Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Wow. San Diego really is the most perfect weather ever! I love it. It is so beautiful here! When we arrived in San Diego last Tuesday, the assistants picked us up and took us to the mission home. We ate food, took pictures, filled out some papers, had an interview, and got to take a nap, and then we had dinner. Then we met up with more sisters and went out and taught! I was with Sister Nelson and Sister Crawford and we were in the La Jolla area. We taught a Chinese girl named Da. She is so awesome and it was a wonderful experience and made me really excited! The next day was training meeting. My companion is Sister Stevens. She is from Layton, Utah, she is a beautician and she is 5'10! Woohoo for tall girls! She honestly is the most awesome person ever. She is so funny and kind and excited about missionary work! She is also so positive. She is very patient with me and helpful. I definitely got lucky. Best trainer ever! She also only has 2 transfers left so I am her last companion. We are having a great time together. The area we got assigned to is drum roll please...... Chula Vista!!! Rus, that does not mean doughnut. Hahah! Chula Vista is beautiful and we are white washing which means we are both new to the area and we are actually opening it up kind of because it is a new ward called the Otay Lakes Ward. It has been a lot of fun getting organized and getting acquainted with people in the ward to help us with missionary work. Members really are so crucial!
Oh I saw Esteban Villalobos! He is awesome. I also met an Elder and his teacher in the MTC was Lauren! Also every time I meet someone from El Cajon I tell them that my mom grew up there and they always know the Jesperson name. OH flashback real quick... there was a sister missionary in the MTC in my visitor center training group and she was from Greenland! She told me that I reminded her of all her Danish friends which made me so happy :) Also flashback... my temple square experience was way cool! My companion was Sister Leilua from Samoa. She is so great! We talked to a few people and I also gave a tour to about 25 people from Germany and Belgium. It was cool!
Okay back to San Diego... The Mormon Battalion is the coolest place ever! I was pretty nervous at first because the day we got here they gave us our script and it is huge and we have to act and I was just thinking there is no way I am going to be able to do this, but the Lord is helping me :) I now have the script down and I gave my first solo tour yesterday! The tour is so awesome. Everyone that comes through really enjoys it. Rus you got magical skilllllssss! Family, those of you who have not been here have to come get the tour someday in your life. The kiddos would love it!
Sister Stevens likes exercising which is wonderful because she helps me exercise more intensely then I probably would on my own. It is great! One unfortunate thing is my energy level seems to have decreased immensely. Ha, it's like it takes every muscle in my body to stay awake. I go to bed on time and wake up on time and I am eating well and exercising... I guess this is just the life of the mission?
Anyways, sorry I don't have a lot of time today. Hopefully next week I will send pictures. I love being a missionary!! Oh I had my first door contact yesterday. The lady was Catholic so she said she didn't want to change, but we bore her our testimonies and left her a Book of Mormon and I really hope she will read it. This gospel amazes me more and more every day. Life is wonderful!
Sister Cassie Rasmussen
Saturday, July 21, 2012
So, I made it to San Diego! It's just as beautiful as I remember it. The mission home is beautiful and has a beautiful view! It is in Helix if that means anything to you, Mom. Also, we drove right by Mission Valley.
My mission president and wife are both wonderful. The weather is perfect here. I am exhausted but excited! My preparation day is Tuesday aka today. I won't be able to email today though which is why I am writing real quick.
President Clayton sent a picture of me with him and his wife to Dad's email. Dad, will you please forward that to me? I would like a copy of it. Also, Dad, it was good to talk to you and hear your voice! Mom, I hope you got my message.
Today we get nap time and fill out paper and have an interview with the president. Tonight we go out with the missionaries and tomorrow we meet our trainers and begin! The APs are really nice with helping us.
I seriously cannot believe that this is real life. I am nervous, but mostly excited beyond belief. I just wanted you to know that I made it here safely.
I love you all!
