Well, I am not much of a writer but I figured that starting a blog would be the easiest way to update everybody on where my life has taken me and will take me.
I graduated Crater High School in 2011 and then went to Brigham Young University-Idaho that following Fall semester. In total I have attended BYU-I for three semester and have LOVED every one of them! I have met and made great friends and learned a bit too!
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Men at age 19 and Women at age 21 have the opportunity to serve a mission which entails them to put their family, friends, work, education,and dating life on hold for 18 months- 2 years to serve the other people, for no pay, and teach them about Jesus Christ in some other land, could mean California or could mean China.
Every six months the Church has a world wide conference where we get to hear and learn from our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, the Apostles and other Church leaders. During this past October 2012 Conference the Prophet announced that the age for missionaries has been lowered. Now men at 18 who have graduated high school or a similar degree, and women who are 19 are able to go. This change brought so much happiness to me!
I have decided to go and do just that. Put my life on hold and serve others. The process is that we fill out “papers” which consists of an online application. Then we send them off to our church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah; there our application is looked and prayed over to find out where in the world our Father in Heaven needs us. Then they send you a letter back telling you where you will be living, what language you will be speaking, and when you will be starting this great adventure.
So getting this letter is a pretty big deal!!! I finally got my letter after waiting 5 weeks and this is what my letter said
” Dear Sister Stone:
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 Salvador Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.
You should report to the Brazil Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Portuguese language. Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president.
You have been recommended as one worthy to represent the Lord as a minister of the restored gospel. You will be an official representative of the Church. As such, you will be expected to maintain the highest standard of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandments, living mission rules, and following the counsel of your mission president. As you devote your time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other personal affairs, the Lord will bless you with increased knowledge and testimony of the Restoration and of the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. As you serve with all your heart, might, and strength, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to be baptized.
The Lord will reward you for the goodness of your life. Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children. We place our confidence in you and pray that the Lord will help you become an effective missionary.
Thomas S. Monson
(but the President/Prophet of the Church ACTUALLY signed it not even a stamp! So cool!)
Words can’t describe the feelings that you get as I read this letter out loud for the first time. I just had this personal confirmation that this is where I needed to be sent to. Also, I was freaking out because I was going to be speaking another language!!!
So right now I am preparing all that I can to be able to teach the people of Salvador Brazil. I will be attending a Training Center before so I will be able to learn the Portuguese language.
I will try and update this blog while I am still here but also teach my family how to use this so they can update it for me!
Well, I can now check this off my list of things I thought I would never to…. Create a blog.