Thursday, July 30, 2009

Entering the MTC

Camille was set apart as a missionary by the Stake President on Monday, July 27th. Tuesday morning, after a long night of packing and preparations, she got on a plane for Utah! That night, Camille stayed with her Aunt Shirley who lives in Orem, Utah. Here is an excerpt of Aunt Shirley's letter about taking Camille to the MTC (Missionary Training Center):

Your little missionary made it safely to the MTC today. This morning we saw a Sister Missionary mall, so we had to stop there and check it out. She found a few things she needed, and it was fun to look around and make fun of some of the clothes. After that we had to rush to get home for her to get changed and her suitcases stuffed and closed, but she did a great job.

We managed to make it to the MTC with a few minutes to spare. As she drove in, she kept screaming, making me think I was running over someone, but it was just because she was so excited. [Editor's note - that sounds just like our Mimi!]

I thought I would have to drop her off on the doorstep like a baby at an orphanage, all alone, but this was not the case. It was like a parade/ carnival. As we drove in, they had cones and flags and missionaries and guides everywhere telling you where to turn and drive and so on. There was a whole passel of missionaries on the lawn whose only job seemed to be to wave to all the new people; like the princess that she is, Camille waved back with enthusiam. What a welcoming committee!

After we parked on the curb where they told us to, then a lady was there to give us a little card with Camille's MTC mailbox on it. Two missionaries were there to get her luggage out of the car, and they took pictures for us. Camille seemed happy and excited. It was a sweet experience. There were many other families there dropping their missionaries off. Here is the address:

Sister Camille Kelani Jordan
MTC Mailbox#159-0818
Utah Ogden Mission
2005 N. 900E.
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Going to the Temple

Camille went to the Dallas Temple for her endowments on Saturday, July 11.

Going to the temple with Camille for the first time was a very wonderful experience. She looked quite beautiful in her new white dress and being with her in that setting was such a joy. We were surprised at all the people who came to share the experience with her, since we unfortunately didn't manage to tell that many people beforehand (it was an open invite to any friends who could make it). Maren and Clint were there of course, her Aunt Julie, the temple prep teacher Sis. Pool and her husband, the Clines, Mary Cates, John Klien, Jacob Allen, the Palmers, the Boyles, her bishop from the singles ward and his wife, and Gary and Sue Sampson. Camille said she enjoyed everyone "making a fuss" over her and especially the feelings of peace within the temple.