. They all have such unique, fun, and cute personalities.
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Emily and Rebeca
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Shaunzi and Sam
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Jordan and I
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So yeah…it’s been good. Life is going well and so far it has been a fun adventure!

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Oh…and just FYI, I hurt my foot during this jumping picture. I bruised my heel bone really badly and I have to wear a nice little boot/shoe for the next 3 weeks. Nice.

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Happy News!

Back in early December, I was talking to my mom about what I wanted to do during the summer. I thought about different places I could travel, classes I could take, or jobs I could have. As we were talking, I remembered that an old friend of mine told me that during the summer she was a counselor at a program called Retreat for Girls. She told me a little bit about it and it sounded like a job I would LOVE to have!

Retreat for Girls is a gospel-centered (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) program for girls, ages 12-15. They spend a week attending classes, playing games, doing service, learning more about the gospel, and developing their testimonies. For those of you who are familiar with Especially for Youth, it’s the same idea.

So, I looked into what it would take to become a counselor and decided it was what I wanted to do! I applied for the job, received an interview, and yesterday they called me and asked me to be counselor! Woohoo!!! I am so, so excited!

It’s only for two weeks but I am so excited to have the opportunity to get know these girls and help them learn to love the gospel. Yay!

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