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Has is really been 2 years!?

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Two years ago today I received my mission call! After 3 weeks of waiting, it finally came! Although I seldom wrote in my journal before my mission, I wrote in it two years ago today for this special occasion!

“October 30th, 2014

Today my mission call came! IO haven’t opened it yet because I am waiting for my parents and We are going to Skype our exchange students. This morning the bishop said my called has been assigned. I mailed a letter to one of our exchange students, so that I could see when the flag was down (that means the mail came if in the future there is no snail mail) but the problem was…I couldn’t tell whether it was up or down from my bedroom window! So that’s that. Later I went outside to get the mail and it was there! So I called my mom because she had texted me 17 times [about whether or not it came….17 is a huge exaggeration…] This morning at about 9am [pretty sure that was before I got the mail…], I realilsed that I had a mission call. I didn’t know where is was yet, but it just hit me that I had a calling! I am so excited even though I have no idea what it will be, but I have a feeling that it will be English speaking. I am so excited to open it! See you later”

That “see you later” meant that I was going to write later about where I was assigned to, but that didn’t happen until a week later. As I said in my journal entry I waited for my parents to come home and we Skyped two exchange students we previously hosted at our home. After Skype failed twice (once while my hand was on my letter as I was about to pull it out) I was finally able to read it!

I was called to the New York Utica Mission (if you didn’t get that from the title of the blog) I’ve always had a love for New York! I have a faint memory of doing New York state report homework assignments in my 5th grade class and I just wondered what Upstate New York was like. Although I did not go to the city I’ve always wanted to go there too! (I will one day) I know that is the place I was suppose to preach the gospel on a full time mission.

My testimony grew a lot while I was out. I learned so much more about the Savior’s Atonement and how it can work in my everyday life. I was able to share that with those that I came in contact with. I am grateful for each one of my companions and what I learned from them! I am also grateful for the people I served with. The members, investigators and anyone else I came in contact with taught me so much and I am grateful to have met all of them. It was seriously the best time of my life.

If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to pray to Heavenly Father and ask Him if going on a mission is something you need to do. I promise you that he will answer you! He love all each and everyone of us! Regardless of if you go on a mission or not, we all need to share the gospel with others. It will give you the most joy!

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post please come back every Sunday to more stories, tips and tricks for missionary service!

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