Rachael's Mission

Mexico Torreon Mission October 2015 - April 2017

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Week 2 (The Mexico City Temple)

So we kept teaching our "investigator" Miguel until Friday. Then he became our night teacher Hermano Villegas. I really enjoyed practicing with him. He was great at playing an investigator! Teaching is still so hard though. You feel so inadequate at times and get frustrated when you can't express yourself fully in Spanish. You just feel the spirit so strongly and feel so much love for your investigator and you want to share it with them!! But you can't really get the full effect because you are speaking Spanish like a Kindergartner!! Oh well. That is where the spirit is able to step in and help the investigator feel those things from you :).
Also, our District has gotten closer and closer, if that is even possible. It's hard to believe that we were all strangers when we arrived! I have seriously been blessed with the BEST district ever! We are so comfortable with each other that we share strange things that normal people wouldn't share. For example, we were sitting at a table waiting to teach. Someone commented to Elder Jenkins that they have been watching him eat platefuls of beans at every meal!! (That cannot be healthy or at least smell good). He said "Yah they are really good. However, they do make every bathroom break a real emergency"!!! We were laughing so hard! We are ALWAYS laughing so hard with this group!! I'm so grateful for that though because it keeps us from thinking too much about everything we miss. The language is coming along. I think I am getting better every day. At one point, my teacher threatened to send me to the Latino Class because I was too advanced for this class! Ah! NO thank you!! I would be like a little lost puppy in that class!! And then everyone would call me a 'gringa.' We have been learning so much in the scriptures and about teaching. We study and learn basically all day and only pause for food really. Sometimes we go outside to study which is also nice. It is so much prettier here than I expected it to be. Sometimes we even run around for class, to wake us up a little ;). One class we actually had a relay race!! 2 Hermanas and 3 Elderes on each team. Then we ran back and forth. We ended up tying (of course). But it was fun! It was kind of a bad idea to run in a skirt though. Let's just say that skirts were flying places they aren't supposed to fly and my legs are way too white right now to be doing that ;). But I enjoyed the thrill of the competition and the Elders were quite hilarious to watch them compete against each other.
Luckily on Sunday I didn't have to give a talk again. However, we had some absolutely amazing lessons!! Sunday is always the best!!! In Relief Society we talked about becoming like the Savior and looking through heaven's eyes. (They actually played that song from Prince of Egypt which I love!). It was a great lesson that just inspired me to be better. Also, Hermana Robertson likes to sing! So we went to choir together which I thoroughly enjoyed! We might even do a special musical number soon. We will see. Monday was the same old same old with class and studying. Tuesday was again the same. But, we did get to eat pizza!!! I have never enjoyed eating pizza so much in my life until I came here!! The food is okay but they have some really weird stuff. And they tend to serve meat and sandwiches for breakfast which I find odd? Sadly this food might be better than what we eat out in the mission so I better stock up now!! 
Today, we went to the Mexico City Temple!! It was so beautiful!!! It is so unique and different from all the other temples I have been in!! I loved it! It had that whole Mayan design and theme!! It took about an hour to get there with Mexico traffic. The drivers here are literally insane and there are no rules!!! We got there and luckily were able to listen to the session in English. However it was weird being the minority for once. I'm so used to everything being English. However the part where we have to speak, we had to do it in Spanish. In my mind I'm thinking.....I totally got this!! However I completely crashed and burned!! The lady helping me spoke too much too fast!! I literally could not understand what she said to repeat it! And for some reason she couldn't figure out that I didn't speak Spanish that well and was so lost!! Oh my gosh it took me forever!! But eventually I made it through blabbering words that sounded similar to what she said. I just figured, "Hey, it's good enough, the Lord will know I really tried!!! We spent time in the Celestial room and it was beautiful!! I loved it! If you can ever go to this temple, do it. After we came out of the temple we went to the little store next to it and we bought some cool stuff. I got two scripture cases and a CTR ring. Then we drove through the craziness back to the Bubble of the CCM. It was nice being able to go to the temple.
Our bubble is a little bit like the temple too. However, at night, we can hear all the Latino Music floating in the air!! It just makes me want to dance!!! Then while we are sleeping all we can here is gun shots, fireworks, dogs barking, and police sirens.......yep......we are in Mexico. But it's all good! 
Something I have been thinking a lot about this week is why am I in this Spanish class? I tested into Intermediate and this is definitely not intermediate. At first I was frustrated because I didn't feel like I was improving at all. But then I came to the realization that I am not in this class for me, I am in this class to help everyone else with their Spanish. To explain it to them in a way that makes sense to them and to praise them and boost their confidence. I'm here to be a teacher not just a learner.
Something I loved from our Tuesday Devotional this week from Elder Nielson was  "Become." He said that when he was set apart and went to his office in Salt Lake he was ready to begin training!! He was pumped that his office was between Elder Holland and Elder Scott. So this had to be good. His first day, he sat in his office and did nothing. They didn't give him anything to do. Second day, the exact same. Third day after he had called and called about what to do he was told by a senior member to "Go and Become." He went to his office realizing that his training was to study and become like the Savior. Then in Book of Mormon study we were also talking about something similar in Alma 29 verses 1-9. At first Alma is wanting to be this all-powerful missionary who can teach with power and thunder. However he says that this is a sin. At first we were all confused as to why that would be bad. That sounds pretty freaking awesome to me!  However, as you continue to read, his point of view changes. In verse 8 he is talking about how the gospel will come to everyone through their own language and would be simple and easy to understand. Then in verse 9 he realizes that he was glorying in himself and not glorying in God's work like he was supposed too be. At the end of the verse he talks about how he would find great joy in bringing just one soul unto repentance!! He realized that we are here for the one. We are here to do what God sent us here to be. He does not need me to be some great prophet or angel. He needs me to be me. To be a simple Missionary from Utah who doesn't really know much Spanish but LOVES the Gospel. Mosiah 4:27. We do everything that is in our power and then it will all work out from there and will all come in time. It is more important to be a kind, loving, faithful missionary than a "Perfect" teacher of the Gospel. I love that I am starting to "become." I am growing every day. I know that no one can "become" for me. It is a personal journey that I must make for myself, if I really want to be what Heavenly Father wants me to be. And I can't sit idly by just hoping I magically "become" something. Like our quote in the  kitchen  "Without work nothing grows but weeds" - President Hinckley. And we ALL KNOW how much Mom hates weeds ;). So be active don't put off "becoming" and realizing your great destiny and purpose in life!! Your journey is now!! Don't waste it. Make it a grand journey that you can always look back on with pride!!
Love you all!! Stay safe!! Email me!!
Love,
Hermana Lutze

