Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Time Has Come!

Everything has changed so quickly and I feel like it was just yesterday that I decided to put in my papers to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. On September 19, 2012 I went to my mission preparation class with my best friend Quin Volpe. That night, after a little help from the Spirit and Quin, I decided that it was time for Julie Munson to become Sister Munson. I started work on my papers feverishly. My days were filled with doctor appointments, paperwork, and schoolwork. It was pretty intense. At the end of it I had been poked by needles nine times! Finally after working to have everything done and my papers off by October 16, 2012. 

Then came the waiting. I had heard all of the horror stories about waiting for your call to come and even watched several play out, so I tried to be as happy and light about it as possible. I didn't want to make it hard on myself so I worked hard to tell myself that it wasn't coming til at least three weeks later. That's when I was planning on looking for it. 

Then this day came. October 31, 2012. I'd been at school and I had told my mom to go and look at the mail right as I got into my car to drive home. I started driving while blasting my usual Ingrid Michaelson, A Fine Frenzy, and Joshua Radin not realizing that I'd left my phone on silent. I continued driving thinking that most likely my call didn't come since I hadn't heard from my mom. It was okay with me though. It had only been a little over two weeks and I was hoping it would come the next week for sure. I exited of the highway and then the thought hit me that my phone might be on silent. While driving *cough* I picked up my phone and checked my text messages. There staring me in the face was this picture! 
To my amazement, it had come! Needless to say I almost got in an accident right then and there. After I got control of myself I screamed the whole way home. (Which I guess means I didn't get control:) I opened soon thereafter. I had been called to serve in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Mission! The craziest part is that I was to report on December 19, 2012!

I hadn't really put this altogether and looked at everything that has happened in the past couple of months, but doing this made me realize something. I am reporting to the MTC exactly 3 months after I decided to go on a mission. After I decided to go on a mission. Not after my papers were in. Not after I got my call. After I decided to go! Does anyone else see how crazy that is? How much of a whirlwind my life has been lately? 

But seriously who cares! I have the incredible opportunity to serve a mission for His true church on the Earth today. I have the opportunity to grow, change, and learn in a way that would never have been possible any other way. I am so incredibly excited! I know that this church is true. I know that my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, atoned for my sins that I might not suffer as He did. I know that without Him, I am nothing. I know that a mission is where the Lord needs me right now and that there are people in Pennsylvania who have been prepared by the Lord that a young, naive Utah girl might be able to touch their hearts and bring them home. I know that I have a lot to learn and that I still know so little, but I have faith that the Lord knows better than I the way that my life needs to play out. I am so grateful for the amazing privilege to have grown up in the covenant. I am so grateful for my family, friends, and leaders who helped to prepare me for this day. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 

I am officially signing off for a year and a half. I'll definitely have to make time to write a blog post when I get home, but for now this is it! I leave in two weeks. Thanks to everyone who has read my Blog despite how terrible I am at updating it. Goodbye Utah! Pennsylvania here I come!