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May 12, 2010

puppies, missions, etc.

going puppy window shopping ended up not a good idea and instead a heartbreaking one because i want one soooooo badly. i forgot just how cute straight up baby puppies are...when they are 8 weeks old and made out of nothing but fur and love. even the ones you know will grow up ugly are adorable.

speaking of ugly (and no offense, courtney and others who might enjoy them) bulldogs are not cute. sorry. i love and appreciate them as individuals, but i simply cannot call them cute. that goes for pugs too. i guess the i-got-hit-in-the-face-by-a-bus-and-its-hard-for-me-to-breathe look just doesn't do it for me.

big news: if all goes well i will know two or three weeks from today where i will be spending 18-or-so months of my life. i guess it is time to announce to blogoland that i am going to be serving a mission. which means i will spend 18 months studying, teaching, serving, loving, and sharing my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. i have been spending a week-or-so working on the paperwork (making sure i am healthy/can work long days, questions about language proficiency etc), which gets sent to the Church Headquarters in Salt Lake they will then decide on where to send me and with over 300 missions around the world, the possibilities are nearly endless. (for those of you who are random readers of this blog, i am going to be serving with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

i met with my bishop yesterday and he said something that was really cool. "missions are always great things and everyone has potential to do good things, but i can feel as i talk to you that you are going to do great things"

and i also want to thank the numerous people who's first reaction when i've told them has been "you'll be a great missionary" and all the people who have been so so supportive. it was not an easy decision to make and i've gone back and forth on it, but it feels really great to have a decision made and to know in my heart that it is the right decision for me.

anyway, more on that later. just know that i am very excited and feel very grateful for an opportunity to go forth and serve. and that i will miss you all very much, but that a year and a half is really not so long in the grand scheme of things.


Nibby said...

1st of all. I agree, you're going to be a great missionary. 2nd of all, you're totally wrong about bulldog puppies---THIS isn't cute? http://www.seattle.net/classifieds/images/Bulldog.jpg

I just gave you a cyber slap on the wrist.

Kelsey said...

Congratulations on going on a mission! You will be a great missionary. I thought you might be interested in hearing that Michael comes home on the 27th. He flies into Idaho Falls that night and has his homecoming on the 30th.

Brooke said...

YEAH! Missions!

That is very very exciting. Congratulations.

I am still undecided if I am going to go. But I am not 21 until October anyway...
so maybe after Christmas.

Austin said...


you'll be an awesome missonary.com

redneckzilla said...

It'll be tough to let you go, but I believe you in. You'll be awesome out there Hachi.

:O) said...

Yes,you will be a great missionary. :0) I can't wait to hear where you'll be serving!

Alena said...

Lauren, you ARE going to be an amazing missionary. I'm glad you've decided to do it. Ya it's rough and powers will combine to try and tell you it's not right, but it so is! You are awesome and I'm excited to find out where you will go!
Also, I agree with you on bull dog and pug puppies, they aren't cute. Sorry pug lovers!