Letter from The Charmer

12/11/2012 The Anti-Austen 2 Comments

Hello lovely readers!

We've only been apart a few short months but some of you might have already forgotten about me. Well, determined as I am not to let myself slip from your minds...I decided to write and wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Okay, okay, I honestly don't care if you forget about me. But I wanted you all to know that the Anti-Austens still cross my mind on occasion! I just wanted to give you a brief little update to let you know how I'm doing.

I absolutely LOVE being a missionary! Oh, I am so glad that I chose to come out on a mission! It really is the best thing I could be doing with my life right now. I get to see the Lord's hand in my life every single day! I really do witness so many miracles out here, and I've met a lot of truly amazing people. For example, there were Bryce and Belle, who were super prepared to accept the gospel. They randomly showed up to church one Sunday and got baptized seven days later! Or there is 11-year-old Danny, who told us he wanted to get baptized so that his family could be together forever. And in addition to lots of miracles, a mission is also really FUN! I've laughed nonstop at the antics of 19- and 20-year-old boys, I've attended synagogue and sung in Hebrew in front of a whole congregation of Jewish people, I've broken into the elders' apartment and caused havoc, I've fed seagulls, I've ridden a bike for 2 1/2 hours straight, I've been given free art lessons, and I've eaten lots of good food. And with all these wonderful things going on, all the discouraging moments are quickly forgotten!

I wish I could have been at BYU or at least on Facebook when the missionary age was lowered. I'm sure lots of you are excitedly preparing to go out and serve the Lord full-time! That is so awesome! It's definitely something that you need to prayerfully consider, but I would recommend it to any of you. I am so glad that I chose to come out on my mission. I've only been here for a few months but it already has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life! And another plus side is that now, less of you will have to make the tough marriage/mission decision! YAY!

Speaking of the marriage/mission decision...let me just say, thank heavens I didn't stick around and marry Mr. Director! I had only been on my mission for a month when he was already dating someone new! I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, given our rocky dating history, but it was still a definite ouch! moment. Plus, to add insult to injury, his new soul mate is only 19. Now, I realize that a lot of you are also 19. There's nothing wrong with still being in your youthful prime...but the thing is, Mr. Director is a little bit on the geezer side. As Brigham Young would say, he's "a menace to society". In my opinion, it's a little weird for him to have a teenage girlfriend. But if they're happy, then more power to them! I'm just very glad that I didn't end up giving up my mission for him. After all, if he couldn't even last 2 months, why would I trust him to stick around for all eternity?

I also thought you might like to know that I did, in fact, have a major crush on one of my MTC teachers. I guess even as a sister missionary I'm still susceptible to the emotions brought on by a handsome face and a strong testimony. ;)
Well, hopefully things are going fabulously in the BYU dating world. I hope that my fellow Anti-Austens have found themselves some good men to drink hot chocolate with as the weather cools down. Today, it's over 80 degrees, so I doubt I'll be doing much cocoa-guzzling. Know that I'm so grateful for the opportunity I had to be a writer on this blog and for the chance I had to share and receive advice from many of you! I'm also looking forward to being joined by many of you in the mission field very soon!
And so, I bid you adieu for now...and have a CHARMING Christmas! ;)
the charmer

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Summer said...

It's so good to hear from the Charmer! I'm glad she's doing well and having so much fun. I bet she's an amazing missionary!

Kailee said...

Update: (I personally know the charmer and mr. director) Mr. Director is ENGAGED. I know. Crazy!