Monday, January 28, 2013

I'm Going on a Mission

"I'm Going on a Mission."

Every time someone asks me about my major or what I'm doing in school, I always tell them about my mission. Today I was having a conversation and this topic came up, you know, like it does when you meet new people at college. And I told just him, I don't really know what I'm going to study yet, but I am going on an LDS mission, so I'm going to Indiana in May, that'll give me a couple of years to decide.

I've had this conversation more than once. I'm going on a mission... I'm serving a mission.... I'm going to Indiana...

These conversations have been a blessing to me. The opportunities I've had to tell people about my mission are all over the place. And maybe it's annoying that I tell everybody, but I love it. A mission is kind of a scary thing, it makes me nervous. But when I tell people about how I'm going, like I did today, I get this feeling of reassurance. To me, it kind of confirms to me that I made the right decision.

I worry a lot about how I'm going to do it. I've never been a missionary before! But when I get that reassuring feeling while telling someone about it, it goes away. I still don't know how I'm going to do it, I just know that I will. And that's definitely encouraging.

So anyways, everybody I just want you to know....

and I am so excited.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mission Call!

As you know, if you read my normal "Non-Mission" blog, Wednesdays are my favorite day because everyone gets mission calls! This last Wednesday, January 16, I got my own mission call! It was such a cool experience, and I got to share it with some of the most important people in my life. I had a lot of friends and some family come over when I opened it. I was kind of nervous about it, but it turned out so great, I wouldn't have wanted it to be any other way. i know, I'm rambling, and you're waiting to know where I'm called, so here it is:

Dear Sister Francis:
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 Indiana Indianapolis 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, May 22, 2013. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the English language.
Opening the Call (Video)

(I'm not exactly the best at opening envelopes, so... That's embarrassing! But I still love that my mom recorded this!)

How cool is that?! I'm going on a mission! I did really want to go out of the country, but I believe that there is someone in  Indiana that is prepared for me, and that's where I need to be. I guess it never crossed my mind that I would be going in the states, English speaking. I guess I thought if I was going in the states, I'd be speaking Spanish or something, but this is great! I think that I will be able to teach better because I know English! And I don't have to worry about understanding and speaking and reading a new language.

I've done a lot of internet searching of this mission, and one of the coolest things ever is happening there right now. There was a groundbreaking for a temple in Indianapolis just a few months ago. It is expected to be completed and dedicated at the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015. I'm hoping and praying that it will be finished by the end of 2014 and I will be there for that, I would love to be a part of that experience!

The gospel is true! And I am so excited that I get to go share it with others! It's going to be such a cool experience. I can't wait to teach them and watch the gospel of Christ change peoples' lives for the better!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Not Yet

No mission call yet, but just as an update: The status on my papers is "Ready for Assignment" which pretty much means, I should be assigned by the end of this week and receive my call in the mail next Wednesday. Crazy, huh?!

So anyway, I thought I'd take this blog post and kind of write about my decision to serve a mission. Maybe it'll help someone with their testimony or a decision to serve a mission or whatever. Or maybe it's just interesting to you!

I spent most of last summer studying missionary work, not because I wanted to go necessarily, but because a lot of my best friends would be and I was really struggling with that. And one day, I realized I didn't have a testimony of missionary work, that's why I was dreading it and not excited about it! So I made a decision to read and learn about missionary work. That was such a cool experience. I did a lot of praying for answers. Interestingly enough, my ward had 2 missionary homecomings and 1 farewell over the summer. And our ward doesn't have that many missionaries. Coincedence? Probably not. I think I really needed to hear their testimonies and experiences while I was learning. Then I went to EFY, and this last year the theme was focused entirely on missionary work. We even got in "companionships" and "taught" people a lesson, like missionaries would. And, it was really scary, but I think it was such a cool experience. And my counselor actually talked about going on a mission all the time. She was turning 21 in the spring and couldn't wait to serve God out in the mission field.

These experiences, along with my own personal prayer and study, resulted in me having a solid, strong testimony of missionary work. About a month before the ages were changed so that I could go, I was telling one of my friends, who recently left on a mission, how I would love to go on a mission. I just didn't want to wait until I was 21 to do it.

When General Conference finally came, and it was announced that I could serve a mission NOW I couldn't believe it. I think that's when I knew I would serve, but I'm not exactly the fastest decision maker, so I prayed and fasted and read my scriptures and read my patriarchal blessing to make sure that's what I am supposed to do. After considering my experiences over the summer, I realized that it was probably to prepare me for this moment so that I would be ready to serve.

I know what I'm doing is awesome. I'm so nervous about my call about the mission about preparing and everything, but I am also excited. I'm going to be helping to change people's lives with the gospel of Christ, something that I have been blessed with and something I want to bless other people with!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mission Papers: In

My mission papers were turned in last night. As you all know (or you should), I am going on an LDS mission in the Spring of 2013. The status of my papers has changed from "With Church Headquarters" to "In Process"! Eeek! It's getting closer, and I'm so excited, but it's also getting more and more scary. This decision is going to change the next year and a half of my life! I'm nervous!

As of right now, I think I may get my call on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, but no guarantees. Since my papers are in, I wanted everyone to guess where I might be going and then put all the guesses on a map and see how close everyone is on the day I actually find out. So far, it's been fun to see where everyone thinks I might go!

I've done a lot of thinking about who I want to be there when I open my call. Should I just keep it to family or should I invite my close friends too? Or maybe, should I just open it alone? After a lot of considerations, I've decided I really want family and some close friends to be there. And I'm so excited to have everyone share in my excitement with me. I might cry or something, but that's okay, this is a big deal!

Of course, I've had my doubts about the mission, but I still feel like this is something I need to do. I think it'll be such a good experience for me AND I get to help people and teach them about the things that I love so much and the things that bring joy to my life. I definitely don't think I will regret making this decision.

This is so exciting, isn't it!?