I hadn't even been away from school for 12 hours when it hit me that I was supposed to start preparing for a mission. Finally knowing that I was preparing for something I wanted to do so badly was the greatest end-of-the-semester gift I could have asked for. I was through the roof!
When I got back home, I started getting more and more excited. I told my parents that I had a desire to serve and talked to my bishop as soon as I could after that. I started my missionary recommendation and the preparation began! I knew I would be leaving in January at the earliest, so I wouldn't know where I was called until September at the earliest. Little did I know I would end up waiting 2 extra months!
I'll save you all the boring details and get right down to it, after months of delays, I finally turned my mission papers in on October 28, 2014!
|My mission call had FINALLY arrived!|
I was one of those lucky people who only waited 9 days for their call to be assigned, sent, and arrive in my mailbox. November 6, 2014, was the day I had been anticipating since that brisk April night so long before.
I remember shaking as I opened the mailbox. I was terrified my mission call would not be in there. I wish I could say that I opened the box slowly to savor the moment, but I would be lying if I did. I threw that sucker open and screamed when I saw that beautiful white envelope with my name on it. Yes, I literally screamed. I just had to wait 8 hours to open it. . ..
All day I was antsy and would not let my call leave my hands. Eight hours is a long time to wait to find out where you'll be spending 18 months of your life! Who could blame me for being so excited?
When 8 o'clock finally rolled around I had my family and two close friends on Skype, plus the people I cared about most at school. Opening my mission call was all I hoped for and more!
|Brazil Santos Mission, here I come!|
Dear Sister McEldowney,
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 Brazil Santos Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.
Brazil! I'm going to Brazil and speaking Portuguese! The wait is finally over!
I am so excited to be able to serve the Lord and the people of Brazil. I know the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. It has brought me so much joy in my life and I can't wait to share that joy with others.
See ya soon Brazil!