One of five Angel Moroni's in the world holding the gold plates

One of the largest temples in the world








Watch your children play while you work out!!! Pretty smart!













What else should you take a picture of while you're studying outside?



Sunday, October 25, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Feliz Cumpleanos RACHAEL!!!!

Dear Rachael,

I hope you have an incredible birthday!  Just know it’s wet, rainy, and cold here so enjoy the tropical weather there on your special day. We love you and we’re so proud of your decision to serve a mission even though it means some sacrifices on everyone’s part. Let us know if you got the delicious….  Ok, I don’t want to ruin the surprise if you get this letter first.

Love, Mom

HAPPY FREAKIN’ BIRTHDAY!!  I love you so so so so so much! I hope your birthday is spectacular! You deserve the best birthday every because you are the best sister in the whole entire universe! You are an amazing example and you are the reason I keep going in life…because I want to grow up to be just as strong ( physically  and spiritually) as you and I want to be a virtuous and courageous woman like you! I know you have been struggling a little because your friends haven’t emailed you as much as you would like, but I will always be here for you if you ever need to talk or if you need anything! Just a few days ago I was asked who my true best friend was and I said my big sister. I hope you know that I will always be your true best friend no matter what. Friends come and go, and I know it is hard to not feel support from them right now, but I know what it’s like to have a hard time with friends, and I am here to listen, comfort, and uplift you whenever you need! I hope you know how much I love you and think about you! Not a day goes by I don’t think about you! I know you are doing amazing things! I love you! Stay strong and go serve!

Love, Hannah

Oh my freakin gosh!! I can’t believe you are 20!! I miss you soooooooooo much. Happy birthday!!  I hope you have a magnificent time! I hope you know we are thinking about you all day every day. I don’t know who I am going to be for Halloween but I do know that I won’t be thinking of the candy. (It will be you!!!!)

