The letter below was not written by Marissa but I felt that I wanted to share it here. It was written by an elder serving in Virginia. For you friends and family who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it may give you some insight into the sacrifices that missionaries make. Marissa always keeps her emails and letters upbeat, but I know she has experienced some of the same frustrations that this elder has. The reason that she and so many other missionaries all over the world can remain so positive is because they have a sure testimony that they are doing exactly what their Heavenly Father wants them to do.
If you missed Marissa's letter expressing her testimony of serving as a missionary, go to the post entitled "Question of the Week" dated April 28.
Thanks for reading.............Maria
Maybe these people would treat us differently if they knew what we went through. I wonder how they would treat me if they knew that it's been almost two years since I have seen my family, my only way to communicate with them through email once a week. Maybe they would let us in if they understood that we aren't paid to be here, but that we volunteer, and actually pay our own way to serve here.