Ready? ......Carlsbad California, Spanish Speaking!
I am so excited! I leave June 6th to the MTC. I turned in my papers on the 13th of February, the call was made on the 16th, and my call arrived on the 22nd. When I got home and saw it on my bed, I immediately called Ali and told her I was coming over to open it. She called Jami to come over while I called Mom and Dad to get on Google+ to open it together. I kind of had the inkling as soon as I picked it up that I was gonna go stateside, because it was lighter than I would have expected had it had passport information in it was well. Honestly, I was a little disappointed at that, but I quickly overcame:) I got to Ali's and as soon as I opened it I quickly covered the letter with the envelope, because I know my eyes would jump down to the line where it said WHERE. Despite my plan, I still saw the "California" before I could cover it. As soon as I read it, I was overcome with excitement and a sense of peace, knowing immediately that this was exactly where the Lord wanted and needed me. Then I read "You will prepare to preach the Gospel in the Spanish Language" and I was so happy! Really, it was so great!
My friend Stephen served a Spanish speaking mission and he gave me a Book of Mormon in Spanish to start reading. So I've been trying to read that comparatively every night. Let me tell you, it is a slow progression. I feel confident in my pronunciation and reading, it's just the meaning part that gets me. Yep, that's pretty important. But it is fun!
I am really excited. I know nervousness will set in as June 6th comes closer, but I know as long as I'm doing my part, I know the Lord will bless me.
Here are some pictures of the night I opened my call: