Manuel Robles = Graduate!

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It was SO sweet taking pictures of this guy! He was so genuine, and sweet. One of my favorite *last-minute* shoots ever.

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Manuel is laughing at us.

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Manuel in front of School Mascot Mural.

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Mavel, Manuel, & Evan

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Sister Mission Prep [101]

 Pick4

What to Bring?

I’m kind of a preparation freak. *It comes in handy sometimes, most of the time i’m probably weird. I created a master list of everything one will need on a mission… After searching multiple websites, and not knowing whether i’ll be serving in hot/cold weather, I think this list is pretty awesome! It covers what I will be bringing in my Purse, my Study items, Hygiene items, Clothes, Documents, “Other” items…and last but not least, Words of Wisdom…check it out below!

Purse

  • hand sanitizer
  • camera
  • mini scriptures
  • post-its
  • pens & pencils
  • colored pencil
  • Planner
  • Mints
  • Lanyard
  • Temple Recommend
  • Cash ($200)
  • Mini Hymnbook
  • ID
  • Quarters (to make calls from airport)

Study

  • Patriarchal Blessing
  • copy of mission call
  • True to the Faith
  • Jesus the Christ
  • PMG – small (get the free big one @ the MTC)
  • Our Heritage: A Brief History
  • Our Search For Happiness -Ballard
  • Study Scriptures & Case
  • Journal (Fill up with contacts to email/mail & birthdays)
  • 4 Generation pedigree chart (why?)
  • Missionary Handbook
  • Address Book (fill up with contacts before you leave and put more in as you go)
  • Missionary Yearbook?

Hygiene

  • Makeup & Chapstick
  • Hand Soap
  • Sunblock
  • Hand Towels
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Eye Drops
  • My Bathroom Essentials
    • toothbrush, toothpaste, & floss
    • Micellar facewash & lotion
    • glasses, case, contacts & solution
    • Deodorant
    • Mouthwash
    • Retainer
  • Nail Stuff
    • jamberry’s
    • nail file
    • cuticle pusher
    • nail clipper
  • Shower Essentials
    • loofah & Bar Soap
    • Shampoo & Conditioner
    • Razor & Shaving Oil
    • Leave-in Conditioner
    • Shower Brush
    • Towel Brush
    • 2 Bath Towels
    • Lotion
  • Hair Essentials
    • Hair Elastics
    • Bobby Pins
    • Blow Dryer
    • Dry Shampoo
    • Comb

Clothes

  • 6-8 Outfits
    • Tunics
    • Blouses
    • Skirts
    • Dresses
    • Jackets/Blazers
    • Cardigans
    • Sweaters
    • Slips
    • Belts
    • 4 Bras
    • Garments
    • Underwear
    • Nylons/Tights
    • Sunday Shoes
    • Proselyting Shoes & Socks
  • Exercise Clothes
    • 2 Sports Bras
    • tee shirts
    • loose workout pants (joggers/sweatpants)
    • regular socks
    • biking shorts
    • running shoes
    • sweatshirts
  • Pajamas, Robe, & Slippers
  • Accessories
    • Jewelry
    • Scarves
    • Inexpensive watch (Walmart?)
  • Other
    • Tide To Go stick
    • Lint Brush
    • Wrinkle Release
    • Bag for dedicates
    • Black Sharpie (to mark clothes)
    • Sewing Kit
    • Waterproofing Spray
    • Lint Roller

Documents

  • Health Insurance
  • Immunization Sheet
  • DMV driving record
  • Copy of Mission Call
  • Family History Stories
  • Favorite Conference Talks
  • Eye Prescription
  • Meds Prescription
  • @Mission a bike basket

Other

  • Bags
    • Colorful Suitcase
    • Duffel Bag (exchanges)
  • Small Flashlight
  • Recipes
  • Workouts
  • Umbrella
  • Alarm Clock
  • Medicine
    • First Aid Kit
    • Ibuprofen
    • Vitamins
    • Cough drops
    • Kleenex (travel)
    • Rice heating bag
    • Insect repellent
    • Aloe Vera
  • Pop-up Hamper
  • Photo album
  • Luggage Tags
  • Water Bottle
  • Church Music
  • Camera
    • case
    • charger
    • memory card & adapter
    • usb drive
  • when in doubt…

Words Of Wisdom

  • Prepare
    • Read Book of Mormon
    • Pray
    • Bear testimony often
    • Study PMG
    • Go on Splits with Sister Missionaries
    • Set up a lifestyle of walking/biking
    • Get your patriarchal blessing
    • Go visiting teaching
    • Teach lessons in church
    • Invite a friend to hear the missionaries
    • Learn to work & budget money
    • Start doing sincere 24 fasts
    • Study the gospel daily
    • Go on group dates
    • Learn to be nonjudgmental
    • Learn to listen
    • Learn to get along with different people
    • Learn to try new things
    • Learn to admit you don’t know, but will find the answer
    • Do something you don’t want to daily
    • Practice being safe
    • more here!
  • Don’t Forget!
    • Give usernames & passwords to Mom & Sister
    • Sign papers for tax information
    • Give mom copies of all cards, front & back
    • Develop a post-mission plan (job, school, housing, car, phone, taxes)
    • Do something you love!
  • Work hard. If you can work hard then you will be successful.
  • Don’t be afraid to be bold with the people you teach about the gospel.
  • Express your feelings as much as you can to your companions.
  • Pray every single day to love the people you serve.
  • It’s all about service and charity. Think constantly about what you can do to serve the people.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be teachable.
  • Teach simply and by the spirit. Make sure that your investigators can understand what you’re teaching.
  • Be the most humble and selfless person you can be.
  • Don’t think about how much longer you have until you go home; live in the moment.
  • Be grateful and happy. Appreciate and find joy in everything, especially the hard things and times.

WANDERLUSTING HARD CORE…

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Laguna Beach, CA

SO TRAVEL. MUCH PLACES. haha… Being stuck at home without a car leaves oneself to much travel pondering and planning…and creating a master list of all the coolest places in Southern California. Even though my brain works at a slow 1mph…#ConsussionProbs…I have periods of time when I want to do and see EVERYTHING. (well maybe not everything, but the really beautiful things) One of my guy friends keeps a google maps collection of secret places nearby that are travel-worthy. Some are listed below…the rest…via hours on google.

Beaches

 Museums & Gardens

Stores, Fooood, & Nightlife

Hikes & Nature

THIS^ is my summer bucketlist of place to explore!

GGGGAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH IM SO EXCITED!!

Whoa.

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Guys. Whoa. This is my FIRST blog post. *Ghost emoji*  It’s 1:41 am, and I’m really tired. This is the most boring post i’ve ever seen! HAHAHA, it’s time to sleep. Happy 1st post. PEACE OUT GIRLS SCOUT.