Monday, August 5, 2013

The Last Thing

Dearest Blog Reader.

I regret to inform you that I cannot have a blog as a member of the TLM. I was unaware. But today I was made aware. And I must be obedient, right?

Right!

So this will be the last thing that my beautiful amiga posts on this blog for me. I don't know what to do about it. I am thinking that maybs you can just email me a line that says you want me to email you and then I will just write a blog post and send it to you in email form.  What do you think?  

I don't know.

But! For the last legitimate post, let me tell you something I have learned this week.

I started the Book of Mormon over with the beginning of this new transfer, and my oh my. All throughout 1 Nephi, it is just evidence after evidence and testimony after testimony and story after story of the Lord directing His people! So I have been thinking a lot about that. Then I was reading 1 Nephi 18 and it talks about the Lord giving them direction in every single verse for like 6 verses straight.

And then I was studying PMG. There is principle titled, "Heavenly Father Reveals His Gospel in Every Dispensation."  And it was like it was the first time I had read that. I said to myself, "Whoa! He REVEALS it!"  We would not have this church here today if it were not for revelation.  The Prophet is seriously called of God to receive revelation to direct the church and the world. I'm pretty sure I wrote that line basically word for word on this very blog before, but it has just been hitting me hard this week.

We are so blessed to know that there is revelation in this very day.

And not only that, but we can receive personal revelation on the daily.  I have read soooo many scriptures that say, "Ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you." And I would be like, "Wow, great, knock, receive." This is great. 

But this week I have been reading scriptures like that, and actually, legitimately believing it. Because guess what. It. is. true.

When we pray, God hears us. And then He answers us. And He guides us.  Personal revelation is a real thing.

Jacob 4:8.... Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord. How unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his ways. And no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore, brethren, despise not the revelations of God.

And then I was reading all these scriptures about opening our ears and humbling ourselves so that we can receive revelation. And True to the Faith! Best book ever! Read that thing!

Okay, I must end this.

This is what I know:  Personal revelation is such an important, and very real gift from God.  I have experienced it, and I am excited to learn more about it, and to learn how to receive and act on it more effectively.  And I know that each of you can, too. If you want to. So. Want to.

It is such a blessing to be a missionary at this time.  This is the Lord's work! His purposes will roll on. So let's get crackin.

Love, Sister Brittan E Plante

Monday, July 29, 2013

Obedience

Remember obedience?

I love it.

I don't have much time today, but this is what I would suggest:  Read Elder L. Tom Perry's talk from last conference called Obedience to Law is Liberty. And then the very next talk by President Monson called Obedience Brings Blessings.  Both are amazing and enlightening and will change your life if you allow them to. So. Please, do allow them to.

Obedience literally brings us freedom. In every way. EVERY way!  Additionally, it brings us knowledge and truth that we cannot even imagine. Freedom, knowledge, and truth. Would you want anything else?

There is so much more, but I will just leave you with this, until next time...

Recipe for a successful missionary:

1. Obedience.
2. Hard work.
3. Testimony.

In that order.  Because even if you don't have the second two, you WILL get them, if all you have is the first. So be obedient.

The church is true, my friends.

Love, Sister Brittan E Plante

Monday, July 22, 2013

Whenever I was fixin a go on a mission


I love being a missionary!

So, now that I have been here in Lubbock for almost a whole transfer, would you like to know what it is like?

1. The sky here is absolutely amazing.  We get these cloud shows that just do not happen in Utah, I am assuming because of the mountains. But seriously. It's like Toy Story, but 17 times better.
2. People say things like, "Have a blessed day!" on a daily basis. So great.
3. They also say things like, "We're fixin' a eat."  Like going to eat, but fixin a eat.  A girl named Amy told us that her new niece is fixin a be born. And her grandpa is fixin a die. Haaaaa.
4. They use the word "whenever" when it's supposed to be just "when." Like, "Whenever I was 7 we went to Disneyland."  What?
5. So Sister O and I say to each other, "Whenever I was fixin a go on a mission..." We are too funny.
6. Everybody AND THEIR DOG has a dog! Or 7!
7.  There are a million chicken places. And like 2 hamburger places. It's quite funny. And they always serve some sort of bread (usually a roll) with their chicken. 
8. There are 2 million Sonics, DQs, and donut places.
9. There are as many churches as there are in Utah, only they are waaaay bigger, and a LOT more variety. Lot's of Baptists, Catholics, Church of Christ, Trinity, and THE abominable of all abominable churches....Experience Life! And of course on campus we meet a crazy number of Hindus and Muslims. And Chinese people who do not believe anything. That was hard for me.

