Her last Sunday before leaving Lauren gave a wonderful and very heartfelt talk in church. If you were not able to make it you can click here to listen to her talk (MP3 file). You can listen on your PC or download it. The bishop introduces her and then she starts talking after a few moments. I did my best to get rid of the background noise but couldn't do much so you'll have to crank up your speakers a little.

We took her to the airport in Austin early Wednesday morning. It was exciting but hard for all of us at the same time. We won't see her for 18 months and only talk to her a couple times a year. We're looking forward to her letters! You can write to her by mail using the address below or by using DearElder.com a service that prints your letter and delivers it the next day.

Lauren's address while at the MTC:

Sister Lauren Richardson
MTC Mailbox # 173
BRA-JP 0330
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

*include all the lines in the address. BRA-JP 0330 is a code to forward it to her in Brazil if she leaves the MTC before your letter arrives.

She’s counting the days! Tomorrow, Jan 24th Lauren will be giving her farewell talk. Please come and show your support if you are able. I’m sure she will share a very powerful testimony – something you won’t want to miss.

9:00 AM Sunday 1/24/2010

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Round Rock Stake Center
8140 Racine Trail
Austin, TX 78717

(Arrive early or you may end up sitting way in the back)

We want to thank all those who came to Lauren's open house last night. We think 80-100 of you came! She hopes you all had a good time. She tried to talk to all of you but realized by the end that she missed some of you. Thank you for bringing so much food - much more than we expected.

She really appreciates all the cards and gifts too. She opened them after everyone had left and was so excited to see what you gave her and all the kind words you wrote to her. 

If you want to call and talk to Lauren before she goes, but you don’t have her cell number, you can contact her parents or leave a comment at the bottom of this posting and we’ll let Lauren know you want to talk to her.

Lauren's visa has not arrived yet so she is being sent to the Missionary Training Center in Provo Utah instead of going directly to the MTC in Sao Paulo. As soon as her visa comes through she will fly to Sao Paulo or directly to her mission in Joao Pessoa.

Address from 1/27/2010 till my visa is approved:

Sister Lauren Richardson
2005 North 900 East
Provo, Utah 84604
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