My life right now! :)
The adventure begins!
I have finally started to prepare myself more fully. If lazy was a person, that would be me. I have had plenty of time to start studying on a daily basis, but other things has always come in my way - That’s at least what I tell myself… starting is the hardest part. I always find myself making excuses to start the next day - the problem is that you continue doing this day, after day, after day. Then finally you get so frustrated with yourself, that you just tell yourself “What are you doing? Get a grip! Just start already!” And that is exactly what I did. Yesterday, August 25 I told myself to get a grip and start. So I did - and the happiness that followed, made me want to share my adventure of preparations for my mission with those who might find it interresting.
Of course after starting, there is another obstacle to fight - to endure (not till the end in this case, but to the beginning) Enduring to the beginning of my mission that will take place in the England London Mission from November 6, 2014.
Since this is my first post, I think I should share my experience of when I got my mission calling. I’ll just start from the beginning.
I never really had a wish to go on a mission. It was never even an idea of mine to go. I have always considered myself to be a shy person, (even though people who know me say that I’m not.) Therefore I was afraid of going out in the world, speaking to people I don’t know in a foreign language! But then on the general conference in October 2012 it was announced that the age of the sister missionaries now was down from 21 to 19. My heart felt like a bursting flame! I have never felt anything like that feeling EVER before! Never had I felt the spirit as a burning sensation,(as it is is described in the scriptures) and I have not yet felt it again. It was so strong that my wish to go on a mission grew from nothing to a desire in seconds. After the conferance, and when we had returned to our home, I told my parents that I wanted to serve a full time mission when I reached 19 years of age. They were surprised. I could tell from their expressions, but the Holy Ghost was there with us i the livingroom. They did not tell me how they felt at that moment, but later they have told me how they felt the spirit that evening when I told them. They never go a day without mentioning it.
During this summer I worked on my papers and sent them in in the end of June. I expected the papers to come now in August, but they came just two weeks after I hade sent them.
July 10, my dad put an envelope on the table in front of me. It said “To sister Top” In the corner of the envelope the name of the church was written. I was surprised that it had come so early, and to my even bigger surprise I kept incredibly calm. I had always thought that I would be extremely nervous for opening that envelope…
My family gathered around the table, as surprised as me, that my calling had come so soon. I think they were more nervous then I was. Especially my mom.
Now, the reason why I wasn’t nervous is that I knew where I was going. It is strange to say it, but I did. Everytime I had tought about where to end up it would never be any other place than England. There was no other possibillity. When I read “You are assignes to labor in the England London Mission” tears filled my eyes as I felt so thankful to my heavenly father that he had prepared me to know all this time where I would serve my mission. This ensures me that God knows each individual here on earth. He knows our needs! I needed to know where I was going before getting the letter. God knew that, and helped me, but I didn’t realise until the envelope was in front of me. He is incredible!
It might seem like I am not nervous to go on my mission now, but I am. I am terrified! What I am most afraid of is being away from my family for a year and a half - all the things that I will miss out on! Also I will miss my friends. In Norway we are around 4600 members of the church. It is almost safe to say that everyone knows eachother. The best friends that I have are members and I am proud to say that most of my friends in my age group is going on a mission! Many of us has been sent to England! Two of my closest friends are also going to the England London Mission! God really does watch over me! He blesses me by letting me have two incredible people that are my friends in the same mission! When I think about it I get speachless! There are no words that can describe how thankful I am for it!
This post seems to never end… I have so many thoughts that I want to share, but I guess they will have to wait for tomorrow.
Thank you for reading - whoever you might be (Know that God is out there, and he loves you!)
I started a blog about preparing for my mission! I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Read my blog and get a deaper understanding of my faith! :)