“Dear Sister Dean: 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…”
It will be almost 6 months since I have received my call and will report to the mission field. I thought the day would never come, but as I count down, the reality is finally hitting me! For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about, I am completing an 18 month mission for The Church of Latter-day Saints to serve and to teach the people where I am called! It is the most wonderful and nerve wrecking thing I have chosen to do with my life up to date. This summer I knew a mission was for me. I started mountains of paperwork, got lots of shots and examinations, and was interviewed a time or two. Eventually my picture and information was sent to Church headquarters where one of the Brethren looked at my picture and knew where in the world I was to be sent! How crazy is that? In mid September I received the scary white envelope and opened my call, “Dear Sister Dean: 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 Brazil Londrina Mission.” I remember reading the call one word at a time, I saw the ‘B’ of Brazil and instantly thought “Boise, Idaho Mission”, don’t get me wrong, I would have LOVED Boise, but Brazil is a pretty nice alternative. I report February 5, 2014, only 40some days away.
I have finished the semester and have from now until February to prepare myself as much as I can and I am so excited to share what I am doing to prepare. Recently I have had the opportunity study in depth the New Testament, that along with rereading the Book of Mormon solidify and grow on that testimony of Christ as well as study Preach My Gospel; The Book of Mormon and Preach My Gospel have become my staples of study. Portuguese however, is hard! I am doing what I can in regards to learning a new language I had no previous knowledge of, but I am so comforted by the thought that this is God’s work I am setting forth to do and as long as I am diligent, the power to spread His gospel will come to me in His time and in His way.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to attend a Church college for the past several years and am undoubtedly taking advantage of the return missionary friends I have made and their valuable advice (I find that return missionaries are more than willing to give me all the advice they have whether it be particularly useful or not! Regardless of the advice, I learn from their passion and prepare to turn myself completely over to the work). I encourage all prospective missionaries reading this to PREPARE!!! It creeps up on you so fast; start your study and preparation even before you hand in your papers. You will never regret being prepared, your mind is clear and you are focused on spiritual promptings rather than stressed about the length of your skirts. I also encourage you to share what you are learning with those around you. I find that as I come upon new ideas and love for the scriptures, if I share them with others I am close to, then I retain the special feelings I have in regards to that message and I have practice conveying it to others (a skill I hear is pretty valuable for missionaries J ).
Here’s an exclusive peak at my mission opening 🙂 🙂 🙂 I make some pretty interesting faces!