Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The rest of my time at the CCM

Hunger games!

 My entire district in front of the CCM sign

This is the stereotypical map that everyone points to to show where they are going. We don't have a map like that in the CCM so we improvised!

On our way to get breakfast this morning!

The B on the mountain, the school was called Benemerito

Our lovely view!

Me and my companion at TALL, it's this computer program that is suppose to help you learn Spanish but none of us like.

Me and an Elder in our district. His name is Elder Homer and don't mind my face, I just didn't want my picture taken! 

Elder Olsen, I bought him that tie at the tienda, everyone believes I have good style when it comes to ties, I better because I have 3 brothers

Elder Olsen, Elder Workman, and Elder Hartzog. All these three Elders remind me of Nick, Pete, and Alex. Elder Olsen is Nick. Elder Workman is Alex and Elder Hartzog is Pete. Their personalities just match up perfectly. 

This is my district at the temple, we're missing one elder because he was sick.

Our latina friends!

My broken watch, still working but the glass is cracked and it's rusting so any robber can have this watch without a fight!

Our group at the temple.

I've made it to my last week here at the CCM! Where did the time go?? 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

HOLA!! :) October 22, 2013

Here in the CCM (means MTC in español). The weeks feel like days and the days feel like years!  Everyone kept telling us oh you just have to wait until Sunday for everything to calm down and not be freaked out! So we made it!

The first picture is self explanatory. That's my name tag
the second one is the day i got off the plane, I look horrible!

The first is of the hermanas in my district, it's Hermana Josse, Hermana Wadley, Hermana Cahan and me 
the second is me and my companion

This is my entire district, we have Elder Springer, Hartzog, Olsen, Workman, Homer, Gilmore and then the sisters
the second is of elder homer, he looks like napolean dynamite in those glasses.

BLISTERS!! YAY! my left foot hurts, but my right has none!
district at the temple!

My español is coming along very nicely. I pray in español, we teach in español, it's just awesome to be immersed in a place like the CCM where everyone here speaks spanish and can help you out.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Clothing-round 2

It's been awhile since I've posted anything but that's because I've been shopping! I thought that I might have been done but I contacted a sister missionary who's currently serving in my mission and she said that she has 30 shirts and 10 skirts. When I heard that, I had only 19 shirts and 6 skirts so I've done some shopping and thought I would share it with you!

 The top left shirt is from a clearance rack from the Gap. The top middle shirt is from J. Crew.
The top right and bottom left shirts are the exact shirts but in two different colors and they
 are from a website called exofficio.com, I highly recommend getting shirts
like these because they are quick drying and amazing! The bottom middle shirt is from
target in the women's section. The bottom right shirt is from Talbots!  

The top left shirt is from a clearance rack from Dressbarn. The top middle
as well as the top right are from Old Navy and they were both on sale. The
bottom left shirt is from target. The bottom middle shirt is another shirt from exofficio.com.
The bottom left is from Macy's.

The shirt is from Macy's, and is the exact shirt as the pink one but this one is in
purple. The skirt is from Boden and was a little big but I was able to
have it tailored. The shoes on the left are Clarks, which are super durable.
The shoes on the right were found on Zappos and they are really cushy and waterproof. 

Now I have 27 shirts, 7 skirts, and 7 pairs of shoes. It sounds like a lot, and it is but it's going to be your wardrobe for the next 18 months. Well it has been quite an adventure looking for clothes that fit my 6 foot plus size body. But I've got it done and now in 6 days I will be heading off to start my adventure. I will try to get one of my family members to post my letters and pictures because I would love for you guys to see what a mission in Nicaragua is like! Take care everyone and feel free to send me emails with any of your questions! (That's what I did, I found a sister missionary's email and blog and was able to send her a couple of emails filled with all my questions about preparing for a mission)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Here's a list of some amazing missionaries that I personally know and respect. Check them out!

