I have always wanted to serve a mission. Ever since I was very little I knew I wanted to go and serve. I love this gospel and I always have. As I got older, I got a little nervous and I started to think more logically about leaving on a mission at 21. It didn’t seem to make sense the longer I thought about it. I would be leaving halfway through schooling, and though I for sure wasn’t planning on getting married that young, everyone told me that that’s what would happen.
Then in October 2012, it was announced that the age had changed for missionaries. Elders could leave at 18, sisters at 19. I was overjoyed and I knew at that moment I would go no matter the cost. I don’t think I was that happy again until my mission call arrived.
A year and a half later I was finally eligible to begin my paperwork. The day I started my application I wouldn’t leave the computer until the first 5 parts were complete. I was so excited to get it done and have that call that I wouldn’t let anything get in my way. As soon as I could, with some minor setbacks (thanks to a well-timed Scout Camp), I turned everything in to my Stake President and had that final interview. Only a week and a half later, I had my call.
The day I got my call was awful. I couldn’t sleep the whole night before. It was like waiting for Christmas to come! I got up early and I never let my mailbox out of sight. It was TORTUOUS. The mail the previous Wednesday came at 10:00 sharp. Let me tell you, it did not come at 10:00 that day. Finally, after I had almost lost all hope, the mail came at 12:30. I got my call, absolutely sobbing, and ran to read it. I was able to have my own time with it before I showed my family, and I am very grateful I did. The time I had to reflect and learn about it made the experience of sharing it with my family so much better.
The Denmark, Copenhagen Mission is the best mission I could ever dream of. I know that I have been called there for a reason and that I will learn and grow in the gospel and that there are people there that will change my life. I am so excited to learn and teach in the Danish language, and I know that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will help me and be with me as I serve.
by Sister Amelia Williams