It's so fun! I love it here. It's weird that this is the biggest city in the mission because it's tiny. But there are like 4 walmarts. So I guess it's big.

On to the spiritual.

Obedience.

It is the first law of Heaven.

Sister O and I are studying/working on/applying the Christlike attribute of obedience this week and I am so so excited.

We watched a little bit of the video "Special Witnesses of Christ" on Saturday, and Robert D. Hales said something like this:

Everything Christ said and everything He did was out of obedience to the Father.  He had no personal agenda.  He said I do nothing of myself, but as my Father taught me.

Isn't that amazing?  Literally everything He did was out of obedience!  He never did anything for Himself or for His own recognition.

John 5:30
 30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is ajust; because I seek not mine own bwill, but the cwill of the Father which hath sent me.
(Thank you LDS.org)

So. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm excited.

I love every one of you!

Love, Sister Brittan E Plante

Monday, July 15, 2013

Ready

One month of my time here in Lubbock is gone. Forever. And I will never get it back.

Before the mission, I had these expectations of my missionary self that I was not aware I even had.  I expected perfection.

And then I got to the MTC and I was like, "Whoa. This is hard. I don't know anything."

And then I got to Lubbock and I was like, "Yikes. I have zero faith. I don't know what I am doing here. What am I doing."  I doubted. A lot.

And then I prayed.

And I repented.

And I repeated. repeated. repeated. repeated. every. single. day. over and over and over and over.

And I studied. And I worked.

I literally had to start from rock bottom.

But guess what.  I can now tell you, for flippin sure, that I KNOW God knows and loves me personally and He has a plan fo rme and for every person on this earth.  I know He has called a Prophet and established His church through the Priesthood on the earth today.  I know the Book of Mormon is His word, and He has given it to us that we may learn of Him and His plan, and grow closer to Him as we discover and apply the power of the Atonement.  I know that the Holy Ghost is real, and is a gift from God to give us strength, comfort, guidance, and protection.  As I read from the Book of Mormon, pray, and listen to the promptings and impressions of the spirit, I receive direction and power to do God's will for me and to serve His children.  God is real. This is His church.  He loves us.  And He has provided a way for each of us to return to Him and enjoy all the blessings He has. I know these things to be true.

I also know that I have been called by a Prophet of God to share what I know with the people of Lubbock.  He has sent me here for a reason.  I will do everything I can to be obedient, focused, and diligent in doing the Lord's work.  I know that as I do, the Lord will work miracles. He is ready. He has just been waiting for ME to be ready.  I will give my life to Him from now on.  And He will give me so much more. He expects EVERYTHING. But, He will be there on my right and on my left, before me and behind me; He will give me strength, direction, and power, and He will use to as an instrument to bring forth His purposes.

So yes, my first month was not the most effective. And yes, I have been here A WHOLE MONTH and I am still not the best missionary on the planet, or even in College Park.

But it doesn't even matter. Because I have changed in that month. I have become more converted to the Lord than I have ever been in my life. He couldn't use me before, because I wouldn't let Him!  So he (thankfully!) took me to rock bottom, and then He built me up again, in His way.

A month is gone.  But I am ready. 

He who loses his life for the Lord's sake shall find it.  That's the truth.

Love, Sister Brittan E Plante

Monday, July 8, 2013

Two Things

Hello Friends! Two things:

1.  The sooner you learn to focus your mind and all your thoughts on Jesus Christ and His gospel, the sooner you will be able to testify with power.  One of the Sunday night devotional speakers at the MTC said that and I wrote it down because it is brilliant, and I am here to testify that it is the truth.

I have honestly had a hard time being 100% committed to the work. Weird, right? I was definitely not expecting that little challenge. But one day I realized that I was being distracted by something. I still don't even know what that thing was, but there was just something in my subconscious or something that was holding me back.  So I decided to recite my purpose a million times a day. Instead of thinking about whatevskis as I shower, I recite my purpose, and I internalize it. Sister Olsen and I decided to memorize a scripture every week, and this week is Alma 26:12. So as I sit there in the car, I recite it in my head. Or out loud.

