Because I know you all care about the intricacies of my thoughts, I'll share my pre-mission call ones! So yesterday. I thought I was for sure going stateside or to Europe. I never realistically thought about going to South America or Asia! Not that I was opposed to either, I just wasn't feeling it. That probably gives the ending away. But let's be real, if you're reading this I'm sure you already know where I'm going! Concentrating during work and classes was just too much of a trial, so I pulled up the list of missions probably around 5 times and kept looking over it again and again. I had a lot of places I wanted to go, and a few I didn't want to so much. I told myself somewhere around 400 times that I would love wherever I went. That I knew it would be where I was supposed to be. And it would be awesome. But still, I was nervous.
I kept envisioning me opening my call and seeing that mission name. Every time I did butterflies just filled my stomach. I've never been more full of emotion about anything in my life. I finally get through my never-ending day at school and get back to my apartment to my roommates freaking out! We run out the door, pick up my sister, and book it to my house. I was getting a little impatient with slow drivers! We get there and my family has put up a map and guessed where I'm going. As you can see by the pictures below, all the majority of the guesses were to North America or Europe. And only one in South America, which I will add was guessed by my 2 year old brother. So not really valid ;) My parents, siblings, and best friends (aka roomies) all convene. Meanwhile, I'm having a meltdown of excitement.
You can see the fireworks/prizes in the background!
|My sister.. and me looking crazy cause I'm so stoked!|
|The best friends I could ever have in life. So supportive! Love them all.|
I can't describe the feeling. It was surreal. I've waited my whole life for this moment! Opening the call I knew my life would never be the same. So finally it's time. I open the letter with my heart practically leaping out of my chest. I just can't believe I'm actually opening my mission call. Here we go...
Folks, I'm off to CHILE!!
To be specific, the Concepcion South mission. Isn't that just awesome? I could not be happier. I'm thrilled beyond words to be going! Reflecting on it today, no other place in the world feels as right as Chile does. Nowhere. It's simply the perfect place for me to go spread the gospel! The more I think about it the more right it feels and the more excited I get.
My parents are so happy too!! They both served in Spanish speaking missions (mom- Peru. Dad- Dominican Republic) so they already love South America! I honestly did not think I was going there and I'm so happy I was wrong about that.
After we called all the relatives and friends my mom served delicious soup and pumpkin pie. Then dad and my bros lit off legit fireworks. You know, the kind that go way up in the sky and explode. Here are pictures to illustrate how cool my family is!
It was a great day. So surreal. Definitely the best letter I ever have and ever will receive! And I leave SO soon. December 19th!! So much to do in so little time. But I can't explain how excited I am to serve the Chilean people. It was hard focusing on work today because I was researching this beautiful country! Brace yourselves for multiple posts about this big new adventure in my life :)
Thanks for reading and being excited with me. Nothing in my life has ever felt so right.