Sunday, February 22, 2015

Here goes nothing!

This opportunity to serve is humbling and terrifying. Today was my farewell, and everyone aside from the youngest two in my family spoke. The talks were great and the spirit was strong there! I'm sad I wasn't able to share the experience with more family and friends, but I am grateful for the love and support I felt from a far. I love all and will miss all of you! Although I can't say I'll miss the weather here in Watertown NY ;)
I leave Wednesday Morning from the Syracuse airport at 11:30, then I will have another stop before arriving in Atlanta where I will meet up with other missionaries heading to the Argentina MTC as well. From Atlanta we will all fly to Argentina together, and it'll be my new home for 6 weeks :) hopefully I can pick up on the language enough to survive!
I would love to hear from you all while I am out! Here are the addresses and instructions I have been given. :)

LETTER mailing address (This is the mission home address, I will notify you of the address of my first assignment in the field when I receive it.)

Sister Marissa Lynn Speakman
Paraguay Asunción North Mission
Casilla de Correo 1871
Asuncion 1831

Package Mailing

Sister Marissa Lynn Speakman
Paraguay Asunción North Mission
Av. Santísima Trinidad N° 1280
c/Julio Correa
Asuncion 1831

(If you ship a package via a private courier, you will need the mission office telephone number, which is 595 21-280-930)
(When sending a package it is encouraged to tape photos of Mary on the package, they are superstitious and will not cut through her picture.)

Pouch Mail

The church provides a pouch mail service, items sent through pouch mail are sent to Church headquarters and are then forwarded to the missionary each Friday. ONLY postcards or one page correspondences (no envelopes) written on one side of the page may be sent through the pouch.

Instructions: Lay the letter blank side down. Fold the bottom of the letter about one third of the way up the page and crease. Fold the top of the letter to the bottom of the first fold and crease. Secure the long side with two pieces of tape about one inch in from each end, but do not seal the ends. Write your name and complete return address in the top left corner. Affix first class postage in the top right corner. In the middle, write the missionary address.

Sister Marissa Lynn Speakman
Paraguay Asunción North Mission
POB 30150
Salt Lake City UT 84130-0150

Items not complying with the instructions will be returned to the sender or discarded if the complete return address is not included.
Another option is touse ! My mission is Paraguay Asuncion North mission, you type a letter in there and they will take care of the rest!