Saturday, March 29, 2014

Email March 29, 2014

Hola mi familia!!

Another week and in the words of the Croods...STILL ALIVE!!! 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For the care package. I think I got it on either Tuesday or Wednesday. All of the other Hermanas were jealous of my super AWESOME family! I loved all the little treats and laughed so hard at all the little quotes. It was amazing! Oh! I gave out the bubbles to the Hermanas, when they realized what they were they screamed a little bit and then there was much rejoicing....yaaay.....I also made sure to tell them that the bunnies were from Madre Parslow and they all say Gracias! 
Congrats to Camille on her game! That´s awesome! Way to be lil´ sis! 

Thank you to everyone for taking care of my darling dog, sorry for the thief tendencies... I have no idea where he gets it from. 

Thank you for all of your notes throughout the week, they really helped and I love hearing from you all. 
Okay, so yes my apartment has a full kitchen. There´s a companionship to each room, thank goodness, you can barely fit two beds into one room. The smoke detector finally got new batteries....after a week and lots and lots of beeping. Cortney, you asked about the girls in my district so I´ll tell you a little about them. 
   First, there´s my companion, she´s still super awesome and great. She´s a very on time person and very dedicated to the Lord´s work. We still get along great!
   Then there´s Hermana Powell, she´s this super sweet girl from a farm in Indiana. She´s really innocent and says the funniest little things at the most random moments without meaning to. She's apparently the Mom of our district cause she´s 21. Her companion is Hermana Bullock. She´s canadian, although you´d never guess it. She´s the oldest in our district and has been given the honorary title of Abuela by Hermana Ramirez because she´s the oldest out of us all. Abuela is Grandmother in spanish. She´s usually our entertainment in the morning while we´re all getting ready cause she sings in the shower. It´s fantastic actually cause her voice is amazing! 
   Hermana Wells is my age and from Cedar Hills, Utah. She´s super sweet and is the kind of girl that would probably have been voted most likely to succeed. She was a soccer player and spent a couple of semesters at BYU Hawaii after graduating. Her companion is Hermana Ramirez. This woman is outgoing, blunt, forward, and as sassy as they come. She wrote the book on attitude. She´s really sweet and is actually our entertainment throughout the day. She´s hilarious. She´s from Salt Lake City. 

The Empty Sea is Great!! Once we got into a set schedule and was done with all of the introduction stuff, things got much easier and fun! 

Our lesson with Gabriela were great! My companion and I actually were the most successful with her. She was having trouble praying and had really just asked to meet with us because she was curious about our church and why we were all so crazy. We were able to get her to pray and believe that she could change. We had our last lesson with her on Wednesday which was super sad because she was making so much progress! Funny thing though, we got another teacher on Thursday named Hermana Bair, guess who walked in...Gabriela! Yeah, okay, we all knew she was a teacher but it´s so much fun to get to know her as herself instead of just as an investigator. She´s amazing. She helps us with the language so much! Not to mention she´s hilarious...even if most of us don´t know what she´s saying 90% of the time. I took a picture of something called my Perspective Rock and will hopefully be able to send it to you. Thursday she had us all run outside in the rain to find a small rock. When we got back she had us try to see things with the rock held up to our eye. Naturally you can see very little. She then had us throw the rock on the ground and look at it. The rock represents obstacles and it was about perspectives. When you´re mainly looking at your obstacle it seems huge but when you look at it from a distance with the big picture in mind it becomes very small. It was a good lesson and reminder.
On Sunday we got our Hellfire! and Damnation! talk. It was pretty good actually. The speaker called people (in general) out on flirting and not being in the MTC worthily. He also said that in the MTC right now there are 1,840 missionaries! Whoa! He also said that the best missionaries in the field are sisters...pfft, no doubt. He mentioned that the prophet lowered the age for missionaries because all of us will need to be stronger for what lies ahead in our futures. 

My favorite part of Sunday though was watching a devotional done by Elder Bednar a couple of years ago. It´s something you ONLY missionaries get to see and it´s called The Character of Christ. It. Was. AMAZING! He said, You are in the right place at the right time in your life. You are exactly where the Lord wants you to be. He also said that each missionary is assigned to a mission by an apostle, who we sustained as a prophet, seer, and revelator. We are never sent somewhere we weren´t meant to be. That being said, he also reminded all of us that, You´re mission is not about you. He said, The character of Christ is to turn out with love and service when others would turn in. Christ always turned out to others when something awful happened to him. Ugh! How I wish you all could hear it! It was amazing! Two of my favorite things he said were, That Natural Man is like the Cookie Monster (then he gave the best Cookie Monster impression ever) and that we all need to make sure we are converted to Christ, not to the church, not to the programs, not to the people, no even to our leaders but to Christ. The other thing I loved was when he was talking about turning out when we want to turn in and he said, When you find yourself, you won´t be looking for it, because you will have turned out to others. Wow, talk about powerful!

I love you all! I miss you! Thank you so much for being amazing! Please forward this to Grandma and let her know I loved hearing from her, that I loved the card, and that I love her and Grandpa!

Oh! Please send me a pic of the family or pictures in general, everyone has been asking me for them!

