Abbie was just set apart tonight! From now until November something 2014 she is officially Sister Slaugh!
For those of you who don't know, my (nick)name is Barbie, and Abbie/Sister Slaugh is my little sister. We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed Mormons, abbreviated to LDS) and Abbie is tonight becoming a missionary for our Church. She will be preaching the Gospel for the next year and a half or so in Bangkok, Thailand. Being "set apart" means that she has become an official full-time missionary and our Stake President gave her a special blessing to help her be the best missionary she can be.
Missionaries agree to a number of things, including restricted communication. Sister Slaugh won't be making many phone calls home or posting on Facebook. But she will send regular emails (weekly) and the occasional snail mail letters (when she finds the time). And I will be posting all those emails here, so everyone (friends, family, and acquaintances) can follow her mission.