Well, it is April 3 which means there are only three days until I start my mission! In a lot of ways it still has not hit me that in a few days I will be a missionary. Don't get me wrong: I am super excited! However, even with my suitcases packed it still feels so far away. It probably will not fully strike until I say goodbye to my dad at the MTC or when I lie down to sleep that first day.
For the next 18 months I will be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or the Mormon Church, as it is commonly known. I will be serving in the Russia Moscow mission in the Russian language. Next Wednesday I report to the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT where I will be for the next three months learning Russian before I depart for Moscow.
I'm still in shock because I have always wanted to serve a mission for my church As far back as I can remember it has always been in my life plan. But when I was 14, after my sister returned from her mission in Italy Rome, I realized I only wanted to serve if the Lord wanted me to be His missionary. Thankfully, I received the answer to my pray and the strong impression that I was going to serve and as I have continued to pray this has been reaffirmed multiple times. Now it is hard to believe that the time is here and I'll be serving in Russia! I remember when I was seven and living in Saudi Arabia my mom and I talked about missions. I said I wanted to serve in Russia because at the time I was obsessed with the animated movie, Anastasia. Who would have thought!
Thankfully, I have not been overwhelmed by fear yet. Most of you reading this know me and are aware of my shortcomings. As my sister and I drove around Nogales we talked (or rather I rambled on) about missions. I mentioned that I knew everything I was going to do was outside my comfort zone. I do not like talking to strangers, especially when it comes to something so personal to me as the Gospel. I don't mind sharing what I know to be true but I rarely instigate that conversation. I know I am going to have to change and push down that fear. It will be hard but I know if I work hard and try my best the Lord will help me.
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