Friday, August 20, 2010

August 19th Email

I received the following email from Emily yesterday, but it sounds like she also wrote a letter earlier in the day to put in the mail so I am still waiting for that letter which probably has a little more info in it. So for now I will share her latest email. (Anything in parenthesis is stuff I have inserted in her letter so it makes sense to all of you.) Just a note, there is a place to comment at the bottom of each post. If at any time you wish to make a little comment, I have been copying the comments and sending them to Emily in my letters. I know she has so many friends and family that are praying for her and I know she feels your love and support and I am sure reading the little comments I send to her gives her a boost. Thank you all for being so wonderful to Emily.

August 10, 2010

Hi Mom!

Well I already wrote you a letter but I left some stuff out and plus I am just waiting for my laundry. Doing laundry is really weird here but I bet I will get it down by the time I have to head to Texas. LOL. But I want to let you know what is going on with my feet. They are not doing well. The shoes you sent me are really great!! My feet feel so much better! It's my toes that are having the problems. (Emily had her ingrown toe nails removed on both her big toes a week and a half before she left for the MTC) To start from the beginning … When I was having problems with my feet with my new shoes, my companion talked with the brethren to have me wear my tennis shoes until you sent me my shoes. So for like two to three days I was the sister at the MTC wearing tennis shoes but my feet felt so much better!! I loved it! But I felt so stupid wearing tennis shoes! But then your package came with the yummy goodies and with my awesome shoes! Thanks for buying the same ones I had before, they work great. I loved the furry ones too but they don't fit. I am sad because I really wanted to wear them. So I am going to send them back with my old shoes that gave me blisters so I won’t have to worry about carrying them around. But I am really worried about my big toes as they just don't look right or maybe that is the way they are suppose to be healing but I am praying to see the nurse and to see if I need to get them checked by a doctor. But we will see.

But I am working hard and trying my best! I am really missing home. I miss my room and Buddy! So how is Buddy? Is he still kicking and being himself? I hope he is doing well. Sister Outcelt is so awesome. I love her lots. Just tell them the MTC is an amazing place and not to worry, if they can make it past Sunday and endure all the orientations and classes they can do it!

Time is still going by slow. I don't know, I guess I just look at my watch a lot during the day because I don't want to be late for classes. But my alarm clock doesn't wake me up. My roommate Sister that I room with, her clock wakes me up and I wish I could get up earlier so I won't be late for class. So I don't know what to do about that. I also wish I would have bought an alarm clock that showed the time like a red glow, ya know what I mean. (We mailed her a new clock with glowing red digital numbers today!) But I'm praying every night that I will hear my clock, but some days I wake up and I am way too early to get up or I wake up late and am running to class.

But I want to thank you so much for the packages. I love the fruit snacks and the bars. I am doing my best. I am still struggling with my classes and trying to get out of my shell and not be shy. There are just a lot of people around here and I am just nervous I guess. But I am trying. My teacher, Brother Mehr is trying to help me to get out of my shell. He is a nice teacher.

Well I wrote ya a letter to mail and I only have 13 minutes left. I love you lots and I miss you. Keep in touch!! Love you

Love Sister Hawkins! :)


  1. Loved reading Emily's letter and hearing about life in the MTC. Sounds like she is doing so well and giving it her best. We are just so proud of her and pray for her every day. We will start praying for her feet, too.... she is going to be using them a whole lot over the next 18
    Thank you, Julie, for posting her correspondence on this blog...it's such a blessing to be able to share in this wonderful experience.
    With much love....xoxo

  2. I want Emily to know how proud of her I am. I know she has a lot of faith and will be a great missionary. She is in all of my prayers and I send her my love. I read a saying in Richard Evans' Quote Book by M. Louise Haskins that I thought she might like so I will include it.
    "I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: GIve me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown: And he replied: Go out into the darkness and put thine hand into the hand of God. That shall be to thee better than light and safer than a known way."
    I know that Emily is in God's hands. He will look after her and help her with everything.
    I send her my love and best wishes.
    Love, Ida May