Wednesday, May 27, 2015

27 days until Mexico

Hello! My name is Lillie Marie, and I am a 19 year old member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as a MORMON). I've gone through lots of things in my life- siblings, moving, bullies, friends, popularity, the silly-band craze, high school, braces, glasses, freshman year of college- and what has stuck with me through it all has been my Faith. Well, my faith and my awkwardness. Those two things combined really define me pretty well!

As you might have noticed from the title, I am moving to Mexico in less than 4 weeks! In my church when young women reach the age of 19 they have the opportunity to volunteer as representatives of the church and be called as missionaries to any place around the world. You can be called to a different country and even have to learn a new language. I have been called to serve in the Mexico, Cuernavaca mission for a period of 18 months speaking the Spanish language and teaching the wonderful people of Mexico about Christ and how they can come closer to Him. I have had my call since February of this year, and have wanted to serve a mission my entire life! As the time draws nearer, however, it is starting to feel a lot more real.

A Day in the Life of Lillie= 

Ten Thousand Emotions about Mexico

1.) Excitement!

I get to serve as a Missionary for the Almighty God! For an entire year and a half of my life I get to devote myself to Him with nothing else to distract or worry me. I am going to teach others about Christ and spread light and love- something I LOVE to do! I get to move to a new country and learn a new language!

2.) Dread.

Wooow.. I have to move to a new country and learn a new language. I have a hard enough time speaking English everyday, let alone a new language. Atleast I'll be able to order food- taco, burrito, enchilada.. wait, is that racist? It probably was. Great, now they're going to think of me as the silly white Hermana who thinks she's better than them. I'm going to get kidnapped for sure.

3.) Reassurance

Kidnapped? Calm down, Lillie! You're just overreacting! Heavenly Father watches over His missionaries and you are no exception. As long as you follow the rules and do your best, He will watch over and protect you! Now, go and finish buying that turquoise shoulder bag you've had your eye on!

4.) The Freak-Out: 

Oh my heck, I just bought a turquoise shoulder bag. The packet specifically says your bags are supposed to be conservative colors. I can't even get the simplest instructions correct! And those instructions were written in ENGLISH! Why does my shoulder bag have to be in a conservative colors? Are Hermanas that wear bags with bright colors easier targets? I'M GOING TO BE KIDNAPPED FOR SURE NOW!

5.) Peace. 

Otherwise known as Heavenly Father's way of saying: Calm-Down-Hermana-Swallow-or-so-help-me-I'm-going-to-slap-you-with-the-spirit-so-hard-you're-going-down-faster-than-Ammon-and-King-Lamoni.

I know I can do this. Better yet, I know I can do this with Christ at my side. I have been called to this work, and I know it will be the adventure and blessing of a lifetime. I will find children of God that are yearning to feel His love and know how they can return to Him. And I can teach them how. It doesn't matter how many people tell me they don't think I am capable, or how many times my Karate Sensei tells me that I don't hit hard enough to protect myself in Mexico. I am a servant of the Living God, and He has called me to go. Which means everything is going to be alright:)

Romans 8:28 "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can prevail against us?"