Saturday, August 17, 2013

New York City!!!!

My Dear Beautiful Family:                                                        August 15, 2013

I write you this evening because we seem to have received our reassignments early. I am not sure why exactly... but they were in our mailbox today and after about 2 hours of serious melt downs from every single person in the district - (as we were not expecting them for another day) we opened them. I don't have time to send pictures today but I'll send pictures and a better letter tomorrow. GUESS WHERE I AM GOING. Guess. Do it right now. Oh, also- I'm totally not breaking any rules right now, they told us we had to give all flight information before the end of today. Anyways... on to it. Remember all the dreams I had before I got my initial mission call? Now I'm just being a horrible person and making you all wait before I tell you... READY?!?!?!?!

I'M GOING TO THE NEW YORK CITY NORTH MISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just before we opened our reassignments
and we were freaking out
Is that enough exclamation marks? Because I don't think it is. Do you know HOW many times I dreamed I was going to New York? I dreamed at least 4 times before I got my first mission call, and I've had two more dreams here about serving in New York. JEN - how close is this to where you live? Tom - where in New York did you serve?! I'M SO EXCITED. It's such a tender mercy from the Lord. If I can't be in Brazil - I'm SO excited to be in New York. I sobbed. It's fine. Because of the dreams. But seriously. I've felt sick most of the week being nervous over this reassignment. There's so much emotion behind it because not getting a visa is hard. We have all been nervous and panicking EVERY time someone calls over the loud speakers (cuz that's when they announce visas). It was hard because I have felt needed in Brazil, and I didn't want it to feel like I was just flung somewhere random. I KNOW I'm supposed to be in Brazil someday. But it's not my turn right now and I feel so overwhelmingly blessed to have been given the gift of KNOWING I'm needed in New York too. I don't have a visa simply because the Lord needs me to be in New York right now. I honestly can't stop telling you how blessed I feel. I'm needed in New York and for that I am truly grateful. Besides all that mushy stuff - NEW YORK IS BEEF PACKETING AWESOME. And I'm stoked. AGH I'm SO STOKED.

This is right after opening the reassignment
& I'm freaking out even more!!! :) 
(Sister Cleveland is going to Oklahoma)

Now because they told us to give you flight information - I leave at 3:30 AM on Tuesday morning. My flight leaves UT Tuesday August 20 at 7:10 AM and I arrive (via Georgia) in Westchester NY at 2:25 PM. Sister Cleveland is going to Oklahoma. I'm gonna miss that girl. :( But we're both going to Porto Alegre North someday so, that's very happy. No one else in my district is going to New York so I think I'm flying alone. Which is scarier as a missionary. But it's fine. :)
I'm supposed to have at least $200 in travel fees... could you maybe check that for me Dad?
Anyway... I'm gonna let you go because I'll be emailing again in like... 15 hours. But I love you all SOOO MUCH! I can't wait to talk... write to you tomorrow!! :D :D I hope you have sweet dreams!!! :D

Sister King


  1. Hi Andrea!! Before you leave Brazil, do you know Bekah Castro??? She is a friend from Lakewood. She has been in Brazil - same mission I'm pretty sure - since April/May 2012.

  2. Whoops! Never mind Andrea - I forgot that you haven't even been to Brazil yet . . . I'm so happy for Andrew and I'm so happy for you getting reassigned to New York!!!

  3. Wow, Andrea, you're just going from jungle to jungle! Congratulations on your dream come true, you truly are a visionary girl. Get ready to slur your r's and saying 'how's youse guys doin'?'