I guess a little background is needed for this post, plus I've included captions so hopefully it's less confusing.
I always wanted to serve a mission, but when I met my boyfriend I was pretty sure I would get married instead. The more I prayed the more I felt that it wasn't the right time to get married, and I'm just being honest, I did NOT like that answer. I'm kinda used to having things my way and being in control of my life. One day I was talking to Travis, and as I explained how important missions are I'm pretty sure I got a slap in the face from the spirit, you need to serve a mission. It took me forever to make up my mind that I would turn everything over to the Lord, trusting that he would take care of me. I didn't want to wear long skirts or dye my hair back to my natural color or put off my career, education, or especially my relationship with Travis. That was so much to give up. But as I was reading in Luke one day, I knew that it would all be alright:
"And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting."
So I filled out my papers in an hour, finished all my Dr. appointments, and started w.a.i.t.i.n.g. My papers were supposed to be submitted on the 10th of December, and I was going to surprise my mom and give her the call for her birthday. On December 9th, I called my dad and told him I didn't want to submit them yet, because I was afraid I wouldn't have time to graduate in April if I got called to soon (#overachieverproblems for filling them out too soon).
Little did I know, my dear Stake President was messing around with my papers and had submitted them a week before! My call was assigned on my dad's birthday (I won an iPad that day, I guess the mission is already blessing me ha ha), and it came Saturday the 21st of December. My parents hid it and wrapped it for my mom's birthday. She opened the gift and said: "Look, I got a mission call for my birthday!" I could NOT believe how all this was possible because I didn't know they had been submitted early. But as you can see it has turned out great and I am SO excited to serve the people of Long Island!
With this call has come an even greater testimony to me that Jesus Christ loves us, and I am beyond excited to share this gospel with others. It has changed my life beyond anything I would ever have thought possible, and I want to share it with everyone I can!