Love, Jakob

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! YOU SMELL LIKE THE ARMPITS AND WET SHOES OF GRU!! I think that’s how the song goes, but I’m not really sure… Of course, I can’t smell you because you’re in another country, but that’s just a minor technicality. ;) Whoa, that’s a demented winkey face. Anywho, I can’t believe you’re already twenty! 2 decades old! At least you’re not 2 centuries old like Fred. Well, I hope you have a fantastic birthday in Mexico! You can have a really, really late quincinera. ;) I love you ttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttthhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccccccccccccccccccchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and more!  Hey! It turned into a real smiley face! That’s so cool! Miss ya already!

Love, your crazy, random, totes adorbs, sister,

Natalie 

Dear Rachael,

I hate your stinking guts. You make me vomit. You’re the scum between my toes! Love, Dad.
Oh, Rachael, Oh Rachael. How you make me feel so old. I’ve enjoyed your emails. What an amazing spiritual adventure you are on. I feel like Mosiah sending his kids to preach to the Lamanites. Ok, so you are not a son…and there is just one of you…and the Mexicans are not our enemies…and you have CCM training. But other than that, exactly the same. What a great way to celebrate your birthday, in the CCM. I am very proud of you. I think it’s harder on us than it is for you. It may not seem like it now, but your time will go by so quickly. I wish I could send you a “sing-o-gram” with my special rendition of happy birthday. It’s sung in falsetto in a minor key with the words translated into Wookie. Not sure the words happy or birthday are in the lyrics, but you can really feel the message of the song. It sounds like you have an amazing district. You need to find friends/roommates like that in college.  So is Hermana Knudsen going to the same mission as you? That would be awesome. You will have struggles with some of your companions in the field, so it’s good you started off with such a great companera. Well, love you mucho. Have a great b-day! Enjoy your time now.

Love always,

Dad

Week 2

Hermana Lutze,

We love hearing about your time in the MTC. I'm so glad you had such a great experience in the temple. I enjoyed reading about the uniqueness of this particular temple. I hope you will be able to go again. Are you allowed to go every week or on certain weeks? Thank goodness it is the Spirit that teaches. I know your exact feelings when it comes to teaching in a different language and the Spirit will convey your feelings even if your Spanish language isn't perfect yet. :) It sounds like you are progressing in that area if your instructor is wanting to put you in the advanced class. I'm glad you can see that it isn't always about your learning needs but also the needs of those around you. I know that is why I was a 'mami' twice and to the particular sisters that I was given to train. I'm so glad you are in such a great district. These are new friends that can be your life long friends. It's important to have moments of laughter like the beans and moments of refreshment like running around. We had many great laughs in the MTC to help us through the many long hours of hard yet rewarding work. I'm so happy to hear that you are singing. You have an amazing voice and I hope you'll use it on your mission to bless those around you. I can't wait to hear about your duet with Hermana Robertson. I loved what you shared at the end of your e-mail about becoming and not being perfect. I'm reminded again of what Sister Brown told you in the temple about the word perfect not ever being used in the temple but the word faithful is used all the time. The Lord expects us to be faithful-faithful in our covenants, faithful in our scripture study, prayer, faithful in our relationships to others but He does not expect us to be perfect and provided the Atonement for us.

I was set apart on Tuesday for my new calling and given a beautiful blessing by President Christofferson. Much of what he told me was also mentioned years ago in my patriarchal blessing. President Lyman told us after we were set apart that very thing and encouraged us to look at our patriarchal blessings. Wow! I felt prompted this week to add the Cunninghams to my list of those I was taking banana bread to and I'm glad I listened. After we had talked for a few minutes, she cried and told me I had made her day. She had knee surgery at the beginning of October which no one knew and I think she was feeling lonely and unloved. As you learn to listen to the spirit on your mission, you will find great joy in knowing that you listened and that you were doing, saying, or in the right place at the right time. Record those experiences Rachael! Emily's class was incredible and always will be. She's such a gifted teacher. I've attached the handouts she gave on symbolism in the scriptures and the notes I took on the Ancient Temple. Rachael there's so much symbolism in the Ancient Temple that is in our modern temples today. Look for it! :) Another thought I wanted to share with you was our study of Ephesians 6 this week for Gospel Doctrine. Take time to study this section and know what it means to have the entire armor of God on at all times and in all things and in all places.

