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 Peru Lima Central Mission beginning June 30th, 2015.
A mission was never part of my game plan. I vividly remember the General Conference when the missionary age was lowered from 19 to 18 for guys and 21 to 19 for girls. I also remember the mass hysteria as thousands of young women (and men) world wide began filling out their mission papers. My sister called not 2 minutes later to let us know she was going on a mission, not long after I got the same good news from several other friends. Soon, the elephant in the room crept up on me and the question dropped.
Was I going to serve a mission?
I come from a very large family where the majority have served missions, so it wasn't really a new idea to me, but it suddenly became a real option. It was a big decision and I came to the conclusion that I was not going to serve a mission simply because I could, I was going to serve a mission only if I felt the desire and passion to devote my time and energy to serving my Heavenly Father and nothing less. So in the meantime I put that decision on the back burner and went on with my life. But that's the funny thing about life, it happens.
Over time I took quite a few hits from life and lost my footing on the path. I fell and got hurt in the process. I had lost sight of what was truly important, my Heavenly Father. But maybe that's the beautiful thing about this Gospel, we may lose sight of our Father in Heaven but He never loses sight of us. Because of His infinite love for us we can overcome any trials or adversities. It was after I realized this that I once again recognized His hand in my life. His hand reaching out to pick me up from where I had fallen; His hand to heal my wounds.
So a mission was never part of my game plan. But Heavenly Father told me otherwise. So here I am with my heart full of desire to share this good news of eternal families, forgiveness and mercy, and love and hope with the people of Lima Peru!
It's been a little over three months since I got my call, and let me tell you, the countdown is on. 108 days down (since I got my call) and 21 to go!
With love (not quite from Lima yet),
~ (Soon to be) Hermana Scarlett
My cousin and I received our calls the same day! I read his to him and he read mine to me, love that goob!