Friday, July 26, 2013

July 26, 2013 - Forever remembered.

July 26, 2013

 So apparently it was a good idea to get up at 4 in the morning and do laundry again. Highly debatable. (but really - obedience to the schedule here is a big deal. You wouldn't think that switching around times or being a little late or early would matter too much, but there is a certain power/blessings that come from what we like to call "exact obedience", which I like to call "diligent obedience" - the principle that you follow the schedule because you want to be here. And it's hard to explain the ways that God blesses you for it. Little things. Again, hard to explain, but entirely real. Hence conflicted about regular 4 in the morning laundry.) Anyway, my swipey card, which is used for everything - getting in doors, and food, which is just about everything here :) - fell behind the washer. At 4 in the morning. Sniffle. And hilarious at the same time. So Lauren, when you come, check behind washer 11. My card may still be there. :) (they said they can't move the washers, though I'm supposing that's until hardcore cleaning time. So it probably won't be, but a Sister can dream, right?)
Sad that that's my story of the day. :)
Plenty of other hilarious things that I cant' think of now. Another reason why I'm not particularly a fan of writing at 4 in the morning. but alas.
I suppose I ought to talk about going to KOREA! I'm both entirely excited and entirely terrified. It depends on the hour you ask me if I'm ready to go or not. On one hand, it's time. I've been in the MTC long enough, and even though it's going to be a rough go out in Korea, talking to people in, like, you know, Korean, and being rejected all over the place, but it's time to start working with people. Which I'm SO EXCITED about! But on the other hand, I don't actually speak/understand Korean. I speak a TON for someone who has been studying for about 2 months, about 3 formal hours a day (most of the rest is personal scripture study, teaching activities, etc), but I, uh, am far from fluent. But hey, that's part of a mission, right? Jumping in and being ready to learn, and knowing the Lord will support me. Yeah! On the other hand, I can't WAIT to leave! I have big dreams about what is going to happen in Korea, am excited to work with people and the members and talk to random people - I guess the love it when people try to learn their language, which is nice - and to be a part of the work to bring happiness to His children. I've been realizing more and more just what happiness that the gospel has brought to me - to our family, that I know I always have support from y'all and from Him, who never fails, that there is a purpose to life and a reason for existing (which knowledge has helped me more than I think I realize) and through these supports and many other blessings and understandings (so MANY!), I'm happy. Even when life is rough (and boy, has it been rough at times here - and I'm sure that's just the beginning :) ) I always have something to turn back to.
Yeah, that will be the email for the week. plenty else to say, but not plenty of time.
And yes, I did receive the crocs, and they're great - but I'm wondering now if I have room. I'll let you know. and thanks for the jacket! Once again, I hope there's room, but if not, I'll send it back in a post-mark package with Jen. We're having breakfast on Saturday!
Love you! Have a great week :) *hug*
Sister Claire Thomas

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