Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dear Sister Kathryn Grace Sundberg....

You are herby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Mexico Hermosillo Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.
You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday November 13, 2013. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language. Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president.

I'm going to Mexico!!!!!!!

Heavenly Father loves me so much. I am already blessed with a lot of comfort and peace and all of my fears of having to eat orange chicken and learning Russian and trudging in snow are gone away (along with some others).  Now all I have to worry about is getting caught in a drug deal and I can totally handle that!!! I was shaking the whole time I was reading it but no tears came because I was so overjoyed and excited about everything that comes with this call. I'm no longer going to be a complete gringa!
Now I don't leave until November 13th so I have 139 days until I leave (no I didn't count it out, my missionary portal tells me). So if you have any ideas of what I should do with my life and time I am open to suggestions!
So this is my mission
If anyone knows anything about Sonora Mexico, I would love to hear about it! Anything I can learn about the people, the culture, the church, the weather, the food....anything!!!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Family History- I am Doing It!

Lately I have been indexing and it's been really fun.  I really love seeing where the people who I index were traveling to either by plane or ship.  Many of them are from the early to mid 1900s but some are earlier. There are some documents that list what jobs people had on the ship. This week I reached 1,000 names that I had indexed! I have had a great example (my mom) who is indexing all of the time. She LOVES family history work and indexing makes it possible for others to find records about their ancestors through censuses and marriages and other documents.
I have also gained a love for the site In order to view this site you have to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but is another great website where you can create pedigree charts and look for your ancestors. It has been really exciting to upload pictures of my relatives to share with others so that their can be a picture to a name. Today my mom sent me a text saying my 10th great grandfather Hezron Leavitt was a juror on a witch trial in New Hampshire in 1680. Now I'm not sure if I'm proud of this but it's history and it brings my ancestors to life for me.
One of the reasons I scrapbook is because it is like my own personal history. I treasure my scrapbooks and every time I am home I look through them and reminisce about the good times I have had and how blessed I have been and even how stupid I have been. A few months ago I went home and Rylin and I looked through some of these books and it was really fun for me. The next time I came home Jordy wanted to look through my books and I knew it was because she had seen Rylin and I look through them and knew that that was a way she could spend some time with me. It was really sweet and Paytin would "look through" them by flipping the pages every two seconds. I keep a journal but having pictures along with the memories are more lasting to me.
Anyway I think everyone should learn more about their ancestors. It's a lot of fun and you learn so much more about yourself.