Don't worry, I still have normal thought processes, like a normal human, and Sister O and I have normal, non-churchy conversations daily. But let me tell you, taking control of your mind and choosing to think about what you want to think about?! Smartest thing I have ever done!  Wow!  I am definitely not a pro at it yet, but this week has just been so so so much better. When we get out of the car, I say, "What is the goal?  What am I supposed to be focusing on right now?" and then Sister Olsen pours words of wisdom into my soul and I say, "Excellent. Let's do this." And then we find people. Sometimes rude people. Sometimes indifferent people. Sometimes amazingly prepared people. Amazing.

It's amazing.

2.  Prayer. And agency. Those are my new struggles as of late.  I have a hard time with people having their agency. I don't want to get my hopes up that someone will change their life and join in the blessings of this beautiful gospel, because guess what! They have agency. There is this weird balance between working so hard and loving the people and wanting them to know the truth and be baptized -- and not getting discouraged when they don't, you know?  

It's hard to explain.

As a missionary, I am expected to do everything I can do to help others receive the restored gospel.  I really do have to truly care about them!  But then, when I truly do care and I truly do love and work and pray for them and they don't accept? And they just drop us?  Then it hurts!  But then I can't get discouraged because guess what. Discouragement lowers expectations and weakens faith.  They have agency. And so do I. And I need to use that agency to move on, and still truly love and still truly work and be diligent because someone is going to use their agency to accept the gospel. And that one person will be worth it.

I had a hard time praying for peoples' hearts to be softened because I would think to myself, "Well, God will prepare whom he will, and they can choose to accept if they want to."  But very recently I have come to learn that that is not true. God has told me to pray for the people. He has told me to ask in faith that their minds will be opened and that they will accept the message. "The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking them."  Well said Bible Dictionary. We have to ask. With faith.

Does that make sense?! Ah! It does to me and I can certainly say that my prayers are different now. 

What a beautiful thing this mission is, wouldn't you say?  Until next time, my friends.

Love, Sister Brittan E Plante

Monday, July 1, 2013

Never ending humbledom

Isn't it amazing that missions have to be so long?  God really wants us to learn something, doesn't He? Because really, anyone can just endure something for a couple weeks or even a couple months. But 1.5 or 2 years?  I can't just endure.  I have to change.  Amazing.

You will be pleased to hear that I have been humbled this week, yet again.  Never ending humbledom up in here and I absolutely love it.  I have been learning so much more about faith and repentance and applying them to my life. Sister O is the bomb at internalizing. She always says that we have to really internalize these principles and then we can teach them, and she is so right.  Fortunately, God is making it real easy because when an investigator is struggling with something, I come to find that I am too. Who knew? So I study on it and apply it, and then I teach it right back to them, with the new knowledge and insights I have gained.  

Preach My Gospel, people. It is pure inspiration. Scripture. Read it.  It's so good.

Can I just give you all one piece of advice?  Study your scriptures every single day.  Every day. I can tell you, it makes all the difference. All of it!  The scriptures are literally the word of God, and as we study them, we desire to come closer to Heavenly Father and we desire to apply the Atonement daily, and we desire to serve others.  Especially the Book of Mormon.  If you study that thing, you will be empowered to do good. AND you will not be deceived by the world.

The people here in Texas, (and especially College Park, where we teach a bunch of extremely educated, young graduate students) people know their Bible. And they know their beliefs. They have a faith in Jesus Christ, and they are out to prove us Mormons wrong. They teach against our church in their church!  So you have to have a strong testimony of the gospel and a real spiritual knowledge of the divinity of the Book of Mormon so that you can stand strong and not be deceived.  But the great thing is, the Book of Mormon really is true!  And as we read from it every single day, there is nothing to fear. We cannot be deceived because we really do have the real truth.  This is legitimate people. Love it.

Lubbock or leave it.

I am so pleased to be a missionary. It's hard, but it is so good.

Love, Sister Brittan E Plante

Monday, June 24, 2013

Lubbock or leave it

Guess where my first area is..... Lubbock!! Ah! I am so happy about that.

But Lubbock is huge (geographically, even though it always seems like we are basically in the middle of nowhere), so guess what my first area of Lubbock is... College Park II.

Aka we are in the YSA ward with all the Texas Tech students and we go finding on campus all the time. SO fun, right?  I am pleased.

Mi companera is Hermana Olsen. But we call her Sister Olsen because we speak English. And one of her recent converts calls her Sister Ocean. Minor speech impediment. Nbd.