v.10 ... be strong in the Lord... in the power of His might (not your own might)
v.11 put on the WHOLE armour of God (not some of it)
v.12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
v.13 having DONE ALL, to stand
v.14 STAND (I believe he mentions truth first because that is the foundation for all else. We must have a foundation of truth.)
v.15 feet in the gospel of peace (This is how we must preach the gospel in peace and what we preach is truth)
v.16 ABOVE ALL, taking the shield of faith (Faith is the most important weapon)
v.17 be worthy always of the sword of the Spirit
v.18 Praying always  

The kids are all involved in their usual activities-nothing really new. Marissa is coming out not next weekend but the following to stay just Friday night. Jakob enjoyed his BYU Pow Wow on Saturday and the girls actually went to Halloween parties. :) Dad and I had door duty until the candy ran out around 8:30. We love you and hope you had a great birthday! Did you get the birthday letter and the donuts? I'm so grateful you're serving a mission and standing for truth and righteousness.

Love,

Mom

P.S. Have you been getting Kyle's letters? Austin's? Work also paid out all your PTO to the tune of almost $700 so I paid tithing on that as well for you. :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Week 1 (Baptism by Fire)

One week or one month? It feels like this week has lasted forever!! We have had such long days!! I seriously have never studied this much in my life! That is saying something considering I went to BYU šŸ˜‰.  So my compaƱera at the CCM is Hermana Knudsen and she is awesome!! She is seriously so nice and a total tomboy like me!! We get along so well! I'm so grateful to have such a great companion right from the beginning! Definitely a blessing. I was certainly worried at first because I don't always get along with girls the best per say. She is actually from South Jordan Utah!! She flew on the plane with me from Salt Lake so we knew each other before we got to the CCM (Centro de CapacitaciĆ³n Misional Mexico). There are two other girls in our room with us as well and they are in our District (6C). They are Hermana Robertson and Hermana Peterson. They are so wonderful too!! We are seriously all the best of friends now! We go everywhere and do everything together every day all day.

The food is descent here. They serve a good variety of food that you can usually find something that you like to eat. It is weird though, they serve meat for pretty much every meal, including breakfast. Then there is always fruit and salad, refried beans, tortilla chips, a type of rice, bread, soup. So it is pretty good. YESTERDAY WE ATE PIZZA! Oh my gosh it was so exciting. I have never been so excited to eat pizza in my life! And they had macaroni and cheese that day, also a great thing! I think I have lost some weight here though from the food, just a little bit. Especially since I eat so much fruit and salad now. 

I just have one teacher right now. His name is Hermano Sanchez and he is absolutely wonderful! He is patient, funny, and a great teacher. He teaches us Spanish and he is also very very good at the gospel side of teaching. Usually we are learning the language and the gospel at the same time. I wish we had more teacher time honestly. The majority of our day is spent in personal study (which means we literally live in our classroom) which is not always used for studying ;). We (meaning the Elders mostly) get really distracted sometimes and talk about other things. We do get back on topic eventually but it is nice to just talk and laugh with my District too! I love my District!! They are some of the best people I have ever met!! We all get along so well and love hanging out with each other all day!! Even at meals! We definitely have the most fun out of all the new districts! So grateful for them and their support this first week. 
 
At the CCM, there is a capacity of about 1200 missionaries. There are only about 950 here right now though. Its weird because it does not seem like I see that many missionaries.

Yes I get to go to the temple next Wednesday I think!! It looks so beautiful and I am so excited!!
I have met Presidente Call and his wife!! I totally forgot that they were Bishop's parents!! They are so kind and loving!! I have loved my time with them! Pres. Call gave a wonderful devotional on Sunday I think it was.

Of course I read what you all wrote in my book! It was hard to open in though. I knew I was going to cry if I started reading it. My prediction was correct because as soon as I started reading it I started crying. You all wrote such beautiful things ☺

Oh I'm glad you went to JCW. Ice cream is always a good cure for sadness! I'm sad Hannah's team lost. Did they play well at least? I'm so excited for Natalie to learn these different instruments!! She is going to be amazing!! She is seriously so talented! I hope Jakie has fun at his camp. I was always so jealous of the Boy Scouts they get to do all the fun stuff!! I hope his game went well!! And that is the cutest thing I have heard all day about Jakie! Honestly an easy mistake.

So I wanted to tell you. You can actually send packages but its through a different site. There are two: Mexico MTC care package.com and Missionary Package MX. Search and you should be able to find it. Just so you know. Aaaand if you send me letters through there, they will print them off and give them to me. So I will get your letters right when you send them.

