I remember sitting in my dorm and my mouth just dropping when I heard the news! This was so exciting and what made it even better was that in just four more days, on October 10th, I would turn 19!!! I had always thought of serving a mission in the future if I felt that it was right but now the possibility of serving was so much more realistic because I wouldn't have to wait.
My mind was racing with thoughts like...
"Should I serve a mission?"
"I'm turning 19, should I serve now?"
& "Okay, I need to focus on the rest of conference..."
So from this point on the idea of serving a full-time mission was seriously planted into my head.
Fast forward to...
March 16, 2014. The day I had my interview with my Stake President up at school and my papers were sent in to Salt Lake. (Yes, it did take me a long time to finally decide to serve. I don't think I've ever prayed for an answer as much as I did for this one. Also now, looking back, I can see that I did receive answers but most were very subtle. So don't feel bad if you're having a hard time coming to a decision about serving a mission. Be patient and have faith and everything will work out!) My Stake President informed me that I would most likely get my mission call in 4-6 weeks so I had it sent home so I could open it after the semester was over.
March 28, 2014. I'm sitting in Anatomy Lab working and I get a text from my mom. Her text said, "Look what I have!!" along with a picture of her holding my call. I was in complete shock! I was supposed to receive it in 4-6 weeks and it had only been 12 days! Let's just say I had a very hard time focusing on class after that. Now I had to decide if I wanted to open my call over Skpe or wait two weeks until I was home to open it myself.
She was so excited she couldn't even wait to take her rollers out ;)
March 29th, 2014. At first, I was going to wait until I was home because I wanted to be the one to actually break the seal on the envelope and read it. But then I realized that I probably wasn't that patient to wait and whether or not I'm the one opening it, I'm still being sent to where the Lord needs me.
I was called to serve in the Washington Federal Way Mission. I will prepare to share the gospel in the Spanish language and will report to the Mexico MTC August 6, 2014.