Tuesday, 18 November 2014

MTC Package for Ruth

I found some printables from a site called Little Miss Suzi that could help make up a missionary training centre survival package and filled it full of goodies that go with the labels
We also enclosed letters from each of us
Mum's Letter
Beautiful daughter, this letter is long overdue. I've wanted to write you many times but I always felt there was simply too much to say and I had mixed feelings about what I even wanted to say.
First, I want you to know that I love you very, very much and that will never change, no matter what. You spent months growing inside me and I gave birth to the most gorgeous creature in the world. You have brought so much happiness to my world and I will always be grateful for you, my child.
I’ve thought of so many things I can say to you and a massive list of do’s and don’ts however I realise it’s me who needs the list so here it is:
Penny…You know:
  • Ruth has been raised right,
  • I have instant communication with you via e mail on P day so we can “Chat type “if needed
  • Your with your companion
  • You know all the stuff about strangers,
  • Your intelligent and socially competent,
  • You don’t have enough money to get into too much trouble,
  • Daughters tell their mothers everything so I’ll be getting a full report with each email,
  • I will be monitoring from a distance.
If someday you become a mother, you too will understand what this feeling is like, of loving someone so much that it feels like your heart will explode. Of loving someone so much you would gladly give your life in exchange for your child's. The unconditional love a mother has for her child is truly unparalleled by any other kind of love.
There are also few things in this world more important, and sometimes more complicated, than the relationship between a mother and a daughter. I know this because I too have a mother. She drives me crazy but I adore her. I would be lying if I said I won't worry about you because I will. But you're a big girl now and you are capable of making your own decisions and I trust that you will make the right ones for you. And if you don't, that's OK. It is often by making mistakes that we learn. Sometimes we keep making the same ones but if we become aware, we as humans have an extraordinary capacity to transform ourselves. But first, we must become aware of what it is within ourselves that needs to change.
I know on your mission you will find yourself and becoming more independent.  I want to be sure you remember all the time how wonderful you were, how talented, beautiful, smart, fun, brave.  The love that I have for you is unconditional. I love you to the moon and back. I love you for you and I love you forever. On the day you were born, I celebrated you and I haven't stopped celebrating you since. You are an awesome girl.
Loving you more than words can ever express.
Dad's Letter
Hi Ruthie, well your in the MTC, enjoy it, honey, its great, you will feel the spirit almost everyday you will cry like you have never cried before. you will learn to teach and learn to find people, but the one thing they can't teach you is the same thing you have loads of.... is Love.  Remember the greatest tool the Lord has is you.  Take your spirit to the people you teach.  Mum is soppy and will miss you loads.  Me too, but my feeling of how proud I am of you makes me excited for you, the memories you'll make the people you'll meet, the awesome feelings you'll have.  I wish I was your age again, treasure every moment.  The harder you work the better your mission will be.  Ruthie I'm so proud of you.  Your a wonderful daughter, remember no matter how hard it rains or how cold the people are, there is truth, two in fact
1. the gospel is true and your saviour loves you
2. your daddy oves you and will beat up anyone who upsets my girl.
Look out for the Haggis near the border, you'll always be the apple of your daddies eye, never question the truth but always ask why!
I love you
Love Dad
Hanna's Letter
Dear Ruth
You will be OK and safe because you are doing a good thing hich ill make other people upset but heavenly father and me ill keep an eye on you.  I hope you meet great friends on your mission just don't forget I am your best friend and n one is as cool as me and you.  see you soon you big bum
love you coolest sister
Adam's Letter
Dear Ruth
You are the best and most fabulous sister a boy can have,  your the greatest, you play with me when I am bored, you comfort me when I am uncomfortable, your always there when I need you.  I love you and you love me, I love our singalongs together you are beautiful and  no one can tell you different if they do they are lying through their teeth.  You are the best in the whole world and I'm sure you are going to be the best missionary as well.  The others are going to have to keep an eye on you
from your little bro...
See Ya XX

Gran & Papa's Letter

Dear Ruth

Just a wee note to let ou know how proud we are of you.  I was thinking as I watched you being set apart, how proud my mum and dad, your great gran & Granpa, would have been.  I aways remember my dad say he knew the church was true but he wasn't strong enough to live it.  I know, especially him, would feel the strength and commitment you have to share the gospel.  Papa has promised t read the book of Mormon while your away.  I'll make sure he does it, we'll do t together.

Just remember when the going gets tough you have a whole family and extended family who love you and what you stand for.  Don't ever forget that.

Just remember John Bytheway work, work, work and nothing will stop you. Enjoy all you do on your mission and remember it's a learning experience.

Love you loads

Gran & Papa Soden

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