November 28, 2016


Laguna Hills 3rd Ward


Sister Natalya Gage


Hola! Yokwe! Talofa! Aloooooooooooooooooha!

I have no idea what to say right now. So much is happening, so many events and changes, it's all a little dizzying. I said a few last goodbyes this week, then in church Sunday Bishop Flora asked me to bear my testimony and soooo many people said goodbye in the hallways.

Our Thanksgiving was lots of fun! Sister Gage and I helped chop veggies and cook a little beforehand, and after dinner Elder West started playing the piano and I sang a bit. It was great to have fun and enjoy time with the family (even though it wasn't our family.... it was still A family).

Other than that, nothing too dramatic happened this week. We made LOTS of paper turkeys to deliver as thank you notes and happy thanksgiving notes :) All of my stuff is packed in two suitcases. And... life is moving forward. Every time we do anything I realize it's my last this or my last that... and my stomach feels a little sick. It's kinda terrifying, honestly. I don't know how NOT to be a missionary. But I am also SOOO excited! I can't wait to see all your shining faces and I am so happy to be beginning a new adventure. My brain is just a little confuzzled right now.

On another note, I will be speaking in church on Sunday, December 11 at 9am and I would absolutely LOVE to see every one of you there! Hopefully I'll come up with something good to say between now and then... or at least entertaining. ;)

Lastly, I wanted to invite you to participate in this year's Christmas initiative -  it's not just for members of our church, either! This year we are focusing on helping everyone to learn how to follow Christ's example and create a light for the world. Every day from December 1 to Christmas, there is a challenge to serve someone around you or otherwise learn about the life of Christ. There is even an advent calendar to start the journey! I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to seeing the good that can be shared as we strive to emulate and follow our Savior. Take a look at, and SHARE, the incredible Christmas video on the homepage of I promise you won't regret those 3 minutes - let's start the Christmas season by looking for ways to lift, bless, and serve Heavenly Father's children. Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and we can be a light, too. December 1 is a worldwide day of service. Serve anyone you want, any way you want, anywhere you want. Just SERVE! :) I promise if you do, this Christmas season will be a blessing to remember. #LIGHTtheWORLD

I love y'all and I can't wait to see you on Thursday.
With Love and Aloha,
Sister Heather Bambas
Sister Heather Bambas
California Irvine Mission
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