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Another week has passed. I had my first zone conference this past week. I was quite well pleased with it haha. All of the missionaries in the Hamburg zone, and from one other zone, joined here in Hamburg for a conference. It was very spiritually packed. We also learned about a new app that our mission is developing. We're so excited to be a part of it's development.
This past week we had planned our day out, like any other day. Every time we leave our apartment we say a prayer. I happened to say the prayer that morning. I distinctly recall praying for opportunities to talk to people because I knew we had a busy day ahead of us. Well, we walked out of our apartment and let me begin by saying our day did not go as we planned. We missed a train or two and got on three wring trains. It sounds terrible, but it was amazing. It was amazing because we had three amazing conversations that resulted out of us getting on the wrong train. I know we were meant to meet those people and talk to them. It was an amazing day.
Okay so I don't have much else to write so I decided to make this email a letter to my cousin, who just received her mission call and has yet to open it. I invite you to read it too because it not only applies to future missionaries, but also to life.
My dearest not so little cousin,
I'm so happy to have received the news that your mission call has arrived! The days of anticipation began when you submitted your papers, but the nerves hit even more once the envelope is already in your hands. I wish I could be there to see you open your mission call, but alas I'm serving mine haha.
The day you open your mission call is a special day. It's special because it's so spiritual. It's a moment where you'll be overwhelmed with the holy ghost. It's awesome. You'll be holding the envelope, maybe you're hands will be shaking-- I know mine were. You'll open the envelope and you're heart will begin to pound faster and louder than you thought it could. In a matter of moments you'll be finding out where God has chosen to send you. You'll begin reading and then your eyes will see your mission. In that instant I promise you that you'll feel an inexplicable amount of love for the people, and maybe even a new language. Don't forget to continue reading to find out when and where you report to! From that day forward, you'll never forget your report day. I promise you that you'll always remember the feeling you'll feel when you open your call, especially because I know you'll prepare yourself to receive that special calling of being a missionary.
You'll feel love and happiness and excitement, but sooner or later you'll begin to feel nervous. Nervous and a little fearful because you're going to wonder if you're going to be able to do it. Please, please, do not give in to those feelings. You are a precious daughter of God and he trusts you to go out into a foreign place and bring happiness to the lives of others. He loves you and he will be by your side every minute of every hour, he is already by your side, he has always been by your side. When times of doubt come into your head always remember that. In addition always remember that He qualifies who He calls. You are His missionary and He will move mountains for you so that his work will progress. You are going to be an amazing missionary.
You're going to love you're mission. Everyone will tell you that and you probably won't think of it much, but I mean it... You are going to love your mission. The MTC will be tough at some point, push through it. You will see miracles in your life, in the lives of your family members and friends, in the lives of the Sisters you serve with, and in the lives of the people you will meet. Every day you will come to a better understanding of your purpose as a missionary and as a person on this earth.
It's going to be tough, really tough. I'm not saying this to scare you, but to prepare you. You are going to be living your life at a higher standard than you'll ever live it again. Because you're going to be living at higher standard, Satan will do everything he can to stop you. He'll use anything he can to distract you and to keep you from reaching your divine potential. DO NOT give in to him. DO NOT let him over power your mind with negative thoughts that convince you that you're not good enough, that you don't belong, that you're worthless. It's just him trying to stop you from finding the people you're meant to meet. It's him trying to stop you from becoming the missionary God wants you to become. There will be days and nights when you'll feel exhausted, like you can't go on. There will be nights you'll cry, maybe because you miss home or maybe because you had a rough day. There will come a point when someone you've met will tell you they no longer want to continue learning, and your heart will break a bit. Days will be rough, but keep going. Keep working your butt off. Keep giving it all to God. Because even those days will come, they're just signs that you're working for a miracle and that amazing moments are unfolding.
You'll have fun with your companions. You'll love your district like you love your family, they are your family. You'll make a ton of inside jokes. You'll have embarrassing moments to laugh at. You'll have odd but fun memories to take home with you. You'll meet amazing people. You'll love your mission President and his wife. They love you already and they'll greet you with so much love.
Take advantage of this time to come to know God. He's a pretty amazing guy. Study the Book of Mormon and other scriptures. Read General Conference talks. Learn about who Christ is, who he really is. Become like Him. As you do this, you'll learn about how much you are loved.
Now is the day of choices. Choose what kind of missionary you're going to be. Choose how commited to this work you're going to be. Choose to love everyone you meet and serve with. Choose to trust God. Choose to be positive. Choose to make the best out of every moment. Choose to serve with all you can. Make these choices, and many more, and dont look back.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
I'm so proud of you for choosing to serve. Let your faith carry you all the way. I'm so excited to hear about where you've been called to serve and I'm excited to keep up with your journey.
I love you and I miss you,
We passed by our favorite place, the red light district