I love Sister O so so much. Seriously. Here is some advice for you future missionaries:  Pray now for your trainer. I prayed and fasted for Sister O before I hit the mish and my oh my, she is so great.  She is so dedicated to the work, it's insane. She follows the rules and she is always trying to improve. She is always thinking about the investigators and what they need. And she is just so patient and encouraging with me!

And she is hilarious.  She impersonates everyone with accuracy that you would not believe. Love it. Lubbock or leave it. That's what we say every time we say Love it.

Also, she has only been out three months. Aka 12 weeks. Aka she just finished her 12 week training the day before I arrived. So we're kind of "in it together" she always says because she is pretty much learning along side me. That's what she says, but I'm like, "Please. You are amazing. I don't know anything."

I have learned an unbelievable amount this week, my friends. Unbelievable. And I continue to be humbled. I am STILL struggling - kind of - with faith, I think? I don't know. There are just so many things I have to do to improve my knowledge, my skills, and pretty much everything. But every single day I just  push on a little bit more. 

I really have to take it one day at a time. I wake up and pray that TODAY I will do my very best. I will really try to focus and learn and just try to listen to the Spirit and do His will. That is what I will do today. And at the end of the day, I tell Him what I did. And the next morning I say, "Okay, today I will do my best. Today."

One beautiful day at a time.

Would you like to know what I learned in personal study this morning?  Okay, here's some background:  Sister O and I are focusing a lot right now on members and getting them involved because really, our ward just hasn't "caught the wave" of missionary work, yet. Yet.  And we are trying to visit a lot of less actives and recent converts to get to know them, share a thought, rekindle that faith, and invite them to come to church.  But we can't do it alone! We NEED the members to be there to invite with us and fellowship because we are going to leave, but the members aren't, you know?  Anyway, Sister O and I were talking last night as we laid there in bed and I was saying, "I know it is so important to go get those less actives, and I honestly feel way more comfortable and myself talking to them than I do to investigators, but at the same time, sometimes it is hard for me because they are choosing not to come! They are members and they have the gospel, but they are choosing not to read the scriptures and come to church and it seems almost weird that we have to go motivate them."

Now. Before you freak out, let me say, I do and did know that it is very important to reach out to them, but I was just expressing that it is sometimes weird to me and I need to learn how to change that and how Christ would go about doing that.

So then this morning I was reading Mosiah 4 and I read verses 16 - 21 and wow!  Go read it. It totally applies to the gospel and to less actives! Because listen to verse 17: Perhaps thou shalt say:  The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just --

And then verse 19: For behold, are we not all beggars?  Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold........And for the gospel!

God has given me my testimony. He has given me a mother who taught me to come to church and to follow Jesus Christ. He gave me a sister who reads her scriptures every day and encourages me to do the same.  He has given me everything! So it IS my job to go to the less actives and motivate them to come to Jesus Christ. It is time for me to impart of my substance, so to speak, and not just to those who have never heard, but to those who are falling away.

No one can do it alone. I have not done it alone, and I never could do it alone. We have to do it together!

And like I said, I knew this in my brain, but these verses really just explained it to my heart and I am just sooo so excited.

The church is true, my friends.  So true.

Love, Sister Brittan E Plante

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Things just kept going up!

My oh my, things have changed since last Saturday.

Let's start with the whatevskis stuff and then end on a spiritual note.

My district is so awesome. The MTC is a weird little culture thing. It's like EFY, but way harder and way better. We have many a good laugh and many a good spiritual enlightening conversation. I love them.  We like to take quotes from PMG (Preach My Gospel) out of context and write them on the white board in our class room for inspiration. Por ejemplo:

"Rarely, if ever, should you talk to people or teach them..."
"...be devastated!... This is eternal life..."
"...you deal with the problems..."
"Seek not to declare my word..."
Haaa we are so funny.  P.S. Ten points if you can find those quotes in PMG.
Hermana Lagrosa and I have decided that the moment we become companions will be the moment they change the Lubbock Texas mission to have the Sisters speaking Spanish.  (I'm sure you are all super shocked about this, but I have been converting this district to Spanglish speaking. It's awesome).
Here's a quick shout out to my Grandma Webb, mi hermanita Meckenz, mi amiga Natalie, and my mother. Thank you for sending me some birthday love. I truly loved it. My companion took pics of me opening my things to my delight so I will show you my exact face when I opened them. Don't worry.

