Thursday, May 23, 2013

The letter that started it all

The day my call came was actually the day before I got to open it (Friday the seventeenth) but my dad had to go to a stake father/son camp-out (typical) so I had to wait until the next day to open it. Talk about TORTURE. I waited it out patiently (I'd like to think so) until Saturday afternoon. That night I could hardly sleep. Thoughts raced through my mind like "I wonder where I'll go. It could be anywhere in the world." "I hope there aren't huge nasty bugs." "What if I have to eat something gross?" And of course the question on everybody's minds... "Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?"I woke up the next morning ready to know where I was being sent to serve the Lord for the next eighteen months because I had waited long enough (still working on that patience thing)

FINALLY that beautiful day/time arrived.

May eighteenth two thousand and thirteen

12:15 pm

Everyone I wanted there started to show up and I had all my friends and family on FaceTime and Skype. Everything was ready to go. I took my place at the front of the family room and my dad handed me a letter opener and I had never really used those soooo....that was a fail. My mom's friend, Tammy, had to finish opening it for me because 1. I was shaking and 2. like I said, I never use letter openers. I flipped the booklet on top of the letter and started reading aka hyperventilating...REALLY THOUGH. It was the craziest feeling. But here goes nothin, right?? And then I read these sacred words: 

Dear Sister Peterson:

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 COLORADO COLORADO SPRINGS Mission. You report to the Provo MTC on August 14th.

Side-note: I will be speaking English which I'm almost positive I already got that in the bag.

COLORADO SPRINGS!! WHAT. I CAN'T BREATHE!! Everyone was cheering and there were so many people taking pictures and talking to me all at once. Whatta rush! 

I know this is where the Lord needs/wants me to be. I am so excited and anxious to serve the people of Colorado! And my mission even extends into New Mexico! How legit! All the love and support has made me so grateful and even more happy for my mission. I cannot wait to go!!!! And I am SO lucky that I will be home for a lot of fun events this summer with my wonderful family and friends. Time to get my shop on! As that creepy child in the Macklemore song would say "Poppin tags!"


Sister Peterson