Other things to Know about my Week:
 
For the past week, there have been fireworks going off all day! It is so weird? There is a Catholic church that keeps shooting them off and we are not quite sure why? We think it has to do with their saints and possibly the fact that Mexicans love fireworks apparently ;). Also, our campus is so beautiful and very large!! We actually spend a lot of time outdoors walking to different buildings which is nice. There are tons of WILD parakeets everywhere!! They are green and blend in with the grass! they are so pretty. Also, I would like you to know that I have been very successful MOM AND DAD at waking up on time and being on time. I actually just wake up in the mornings without an alarm clock.

Also they move fast here. On Thursday (our first real day here) we had to teach our investigator Miguel IN SPANISH!! THE FIRST DAY!! It was so crazy! But Hermana Knudsen and I rocked it!! We have been teaching him in Spanish every day except Sunday since then.

So every week we are given a topic for our group to write a talk  on that has to be completely in Spanish for sacrament meeting. It has to be at least 5 minutes. Then when we arrive in sacrament meeting they announce who will be speaking. So the night before I was talking with my companions and I said that I would probably be chosen. However everyone else was saying "no, no, you've only been here a week you won't be chosen!". Ha Ha. Yea so I sit down and the next thing I know, I am called to be the second speaker in sacrament meeting!! It was out of the frying pan and into the fire!! Of course this would happen to me on THE FIRST SUNDAY HERE! So I got up and gave my talk and it went fine. Everyone said I did great and that I had wonderful Spanish. Look at me the little Latina girl ;). 

Well I have had an amazing week!! I've made some great friends! I have learned so much this week as well. I don't think I have ever grown and stretched, participated and shared my thoughts and feelings as much as this week! But it is wonderful!! 

One thing that I have really learned this week is to focus and rely on the Lord. I am not a perfect teacher, missionary or Spanish speaker. However, with the Lord's help I know that I can do all things. He knows everything therefore he can guide and teach me in all things. I have seen his help  this entire week in adjusting to missionary life, teaching my investigator in Spanish, giving my talk, revelation in class, etc. I know I would not be able to succeed as I have without His help here. He even is helping us learn the language at an amazing rate!! I love my Savior and I know that he will provide a way for me to accomplish everything that I am meant to do here if only I will be obedient, repentant, and willing to listen and follow Him.
 
Love you!

Have a great week!!

Hermana Lutze
 
P.S. It is actually pretty cold here. It is mostly always overcast and slightly windy. For a couple days it was sprinkling or misting all day. It never rained....just misted? It was like the mist setting on the sprinkler hose!! and it was non stop.
 
P.S. We are given 120 pesos to live on each week to buy soap for washing clothes, clothes, snacks, books, etc. That is the equivalent of about 8 US dollars! Everything is so cheap! Its amazing!!
 
 
Mexico City from the air

 
Incredible Clouds!

 
 
CCM Entrance
 
 

 
The all powerful Lego hands! We have no idea what they are!

 
The whole city looks like this! This is the hill behind the CCM.

 
Thomas S. Monson Building
 
 
El Cuarto

 
El Bano


 
Nuestra casita Twenty girls can live here but there are only 12 right now
 

Elders: Lynch, Roberts, Jenkins, Merrill Barney Marshall
Hermanas: Lutze, Knudsen, Peterson, Robertson

 
Hermana Lutze's First Companion-Hermana Knudsen


Rachael with Pte. Call and his wife (This is our Bishop's parents.)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Week 1

Dear Rachael,

Can you believe one week has already come and gone? So tell us more... How's your new companion-Sister Knudsen? Where's she from? Did you meet Bishop Call's parents yet? I believe they are in the MTC Presidency. How's the food? Your teachers? How many missionaries are there? Will you be able to attend the temple while you are there? Did you read what we wrote to you in your book?

Life here is the usual busy. We, of course, were all a little sad after your departure so we went to JCWs that night and had ice cream sundaes in your honor. :)  I worked in the yard over Fall Break. We did not end up in Goblin Valley. :( The Millers came over last night and watched a couple of movies with the kids. Dad and I went to see "The Martian." It was good and funnier than expected. Hannah's team lost in the quarter finals to Weber. There were a few tears from the Seniors because they are done but for the most part they all seemed ok with it. Natalie will start organ lessons this week with Sister Sudweeks and I'm checking into guitar lessons for her. Jakob won his game as you know on Tuesday. They play again this Tuesday at 5:00. If they win they will play in the championship right after. He also has a campout this weekend. He's excited to finish his shotgun merit badge. 

