Friday, August 28, 2009

Flashback Friday

Serving an LDS mission is a voluntary service for young men from the age of 19 and up and young women from age 21 and up (women only serve 1.5 years). They are not paid to go, in fact they raise money themselves to help pay for the expenses before they leave. They do not get to choose where they are sent, they receive a mission call from the 1st Presidency of the church telling them where they will serve.
During their mission they do absolutely nothing but share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If they are sent to a foreign mission they learn to speak that language fluently. They are able to write letters and emails to friends and family during this time. They are only allowed to make 2 phone calls per year to their family on Christmas and Mother's Day.
They do not date during this time at all nor have girlfriends.
As of this year, there are over 53,000 LDS missionaries serving in over 348 missions throughout the world.
THAT,
my friend Lindsay A.,
is why you see them EVERYWHERE!
AMAZING, right?
13 years ago tomorrow My Lover left for his mission to Russia for two years.
Along with a crying Jessica, he left this letter that I'd like to share with you...
(click on the letter to enlarge and read)



Dear Lover,
You are the greatest thing that has EVER happened to me.
I love you.

16 comments:

Queen Mama said...

oh my. I am sitting at work, had an anxiety attack and popped a xanax and tears are flowing down my face. wow. that is all i can say. you two were definitely meant for each other and your love is so sweet. :) Thanks for sharing, oh and making me look crazy for crying at work over a letter I didnt even get. lol ;)

Anonymous said...

DAMN! I'm good! All I can say is that it was meant to be. I love you Baby.

Austin

Bonnie said...

Oh my gosh, gag me with a spoon. :-)

I never knew Austin was such a sap. Dude he got you hook, line and sinker with that letter. He's right, he's good!


Congrats on the journey! You deserve everything he promised... hopefully he's followed through and made you the "most happiest person alive."

I love teen love letters, how can they not make you smile?

Candace said...

Omgosh, I just love this. It's amazing. I'm so happy you have each other. True love is such a wonderful thing. Thanks for sharing. :)

Adam & Brandi said...

What a very sweet and uplifting letter?!?! Thank you for sharing such sweetness. ;) Made me smile! So happy you've found one another.

Staci said...

I'm gonna cry! That was so sweet. I never think it's possible for two people to reunite after a mission but it is possible. This letter must be so precious to have and to be reminded of the love you have for one another...even if it gets misplaced along the way..like most marriages. You guys are a great examples to a young couple in hopes of staying together for eternity and the love be just as strong. Thank you for that!

Valinda said...

Why do you have nipples in the picture? Why is there no h in photo? What kind of book is that really? Hmmm ....

Debbie said...

So fun! My hubby and I did the same thing. It's rare right? :)

You two are so cute!

The Lowe Family said...

Valinda and Bonnie need spankins.

Amie said...

romantic!
also, i am not lds, but i have to say, i LOVE the lds mission. such a great thing for young men and women to do! challenging, i'm sure, but so worth it. not only do you get to share something you are 100% passionate about, but you get the chance to see another part of the world, learn a new language (maybe), and have an adventure! i think it's a genius idea that more religions should subscribe to. (plus i would love to see competing mormons and catholics and muslims, etc etc, all walking down the street in their suits. that would be amazing! lol)

Jill said...

Oh my gosh! That made me cry and was absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!

Lindsay said...

this is really hilarious. i can just picture 19 yr old austin writing it. HAH and i thought he was intimidating back then... when really his heart was a lovely stack of soggy waffles. i know.. that makes no sense. i dont care. i'm not changing it for no one! no one i tell yoU!! k.. i'm crazy. and i love your love.

Camilla said...

cute. cute.

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing this letter... I love it.

Riece said...

AWE! How romantical!

Marnie said...

So the real question is who is Lou and Lewis?