Thank you! I love you! Hasta luego!
Hermana Parslow

Saturday, March 22, 2014

First email from Hermana Parslow March 22, 2014

Hola mi familia! How is everything going? I hope everyone is doing well. Mucho gracias for the card! It couldn't have come at a better time! 
   It's interesting here at the MTC, the first day after you dropped me off I got my badge, my books, and found out where I would be sleeping. The elders we met by the temple weren't kidding. I really am on West Campus and it is totally the best. They're pretty laid back and trusting here. Up at the Main Campus where the dorms are is almost like the military compared to here. Not to mention my apartment is super nice. The only downside is the two fire alarms in the house that beep all. day. long. The one in the hall beeps every 23 seconds and the one in my bedroom beeps exactly 8 seconds after that. Oh my goodness, I'm about ready to break them. However the second night I was here we figured out how to make them be silent for at least 8 hours, which was a total bonus! It wasn't until after one of our teachers, Hermano Dolbin, said something about batteries that we realized new batteries would fix the beeping problem...go figure! 
   I live with 5 other girls who are in my district. Hermana Bulllock, who's a super sweet woman from Canada, Hermana Powell, who's from  Indiana, Hermana Ramirez and Hermana Wells, who are both from Utah, and then Hermana Ibarra from Portland, Oregon. She's my companion. I am so blessed to have her as mi companera. She’s sweet, kind, likes to laugh, and super excited about serving the Lord, which is great because I had a really hard time being excited once I got here but I'll tell you about that in a minute. We get along splendidly! I don't think our district could have been paired up better. We've gotten into the habit of thanking each other for being our companion right before we say goodnight.
   So, first there's a district, which is the class that you first start out in (we have all hermanas), and then there's a zone which is made up of districts. We only have two districts in our zone, our zone leader is Elder Clements...the one we met at the temple, he's fantastic. Those hermanas and elders in the other district are so wonderful. They have been here a while and have spent the last few days showing us the ins and outs of the MTC. They actually just got their travel plans and are leaving next week which makes me very sad. Hermana Spence, from Montana, was the first one I met when I got dropped off on West Campus. She ran up to me and yelled, "You're in my zone!" Everyone in our zone was super excited to see all of us hermanas because they had apparently been the only district in their zone for a few weeks. 
   It's amazing that I've only been here 3 days, I feel like I've been here for weeks. Every day is soooo full. They don't waste any time here, which is awesome! Keeping busy seems to be the best way to keep the homesickness from too bad. Speaking of that, I might as well tell you. I have been a little homesick, don't worry, although I feel it sometimes, I'm doing much better now. :D 
    I was actually talking to Hermana Bullock in the kitchen last night because we were both brushing our teeth (6 girls + 1 bathroom = Improvise with kitchen sink!) and I found out that she was going through the exact same thing as I was. She was just as surprised that she was homesick too. We talked about it and how upbeat our companions were and agreed that although they were fantastic, it was nice to know we weren't alone in our trials.
   Our first investigator discussion was pretty good. Her name was Gabriela, she's super friendly and bubbly although I have no idea what she is saying and she speaks sooo fast. It's a good thing Hermana Ibarra speaks some spanish otherwise we both would've been deers in headlights. Luckily, Gabriela spoke un poco English and so with some charades and Spanglish her and I were able to understand each other. We're teaching her again this evening when P-day is over. 
   Ugh! I have so much to tell you and sooooo little time! Um, a quick overview I suppose. Today we went to the temple which was pretty cool, the Provo temple is super white and cream. Oh! Yes, the food is decent. It's pretty good actually. We visited the main campus cafeteria today for lunch and it's no wonder the missionaries gain so much weight while they're here, there's food....EVERYWHERE! Oh. my. goodness. I was in heaven. Especially since they had some classic Utah foods that I didn't realize any one else ate. Like frog-eye salad or orange salad. Yeah,  I had to explain to just about everyone in my zone what was in it and why I was so beyond excitement that I was getting to eat it.
    Um, a spiritual thought. One of our teachers Hermano Dolbin is amazing. He taught us last night and the one thing that really stuck out to me was this...(by the way, you know that he really wants you to remember something when he gets super serious and saying something in Spanish and then English) he said, "Never forget. The ONLY person who can heal someone is Christ. He is the ONLY person who can offer it. His Atonement is real and it is the only thing that can heal someone." Also, "The Lord is gathering His sheep and He is going to do it no matter what. He's just letting us be a part of it. Our job is to figure out how to get out of the way so that He can do it." 
   The Spirit is amazing here! I love you all! The Lord loves you! Let me know how everything is going at home! Let me know if you have any questions! Hasta luego! 
P.S Apparently they gave us the wrong address here is my updated one.
Carlie Cynthia Parslow
2023 N 900 E Unit 826
Provo UT 84602

Friday, March 21, 2014

March 19th, Time To Say Good-Bye

Count-down poster that started at 104 days finally to zero, Camille was very sad!!

Breakfast at Mimi's with our girls

Very proud parents!!

Good-Bye Everyone!!
No tears from Carlie

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Few Missionary Pictures

Finally got Carlie to consent to a few pictures before she leaves tomorrow.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Called to serve in the Mexico Puebla North Mission.

                            Opening mission call this was the moment that we had been waiting for!