Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Last mission conversation with mom.

Mom:  Malynne, I am not liking your short letters.  I want to hear the mission stories.  Are you going to be ready to come home?  Your last line of you have a family there made me sad and made me wonder how hard is it going to be for you to leave Helena.  Just remember your family in Utah misses you tons.

Malynne:  Sorry you don't like my short letters. I don't have time to send long ones and a lot happens all the time. I will tell you mission stories when I get home. I am going to be ready I think....I don't want to think about it right now though.

Mom:  I came home from work so that I can talk to you.  I am praying that you are still there.

Malynne:  I am, but I have something really important to do so it might be spotty.

Mom:  We are leaving in about 20 minutes to get hair cuts.  I need to know if you need an appointment or did you get your hair done?  Are you ready to come home?  What are you doing that is so important?

Malynne:  I am getting my hair done more today the red didn't come out so we are trying again. :) I am ready to come home, but I have some things I will want to do before the end.

Mom:   just want you to know I am proud of you.

Malynne:  Thanks. :) I can't wait to tell you all about my mission!

Mom:  We are going to go out to dinner on Saturday, La Hacienda by where dad works.  Is that ok with you?  We kinda want everyone to go home afterwards so we can have you to ourselves Saturday evening. 

Malynne:  Sounds good to me! :)

Mom:  We are off to get haircuts.  I love you and I will see you in 5 days and a few hours!!!   Can't wait to kiss those chubby cheeks!  Loves!!!

Malynne:  Have fun getting hair cuts! LOVES!
 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Letter to Malynne! Love, Mom

Today I have had tears. I read my daughters last mission email. She bore her testimony of her love for our Savior Jesus Christ, of the atonement, of Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon and the restoration of the Gospel. It was a simple, beautiful testimony.

She will be home in 5 days, as many fingers as I have one one hand. I can't wait for her to be home, and yet I am sad that her mission is over. As mixed as my feelings are I can only imagine hers.

Malynne has been gone for 18 months. She has missed a lot of firsts. She missed her younger sisters first year at girls camp, her excitement of having her braces removed and all the Chinese words she can speak, her other sisters first date, first prom and first driving experiences (although she will still get to experience this as Makennas driving is still like a first time experience every time). She has missed seeing her brother grow and grow and grow. She missed seeing him get the priesthood and serve the sacrament for the first time. She has missed family vacations, family get togethers and our first “family” temple trip (everyone old enough to go). She has been missed and she has missed a lot. However, while serving as disciple of Christ she has “seen” so much. Montana! They call it Big Sky Country and from the pictures she has sent home the name fits. She has seen the majestic mountains, wilderness, wildlife and beautiful people of Montana. She has seen miracles, see the Spirit as it has touched the lives of her new found brothers and sisters. She has felt!!!! She has had a real sister.... and a second sister, and a third.....some were easy to love and some not so easy to love, but she learned how to love them. She has eaten buffulo, elk, caribou, rabbit, pheasant, and venison (which she thought was a bird until she was served venison stew and asked if it was steak). She has tasted a new life. She has lived 18 months with ear problems and still listens to the spirit. She has lived without hot water, and without heat for a short period of time in the middle of winter. She has changed wards, branches, broken hearts and lives. She has changed and she has lived.

So...When I cry that it's the ending.....I also realize that it is the start of a new beginning. A new daughter is coming home. One I have never met. She is stronger and a stranger. Her shoes and clothes are worn out, but knowing my Malynne she will be wearing a smile. I'll know her face, it's never left my thoughts but there is a new light in her eyes (look at her pictures and you will see it too).

As she prepares to come home my heart aches for her. My prayers have been answered. She has been blessed, protected, provided for and loved. Saturday I will have my girl home.

Yes, there are tears!

Last email.....WHAT??????

Okay well, this is my last week as a missionary. It is kind of crazy and I don't really know if I have anything more to say about it.
 
