When I was younger I never really thought about or wanted to serve a mission. Oh how things have changed! As many of you know, I report to the MTC this next Wednesday. Just 5 days to go.
I was reading through my journal the other night and thought I would share this entry. It seems like a perfect way to start off this missionary blog.........
May 29, 2009
I got my mission call today! I will be serving in the Paraguay Asuncion mission. I will be speaking spanish and report on September 2nd. I am so excited! I never once thought Paraguay! I already have such a love and desire to serve the people down there. It's amazing how it just automatically feels right.
When I opened my letter from President Monson I was both really nervous and excited. I had an overwhelming feeling of joy in my heart which I have never felt so strong before. I am so thankful for the gospel. And for the love and support my family has shown me throughout this whole process. They are awesome--and that is an understatement. I hope the next 3 months pass by quick. I am ready to serve down there in South America!!
These past few months have definitely flown by. Back in May I thought September would never come...and here it is, just around the corner. Sometimes I find myself thinking 'wait, am I really going on a mission?!' or 'shoot, what am I doing leaving for 18 months?!' It is all so surreal, exciting, new and at times a little scary. But really, I can't wait! I look forward to my time in the MTC where I'll be learning a new language (or at least trying to!) and gaining a better knowledge of the gospel. I'm excited for the opportunity I'll then have to spend 16 months in South America experiencing a different culture, making new friends and most importantly, sharing a message of truth and happiness with the people in Paraguay.
Well...as much as I hate goodbyes I guess it has to happen.
My family will be keeping up this blog for me while I am away...so feel free to check in often to see what I'm up to while on the mission.
Thanks to everyone for your encouraging words, love and support. I hope the best for you all this next year and a half. Feel free to send me a letter whenever you'd like :) See you in March 2011....only about 548 days away!
Shauna (the very soon to be Sister Sargent)