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I am so blessed. I have the best friends EVER! Just look at all of these missionaries! And¬†that’s not even all of them. ūüôā

(P.S. only 71 more days until I report! Hooray!!)

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Why I’m Going On A Mission

Here it is from the beginning.

I graduated. I was SO excited! I had so many plans! I spent every moment of the summer working, planning for school, and hanging out with all of my friends.

I was wonderful!

But pretty soon, summer ended and most of my friends went away to school.

I stayed here.

It was fine though. I was excited to start school, the singles ward, and the next chapter of my life .

Even if it was at home.

For a while, that new chapter was exciting. But slowly, feelings of anxiousness started to creep in, and pretty soon became my constant companion.

I hated my classes and my job, and nothing in my life seemed to be right.

I was so confused.

I prayed and prayed and prayed some more.

I was still confused.

I thought “Well, almost all of my friends are at BYU, maybe I should go there next semester.”

I started talking to some close friends of mine who were feeling the same way, and came to the conclusion that I needed to go to BYU the following year.

That was my answer. Right?

Wrong.

It just wasn’t working. There was no way¬†I was going to be able to afford it.

So I prayed and prayed and prayed some more.

Then the opportunity to go to Ireland for a study abroad program came up.

This was it, it had to be!

I knew that if I worked as much as I could, and saved all of my money, I would be able to afford it!

Some of m friends were going and I was so seriously excited!

Then I realized I should probably tell my parents.

They refused.

I was ticked.

How could they say no?! This was what I was supposed to do!

This was the much needed change in my life! Something to look forward to!

But still, the answer was no.

So I reluctantly abandoned my dreams of Ireland, and decided to look for a new job instead.

The job I had had been good for High School, nut I was ready for bigger and better things.

I applied for what seemed like hundreds of jobs, but didn’t get any of them.

I was done.

I’d had it.

I didn’t know what to do!

That was October of 2012, right before General Conference.I watched conference with hopes of finding peace and answers.

That’s when it happened.

In the Saturday morning session, President Monson made that life changing announcement.

Boys could serve missions at 18, and Girls at 19.

I was floored.

At first, all I could think about was how my twin brother and all of my guy friends could leave, like right now.

Then I realized that I could go too. In just 9 short months, I could be a missionary!

I had never even considered going on a mission. While I’d had many Young Women’s leaders, one in particular, tell me I should serve, I had always hoped I would be married by that point.

it was a lot to take in.

I had some friends who knew instantly that that was what they needed to do, I wasn’t so lucky.

As much as I had been searching for an answer, I wanted to be sure that this was right for me.

I felt so horribly inadequate.

I was shy, painfully shy sometimes, and I didn’t know the first thing about missionary work.

The one and only time I ever tried to give someone a Book of Mormon, it ended horribly.

I wasn’t cut out for this, but¬†I¬†knew I needed to¬†pray about it.

For weeks I fasted and prayed and studied, but still no answer, or at least that’s what I thought.

I slowly realized that I was expecting some huge sign, a voice saying “Kelcie, go on a mission!”

It was in that moment that I realized I had already received my answer. I received it as soon as  the announcement was made, I was just too self absorbed to realize it.

The very next week I started going to¬†Mission Prep, and I knew I’d made the right decision.

I didn’t need some huge sign, I just needed to open my heart enough to receive my answer.

After that I felt such peace.

Things started to fall into place, some in very unexpected ways, but they did.

I got a new job that has taught me a lot of patience and acceptance.

I’m not nearly as shy as I was, and I¬†am feeling more and more comfortable teaching the Gospel as time goes on.

And now, I’ve received my call:

“Dear Sister Evans:

You have hear by been called to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

You are assigned to labor in the PHILIPPINES BACOLOD MISSION.  It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months. 

You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center¬† on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the¬†HILIGAYNON language.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

I can’t even begin to express how wonderfully right this call is for me! I KNOW this is where the Lord needs me to be! I am just so happy right now!!! I am terrified, but feel such peace at the same time!