On to the spiritual...
As you may have noticed from the last post, last week was a tad (more like a LOT) rough.  But from Saturday night on, things just kept going up!
On Sunday morning, I was sitting there in Relief Society, and we were singing A Child's Prayer, and I was just so filled with the Spirit. I pictured myself at home, and guess what. It was not right. It was like, ew. And I was shocked! But it was just another confirmation that this really is where I am supposed to be. Also, I have such a stronger testimony in the power of this call. The Lord really has called me to be His representative, and with that, he endows me with power to do his work.  It's real! I have actually really felt it.

Remember how I was having such a struggle with faith?  Well, don't worry, I still am. I'm always being humbled and reminded that I MUST always always always rely on Him. But here's the good news. With his help, I have been able to strengthen my faith so so much this week. We watched a talk on Sunday night that Elder Bednar gave to the MTC a few years ago about the Spirit and faith and things and it was so inspiring! I can do it!  I also read the talk Elder Holland gave  last conference. If you have not read that recently, DO IT NOW. Wow. 

I know this is the Lord's work. That is one thing Elder Bednar said. He was like, "Do you really think the Lord is going to depend on YOU and other random humans to do the work?" (He didn't use those words)... No!! Of  course not! He's been working with imperfect humans his whole life (as Holland said) so stop fretting. Just rely on Him. This is his work, and you are called to do it. He will help you.

That's what I have been learning.
Oh there is so so so much more, I will never be able to express it all.

I love you all so much.
And I love the Book or Mormon. So go read that as well.
AND I love being called Sister Plante.  Best thing ever. I think I'll keep it.
Well. Adieu until next week or so. Guess what. 2 days til Texas! What!

Love, Sister Brittan E Plante

Saturday, June 8, 2013

First thing's first

This is hard.  It's like everything I ever knew is gone.  And by "knew" I mean intellectually.  I definitely have my testimony so FEAR NOT.  In fact, my testimony is the ONLY thing that's holding me through this! Ah! Honestly, I have read the Book of Mormon a million times, but when it comes time to teach someone and whip out a verse of scripture to apply, my mind is literally black.  Not only can I not come up with a reference to look up, I can't even come up with a, "You know that scripture that talks about...." Nope!  I'm just like, "Hm. Good question. I have no idea. But you know what?  I know that God loves you, so it's fine."
Not fine, people! What is this?!  Let me tell you what this is.  This is God humbling me.  This is me in the process of getting a broken heart and a contrite Spirit.  He is shaping me into the person He needs me to be so I can be the best missionary I can.
Here's another problem.  I feel like Satan hates me.  And maybs that's adding to my struggles. I had a little personal revelation today as I prayed during classroom instruction that I am lacking in faith.  Lacking in faith!  Here on day 2.5 of the mission! Who knew?! Moroni 10:23.  Sooo I will be workin on that, starting the moment I came to that conclusion and hopefully things will improve. In fact, they will improve, so don't worry.
On Thursday, I read 2 Nephi 32:9 and guess what I realized.  I didn't even begin my mission with a legit prayer!  Hellllo! So Thursday night I prayed to the Lord about what I am doing here as a missionary and dedicated my mission to Him.  I will give everything to Him.  I will turn my life to Him and be who He wants me to be.  Every morning since then (which has been Friday and Saturday mornings) I have renewed that commitment through prayer.  Today, I will give everything to Him.  I will work my hardest and do absolutely everything I can to be who I need to be.  I'm pretty sure this mission will turn out okay if I can just remember that...
The church is true!  I am so happy!
Sister Brittan E Plante

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Here Comes Goodbye

Hm. It appears that the time flew without telling me and in 3 small hours, I will be set apart as a missionary. So, you know, gotta get in all the internet use I can! Just kidding. I'm here for 2 specific purposes.

1: This is my MTC mailing address in case you feel inclined to send me a love letter in the next 12 days:

Sister Brittan E Plante
JUN17 TX-LUBK
2009 N 900 E Unit 166
Provo, UT 84602

At least, that's what it says in the email I got, so hopefully it's sound.

1.5: If you feel like sending me a love letter in 13 days, send it here, to the mission home:

Sister Brittan E Plante
Texas Lubbock Mission
6310 114th St
Lubbock, TX 79424-6024

The mission home would always be a safe place to send things, I would bet, because no matter where I am, that is still my mission home.

1.75: After I get there and get assigned to an area, I will know my area address and will update this blog accordingly.

1.99: Speaking of this blog, good news!  I have found an honest, trustworthy, loyal human person to keep it up for me!  Her name is Jenna. Jenna and I go way back, and speaking from personal experience, I just know you will enjoy her blog updating skills. She writes like nobody's business.

