Sister Mckenzie Madsen
California San Diego Mission
7404 Armstrong Place
San Diego, CA 92111

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Week #5...Beautiful San Diego


 Hi everyone!

Aren't you jealous that you're not in San Diego like ME?? :) Everyone
was right, it's GORGEOUS down here.
Unfortunately, I thought I'd have more time to write out here than I
did in the MTC. Turns out I have even less cause there's so much to do
on Preparation Day! (I thought P-days were the days we could relax a
little... boy was I wrong!) But that's okay.

My new companions (the ones in the Battalion Picture) are sister
Burden and Sister Ortez. That's right, I'm in a trio. Heavenly Father
gave me TWO great people to learn from instead of one. :)
They are both amazing! They are very experienced
(Burden goes home next month and Ortez has been out for a year!)
and are teaching me a lot about how to be an obedient, hard working
missionary. And they both like to laugh!

The Battalion site is SO COOL!!! I love it! It is super interactive
and fun. I wish I could describe every little detail to you! And I
wish everyone I know could come down here and see how cool it is! And
actually, turns out I like wearing my pioneer dresses a lot more than
I thought I would. (Don't make fun, Cory Bylund. :P) All of the girls
serving at the Battalion live in an apartment building right next to
it, too! Including my roommates from the MTC, which I LOVE! I'm
definitely going to have to get used to being around so many girls all
of the time... ;) but there's plenty of love and support to go around.
It's quite the party!

My mission is the coolest mission ever because, as Jeff Davis will
tell you (wink, wink), we do absolutely no tracting. We do ALL of our
work through the members! That means each of our "areas" is simply a
ward! And my ward is called the Black Mountain YSA Branch. :)
Heavenly Father gave me the best of the best--I get to teach people my
own age, people I can relate to! On Sunday I met so many of them and
made so many new friends, and they are all mission oriented!
California wards are so different than Utah wards because the members
here are constantly placed in missionary opportunities, and it's
wonderful. In addition to that, our YSA ward gets a lot of "stripling
warriors" : marines! They are constantly flowing in and out because
there's a base down here that our area covers, which means we teach
them as they come... then when we've converted one troop, they leave
and we get a whole new troop to convert! :) (Okay, so I'm not sure how
often they come and go, but it's still sweet!)

So basically what I'm trying to say is that I've been sent to the best
mission ever. :) Right now, though, we spend a lot of our time
teaching less actives and recent converts--in a YSA ward, there's a
lot of that to do, which is great because it's been helping me get to
know the ward... but we also need new people to teach who have never
heard the gospel before. Currently we only have one progressing
investigator. Ah! So please pray that we will find new people to
teach!

I have definitely felt overwhelmed with everything... but I've also
begun to see why I'm going to love serving a mission! It's going to
take some time to get used to, I'm doing my best to not get stressed
and just take it in a bit at a time... and I know that by just doing
my best every day the Lord will be happy with me. I've got a long way
to go before I'm the kind of missionary I want to be, but as Bob says
(Easton), "baby steps," right? :)

I really do love being a missionary! One night when I was slightly
discouraged, Sister Burden drove us home and surprised us... all of
a sudden out of the dark, there stood the one and only beautiful San
Diego temple. It was glorious. I couldn't believe I was seeing it in
real life for the first time. :) I know that was a tender mercy from
the Lord--He was aware that just the sight of the House of the Lord
would remind me that He is THERE and He is REAL and that everything is
going to be okay. Better than okay, it's going to be the best time of
my life! And it's already started!

Do everything you can to show the Lord you love Him! I love all of
you--thank you for the great letters/packages that I got in the MTC! I
will eventually respond to you all, I promise! ;) The gospel's true!
Love,
Sister Madsen

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EASTON! I sent a package in the mail for you! I love you!

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