**NOTE** Heather wrote this letter on paper and sent it to us by mail and asked that I (Karen, her mom!) type it into her blog for her. I am sending it out to all family & friends that I had emails for. If you'd rather not have the emails sent out to you, please just let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can always come to her blog to read letters if you'd like! www.mymission.com/sisterheatherbambas
Dear Mom & Dad (and everyone else),
I love you so much! I am safe and sound here at the MTC... even after an evacuation due to bats (more about that later). I am feeling so much better as I get into the routine here. The first day was crazy overwhelming! I have already seen at least 5 people from the 53rd Ward (my student ward at BYU). Represent! I wish I had time to write more -- I don't have Preparation Day until Wednesday.
I miss you all more than you know. Everyone keeps telling me that I'll be ok if I can just make it to Sunday, but it feels like I've been here forever. Just keep me in your prayers as I keep you all in mine. I am so excited to be here, though!
I have already practiced a door approach and set an appointment with an "investigator" (my teacher) for Monday. My companion Sister Phinney is from British Colombia, Canada! We have quickly learned to be courageous here. I have to go to bed now, but I love you!