Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Roger B. Wilson
December 26, 1944-March 16, 1997
That really hit home again tonight when a friend of mine came over to tell me that a close friend of ours had just lost her younger brother. My heart is filled with sorrow for her family and I can only pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort and sustain them in this hard time.
I'll keep this short because it is late and has been an emotional day. I just want to end by saying that if you are reading this, you are probably a part of my life and I want you to know that whether we talk every day or our communications are few and far between--I am grateful for you, you have touched my life and continue to in ways you may not know. I love you and wish you nothing but the best. Just thought you should know...
Monday, March 10, 2008
- I can choose to go to the older singles ward in hopes of still having some semblance of a social life. Then again, I have heard some horror stories about these older wards.
- I can choose to go the the regular family ward in my area and give up nearly all hopes of a social life. Then again, maybe there are people I need to serve or from whom I can learn.
- I can choose to go to a Spanish branch somewhere in the valley...again hoping for a social life and hoping to serve and learn.
I don't like change, but sometimes it is necessary. And I haven't been able to shake the feeling in terms of this current situation. Of course I plan to check each place out to see what feels most right, but I thought the input of trusted friends and family would be helpful as well. So please take time to make your vote known (it'll be good practice for November!)
Sunday, March 9, 2008
I was really excited when I got my mission call for a few reasons: 1) I wasn't going anywhere in Asia (which had been a big worry of mine); 2) I was excited to get to learn Spanish...and perhaps most importantly; 3) When I opened my call I just knew it was where I was supposed to go (even though I had never even heard of the country.)
I actually had a very hard time adjusting to living in the DR. I was blessed to pick up the language pretty quickly but couldn't help feeling as if I were trapped in a Spanish soap opera. My first 10 months on the island were spent with native companions and when all was said and done I only ended up with 2 American companions. It was often hard for me then but I am so grateful when I look back on it now.
I'm not sure exactly when I made it through my acculturation process, but by the end of my mission I considered myself more Dominican than American. I dreaded the thought of having to leave behind a people, a culture and a country I had come to love. I would often say (and sometimes still do), "Soy gringa de aprariencia pero dominicana de corazon," which loosely translated is "I may look like gringa but I'm a Dominican at heart."
As I reflect on my life, many of the biggest blessings I enjoy now are directly related to having served a mission in that place at that time. Many qualities I gained, friends I have and even my current job would not have been possible if it weren't for my time spent in the DR. Serving a mission is easily one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have been fortunate enough to go back and visit the DR 4 times over the years and someday hope to maybe even have a vacation home or condo there. I will be eternally grateful for the 16 months I spent there as a missionary and invite you to join me on a trip down memory lane:
Sunday, March 2, 2008
|What Alyssa Means|
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.
You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.
You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.
You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
I am currently engrossed in the return of LOST but I am hoping it doesn't meet the same fate as Alias seeing as how they announced that it will run for a few more shortened seasons. So far this season is really great...which was a nice surprise given the fact that I wasn't too happy with last season's finale. Anyway, it's been fun gathering with friends on Thursday nights to watch the latest twists, turns, flashbacks and flash forwards unfold.