9.15.12

A lot of people know, but for those who don't:


I'm going on an 18-month proselyting mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Woohoo! I don't have my call (assignment) yet, but I should in the next couple weeks. I could be sent any where around the globe, speaking nearly any language. I'll be serving the people of that area and sharing my testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

This wasn't something I was planning on doing. At all. But Heavenly Father never ceases to surprise me in His plan for my life. I was actually praying at the end of July about something not wholly unrelated, but certainly not a mission. After 45 minutes on my knees and a lot of discussion with God, I got up with an unmistakable knowledge that I was to serve a mission. I had concerns, you betchya, about finances and my career and friends and my age, yet none of that mattered. I was enveloped in peace. Truly. And that's not something I can boast very often. But that night — and continually since that night — I have felt full — do you know that feeling? One of satisfaction and confidence and determination and excitement. And everything was — everything is — so good. And so right.

People always seem to ask, "Where do you want to go?" and "What are you scared of/excited for," but not many people ask, "Why are you going?" So I asked myself that. And here's my answer: I want to share this gospel — this truth, this light, this love and joy — with everyone. The gospel has shaped my life and Heavenly Father has blessed me so much, I want to share those blessings with others. Sure, I know a lot of people don't want to hear about it. They are content with where they are. But that's OK, I just want to have the chance to share. And to serve. Gosh I'm excited to meet new people and serve them. Be it simply through raking leaves, painting walls and giving hugs, or having them gain a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and seeing their lives and eternities change, I'm just excited to be there with them.

My availability date is January 1, 2013.


[In case you want to know more about missionaries, here's a great link.]

P.S. Feel free to guess where I'll be sent. The winner will get an autographed picture of me and a box of candy. Pretty sure that's the best prize EVER.

16 comments:

  1. Argentina! Supper power testimony. I loved reading it!

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  2. I'm going to guess Finland Helsinki for a foreign mission, and I'll guess California San Diego for a domestic mission.

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  3. SO awesome! I'm so excited for you!!! :)

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  4. I felt the same way when I received my answer that I was supposed to go. A mission had never been part of my plan. But this is what I know ... His plan was way better than mine. And regardless of what you leave behind, what you come back to will forever be shaped by the knowledge that you submitted your will to His. And that right there is the best way to live. Congrats Sister. You will be amazing. I'm so happy for you.

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  5. That is the best prize ever. I will have to carefully think about my guesses.

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  6. You are awesome!! I'm gonna guess Brazil

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  7. I'm going to say New York. Someone has to be going there so I am just going to keep guessing it. Or Germany if you go out of the country. I just wish I could watch you teach. You are going to be amazing!

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  8. ohhh booyah!!!! i am going to guess canada :)

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  9. This is such awesome news! so happy for this adventure in your life! you will be serving the same time as my parents on their 2nd mission.

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  10. Hmmm. Italy, or Boston. Get your signing hand ready. I'm still not happy about this though. In a sisterly love kind of way.

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  11. I'm saying Texas for Cathrine. Er actually I think Europe for sure I'm getting an England Germany France vibe... I see you wearing a scarf... Spain final answer.

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  12. Madrid Spain or southern California ASL speaking

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  13. Nauvoo. Cuz that is where I would like to go.

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  14. I can't help myself--Temple Square. But I'm liking the Nauvoo idea as well. Did I mention how terribly proud I am of you?

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  15. Let's see...I'm gonna guess Illinois/Missouri ASL. So cool! Thanks for sharing your testimony. You're gonna be awesome!

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  16. Wow! I'm liking all these courageous cousins of ours that do what they are asked to do! You are a great missionary already. I'm thinking Canada. French speaking - and I really hope I'm right because I want your autograph -someday it will be worth millions (famous author, you know)!

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