2.28.2015

I'm Going On A Mission!

New Mexico Albuquerque 
Spanish Speaking
Mexico MTC
July 8th

I can't believe it... I finally know where I am going! 

I'm going to be an HERMANA!

I could not be more happy to serve the people of New Mexico. 



I opened my call on Sunday February 22, 2015. I loved being surrounded by my family, close friends, and leaders who have made such a difference in my life. And for those friends back in Utah at school, there was a live Skype call of me opening  my call in an apartment with tons of friend from the ward. It was special to be able to see and realize just how many people are supporting my decision to serve a full time mission. I've been so blessed to have such great examples in my life that have made me want to be a little better each and every day.

As I started to read my call, I started to get a little bit teary eyed, but kept reading through it. Me being me, I couldn't take the anticipation and I read ahead while I was still reading out loud, and saw the words New Mexico Albuquerque. I stopped and started laughing. Yes laughing.


This was one of the last places I'd ever think I'd get called on my mission. Heck, it didn't even cross my mind. Out of 173 guesses and pretty much every state and country marked, this had 0. After I had opened my call, I was talking to a friend and she said "I had forgotten that New Mexico was a state until you said you had been called there". So apparently I wasn't the only one to think that this was a very obscure and random place to be called.

But the funniest part about all of this is that even though it was so random and unexpected, I could not be happier with where I have been called. I automatically felt an overwhelming love for the people of New Mexico, which was one of the coolest experiences that I have ever had. I could really feel what people mean when they say they are able to love people they have never met and I know that's because I was able to look through Christ's eyes, instead of my own.



Ever since my call, I have been researching New Mexico everything. What is the weather like? What is the food like? What are the main demographics? What do people do for work? I was so curious (and still am) to find about this place where I'll be serving my mission.

AND LET ME TELL YOU I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE.

They don't call it the land of enchantment for no reason -- I am seriously in love with New Mexico already. I call it a "hidden gem". There are so many cool aspects about NM that I feel like hardly anyone realizes. It's absolutely beautiful. Plains, rocky mountains, rivers, white sand deserts... the list of things I love keeps going.  The food is supposed to be some of the best Mexican style food in the States, but even better because they have the special NM green chile. Apparently, it goes on everything they eat: pizza, burgers, eggs, potatoes, enchiladas, burritos, you name it, it's got green chile on it. (Oh and you already know that I've found some recipes from green chile sauce that is typical in NM and made it and good news... it's DELICIOUS!)

The most important thing about NM is the people there and my excitement and desire to serve them. I know that I have been called to serve the people of Albuquerque. I know that my Savior needs me as his representative there. I know there are people there that I need to meet -- and that they'll bless my life and hopefully I'll have the chance to bless their life as well. I know that our Savior, Jesus Christ, came to earth to atone for each and every one of our sins. I know he loves us as individuals. I know that through him we will be able to return to live with our Heavenly Father. I know that if we believe in him and follow his perfect example throughout our life, we will be able to be the happiest that is earthly possible. And that's why I am going on a mission. I want the people of New Mexico to know about the true source of happiness -- Jesus Christ and His gospel!

I'm just ready to leave now! July 8th come quickly please!

Here's the short video of me reading me call:

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2.18.2015

Sister March: Where In The World Will She Go?

The wait might just kill me.

It's been about 2 months since I have decided to go on a mission. And let me just say that these past 2 months have been some of the hardest and best that I have had!

After deciding to serve a mission, I began to work on my papers as soon as I could. I was finally complete with the process and they were submitted on February 3, 2015!

From the moment that I opened my online recommendation to start applying for a mission, I wanted to know where I was going. I wanted to know what language I would be speaking. I just wanted to know already.

But here I am writing this on February 18... still no mission call in hand.

I have spent countless nights laying awake at odd hours staring at the ceiling pretending their was a world map. I would try to imagine myself walking the streets of Tokyo or Italy or Zambia or Idaho or basically any other place that I knew that existed on planet earth.

Here's the real maps that are currently filled with about 153 guesses as to where I will go. It kills me to know that only 1 or none of them will be right!

Along with curiosity about where I am going to serve, there has been some really hard things that I have had to overcome in the past 2 months. While working on my papers, I faced self-doubt and inadequacy like I have never felt before. People had warned me that the adversary would try to make me feel that way, but I didn't know how real it could be until I was feeling it. There were times when I would find myself crying just because I felt like I could never be good enough to teach people the gospel -- I was too young. I wasn't knowledgeable enough. I wasn't good enough. 

However, while I have never felt self-doubt like that before, I have also never felt the love and support from my Father in Heaven like I have in the past couple months. I know that Satan was the one who was putting doubt into my mind. I also know that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and that we also have a Savior who knows exactly what we are going through because his Atonement covered both our sins and our sorrows. I realize even more now that the reason I want to teach other people the gospel is so that they can feel that same love from their Heavenly Father and know the power of the Atonement!

Last week when I all I seemed to be doing was obsessing over a mission call coming who-knows-when to who-knows-where, I realized something very significant:

My mission call has already been assigned -- it has been since the premortal life. It's only a matter of time before I am reminded of where that was.

After recognizing how true this statement is, I felt peace immediately. I know that wherever I am called, I have always been meant to serve there. There have always been people that I need to come in contact with. There has always been a special reason why I would go there.

While it's nerve-wracking and scary not knowing where I'll be for the next 18 months, what language I will speak, and even worse, not knowing what type of strange food I will be asked to eat (I've always been somewhat of a picky eater haha) -- I could not be more excited to serve a mission!


The good news is that my call has officially been assigned... it was assigned on February 11th! It should come in the mail this week to my apartment at BYU Provo and I can fly home to open it this weekend in California! Here's to hoping I will know in just a couple days!