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August 28, 2015. It started out like any other wide eyed wonder, I was holding the future in my hands. But not just any future, mine, & one hand selected by the Father. I knew whatever that letter said was meant for me, & I was right. Nothing had ever shot me with so much adrenaline, yet filled me with the most reassuring peace. That day will live in my mind forever.
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 Chile Concepcion Mission. You should report to the Mexico Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language.
“I’ve never been so happy in my entire life. I cannot adequately express the peace & joy the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings me & I cannot wait to invite others to experience what I’ve felt as they come unto Christ. The church is true. I promise.” -From that day.
& so I left for Chile, & I loved it. Times were hard at first, really hard, but then beautiful & eye opening. It wasn’t too terribly long before I became more comfortable in the routine & started to enjoy what I was doing. I knew that this was something I could truly grow to love. I could love being a missionary, & if I worked hard I could be a force for good.
But life is funny, isn’t it? Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, just when you finally begin to plan something, get excited about it & feel like you know what direction you’re heading in, the paths change, the signs switch, the wind blows the other way. North is suddenly South, & East is West, & you’re lost.
Those last few weeks in Chile were something I never anticipated, & there are times I still sit in shock, wondering how my circumstances could have changed so drastically in what seems like only an instant. It seems like night & day looking back, the distance between health & illness. It all came on so fast & now here I am, half lost & half broken, but still filled with hope through Jesus Christ & the mercy that exists in the Atonement.
Read more about this experience under MISSION, more about my story & life now under JOURNEY, & more about Jesus Christ under BELIEVE.