Courtney Hicks~~~~Brazil Joao Pessoa ~~~~sistercourtneyhicks.blogspot.com

Emily Heyer~~~~~~Brazil Campinas~~~~~~sisteremilyheyer.blogspot.com

Nick Hintze~~~~~~Brazil Santa Maria~~~~~~eldernickhintze.blogspot.com

Josh Hamm~~~~~~Puebla Mexico South~~~~~~elderhamm.blogspot.com

Nate Benfell~~~~~~Long Beach CA~~~~~~eldernatebenfell.blogspot.com

Fabiana Flores~~~~Colorado Denver South~~~~fromdctodenver.blogspot.com

Danielle Swasey~~~~Portugal Lisbon~~~~sisterdanielleswasey.blogspot.com

Lindsay Taylor~~~~~~Boise Idaho~~~~~~sisterlindsaytaylor.blogspot.com

Jason Allred~~~~~~Brazil Curitiba~~~~~~jasonallred.blogspot.com

Michael Han~~~~~~Sydney Australia~~~~~~elderhan.blogspot.com

Melissa Myers~~~Charleston West Virginia~~~sistermelissamyers.blogspot.com

Kelsey McFadden~~~~~~Mesa Arizona~~~~~~sistermcfadden.blogspot.com

Bronwen Hale~~~~~~Washington Everett~~~~~~sisterhale.blogspot.com

Jaclyn Hamm~~~~~~Philippines Cavite~~~~~~sisterhamm.blogspot.com

Becca Bishop~~~~~~Manilla Philippines~~~~~sisterrebeccabishop.blogspot.com

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Alright so this is what I have so far. My wardrobe is a work in progress and my mom and I are still on the look out for shoes and shirts that I can definitely sweat in! Now the most important thing to remember is that your clothes need to look professional, cover your underwear (by the way they do have tall garments you just need to special order them and I suggest if you're tall like me you get them!) also you need to look modern and stylish!

Now these skirts are your basics and they might not look super cute but trust me they are! So now on to where I found them. The top left corner is a dark green skirt and is the same as the bottom right skirt but that one is in black and both come with a reversible black/brown belt. They are found at modcloth.com which is the same place the lighter blue skirt was found. The top middle skirt is a patterned green-ish teal-ish blue-ish skirt. It is found at eddiebauer.com. The top right skirt is a dark blue pencil skirt most likely for zone conference since I won't be able to take a wide step and it was found at a JCPenney store. The bottom left skirt has a red, blue, and black pattern and was found at kohls.com.

To shirts we go! The top left is from Liz Claiborne and I love love love Liz Claiborne! You can find her stuff on jcpenney.com under the tall clothes. The next two shirts on the top are from Kohls women section. The bottom left shirt is from eddiebauer.com. The bottom two shirts in the middle and on the right are also from Liz Claiborne.

Alright now to the last of the shirts with some sweaters and belts. So the top left shirt is from oldnavy.com. The top middle shirt and the bottom middle shirt are from talbots.com. For my mission the only jackets that are required are two sweaters and these sweaters are short sleeved and are from eddiebauer.com. I also included belts because when you buy plus size (1X, 2X etc.) they like to make it wider without making it longer however sometimes they will  length it too. So I would buy a couple of belts to give your outfits a pop of color as well as making sure things don't look to baggy on you.

One of the hardest pieces of clothing to find: the dress. Most dresses that are sold are soooo short but there is an amazing, fantastic, awesome website called eshakti.com. It shows you a bunch of dresses/skirts/shirts that you can customize. You can type in your height and say that you want the hem at the knee or below the knee. Also if it comes with a sleeve type you don't like you can change it to a bunch of different options like to the elbow, cap, short puffed sleeve, etc. Then the dress will come with your choices. Now not all dresses come with these sleeve options. Also I believe you can change the neck but that is not as common. With the yellow dress I have shown this was advertised as having no sleeves so I got mine customized to have elbow length sleeves. Of course with both of these dresses I had it customized to hit me below the knee with my height typed in. Now these dresses aren't cheap but they aren't expensive either. Each dress was way under $100 but more than $50. I  believe it to be totally worth it when you get a modest heavy duty dress.
Well are you still with me or have I bored you? I think for further help I'm going to post a list of websites that have tall clothing and some websites that don't specifically have tall clothing but you just have to check for that random skirt or shirt that would be long enough. You have to dig a little to find what you're looking for but trust me, you'll find clothes.

