I am sitting here, chatting with my friend who is also reporting to Provo this coming Wednesday, and I just keep thinking.... am I really leaving in 5 days?
When I hit 29 days until my report date, I freaked out.
One month!? In the twenties now!? AHHHH
Then here I am, procrastinating on packing and haven't even touched my laundry. Oh I leave in 5 days? That can't be real, but I guess I should do laundry.
Shouldn't I be feeling more afraid? Nervous? Aware that I am actually leaving for 18 months in the matter of days? I'm not quite sure.
I DO know how excited I am for all of it though. I have heard so many amazing things about Hawaii. The kindness of the people, being immersed in a totally different culture, the beautiful sights, the flowers that grow on their own without care. How amazing will that be? (:
I have been so blessed. Not just to serve in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but to serve the Lord! So many people focus so much on the place they're serving, and forget what the ultimate thing is about this mission:
You are not called to a place, you are called to serve in place of the Savior.
Now I'm not pointing fingers, because before I received my mission call I was waaaayyyyy too hung up on where I'd be sent. I am truly being sent to represent CHRIST and help spread His gospel to all the world. My mission papers only took me a few weeks to complete, even though I thought they'd take months. I wasn't sure I'd be able to serve a full-time mission, yet, here I am.
I KNOW that I have been called to the Hawaii Honolulu Mission for a reason. There are people that I am meant to meet, and meant to be taught by. Yes, as much as I am going to be teaching them, they will be teaching me just as much, if not more. I cannot wait to find out what lessons I am to learn from the people of the islands (:
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