I am down to only 39 days until I enter the MTC in Mexico City.. We went on vacation this past week (we actually went to mexico ironically haha) and now that I am back I am all of the sudden feeling the pressure of needing to make sure I have everything together because I am about to set out on this journey for the next year and a half of my life! There's some shopping to be done, shots to get, doctors to see, and lots to pack up!
I know that there are a lot of people out there that think I am crazy to just leave everything I have right now behind and go to North Carolina for a year and a half. I mean I have a full ride scholarship at the University of Arizona, a job that I am loving right now, my family and wonderful friends.. But as important as those things are to me.. The gospel of Jesus Christ and the happiness that is found in knowing the true gospel far exceeds those things. Because I have been given much, I too must give. I was blessed to have been born into this church and I grew up learning and gaining my own testimony of this church- so now I have the opportunity to try and share it with people who don't have it in their lives.
To know that you are a daughter or son of a loving Heavenly Father, that you have a personal Savior who is full of forgiveness and grace, and to know that you can return to be with them one day with your loved ones is the greatest piece of knowledge to have in my opinion.. and because of this I want everyone to know it!
I have to continue to keep this in my head as I wait to leave on my mission because sometimes I do have those thoughts of- "am I really leaving for a year and a half?", "I could be almost done with school in a year and a half".. But I know that this is what I am supposed to do at this time in my life. I can not wait to be a servant in the Lords hands and help others come to Christ.