I want you all to know that I love you all so much. I am thankful for this time that I have had to serve here as a missionary in the Montana Billings mission. I am so thankful for the people and all that I have learned. I also am thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ. I love him more than words can express! I know that through him all that is wrong about life can be made right. He is the source of our light and our happiness and as we look to him we will be able to find true peace and joy through out our lives and throughout eternity. Joseph Smith is a prophet who was called of God to restore the gospel in this last dispensation and also to translate the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and is one of the most precious tools that we have in returning to our Heavenly Father again. The gospel is restored in its fullness. I know all these things to be true for myself! :)
 
I love you all and can't wait to see you! LOVES!
-Sister Malynne Erbe 

Monday, August 4, 2014

My missionary Tan Line

Tan line of a missionary!

10 Highlights of my week.

I don't have lots of time and so I will once again just send the top 10 highlights of my week.
1-We got a new investigator and we were literally led to her house.
2-We had 4 investigators at sacrament meeting.
3-We put Zach Carter on date to be baptized on the 14th of August
4-We got to go to girlscamp for a day and saw lots of moose
5-We had interviews with President Mecham
6-We are learning a lot about the atonement
7-members bought me dried coconut
8-I got lots of letters & stamps
9-The Actons are coming to visit on Saturday
10-I feel like I have a family here. :)
 
Yep it was a good week. Thanks for all your love and support! LOVES!
-Sister Malynne Erbe 

I don't want to think about it right now. :)

Mom:
 Dear Daughter,
I can not wait for you to come home!  The time is getting close, and I am excited.
This week Connor got glasses.  Makenna said he looks like a sexy geek.  Connor is proud of the title and came and told me that with his glasses he looks like a sexy geek!
The girls are going to be going to girls camp this week.  They leave on Tuesday.  Makenna said that she did not want to go.  I told her she was going.  She complained for the first 6 weeks of summer, and now, finally she is excited and ready to go.  She is going to teach a class on knife safety and she is very excited and proud to be doing this.
On Friday dad and I went to a wedding for one of my YW from Provo. Tannith Jakins got married.  She did not get married in the temple and the entire event helped me to realize that sometimes good decisions that could be better are still good decisions.  Tannith had made A LOT of bad choices in her teens and early 20's.  She did drugs, rehab, alcohol, rehab, drugs, jail time, rehab, probations, lived with many men, stole property amounting in a felony, more jail time (could have been prison time).   She has been excommunicated from the church and was very excited about getting rebaptized about 24 months ago.  It did not happen.  She has never told me all the reasons, but she felt she was ready for rebaptism and her bishop did not.  She got angry and gave up on working hard to get that baptism.  I thought that when that happened she would rebound back to her old life and old habits.  She did not, or almost did not. She found her now husband, a good guy who has a history much like her own, moved in with him, but got married to this nice man on Friday.  I told her I was proud of her and meant it.  She might not be making choices that I would like her too, but she made a good choice and is heading in the right direction.  Hopefully with time she will continue moving forward, will get rebaptized and eventually go to the temple, but for now I need to rejoice that she is learning about making good choices, and is moving forward.  I hope what I just said was not just a jumble of words, but the feelings I felt were good, and that is what I wanted to express.
On Saturday we went to Hunters baptism.  It was good, but so long....too long.  His baptism and confirmation were almost 2 hours.  In our stake it is a long baptism/confirmation if it goes an hour.  Between the baptism and confirmation, when Hunter and Jay were changing,  they asked family members to write testimonies/feelings for Hunter.  Everyone in our family took a paper and wrote.  I was humbled and filled with love and admiration for all my children as I read what they wrote before they were handed in.  Makenna, Makayla and Connor all wrote beautiful testimonies.  It made me so proud (the good kind of proud).  They have all grown up so much!!!
Today Makenna bore her testimony in Sacrament Meeting.  It was beautiful.  She talked about being a spectator or a Gladiator and what kind of a person are you.  Are we going to be spectators and let life just happen or are we going to be Gladiators and go after what we want, are we going to pray to find our testimonies, and pray for guidance or are we just going to sit back and wait to see if we believe?  She talked about how Heavenly Father wants us to be Gladiators and how she is trying to be a Gladiator, that she knows that Heavenly Father loves her and that she needs to fight for him. What she said was beautiful!  You would have been proud of her.  I am sure that all of our prayers and fasting have helped her.  Thank you for your prayers and letters.  Even though she has not written back your letters have made a difference to her and your returning and spending time with her will make an even bigger difference.
Speaking of your return.  Your are scheduled to speak in sacrament meeting on the 24th.  You and Ben Judd will be the only speakers that day.  You need to please talk about some of the Monanteese language that you learned.  Please some how incorporate that into your talk.  (too funny).  Also, dad and I are going to wait for you to get home to get you a car.  We want to see how you want to handle it, what kind of a car you want.  Do you want to find it, do you want us to find it...how to finance it....ect.  We have thought about so much about what we want to do when you get home but ultimately it will be your decision.  We will be going to Wicked on the 23rd, and St. George on the 29-1.
Schmoo, stay strong, keep up the work and know we are always praying for you.  We love you!!!  I will try to watch for your letter tomorrow and maybe we can talk.
I love you,
Loves,
MOM

