Tuesday, January 28, 2014

****Here's the first short letter we received from Sister Hoopes.  Things are great!  I'll post her address in the mission field as soon as she gives it to me.  If you'd like to send something (letters, pkgs, etc) before I get the address, you can send it to the mission home.  She leaves the MTC on Feb 3rd.
That address is:  
Colorado Denver North Mission
1250 Main Street
Broomfield, CO  80020

Dropping our missionary off was one of the hardest things our family has ever had to do.  It was pretty emotional for the rest of that day, however, more than that was this overwhelming peace and love that I felt.  So grateful to know that she is where she needs to be and that the Lord is protecting/helping her grow each day!*******
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Hey mom, 

 I hope everyone is doing so well and the skiing has been great. My P-day is Saturday so Ill be able to talk to you then. I love you all so so so so so so much and I just sent out a letter to you guys today and it should show up at the zitos within the next two days. Anyways, gotta run. Talk to you guys real soon. 

P.S. the MTC is the BEST PLACE ON EARTH... Disney can't even compare. The spirit is so strong here, I just wish you guys could spend a day here just to understand how amazing it is. It just makes everything so much easier and makes home seem less far away. You guys are amazing and thank you for all your love and support. I feel it more now than I ever have!

Yours truly, 

Sister Hoopes

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sister Hoopes' Contact Information

Hey All!

McKenzie's mom here.  I just wanted to post her contact information. (Her real address will be posted when we get her all settled)

You can send email to:

mckenzie.hoopes@myldsmail.net

You can send letters/packages to the mission home for now:

Colorado Denver North Mission
1250 Main Street
Broomfield, CO  80020

Can't wait to post all the wonderful and excited things this Sister Missionary is going to do!  Keep Posted! :)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Thankful Heart

Lots has happened since the last time I posted anything, but what I've felt over the past month and a half or so is gratitude. The holidays have been so wonderful, I've had great opportunities to be with my family and friends. We've eaten together, laughed together and cried together. This holiday season has been a little different since it'll be the "last" with my family for a while. Since Im the oldest Hoopes child, this will be the start of a new dynamic our family hasn't yet experienced. We're learning that its not very easy to let go of the people closest to you, but we've also learned that its not really letting go. Its a happy change, because we're sacrificing for a righteous purpose. Our family is growing in the gospel and going in the direction the Lord would have us go. We may be separating in distance but we're still all one in purpose! This holiday season I've been thankful for perspective and new adventures! I've been thankful for the blessing of family and friends and all the support they've been to me. Im thankful for this new year and the opportunity it has given all of us to set goals and live a better life than we did the year before. Im thankful for the new people I've grown close to in 2013, and for the memories I'll have with them and many others in 2014. Im thankful for the opportunity i have to serve the Lord in a special way this year and for all the people that have supported me along the way. I know the Lord lives and loves us. I know we can carry the spirit of Christmas we've experienced recently throughout the whole year and strive to grow closer to the Savior as we pray and read the scriptures. I know Thomas S. Monson is the living prophet. I know the gospel has been restored to this earth through Joseph Smith and that as we live the gospel we will find true happiness.

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