 

( For those that don’t know, if the Postage is $1.90(ish), you are going foreign, and if it is $1.70(ish), you are stateside. So¬†we covered the postage so I would be totally surprised!)

 

 

Vegas, Backflips, and General Conference

This weekend I had the opportunity to drive to Utah with my family and attend General Conference for the first time.

We stayed the night just outside of Las Vegas  Thursday so we could see one of my Moms cousins and her family, then drove the rest of the way the next morning.

We had such a great time!

Our first night there we went to this place called Airborne. (It is similar to Jumpstreet, but bigger and WAY better).

I learned how to do a backflip!

If you know how seriously uncoordinated I am, you will understand how impressive that really is.

Then on saturday my Dad, Brothers, and one of my Uncles, went to priesthood session, while  my Mom, Sister, youngest Brother, Grandma and I went Shopping and to dinner

 Then my mom and I went to the Sunday Morning session.

It was one of the coolest experiences of my life!

Being in the same room with the Prophet and Apostles was so fantastic!

The Spirit was so strong and I learned so much!

Here are some of my favorites:

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So this one time, I lost my camera…

When I was a Sophmore, I really started getting into photography, so as an early birthday present, my parents got me a pretty nice camera.

I was SO excited! I used it ALL THE TIME (just ask my friends, I always had it with me).

Then one day, at the end of my Junior year, it came up missing.

I searched EVERYWHERE for it. My house/car, my friends houses/cars, my families houses/cars.

Seriously, anywhere I had ever been with that camera, I searched.

After a while I gave up looking.

It was gone, lost or stolen, I didn’t know, but it was gone.

I was devestated.

After a while, I started to forget about it, then, a few days ago, I got the single greatest Facebook message I have ever recieved in my entire life.

One of my friends had found my camera!!

It had been in her car this whole time!!! (I honestly have no idea how it survived the summers…)

I was so happy!!

The first chance I got, I went to her house and picked it up.

There were so many funny pictures of things we did that I had completely forgotten about!

I still smile every time I think about it! ūüôā

Here are a few of the gems I found:

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Life’s Happenings

Its has been a crazy few days! My cousin AJ, left on his mission to Columbia this morning.

He is such an amazing person and has always been such a great example to me!

He will be such a fantastic missionary!

Return With Honor Elder Shummway!

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Also, Sister Lexy Wadsworth is leaving on her mission to Spokane Washington tomorow morning!

She is seriously one of the coolest most amazing people I know!

She will be such a fantastic missionary!

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In honor of our last weekend with Lexy, we went on a bike ride saturday afternoon.

Lexy and I rode a tandem bike, and every one we passed thought it was so cool!

We had a blast!

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To end the night we went to LoLo’s Chicken and Waffles.

It.Was.Heaven.

If you haven’t been, GO!

Its SO worth the drive to the sketchy part of Phoenix!

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(And they have Kool-Aid on tap. Really, it doesn’t get much better than that.)

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And finally, my mission papers done!! If all goes well, they should be submitted in about a week and I should have my call within about a month!

Seriously, I am so happy!!!!!

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I knew it was coming.

It was bound to happen.

One of my best friends ever got her mission call.

Sister Kaitlyn Crockett has been called to serve the Lord in the Pennsylvania Pittsburg Mission and reports April 24.

That is 5 weeks!!

I dont even know how to handel this.

This whole I cant serve until the end of July thing really isn’t working for me….

She is my running buddy, my temple going buddy, she is the person who hears “hey, i have this idea (ie, lets train for a marathon in the middle of the summer), are you in?” all the time and always says yes!

I’m going to miss her like crazy, but I know she is doing what she is supposed to.

She was born for this (seriously. I have heard her teach the discissions, she is so ready for this!)

Im so proud of you Sister Crockett! The people of Pittsburg are so lucky to have you!!

Friends

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And you can check out her mission blog at :   http://sisterkrcrockett.blogspot.com