Friday, July 5, 2013

Receiving my Mission Call

May 14, 2013

Dear Sister Wright,

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 Ecuador Quito North Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.

You should report to the Mexico Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language.


 I received my call on May 16, 2013. And I could not have been more happy, excited, and grateful for this opportunity!! I was so so SO excited and still am! I remember thinking as if reading Ecuador wasn't a surprise enough and then I read that I will be reporting to the Mexico Missionary Training Center! Crazy stuff! Also, I was expecting to get my call for leaving sometime in September, because a lot of people I knew had been getting their calls for leaving in the middle of September and some even in October. So I was very surprised that I was leaving so early and so close to when I put my availability date, only a week before when I was going to be reporting!

 I had a feeling I was going to serve in South America though. I don't know why, but I just really think that I can help the people there. Also, I have already taken so much Spanish in high school and college, it makes sense that I would be called to somewhere Spanish-speaking where I can utilize my skills.

The day I received my call, I had already waited 3 weeks and a Wednesday, because I got my call in the mail on Thursday. It was getting to the point where I didn't want to answer people's messages when they asked if I had gotten my call yet, because I was so anxious to get it and kind of disappointed that it hadn't gotten there yet. (Although then, a coworker from Mexico told me how he had to wait 9 months to receive his call, and I didn't feel so bad haha.) I had also thought that I put down the wrong address for my new apartment that I had recently moved into, so I figured that it might have gotten lost in the mail, which would delay it even longer...

But finally, I got the text from my roommate Natalia, after having bugged the crap out of her to keep checking the mail all the time (haha) and she sent me a picture of my call!! She had run out to the mailman when she saw he was there and asked him for it (because she didn't want it put in the wrong mailbox if it had a wrong address on it). Can't ask for a better friend than that!

When I got the text, it was 4 PM, a half hour before I would get out of work.. Well, you can pretty much guess that I didn't work very well the rest of the half hour haha.

SO happy to finally have it in my hands

Finally, after what seemed like the longest half hour ever, I rushed home, got my family on Skype, got everyone in the kitchen and opened my call. I wasn't waiting any longer for anyone haha. It was around 5:15 when I finally opened it.

Opening the call!!
The anticipation was KILLING ME

And BAM Ecuador! No one had never specifically guessed and I hadn't even thought about Ecuador, and when I first read my call, I couldn't manage to think in my mind where Ecuador even was. But it seemed so right when I read it, and it still does seem the perfect mission for me. The Lord really does know where I am needed the most. :)

Sarah and Sam on the phone with my mom on Skype

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