I have wanted to serve a LDS mission every since I was a little girl. I can remember being in Primary and my favorite song was "I Hope They Call Me on a Mission." The little Primary boys said that I couldn't like that song because it was a boy song. It was right then and there that I knew that one day I would serve a mission. I would prove all those boys wrong and I would be amazing.
There was only one problem... I am absolutely terrible at waiting.
I felt like Rapunzel. I was stuck in a tower waiting for my life to begin, waiting for my quest to be given, waiting for my next big journey. Don't get me wrong, there were many distractions to keep me busy. I read, drew, studied, and prepared, but it was not easy. There were even a few Flynn Riders who came along and got me down from my tower for some fun every once in a while. But none could stray me from my goal.
It came to a point where I thought I wouldn't make it. I was 19 and a half and I still had another year and a half of waiting. It seemed that with every tick of the clock, life moved slower and slower. There was one particular Eugene that caught my eye. I climbed down from my tower and wasn't sure if I would ever go back up. I thought I was done waiting.
But then an announcement came! One from on high, from President Monson himself! The age of questing had been lowered. Do you know what this meant??? I could go! My waiting was finished! My life was ready to begin! I immediately knew that this announcement, was meant for me (among many others of course). This princess was ready to start her quest. At last.
I worked as quickly as I could. I filled out my paperwork and sent it to the President. He would know where my quest would be. Through the power of my Father and King, he would be able to send me to the one kingdom that needed my servitude.
Then, on November 21, 2012, it came. It came in a beautiful white envelope full of potential. That afternoon I ripped it open and discovered that to the faraway kingdom of Kentucky, Louisville was I to go. (okay, not all that faraway from Utah, but still) I was numb with joy! It was finally my turn to show all those elders what this sister could do! And then I continued to read.
"You will enter the Provo MTC on.... March 6th, 2013"
My face fell. Not more waiting! I was ready to go! Why wouldn't my Lord and Savior call his ready servant to service now. Why was I required to wait? It was a very difficult question for me to overcome. But I knew that I would.
So ya, that was a cute story. Yes, it is all true. But let's try to be a bit serious now. For all of you out there who are tired of waiting, I promise that it is worth it. If you're debating what step to take next in your life, please pray and fast about a mission. I know that it's not for everyone, but "if ye have desires to serve God, ye are called to the work" (D&C 4:3). This mission will be the best 18 months for my life and I could not be more excited to dedicate it to the furthering of this gospel. I know that it is true. I know that my Savior loves me and everyone else on this earth. I know that He wants everyone to hear the fullness of His gospel and that He wants me to be a part of that. He loves you. Never forget that.