How I Got Here

Thinking about how I got to this point today, I am amazed at how much I was prepared for this ahead of time.
Before October 6, 2012, I never thought I would serve a mission, in fact I was positive I wouldn't.
Waiting until I was 21 just didn't seem like it would work out. It would be hard to put school on hold, as well as other future changes at that point.
When the brethren changed the age so that young women could serve at 19, I began to think about my opportunity to serve a little bit more seriously then before.

I watched 17 of my very best friends, girls and boys, make he decision to serve so easily and for most so quickly. I became frustrated that it was not that easy for me, and I knew it never would be. 
My sister also had made the decision to serve and was preparing to serve in the Texas, Fort Worth mission in a matter of months.

I received a no as my answer at first.
I continued with my education and began looking for opportunities to serve from home while all of my best friends served from all over the world. 

The thought of a mission never truly left my head and looking back on it, I knew I was going to serve months before I actually made the decision.

After months of constant prayer, scripture study, temple trips and really just making this gospel my first priority, I was able to accept that I was going to serve a mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

As I began preparing to submit my papers, things got a little difficult. 
Realizing that all my friends who were already serving would get back before me and the wait to be reunited with them would be even longer then I anticipated really weighed me down.
As well as feeling inadequate and unprepared for this huge commitment.

However, the huge amount of blessings I received from my loving Heavenly Father were so abundant that I knew I was doing the right thing.

If you would have asked me a year ago if this is where I would be, I would have laughed at you and said absolutely not.
But a year ago was when I was being prepared for this, and I didn't even know it.

God is in the details of our lives.
He has much greater plans for us than we could have ever imagined.
We just need to be humble enough to accept them and change our own plans.

God is real, He is always there to guide us, and to be there for us.
Christ atoned for us so that we may strive for happiness and return to live with our Father in Heaven again.

I feel unimaginably blessed for this opportunity to serve the people of Washington, to share my knowledge of this gospel with them and help them strive for happiness as well.

***To see a more in depth version, and my preparation, you can go right here and read all about it.***

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