Sunday, March 9, 2014

Thoughts about My Call

“Sister Owens:
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Washington Kennewick Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.
You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the English Language,”

WOW! Isn't it amazing how one letter can change your whole life? I finally received this amazing letter on November 23, 2013 and I will be serving the Lord for 18 months in Kennewick, Washington! It’s so amazing how five months until I report seems to turn to one in the blink of an eye. Today I only have one month until I begin this amazing and slightly scary adventure.

Since the time I was little I had a desire to serve a mission. Now that the time is right around the corner I couldn't be any happier with my choice and desire to serve.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself: I’m pretty bubbly, I’m outgoing, I’m not a fan of public speaking, I have a fear of teaching the gospel because I feel that I don’t know enough to be able to teach others. However I proceeded to fill out my mission papers and soon will be entering the MTC. As I reflect on the process of filling out my papers I was really scared…but SO excited. I waited three very long weeks until I finally received my call; I checked the mail-- I swear--three times a day for those three weeks. Although I was excited to know where I would be spending the next 18 months of my life, each time I checked the mail and there was no white envelope I was a little grateful. So many thoughts ran through my mind: Was I ready? Would I be disappointed with where I'd be sent? Is this the right choice? It was crazy to think that the day for me to serve was drawing near. I no longer had to wait until I was 21, I could now go as soon as I turned 19! That was so awesome. And 
when that big white envelope eventually came and I read "Washington Kennewick Mission" I knew that I had made the right choice to serve a mission.

So, why would I want to serve a mission when I will essentially be doing the things I fear the most?  

The answer is because of faith. I have faith that the Lord will help me with all my struggles and fears of teaching the gospel. I have faith that He will help me with telling people know how I feel. I have faith that I will be able to learn and grow in the gospel. I have faith that the spirit will help me teach others the knowledge and love I have for my Father in heaven and His wonderful gospel. Having faith though definitely doesn’t make my fear go away, I am still very scared. Having faith helps me handle that fear. It helps me know that what I am doing isn't for nothing, it helps me know and understand that I will be blessed for acting on my faith and serving the Lord.

Through faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ I am able to know and understand that at this point in my life I should be dedicated to serving Them and sharing this wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ. 

1 comment:

  1. You are going to do GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!! You will serve OUR Heavenly Father in the best way that you will just blow people's minds in Washington . You have a beautiful heart , soul and mind and with all of that you will go a long way in life . You will be great on your Mission and YOU know how to teach about the Gospel ...I love you baby girl !!!!!!!!!!