Thursday, July 30, 2015

Letter dated : Wednesday, July 24, 2015


I miss you so much and I miss home. Don't get me wrong, I'm NOT dreading this place...yet. The MTC is great! I've only been here for a total of two and a half days and I can truly testify that the gift of tongues is real. I am reading, writing, speaking and understating Tagalog. It is hard, tiring and extremely exhausting and overwhelming....but I am loving every moment of it.The spirit here at the MTC is amazing!! I now know the meaning and power behind accompanying myself with those who have the same goals/standards as me.I truly do love being here. I love you mom and I pray about/for you araw-araw (everyday).

Ingat ka po kayo (Take care)

Sister Leausa

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Saturday, July 25

Hi Mom,

I know you're going to ask me how my first day went, right? Okay, well i'll tell ya! it seriously is no joke when they said that i was going to be going straight to class. The sister that came and got my bags took me to get all my language stuff and I went straight to class.

The MTC is great! hard, but great! Ive only been here what, 3 days? and im already speaking, reading, writing and understanding Tagalog. I love it! the spirit here is so strong. If you have any worries about me being fed enough...dont! We get fed PLENTY here. haha! it's not the best food, but it holds me over. I mean, honestly, what food doesnt. haha!

My companion  is great! I just sent you some pics! She's the girl from IG that followed me.  I absolutely love her :) Sis. Swanson.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We said our goodbyes today

We dropped Sister Leausa off at the Provo MTC today at 1:30. What a wonderful send off it was. Quite emotional but so very exciting at the same time.

Missionaries get one day a week to take care of personal business like laundry, writing home, shopping for basic necessities and site seeing. I hope to hear from her on her first Missionary Prep Day which will be sometime in the next 6 days.

Friday, July 17, 2015

MTC Address Update here is the correct address for Kathleen while she is in the MTC. She will be there from July 22 to September 9.

Sister Kathleen Leausa
Provo Missionary Training Center
2005 N 900 E Unit 101
Provo, Utah 84602
United States

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

One week from today!

This is CRAZY!  One week from today she will be on her way. Her missionary plaque is complete and is now displayed on the wall at her chapel along with all the other missionaries from her ward that are also serving around the world.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Do you know what a Mormon missionary does?

I just realized that I have lots of friends that might not be familiar with the definition of a Mormon missionary.  So,  I got online and found this wonderful definition.

Missionaries of The Church of Jesus of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church) are volunteer representatives of the LDS Church who engage variously in proselytizing, church service, humanitarian aid, and community service. Mormon missionaries may serve on a full or part-time basis depending on the assignment, and are organized geographically into missions.

In October 2013 the LDS Church reported having over 80,000 full-time missionaries worldwide. Most full-time Mormon missionaries are single young men and women in their late teens and early twenties and older couples no longer with children in the home.

Missionaries are often assigned to serve far away from their homes, including other countries. Many missionaries learn a new language at a missionary training center as part of the assignment. Missions typically last two years for males and 18 months for females and 6 to 18 months for older couples. The LDS Church strongly encourages, but does not require, missionary service for young men.  All Mormon missionaries serve voluntarily and do not receive a salary for their work.

Throughout the history of the LDS Church, over one million missionaries have been sent out on missions.

Letters From Home

No matter who you are or where you come from, there is nothing better than a "letter from home."

Kathleen will have very limited access to email and no access at all to phone calls from home.

Beginning on July 22 you can write to Sister Leausa while she is at the MTC. She will be there for six weeks learning the Tagalog language and preparing for the Philippines. Here is her address if you would like to write to her.

Sister Kathleen Leausa
Provo Missionary Training Center
2005 N 900 E Unit 101
Provo, Utah 84602
United States

Thursday, July 9, 2015

13 Days and Counting

My daughter, Sister Leausa, will be reporting to the Missionary Training Center on July 22. She will be teaching and serving the people of Quezon City in the Philippines for the next 18 months. 

I am going to do my best to post as often as I can so that we can follow along with her on this amazing journey.