Saturday, December 10, 2011

Going through the Draper Temple

Going through the temple was an amazing experience. It is one I will not forget. I chose to go through a few weeks earlier then missionaries usually go through. One of my best friends is getting married in California. I have heard from lots of returned missionaries they still have not seen a sealing. I thought it would a great experience. I went through on December 7, 2011 at the Draper temple. The Draper temple is my favorite temple inside. It’s so homey. If you have not gone through or been to the open house you probably don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s gorgeous. It really feels like it’s Heavenly Fathers home. I had the privilege of having a few people there. My Mom (my escort), Dad, Grandma, Grandpa Bybee, Cousin Taylyn, Kim & Shane Petersen, Janice Fletcher (young women’s leader), Aimee Elliott, Anna Bosley, Bishop Shiozawa and I also could feeling my Grandma and Grandpa Nelson were there. It was such a special day. I am so excited to go serve the Lord 24/7. It’s getting closer. I have accomplished a lot (mostly the important things) now just clothes and shoes. I have 8 Weeks until I leave, that’s crazy it’s coming up fast!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Opening Mission Call

I originally never thought of going on a mission until my dad had a dream when I was 17. He came out of his room from working night shift saying, “I just had a dream, you went on a mission to London.” I didn’t want to hear it. I was not thinking about it. Skip ahead a few years, I was in Institute Sorority at the U of U. At the end of my second year being there, I was asked to be a Sisterhood Counselor. When the First Presidency canceled Lambda Delta Sigma, I came home and read my Patriarchal Blessing. I had the feeling my prayers were getting answered, on what to do turning 21. I was supposed to serve a mission.
I turned my papers in on October 9th, 2011. Through the 4 weeks waiting for my call, there were some problems with my blood results. They had to hold my papers until I had more tests done. Finally we figured out it was just a lab error; in return it was a blessing. 1st I received more of an answer to my prayer about serving a mission. When the option was almost taken away from me it was really hard for me. 2nd my dad was not going to be able to be present if I received my papers in the 2nd-3rd week. With the delay of running my tests again, my dad was able to be THERE!! (:
It was the most AMAZING experience opening my call that is just for me. That’s my call, that’s where Heavenly Father wants me to go. Opening it, seeing ENGLAND! I knew it was where I’m supposed to go. Heavenly Father knows me and answers prayers.
This gospel is AMAZING! I can’t wait to share it with the people in Birmingham.