Malynne:  Mom, I love you. That's all I can say right now. I can't wait to see you when I get home. :) We will talk about everything when I get there. LOVES!
-Sister Malynne Erbe

Mom:  I am here.

Malynne:  How are you?

Mom:  I may have a job for you when you get home.  Someone that I work with is wanting to hire you to be a nanny for his kids, $900 a month, working M-F 12 to 5.  Your main job would be to run his kids to various practices etc.  I told him you will talk to him when you return home....just something to think about.  It would be a great job to go to school with!

Malynne:  That would be a good job...except I still have to figure out how to pay for it.
school I mean. how to pay for school.....I don't want to go more in debt for it.

Mom:  Well, you are not planning on going to school right away right?  That would give you a few months to save up.  I think that is a good decision.  We are going to wait for you to get home to decide what you want to do about a car.

Malynne:  Yeah thanks. I don't want to think about it right now. :)




Friday, August 1, 2014

Travel itinerary

I just got this today from church travel. There is a slight change in arrival time. Sister Erbe will not know of these updates before departure day. This is the current accurate itinerary.
Sister Hopkins
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From: Emily Marvin
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:06 AM
To: Montana Billings Mission
Cc: JALDEBCHRISTENSEN@MSN.COM; JKERBE@COMCAST.NET; IVERBE@COMCAST.NET; HEMENWAY@MSN.COM; DANIELLEJOWENS@HOTMAIL.COM; JIALANOWENS@MSN.COM
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CHURCH TRAVEL CWT                          DATE 29JULY14
50 EAST NORTH TEMPLE ST                    AGENT AQ/EM BOOKING REF 6L7NJR
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84150
TELEPHONE: 801 240-5111                    CHRISTENSEN/ALEXIS  334693-R
FAX      : 801-240-5115                    ERBE/MALYNNE NICOLE 353620-R
                                           HEMENWAY/TREVOR G  265537-R
  MISSIONARY TRAVEL                        OWENS/KELSY CAPRI  350952-R
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SERVICE               DATE  FROM           TO             DEPART  ARRIVE
_____________________ _____ ______________ ______________ _______ ______
DELTA AIR LINES       16AUG BILLINGS MT    SALT LAKE C UT 1255P   219P
DL 5772            SATURDAY BILLINGS       SALT LAKE CITY
U ECONOMY                                  TERMINAL 2
           NON SMOKING                                    NON STOP
                            RESERVATION CONFIRMED         1:24 DURATION
                            FLIGHT OPERATED BY COMPASS DBA DELTA CONN
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                            SEATS 12A/11A/11B/12B NO SMOKING CONFIRMED
 
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CHRISTENSEN/ALEXIS  334693-R
     ETKT:DL/006 7433047325
ERBE/MALYNNE NICOLE  353620-R
     ETKT:DL/006 7433047326
HEMENWAY/TREVOR G  265537-R
     ETKT:DL/006 7433047327
OWENS/KELSY CAPRI  350952-R
     ETKT:DL/006 7433047328
 
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