Eddie Bauer online tall shop
Long Tall Sally online tall shop
eshakti---best customized skirts/shirts/dresses website in the world!
JCPenney-Liz Claiborne online for tall
Old Navy online tall shop
Gap online tall shop
J. Jill online tall shop
Landsend plus size but some clothes are long
JCrew online tall shop
Target-long work out t-shirts for pdays, also good socks and sports bras
Clarks-heavy duty shoes
Chacos-heavy duty sandals
Timbuk2-waterproof bag
I got the small black messenger bag. They come in xs, s, m. l, xl and either the small or extra small seems like the right size to hold your scriptures, preach my gospel, planner, pens, pass along cards, a few Books of Mormon and anything else.

Just a scripture to end with. It is found in Alma 37:36-37
"Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.
Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good..."

I figure this is a good scripture to end my fashion post with because I know for a fact that God has directed my mom and I when we have counseled with him on where to look for clothes. I've definitely cried in frustration and have received His support. As I've come closer to giving my life over to the Lord for 18 months I have tried to keep my thoughts more directed on the Lord. Now laugh all you want about me praying to Heavenly Father to find clothes but this is a huge concern of mine that has also been an issue and know that He wants to help us no matter the problem. Now don't be afraid to get on your knees and pray for anything.

Well so long for now everyone


Welcome to my mission blog! I never thought that I would create one of these but I figured that with the growing amount of sister missionaries I should post helpful ideas to those sisters who want to serve.

Now a little bit about me, my name is Tori Janzen, short for Victoria and I currently live in northern Virginia, about 25 miles outside our capital. I am the youngest of 4 kids and also the only daughter/sister. My brothers all went on missions, one to the Knoxville Tennessee Spanish speaking mission, another to the Denver Colorado North mission, and one more currently serving in the Phoenix Arizona Spanish speaking mission. So I'm the last one to go and I cant be more excited to serve in the Nicaragua Managua North Spanish speaking mission! I leave October 16 to the Mexico MTC where I will be taught the Spanish language. I did take a few years of Spanish in high school which I'm sure I'll learn again all on the first day.

So what I want to use this blog for is to post places to buy missionary attire. I must admit this has been the HARDEST part of my mission experience yet. The reason it has been so hard is because I am 6'1". Most skirts come in  21 inches and dresses come in at 41 inches which comes to about my mid thigh! For skirts and dresses to work they have to be at least 26 inches for skirts and 46 inches for dresses. For all you tall sister missionaries stick around as I post my "fashion" post on where to get those extra tall skirts, shirts, and dresses. So don't freak out!!! I promise there are long skirts out there you just need to know where to look. Trust me, my mom and I did a lot of praying to find clothes that would work.

I am also planning on having my lovely mom post my letters from the mission so if you're interested at all to see what MTC life is like or how my mission is going just stop on by.

Before I go I would like to share this amazing scripture I found today:
"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength  I can do all things; yea, behold many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever." ~Alma 26:12
I love this scripture and the honesty it gives saying that yeah we're all weak and nothing but hey through God's power in strengthening you, you can do anything, within reason of course :) Also I like that it states that we need to praise our God because he has given us so much and blessed us so much.

So long everyone and see you next time

P.S. check out my friends Sister Hicks and Sister Heyer's blogs who are both serving in Brazil!
Sister Hicks- sistercourtneyhicks.blogspot.com
Sister Heyer- sisteremilyheyer.blogspot.com