Sister Cassie Chea Rasmussen
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
|Sister Rasmussen with President and Sister Clayton of the California San Diego Mission|
|Sister Rasmussen with the 13 other new missionaries in her mission and the mission president and mission mom.|
Sunday, July 15, 2012
It's only been a few days, but it's been a crazy few days. I'll tell you about it in a second. Thanks for the email dad! I love having updates. I indeed did get to talk to mom on Wednesday. Mom, sorry it wasn't long and I had to leave really fast. I felt bad, but I am really happy that I got to hear your voice! Dad, your golfing at the Hill place sounds awesome! I bet you loved that. The Family Ball is this weekend!? Dang.... you guys are going to miss my sweet dancing moves aren't you? Haha. Please take pictures for me! I want to see what everyone looked like and how the decorations were. Tell Mason HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! He is so cute. Dad, I will definitely be calling your cell phone on Tuesday morning when we have time at the airport. On to the past couple days...
Tuesday night we had an awesome devotional from an Emeritus Seventy. His name was Robert Steuer and he spoke about obstacles in missionaries lives and also how it is so important that we have a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon. He also talked about excuses and gave a quote by Spencer W. Kimball which is, "Any excuse, no matter how valid, weakens the character." I loved it! My new goal is to not have any excuses. Wednesday morning we got to go to Temple Square and we got taken on a tour by the sister missionaries. After some guys from the missionary department came and talked to us, aka Rus :) It was so good to see him again and he did such a wonderful job at getting us all pumped! After all the sisters told me I had such a cool brother and I was like duh!! Haha just kidding I didn't really say that, but I did agree with them. Rus you are way cool! The past couple days have just been busy with visitor center training... it's mostly just making me ready to get out there and have experiences!
Unfortunately I have been sick the past couple days. I have had a sore throat, headache, stuffy nose, body aches, all that fun stuff. I have almost already used all my cold eze so mom, I am definitely going to need some more of those when I get to California. I am feeling much better today and hope that I keep going up so I will be all the way better really soon. I get to see lots of familiar people all the time and it's great. Those who have recently entered the MTC and I have seen are Elder Paul Johnson (Mark's brother), Sister Brittni Ward (my friend from forever ago and she lived in our ward and her mom was Michelle? Remember her?), Sister Preslee Clawson (she is in the stake), and some other people I can't remember right now. I see Elder Nick Jesperson all the time and I LOVE IT!! I love that kid and I love having family here. I told him to say hi to anyone he sees at the wedding today. Also, how was the wedding?? I want pictures of that too!!
Lastly, the past couple days have also been crazy because they have been trying to figure out what to do for my companions situation. I told you guys in the last email that she has epilepsy and she had a seizure and apparently you have to go 6 months without having a seizure in order to be on a mission. She talked to a lot of different people pleading to stay because she really wants to be here and feels like this is where she is supposed to be, but this morning she had her last meeting and they said she had to go home :( That was at like 9:30 and she just left to go to the airport about 40 min ago. I am really sad and I am going to miss her so much. She has helped me so much and I am very, very grateful that Heavenly Father had us be companions. She is awesome and such a strong woman. She was being so positive as she left and saying that everything happens for a reason, so this is all part of the plan and she is just going to trust Heavenly Father. She has been such an influence on me and I am glad that we got at least 3.5 weeks together. Yesterday we got our pioneer dresses finalized, so today Sister Kunz, Sister Madsen, Sister Riggs, and I put on our dresses and took pictures with Sister Kunz so she could have some in her pioneer dress. Ah man, I am going to miss that girl.
Tomorrow we go to Temple Square again. This time I think we actually get a companion from Temple Square and we go around with them and actually get to teach real people! I am nervous, but so excited! I can't believe I leave on Tuesday. I think I say that in every email, but it's getting so close! I am reallllyyyyyyyy excited! Everyone better dance like crazy tomorrow night! And do my club can't handle me dance :)
I love you all so much!
Love, Sister Rasmussen
P.S. Have any of you read the talk "His Grace is Sufficient," from Brad Wilcox? If not, you should read it. It's really good! Oh also, mom I am sending a box home with Jake Robison on Monday. He'll probably bring it by a little after 9PM. If not, then Tuesday sometime.