March 21, 2013

Home Again!

Just before getting released

March 14, 2013

Signing Off From Temple Square

To Sister Call in Independence, MO--Carry On, Carry On, Carry On!
It is hard to believe that this is the last email I'm writing to all of you as a full-time missionary. So many thoughts are going through my mind about my experiences over the last year and a half but I don't know how to make sense of it all in one short summary.
I have been thinking lately about what I have learned here. So, so much. I have come to the conclusion that the thing I have gained the deepest understanding of is charity, the pure love of Christ.  I have come to know and love so many people.  The people who call the Church hotline number, people who chat with us online, people who walk onto Temple Square, and of course the incredible people in Colorado where I served my outbound. The testimony that’s in my heart has reached all over the globe, from one tiny 10 acre square that is my mission. There are a lot of misinformed members out there who think serving at Temple Square would be easy or that we don't do "real" missionary work. But in what other mission could I have the experience of teaching someone in Hong Kong by telephone or computer while an investigator I taught is getting baptized in the Bahamas on the same day?
Temple Square is a sacred and wonderful place; I love it here and I have loved my time serving as a full-time missionary for the Lord. It will always feel like home... The next phase of my life awaits me and now after serving a mission I feel I’m actually prepared for it all! I can't imagine getting married and having a family without knowing what I do now after a year and a half of the refining experiences that the Lord has put me through. I am so thankful for all of the things I've learned here. And I'm so excited to be back in real life again; it's gonna be crazy!
Well, there is some sort of a Temple Square sister missionary talent show here on Friday night at the assembly hall. We have been practicing at 7:30 in the morning this week how to walk with a flag, how and when to wave it...
...I'm learning Patience.
Anyways, I will see you next week!
Love and please CTR,
Sister Jarvie
Signing off for the last time from Temple Square
Sister Lauren Jarvie
Temple Square Mission
50 N. West Temple St. Rm. BSVC
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
A visit from my "big sis" Malia Tarayao Johnson

March 6, 2013

Moving Forward!

A visit from the Owens and Joneses
I got the best news this week! LISA AND CAITLYN got baptized! They are a mother and daughter we taught in Colorado. I called Lisa on Saturday to check on her and see how she was doing and she told me they got baptized 3 weeks ago! I was so happy for them! Brother Keicher said that they're doing great and so is the Perez family. It is so different to be at Temple Square and try to keep in contact with them. I am so happy that they are all doing great, I love CO! I can't wait to go back and visit after my mission. When I told Brother Keicher that I got into BYU he was like "ohhhhhh I'm so sorry!" hahah He hates BYU because he is a big Utah State guy. He's so funny.
Sister Cardita and I have a lot of the same past experiences. It helps us a lot in teaching because we are super unified. We seriously have so much in common and it’s so fun to teach people with her. We have been helping someone recently who I think we are really getting through to and it seems like he is ready to make permanent life changes for the better, which is awesome! He will be so blessed if he does.
I am so excited to be able to connect with all the people I have helped throughout my mission on Facebook once I’m released!
I have been able to take some time this past week and get all registered for my classes at BYU; it’s getting closer and closer!
Things are moving forward!
Sister Jarvie
Sister Lauren Jarvie
Temple Square Mission
50 N. West Temple St. Rm. BSVC
Salt Lake City, Ut 84150
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