Like I said in my previous e-mail. You will feel homesick but it will come and go and eventually you will be trying to get time to slow down because you have so much to do before it's time to return. Yes, Satan is working hard on you because he knows the great effect you will have on the people of Torreon. Jason Nebekker spoke today and you can tell he was a great missionary. He loves the people of Japan and misses them. I wanted to share with you what stood out to me in church today. Once again I was reminded of what a great missionary Paul was in the New Testament. I remember loving these scriptures on my mission. So, take time to study Paul's missionary journeys. He was bold and truly a representative of Christ. Our RS lesson was # 38 on Feeding My Sheep. I liked this part "We must manifest the same love to others that the Good Shepherd has for all of us. Each soul is precious to Him." I know that as you truly look at your companions, ward members, and those you teach in this way, they will feel your love, and want to make the necessary changes in their lives to be like their Savior Jesus Christ. Remember, people remember most how you make them feel not necessarily what you do and say.

I'm glad you've found a safe haven or harbor in the CCM. We love you and pray for you constantly! Thank you for your beautiful example to our siblings.

Love,

Mom

P.S. Cute Jakob sent you an e-mail on the day you left but he didn't realize he had to send it to a different e-mail address. :( What a sweet brother you have!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Day 1

Rachael,

We hope your flights went well and that you and your luggage arrived safely. We will miss you but we know you are doing the right thing by serving a mission. I promise you will be homesick and that is normal and it too will pass and you'll be home before you know it. Don't count the days but count the spiritual experiences you are having! You will be an incredible missionary!

Love you!

Mom

Mom

A Safe Arrival at the Mexico City MTC

Your Missionary's mailing address is:
Sister Lutze
November 23, 2015     6-C
Carretera Tenayuca-Chalmita #828
Colonia Zona Escolar, Gustavo A. Madero
07230 Mexico, Distrito Federal
Mexico

The estimated departure date for your missionary is 11/23/2015. The use of the
above address on all correspondence will greatly facilitate delivery to your missionary
at the MTC. Please don't send packages.
 
Hello Family!! Well I made it to the CCM with surprisingly minor casualties. I didn`t get lost in the airports. I made some new friends because we traveled all day together. I didn`t lose any of my luggage and was able to somehow magically pull all my luggage to the bus with only minor bruises to my ankles. All in all a pretty good day. So the plane ride to Mexico was pretty cool! The clouds were amazing!! I will have to send you pics. Then arriving in Mexico, It was not what I expected at all!! It is really crowded, chaotic, and dirty here. It is like the Dominican Republic buildings but with more color and more craziness! Driving to the CCM was sure interesting to say the least. People were crazy driver and the streets were so narrow that we were only inches from the car next to us. However, amongst all this craziness, the CCM is like a safe harbor. The grounds are beautiful. It has a nice high wall with barbed wire to keep people out. It is our tiny little safe haven. Again, I will have to send you pictures later. Today, I have felt homesick, which may not be a good sign on the first day. I hope it gets better like you say mom. Sometimes I find myself asking how I signed up for this? There is a lot of hard work ahead of me. I can feel Satan trying to take a hold of me and discourage me into quitting. However, I know that there are people here who need me. It is my duty to stay strong and push through the storm until I reach the calm so that I have the opportunity to teach them.

Also, I got my first companion!! Her name is Sister Knudsen! She is so cute and has strawberry blonde hair. Hopefully we can have fun together, but it is the first day. Further news, my P-days are on Wednesday here so that is when I will be emailing you. Wow a lot has happened in one day. Its hard to believe that it hasn`t been a whole week!

Well I will email you again next week!! I love you all!

Love, 

Hermana Lutze

The Airport (A Separation Place)

Yes, we woke up at 2:30 am to have Rachael to the airport at the appointed time. Doesn't she look great at 4 o'clock in the morning?

Three sisters and a brother

 
Filling out luggage tags


 
The waiting...






 
This is what happens when you let Hannah have the camera!



Failed attempt at a family picture





This one worked...

I love you Rachael!






This face says it all!




 
We went to JCWs tonight for sundaes. I'll let you decide...Were we wallowing in sorrow or celebrating Rachael's departure?