(Amber Garvin from Provo, Utah served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as 'Mormons') in the Richmond, Virginia area (Now called the "Virginia Chesapeake Mission"). 'Sister' Missionaries are able to serve at age 19 for a period of 18 months. They leave their homes, families and educational pursuits to love and serve their fellowman, and to teach about how families can be together forever. All are invited to follow her missionary experiences.)

*I have now returned home to Utah and will continue to share the experiences of being a returned missionary. :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Letter to My Mom - April 24

(This was a quick letter on the evening she arrived in Virginia. )

Dear Mom,
I made it here safely!  So excited to be here, and also to meet our Mission Presidency, and their wives.  I have been awake since 2:30 a.m. (they left the MTC for the airport at 4:00 a.m.) so some of this may not make much sense - sorry. Mission President is wonderful and they served us dinner, and we will get our area assignments in the morning.

I am sorry for not calling from the airport, but I also figured that you didn't know about it anyway.  One of the sisters from our other district, Sister ____, was with me in the airport, and we had a little visit with a 57 year old woman named _____.  She told us about her life and about how she really appreciates what we as missionaries are doing.  She used to be a Baptist and is now a Seventh-day Adventist. She was super sweet, and made it easier to (figure out how to) approach people.  I was awkward at starting the conversation, but she was wonderful.

Got to go!
Much love,
Sister Garvin

President and Sister Perry - with newly arrived missionary Sister Garvin