77 DAYS!!!!! This mission cannot come any sooner! I'm so excited to serve the Lord for 18 months.
This past week has been spent preparing for the mission, of course. Mission shopping and planning was done. I also had the wonderful opportunity to have somebody with whom I could prepare! One of my dearest friends, Shannon, spent most of last week with me. She is also preparing to serve a mission in the Kansas Wichita mission. She reports to the Missionary Training Center seven days before I do! We attended the Ogden Temple open house and visited seven other temples in two days. We even did baptisms for the dead in the Salt Lake Temple!
For those who don't know, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in redeeming our dead by allowing them to be baptized and confirmed via proxy. That is one of the main reasons why our temples are so special to us. We wish to be with our families forever, but we believe that in order to enter heaven, you need to be baptized. Those who died before being baptized are pretty much excluded from heaven, then. But, God is fair and just, so He provided a way for the dead to be baptized--proxy baptisms in the temple. As a result, our ancestors have the opportunity to accept the opportunity and a ticket to heaven so that they too can spend eternity with their loved ones.
Here's some pictures for your entertainment
Hermana Kennedy, signing off.