Not that she will even be writing on here.  I will send her an email each week and she will post it on here for those of you who think to yourselves on occasion, "I wonder how the missionary efforts are faring out there in Lubbock...."

Jenna, thank you for your support and willingness to do this service for me for the next 548 days of your life. You are too kind.  Feel free to do what you will with this blog, and add any commentary you feel would spice things up.  I will host you a true Texas BBQ mid-December 2014 as a giant thank you. Haaaa just kidding. We wouldn't want to freeze. BUT, it will be something equally as stellar, so don't worry.

And finally, número 2:  I just want all of you lovely people to know that I love you! I really do.  I have been so thoroughly pleased, grateful, and honestly overwhelmed to see the support and love and care you have all shown me.  Over the last couple weeks, I have received so many truly thoughtful and heartfelt cards, letters, words, and gifts. Not just nice on the surface, but deep down really honest words of love and support.  They have each individually made me so happy and grateful.

I am excited to finally have the chance to serve a mission and bring others to Christ.  I would not be the same without the knowledge and testimony I have of a loving Heavenly Father.  Lately, I have been recognizing more and more the role the gospel has had in my life, and I feel so happy that I get to take what I have been given, and share it with everyone!  Living the principles of the gospel, following the example of Jesus Christ, and applying the atonement in my life have brought me more happiness than anything else I have ever done.  What an opportunity I have to find someone else out there who wants more happiness and more meaning. I have the gospel, and I can share it with them!  I know it will be ridiculously hard, but don't worry! It's fine.  Because it's the Lord's work. So we can do it. We can really do it.

Adieu, my friends, until we meet again.

Sister Brittan E Plante





Sunday, April 14, 2013

Hub City

As previously mentioned, I know very little about Lubbock.
Here's what Wikipedia came up with:

And the caption says, "Downtown Lubbock, August 2009."

Downtown!  That doesn't look like downtown!  The crazies.

Population: 233,740ish.

Elevation: 3,256 ft.

Mild, semi-arid climate with an average of 19.12 in. of rain per year.





For comparison, Salt Lake City has the following demographics:

Population: 189,899, although it is only the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitin area, which has a population of 1,145,905.

Elevation:  4,226 ft.

Subhumid climate -- not semi-arid as apparently is often claimed.  See Wikipedia for an extensive explanation as to why.  Mean annual precipitation is 40.89 in. per year.






Anyway, back to Lubbock.  Do you know who Buddy Holly is?  Because I don't.  But he is a Lubbock native and they sure are proud.  I cannot wait to see this pair of glasses with my own two eyes.

They also have a statue of Buddy Holly himself as well as some other landmarks and cultural events named for the man.  Must have been an epic rockstar that Buddy Holly.



Here's my personal fav. The temple in Lubbock, Texas.  That is a little bit of home right there.

My mum speculates that I will be too busy saving the living to worry about the dead, but I hope I at least get a glance at this thing while I'm out there!  Beautiful.






Last, but not least, I would like to leave you with a youtube video of my future home.  My boss, a native (albeit a little more Easternish) Texan, showed this to me at work a couple weeks after I got my call.  He said it's legit.  And who would know legit Texas better than a legit Texan!

"Bunch of flat ranches..."

Yep, pretty much sums up all the pics I've perused on google images.

Personally, I am most excited about the National Cowboy Symposium.  Boo yes!

That's all I've got for now. But as soon as finals are over, you can bet I will be posting left and right about the ins and outs of missionary work in West Texas.  Until then, my friends, adieu.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Fun Has Arrived! (thankyouverymuch)

Hey friendly friends! Remember me?  I'm back. After my adventures in México way back when, I dropped off the blogger radar for but a moment. But fear not, for my adventures are about to bring me to yet another faraway land. Yum. Why, you might ask?

Dear Sister Plante:
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Texas Lubbock Mission.  WOOOOT!!

I'm peacin' out on June 5th.

I got my call 2.5 months ago and sadly but surely, I pretty much know nothing about it.  Still!  My semester has been just a tad crazy craze.  

What I do know is this:  I will be riding una bicicleta.  And driving un carro. And speaking inglés...

And loving football and trucks and cowboys and the beautiful Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Please join me here, on this blog, to see what spiritual/physical/emotional/social/educational/musical/mental leaps and bounds I am making as I serve as a missionary for 1.5 years of my life. Can't wait!